Can you hear me now? The most common complaint about blenders is their noise. We love our smoothies, but our young daughter can’t stand the noise. She scrambles to leave as fast as she can every time we say “ready?”. So, if you’re a peace lover, and we hope you are, there’s hope! We’ll tell you how to protect your hearing and recommend the best quiet blender for your budget.
In a hurry? Our top picks for kings of silent blending are :
- Blendtec with Sound Enclosure — Top Overall Blender.
- Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield — Top Budget Blender.
Read on to learn more…
Can a blender damage your hearing?
One of the most common complaints about blenders is their noise. The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) places blenders in the ‘extremely loud— dangerous to hearing; wear earplugs or earmuffs’ category and states that they have a 94 average decibel level, placing them on par with hair dryers and food processors.
To place this in context, a noise level of 85 can lead to hearing loss if you listen to them for more than 8 hours at a time. However, hearing loss happens exponentially faster as sound levels increase. At 94 – the sound level of a blender – you’re safe for 1 hour. So, the good news is that you are unlikely to damage you hearing while making a smoothie (assuming normal home use). The bad news is that at levels like this, it may still be painfully loud for you.
Options that may silence the roaring beast?
Until a silent blender is invented, you might try:
Moving it away from the wall or use in a larger room – Most kitchens have hard surfaces that seem to amplify noise. Try using your machine from the kitchen island or a table, anything that is not next to a wall. Or, you might try a larger room if you can.
Placing the blender on a dish towel or silicone mat – Muffle the sound further by placing the unit on top of something to help absorb some of the noise from the motor. Some manufactures sell mats that may help (for example, Vitamix’s Sound-Reducing Pad).
Blending the night before – 6 a.m. may not be the ideal time for you to blend if you want a harmonious home. Try blending the night before, pour it in an airtight container like a mason jar, and just give it a shake in the morning.
Should you buy a sound shield?
A cone of silence for your blender seems like a logical first step at first glance, but buyer beware. Placing a motor inside of a box that reduces airflow to the engine may not be the best idea. We could not find any verified customers of a quiet shield product to confirm our suspicions, so we can’t be sure. However, our guess is that a sound shield can cause blender motors to overheat.
If you are still determined, then Whisper Blend seems to be biggest quiet shield player in this market. Our recommendation is buy a blender with a built-in sound enclosure to ensure you do not nullify the manufacturer’s warranty.
How to choose the best quiet blender?
The best blenders (in general) are easy-to-clean, easy-to-use, reliable, not too expensive, and safe. Additionally, in this review we are looking for blending options that make the least noise.
Best blender attributes:
Powerful Motor – Don’t look at the “peak horsepower,” which represents the force generated when the blades are stopped abruptly. No blender actually runs at peak horsepower since this would fry the motor. Instead, look at watts (sometimes called running power), between 1100-1400 watts should suffice.
Easy-to-clean – While “self-cleaning” is sufficient much of the time by running a blender half-full of warm water and a few drops of dish soap for 30-60 seconds, this will not always be enough. We only recommend easy-to-clean blenders that are dishwasher-safe for when self-cleaning is not enough.
Easy-to-use Containers – The best blenders feature plastic containers, which are lightweight and less prone to breaking than glass ones (no one wants shards in their smoothies!). Plastic can absorb odors and stain easily, though, so clean them promptly after each use. We only recommend products that are BPA-free to protect you from diseases that may be caused by to using BPA plastic products (Mayo Clinic). Additionally, look for a container with a wide mouth to facilitate loading and cleaning, as well as easy-to-read measurements.
Easy-to-use Controls – Touchpads, push buttons, dials, and flip switches each have their pros and cons, but we did not see a clear winner here. We did notice that customers tended to complain more about blenders with “fancier” controls. If you do not like reading directions, a blender with simple analog controls may be better for you. Our favorite preset controls were the digital timers that helped us follow the blender recipes.
Reliable – We all want a machine that simply works. When it doesn’t, you want a warranty that will replace it. Longer warranties are better (obviously), but they tend to come at a higher price. If all other features are equal, then we rated the blender with the longer warranty higher.
What factors drove our ratings?
- Quiet – verified customers confirmed that blending was noticeably quieter
- Motor Base – at least 600 watts
- BPA-free plastic containers
- Dishwasher safe containers (at minimum, can be placed in the top rack)
- Self-cleaning – verified customers confirmed that they clean their blenders this way.
- Warranty – longer is better
- Price – cheaper is better
Our #1 Rated – Best quiet blender
Blendtec Professional 800 with Sound Enclosure
- Motor: 1800 watt (strong enough for whole-fruit blender juicing).
- 90 oz jar
- 10-year warranty.
- Quieter: Verified customers confirmed there was less noise. The manufacturer measured 67 Decibels (30% better than an average blender).
- BPA-free containers.
- Self-cleaning capable.
- Patented blunt blades.
