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 reduction 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 a few very good options to choose from, right from less expensive to the top of the line.
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, because 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 single serving blender 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.
Best Blenders that are Quiet
- Our top pick: Blentec Pro 800
- Runner up: Philips High Speed Power Blender
- Budget pick: Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield Blender
Blender Noise Reduction
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. For example, packing the motor casing with scrap rubber is what some manufacturers do to dull motor noise, as rubber absorbs vibrations that add to the decibel level. Blenders with heavy, sturdy and wide bases won’t wobble or vibrate as much. Blender jars made of polymers instead of glass or metal absorb some of the sound. If these and other elements are designed to reduce noise, then you can probably say that the nearest non-noise dampened competitor will be noisier.
The other way to reduce noise is to provide a blender sound cover that’s transparent and goes over the jar. This method is preferred, especially for high powered blenders. Restaurants, cafes and juice bars have blenders with sound shields because they don’t want to drive customers away with the constant din.
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.
One thing to note is that because noise reduction requires extra materials and features, it is not going to be cheap, particularly if we’re talking about powerful blenders.
Quietest Personal Blender
Hamilton Beach Personal Smoothie Blender with 14 Oz Travel Cup and Lid
If you just want a quiet smoothie blender that can thoroughly blend your protein shake or crush ice and frozen fruit in the morning right inside its own portable jar, you can’t go wrong with the Hamilton Beach Personal Smoothie Blender. The 14oz BPA-free travel cup is just the right size for a power breakfast drink before you hit the gym or go to work. it has a convenient drinking lid cover that you can sip directly from, so after blending, you just remove the jar from the base and go. Both the jar and lid are dishwasher safe.
There are no specific noise dampening features here. It’s just an inexpensive but very efficient 175 watt motor personal blender that does a credible job without waking up the dead.
Its compact size makes it easy to take to the office with you or even when traveling. You couldn’t find a simpler design – just use the one touch button to pulse or press and hold it to blend continuously.
When you’re done, the cord wraps around the bottom for easy storage.
Quiet Affordable Blender Options
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.
Weston Sound Shield Pro Series 1.6 HP Blender with 32oz + 20oz Blend-in Personal Jar
The Weston Sound Shield Pro Series Blender with a 1.6 HP power rating is pretty inexpensive considering you get a sound shield and a personal 20oz jar along with the main 32oz blender jar, and its blending is quite powerful.
While the 4 cup capacity won’t allow for large batches of hot soup, you can blend one or two servings of soup and pretty much anything else in it, including, fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds and ice.
Unlike most other blenders, this one has a gradual adjustment speed dial instead of fixed speed settings. This allows for finer speed adjustments, particularly when you start blending because you can avoid the high torque that makes a lighter and smaller blender like this jump or vibrate.
The PVC blender jar does not have its own handle but it doesn’t matter much since it’s not a huge jar. Instead, the handle is located on the sound shield. The jar comes with high contrast measurement markings that can be seen through the shield. There’s an included tamper that you may need in order to get all ingredients pushed down for a quick blending job. However, you will need to remove the shield in order to use it. The shield dampens the noise quite a bit.
This is a great option for small kitchens, as it will fit comfortably on a countertop under any kitchen cabinet and it’s got a small footprint.
The fixed blades are blunt and rounded so there’s no chance of cutting yourself when cleaning it. You can’t put the jar in the dishwasher, so the best way to clean it is to fill with warm soapy water to make hand washing easy. The personal jar’s blades do come off and all parts can be cleaned in the dishwasher. The lid fits snugly so you can blend and go without worrying about a spill.
This is one of the least expensive quiet blenders available and you get it with a 5 year limited warranty.
Quiet Midrange Blenders
OmniBlend Omni-Q Commercial Blender with Full Sound Enclosure Shield
If you’re looking for a quiet commercial blender that’s not super expensive, the OmniBlend Omni-Q Commercial Blender with Full Sound Enclosure Shield fits the bill. The sound enclosure is constructed of a heavy duty material that does a good job with noise muffling, as it completely encloses the blender jar.
