Vitamix E310/E320 Explorian Blender Review

The Explorian E310 and E320 blenders are the budget Vitamix versions. They are a great deal cheaper than an average Vitamix blender, have the power and functionality of the other models but have minimalist look and feel and a shorter warranty.

Read our honest review to find out if this economy Vitamix is the blender you are looking for.

Functionality and Versatility

Smoothie: The blender makes perfectly smooth and free of chunks drinks from absolutely any raw fruit or veggie such as spinach, kale, lemons, carrots, pineapple, and others. It can blend any berries into a juice-like texture without any seeds residues left in the drink.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: The machine pulverizes the ice into the perfect snow without any efforts. So it is able to produce snow cones, ice cream, slushy drinks or restaurant like Daiquiris. A tamper is an essential tool during processing the ice or frozen ingredients.

Juice: The machine will not make the classic style juice but it is ideal for making absolutely smooth smoothies aka “whole juice”. For the best result, you can separate fiber from the liquid using the strainer or nut milk bag.

Soup/hot ingredients: This gadget is designed to handle hot ingredients. So it is not only able to process hot liquid for soup, make bulletproof coffee but can heat liquid with frictions. The machine will heat the liquid from the room to the steaming 100-degree temperature within just 6 minutes of continuous blending.

Chopping/food prep: The machine equipped with a wide range of speeds and pulse function, and thus prepare chef quality hummus, salsa, guacamole, and other dips and sauces. The pulse function is also useful for chopping veggies and nuts. So you have no problem to make perfect cauliflower rice of pesto.

Pureeing and baby food: This fantastic machine can puree almost everything from potato to carrots and produce flawless mashes or baby food. If you are vegan this machine will be indispensable for processing cashew or almond vegan cheese.

Nut milk: The Explorian machine has more than enough power to process nut and water into perfectly homogeneous nut milk. Use a nut milk bag to separate fiber for the better recipes result.

Nut butter: It makes great almond, cashew, peanut butter without adding any oil. Just dump raw or roasted nuts into the jar and turn the blender on. You may need to use a tamper to push nuts down and within 1 or 2 minutes you will get the creamiest and delicious nut butter.

Dough/batter: The Explorian E310/320 without much efforts kneads perfect bread or pizza dough, prepares cookies or pancakes batter.

Grinding/milling: This blender can also function as a spice grinder if you need that. It can finely grind flax seeds, make powdered sugar, or ground coffee. Most important, it also makes a baking quality flour from any grains and seeds such as wheat, rice, buckwheat and even from tiniest amaranth.

This gadget can do SO many things that easily replaces few kitchen appliances such as food processor, coffee grinder and ice cream maker.

Speed Settings and Programs

The Explorian E310 and E320 control panels are absolutely identical for both models. It is minimalist and simple to use.

It has 10 variable speeds Dial Knob, Off/On and Pulse Switches. You regulate the speed by turning a dial. The transition between speeds is smooth. The low speed is true low (around 1400 – 1600 rpm) and high speed is so incredibly fast that designed to heat liquids with frictions (23000 rpm – 28500 rpm depending on blades size). The speed control is very soft-start and if you start accidentally at maximum speed, it machine will not ramp-up but instantly increase to the maximum speed. You activate the Pulse function by pressing the pulse lever after choosing the needed speed at the dial knob.

Such a wide range of speeds allows a lot of control to you over the blending process. The medium speed works for blending soft smoothies’ ingredients while high is useful for hard ingredients and seeded berries. The Pulse feature is handy for chopping veggies and nuts and also good when making salsa and sauces.

Base Unit and Motor Power

The E310 and E320 Explorian models come with the identically designed base units and similar powerful Vitamix 2.2HP (1464 watts) and 12Amps motors. The base design has some features from both Legacy and Ascent Vitamix models. The minimalistic Explorian has the power On/Off switch on the bottom does not light up control panel when the power is on. The curvy Ascent features allow Explorian model using the convenient tamper holder accessory.

