Quietest Blenders of 2016 (New Update)

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Quietest Blenders 2016 (New Update)

2016 Quiet Blender Reviews (New Update)

You want your blender to chop ice like a karate black-belt chops wood; you want it to make blended icy concoctions like Tom Cruise in the movie “Cocktail;” you want it to make smoothies like the “Shake-ologist” behind the counter at the gym; you want it to puree soups like Martha Stewart; you want it to pulse, grate, shred, grind, puree and liquefy, and clean up easily. Oh and you want it to do so “whisper quiet,” so you don’t wake the family early in the morning. Until recently, this would have been a pretty tall order…

Five years ago we would have said pick three of the five. Two years ago we would have said pick four of the five (oh and the one that would be excluded is, you guessed it, quiet).  Now, Hot Ten Reviews has got you covered.

Blenders have been around since 1922. Stephen Poplawski was credited as the father of the blender – he used his invention to make fountain drinks at a soda shop in his area – the rest, as they say, is history. So began a love affair with the blender that spread all over the world. Fred Osius (founder of Hamilton Beach Manufacturing Company) modernized Poplawski’s blender in 1935 by developing the “Waring Blender.” This was a great machine in its time, containing most of the functionality of today’s blenders, but it was extremely loud. Unfortunately very little innovation occurred since that great developmental leap – that was up until a few years ago.

 

Best Overall ValueJamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender with Travel Jar $199.00 $149.00

The Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender is about 62% as loud as a normal blender

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Hot Ten Reviews #1 Recommendation

 

Blenders have become critical to our everyday lives. They are used in the kitchen for shakes, drinks, and other delicious creations; they are used in medicine to implement specific diets; they are even used in scientific research, for purposes that go way beyond the scope of this Hot Ten Review.

Why Are Quiet Blenders a Little More Expensive?

First, understand who buys a quiet blender – most of the time it’s either a restaurant or a juice/smoothie shop. They need “quiet” so that the customers don’t receive a sudden shock to the system when the blender kicks in – sudden shocks are not good for repeat business! This also means quiet blenders are often commercial grade – they make lots of product and clean up very fast, but cost a little more. The good news is that a “commercial grade” blender will probably last for over a decade, and importantly look good on your counter in the process.

Decibels (dB) and Sound Level, What is the Different?

Because of the complex formula, dB (decibels) is one of the least understood measures in life. For us non-scientists, the rough calculation is that for every 10 dB increase, loudness level doubles. This means a standard blender (which blends at about 88 dB) is twice as loud as a blender that operates at 78 dB and four times as loud as a blender that operates at 68 db. A few decibels really count! If you’d like a more fulsome explanation go to low decibel living…

 

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Hot Ten Reviews – Quiet Blenders 2016

Below we examined 5 key criteria: noise of course, but also functionality, easy to clean, price and very importantly, delivery of excellent drinks, shakes and other blender creations. Hot Ten Reviews has come up with our ten most highly recommended blenders – each is analyzed below

Legend

Excellent – ★★★★★

Very good – ★★★★

Good – ★★★

Fair – ★★

Poor – ★

Quiet Blenders For Those Who Really Hate Noise

HotTenReviews_Gold_150x100#1 Quiet Blender Recommendation – Blendtec Pro 800– $1699.00 – $1099.00

 

 

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This is it, “the world’s quietest blender”. So quiet in fact you can have a private conversation while standing right over it. Smoothie shops the world over have the Blendtec Pro 800 sitting front and center. Yes it is expensive, but ask anyone who owns one and they will tell you the 800 is absolutely worth it. The Blendtec Pro 800 uses container within a container technology to keep the noise out. It used the Blendtec patented “batting technology” to obliterate content in seconds, has a small 5th side on it’s four sided jar to push content back down (this is called the “Wildside Jar”) and it just looks super cool on the counter. Oh, and it comes with an 10-year warranty, which is why we choose this over the Vita-mix Quiet One (3-year warranty) below. The single negative was that the jar was only 36 ounces – modest by most blender measures. We surmise this smaller size increases the sound barrier between the jar and the sound enclosure.

Pros

  • About 23% of the sound level of a normal blender

  • Blender’s output quality is best in class

  • Strongest Motor (3.5 hp)

  • 10-year warranty

  • Can clean on base

  • Very attractive

Cons

  • Price

  • Average jar size (36 oz)

 

Noise – ★★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Blendtec Pro Overall ★★★★ 3/4

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Hot Ten 6 - SmallVita-Mix Quiet One – $1143.63

Vitamix Quiet One

 

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Blendtec advertises the Pro 800 as the quietest blender in the world, and this is true (ish) because at that sound level its too close to tell the difference; however the Vitamix One technically took the number one spot in terms of noise in our view. The Vitamix Quiet One came in at 65 dB, Blendtec came in at 67dB. The Vitamix has most of the features of the Blendtec, and an additional one we like better – the jar is 48 ounces vs. Blendtec’s 36 ounce size. But we like Blendtec’s 10-year warranty, their batting blade technology and Wildside jar a little better. Still, this one was so close it was hard to call.

Pros

  • About 21% of the sound level of a normal blender

  • Blender’s output quality is excellent

  • Very Strong Motor (3.0 hp)

  • Can clean on base

  • Very attractive

Cons

  • Price

  • 3-year warranty

 

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Vita-Mix Quiet One Overall ★★★★¾

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Hamilton Beach HBH850 Commercial Summit High-Performance Blender – $1074.00 – $856.35

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The Hamilton Beach Commercial Summit Blender offers one touch auto blend technology. The wave action system forces contents down into the blades, ensuring a consistent full blend every time. It has a very large 64 ounce container wrapped in a “quiet shield” sound enclosure to drastically reduce noise. The noise level on the Hamilton Beach was higher than either the Blendtec or Vitamix above.