The Blendtec Professional 800 Blender with WildSide+ Jar (90 oz), Sealed Sound Enclosure is a stellar option. Clearly, 68% of the customers who gave this blender a 5-star review on Amazon by our time of publishing agree. This is an excellent option for all of your almost silent blending needs.
Terry (a verified customer) said in July 2019, “In the end, it came down to two factors: noise and cost. Vitamix sells a model called “The Quiet One” that comes with an enclosure case but only has a 3 year warranty and is intended for commercial use. The price is steep that comes in around $1,900. Our next choice was the Ascent A3500 but we could not imagine trying to tolerate running a noisy blender in the kitchen. Although there are aftermarket acrylic enclosures for sale, an educated guess as to why these are not endorsed is because they do not provide adequate ventilation and may cause the blender to overheat.”
The most common complaints are price, size, and breakage. Naturally, only you can decide if quieter is worth more than twice the price of Blendtec’s comparable units without the quiet shield. For size (38 x 25 x 44 inches), make sure you measure where you plan to store the blender before making your decision. Finally, regarding breakage, this blender comes with a 10-year warranty.
Blendtec and Vitamix customers can be quite loyal to their brands. So, if you’re a Vitamix enthusiast and want some peace and quiet, then you will likely love the Vitamix 36019 36019-1 Vita-Mix Quiet One. We opted to recommenced the Blendtec because it was $200 less expensive and the customers of this particular Vitamix blender seemed less pleased than those of the other Vitamix blenders . That said, it’s probably fantastic.
Customers who bought this Blendtec noted that its parts were dishwasher-safe only on the top rack and some claimed the lid was not dishwasher safe at all. Also, some said the until “danced” when it first starts to blend, causing you to need to hold it still for the first few seconds. Finally, some stated that they thought the blender was too expensive.
Our #2 Rated – Best quiet blender on a budget
Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender
- Motor: 1500 watt (strong enough for whole-fruit blender juicing).
- 32 oz jar
- Removable quiet shield
- 5-year limited warranty.
- Quieter – Verified customers confirmed noticeably less blending noise.
- BPA-free containers.
- Dishwasher safe container.
- Self-cleaning capable.
The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender is our top quiet blender for those with a smaller budget. It has plenty of power for smoothie making, crushing ice, and even blending whole-fruits to make juice. And 60% of customers gave it a 5-star rating by our time of publishing and at a price point that will save your hundreds!
Douge (a verified customer) said in October 2017, “I’ve owned a Vitamix in the past – of course it was excellent. But this under $150 unit (actually $119) is pretty close and does what we need it for. So far, pretty good. Just got it and it does seem to do the job. We made gazpacho and some ice smoothies. No problems with power and the quiet “shield” really does help cut down on the noise. I wish it had a large pitcher too for making larger quantities, but the 32 oz. will work for most of what we want to do with it.
The downside is that the top is not easy to take off and is made of a more rigid plastic – not a deal breaker, but I miss that rubber that I had on the Vitamix (but for saving $400, I can live with that). Also, there is no handle on the pitcher – the one you see in the photo is on the noise shield, So far it does not seem to be a big deal, but I expected one and it’s not there. All-in-all, I think this is a very powerful and versatile blender for a very good price.”
The most common complaints are about breakage, but the 5-year warranty should resolve most of these issues. Some customers did note that it was not as quiet as they thought it should be.
Hamilton Beach does have a super budget entry in the quiet blender market. We opted to not highlight the Hamilton Beach SoundShield 3-Speed Blender, 950 Watts, though, due to its weak warranty and poor customer reviews. That said, we love its price. If you’re looking to spend as little as possible, then take a look.
A cautionary note about some “quiet blenders”
We noticed a lot of people complaining about noise while blending, hence the reason we wrote this review. While researching for this article, we discovered a large amount of poor information on this topic. So, we are taking the unusual step of including a “do not buy these quiet blenders” section:
- Weston Sound Shield Pro – Has very low verified customer reviews.
- Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender – it’s a good enough blender, but it’s customers confirm that it is just as noisy as an average blender despite the use of the word ‘quiet’ in its marketing copy.
- KitchenAid KSB1575ER 5-Speed Diamond Blender – we saw several review sites list this one as a “quiet blender”, but for the life of us we are not sure why these sites included this as a competitor here.
- Black and Decker Quiet Blender – The verified customer reviews are quite poor versus the better reviews from those who are not verified.
We also noticed that many customers were asking whether the Ninja or Nutribullet have made a quiet blender. The answer, unfortunately, is “no.” So, chop, chop you two. We are waiting!
The two best quiet blenders are the Blendtec Professional 800 Blender with WildSide+ Jar (90 oz), Sealed Sound Enclosure for those that can and the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender for those on a budget.
While customers of both of these quiet blenders confirm that the noise level is noticeably better, the Blendtec customers seemed happier with their measured 30% less noise. Either way, we are confident that you will enjoy more health with less noise.