The machine base is heavy and well made, it also very sturdy and do not travel across the counter even on the highest speed. The both E310 and E320 gadgets equipped the radial cooling fan and motor overheating protection system that will automatically shut off the machine when it is overheated.

P.S.The Vitamix website has a bit of misleading information regarding the E310/E320 motors. It is saying that E310 has 2.0HP motor while E320 has the 2.2HP motor. However, their base indicates the same VM0197 motor model which corresponds to the 2.2HP. I contacted Vitamix and they confirmed that E310 and E320 machines both have 2.2HP motor

Containers

vitamix 64 oz jar

64 oz./ E320

48 oz./E310

The E310 and E320 gadgets come with Eastman Tritan Copolyester premium quality, durable, temperature(up to 200F/94C) and shatter resistant and glass-like see-through polycarbonate pitchers.

The Explorian E310 machine has a 48 oz. narrow body and low-profile container with plastic grip. While the E320 model has a 64 oz. wide body low profile container and rubber grip.

Both types of containers have a nice spout for pouring liquid out. The jars have ounces, cups and milliliters graduations to adapt all recipes. Both jars equipped with identical black rubber lid with clear plug and custom made tampers (9¾ inches long for 48 oz. and 11 inches long for 64 oz. low profile jugs). The tamper is a very handy tool that helps to process thick mixture and create a better vortex.

Small Batches vs Large Batches

The difference between the size of blades and bottom diameter of 48 oz. narrow bottom E310 and 64 oz. wide bottom (low profile) E320 Vitamix containers are more meaningful than just their capacity and shape. The major factor is how they are processing the small and large volume of food.

The narrow 48 oz. container suits better for processing small batches of food while the wide 64 oz. jug better handles large recipes. The minimum volume of food the 48 oz. container handles is 1-1.5 cups while the minimum for the 64 oz. container is 2-3 cups (depending on the thickness of ingredients). If you try to process smaller batches in wide bottom 64 oz. container it will splash the food around and the quality of homogenizing food will be not as good as the typical Vitamix user is get used to.

So, the 64 oz. wide body container is not very efficient at blending small volumes like baby food, mayonnaise, nut butter, and others. While the 48 oz. container is very good at processing those small recipes. But the 64 oz. wide body container handles well large amount of food in one cycle when in the 48 oz. you will have to run two cycles. The wide bottom 64 oz. container also is more functional at dry chopping food than the narrow containers.

So, the E310 model will suit better to smaller households of 1-4 people while the E320 wide bottom 64 oz. container will be good for lager households serving 5 and more people. The owners of E320 model with wide body jar may be benefited from ordering the extra 48 oz. or 32 oz. narrow bottom container to improve their Vitamix experience when processing small portion of food.

Blades

The E310 and E320 blenders are equipped with absolutely identical in design but different in size blades. The blades are permanently inbuilt into the container. Although, the blades could be removed with a special Vitamix wrench but not recommended if not instructed by manufacture service.

The E310 has 3” four-prong blades inbuilt into 48 oz. narrow body jar while E320 with 4 “four-prong blades inbuilt into the 64 oz. widebody container.

The blades are made of stainless steel and laser-cut air-craft quality with an all-metal drive system that ensures perfect work. All Vitamix machines are equipped with the ball bearing type of blade system that ensures the better lifespan, more efficient and less effortless performance.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Assembling/disassembling/operation: The E310/E320 blenders come with the blade assembly inbuilt into the container. Thus it is very easy to assemble and use. You just fill the container with ingredients (liquids first, then dry and soft food, leafy greens, hard fruits and veggies and finally an ice and frozen ingredients). Place the lid with the plug on the top of the jar until the two tabs snap onto the container lip. Put the container onto the base. Select the speed 1, press the On/Off lever to run the machine. Rotate the dial knob to select the required speed. When blending is finished, select the Variable Speed 1 and press On/Off. Use the tamper when blend thick mixtures to help with the vortex. The blender does not have any locking system for the jar and uses the four shafts to keep it stable.

