2015 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, but do so “whisper quiet;” oh and you want your blender to clean up quickly and with very little effort. 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.

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Vita-Mix 34013 Blending Station

Vita-Mix 34013 Blending Station on-counter, electronic touch pad controls, 32oz

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 So Expensive?

First, understand who buys a quiet blender – most of the time it’s either a restaurant or a smoothie shop. They need “quiet” so that the customers don’t receive a sudden shock when the blender kicks in – sudden shocks are not good for repeat business! This also means quiet blenders are commercial grade – they make lots of product and clean up very fast, but they cost more than a home blender that probably breaks down after a few years, but not just because of the “container inside of a container” technology that quiet blenders all possess-you’re also buying best in class in many other areas. 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.

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, the top three are the market’s leading “least expensive” quiet blenders – each is analyzed below

Legend

Best in class ★★★★★★

Excellent – ★★★★★

Very good – ★★★★

Good – ★★★

Fair – ★★

Poor – ★

 

HotTenReviews_Gold_150x100The World’s Quietest Blender – Blendtec Stealth – $1500 $1349.00

 

This is it, the world’s quietest blender. So quiet in fact you can have a conversation while standing right over it. Smoothie shops the world over have the stealth sitting front and center. Yes it is expensive, but ask anyone who owns one and they will tell you the Stealth is absolutely worth it. The Blendtec Stealth uses container within a container technology to keep the noise out. It used the Blendtec patented “batting technology” to obliterate content in seconds and it just looks super cool on the counter. Oh, and it comes with an 8-year warranty. For the person who has everything you NEED this blender.

See the Stealth in Action Below

Noise – ★★★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Blendtec Stealth Overall ★★★★ 3/4

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Vitamix Blending Station is Hot Ten’s Recommended “Quiet Blender”

Hot Ten 6 - SmallVitamix 34013 Blending Station $1705.03 $854.56


The Vitamix 34013, 32-oz Touch & Go Blending Station has a 32-ounce polycarbonate container with ice blades, electronic touch pad controls, and offers drastically reduced sound due to the container within a container design. This ease to use model has a flat faced base and 2 peak and 34 “optimized” blending programs. This Vitamix 34013, 32-oz Touch & Go Blending Station is also known as: Drink Mixer, Bar Blender

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Vita-Mix 34013 Blending Station Overall ★★★★¾

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Hamilton Beach HBH850 Commercial Summit High-Performance Blender – $1002.96 $896.75

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.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

Price – ★★★

Vitamix 5200 Overall ★★★★½

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Other Recommended “Lower Decibel” Blenders

Vitamix 1363 CIA Professional Series  – $599.00 $474.99


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 above 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 – ★★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★★

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

 

Ninja Professional NJ600 – $109.99 $91.10


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 – ★★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★★

Ninja Professional NJ600 Overall – ★★★★¼

 

BBreville Ikon BBL 600XL – $249.99 – out of stock on Amazon


Lets start with the positives. The blender does the job and it does it well.  It crushed it (pun intended) on ice crushing, noise levels were modest, and it made smoothies, bar drinks and puree’d vegetables nicely. There were two issues that we feel are worth highlighting. The first is that it is difficult to clean. This runs at odds with a machine that, given its price point, would be used fairly regularly by most households. The second issue is frequent complaints that the rubber ring at the bottom of the blender fails a few months after the machine is put into service, causing leaks and needing replacement.

Ice Crushing – ★★★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★

Bar drinks – ★★★★★

Smoothies – ★★★★★

Puree – ★★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★

BBreville Ikon BBL 600XL Overall – ★★★★¼

 

Hamilton Beach Commercial Tempest HBH650 – $518.65


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 – ★★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★

Hamilton Beach Commercial Tempest HBH650 Overall – ★★★★

 

KitchenAid KSB565 – $99.95


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 – ★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★★★

KitchenAid KSB565 Overall – ★★★¾

 

Cuisinart SBC-1000 – $270.00 $83.66


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 – ★★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★

Cuisinart SBC-1000 Overall – ★★★¾

 

Breville Juice & Blend BJB840XL – $679.99


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 – ★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★

Breville Juice & Blend BJB840XL Overall – ★★★¾

 

Cusinart SmartPower CPB 300 – $130.00


The Cusinart SmartPower CPB 300  comes with a three year warranty, does well with drink preparation, and was easy to clean. The noise level was fine, however its’ ability to crush ice was lower than the rest of the Top 10. The model comes with a plastic jar and it does not have a handle, so carrying can be difficult. We noted unblended product at the bottom of the blender, although this was not uncommon for blenders at this price point.

Ice Crushing – ★★★

Noise – ★★★

Easy to Clean – ★★★★

Bar drinks – ★★★

Smoothies – ★★★

Puree – ★★★★

buy_orangePrice – ★★★★

Cusinart SmartPower CPB 300 Overall – ★★★½

With all of the choices out there, we hope that our 2013 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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