Jack Hoagland, Sara Vianco Among Double Winners at New Mexico HS States

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A number of state records fell at the 2018 New Mexico High School swimming and diving state championships, held this weekend.

Girls

Albuquerque Academy won with 419 points. La Cueva was second in 320 points.

Albuquerque Academy was led by Sara Vianco. Vianco won the 200 freestyle in 1:48.45 and topped the 100 freestyle in 50.69.

Lauren Burckel, a senior from Eldorado dominated the 100 breaststroke in a 1:02.20. She also won the 200 IM with a 2:05.00. Albuquerque Academy’s Allison Bernier was runner up in 2:06.81. Bernier topped the 500 freestyle in 5:05.85.

La Cueva was led by Natalie Jones who won the 50 freestyle in 23.69. and Chrysten Pacheco who topped the 100 butterfly in 56.70.

Madeline MeeAnita Sumali, Pacheco, and Jones won the 200 medley relay for La Cueva in 1:47.11. Hannah GrenmyerHannah Meek, Pacheco, and Jones swam a 3:31.32 to win the 400 freestyle relay, just a half second ahead of Albuquerque in 3:31.87.

Fiona Trotz-Chavez of Sandia won the 100 backstroke in 57.39.

Boys

Eldorado scored 300 points for victory. Albuquerque Academy was second with 272.5 points.

The team’s Ben Waterman won the 100 butterfly in 48.64. He was third in the 200 freestyle (1:41.41).

La Cueva’s Jack Hoagland won the 200 freestyle in a state record time of 1:38.07. He also topped the 500 freestyle with a 4:32.18.

Joshua Harlan of Cibola dominated the 200 IM with his 1:48.04, a new state record. The senior set another state record in the 100 breaststroke, with his 56.29.

Eldorado won the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Full results available here.

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Records Fall at Missouri High School Girls Class 1 and Class 2 Championships

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Plenty of records fell at both the Missouri Girl’s High School Swimming and Diving Class 1 and Class 2 Championships which took place between Feb. 15-17.

Glendale won Class 1 with a final score of 195, only seven points behind runner-up Parkway Central. St. Joseph’s Academy placed third with 161 points, followed by Parkway West (156) and Ladue Horton Watkins (153).

Rock Bridge earned the team title for Class 2 with 289 points ahead of Lafayette (Wildwood)’s 235. Hickman finished third with 212 points, followed by Francis Howell (178.5) and Marquette (156).

Class 1

Full Results

The first record came in the 200 medley relay when Glendale’s Maddie Duncan (28.15), Danielle Robinson (30.38), Audrey Mace (27.04) and Ashley Baldwin (24.20) set a new Class 1 mark with a time of 1:49.77. The quartet of Baldwin (53.07), Samm Rathjen (55.01), Jessi Hicks (55.92) and Duncan (54.12) also broke the 400 free relay record in 3:38.12.

Incarnate Word’s Ellie Wehrmann stopped the clock in 1:51.01 in the 200 free, also getting under the previous Class 1 record. She etched her name in the record book later that day too, this time in the 100 free (51.73). Parkway Central’s Abigail Levine also set a new mark in the 100 breast, finishing in 1:05.14 for the win.

St. Charles’ Autumn Looney had a record-setting performance in the 100 fly. The junior dominated the field, touching the wall in 54.99 for a new Class 1 record. She also won the 50 free (23.73) as the only swimmer under the 24-second barrier.

St. Joseph’s Academy’s Maddie Hernandez (24.11), Ally Duggan (25.79), Emmi Mattern (25.39) and Annie Kreikemeier (24.72) combined for the victory in the 200 free relay, setting a new record in 1:40.01.

Lutheran St. Charles’ Andrea Rogers won a close 200 IM, out-touching Kreikemeier (2:10.90) for the win in 2:10.34.Marshall’s Allison Weber earned the gold medal in the 500 free, posting a final time of 5:05.41. She also finished second in the 200 free (1:52.80).

Summit Prep’s Molly Moore, who set a new 100 back record during prelims, finished first at finals with a time of 54.77. Westminster Christian Academy’s Margo O’Meara dominated the 1-meter diving, winning with a final score of 499.80.