Pros

  • About 41% of the sound level of a normal blender

  • Blender’s output quality is excellent

  • Very Strong Motor (3.0 hp)

  • 64 Ounce Jar

  • Can clean on base

  • Very attractive

Cons

  • Price

  • 3-year warranty

 

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Hamilton Beach Overall ★★★★½

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Quiet Blenders For the Rest of Us

 

#1 Overall Value – Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender with Travel Jar $199 $149.00

 

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The Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender is our brand new top value recommendation (as of July 2016) and we were absolutely impressed. Like the expensive units about, the Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender uses  “sound enclosure” technology but at about 20% of the price. This unit is popping up at bars, restaurants and smoothie shops all over the place. Last week my wife and I were at a smoothie shop in Somers, NY and the Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender blended our green drinks right on the counter, less than three feet away, and it was quiet. Why is it so quiet? There are two reasons: the container in container (aka sound enclosure) technology is excellent for sound management, and the 1.6 hp motor is big for a unit of its size, which means it get a lot done without having to go into overdrive. Additionally, the base is solid and very thick. The end result – lower decibels.

Pros

  • About 62% of the sound level of a normal blender

  • Price is excellent

  • Blender’s output quality is great

  • 5-year warranty

  • Very attractive

Cons

  • Not self cleaning

  • Average jar size (36 oz)

 

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★★★

Jamba Juice Quiet Shield Blender Overall ★★★★3/4

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#2 Overall Value Breville Hemisphere 800BLXL $236

Brevel Hemisphere

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If you’d like a quiet blender, but don’t want sound enclosure technology, we recommend the Breville Hemisphere 800BLXL. The blender is quiet because of the design, not because of sound enclosure technology, which means you can have a extra large jar. The jar itself is polycarbonate which is very strong and  absorbs sound better than most other jar material. The high tech 1.34 h.p. “stainless-steel and polymer” motor has highly reduced friction, which creates much quieter blending, and the 67 ounce jar is the largest of the group, and will allow for just about any job possible.

Pros

  • Price

  • Most quiet non sound enclosure unit

  • 67 ounce jar

  • Attractive on countertop

Cons

  • The unit is not self cleaning

Ice Crushing – ★★★

Noise – ★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★★★

Breville Hemipshere Overall ★★★★1/2

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#3 Vitamix 1363 CIA Professional Series  – $599.00 $498.00

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What do you get when you combine the performance of a Vitamix blender with the great minds of the preeminent cooking institute in the United States? The answer: the Vitamix 1363, CIA (Culinary Institute of America) Professional Series. This model combines all the feature of the Vitamix 5200 with laser sharpened blades and a design that can accommodate hours of blending time a week. If you own a bar or restaurant – this is a good option; if not, it will still look awesome on your kitchen-top while performing well for years to come.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★★

Vitamix 1363 CIA Professional Series  Overall – ★★★★½

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Ninja Professional NJ600 – $109.99 $82.00

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With 1.3 horsepower, this blender is very good for casual cooking. The Ninja Professional NJ600 does a great job with iced bar drinks, but many leave unblended smoothie product at the bottom of the blender from time-to-time.  This model comes with a plastics jar, which has a tendency to fog over time. The price point makes this a good buy for those interested in less frequent blending.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★

Puree – ★★★★★
Price – ★★★★

Ninja Professional NJ600 Overall – ★★★★¼

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Hamilton Beach Commercial Tempest HBH650 – $518.65

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This  model is a good overall performer. The consistency of both the bar drinks and smoothies were very good. Its’ ability to crush ice is excellent and for the soup makers out there – it pureed very well. This model comes with a 64-ounce plastic container (less likely to break if dropped, but may fog with scratches overtime) a two year warranty and a three HP motor. This is a newer model without a long track record, however the blender design has stood the test of time so we are less concerned about this.  We view this model very favorably.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★
Price – ★★★

Hamilton Beach Commercial Tempest HBH650 Overall – ★★★★

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KitchenAid KSB565 – $99.95

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This is one of the easiest to clean blenders in the test group. The general consensus is that it is a nice performer; however, there were occassional problems with overall pockets of unmixed product. There were also a few complaints about overall long term durability, but that was beyond the scope of this review.

Ice Crushing – ★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★

Smoothies – ★★★

Puree – ★★★★
Price – ★★★★★

KitchenAid KSB565 Overall – ★★★¾

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Cuisinart SBC-1000 – $270.00 $83.66

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This model has a three-year warranty, glass jar and is easy to clean. Noise levels are good, but not the best of the group. There are only four speeds, but this maybe because one does not really need 10 or 12 speeds and Cuisinart recognizes this. There were no issues with unused mix at the bottom of the blender when a drink was properly prepared. This is a rock solid option.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★
Price – ★★★

Cuisinart SBC-1000 Overall – ★★★¾

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Breville Juice & Blend BJB840XL – $679.99

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One of the newer entrants into the Breville family, this one did well. We have always been suspect when combining two devices into one, but the blender performed as advertised.  The five-speed unit’s pitcher is 51 ounces (most other units were 64 ounces); however, you’d do more work if you needed to make large quantities of smoothie, or iced bar drinks. We did note that it was fairly easy to clean, and did not seem to have unblended product at the bottom of the jar.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★

Puree – ★★★★
Price – ★★

Breville Juice & Blend BJB840XL Overall – ★★★¾

 

With all of the choices out there, we hope that our 2016 Blender review has narrowed the field for you. If there are any other product categories that you are interested in, please feel free to email us at inbox@HotTenReviews.com.


 

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