Help me find a high-on-power, low-on-decibels blender.
July 19, 2010 10:46 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a simple blender that is strong enough to transform various foods into goo, but not make me deaf or give me a headache to start my day.

I seem to only be able to find two out those three requirements in any given blender. For example, I had a nice simple blender with three settings- pluse, low, high and with plenty of horsepower, but it sounded like a jet engine. I've had more expensive, quieter blenders, but they didn't seem to cut it [pun intended] in their primary function. My current strategy is to just use a noisy blender, but cover it with a cardboard box lined with styrofoam when its in use. It was not an elegant solution, so hopefully there is a blender that can meet my needs without any additional trial and error on my part.

I'd be willing to spend up to a few hundred dollars, since I've recently taken to blending entire meals to provide a nutritious snack on the go. A glass pitcher would probably be preferable since the plastic ones seem harder to clean and mine has developed a very questionable, built-in smell.
posted by Dr. ShadowMask to Food & Drink (6 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Can you just put some earplugs in or earmuffs on when you're using your blender?
posted by mollymayhem at 10:48 AM on July 19, 2010

My partner swears by VitaMix. You're even able to mill flour with it!
posted by CutaneousRabbit at 10:48 AM on July 19, 2010

I'm going to go in the other direction and suggest a stick/immersion blender. It's way easier to clean and is smaller, but you should still get a lot of use out of it. I used mine for years every morning, and that was just the lower-end Braun model.
posted by Madamina at 11:14 AM on July 19, 2010

My current strategy is to just use a noisy blender, but cover it with a cardboard box lined with styrofoam when its in use.

I own a BlendTec and it sounds like a lumber mill in my kitchen. But from what I have seen from one of their "commercial" blenders, the most obvious difference is the commercial version has an additional plastic case that surrounds the main container.

So what I'm saying is, your home-grown solution is unfortunately already pretty optimal.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:15 AM on July 19, 2010

I've been using a Breville Ikon blender for a couple of years and I love, love, love it.

While it's not silent, it's much quieter than any other blender I've had, and it is really good at not leaving any lumps. I mostly use it for smoothies using frozen fruit.

It's even got I hit the smoothie setting and it does it's thing and shuts off when it's done! Very rarely have I ever had to blend it past the automatic setting. Easy to clean, also.
posted by Zoyashka at 12:36 PM on July 19, 2010

i'm also going to suggest an immersion blender. I found that this one is more than adequate at pureeing foods for soups, or what have you.

However, Cook's Illustrated rated this as their best immersion blender even up against expensive brands/models.
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 1:05 PM on July 19, 2010

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