Cleaning: The Both Explorian blenders jar with the inbuilt blades, lids and tamper are dishwasher safe. Alternatively, you can clean it following self-cleaning procedure which is a no-brainer task. Rinse jug out, fill it half with the warm water and few drops of soap and run it for the 30 seconds on the highest speed. Then rinse again and dry with the cloth. After blending really thick mixture you may need to hand clean in order to remove all left outs or run the machine couple of cleaning 30-sec cycles.

Warranty and Customer Service

The Explorian E310 comes with the 5 years, E320 with the 7 years and the refurbished models with the 3 years of FULL WARRANTIES. The full warranty covers parts, labor, shipping and returns shipping both ways. The warranty is transferable and you will be covered with a full warranty even you bought a second-hand gadget. You can register your warranty for new or pre-owned blender online at vitamix.com/warranty or by calling the Customer Service Department (1.800.848.2649/ 1.440.235.4840).

Vitamix customer service is the best in the business. They are very friendly, helpful, answer all your questions and available over the phone during business hours.

Vitamix Explorian E310 vs E320 models

Vitamix E310

Vitamix E320

Both blenders are absolutely identical in design, motor power, control panel, and functionality.

They only differ by type of containers and blades. E310 has 48 oz. narrow bottom container with permanently inbuilt 3” while E320 has a 64 oz. wide bottom containers with inbuilt 4” blades. The difference seems negligible at first sight meaning if you have a small household you better buy E310 while if you serve more than 4 people every day you better off with a bigger jar E320 machine.

But it is more than just that. The Vitamix initially made all its blender regardless jar capacity with narrow bottom containers and 3” blades. It first releases the low profile wide bottom 64 oz. containers with Next Generation Series models. Since then some Vitamix veterans users started to complain about the worsening quality of Vitamix blenders processing. The problem was in the fact that low profile wide bottom do not handle small batches of food as good as narrow bottom and to have comparable quality for the narrow bottom and wide bottom jars you have to process 1.5 cups vs 4 cups of ingredients. There are also recipe people make in small portions even for big households like salad dressing, mayonnaise, nut butter, baby and frozen desserts. So, to maintain the Vitamix quality processing for small batches of food the owners of E320 blenders with 64 oz. wide bottom containers may be advised to buy additional narrow bottom jar with 32 oz. or 48 oz. capacity.

Keep in mind that buying narrow bottom containers E310 you will have better versatility with small recipes of your blender than with E320 wide bottom container.

 

Explorian E310

Explorian E320

Base unit with Motor power

2.2HP (1464 watts)

2.2HP (1464 watts)

Control Panel

10 variable speeds, pulse and On/Off lever

10 variable speeds, pulse and On/Off lever

Container

48 oz., narrow body

64 oz., wide body

Blades

3-inch diameter

4-inch diameter

Tamper

9¾ inches long

12½ inches long

Warranty

5 years Full

7 years Full

Reconditioned  3 years Full

Check here price for the Vitamix Explorian E320 certified refurbished model 

Set Includes 

  • Base unit with 2.2HP motor;
  • 64 oz. or 48 oz. Container with lid;
  • Tamper;
  • User Manual;
  • Cook Book;
  • Warranty card.

For more Vitamix recipes check their website here.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

Both E310 and E320 containers are interchangeable between the machines. In addition, any Explorian blender is compatibles with all Legacy containers. So there are a few jugs available to use with these machines as a replacement or additional one:

Although, the wet container that comes in the Vitamix package is able to process both wet and dry food equally well but milling and grinding in this container will gradually make it cloudy. So if you do a lot of baking and gain milling the 32 oz. dry container will more professionally mill flour (without caking effect) and knead a dough.

Special Features

Colors: The Vitamix Explorian E310 machine available only in black and E320 in black and red colors.

Certified Refurbished: There is the Vitamix Explorian E320 certified refurbished model available on seasonal discount with 3-years Full Warranty.

Use in countries outside of USA/Canada: The blenders sold in the USA or Canada equipped with 110-120 voltage, they could be operated in North and South America region, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia and other countries with the same voltage.

The brand makes 220 – 240 volts models for the international use of and you can find them via local distributors. The gadget with 110-120 voltage system could be used in the countries with the 220-240 system only via a voltage transformer.

