The Best Quiet Blender In 2021

If you’re in a hurry and just want to know what the best quiet blender is, I recommend the Blendtec Professional 800 Blender as my top pick overall.

A good blender can take care of so many tasks around the kitchen, but they can also make the kind of noise that drives everyone in the house crazy.

Fortunately, there are some blenders on the market specifically designed to keep the noise levels down. Some have special noise-reduction technology built-in, while others are just well-known for great performance at a low volume.

In this guide I’ve reviewed five of the best quiet blenders on the market today. Before that I’ve summarized my findings if you just want a quick outline of my top picks. After the reviews I’ve put together a comprehensive buyer’s guide to help you continue your research.

(Head back to my massive home juicing and blending guide when you’re done for more help with this side of kitchen life!)

Summary

If you just want a quick overview of my recommendations, here’s what I think are your best options.

Best Quiet Blender Overall

“I love Blendtec appliances, and it’s carried its kitchenware craftsmanship over to the Professional 800. It’s an incredibly versatile blender with a huge container and an impressive noise reduction sound shield. This will tackle just about any blending job you can think of, and without disturbing the whole house.”

Blendtec Professional 800 Blender with…
  • Blendtec blenders are built to the highest professional standards. Our blades are 80% thicker and 10x…
  • Six preprogrammed blend cycles + pulse for just about any recipe. Use specific cycles to make anything…
  • The Professional 800 operates at 11 speeds. Touch slider offers ultimate precision speed control, by…

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Best Budget Quiet Blender

“The Hamilton Beach 1500W Quiet Shield blender has a relatively small 32 ounce container, so I think it’s best-suited to small households, or those making smaller blending batches. It’s surprisingly quiet, has ten speeds, and also features a handful of presets for the most common blending tasks. I highly recommend it for the more budget-focused shopper.”

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield…
  • Crushes Ice and Frozen Ingredients Fast Powerful 1500 Watt/ 20 Peak Hp and Hardened, Stainless Steel…
  • Removable Quiet Shield Dampens Noise During the Blending Process; Infinite Speed Control Ranges From…
  • 4 Program Settings Smoothie, Ice Crush, Puree, and Clean Offer One-Touch Convenience and Easy Cleanup…

Best Shieldless Quiet Blender

“If you only need simple presets and variable speeds, and don’t have the space for a sound shield blender, I recommend the Cuisinart Hurricane. It’s great at tackling simple blending jobs, and is one of the more budget-friendly options on the market.”

Cuisinart Hurricane Blender, 2.25 Peak, Gun…
  • Powerful 2.25 peak HP motor
  • Large 60-ounce BPA-free Tritan plastic jar with soft-grip handle
  • Automatic load-sensing technology

Best Personal Quiet Blender

“Do you really need to spend a lot money on a countertop blender? If you’re only making single servings and need to keep the noise down in your house, I really like the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender. The weaker motor will limit some of the ingredients you can work with effectively, but it also makes it much quieter. Something to think about before buying a bigger kitchen appliance.”

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender for Shakes…
  • Compact design and BPA free: Great for home, office and travel with on the go portability
  • Blend and go: Blend and drink from the 14 ounce jar and lid which are both dishwasher safe
  • One touch blending: Makes great smoothies, shakes, baby formula, marinades, salad dressing and more

Best Commercial Quiet Blender

“I think the Vitamix Quiet One Blender is the best option if you either power your way through smoothies at home, or you need a versatile machine for a small commercial operation. It’s got more of everything: power, speeds, presets, and it’s very well-suited for an environment where you need to keep the volume right down.”

Vitamix 36019 36019-1 Vita-Mix Quiet One…
  • The Quiet One On-Counter Bar Blender
  • 48 oz. polycarbonate container
  • 6 program buttons

Reviews

That’s the quick overview of the quiet blenders I recommend for differenet households.

In this section you’ll be able to read more detailed reviews of each one, along with the pros and cons in each case.

Blendtec Professional 800 Blender – BEST OVERALL

Blendtec’s one of the real powerhouses of the home blender market, and its Professional 800 model has picked up plenty of accolades over the years.

The blades are super-thick and super-sharp, and they drive a decent collection of presets which cover some of the most common tasks. Think smoothies, soups, juices, frozen desserts and so on.

