Owning a blender is essential for living a healthy lifestyle. They make it easier to have fresh smoothies, juices, and soups whenever you want. When there’s a blender in the kitchen there’s no excuse to let fresh ingredients sit around going bad. Almost every fruit and vegetable can be turned into something amazing with a blender.
Blenders aren’t just for health fanatics either. You can also use them to make some of your favorite guilty pleasures, such as milkshakes and cake or muffin batter. Even though blenders are one of the best small appliances you can own, it’s not so easy to fall in love with that loud rattling sound it makes.
If you’re an early bird but the person (or people) you live with wants to get their beauty rest then making a smoothie for breakfast could cause a dilemma. Luckily you don’t have to disrupt your housemates next time you want an early morning blended beverage.
Ways To Reduce Blender Noise
Don’t cause tension with your housemates by waking them up with a blender. There several different options available for you to keep the noise down. You may already have some of the items needed on the list, so you don’t have to break the bank. However, some of the more costly options may be worth it depending on your situation.
For the most part, soundproofing a blender is performed by multiple DIY hacks that can be done at home and don’t require much effort. Don’t let other people’s sleep schedules determine whether or not you can have a healthy breakfast. Try out these 7 simple ways to soundproof your blender:
- Buy a Silent Blender
- Choose The Right Location
- Use a Towel
- Purchase A Silicone Mat
- Buy or Build a Soundproof Enclosure
- Soundproof Foam
- Cardboard Box Hack
If that noisy blender is bothering you or the people you live with, then use any of these solutions to keep things peaceful. Most people have better luck if they combine a few of the ideas together.
1. Buy a Silent Blender
When blenders were first introduced to the market they made a loud rumbling sound that made lawnmowers sound tame. Technology has come a long way since then. Modern manufacturers have discovered ways to make blenders that emit a lower noise. Now people can blend their favorite drinks without it sounding like a rocket going off in their kitchen.
A silent blender isn’t completely soundproof, but the lower noise levels mean that you’re likely not going to wake up the entire house over a banana smoothie. With these blenders, you won’t have to go through all of the steps listed above to keep quiet. Often a silent blender and a silicone mat are enough to keep the noise down.
Always avoid buying high powered blenders that are sold at a low retail price. A rule of thumb for buying blenders is to go very high or go really low. This means that you can buy either of the two styles of blender for a quieter experience. Either buy a low-powered (and often lower price) or a high-quality blender for less noise.
2. Choose The Right Location
If your blender noise is disrupting the household then you may have it in the wrong spot. A lot of people don’t realize this, but where you place the blender matters when it comes to noise reduction. If the blender is near a wall or corner then it’s likely to amplify the sound. The sound is able to bounce off the wall, making the blender seem even louder.
Try not to blend anything near a wall. Even if it’s just temporary, move the blender to a spot in the middle of the kitchen before turning it on. You can always move it back afterward so it’s not in the way, and this step will significantly help to reduce the noise level. Maybe that blender was never as loud as you thought?
3. Use A Towel
This is such a simple solution that can really do wonders to help everything on the quieter side. Almost everyone has a spare towel laying around. Placing a soft towel underneath the blender can certainly help reduce the noise. Normally blenders are used on a hard surface, and the vibrations cause a louder noise.
Placing a towel underneath the blender will stop the vibrations, so they can’t be heard throughout the house. Even if you don’t have an extra towel on hand, you can always use a pot-holder, trivet, oven mitt, or matt to prevent the blender from rattling against the hard surface.
Towels are actually a multi-functional defense against blender noise. Another way you can use a towel to make a blender soundproof is by wrapping the towel around the blender before turning it on. The towel can absorb some of the sounds from the blender, ultimately making it quieter.
4. Purchase A Silicone Mat
Towels are great to use here and there, but they already have a purpose. There’s a good chance you already need your towels for something else. If you use your blender frequently then a silicone mat is a small investment that makes a big impact. Silicone will absorb the noise from vibrations and prevent the blender from slipping.
