There is nothing more cozy and comforting than a warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Now, with the Philips Soup Maker, you can blend, purée, and heat homemade soups all in one convenient machine, cutting down on cooking time and the mess along the way. And you're not limited to any one style—it works just as well with a broth-based chicken soup as it does for milk-based soups and chowders.

The machine holds about 1.2 liters of liquid and has six preset options: puréed soup, chunky soup, cold soup, compote, smoothies, and milk-based soup. The unique blade and optimized heating profile help make sure you get the right texture and consistency, while the easy-to-use controls require a few buttons to set everything up. All you really need to do is add ingredients, hit the right settings, and then let the soup maker do all the work for you. (Each order comes with a booklet filled with 38 recipes, so you won't have to improvise at all if you don't want to.) In all, the company says you can make enough soup for two to four people in around 18 minutes.

This 4.5-star-rated appliance has almost 1000 reviews, with more than 740 of those write-ups giving it five stars. One user added that the soup maker “doesn't make soup for ten. It makes soup for three. But it's SO MUCH smaller than an Instapot. So it doesn't take up much real estate in my tiny urban kitchen.” Another reviewer loves the Philips Soup Maker for making soy milk. They noted that they “use 1 cup of soaked [soy beans] with maximum water. Then use purée mode, [and then] filter it with the nut-bag.” The gadget can also double as a countertop blender for smoothies.

Find out more about the Philips Soup Maker here.

The Get exclusive deals, product news, reviews, and more with the Mental Floss Smart Shopping newsletter!