Vitamix Explorian E310 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Updated May 25, 2021 at 01:55 pm
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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
1,471 W

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a very sturdy, well-built blender with a 10-speed dial. Although it's more simple and straightforward in design than other Vitamix blenders, it delivers exceptionally versatile performance. You can make silky smoothies, very smooth almond butter, and bar-quality crushed ice in its main jar. You can also use it for hot blending. The fixed blades can make clean-up difficult sometimes, but fortunately, its jar, lid, and tamper are all dishwasher-safe.

Our Verdict

9.1 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is remarkable for multi-purpose use. It does an amazing job at blending smoothies, is exceptional at crushing ice, and can even blend hot foods 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. It's very well-built and produces fantastic, silky smoothies in less than a minute. It's usually quite easy to clean by hand, and conveniently its jar and lid are both dishwasher-safe.

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 for making soups. It can hot blend and process ingredients very quickly. Its large jar means you can make a lot of soup at once, and it's easy to clean by hand. You can also clean the jar and its lid in the dishwasher.

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 it should have no problem being used all day, and its main jar has a large capacity. This blender makes outstanding smoothies and 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
  1. Updated May 25, 2021: Updated review for accuracy and clarity.
  2. Updated Mar 26, 2021: We've retested 'Almond Butter', but the scoring of this box hasn't changed.

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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 big blender. It's quite tall, so you may need to store it on your kitchen counter if you don't have room in a spacious cupboard. The jar can be removed for easier storage, however.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender has a fantastic build quality. Similar to the Vitamix A2500, it's made of metal and plastic that feels very sturdy. 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 (1,419.5 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
1.6 lbs (0.7 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar of this blender should be large enough for most uses, although it has a smaller capacity than that of most full-size blenders we've tested. It fits onto the base in any orientation and has a comfortable handle. If you want a blender that performs similarly but has a slightly larger jar, you may also want to consider the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 or the Vitamix 5300.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender has four sharp blades that aren't meant to be removed. While you can remove the blade assembly using tools, doing so voids 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 is similar to the lid for the Vitamix 5200. It has two tabs that clip onto the jar to help it stay in place. The middle part is removable, which gives you a fairly big opening to use the tamper that comes with the blender or add ingredients mid-blend. It's also dishwasher-safe.

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 near your counter. 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
  • 48 oz main jar
  • Two-part lid
  • Mini-tamper
  • Cookbook

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1,400 RPM
Max Speed
22,600 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
86 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix Explorian E310 has a 10-setting speed dial as well as a dedicated switch for pulse mode. At maximum speed, it's quieter than many full-size blenders that we've tested.

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

Update 03/26/2021: We have retested this blender's almond butter performance to verify its original outstanding performance. We were able to achieve the same smooth, spreadable result. The scoring of this box hasn't changed.

This blender is fantastic 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 makes incredible 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
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 less than a minute, although the results aren't quite as snow-like as with other models like the Vitamix 5200 or Vitamix A2500.

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. A quick blend with water and a few drops of soap in the jar takes care of most liquidy ingredients. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to clean under the blades. You may need to use some sort of cleaning tool, especially if you've been working with sticky ingredients like 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

The Vitamix Explorian is a straightforward blender without many extra features. You can use it for hot blending, which is great if you like to make soups or sauces. It also comes with a tamper to help with thicker mixes.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix Explorian E310 comes in a few different colors and is sometimes sold with different accessories. We tested E310 variant in 'Black' that comes with a tamper. We expect our results to be valid for the other color variants, but we don't know how the bigger 64-ounce main jar or 20-ounce personal jars may affect the blender's performance. The E320 model also has a longer warranty and seems to be exclusive to Costco and Amazon.

Model Main Jar Accessories Colors
E310

48 ounces

Tamper

Black, Red, Slate

E310 48 ounces

Tamper
2x 20-ounce jars

Black, Red, Slate
E310

48 ounces

Tamper
Blade Scraper

Black, Red, Slate

E320

64-ounce

Tamper

Black

If you come across another model or your blender is different, please let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a very well-built blender. It can easily make smoothies and almond butter, crush bar-quality ice, and it can hot blend. Its main jar is on the small size for a full-size blender, but should still be big enough for most purposes. Compared with other Vitamix blenders, it has a more basic design. It's not Bluetooth-compatible like the Vitamix A3300 or A2500 and can't 'self-detect' what size of jar you're using like the Vitamix A2300. If you want to see other options, check out our lists of the best Vitamix blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders

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. It also 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 strong 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.

