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Automatic Soy Milk Machines – Comparison

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Tribest's Soyabella soymilk maker, available through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk

At its best, home-made soy milk is cheap, flavorful and additive-free. And now you can make your own soy milk in an automatic soy milk maker, thus eliminating the hassle and mess associated with making soy milk using the stovetop-and-blender method. In this article, we first look at the benefits of using an automatic soymilk maker, and then provide tips on how to choose the best soy milk maker for your purposes. We've also included an extensive soymilk maker comparison chart to help you identify the key features of some of the most popular and most reviewed models at a glance (we've only included soy milk machines with stainless steel / non-plastic pitchers to help you reduce your exposure to BPA).

Why Get an Automatic Soy Milk Maker?

They make fresh soymilk – but also nut milks, grain milks, porridges, soups and more!

Often wrongly taken for uni-taskers, high-quality soy milk machines are in fact multi-functional kitchen appliances that can create everything from hot soy milk to breakfast porridges to raw nut milks. Many models also double as electric soup makers, creating piping hot puréed soups and baby food in a matter of minutes. And some models, such as the Soyabella, even grind coffee beans!

Avoid the mess associated with the stove-top method

If you've ever made soy milk the traditional way, which involves cooking the beans on the stove top, you know how prone these little legumes are to boiling over – and how annoying it can be to clean up the mess. With a good electric soy milk maker, the risk of over-boiling is minimal as most of these machines come with automatic overflow and overheating sensors. The stainless steel pitchers usually also feature min and max lines on the inside to tell you exactly how much beans and liquids you can safely fit into the jug.

One machine to take care of the (almost) entire soymilk extraction process

Yet another great advantage of using an automatic soy milk maker is that the entire soymilk extraction process can be completed in a single vessel, which means you'll have fewer dishes to clean up (provided that you choose a soy milk maker with a built-in filter – choosing a filter-less model means you'll have to manually strain the milk). By contrast, when you make soy milk without an automatic soy milk maker, you first have to cook the soaked beans in a pot over the stove top, then place the cooked beans (along with water) into a blender, and finally strain the blended mixture using a sieve or cheesecloth into a separate pitcher.

Choosing the Best Electric Soy Milk Maker

If you've already done some research on the various electric soy milk makers available in the US, UK or Canada, you may have already noticed that most of the models are quite similar in terms of features and even price. As a result of the similarities between the models, deciding which automatic soy milk machine is the best option for you and your family can be difficult. There is, however, one important question you can ask yourself that should help narrow down your options: do you want a fully automatic soy milk maker with a built-in filter, or do you prefer a filter-less design? The soy milk machines that come with built-in filters are generally simpler to operate as you don't have to manually strain the milk-pulp mixture at the end of the cooking process, while the filter-less models are generally thought to be easier to clean. If you decide to get a filter-less soy milk maker, you'll also have more (modern) models to choose from as most new soy milk makers use filter-less technology.

Comparison of Automatic Soy Milk Makers

Below, we provide a feature-by-feature comparison of popular soymilk makers to help you find the best machine for your purposes. Note that the comparison chart only includes soy milk machines with stainless steel interior (as you know, stainless steel is naturally free of BPA, a harmful chemical that is found in many plastic products).

Soyabella SB-130SoyaJoy G4Joyoung CTS-1098
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Soyabella SB-130SoyaJoy G4Joyoung CTS-1098
Interior of the kettle/cooking jugStainless steelStainless steelStainless steel
Built-in filterYesNoNo
Approximate capacity in US cups5 cups7 cups5 cups
Soy milk cycle durationAbout 15 minOver 20 minutesAbout 20 min
Also makes raw nut milksYesYesYes
Also makes pureed soupsYesYesYes
Also makes porridgeYesYesYes
Temperature sensor / overheating preventionYesYesYes
Overflow sensorYesYesYes
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