Best Soy Milk Makers

Updated June 2021
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Buying guide for best soy milk makers

Whether you're vegan, lactose-intolerant, or simply prefer non-dairy milk, soy milk is a staple milk alternative. Although you can buy it from the store, some people prefer homemade. A soy milk maker lets you make your own soy milk quickly and easily out of dried soybeans. Not only does it do all the hard work for you, it can save you a load of money, too (not to mention all those cartons you usually can’t recycle).

Soy milk makers aren't everyday appliances across the majority of the globe, so you might not know much about them or which features are important. Luckily, you've ventured to the right place to learn more.

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If your chosen soy milk maker only takes soaked soybeans, you'll need to soak them for around 12 hours before you begin making your soy milk.

Key considerations

Capacity

The capacity of your chosen soy milk maker is important. If you've got a large family or household and you choose a model with a small capacity, you might find yourself making several batches a day. Conversely, if you only use soy milk to lighten a few cups of coffee each day, a large batch of soy milk may spoil before you have the chance to drink it all. The majority of soy milk makers have a capacity of between 0.9 and 2 liters.

Speed

How quickly can your chosen soy milk maker whip up a batch of soy milk? The fastest models can produce soy milk in as little as 10 to 15 minutes, start to finish, though it usually takes a little longer if your soybeans haven't been pre-soaked. A modern soy milk maker shouldn't take longer than 30 minutes to make a batch of soy milk.

Versatility

Wondering how often you'll actually make soy milk? Luckily, the bulk of contemporary soy milk makers can do more than just make soy milk. Most can also make nut milks (such as almond or cashew milk) and rice porridge. Some can also tackle soup, tea, hot chocolate, and milkshakes. You can also find juicers that double up as soy milk makers, which is a solid choice if you're likely to use a juicer more regularly than a soy milk maker.

Noise level

Soy milk makers can be quite loud. The majority of models grind dry beans to simplify the extraction process, which has the potential to be noisy. You might not mind too much — especially if you usually have trouble getting your kids out of bed in the morning — but it can be inconvenient if you want to craft some late night or early morning soy milk without waking anyone, you live in close quarters with your neighbors, or you're likely to whip up a batch of soy milk while your baby is napping. You can find near-silent models, which are worth considering.

Soy milk maker features

Filter

You'll need to filter your soy milk to extract the milk from the soybean pulp. Some soy milk makers have a built-in filter but some do not. Built-in filters are convenient but can be tricky to clean. If your chosen model doesn't have built-in filtration, you'll need to use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to filter your soy milk.

Materials

Soy milk makers tend to be made of either plastic or stainless steel. Some models are plastic on the outside, but have a metal interior, which is great for people who try to avoid making or storing food in anything plastic.

Keep warm

Some soy milk makers have a keep warm function which (as the name suggests) keeps your finished soy milk warm until you're ready to use it. This is great if you like warm soy milk in your coffee or on your cereal. It's also handy when using your soy milk maker to brew tea or cook soup.

Spout

The majority of soy milk makers have a spout for easier pouring. It can be tricky to pour your soy milk without spilling it if you don't have a spout. That said, it's not a vital feature and we wouldn't discount an otherwise excellent soy milk maker that lacked a spout.

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Some soy milk makers have attachments included to transform them into coffee grinders.
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Soy milk maker prices

Soy milk makers aren't inexpensive small appliances, but you must consider the money you'll save over the years making your own non-dairy milks rather than buying them from the store.

The least expensive models start at around $100 to $120.

Mid-range options cost roughly $120 to $200.

High-end soy milk makers cost between $200 and $250.

Tips

  • Check whether your chosen soy milk maker has a raw blending option. This lets you quickly whip up raw nut milks, which can be extremely costly when bought from the grocery store.

  • Think about your vitamin intake. Store-bought soy milk is usually fortified with vitamins D and B12, as well as calcium, so you might want to fortify your homemade soy milk or take a supplements to compensate when you switch from store-bought to homemade.

  • Take control over your soy milk. What's great about making your own soy milk is that you have total control over what goes in it. You can leave it completely plain, or sweeten or flavor it to taste. You can also experiment to make it the desired thickness, for more or less creamy milk.

  • Consider the safety functions of your chosen soy milk maker. This is particularly important if you'll leave it to make soy milk while you're out and about. Be on the lookout for models with water level sensors and auto shut-off in case of overflow or overheating.

Other products we considered

Although soy milk makers aren't hugely popular products outside of Asia, there are still a fair number of models to choose from. We came across several soy milk makers that didn't quite reach our top five but are still worth considering. The Joyoung Easy-Clean Superfine Grinding Automatic Hot Soy Milk Maker can make hot soy milk, cooked grains, fruit teas, tofu pudding, rice paste, soup, and nut milks. It grinds soybeans extremely finely for an extra-smooth finished product. If you're looking to make large quantities of soy milk on a commercial scale, consider the Golden Elephant Soymilk Maker. The only downside is it doesn't cook the soybeans for you. We're also big fans of the Miracle Automatic Soymilk Maker, which can make roughly a quart of soy milk in just 15 minutes. The built-in filter helps produce the smoothest soy milk, straight from the spout.

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You can use homemade soy milk to make tofu. You generally can't make it from store-bought soy milk, as the additives can interfere with the process.

FAQ

Q. Are soy milk makers easy to clean?

A. Some soy milk makers are easier to clean than others. As a rule, those with hidden heating elements and without filters have fewer nooks and crannies that can be difficult to clean. Soy milk makers don't tend to be dishwasher safe, but some models have a few dishwasher safe components. It's useful to buy a bottle brush or other dishwashing brush to reach right into the interior where dirt can build up.

Q. What can I use homemade soy milk for?

A. You can use homemade soy milk wherever you'd use dairy milk — in tea or coffee, on breakfast cereal, in baked goods, or straight up with cookies. However, it can also be used for more adventurous recipes, such as homemade tofu or soy milk ramen, or for making non-dairy yogurt from scratch.

Q. What is okara and what should I do with it?

A. Okara is the name for the pulp left over when making fresh soy milk. It's a nutritious, protein-rich food, so it's a waste to just throw it away. You can find a range of recipes that use okara, including veggie burgers, faux fish products, egg-free omelets, and vegan ravioli.

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