Class 2

Full Results

Lafayette’s Franceska Petrosino set a new Class 2 record in two different events while earning the gold. In the 200 free, the senior finished with a final time of 1:50.37 and posted a 50.82 in the 100 free. Petrosino (51.20) teamed up with Cate Behl (52.76), Delaney Thomas (52.80) and Claire Vanbiljon (52.89) to break the old Class 2 400 free relay record in 3:29.65.

Rock Bridge’s Nicole Williams won the 200 IM by nearly four seconds to set a new record in 2:03.43 and also set a a Class 2 mark in the 100 breast (1:02.19). Cor Jesu Academy’s Karisa Franz cruised to first in the 100 fly (54.36) and 100 back (56.49), setting new Class 2 marks in both races.

Francis Howell’s Natalie Nguyen (24.81), Madison Nguyen (24.59), Reagan Cathcart (23.55) and Emma Brabham (23.37) swam a 1:36.32 in the 200 free relay to put their names in the record book. Parkway South’s Kirsten Votava sprinted her way to the gold and a new Class 2 record in the 50 free, stopping the clock in 23.45.

Rock Bridge’s Ellie Zweifel (27.06), Williams (28.46), Piper Osman (26.45) and Mara Manion (24.39) combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:46.36. Hickman’s Grace Beahan dominated the 500 free, winning by over six seconds with a time of 5:00.38 and set a new Class 2 mark during prelims in 4:59.80. Lafayette’s Elle Christie dove to first on the 1-meter board, posting a final score of 451.60.

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Camas Claims Washington Boys 4A HS State Championships

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Camas scored 232 points to win the 2018 Washington Boys 4A High School swimming and diving state championships. Kamiak was second with 182 points.

Camas won two relays: the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle. Christopher XiaFinn McCloneJaden Kim, and Mark Kim won the longer relay in 3:08.74 while Eric Wu, Kim, Xia, and Kim combined for a 1:26.53 in the 200 freestyle relay.

Issaquah’s Kyle MillisBlake UedaChristopher Leu, and Brandon Leu won the 200 medley relay in a meet record time of 1:34.83. Kamiak’s Vlad GilszmerWalter LimmMaxwell Fang, and Brian Park were also under the old mark in 1:35.01.

Issaquah’s Millis won the 100 backstroke by four seconds, stopping the clock in 48.92.

Olympia’s Alexander Wright won the 200 freestyle in 1:40.53 and the 500 freestyle in 4:30.21.

Jackson senior Jonathan Cook won the 200 IM in 1:49.15. Eric Wu was second with a 1:52.14. Cook returned to win the 100 breaststroke in 55.12, just faster than Lake Stevens’ Alejandro Flores in 55.17.

Glacier Peak’s Matthew King was king of the sprint freestyle events, touching in 20.54 in the 50 and 45.74 in the 100.

Two swimmers cleared 50 in the 100 butterfly: Hanford’s Skyler Younkin (49.10) and Eric Wu (49.79). Jaden Kim (50.20) was third.

Full results available here.

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Junior National Champion Jake Foster Gives Early Verbal To Texas

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One of the biggest names in the high school class of 2019, Jake Foster out of Ohio gave a verbal commitment to the three-time defending national champions Texas for the class of 2023. Foster is primarily a breaststroker and IM specialist out of the Mason Manta Rays in Ohio. But Foster is one of the most versatile swimmers in this class and will be a huge option for the Longhorns moving forward.

Foster is a 53.46/1:55.40 SCY breaststroker from this year’s Winter Juniors. He won’t be on campus in Austin until the fall of 2019, but he will fill the breaststroke hole that Texas has had since Will Licon exhausted his eligibility in 2017.

Foster, much like Licon, is also a solid IM’er posting 1:44.15/3:45.46 SCY IM times from the same Winter Juniors meet.

By the time Foster gets to Austin, Austin KatzJohnthomas Larson and Sam Pomajevich will be in their junior seasons. The Texas team will look completely different but the Longhorns are already gaining a solid recruiting class in the fall of 2018 with Drew KiblerMatthew WillenbringAlexander ZettleDaniel Krueger and Jason Park. That class will be in their sophomore year when Foster is a freshman.

