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Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
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9.1
Multi-Purpose
8.9
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.5
Ice Crushing
9.0
Soups
9.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1471 W

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a remarkably well-built 10-speed blender that's exceptional for most uses. It creates well-blended smoothies in under a minute and can produce bar-quality ice in around 30 seconds. It's remarkable at making things like almond butter and supports hot blending if you want to make soups or Bulletproof coffee. Unfortunately, it's quite a bulky blender, so you need a large counter or cabinet to store it. It can also be a bit difficult to clean sticky messes as the blades aren't removable, but on the bright side, it's easier to clean after making things like smoothies.

Our Verdict

9.1 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a remarkable blender for multi-purpose use. It does an amazing job at blending smoothies, is exceptional at crushing ice, and can even blend hot liquids like soups. It also looks and feels extremely well-built, making it a superb choice for professional use as well.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
  • Ten speed settings.
  • Outstanding at making smoothies, soups and bar-quality ice.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Non-removable blades makes cleaning difficult with stickier messes.
8.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is an amazing blender for making smoothies and protein shakes. In under a minute it can create smoothies that are well-blended and smooth with no chunks or grains leftover. It's outstanding at crushing ice and is easy to clean as well.

Pros
  • Ten speed settings.
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
  • Creates well-blended smoothies in under a minute.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
9.5 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is exceptional for crushing ice. In under 30 seconds, it creates bar-quality ice that's nearly snow-like and has no chunks leftover. The blender also looks and feels remarkably durable, so it should have no problem blending ice for longer periods.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
  • Ten speed settings.
  • Outstanding at crushing ice.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
9.0 Soups

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is excellent at making soups. It can be used with hot liquids and blends ingredients very quickly. Its large jar means you can make a lot of soup at once, and it's easy to clean.

Pros
  • Ten speed settings.
  • Works with hot liquids.
  • Large jar.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
9.0 Professional Use

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is an outstanding blender for professional use. It looks and feels remarkably well-built, so should have no problem being used all day. It's also outstanding at making smoothies and things like almond butter, and it creates bar-quality ice in around 30 seconds.

Pros
  • Remarkable build quality.
  • Ten speed settings.
  • Outstanding at making smoothies, soups and bar-quality ice.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Non-removable blades makes cleaning difficult with stickier messes.
  • 9.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.9 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.5 Ice Crushing
  • 9.0 Soups
  • 9.0 Professional Use

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.7" (45.0 cm)
Width 7.9" (20.0 cm)
Depth 9.1" (23.0 cm)
Weight
10.6 lbs (4.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

This is a large blender and is a bit heavier than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. It's also quite tall, so it's best stored directly on your counter or in a large kitchen cupboard.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender feels extremely well-made. The entire thing is made out of metal and very dense plastic, and the cable is thick. There aren't any noticeable flaws in the build and it looks and feels very premium and high-end.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
48.0 oz (1419.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar of this blender is large enough for most uses, but isn't as big as the main jar of some other options, like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. It doesn't require a specific orientation to be placed on the base, and the handle feels nice and comfortable in the hand. If you want a blender that performs similarly but has a slightly larger jar, you may also want to consider the KitchenAid K400 or the Vitamix 5300.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Vitamix E310 doesn't come with any additional jars. If you're looking for a full-size blender that comes with additional single-serve jars, check out the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blade stack consists of four sharp blades, and it isn't easily removable from the jar for easy cleaning. While the blade stack could be removed for repair, it would require taking it apart, and would likely void the warranty. On the bright side, the jar is dishwasher-safe to make cleaning a bit easier.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid easily fits on top of the jar in any direction and uses friction to stay shut. The middle of the lid is removable and gives you a fairly large opening to add items mid-blend or use the included tamper.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
3.9 ft (1.2 m)

The thick power cord is long enough to reach most outlets. While it has a stowaway compartment to hide the cable when not in use, it can be a bit difficult to stow it properly.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • Mini-tamper
  • 48 oz blender pitcher and lid
  • Cookbook

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1400 RPM
Max Speed
22600 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
86 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix E310 has a 10-setting speed dial as well as a pulse mode. It's quieter than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, but doesn't go quite as fast at its highest setting.

9.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Vitamix E310 is outstanding at making almond butter. It takes under a minute to process butter that's very smooth and spreadable.

9.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 1 min
Texture
Smooth

The Vitamix E310 is remarkable for making smoothies. It takes less than a minute to produce well-blended smoothies with a silky texture. It's worth noting that the drink was slightly warmer than with some other blenders, likely due to friction while blending.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

The Vitamix E310 only comes with one jar.

9.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0.5 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

This blender is exceptional at crushing ice. It creates bar-quality ice with no chunks in around 30 seconds.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes. If you want a blender with more features, check out the Vitamix A2500.

