Most blenders are pretty noisy, but if you like early-morning smoothies or use your blender often, you probably want one that isn't ear-piercingly loud. Powerful blenders, especially commercial blenders from brands including Vitamix, Blendtec, and Hamilton Beach, use a simple solution to tone down the sound of the motor—they have noise domes, which fit over the jar while the blender is running and work as a physical barrier to block the sound. However, if you pick the right blender, you can find surprisingly quiet options without noise domes or the extreme price tag of some high-end quiet blenders. You don't have to sacrifice power or performance to find a not-so-loud blender. The best quiet blenders for smoothies can make a silky puree with difficult ingredients, and our full-size picks are great for multi-purpose use.
We've tested more than 95 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best quiet options. If you're looking for other options, the best immersion blenders are more likely to be quiet than full-size blenders. Also, check out our lists of the best blenders for smoothies and the best bullet blenders.
The Wolf Gourmet Pro-Performance is the best quiet blender we've tested. This well-built, high-end blender is very quiet for a full-size blender without sacrificing power or performance. It comes with a 64-ounce jar with a speed dial that gives you plenty of speed options and a few automatic blending programs. The jar comes with a two-part lid and an 'emulsion cup,' which you can use to add ingredients in a steady stream for recipes like mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce.
It quickly liquifies fibrous ingredients like kale, even if you're working with a smaller batch, so it's a fantastic option for recipes like single-serve smoothies—especially because its relative quietness helps avoid waking up the whole house when you blend your morning smoothie or pre-workout shake. It has no problem crushing ice or blending mixtures like nut butter. It has a lightweight, fairly compact design for a full-size blender and is easy to clean by hand.
Check out the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender if you want something quiet but less expensive. This blender doesn't quite match the Wolf Gourmet Pro-Performance's blending performance, but it's even quieter, thanks to the noise dome, a plastic cover that goes over the blender to muffle the noise when it's running. Using the noise dome, it's one of the quietest blenders we've tested—it's only slightly louder than some battery-powered blenders with much weaker motors. It has a great build quality and a speed dial that lets you fine-tune the blending speed.
It makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale and broccoli, so it's a particularly good choice if you're looking for the best quiet blender for smoothies. However, to get the best results when working with tough blends like nuts and ice cubes, you need to remove the noise dome and use the tamper, which makes the blender noticeably louder. Also, the pitcher has a 32-ounce blending capacity, which is small for a full-size blender and pretty limiting if you need to serve a crowd.
You don't necessarily have to pay a premium to get a relatively quiet blender. The Ninja Professional Plus Blender DUO with Auto-iQ is a great option if you want to stick to a budget. It doesn't have the same fantastic blending performance as the previous picks, but it's still versatile and only somewhat louder than the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender. It has a large-capacity 72-ounce main pitcher, so it's better suited for multiple batches. There's also a 24-ounce personal jar and matching to-go lid for making single-serve drinks like smoothies.
This blender doesn't make a completely smooth blend with fibrous fruits and vegetables using the main pitcher, so it's less ideal than the previous picks for bigger batches of smoothies and soups. However, using the personal jar, the blender can make a superb smoothie with additions like kale and blueberries. It also has no problem making snow-like crushed ice. However, since it doesn't come with a tamper or two-part lid, you must remove the lid to stir mixtures like nut butter to get the best results. The sharp blades make it hard to clean by hand, although the jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.
If you mainly use your blender for single-serves like smoothies and protein shakes, consider the Beast Health Blender. It's expensive for a personal blender, and you can get a similar performance from cheaper models. However, it's very quiet, making it worth considering if you're looking for a compact blender that won't hurt your ears first thing in the morning. It's well-built and has a sleek, modern-looking design. The 32-ounce jar has a flat storage lid and a drinking lid with a screw-on cover and a handle, so you can easily carry it around.
It has fantastic overall performance and is particularly well-suited for smoothies since it can make a nearly perfectly smooth blend with fruits and leafy greens. It can crush ice cubes and make smooth nut butter without much effort. It's easy to clean by hand, although the jar has ribbed sides requiring extra scrubbing if you've been working with sticky ingredients. The jar and lids are dishwasher-safe, but clean the blades by hand.
Then again, if you'd rather spend less and don't mind a less premium design, the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express makes about the same amount of noise and is much cheaper. The catch is that it's not nearly as sturdy or durable-feeling and doesn't perform as well overall. It's almost as good at processing fibrous ingredients like kale for smoothies but can't crush ice without liquid in the jar and isn't as easy to use for thicker recipes.
The above recommendations represent what we think are currently the best quiet personal blenders and full-size blenders for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper blender wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no blenders that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you want to choose for yourself, here's a list of all the blender's we've tested sorted by noise level. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and differences are often not noticeable unless you look for them.