The motor boasts a high power 3 HP rating and there’s full metal drive coupling, while the 6 stainless steel blades are designed to grind or blend both dry and wet ingredients. The blade system is designed to create a vortex to pull your ingredients straight to the bottom, and will ensure small particles don’t get trapped underneath.
It is simple to use, yet gives you enough options to let you control your blending and grinding jobs. In addition to an on/off switch, there are 7 one touch buttons – Pulse/Pause button, 3 speed buttons and 3 auto-timer buttons for 35, 60 and 90 seconds.
The large 50 fluid oz jar is constructed of Eastman Tritan BPA-free Copolyester and comes with a lockable lid and a tamper, although the tamper can be used only when the sound enclosure is open.
This blender can crush ice and frozen fruits for smoothies and make nut butters and hot soups. There’s a built-in cooling system with automatic overload protection to prevent overheating and the motor draws more power only when needed. Both these features helps the motor last longer and to reduce energy consumption.
Breville the Super Q Commercial Grade Quiet Quick Super Blender
The Breville the Super Q Quiet Quick Super Blender 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 for the discerning home chef, and their overall reputation is second to none. Just check out their amazing blender range here! So, when they come out with a newly designed blender that reduces noise but works like a high end competitor, you have to believe that this is going to be a home run. And, for the most part, it is.
The shatter-proof BPA-free copolyester pitcher is a big 68 ounces, and the extremely powerful 1800 watt motor with 186mph blade tip speed under load can easily handle a large quantity of food for blending. If you think that something this powerful and can’t be quiet, think again. The noise suppression technology utilizing a unique cooling system optimizes performance while reducing operating noise.
The middle of the lid comes with a removable measuring cup that can hold up to 2 fluid ounces. When removed it provides a useful opening to add ingredients in the middle of blending jobs when a recipe calls for it. When adding hot ingredients this is also useful for letting out steam for safe operation. You also get a scraper and a tamper as accessories.
It comes with 5 one touch pre-sets, including two smoothies – one for silky dairies and one for smooth green smoothies, one pulse/ice crush for turning ice into snow, a quick soup function that turns your cold ingredients into hot soup, and a frozen dessert function to make sorbets, frozen fruit yogurts, etc.
It also comes with 12 speed settings to easily select which speed is optimized for your required blending job, depending on how smooth and soft you want the texture to be. For example, you can select a speed for nut butters, nut or bean milk, creamy dips, sauces, salad dressings, fresh cocktails, fine milled flour, and freshly ground spices. You can pause, chop or mix too. There is a clean button that can be used for light regular cleaning by just adding water and dishwasher liquid into the jug and giving it a “clean” job. For once in a while proper cleaning, all the accessories, jug and lid can go in the dishwasher.
The Super Q also comes with a 24 ounce personal blender attachment so you can make and take with you a quick single person serving of a breakfast smoothie just before you dash out the door or rustle up a light but nutritious hot soup dinner when you’re alone at home. The blender base features an intelligent auto-performance optimizing system so it recognizes when you switch from the full jug to the personal blender and vice versa.
The dimensions of this product stands at 18″ tall to easily fit under standard height wall kitchen cabinets, and its base is 8 ¼” x 10 ½”. You get a 10 year limited warranty on it.
Although this home blender is designed for near commercial performance, you might have certain recipes that you want to try with restaurant-grade quality, like super airy dairy smoothies, or silkier dips and soups, or richer frozen desserts. To achieve these, you can get the fully compatible Vac Q as an optional attachment. It’s a vacuum pump that whips air into whatever you’re blending to get that light and airy professional result.
So, for reasonably quiet but powerful blending at home on a near professional scale, Breville has a good product here and can handily compete with the well known commercial grade brands like the ones below. Because it doesn’t come with an outer shield, crushing ice or milling grans and spices won’t be completely quiet of course, but regular blending jobs won’t disturb everyone else in the house.
