eBay with Sonic Electronix has the Soup-a-Chef SM-4/4818 Electric Soup Maker for $40 with free shipping. Sells for $45+ elsewhere. Features stainless steel blades, extra large 2-liter carafe, and blender capability.
$45 Retail: $130

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    zzyzx Ben's cred: 229
    Posted 6:29 am PDT 10/2/13

    So that's what the marketing department is calling blenders now-a-days....

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    Whistler Ben's cred: 265
    Posted 6:49 am PDT 10/2/13

    Gets 2.5 stars after 32 reviews on Amazon, with lots of people complaining about it breaking after just a few uses.

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 764
    Posted 8:25 am PDT 10/2/13

    In order to make hot soups properly in these blenders you need a really high powered engine that can handle continuous running for 4-5 minutes at high speed.

    This ain't it.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3751
    Posted 9:35 am PDT 10/2/13

    WTF? Why do I need my blender to heat soup?

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 764
    Posted 10:00 am PDT 10/2/13

    LOL that's not it. The blenders like Vitamix like to do demos that show you can throw in vegetables and say, canned beans and chicken broth into the blender and run it for 4 minutes to give you hot soup. This is the first one I've seen that touts itself as a soup maker that blends too.

    But as I said, this motor doesn't look nearly strong enough to run that long on high speed. The 1 year warranty (as opposed to 7 years on vitamix) is another reason to skip this entirely.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3751
    Posted 11:17 am PDT 10/2/13

    ^ It doesn't need to run that long, just long enough to dice up the ingredients which should take around 10 seconds, then the integrated heating element does the rest.

    At least, that's how they "could" design it, but whether that's actually how it works or not...

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    Shmeagle Ben's cred: 764
    Posted 6:49 pm PDT 10/2/13

    This one maybe different in that it may have a heating element. It's hard to tell. There is just a soup button. There is not much spec on it.

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    dave_c Ben's cred: 3751
    Posted 4:04 am PDT 10/3/13

    ^ I was going by what looks like a metal disc on the inside of the bottom which wouldn't be needed otherwise, and that there are at least 6 electrical contacts under the handle as pictured here:
    http://www.sonicelectronix.com/pictures_new.php?id=60670&picture_id=1186324

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