Best Quiet Blenders 2020 – Top Picks & Reviews
We decided to take a look at so-called quiet blenders and write reviews about a handful of them. At the start, we had some ideas about what we’d find and were frankly a little surprised to learn that they come with a whole range of features, like blenders that can warm food as you process it. We were also surprised to find that their prices are bunched up close to each other but spaced across a range that left us a little bit floored.
It should be noted that quiet doesn’t mean silent. If you’re looking for a model that you can use right next to a sleeping person, we have to warn you that you’re likely to wake them up. They just won’t wake up and think that they’re in the middle of an earthquake measuring 8.6 on the Richter scale.
But we’ll get into that shortly. If you get to the end of our reviews and think you need something more than just a suggestion, we’ve included a handy-dandy buyers’ guide
A Quick Glance at the Winners (updated in 2020):
|Blendtec Pro 800|
|Vita-Mix Quiet One Blender||3 Years||4.7/5|
|Hamilton Beach 58870|
|Jamba Appliances 58915||5 Years||4.3/5|
|New Age Living Quiet Series||5 Years||4.2/5|
5 Best Quiet Blenders – Reviews:
1. Blendtec Pro 800 Blender – Best Overall
Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Blendtec Pro 800 comes loaded with lots of goodies. When it comes to chopping up food, this thing is a beast. We’re joking when we say this thing could churn out a smoothie made of diamonds. But, after using it … are we really?
As powerful as it is, it’s also one of the quietest quiet blenders we reviewed. The sealed enclosure around the blending space is Blendtec’s proprietary design and means you can liquefy your food without having to listen to it scream. On top of that, it’ll warm food as you blend it, and has a USB port to load it with customized blending recipes.
Be prepared. You might clutch your chest when you see what it’ll cost you. Nearly silent industrial food liquification doesn’t come at an “open a savings account at the local bank and this is the free blender they give you” price.
2. Vita-Mix Quiet One Blender
We hesitate to use the phrase “silent as the grave” to describe something used to prepare food, but we just can’t think of anything that better describes the Vita-Mix Quiet One. Unlike other quiet blenders, where the quiet is relative to the wall-shaking, window-rattling noise of unquieted blenders, you can actually have a conversation while using this one.
It’s also powerful enough for commercial use, which is really what it is intended for. In the home, it has a wide range of applications, and if yours requires fully liquefied veggies this one has the muscle to do it.
In fact, it might be too much blender for home use, as evidenced in its price tag. You can buy yourself a car for less money than this costs. It would be a bad car with pieces falling off, but it would probably at least run. And for the price, this one doesn’t let you make warm soup. As great as it is, the price and a few missing features warrant it being dropped to the Runner-Up rank.
3. Hamilton Beach 58870 Quiet Blender – Best Value
Our top two models might give you the idea that you will have to sell one of your children to afford a quiet blender for your home. Then along comes the Hamilton Beach 58870 to let you know that you don’t actually need to do that. In fact, you might get sticker shock from the price differential.
For its cost, this one has some muscle. It can chop ice cubes into fine shards for smoothies, no problem. It isn’t as powerful as the other two, but at the steep dropoff in price, the dropoff in performance isn’t nearly as dramatic. That’s what makes it our best for the money pick.
However, it isn’t all that quiet. It’s not as loud as a regular household blender, but it’s not something you can operate around sleeping people without waking everyone up. The reduced power also means that you’ll have to stop from time to time and scrape the food back down into the blade area.
4. Jamba Appliances 58915 Quiet-Blender
We liked the compact design and overall value of the Jamba Appliances 58915. It’s small enough to store in small kitchen spaces, and it delivered okay power at a decent price. It’s not a bad blender. There’s just not a whole lot to get excited over.
For instance, most blenders we looked at featured push-button operation. Overall, we found this superior to the kind of knob the Jamba uses, which can get stuck between settings. We also didn’t think it was as quiet as it should have been. It didn’t induce a headache, but you wouldn’t be able to read a book if someone was using it in the same room.
It has decent value and is easily stored, but we felt that it could have been better designed to warrant giving it serious consideration for unranking it.
5. New Age Living Quiet Blender Series
We didn’t hate the New Age Living Quiet Series. In fact, we kind of liked it. It does what it’s supposed to do. It blends and purees food to a drinkable consistency and can handle tough, fibrous vegetables. It also does this without costing you an arm and a leg. So, you get pretty good value.
We dropped it to the bottom of our rankings because it’s just not very durable. For something that has the basic job of pulverizing ice and nuts, mixing nut butter, and converting kale into a liquid, it breaks too easily. It’s not just one thing, either. You should be prepared for just about anything to break. It also doesn’t liquefy food all that well. Occasionally you have to stop using it and mix the food by hand to get it working again.
We didn’t hate it. We just didn’t love it, and for the money, you can get something better.
Factors to Consider When Choosing
No review of a handful of models is ever going to give you a complete look at an entire product line. We get that, and you likely prefer to get helpful tips as opposed to being told what blender to buy. We put together this handy little buyers’ guide so you can make a well-informed purchase decision.
How quiet is it?
You’re buying a blender designed to be quiet for a reason, and that reason also means they are more expensive than traditional blenders. It follows that this is the primary consideration for making a selection. No blender is silent, but some are quieter than others. We ranked the Blendtec Pro 800 and the Vita-Mix Quiet One of our top choices because they are simply the quietest. The Jamba 58915, on the other hand, was more muffled than quiet.
If you’re buying a quiet blender for its noise cancellation, it still needs to pulverize ice and grind up fibrous vegetables. You’re going to want one with powerful motor output. This is a bit different than raw motor power. Power generated doesn’t always translate well to power in blending. You’ll want to keep that distinction in mind when looking for the most powerful blending for the money you’re spending.
Ease of cleaning
Something frequently overlooked is that blenders can be a pain in the neck to clean. You have to disassemble them to clean them, and food tends to get stuck in every nook and cranny they have. You won’t want to taste the almond butter you blended in the morning when you make a fruit smoothie in the afternoon, so keep an eye on which models are the easiest to take apart and clean.
If money is no concern to you, the Vita-Mix Quiet One has it all. If it is, and you want to buy it, have a couch handy because the price will give you a case of the vapors. That’s why we liked the Hamilton Beach 58870. It’s good enough for most home users, and the price makes it a super attractive value.
The Blendtec Pro 800 is the quiet blender to measure all other quiet blenders by. It’s quiet enough that you can talk while making a smoothie and powerful enough to pulverize ice, but it’s going to cost you. It won’t cost you as much as the Vita-Mix Quiet One, which is more powerful and a little quieter but is also priced for commercial use. The Hamilton Beach 58870 was the best value of the quiet blenders we looked at, because its performance didn’t decline nearly as steeply as the price. The Jamba 58915 was okay but should have been better, and the New Age Living Quiet Series was just too prone to breakage to get it out of the cellar.
We hope you found our reviews useful or at least were able to glean something useful from our buyers’ guide. We wish you the best of luck in finding the quiet blender that is best for you.
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Table of Contents
- A Quick Glance at the Winners (updated in 2020):
- 5 Best Quiet Blenders – Reviews:
- Factors to Consider When Choosing