I don’t know about you people, but whenever I think about making a smoothie, I have mixed feelings. Not because of the smoothie itself, but because of using the blender again. I mean, it gets the job done nicely, but the noise…
Especially for people who are a bit more sensitive to noise, it can be very annoying. I mean, I get it – in order for all the food to be taken apart to be drinkable, you need a powerful motor, and that means it’s going to get loud.
However, since technology evolves on all fronts these days, even blenders get their fair share of new insulation technologies and anti-vibration systems and you would be surprised that a lot of them no longer sound like a jet taking off in your kitchen.
So, let’s talk a bit about some of these techniques and strategies.
1. The Art of Muffling: Enclosed Blenders
Everything’s better when it’s contained, right?
- This is fairly logical but you need a blender with an enclosure, so they can use their superpower of muffling to save our eardrums.
- These blenders come with built-in enclosures that trap and reduce the noise produced by their motor and spinning blades.
- With a soundproof enclosure, the noise level can be reduced by up to 50% or more, which means you can finally have a conversation while blending.
2. The Rubber Band-its: Anti-Vibration Features
Who knew rubber could save the day? Hehehe… all right, I’ll stop.
- Most noise from blenders comes from the vibration of the motor, which then transfers to your countertop and amplifies the sound.
- Modern blenders now come with rubber feet and other anti-vibration features to dampen the noise.
Very simply speaking, it’s like putting your blender on a mini trampoline so it can bounce in peace and quiet. Well, technically those are miniature bounces, but you get the gist.
3. Slowing Down the Whirlwind: Variable Speed Controls
Sometimes, slow and steady wins the race.
- Most blender noise comes from the high-speed setting (you know, the one that pulverizes everything in its path).
- Choosing a blender with variable speed controls allows you to blend at lower speeds, reducing noise without sacrificing blending efficiency.
With that being said, if you are noise-sensitive, sacrifice one more minute of your time to make your smoothie via a low setting and thus, a tolerable noise level.
4. A Well-Oiled Machine: High-Quality Motors
And the motor goes brrrrr, but silently.
- Investing in a blender with a high-quality motor can make a world of difference in terms of noise reduction.
- These motors are designed to operate smoothly and efficiently, so you’ll hear less grinding and whirring.
While blenders with top-quality motors tend to make a deeper hole in your wallet, it comes with benefits and one of these benefits is smooth and not ear-crushing grinding.
5. DIY Decibel Defense: Noise-Reducing Hacks
When all else fails, it’s time to take matters into your own hands.
- Place your blender on a silicone mat or folded towel to dampen vibrations and reduce noise.
- Try blending in a corner to minimize sound reflection off hard surfaces.
- Create your own DIY enclosure using a plastic storage container and some foam insulation. It might not look pretty, but it’ll do the trick.
I know that a few tips here might be fairly obvious, but trust me, if you look for all of these features in a new blender, you will be surprised that the sound it makes will be quite tolerable.
You can also check our list of the best quiet blenders on the market and check out the comparison table – that might also help with your decision.