Blendtec Professional 800 Blender with…
  • Blendtec blenders are built to the highest professional standards. Our blades are 80% thicker and 10x…
  • Six preprogrammed blend cycles + pulse for just about any recipe. Use specific cycles to make anything…
  • The Professional 800 operates at 11 speeds. Touch slider offers ultimate precision speed control, by…

These presets are always useful to have in a blender, so you can just load it up, hit the switch and then get on with another job. You can forget about the whole process, safe in the knowledge that the blender will handle all the appropriate cycles.

It’s also got one of the strongest motors I know of at 1800 watts. That’s enough to handle any produce you can think of, and it gets the job done very quickly too.

Beyond the presets, you also have access to 11 different speed settings that you can select manually. These are easy enough to select using a touch slider that you simply  run your finger along when you want to adjust the speed

The 90 ounce BPA-free capacity jar is either a positive or a negative depending on the size of your own kitchen.

On the one hand, having a bigger jar means you’ve plenty of versatility at hand. On the other hand, the sheer size of the thing may or not make it too big for your home.

Although it’s not quite as expensive as the Vitamix Quiet One I’ve reviewed elsewhere in this article, the Blendtec Professional 800 does also sit at the upper end of the market.

With that said, I think the price is justified somewhat by the 10 year warranty Blendtec provides with this blender.

You can get through many cheaper blenders in that time frame, so if your budget can accommodate it then I believe it’s a worthwhile investment for the long run.

For sheer performance, power and longevity the Blendtec Professional 800 takes my top pick of the best quiet blenders.

Pros

  • An impressive combination of power, performance and versatility.
  • Simple controls nevertheless provide plenty of options.
  • High quality construction is backed up by a generous warranty.

Cons

  • Large container size may be a good or a bad thing!
  • A higher price-tag than other options.
  • No dedicated self-cleaning function.

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender – BEST BUDGET

I think the Hamilton Beach Professional 1500W Quiet Shield Blender is an extremely good option if you need to work to a tighter budget.

It still offers plenty of versatility, courtesy of four presets that are powered by a 1500W motor. Not much weaker than the Blendtec, then, although with a few limitations to keep the costs down. It all depends on how much functionality you really need.

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield…
  • Crushes Ice and Frozen Ingredients Fast Powerful 1500 Watt/ 20 Peak Hp and Hardened, Stainless Steel…
  • Removable Quiet Shield Dampens Noise During the Blending Process; Infinite Speed Control Ranges From…
  • 4 Program Settings Smoothie, Ice Crush, Puree, and Clean Offer One-Touch Convenience and Easy Cleanup…

The BPA-free jar is much smaller at 32 ounces, for example. That might be a little too small for all but the smallest households. For couples and young families though it’s a very accessible option.

If you want to tackle jobs beyond the basic presets, the Quiet Shield Blender also has ten different speed settings, accessed via a speed dial on the front of the machine.

There’s a Pulse function as well. Pick your speed, hold this button down and the blender will blitz your ingredients until you remove your finger.

Considering the price tag attached to this blender, I’m impressed at the levels of noise reduction. That’s largely down to the shield that sits over the blender while it’s in operation, and helps dampen the noise.

There are some compromises here overall, but as a budget quiet blender I think you’ll be impressed with the Hamilton Beach.

Just make sure you consider those limitations, and also think about whether the 32 ounce shatterproof jar is going to be large enough for the volumes you’ll be working with.

Pros

  • A powerful, versatile blender that’s easy on the wallet.
  • Effective noise shield.
  • A great option for compact kitchens in particular.

Cons

  • Somewhat small container jar.
  • No handle on the jar. Make sure your hands are dry before handling it!

Cuisinart Hurricane – BEST SHIELDLESS

Cuisinart’s been busy releasing a slow but steady stream of really high quality blenders in recent years.

If you don’t like the idea of buying a shielded blender (perhaps due to space constraints), the Cuisinart Hurricane is one to consider for your kitchen.

Cuisinart Hurricane Blender, 2.25 Peak, Gun…
  • Powerful 2.25 peak HP motor
  • Large 60-ounce BPA-free Tritan plastic jar with soft-grip handle
  • Automatic load-sensing technology

The 1500 watt motor is powerful enough to tackle any ingredient you’re likely to be working with at home.