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Johanna Konta beats Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at Dubai Duty Free Championships

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta reached the last 16 of the Dubai Duty Free Championships with a straight-set win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Konta, the world number 12 and seventh seed, beat the Russian 7-6 (7-2) 6-2 to become the first British woman to win a main-draw match at the tournament.

The 26-year-old will play Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the next round.

“I’m very happy to have come through that,” said Konta, who reached the Qatar Open quarter-finals last week.

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Hammer Head Swim Cap Released for Swimmer Safety

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MINNEAPOLIS – Hammer Head® — a new U.S.- designed swim cap is set to keep head safety top of mind for hundreds of thousands of aquatic athletes, triathletes and open water swimmers across the country. The first major safety evolution in swim cap design in more than a century, the Hammer Head cap looks and feels like a standard issue silicone swim cap but incorporates both a new, patent pending safety technology and a seamless, wrinkle-free fit for enhanced performance.

Hammer Head features patent pending HIT Honeycomb Impact Technology™ – a layer of honeycomb “pillars” on the inside of the top of the cap designed to help absorb the shock of impact from collisions with pool walls and other swimmers in busy practice pools, meet warmups or in crowded open water swims. TEKFIT™ – Hammer Head’s design also brings two important features: an evolved fit, longer in the sides to protect swimmers’ ears and seamless, wrinkle-free construction to eliminate cap drag and enhance performance.

“Many club swimmers, some coaches and athletes don’t think of swimming as a contact sport,” says David Burns, president Martha Burns Swim Schools, a 20-year veteran swim coach and co-founder of Hammer Head Swim Caps. “But the truth is water sports in general is a top ten sport for head injury and accounts for 30 percent more trips to the hospital ER than hockey, lacrosse and rugby combined. If you’ve ever swam in, or coached at, a busy practice pool, swim meet warm up, synchro or triathlon events you will know what we mean. It’s not a matter of if a swimmer will hit their head, it’s when.”

First conceived four years ago, the Hammer Head has been comprehensively designed, engineered and tested. The result is a dramatic evolution, if not revolution, in swim cap design that adds the first ever impact reduction technology to a cap and re-engineers the fit for greater comfort, ear protection and reduced cap drag.

Hammer Head Swim Cap Features:

  • HIT Honeycomb Impact Technology™ – a layer of honeycomb “pillars” located on the inside top of the cap designed to help absorb and dissipate the shock of impacts with pool walls and swimmers
  • TEKFIT™ – evolved cut that is more hydrodynamic, eliminating top of cap wrinkles to reduce cap drag in the pool; and to cover swimmers’ ears to help reduce water flowing in the ears that can cause swimmers’ ear infections.
  • Premium silicone fabrication – looks and acts like a traditional silicone swim cap

Like all great innovations, Hammer Head started with an aha moment. In 2013, Burns, owner of the Martha Burns network of swim schools was at a swim team practice when two young swimmers – his daughter eight and another 14-year-old athlete – independently hit their heads on the pool wall performing back stroke finishes. David remarked that swimmers should have helmets – and the idea for Hammer Head was born.

Burns is joined at Hammer Head by co-founder Theresa Finn, a sports brand marketing and business development executive with a young competitive swimmer of her own who personally suffered a head injury swimming backstroke. Together Burns and Finn formed Mako International LLC, parent company and manufacturer of Hammer Head swim caps.

“We’ve seen other competitive sports assess the risk of head injuries and design protective head wear to help,” says Finn. “But until now, swimming has lagged behind when it comes to head safety protection. We’re here to raise awareness about head injury the sport and do what we can to help protect aquatic athletes of all ages and skill levels.”

Hammer Head swim caps have already attracted the attention and support of members of the professional swim community including three time Olympian and former world record holder Tom Malchow, who says he’d rather have his kids head a soccer ball, something that is outlawed in youth soccer, than hit the pool wall with their heads.

Manufactured in the U.S. for Mako International LLC, Hammer Head swim caps will be available for purchase starting February, 1, 2018 at www.hammerheadswimcaps.com with swim store availability to follow. Hammer Head Swim Cap MSRP is $34.95 with price break discounts for swim teams, clubs, coaches and organizations purchasing caps at volume.

