Best Quiet Blenders for Late-Night Sorbet and Early-Morning Smoothies
From smoothies and juices to soups and sauces, blenders are the miracle workers of the kitchen. The sheer variety of tasty treats, nutritious drinks and foods that can be made in a blender is astonishing. On top of that, it’s small, compact and portable. But why not go a step further and buy yourself a blender that’s also quiet on the job?
Let’s face it, as great as blenders are, they can be very noisy. If you’ve ever woken your family members or roommates up while making your morning protein shake, it’s clear that you need a quiet blender. Not only will it be easier on your housemates and neighbors, but it will also bother your pets less and won’t give you a headache.
But what is it that makes a blender quiet? Are all quiet blenders quiet, or is it just a bit of marketing mumbo jumbo? To help you out, I’ll go over why I think everyone needs a quiet blender, what to look for in a quiet blender and, finally, offer a list of my ten favorite ones.
Why You Need a Quiet Blender
Imagine this scenario: it’s 4 o’clock in the morning and you’ve woken up for, it seems, no reason. Perhaps it was a bad dream or nature’s call stirring you, but the point is — you’re awake.
A lot of folks feel hungry after they wake up. It’s no wonder why; after all, you probably haven’t eaten for a few hours by then. A blender is the quickest and the most convenient way to whip up a quick, healthy snack. But it’s 4 o’clock, remember? How will you fire up your blender without waking the rest of the house up?
To make matters worse, now you’re likely having trouble falling back asleep on an empty stomach. At this point, you can either buckle and eat a bag of Doritos (or an equally unhealthy snack) or stay awake.
But if you had a specially-designed quiet blender, you could blend away into the night without worrying about waking up your housemates or neighbors. It’s really that simple and that scenario isn’t the only situation where a quiet blender would come in handy. It’s all a matter of convenience, but at times, a healthy snack at 4 o’clock in the morning can really brighten one’s day.
|Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield Blender||1200 W, 1.6 HP||32 or 20 oz|
|Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane||1500 W, 2.25 HP||60 oz|
|Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield Blender||1500 W, 2.0 HP||32 oz|
|VAVA Countertop Smoothie Maker||500W, 1.4 HP||51 oz|
|Optimum Vac2 High-Speed Blender||2200 W, 3.0 HP||68 oz|
|Vitamix Quiet One Blender||2200 W, 3.0 HP||48 oz|
|Blendtec 885 Countertop Blender||1800 W, 3.8 HP||90 oz|
What to Look for in a Quiet Blender
Before you decide on a quiet blender, it’s important that you look at its features and specifications first. Quiet blenders can cost a premium (that is, compared to regular blenders), so it’s important that the one you chose is the right one for you.
Without further ado, let’s go over the features you will have to pay extra attention to in a quiet blender.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the first feature you ought to look for in a quiet blender is for it to be quiet!
Motors are inherently loud. The way manufacturers get around this problem is by adding an insulative material to key parts of the blender. This material (usually rubber) serves to dampen the noise coming from the motor by partly absorbing it.
Quiet blenders can also come with an additional cover or case. This enclosure, made of plastic or glass, is placed over the blender jar and further dampens the noise.
The properties of the materials used, as well as the placement, all affect how noisy a blender will be at the end of the day. Sadly, most manufacturers don’t include their blender’s decibel ratings in product listings, so it’s helpful to look at what other customers have had to say.
Unfortunately, there is always bound to be a bit of risk-taking involved in buying a quiet blender, since what others consider quiet may be loud to you and vice versa.
2. Motor Size/Power
When it comes to all blenders, not just the quiet ones, the size and the power of the motor counts for a lot. After all, what’s a quiet blender worth if it can’t blend the food you want it to? The size and the power of the motor, as well as the sharpness of the blades (which we will talk about next), affects what types of food a blender can blend and how loud it will be.
To breeze through frozen foods and ingredients, the motor should be in the range of 300 to 600 W.
3. Blade Sharpness
As mentioned above, the horsepower of a blender’s motor is only part of the equation. The other key part to being able to blend tough ingredients is the sharpness and the quality of the blades.
