Blenders are one of the noisiest kitchen appliances in the 21st century. Standard blenders produce an average of up to 91dBA sound level.
Even though there are quiet blenders- click the link to read my full detailed guide, most standard blenders will have detrimental effects on your hearing.
Luckily, there is a way you can muffle the amount of noise your blender makes. Simply by using a blender sound enclosure designed for home and business setups.
In this guide we shall be discussing what a blender sound enclosure is, how it works and whether it’s an ideal product for you.
Just like its name suggests, a blender sound enclosure is plastic enclosure designed to muffle the sounds your blender makes during smoothie preparation sessions. The sound enclosure is made from a long lasting ¼ inch thick acrylic that dampens the noise produce by the blender.
1. Whisper Blend Sound Enclosures
The Whisper Blend is my favorite brand. The brand sells 3 blender/juicer sound enclosures. They include:
- Model SE-2-BT/HB which is designed for Hamilton Beach and Blendtec blenders.
- The Model SE-2-VT is designed for use primarily on Vitamix and some other blenders.
- SE3-VT-AS is the latest model and is designed for use with Vitamix Explorian, Ninja, Ascent and most other blenders that do not fit in the other two models above.
The attractive modular design boasts patented sound absorbing pads that absorbs both vibrations and noise.
This enclosure is fitted with suction-cup feet that prevents the smoothie maker from wobbling by securing it tightly to the counter.
The blender sound enclosure is fitted with a flip-top port to allow you to use a tamper or add blending ingredients without allowing the noise to escape from the main door.
Another added benefit with the blender enclosure is that it contains any spills. So, you won’t have to clean mess over your counter.
The individual sound reduction highly depends with the type of blender you have, as well as environmental acoustics and other factors.
2. Alterna Jar Sound Enclosure Box
Another popular brand is the American brand known as the Alterna Jar. Its sound enclosures are dubbed as blender mufflers, and according to the brand, the claim that the enclosure reduces up to 40-50% sound.
According to tests, the blender muffler reduced normal blending noise from 85decibels to 60 decibels using a Blendtec Blender.
The Alterna blender box is large enough to fit most blenders such as Blendtec, Vitamix, Waring, Ninja, K-Tec, Hamilton Beach.
It will fit any other blender that’s smaller or equal to the following measurements- 10.5″ (W) x 11.5″ (D) x 22″ (H).
The brand gives a 5-year limited warranty against defects such as separation, or cracks.
3. Dome of Silence
Dome of Silence is an Australian based brand that sells its line of blender sound enclosures under the trademark Dome of Silence.
According to the company, the sound silencer for blenders can reduce noise levels by up to 70%.
However, it’s to be noted that the amount of noise reduction will highly depend on the kitchen acoustic environment, benchtop material, ambient noise.
But in general, you can expect up to 65-75% noise reduction/ 15-21dBA. Just make sure that the power cable passes through the rear cable exit to allow the Dome of Silence to flush with the benchtop.
The Dome of Silence sound enclosure is made from a polymer that has high acoustic reflectivity to help muffle the noise.
It features well positioned sound absorbing materials along the perimeter of the enclosure to help absorb high frequency sounds from the motor and the sounds produces by the blades.
How to Build a Blender Sound Enclosure
If you’re like me, you love Blender but HATE the sound it makes when it’s rendering. I know I can’t be the only one! That’s why I decided to build a sound enclosure for my blender.
This is a super simple project that anyone can do. You’ll need some basic woodworking skills and tools, but other than that it’s pretty straightforward.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1/2″ plywood (I used 4’x8′ sheets)
- 1″x2″ lumber (enough to frame out the sides and top)
- 3/4″ dowel rod (for the door handle)
- Acoustic sealant (optional)
Here’s how to do it:
- Cut the plywood into four pieces: two for the sides, and two for the top and bottom. The dimensions will depend on the size of your blender, but mine were 18″x24″.
- Cut the 1″x2″ lumber into four pieces for the sides, and two pieces for the top and bottom. Again, the dimensions will depend on the size of your blender, but mine were 18″x24″.
- Assemble the frame by attaching the 1″x2″ lumber to the plywood with wood screws. I also added a piece of 3/4″ dowel rod to one side for a door handle.
- Seal all the seams with acoustic sealant to help reduce the noise (optional).
- Place your blender inside and blend
I hope this helps anyone who’s struggling with the noise of their blender. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
Alternatives to Blender Sound Enclosure
Are you on a budget but want to get your blender as quiet as possible without spending money? Are you tired or you old blender and want a quiet alternatives without having to go through the hassle of find a the right sound enclosure for your old blender?
Well below are some of my most recommended sound enclosure alternatives:
- Vitamix the Quiet One
- Waring® MX1500XTX
- 5-gallon bucket and rubber mat.
Below are some additional tips to help you reduce blending noise.
If you’re using a blender to make smoothies or other drinks, you may notice that it can be quite loud. There are a few ways that you can reduce the noise level when using your blender.
One way is to use a rubber mat under your blender. This will help to absorb some of the noise. Another way is to hold the blender lid down tight while it’s running. This will also help to reduce the noise level.
You can place a towel over the top of the blender while it is in use. This will help to muffle the sound of the blades as they spin.
Another option is to use a lower setting on your blender. This will cause the the blender blade to spin slowly and therefore produce less noise.
Finally, you can try blending your ingredients for a shorter period of time. This will help to minimize the noise as well.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.