Instead of a shield, it features a double housed blending unit. It needs to be said though that this sound dampening effect is much more effective at lower speeds.

If you plan to work with tough ingredients at a higher speed, you won’t benefit from nearly as much noise reduction.

Making smoothies, juices and the like? You won’t find it a problem, and the Hurricane will tackle soft ingredients on a low speed really well.

If you’re going to be crushing a lot of ice or tearing apart tough ingredients though, the noise definitely increases.

The 60 ounce BPA-free plastic jar is a nice middle-ground in terms of capacity, but you don’t get as many speed options to play with. There are just two presets for smoothies and ice crushing, for example, along with a Low / High speed setting and a Pulse function.

If space is at a premium and you don’t want a hooded blender, the Cuisinart Hurricane is still going to be a good option. It’s not nearly as versatile as other quiet blenders I’ve reviewed, but if you don’t need a lot of fancy functions then why pay the extra money for them?

Pros

  • Quiet without the extra space of a sealed sound enclosure hood.
  • 60 ounce capacity blending jar is a nice balance between capacity and appliance footprint.
  • Simple to operate.

Cons

  • Noise reduction is more effective at lower speeds.
  • Limited presets and speed options.

Vitamix Quiet One Blender – BEST COMMERCIAL

First things first, there is simply no way of getting into the world of Vitamix blenders without having deep pockets.

If you want one of the best quiet blenders on the market though, the Vitamix Quiet One is a great option. I should add one extra caveat here though:

This is a blender designed for those of you who are either making a steady stream of smoothies every day, or need something for a small commercial operation.

Vitamix 36019 36019-1 Vita-Mix Quiet One…
  • The Quiet One On-Counter Bar Blender
  • 48 oz. polycarbonate container
  • 6 program buttons

Vitamix blenders feature some of the most powerful motors in the business, and the Quiet One features a whopping 2,200 Watt power rating. Coupled with the stainless steel blades, it tears through tough vegetables, ice, leafy greens and anything else as though they’re not even there.

That makes the Quiet One suitable for commercial and domestic situations alike. If you’re making a lot of fruit smoothies and the like at home and you want the job done amazingly – and quietly – well, it’s the best premium option on the market.

The container has a maximum capacity of 48 ounces, and six programmable functions are easy to access from the front of the machine.

It also features a total of 34 presets for handling a huge range of blending tasks, and a frankly ridiculous 93 different speeds to choose from.

Have no doubt this thing is for real power users! It’s simply one of the best machines from one of the best blender brands in the business.

Pros

  • One of the most powerful – yet quiet – blenders money can buy.
  • More speed options and pre programmed settings than you’ll find on any other blender.
  • Easy to use, despite the wide variable speed range.
  • Container is easy to pour, with clear measurement markings.

Cons

  • A steep price tag.
  • 48 ounce container may be a little small, depending on the volumes you want to work with.
  • Frankly overkill for anyone who doesn’t need to make a lot of quick drinks on demand!

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender – BEST PERSONAL BLENDER

I wanted to include at least one personal blender on this list.

These compact blenders aren’t suitable for larger-volume blending, but if you’re only making small batches (ie a daily smoothie or the occasional salsa), they make for a very cost-effective quiet blender.

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender for Shakes…
  • Compact design and BPA free: Great for home, office and travel with on the go portability
  • Blend and go: Blend and drink from the 14 ounce jar and lid which are both dishwasher safe
  • One touch blending: Makes great smoothies, shakes, baby formula, marinades, salad dressing and more

In this case, I think the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a perfectly good solution to a simple problem.

It’s small and affordable, but be aware that it only has a 175 Watt motor. The stainless steel blades can still tackle a lot of softer ingredients, but I wouldn’t throw a lot of ice at this thing on a regular basis.

It’s really convenient to use though, as its 14 ounce blending jar also doubles up as the serving cup. That makes it really easy when you want to blitz a quick juice or smoothie and then head out to work or the gym.

As I’ve said, this isn’t going to be the best option for everyone who’s looking for a quiet blender. I like to cover all the bases though, and this is one way you might be able to save quite a bit of money over buying a countertop blender.

