While many users only look for features like power, durability, blending quality and ease of use, don’t overlook noise level. This roughly translates to how powerful the blender is, with the most powerful ones being the noisiest. However, some blenders come with some sort of noise dulling feature that won’t make your cohabitants or neighbors curse you every time you use it. So, which is the quietest blender on the market? We’ll give you five very good options to choose from, right from less expensive to the top of the line.
There are two ways that a blender can be quieter than others. One way is just in the build of the appliance. The motor casing, blade design, base weight, etc. are all things that matter. If these elements are designed to reduce noise, then you can probably say that the nearest competitor will be noisier. The other way to reduce noise is to provide a blender noise reduction cover that’s transparent and goes over the jar. This method is preferred, especially for high powered blenders. The best quiet blender for smoothies and frozen drinks should allow you to have a normal conversation or at least play a piano while it is running. Our best quiet blender reviews cover types with and without a cover.
In addition to the blender’s noise level, you should also consider its wattage and ability to pulverize different types of foods that you throw into it. Not every blender can make very smooth blends of high fiber vegetables or run long enough to make nut butters, and for those kinds of jobs you need high power. For those who like to make their own personal smoothie to take to the gym or to work, some models include a sealable travel cup. Finally, look for the number to speed levels and a pulse feature since both these indicate how much control you have over the blending task. Take a look at our top picks in a variety of blender categories.
With all that said, the following are our top picks for the quietest blenders in 2017.
Best Quiet Blender for the Money
Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield Blender with 32 oz & 20 oz Jars (58916)
The Jamba Quiet Shield Blender takes its name from world famous Jamba Juice, a commercial smoothie company. And although they use commercial models to make their smoothies, this blender designed for home use is actually very adequate for the task.
The first thing you need to know is that it comes with a shatter-proof 1 quart pitcher for blending up a good sized drink, and it also comes with a personal 20 ounce travel cup container specifically designed for your smoothies in mind. The 1.6 horsepower motor will certainly get the job done, and the designs of both of the pitcher and the cup are made to send added ingredients directly to the blades at the bottom. The pitcher cap has inner markings so you can use it as a measurement cap as well. It is easy to clean, as all the removable parts are dishwasher-safe.
It comes with an easy to turn speed adjustment knob that gives you an infinite number of speed levels, and it has a pulse mode too. Although this blender has been optimized to make smoothies, you can blend virtually anything inside of it, including frozen drinks, and you can powder nuts too. The low profile jar allows you to permanently store the whole unit under a standard 18″ kitchen cabinet.
The quiet part of this equation is a hood that slides over the top. It greatly dampens the noise that the blender makes, and it works especially well when just blending liquids. Of course, grinding ice for your smoothies is still going to be noticeable, but it will cut down on the ear shattering racket that comes with pulverizing ice cubes.
Note that there is a handle on the shield but not on the jar. This might make it slightly awkward for small hands to pick up the jar to pour.
This is one of the least expensive quiet blenders available and you get it with a 5 year limited warranty.
Hamilton Beach Professional 1500W Quiet Shield Blender with 32 oz Jar (58870)
The Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield Blender also comes with a limited 5 year warranty, which is pretty good for a blender in this class. But in all respects, it is a very capable blending machine that just happens to be labeled as a quiet model.
This model has 4 blending pre-sets which are puree, crush, smoothies and a self-cleaning function. It comes with a tamper to push ingredients down for a complete blend. It also has 10 variable speeds that are easily accessed by the turning knob. The power comes from a 2 horsepower motor, so you should have plenty of mojo to get the job done. It comes with a 32 ounce pitcher and it is a very handsome blender with a silver and black color scheme.
Of course, the blenders in this review wouldn’t be here unless they were quiet, and this one comes with a hood that goes on over the top. However, even though it does make a difference when the hood is in place, the noise is still noticeable when grinding ice and there is only a slight difference. Another way that noise is reduced is by the rubber components on the base.
This model also comes with a handle on the enclosure instead of on the jar so care is needed while handling the jar. However, you can use the enclosure as a pitcher after pouring out your blended mix from the jar.
Breville Hemisphere Smooth Blender (BBL560XL)
The Breville Hemisphere attempts to quiet noise by way of unique design and does not have a cover or enclosure that fits over the top. We’ll go into that aspect later, but first let’s get into performance and features.
Breville is one of the foremost names when it comes to small kitchen appliances, and their overall reputation is second to none. So, when they come out with a newly designed blender that reduces noise, you have to believe that this is going to be a home run. And, for the most part, it is.
