I gave up with my LL shaker after the first 2 shakes
I use a hand held blender I got years ago from QVC but I don't know what make it is.
It is very powerful and crushes ice to make icecream with no bother.
I love my blender
For the soups I just add a small amount of hot water to make a paste using a fork and then gradually top up. I use cold water to bring it to a reasonable temperature as I don't like hot hot drinks and it would take longer than the recommended 15 mins for it to reach a temperature that suits me otherwise
I'm a regular 'Inspector Gadget' ... I first bought a Braun Hand blender - great! Then I upgraded it to a more powerful Braun Hand blender with other attachments - fab! Now I've also bought a Hinari kitchen genie on the advice of Mummy.Debbie (where is she by the way??) and I'm loving that too!
Now, I make my shakes with the genie because it has cups that you can mix the shakes in then just screw on a coloured ring and it turns into a cup - less washing up - and I blend my soup with the Braun.