If you’re only making small batches of soft ingredients though (smoothies, shakes, baby food, marinades etc), it’s a clever little tool to have in your collection of kitchenware.

Pros

  • A compact and quiet personal blender.
  • BPA-free plastic jar and lid are also dishwasher safe..
  • An affordable alternative to bigger countertop blenders.

Cons

  • 175 watt motor will limit the ingredients you can use.
  • Only suitable for working with small volumes on an occasional basis.
  • Not truly portably, as you need a power supply.

Buying Guide

As more people seek out a quieter blender, more manufacturers are responding with better and better appliances. The five I’ve reviewed represent the best of the bunch – for different circumstances – but I wanted to provide a buying guide to help with your research.

Noise

If you’re reading this article at all, it is of course because noise is one of – if not the – most important buying considerations you have.

It’s the motor base that makes the real racket, but there’s no getting away from the fact you need to strike a balance between power potential and noise.

Without a decent amount of power in the motor, you simply won’t be able to tackle the toughest jobs. A more powerful motor means a noisier blender though.

If you need maximum versatility, you’ll need a blender motor that’s rated at least 1,000 watts. That will ensure it can handle even very tough stuff like ice and frozen fruit and vegetables.

Beyond that power though, you’re mainly gaining speed.

Is it better for you to have a noisier machine that gets the job done faster? Go for a more powerful blender.

If you need it to operate “quietly” at all times though, then you’ll need to pay very close attention to the noise-reduction technology that’s utilized.

Noise-reduction shields (see below) do a great job of mitigating the volume, and seal the main unit off from the rest of your kitchen. They tend to be bigger as a result.

Alternatively, the base itself may have extra materials to help with sound dampening.

Manufacturers very rarely provide decibel ratings for their quiet blenders, so it’s worth reading through owner reviews in detail to see how they operate in real life environments.

To Shield, Or Not To Shield?

Some of the quiet blenders I’ve reviewed for this guide make use of a shield that fits over the actual blending jar.

This helps provide a very useful barrier, but it will make the unit somewhat bulkier. Lifting or removing it is also another step you have to go through while using the blender. This is particularly annoying if you want to add extra ingredients at later stages of any given job.

Although these blenders are a little more cumbersome, a shield will make the biggest impact on reducing an appliance’s noise levels.

Again, it’s a question of taking a balanced view of your own circumstances and requirements.

Blades

The vast majority of blenders feature stainless steel blades. Hardened stainless steel blades are even better though, because they’ll last longer and work more efficiently too.

The thicker and sharper the blades are, the quicker work they’ll make of your ingredients. That by itself is an important part of keeping the volume down.

Container Size

If you’re working with smaller quantities from time to time, a personal blender may be all that you need.

These typically have lower power ratings and make less noise, but they’re limited performance-wise.

Still, if you’re only going to make the occasional smoothie or sauce, a personal blender can be a relatively quiet and budget-friendly alternative.

If you’re making food for an entire household though, you’ll need a bigger countertop appliance.

Check the dimensions of the container very carefully as you review the options.Some of these are very tall, for example, and you might struggle to fit them beneath your kitchen cabinets.

Others have a lower profile design, but struggle with small batches. That’s because it’s harder for the ingredients to make continuous contact with the wider blade unit. The end result will be a very inconsistent blend.

Thinking about putting it away in storage instead? It’s an option, but these things can be pretty hard work to carry around. Check the weight carefully if you think you’re likely to move the base unit or container in and out of storage.

All things considered, I think it’s better to buy a blender you’re happy to keep out on the countertop permanently. It’s too much of a pain moving them about all the time otherwise!

One last word on the material the container’s made of. Wherever you have food coming into contact with plastic in the kitchen, make sure that plastic is certified as BPA-free.

That’ll reduce the risk of chemical contamination, and is a pretty well-established standard for all kitchenware. It’s always worth double checking though, and should be prominently displayed on the product listing.

Speeds & Ease of Use

If you’re only going to be taking on basic blending tasks, you might be able to save some money by buying a more basic blender.

Just be warned that these can be addictive appliance to use! You may well find yourself wanting more options down the line, which might mean having to waste money upgrading earlier than you’d planned.

If you do want more advanced features like preset blending programs, make sure they’re easy to access from the front of the blender base.