The pitcher is a big 48 ounces, and it is where the hemisphere name comes from. The interior slowly tapers down into the blades, with the bottom residing inside of the machine. That taper is the feature that makes it less noisy.
It comes with 5 pre-sets, including smoothie, mix, chop, blend and liquefy. It also has a pulse button and a separate on/off button to stop the blending time whenever you want. The motor, however, is the weakest of the bunch with only 1/3 horsepower. That will be good enough for easily blending liquids and even making smoothies out of leafy greens and hard veggies, but when crushing ice, it will take longer than the others and for any task you should be careful not to run the motor for long intervals or it may burn out.
Now for the quiet. The reality is that, for what it does and having no extra hood or cover, it does a pretty good job of quieting things down a bit.
So, for reasonably quiet liquid blending, Breville has a good product here. But if this is going to be your go-to ice crushing smoothie maker, the motor is probably going to let you down.
Best Quiet Powerful Blender Options
Blendtec Pro 800 with WildSide Jar
The first question you must always ask, when using a Blendtech Blender is, “Will it blend?” It’s their motto, and they have blended virtually everything including rocks, sticks and cell phones! Well, with the Blentec Pro 800, it WILL blend, and do it quietly too.
This is a very expensive blender, but if you need to blend things quietly, and that even includes ice, nothing does it better. The nearly 4 horsepower motor gives you ample power for any blending job, and it will crush ice like it’s butter in just a few seconds!
The features include 6 pre-sets that range from smoothies, mixed drinks and frozen treats, to juice, hot soup and nut butter. Plus, there is capacitive speed electronic glider that lets you chose how fast or how slow you want it to blend between 11 levels. Just slide your finger up and down to control. For maximum quiet, use a slower speed, and you’ll literally be able to whisper when it is running. You also have a pulse button. The Wildside jar is designed with one flattened corner which forces the mixture downwards into the blades. It will hold over 90 ounces, with a blending capacity of about 45 ounces.
Speaking of quiet, the hood design is hinged, so you literally lift it up, add ingredients, put the jar cover back on and lower the silencing hood. The handle is on the jar and not on the hood. It is touted as the quietest blender in the world, and test after decibel test proves it because there are also other airflow and sound dampening innovations here. Better still, it has a USB port for uploading recipes and custom programming the settings, and best yet, it has an 8 year warranty.
Vitamix Blending Station Advance 48 oz Blender (36021)
Now, if you want to know which Vitamix is the quietest for home use, it is the Vitamix 36021. It is the second most expensive blender on this list and there is a quieter and more expensive Vitamix model for commercial use, but if you’re only going to use it for yourself and family, this model should be enough.
First of all, it is an amazingly effective blender that has 6 optimized programs, from smoothies to juices. It has 34 available settings within those programs for the perfect blend every time, AND there are 93 different speeds at which to blend with, so you can have whatever you want, fast, slow or any in-between combination thereof. If this type of versatility and mind boggling array of speeds and settings trips your trigger, the Vitamix gives you that at the touch of your fingertips.
It does it all with a 3 horsepower motor, which is plenty of power for virtually anything you can put inside of it. And did we say quiet? Well, not as quiet as the Blendtech, but the hinged hood makes it pretty darn close.
This is actually a very effective machine, and it is a favorite of commercial food counters because of its incredible versatility. The 48 ounce pitcher should be plenty for you and a family. It comes with a 3 year warranty and a 1 year warranty on the blades.
Waring Commercial Reprogrammable Hi-Power Blender (MX1500XTX)
The Waring Commercial MX1500XTX Xtreme hi-power blender may be designed for commercial use, but it costs a lot less than the Blendtec or Vitamix above. Its 3.5 hp motor and huge 64 ounce Raptor jar is meant for large families, smoothie and coffee shops. Its pulse feature paired with dual speed control, 4 reprogrammable factory set selections and the variable speed and time selections makes it as feature rich as more expensive blenders. In fact, some users compare it to a Vitamix.
There is an LCD screen that displays daily drink counts and current operating status. The speed can be increased or decreased by 1% from 15% to 100%. The four reprogrammable settings are for 4 types of blended drinks.
The stainless steel blade and jar design gives you high performance with the smoothest results for any blending task. The coupling is metal on metal, so the parts are easily removable to send for individual servicing. Warranty includes limited 3 years on the motor, 2 years on the parts and labor warranty.
For quiet operation, the cover over the blender does the trick.