Choosing the blades for your blender is, for the most part, straightforward. Most blender blades are made out of stainless steel nowadays, since it’s expected that they will be washed. However, hardened stainless steel is usually the superior choice.
When it comes to replacing your blender’s blades, it’s important to get the replacement either from the manufacturer directly or to get a genuine part. Avoid shoddy aftermarket blades as they’re prone to rust (not real stainless steel) and other problems.
While you should, ideally, look for a blender with quality parts and durable construction, even those are liable to breaking or malfunctioning at some point. That’s why it’s suggested you buy your blender with a warranty.
It may be more convenient (or cheaper) to buy a blender from a reseller or a used one, but the safety net of a warranty is worth the extra cost.
A List of 7 Best Quiet Blenders
#1 Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield Blender
Jamba Juice Company is one of the world’s top healthy lifestyle brands. Given how important fruit smoothies, protein shakes and juices are to leading a healthy lifestyle today, it’s no surprise that one of Jamba’s pursuits is to create the ideal blender.
With its Quiet Shield Blender line, Jamba went a step further. As the name suggests, this blender is specially designed to blend while not making a lot of noise. But the Quiet Shield Blender is unique in that it’s far less expensive than the ones they often have at restaurants and coffee shops. Its generous price tag makes it affordable to buy for your home as well.
A unique feature of the Quiet Shield Blender is its enclosure, which it comes packaged with. This enclosure serves to dampen the noise coming from the motor and the blender jar. The motor is fairly quiet too, so it’s safe to assume the base has rubber padding.
The Quiet Shield Blender comes with a 32 oz, dishwasher safe and shatterproof jar. Depending on which reseller you bought it from, it may also come with a travel size 20 oz jar, with its own lid and blade assembly. The two jars allow you to easily switch between making smoothies, milkshakes and other drinks, and grinding up ingredients.
The Quiet Shield Blender is powered by a fairly hefty motor. Its peak output is 1.6 horsepower, or about 1200W. It can struggle with thicker/harder ingredients if there are a lot of them in the jar. Thankfully, the Quiet Shield Blender also comes with a tamper, which helps you break down frozen and tough ingredients.
Altogether, the Quiet Shield Blender is a quiet, high-performance blender in a low-cost package. While it won’t outperform Jamba’s premium ware, it can certainly stand toe-to-toe with most common blenders on the market.
#2 Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane
Despite being known mainly for their hand blenders until recently, Cuisinart is looking to break into the blender market with its Hurricane line of high-powered blenders. Its two offerings at the moment are the CBT-1500 and CBT-2000, but I will focus on the 1500W version here. These two are, for the most part, identical except for the motor output.
While it isn’t quite commercial-grade, the CBT-1500 boasts a brawny 2.25 peak horsepower motor (or about 1500W). That’s more than enough for most ordinary, day-to-day blending tasks.
What sets the CBT-1500 apart from other blenders is its double housing. This design is what makes it possible for the CBT-1500 to run as quietly as it does. However, at higher speeds, it can get fairly noisy. It’s suggested that a rubber mat be placed beneath the CBT-1500 to help dampen the noise.
The CBT-1500 is fitted with a set of non-removable 4-prong blades, made out of dishwasher-safe stainless steel of course. These blades are housed in a sizable 60 oz jar, which the CBT-1500 is shipped with.
The meat of this blender lies in its controls, which come in the form of a touchpad panel. While the CBT-1500 has a pulse control, it only has two speed presets (“high” and “low”) and no variable speed control. That’s a fairly big let-down since it offers very few options on how to use it.
On the bright side, the CBT-1500 has a built-in timer, as well as several presets (for smoothies, ice and other ingredients).
Aside from the lack of a variable speed control, the Cuisinart CBT-1500 is a robust, brawny blender. Cuisinart generously chose to ship it with a 60 oz jar, as opposed to a 32 or 20 oz jar. The CBT-1500 slightly disappoints with how noisy it is (on higher speed settings), but it’s still quieter than most blenders on the market.
