But then, you're probably asking what sets this blender apart from any other? This blender actually cooks the vegetables while making them into a delicious soup.
It has three heat settings, ranging from a low simmer to a high boil. Throw in some chopped vegetables, turn on the heat setting and get cooking. The blender has a plastic base with a glass container and even comes with a brush for cleaning (we've always hated cleaning our blender!).
We're hoping this soup maker and blender takes off in the states. Combo appliances like these aren't generally too popular here but the Thermomix is much more common in Europe. In a small kitchen, a heating-whizzing-cooking-mixer-blender-thingie can actually be an amazing asset.
• Read more about Thermomix: The Way We Eat: Dream Machine - by Amanda Hesser in The New York Times, November 2005.
Thermomix is really the leader in the market right now, but we're thinking the Cuisinart may do well here, depending on how it performs.
• Find It: Cuisinart Soup Maker & Blender, $199.95 at Williams-Sonoma
Have you seen this thing in action? Do you own one? Tell us what you think!
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