Although we do have a favorite blender (do normal people say such things?), it can be a bit pricey for many folks. This model from AEG looks to be a good alternative but boasts something most can't — it's super, super quiet!
The Powermix Silent not only has mad ice crushing abilities and can make a smoothie with it's eyes closed (assuming they have them), but can also act as a food processor and a juicer with additional attachments. Under its sleek exterior it has patented noise and vibration reduction systems that — novel idea — let you carry on a conversation in your kitchen.
The pricing for this unit maxes out around $150 (American) and could be your big chance to make a smoothie while the baby is down for a nap. It comes in silver and black and should be available in the states very shortly, so keep a look out!
Are there other appliances you wish were quieter? Sometimes we'd be happy without as many bells and whistles if we didn't hear the noises they made (affordably priced dishwasher, we're looking at you!).