While this is a great new blender by Breville, it is certainly not inexpensive compared to the blenders listed above. However, if you’re not quite ready to invest in market leaders Blendtec or Vitamix, then this one is more affordable.
Philips HR3868/90 High Speed Power Blender with ProBlend Extreme Technology
With a 2.4 hp 1800 watt motor and blades that can spin at 35000 rpm, the Philips High Speed Power Blender is the brand’s most powerful blender. It can process all ingredients, including stems and seeds, in seconds due to its ProBlend Extreme technology and the result is a silky smooth concoction.
You get to choose from 5 pre-programmed modes for Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, Soups, Nuts and Ice Crushing, or use the manual mode with variable speed control through a dial. The time left for the former or the time run for the latter is displayed on the digital screen.
There’s a silencing dome that’s easy to install. Once in place, it can be opened and closed over the blending jar. The 68 oz Tritan pitcher has its own handle, which is convenient. There’s also a tamper that you can use even when the dome is in place because there’s a removable cover on it to get at the jar’s lid if needed.
For measuring small ingredients for your drink, there’s a measuring cup. The jar, measuring cup, lid and tamper are all dishwasher safe.
This blender is hefty and tall. Its heavy base means that it will be stable even while blending the toughest ingredients and at the highest speed, but it’s height is 17 3/8 inches, so it may not fit under all kitchen cabinets.
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.
Vitamix Quiet One Blender 48 oz
The Vitamix Quiet One Blender is our final pick and it is one of the quietest blenders you can buy. It is the quietest Vitamix model and is also the most expensive, so it’s really meant for commercial establishments and the most serious of home blender users.
The Quiet One comes with a 48 oz. polycarbonate blending jar and utilizes vibration dampening technology and a sound enclosure to ensure no one is disturbed when you’re blending even the most difficult ingredients. The motor is placed above special gaskets to prevent vibrations from spreading through the rest of the blender. The powerful rotating blade’s vibrations are reduced by a magnetic seal and the sound enclosure’s seal on the base is also via strong magnets instead of hinges. Not only does this design reduce noise from vibrations, it also makes cleaning of spills easy.
It is very similar to the Blending Station Advance model above except that the sound muffling hood there is hinged and the sound muffling is not as good as with this more expensive model.
There are 6 control buttons that give you 34 optimized programs and 93 variable speeds, so there’s nothing that you can’t blend with this. You can make smoothies, frozen drinks, spreads, gravies, sauces, nut butters, and more.
This blender has its own handle and is light and easy to lift and pour.
How to Quiet a Blender
If you already have a perfectly good blender but hate the racket it makes there are two things you can do to reduce the noise before you consider buying a new blender.
- Place a mat or tea towel underneath: The cloth will absorb some of the vibrations, thereby reducing noise. However, make sure that you don’t block airflow underneath, as that’s how the motor stays cool.
- Move the blender away from the wall: If you usually store the blender under a kitchen cabinet and right up against a wall, make sure to move it towards you and leave some distance from the wall. This is because vibrations from the blender tend to transfer to objects near it and those objects propagate them further, thereby making the noise even louder.
- Buy a sound enclosure: You can buy a separate sound enclosure, like the Whisper Blend, to go over your blender jar.
Noise is measured in decibels and there is no such thing as a blender that makes no noise. Standard blender decibels reach about 88 dB when you stand two feet away. Most people talk naturally at about 65 dB and sound level doubles for every 10 dB increase, so that means a regular blender is about 4 times as loud as a normal conversation! It means that if even the smallest sound dampening technology is included in blender design, it can make a huge impact on noise reduction.
Any appliance with parts that move at high speed will be loud. The motor will emit a noise and the more high powered it is, the louder it is. In addition, blenders have blades that move at high speed while cutting up ingredients. The gears and bearings are the other fast moving parts.
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