For more information visit www.hammerheadswimcaps.com or like Hammer Head Swim Caps on Facebook.

About Hammer Head Swim Caps

Hammer Head Swim Caps is a patent-pending and trademarked product of Mako International LLC, co-founded by David Burns, a 20-year expert swim coach and swim school owner, and Theresa Finn, a sports brand marketing and business development executive. The Hammer Head Swim Cap is the first major innovation in swim cap design in more than a century. The cap incorporates new, patent-pending HIT Honeycomb Impact Technology™ – honeycomb “pillars” that absorb the impact of collisions with pool walls and other aquatic athletes. Hammer Head swim caps are also designed to provide a more exact fit on the actual shape of the human head. Caps cover swimmers’ ears, reducing water flow in and out which can cause swimmers’ ear infections and are more hydrodynamic by eliminating top of cap wrinkles, which in turn reduces drag in the pool. Hammer Head is on a mission to prevent head injuries in the pool one cap at a time.

Press release courtesy of Hammer Head Swim Caps. 

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E3 Harelbeke organisers use female ‘cowgirl’ dancers to launch 2018 race

WorldTour race has used photos of naked women in posters in the past

The organisers of E3 Harelbeke have been at the centre of plenty of controversies over the years, being accused of sexism with a series of posters featuring either scantily-clothed women or, in two cases, women who weren’t clothed at all.

As was the case in 2016 and 2017, organisers of the race have decided not to stir up controversy with their choice of poster, but still decided to use female dancers in skimpy cowgirl outfits to launch the race.

The poster itself features a rider  wearing a cowboy outfit and holding a gun while doing a wheelie, accompanied with the caption “Who will be the sheriff of the Texas of Flanders?”

Speaking at the launch event, E3 Harelbeke’s head of PR said that the poster had been redesigned after Belgian television presenter Bart De Pauw parted company with Flemish public broadcaster VRT after several female colleagues reported him to VRT for sending inappropriate text messages.

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“Our poster had been ready for a while, but when that whole thing came up with Bart De Pauw, we decided to change it”, Jacques Coussens told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.

“My wife said: ‘Do not do that now’. That banner is therefore in the fridge until next year, because we do not want to be offensive. Current circumstances meant we had to adjust the design a bit, but we did not want to get into a corner.”

The race itself will take place on March 23, with the riders covering 206km starting and finishing in the town of Harelbeke to the north east of Kortrijk. There is also a junior race on April 21, however there is no race for female riders.

The race is organised by KWC Hand in Hand, whereas the majority of the Belgian cobbled Classics, including the Tour of Flanders, Ghent-Wevelgem, and Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, are organised by Flanders Classics.

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Wheel deals: the best bike wheel offers to keep you rolling

We’ve found the best wheel deals on the internet, from training wheels to carbon racing hoops

A decent pair of wheels will seriously improve your riding; you’ll feel lighter, stiffer and all round faster.

The style of wheel you go for will be determined by the performance feature you’re after. Deep section rims will give you an aero edge, whilst lightweight carbon options will help you to climb. If you just want a solid option you can rely on for all-weather training, look for an alloy rim with a high spoke count for added strength.

The products featured have been chosen because we know they’re good quality and are an excellent offer at the price we’ve included (at the time of writing). Our tech team have unrivalled expertise and years of experience testing new products, so you can trust our recommendations – and we also know what represents a good deal.

With each product is a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item. This doesn’t affect the amount you pay.

Best wheel deals in cycling

Campagnolo Bora One 35 tubular wheelset was £1,720 now £1,199

Get Campagnolo’s super svelte dark label Bora wheels at a whopping £521 discount. As you might expect it comes with a Campagnolo freehub.

At 35mm deep it’s a great compromise between stiffness, aerodynamics and comfort and they come with all of that top Campag tech that you would expect, including the Mega G3 spoke pattern, and the AC3 brake track treatment for improved braking.

Buy now: Campagnolo Bora One 35 tubular wheelset at ProBikeKit for £1488

 Fulcrum Racing 3 Wheelset was £449, now £324

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Read more: Fulcrum Racing 3 wheelset review 

These hoops are designed to suit racing and training needs – with 24mm rim at the front for manoeuvrability and 30mm at the rear to offer optimum power transfer. An oversized hub body keeps weight low and offers stiffness – and there’s 16 spokes at front and 21 at rear – the weights being 670g and 885g respectively.