A good blender will also feature – at a minimum – at least two different speed settings. The low one is designed for tackling softer ingredients, while you’ll need the higher speed for tougher ingredients.

I also would avoid buying any blender – quiet or otherwise – that doesn’t include a pulse function.

Hold this button down and the blender will operate at its current blending speed until you lift your finger.

It’s incredibly useful for making things like salsas and hummus, where you want to achieve just the right kind of consistency.

How Easy Is It To Clean?

If you want to get good value from your blender, it’s important to make sure it’s easy to clean. If it’s a pain to disassemble for hand cleaning, you might find yourself using it less than you expected.

If it has a so-called “self cleaning cycle” though, you can just add warm water and a few drops of dish soap, before blitzing at high speed for a minute or so. That’s much more convenient.

This sort of cleaning cycle won’t always get the job done after you’ve worked with very sticky substances, so check that the parts that come into contact with food are both easy to remove and dishwasher safe.

Most manufacturers will make a big song and dance about dishwasher safe parts. If this isn’t mentioned specifically on the product listing, keep digging deeper until you know exactly what maintenance of the machine will be like.

Warranty

Many of the top blenders require quite an upfront investment. The more powerful they are, the harder the manufacturer has to work to find a way of containing the noise.

The good news though is that the very best brands in the business – Vitamix especially – back their blenders up with the kind of warranties that justify a high price tag.

Assuming you can afford the initial cost of a high end machine, you may well find that the extended warranty and lifespan of the blender makes it a good investment.

Check what the warranty actually covers though. Do you get a complete replacement for general wear and tear, or just for catastrophic failure? Does it cover the blender jar as well as the base?

It’s all just another part of the balancing act really, and you have to weigh up your current budget with the amount of use you’ll get from the blender.

It’s Not Just The Machine

I wanted to end this section by talking about something that’s actually separate to the appliance you buy.

The size and layout of your kitchen, where you place the blender, and the stability of your countertop will all affect the noise that’s produced.

Similarly, the actual ingredients you use will also put different levels of strain on the machine. Blitzing a quick smoothie, for example, is not going to be as painful to listen to as making an icy margarita.

Certain blenders come with rubber feet on the underside of the motor. These help to minimize the amount of vibration the blender experiences on the countertop.

These alone will go a long way towards stopping the blender from rattling that utensil container you have nearby!

If your blender doesn’t have rubber feet, you might consider placing the motor base on some kind of rubber mat. It’s not quite as elegant a solution, but it can be quite effective at absorbing some of the vibration and the noise involved.

Frequently Asked Questions

To wrap up my review I wanted to answer some common questions people have on this subject.

What Are The Quietest Blenders?

There are three categories of quiet blenders and I’ve covered a selection of each in this guide. Scroll up for more details of the specific models I’ve reviewed.

Shielded Blender – These come with an opaque shield which clamps over the top of the blender and limits much of the noise. These are typically bulkier by design, and more expensive.

Reinforced Blender – A reinforced blender will have thickened motor housing, which reduces the volume of the machine to some degree.

Personal Blender – Do you really need a bulky countertop blender? Personal blenders are quite good at handling small volumes, but they have much weaker motors. That limits the ingredients you can work with, but it also significantly reduces the noise!

Is There A Blender That Doesn’t Make Noise?

To the best of my knowledge there is no such thing as a completely silent blender.

It is very possible to buy a blender that operates at a level more or less equivalent to conversation levels though.

The best of these use shield technology and reinforced motor bases to really cut the volume down.

They typically cost more money, but are the best solution if you’re looking for the quietest possible blender.

How Can I Make My Blender Less Noisy?

There are a couple of steps you can take to try and reduce the noise level of your blender.

The first option is to place the blender on some kind of rubber mat. That will reduce the amount of vibration the blender makes, which can rattle countertops and other utensils / appliances.

Alternatively you might consider adding rubber feet to the appliance. That’s a more elegant option and will eliminate a great deal of the vibration.

Finally, consider the location of your blender.

These are often quite big appliances – making relocation tricky – but just moving it to a different part of your kitchen can reduce the noise.

John Bedford

John Bedford

John spent several years working as a professional sous chef, before embarking on a career in journalism. He now combines his love of food and writing as the founder and editor of Viva Flavor.
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