#3 Hamilton Beach 1500W Quiet Shield Blender
Like Jamba Appliances’ Quiet Shield Blender, this blender from Hamilton Beach keeps itself quiet with its included “Quiet Shield” enclosure.
However, unlike Jamba Appliances’ blender, this one runs on a more powerful 2.0 peak horsepower (1500W output) motor. Its stainless steel blades spin at around 105 mph, allowing it to blaze through frozen fruit, ice and other hard ingredients. Thankfully, this blender also compensates for its big muscles with a built-in cooling system.
The Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield features three presets: smoothie, ice crush, and puree. Alongside that, it boasts a variable speed control, a pulse dial, as well as a self-clean feature. Self-cleaning is a convenient inclusion, but if you prefer to clean your kitchen appliances yourself, you’re in luck. All of Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield’s parts are dishwasher-safe.
The included shatterproof jar is only 32 oz, but that should be more than enough for most purposes.
As far as this blender’s noiseless credentials go, sadly, it doesn’t quite live up to Hamilton Beach’s promises. The enclosure that comes with it does reduce the blender’s noise level, but it’s still mildly loud at higher speed settings.
Still, at the end of the day, it’s quieter than most blenders you will find on the market. That, and the included enclosure doubles as a pitcher!
All in all, the Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield is one of the most versatile blenders out there. It is feature-rich, with a variable speed control, pulse dial, built-in timer, self-cleaning feature, as well as a self-cooling system to ensure it never overheats while you’re blending away the day.
As far as I’m concerned, that more than makes up for it being mildly noisy at times. But if the noise does bother you, placing a rubber mat beneath it will help dampen the noise further.
#4 VAVA 500W Smoothie Blender
What stands out right away about the VAVA Smoothie Blender is its price tag. If there is one reason to give this blender a try, it’s VAVA’s generous asking price.
Thankfully, that isn’t the only reason. Aside from being crazily affordable compared to most other blenders out there, VAVA offers a blender that’s lightweight, compact and highly portable. It isn’t the most powerful on the market, but it isn’t meant to be either, eschewing power for affordability and compactness.
While it is very compact, the VAVA Smoothie Blender ships with a hefty 51 oz jar. That’s more than enough for any fruits or vegetables you like to make your smoothies or shakes out of.
Given its low cost, the VAVA Smoothie Blender has a fair number of features. It boasts a variable speed control, as well as three presets: pulse, ice crush and smoothie. These presets change how the blender behaves. For example, when it is set to ice crush, the blender stops on its own after blending. Or, when it is on smoothie, it will automatically adjust its speed, starting slow before ramping up.
Between the presets and the adjustable speed, you can make just about anything with this blender. That includes baby food, pancake batter, dressings, as well as soups and sauces of all varieties.
The VAVA Smoothie Blender is also impeccably quiet, but it’s worth noting that it does have a smaller, less powerful motor than its noisier competitors, so it isn’t as much of a hurdle for VAVA to make this blender less noisy.
All in all, if you’re in the market for a compact, lightweight, portable and a quiet blender, the VAVA Smoothie Blender checks off just about every market. Its less powerful motor is the only drawback since it makes blending tougher ingredients harder, but that’s its only trade-off.
#5 Froothie Optimum Vac2
The Optimum Vac2 from Froothie is fairly unique as far as blenders go. It’s a heavy-duty (“heavy” in literal terms and otherwise) vacuum blender powered by a monstrous 2200W motor. Air is removed from the jar prior to blending to prevent oxidation, which can diminish the nutritional value of various foods (e.g. oxidation has been found to lower the vitamin C content of many foods/drinks).
Oxidation can change the color and taste of various foods and drinks as well, especially fruit and vegetable-based ones. Because of the Vac2’s vacuum feature, you’re able to prepare drinks (such as smoothies and protein shakes) ahead of time and enjoy them in their full splendor hours later.
Coupled with the Vac2’s meaty motor, its 6-prong stainless steel blades will cut through frozen fruits/vegetables and pulverize ice, nuts and seeds. Its bearings are designed to minimize heat, even at higher speeds.