7.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Difficult

The Vitamix E310 is easy to clean. Just soap and water cleans most liquid messes like smoothies. Unfortunately, because the blades can't be removed, you need to use some sort of cleaning tool to reach under the blades for stickier messes, such as after making almond butter. If you're looking for a blender that's easier to hand-wash, check out the Vitamix 7500 or the Vitamix 5200.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
Yes
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have many extra features or accessories. On the bright side, it can be used for hot blending, which is great if you like to make soup or bulletproof coffee. It also comes with a tamper to help with thicker mixes.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Vitamix Explorian E310, but there's also a variant available called the Explorian E320, which seems to be exclusive to Costco and Amazon. The E320 comes with a slightly larger jar and has a longer warranty, but other than that we expect it to perform similarly, though we haven't tested it.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a premium-looking, well-built full-size blender with a very versatile overall performance. It can easily make smoothies and almond butter, crush bar-quality ice, and it can hot blend. However, this straightforward blender doesn't have a lot of extra features or accessories, and it isn't Bluetooth-compatible like the Vitamix A2300 or the Vitamix A3500.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Vitamix 5200 are very similar blenders. They're both pretty straightforward but have a very versatile overall performance. The Explorian E310 comes with a Pulse mode, while the 5200 comes with two different speed settings: 'High' and 'Variable'. The Explorian E310 can make bar-quality crushed ice in less time than the 5200. However, it's easier to clean up the 5200 after making stickier blends like almond butter.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better overall blender than the Vitamix 5300. Unlike the 5300, the Explorian E310's components are dishwasher-safe. The Explorian E310 also makes a better-blended smoothie. However, some users may prefer the 5300's larger capacity main jar and the fact that it does a better job crushing ice.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a somewhat more versatile blender than the Vitamix A2300. While both blenders have a strong overall performance, the E310 can make a smoothie and crush ice faster. It also isn't as loud as the A2300. That said, the A2300 is easier to clean, has a larger main jar, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes via its companion app.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix 7500 and the Vitamix Explorian E310 are similar blenders, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Explorian E310 is dishwasher-safe, unlike the 7500, and it does a better job incorporating leafy greens like kale into smoothies. However, the 7500 creates snow-like crushed ice, and it's a bit easier to clean. Both are straightforward blenders with a versatile overall performance.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Vitamix A3500 are both similarly performing full-sized blenders with different strengths. While both blenders are similarly very well-built, the A3500 has a larger jar with a touch-sensitive control panel. It's also easier to clean and it makes outstanding snow-like crushed ice. However, the Explorian E310 makes a silkier smoothie in less time.

Vitamix A2500

Both the Vitamix A2500 and Vitamix Explorian E310 blenders have a very versatile performance that can please many users. However, the A2500 is Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access preset modes using its companion app and it has more features as well. It also has a self-clean program and a timer, unlike the Explorian E310. The A2500 is also easier to wash by hand. On the other hand, the Explorian E310 can make almond butter and crush ice in less time than the A2500.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a significantly better multi-purpose blender than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix is much better built, and its performance producing almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice beats the Blendtec by less time and with a smoother consistency. The Vitamix also has a speed dial, which some users may prefer, and it's better suited for processing hot foods. However, the Blendtec is easier to clean and it comes with a Spoonula for getting the most out of your blends.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better full-size blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher System. The Vitamix feels better built and makes smooth almond butter as well as smoothies in less time. However, the Ninja comes with two different kinds of single-serving jars and it's easier to clean.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a much overall blender than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. It allows for hot blending and is also much better built than the Ninja blender. On the other hand, the Ninja BL770 comes with a small personal jar and can create snow-like ice. It's also a bit simpler to hand-wash, but both are dishwasher safe.

KitchenAid Diamond

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better full-size blender than the KitchenAid Diamond. The Vitamix feels significantly better built, and it can produce almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice with better consistency in less time. It's also easier to clean. 

Ninja DUO

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender for making smoothies than the Ninja DUO. The Vitamix has a significantly better build quality, and it produces silkier almond butter and smoothies in less time. Cleaning this blender is also much simpler and you can even safely blend hot foods with it. However, the Ninja comes with a personal jar that some may prefer.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a significantly better full-size blender overall than the NutriBullet Blender Combo. The Vitamix feels much better built, and it can produce almond butter and smoothies with better consistency in less time. It can also make bar-quality crushed ice and it's easier to clean. However, the NutriBullet comes with an additional jar that you can take with you on-the-go.

Ninja Smart Screen

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better overall blender than the Ninja Smart Screen. It gives a better smoothie and almond butter but doesn't quite create snow-like ice. However, the Vitamix is much better built and comes with a 2-part lid that allows you to mix in ingredients mid-mix. On the other hand, while both blenders are dishwasher-safe, the Ninja is easier to hand-wash.

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