It is a better idea to go for a silicone mat instead of one that is made from plastic. Plastic mats are usually harder and can amplify the noise of the blender. Silicone mats do a better job at reducing the vibration sound from the motor. They also offer more protection for the countertop.
5. Build or Buy a Soundproof Enclosure
If you’re waking up just a few hours after your roommate went to bed, then a soundproof enclosure is your best bet for soundproofing your blender. When it comes to soundproof enclosures, you have 2 options: build or buy.
Build A Soundproof Enclosure
Anyone who has building skills can make a soundproof enclosure. All they need is patience and the right materials. The best soundproof enclosures are built out of wood or plastic. You will need to build a box that is slightly larger than the blender, so it can easily fit in there without being crowded. Make sure the box is left open on one side so you can operate the blender.
Once you have the wooden or plastic frame built, it will need to be lined with padding to absorb the blender noise. Padding can be made out of thick material or foam, and it can be applied with either double-sided tape, super glue, or a hot glue gun. This is a much more affordable way for skilled builders to have a soundproof blending experience.
Buy A Soundproof Enclosure
If you open a toolbox and scratch your head in confusion then you’re probably better off to buy a soundproof enclosure. Luckily, a lot of blender companies already have enclosures made especially for them. This makes the shopping process so much easier. Try to see if you can get one made especially for your blender before you shop around.
However, if you can’t find an enclosure made specifically for your blender you’ll still likely find one that fits. Before picking out a box, always make note of your blender’s dimensions. Always buy an enclosure box that is slightly larger than your blender.
6. Soundproof Foam
As mentioned above, moving a blender away from the wall will help reduce noise. Well, people who have smaller or tighter kitchens don’t always have that opportunity. A lot of times they have no choice but to blend their breakfast smoothie nearby a wall or even a corner. If this is the case, you can still soundproof that area.
Place soundproof foam on the wall where you keep the blender. This will prevent the sound of the blender from bouncing off the nearby walls so there’s no more loud echo. You don’t have to be skilled to put up soundproof foam either, all you need is double-sided tape.
Do you have an outlet nearby a pantry? Another way you can keep your blending soundproof is by lining an area of the pantry with soundproof foam and using your blender in there.
7. Cardboard Box Hack
If the idea of a DIY enclosure caught your attention but you don’t have any experience working with wood or plastic, this is the noise reduction hack for you! The cardboard box hack is basically an enclosure that’s so easy to build, even a kindergarten student could make one.
You will need a cardboard box that is slightly larger than your blender. If you can’t find one that is the right size, you can always make one out of cardboard boxes and duct tape. Leave an opening in the box so you can still use the blender. Of course, a cardboard box is boring to look at, so feel free to decorate this however you like.
Once you have a box ready that is the correct dimensions you will need to line it with padding. The soundproof foam that was mentioned above makes the best padding for absorbing noise. However, if you don’t have any foam available then any other thick material will do.
Other Ways You Can Reduce Blender Noise
Sometimes people who live in smaller spaces, or apartment buildings with paper-thin walls, still have difficulty finding ways to keep their blender quiet. Although there are many ways to reduce the sound of a blender so it doesn’t bother anyone, you can’t make them completely silent. Certain living situations may not allow a person to use their blender first thing in the morning.
If this is your situation, try blending your smoothie the night before. It will still be good for breakfast the following morning if you put it directly in an air-tight container. Just make sure that you shake it up in the morning.
For some people, it’s not their roommate or spouse’s schedule that prevents them from making a morning smoothie. Many new parents have discovered that their baby absolutely hates that noisy blender. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, that sound is one of their worst nightmares. A pair of noise-reducing earmuffs may solve this problem.
Sometimes your kitchen isn’t the right spot to make your morning blended beverage. Have you considered bringing your blender elsewhere so it doesn’t bother anyone? If you have the option, take your blender to a location where nobody else will hear you, such as a basement or garage.