I was HUGELY cynical about this when my husband ordered it, as it really isn't that hard to chop and cook vegetables in a pan, but since it arrived I have completely reconsidered - I love it! Yes, you still have to chop the ingredients, but once in the kettle (it looks like a kettle), it cooks for max 28 mins, or 21 mins if you want a blended smooth soup, and what is so wonderful is that there is no risk of overcooking, so you maintain maximum nutritional value to the ingredients while still having a cooked soup. The taste was fabulous and very fresh because the vegetables were not overcooked, which is easy to do when making a soup on the stove, and no pots, spoons, ladles, blender to wash, just a quick swipe with a sponge and a sploosh under the tap and all is cleared up.
I've also used it to make juice and smoothies, and though it really is just a blender in this instance, there is something about the design that makes it easier to wash than a regular blender, so recommended there too. The one thing that made me wonder was when I opened it to pour out the juice, a wisp of steam came out. The juice was still very cool, but clearly when using it in any mode, the kettle begins to warm up a little, however unnoticeably.
In all, the fastest, freshest soup I've made, short of raw soups, and even there, I'll use it to make gazpacho from now on, since it is so clean and easy and fast. Love love love. My new favourite toy.