Where! I meant "where" to put the blenders! :)
It's funny how we agonize over the look of our kitchen but neglect one of the most important issues—sound! But planning how noise is controlled in the kitchen is essential to giving your home that peaceful atmosphere you crave. The first obvious place to start? Appliances! When you go through the selection process, make sure you consider sound just as much as you do looks and function. Appliances have noise level information noted in their specifications, and some appliance stores even have working appliances that you can take for a test run. Here's an insider trick: visit the appliance store early in the day when it is relatively quiet. At this time you can sample (and truly hear!) an appliance's noise at different levels of sound emissions. Plus, when you look at appliance specifications later, you will have a frame of reference to compare. Be aware that every increase of 3 dB (decibels) effectively doubles the amount of noise.
Very helpful, Ms. Serra, thank you. You covered several aspects I hadn't considered, such as were to put the blenders and getting a hood with an engine in the attic.
For someone who wishes to ADD noise to their kitchen, I'd like to recommend the under-cabinet installation of a radio/CD player.
Mine is a real blessing. It's out of the way, attractive (mine is white, to match my appliances) AND has a remote control, so we needn't rise from the table to adjust the volume or turn it off.
I got it about eight years ago. I assume newer versions have some kind of docking portal for your MP3 player.