Buy now: Fulcrum Racing 3 Wheelset at ProBikeKit for £324

Easton EC90 Aero 55 Clincher Road Wheelset – was £2399.98, now £1197.98

Easton EC90 Aero 55 Clincher Road Wheelset Black Friday deal wheels

Easton EC90 Aero 55 Clincher Road Wheelset

Read more: Easton EC90 Aero 55 Clincher Road wheelset review (2014) 

These are the wheels if you want to go faster, with a 55mm rim depth providing an aero boost. A carbon build with a braking surface promising to be quick stopping.  These are clinchers – ideal for those who want an easy life, but they’re tubeless compatible. The front weighs 845g, with 16 spokes, rear is 845g with 20 spokes.

Buy now: Easton EC90 Aero 55 Clincher Road Wheelset at Chain Reaction Cycles for £1197.98

Prime RR-50 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset – was £729.99, now £449.99

Prime RR-50 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset Black Friday Wheel deal

Prime RR-50 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset

Read more: Prime RP-50 Tubular wheelset review 

With 50mm rim, these are designed for TT and crit riders. The rim with is 25mm, to suit tyres from 25c to 32c. They’re constructed from carbon, with a 1452g weight – and a textured braking surface to add to immediacy of stopping. Sapin spokes count to 20 on the front and 24 on the rear, so they’re still a strong and sturdy choice.

Buy now: Prime RR-50 Carbon Tubular Road Wheelset at Chain Reaction Cycles for £449.99

Easton EC90 SL Wheelset – was £2399.98, now £1199.98

Easton EC90 SL Wheelset Black Friday Wheel deal

Easton EC90 SL Wheelset

Read more: Easton EC90 SL carbon clinchers review (2010) 

A lightweight, nippy race ready set from Easton. With 38mm rim depth, the set comes in at 1600g with 16 front and 20 rear spokes. The full carbon rims are clinchers, but tubeless ready – and built entirely by hand.

Buy now: Easton EC90 SL Wheelset at Chain Reaction Cycles for £1199.98

Prime Pro Road Wheelset – was £349.99, now £249.99

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Prime Pro Road Wheelset

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An entry level alloy upgrade wheel, this set from Prime weighs in at 1470g – they’re light enough for racing yet come with 20 radial (front) and 24 cross (rear) Sapim spokes, making for a bombproof option.

Tubeless ready, with a 27mm rim depth, the Freehub is compatible with Shimano or SRAM, 9, 10 and 11 speed systems.

Buy now: Prime Pro Road Wheelset at Wiggle for £249.99

Prime Peloton Disc Road Wheelset – was £174.99, now £114

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Prime Peloton Disc Road Wheelset

Disc brake road bikes are growing in popularity – especially with recent news that they’re to be allowed in domestic races held under British Cycling management in 2018. However, they’re still a fairly new innovation and replacement wheels aren’t quite as easy to find on a discount.

These wheels from Prime are a reliable, winter ready set – with tubeless rims  they come with tape and valves, making a tubeless conversion easy. Weighting 1870g, with a 22mm rim width they come with a Prime RD030 hubset, DT Swiss double butted spokes and DT Swiss Pro Lock nipples.

Buy now: Prime Peloton Disc Road Wheelset for £114 at Wiggle

Mavic Kysrium Pro disc wheelset – was £794, now £681.39

If you’re looking to upgrade your disc brake wheels then you need look no further than Mavic’s excellent Kysrium line. They’re stiff and redesigned to handle the increased braking forces.

Buy now: Mavic Kysrium Pro disc wheelset at ProBikeKit for £539.39

Mavic Cosmic Elite clincher wheelset was £370, now £247

Cosmic Elite S Wheelset

The ultimate upgrade wheels just got a lot cheaper, and these Mavic Cosmic Elite wheels are 30mm deep for a nice middle ground between aerodynamics and stiffness.