Noise

The Explorian E310/E320 is a very powerful machine, no wonder it is noisy. Despite the fact that it is one of the quietest machines among the high-end blenders. It still outputs around 90 decibels at the lowest speed and 97 decibels at the highest speed.

The silicon pad underneath of the base will dampen the noise coming from the working gadget. Alternatively, most sensitive to noise people can use an earplug.

Dimensions

The Explorian E310/E320 has an only 11in x 8in/ 28cm x 20cm footprint and will not occupy a lot of your kitchen counter space. The both models E310 and E320 with the containers on the base unit have 18in/46 cm profile and fit under standard upper cabinets. The 4.5ft cord is neatly coil reeled underneath of the base.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Versatile and performs all function as any other Vitamix machine;
  • Built to last;
  • Very easy to use and clean;
  • Long warranty compared to other brands;
  • The Vitamix Explorian E310/E320 fits under the most of kitchen cabinets;,
  • Has an excellent customer service;

 Cons:

  • Pricey;
  • The new E310 and reconditioned E320 blenders have a shorter warranty than other Vitamix models.

Consumer Reviews

The Vitamix deserved its reputation to be the best machine in the industry and Explorian E310 and E320 are not an exception to it. Almost epic jubilation this blender has reaped over the years is absolutely true. Add, the best customer service in the industry and you can grab almost ideal gadget for your kitchen.

Amazon rating – 4.4

Price

Yes, the Vitamix blenders are pricey and cost 2-3 times more than the ordinary entry-level blenders but they truly work few times better also. However, the Explorian machines are the ones that must meet the requirement of the entry-level consumer who is looking for Vitamix, they are cheaper than the majority of other models.

The E310 and E320 cost around $449 and $339 respectively with the majority of retailers and have the 5 years and 7 years Full Warranty respectively. While the certified reconditioned E320 model is available at around $290 and comes with 3-year Full Warranty. But the machines built to last and likely to serve you for 15 and more years. Amazon often offers the discounted price for the Explorian models.

Check here price for the Vitamix Explorian E310 

Check here price for the Vitamix Explorian E320 certified refurbished model

Summary

If you want a no-brainer but GOLD STANDARD blender for the minimal price, the one of the Explorian E310 and E320 must be your choice. It is a bargain high-performance machine that performs all the functions any other Vitamix blender does but has a simple design with no “bells and whistles” features the more expensive Vitamix models built with.

In addition, it has a choice between blenders for small and large households. E310 model will better suit a small household with 1-4 people because of the smaller 48 oz. containers and the ability to process well small volumes of food. The E320 model will be the choice for families of 5 and more people that better handles big batches of food in one cycle. Nevertheless, the bigger households may buy additional smaller 48 oz. or 32 oz. narrow bottom container for processing small portions tasks for salad dressings, nut butter, and frozen desserts.

Check here our article Which Vitamix to Buy? – Vitamix Models Explained for models clarification guide.

Or visit the Vitamix Certified Refurbished Blenders – Are They Worth to Consider? page to find out about bargain options.

 

 

4 comments for “Vitamix E310/E320 Explorian Blender Review

  1. Doug
    February 18, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Explorian containers are dishwasher safe (like the ascent series). Combined with the 48 ounce size which will blend small quantities and fit in a fridge door, make this (I think) the best option for small families and singles at any price.

  2. Danielle Pinkney
    March 18, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Is the E10 good for making smoothes for 2-4 people? We are a family of 4. One 14yo and I e 11 yo.

    • lucy
      March 24, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Danielle, The Vitamix E310 has a 48 oz pitcher capacity and it is more than enough for 2 people to make smoothies and also for 4 people. It will output at maximum filled capacity 2 cups X 24 oz and 4 cups X 12 oz. You can also run another smoothies cycle, with Vitamix it usually takes less than a minute. Certified reconditioned Vitamix E320 comes with 64 oz pitcher.

  3. John
    September 12, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    What about UK 220watts E310 model? Also 2.2 HP instead of 2HP as stated in the manual?

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