Quick Answer: Starbucks uses the famous Vitamix Quiet One Blender. It has a pretty straightforward interface and 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 really totally necessary and is going to 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.
- 6 program buttons which 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.
This video will give you a glimpse of it in action...
But Is It Ideal For the Home?
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.
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. It's 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.
That said, consider picking up another Vitamix or quiet Blender, you'll get way more bang for your buck.