KitchenAid K400

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the KitchenAid K400. The Vitamix produces much better smoothies and almond butter. It comes with a tamper, has a significantly better build quality, and can make snow-like crushed ice in less time. It's also easier to clean.

Vitamix A2500

Both the Vitamix A2500 and Vitamix Explorian E310 blenders have 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.

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 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.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a significantly better multi-purpose blender than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix is better built, and its performance producing almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice beats the Blendtec in 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 Nutri DUO

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a more versatile blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. The E310 is a full-size model with a 48-ounce jar, a two-part lid, and a tamper. It has a much better build quality and makes crushed ice and almond butter in less time. You can also use it to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Ninja is a personal blender that comes with three jars. It makes better-blended smoothies and snow-like crushed ice. It's also much easier to clean.

Blendtec Designer 725

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Blendtec Designer 725 have different strengths, and you may prefer either depending on your needs. The Vitamix can blend hot ingredients. It comes with a tamper and makes better-blended smoothies and smoother, more spreadable almond butter. On the other hand, the Blendtec's main jar has a larger capacity. It's easier to clean by hand, makes crushed ice with a better texture, and unlike the Vitamix, also comes with a smaller personal jar and matching to-go lid. 

Vitamix ONE

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Vitamix ONE. Unlike the ONE, the Explorian can blend hot ingredients, make snow-like crushed ice, and produce smooth almond butter. It also has a bigger capacity and a significantly better build quality. However, the ONE is shorter and lighter. It's also easier to clean if you're working with sticky ingredients.

Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. The Vitamix is a full-size blender with a much better build quality and a variable speed dial. It can process hot ingredients and make smoother, more spreadable almond butter as well as better-blended smoothies. On the other hand, the Ninja is a more compact personal blender that comes with two smaller jars suitable for single-serve drinks. 

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 and smoothies in less time. However, the Ninja comes with two different kinds of single-serving jars, and it's easier to clean.

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201. The two blenders perform similarly when it comes to crushing ice and making almond butter, but the Vitamix has a much better build quality. It also makes a silkier smoothie. On the other hand, the Ninja has a bigger main jar and is easier to clean.

Breville The Q

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix makes significantly better almond butter and produces bar-quality crushed ice in less time. It also has a much better build quality. On the other hand, the Breville is much easier to clean.

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.

KitchenAid K150

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the KitchenAid K150. The Vitamix has a better build quality. It comes with a tamper and makes much better smoothies and smoother, more spreadable almond butter. It also takes less time to produce bar-quality crushed ice.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is a better blender than the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and comes with a two-part lid and tamper. It has more speed settings and it's much better for making smoothies, almond butter, and crushed ice. 
 

Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System with Auto-iQ for most purposes. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and can blend hot ingredients for soups and sauces. It also makes much better smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with two personal jars in addition to its main jar. Also, it has a removable blade assembly, which helps make it easier to clean.

Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 perform similarly for many purposes, and which you may prefer depends on your needs. Both models produce fantastic smoothies and incredible almond butter, but the Ninja makes crushed ice with a better texture. It's also better suited for making single-serves because it comes with three personal jars in addition to the main jar. On the other hand, while the Vitamix doesn't have any additional jars, it's quieter and has a much better build quality. It can also hot blend, unlike the Ninja.

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better than the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. The Vitamix has a better build quality and makes silkier smoothies. It takes less time to produce smooth, spreadable almond butter. On the other hand, the Ninja has a heating element for warming up ingredients as you blend. It's also easier to clean.

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 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 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.

Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ

The Vitamix Explorian E310 is better for most purposes than the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. The Explorian has a much better build quality and comes with a tamper. It takes less time to make significantly better smoothies and almond butter. You can also use it to blend hot ingredients. On the other hand, the Ninja makes crushed ice with a better texture and is easier to clean.

Vitamix A3300

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Vitamix A3300 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Explorian is significantly better at making smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the A3300 is easier to clean and makes crushed ice with a better texture. Its main jar has a larger capacity, and the blender is Bluetooth-compatible, so it also works with a companion app that gives you access to preset modes.

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.

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.

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