High-powered blenders like the Vitamix or Blendtec are powerful tools in the kitchen. They can do everything from making silky-smooth soup to blending the ultimate morning smoothie to churning out homemade nut butter.
As incredible as these machines are, they come with one slightly annoying quality: They are extra loud. With such a powerful motor, these types of blenders blend at a much higher volume than traditional ones, which can come as a bit of a surprise the first time you use one.
Is there anything you can do about it? Well, it depends on just how much it actually bothers you. Here are some ways to mitigate the sound — from small changes to one big one.
1. Move it away from the wall.
When the blender is kept in an enclosed space, the noise can bounce off the walls and make it seem louder than it actually is. Place it in the middle of your counter, at least two inches away from any walls. This should slightly reduce the volume.
2. Put it on top of a dish towel or silicone mat.
Muffle the sound further by placing the blender on top of a folded dish towel or a rubber or silicon mat or trivet. These all help absorb some of the noise from the motor.
3. Blend the night before.
I know this isn't the most ideal solution, but yes, it is a solution. If you're concerned that you're waking up everyone around you while you blend your 6 a.m. smoothie, maybe try making it ahead of time. Blend it the night before, pour it in an airtight container like a Mason jar, and in the morning just give it a shake since it might have separated a bit.
4. Take serious measures.
Now, this is if you're really desperate. You see, Vitamix actually makes a blender called "The Quiet One." Oh, problem solved, you say? Not quite — unless you're up for shelling out over $1,000.
Or there's the Whisper Blend. This acrylic case encloses your blender, completely shielding the sound, but at $199 it's still not cheap.
Your last hope? Maybe some noise-reducing earmuffs. Or simply a trip to your local smoothie shop.