Buy now: Mavic Cosmic Elite clincher wheelset from Sigma Sports Cycles for £247

Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C24 wheelset was £999, now £699.99

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Shimano’s latest wheelset is already discounted by a whopping £300, making it a very reasonably priced upgrade, especially if you’re a racer.

Buy now: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C24 wheelset at Evans Cycles for £699.99

Zipp 404 Firecrest tubular rear wheel was £1,138, now £809

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The Firecrest is a pretty versatile wheel, having taken victories in the mountains, time trials and the like.

Sadly, it’s only the single rear wheel available here with a Campagnolo freehub, but happily, it does have a pretty fine discount on it.

Buy now: Zipp 404 Firecrest rear wheel from Chain Reaction Cycles for £673

Zipp Super 9 clincher disc wheel was £1987, now £1768.85

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Buy now: Zipp Super 9 clincher disc wheel at Tredz for £1,488

Read more: Zipp Super 9 Clincher disc wheel review

It’s fast, laterally stiff but also amazingly comfortable. Opt for a Shimano or SRAM freehub option with white decals and this speed machine could be yours in 10 days. There’s a Campagnolo option, but it’ll take a bit longer to get to you.

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The Best Soup Makers For Quick, Healthy, Hassle-Free Soups

Nutritious, comforting and filling, a bowl of soup is as simple as it is satisfying. It’s a versatile dish that works well as a quick lunch or as a cost-effective dinner (especially if you have many mouths to feed), and it can also be a great way of upping your vegetable intake in just one dish. If you love the idea of healthy home-made soups but haven’t got time to chop mountains of veg, slave over a hot stove, decant and blend in batches, and then clear away piles of pans, a soup maker can save you time and effort in the kitchen. Simply pop in your ingredients, add stock and let the gadget work its magic. You’ll have a hassle-free wholesome meal, blended to your desired consistency, in next to no time.

Best For Super-Fast Soups: Salter EK2411 Soup Maker

Love soup but short on time? This Salter gadget can whizz up a hearty bowl in just 20 minutes. The stainless steel jug has a large 1.1-litre capacity and there are four auto settings that blend the soup to your preferred thickness (smooth, chunky, compote and blend). The smart control system prevents overspill and dry burning, and the jug detaches from the unit for easy cleaning. £50 (RRP £100), check price and buy on amazon.co.uk

Best For Features: Morphy Richards 501020 Total Control Soup Maker

It may look like a kettle but this super soup maker comes with a range of handy features that make broth-making a breeze. There’s a portion control function that adapts the cooking time to suit the portion size you select, as well as a reheat button that treats leftovers with the care they deserve. The stainless steel pan is easy to rinse after use, plus you can simply pour water and washing-up liquid into the unit and set the blades in motion to clean the base. £80 (RRP £110), check price and buy on amazon.co.uk

Best For Small Kitchens: Tefal BL841140 Easy Soup

The name doesn’t lie – this compact contraption, which takes up minimal worktop space, is really simple to use. You can create soups and compotes in the flick of two switches and the stay warm feature on the double-layer insulated pot keeps things hot for up to two hours. The detachable power cord makes for neat storage, while the self-cleaning programme means that you don’t have to worry about after-dinner scrubbing. £85, buy on argos.co.uk

Easiest To Use: Lakeland Touchscreen Soup Maker

This good-looking gadget has a sleek touchscreen that lets you cut, blend, cook, simmer and stir in one sturdy jug. The four auto settings can knock up smooth or chunky soups in as little as 30 minutes, and you can manually control the cooking time and temperature to ensure you get the exact consistency you’re looking for. It also whips up sauces, dips and smoothies, and also has an ice-crushing setting that can be adapted to make fresh lemonade and other drinks. £125, buy on amazon.co.uk

Best For Versatility: Cuisinart Soup Maker Plus SSB3U

Cuisinart’s comprehensive appliance offers four blending speeds for a variety of soup styles and features a sauté function and a slow stir setting that you can use to make risotto and curries. You can also use it as a standard blender for sauces and smoothies, as well as for crushing ice. The lack of any preset programmes means that you’ll need to be a little more hands-on with this one but it allows keen cooks to get a bit more creative. The glass jug and non-stick base are easy to clean, and it comes with a recipe book. £100, buy on amazon.co.uk