What Kind of Blender Does Starbucks Use?

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What Kind of Blender Does Starbucks Use

Quick Answer: Starbucks uses the famous Vitamix Quiet One Blender. It has a pretty straightforward interface and a 3-peak HP motor which is extremely powerful. As the name suggests, it also has a sound shield which drastically reduces the noise levels.

But if you’re thinking about getting one just because Starbucks has it, then hold on a minute. As a home user, it’s not necessary and will be far more expensive than alternatives that work just as well.

Let’s learn a bit more…


The Quiet One has an impressive set of specifications, as we eluded to earlier. It comes with…

  • Vibration dampening shield which keeps the atmosphere at Starbucks quiet
  • Have 6 program buttons pack 34 optimized programs so baristas can get a drink started and then move on.
  • Easy to pour container spout.
  • 3-Peak horsepower motor, which is more powerful than any of the home Vitamix units

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But Is It Ideal For the Home?

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On the Vitamix website, you’ll find that this Blender costs upwards of  $1,300 (prices vary). As a home user, there’s no need to spend that much to get something that can make all of your favorite Starbucks drinks like smoothies and Frappuccinos.

There simply isn’t a need to spend that much. I make delicious thick and frozen iced coffee drinks with a blender as cheap as my Nutribullet, which costs a small fraction of what you’ll pay for the Quiet One. If you’re curious about nutribullet and thinking of buying one, I’ve reviewed a few of the best nutribullet options that I’ve owned in the past so you can compare..

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Now granted, you can still get another Vitamix. There’s nothing wrong with that. I think Vitamix blenders are awesome!

But just remember that the Quiet One is a commercial unit. Its warranty is very short compared to home units because it’s supposed to get a lot of use, far more than you’d use in your home.

Also, assuming your home is not a busy cafe with people trying to work, you don’t necessarily need a sound shield. Sure, a Vitamix is loud, but you probably aren’t blending long or often enough to warrant it. Most people don’t require it.

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That said, consider picking up another Vitamix or quiet Blender; you’ll get way more bang for your buck.

If you’re looking for another alternative, check out my Blendtec Total Blender review.

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