While its hefty motor allows it to surmount most hard/tough ingredients, the Vac2 also comes with a tamper. That makes it so you won’t have to scrape the ingredients off the walls of the jar every time, but it will also help crush/mix whatever it is you’re blending.
The included jar is a very generous 68 oz, making it possible to, for example, blend soup for a few people at the same time.
The Vac2 boasts a built-in timer, as well as five presets, more than most other blenders have (typically three). These presets are smoothie, vegetable/fruit, pulse, nuts and soup.
Lastly, the Vac2 manages to stay fairly quiet for such a powerhouse of a blender. That’s likely because of its vacuum feature which removes air, a medium that noise can travel through, from the jar. Of course, with more intensive blends, it will get loud, but that’s a small trade-off for such a robust item.
The only other drawback of the Optimum Vac2 is its plastic jar. After a few weeks (to months) of use, it can become discolored and look a bit like frosted glass. Thankfully, that doesn’t affect how the Vac2 performs, but it can look a bit uninviting.
#6 Vitamix Quiet One
By far the priciest blender on this list (along with the Blendtec Stealth 885), the Vitamix Quiet One has a lot to live up to — not least of all, its price tag and brand.
Vitamix is famous for its line of commercial-grade blenders for restaurants, coffee shops and similar establishments. “The Quiet One” is no exception. It is designed to run as quietly as possible, while still offering the performance of a 3 horsepower peak motor.
It does so with a series of magnets which help create a tight seal around the noise-proof enclosure, making it very tough for noise to leak out. Nonetheless, the quiet shield is a piece of cake to remove and clean.
The controls are fully manual and programmable, with variable speed and pulse controls. While the hands-on controls are a necessity in a café or a coffee shop setting, they’re likely to overwhelm customers at home.
At 27 lbs, the Quiet One should perhaps be renamed “the Stationary One”, since it’s not really meant to be lugged around much. After all, it’s for staying at a bar or somewhere in a café or a restaurant.
All in all, while the Vitamix Quiet One is a very robust blender, it’s also clearly meant for commercial establishments. It’s hard to justify its price for an at-home blender. Not that Vitamix hides this fact, the Quiet One is, after all, a part of their commercial line of blenders.
#7 Blendtec Stealth 885
It’s hard to argue that Blendtec isn’t the world’s leader in blenders. While it’s been rubbing shoulders as of late with Vitamix, it still has a decisive edge when it comes to brand popularity, at least in America.
The Blendtec Stealth 885 and Vitamix Quiet One are two of the quietest commercial-grade blenders on the market. But how do they compare, standing side-by-side with one another?
The two are fairly similar in design; they both feature a noise enclosure that dampens the noise of the motor/blades. The Sealth 885 and the Quiet One also boast a fully manual, programmable control scheme (both have, funnily enough, six customizable buttons). Where the Stealth 885 differs is in its interface, which is all-touch and has a nifty slider for controlling speed. The Stealth 885 also allows you to program different profiles, each of which has its own controller scheme.
Where the Stealth 885 has a distinct edge is its motor, which is a more powerful 2800W (or 3.8 horsepower) peak output motor.
At the end of the day, both of these blenders are clearly meant for commercial-grade establishments like restaurants, cafés and coffee chops. They’re priced very closely and you would be hard-pressed to find a reason to buy either of these two for your kitchen. However, for establishments like the ones mentioned previously, these two are at the top of the heap, by far.
Final thoughts On Quiet Blenders
Overall, your choice of blender should be informed by what your needs are, as well as how much you’re willing to dish out for one.
For an affordable, high-performance, fairly quiet blender, the Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield or Hamilton Beach Quiet Shield should more than suffice. For a compact, portable, low-power blender, the VAVA Smoothie Blender offers convenience and a good feature set.
If you run a café or a coffee shop and want a beast of a blender that won’t drown out conversations and music, the Blendtec Stealth 885 and the Vitamix Quiet One are at the very top of their class. For a far more affordable, at-home blender that still manages to give a top-tier performance, the Froothie Optimum Vac2 should be your go-to choice.