Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Review
When it comes to blenders, Vitamix is one of the most trusted names and they always bring products that are impressive in terms of design, versatility, ease of use, warranty, and customer service. The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender is not an exception.
The Explorian line of Vitamix was released in 2017 and they created the E310 in this line just due to the pressure from competitors that make equally powerful blenders at a much less price than that of Vitamix. Although E310 is not a particularly low-priced blender, it’s the lowest-priced blender in the Explorian series yet performs almost equally well.
Specifications of Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
- Motor: 2.2 peak horsepower (when it starts) and 1.85 operating horsepower (when users are actually using it)
- Electrical: 1380 watts (120V, 50-60 Hz and 11.5 amps)
- Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 18 inches (28 x 20.3 x 45.7 cm) (L x W x H)
- Weight: 10.5 lbs. (4.76 kg)
- Container: 1 [48 ounces (1.4L)]
- Speed: 10 settings, minimum speed 1400-1600 RPM, maximum speed 23000-28500 RPM
- Color options: Red, slate (gray), and black
- Cord: 4.5 feet
- Warranty: 5 years
The package of Vitamix E310 includes a motor base, 48-oz container with 2-part lid, mini-tamper and cookbook.
Features of Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
The build quality of the Vitamix E310 is excellent with its whole body made of heavy-duty metal and wherever plastic is used, it’s very thick and high-quality.
The website of Vitamix gives a little misleading information that the motor of the E310 is 2.0HP. However, the Vitamix officials confirm that E310 has a 2.2HP motor just like that of the E320.
The aircraft-grade blade of the Vitamix’s blenders in the Explorian series is laser-cut and is designed to form a vortex in the middle, known as “Vitamix Vortex”. This vortex pulls the ingredients towards the middle and away from the sides of the container so that the blades can work on them by dicing them well to form creamy liquids.
The 4-prong stainless steel “wet” blade of the E310 is 3 inches in diameter. (The larger 4-inch blade comes with the larger-sized 64-ounce containers of the other blenders in the series such as E320, 720, and 5200.) All Vitamix blenders are equipped with the ball bearing type of blade system which ensures high efficiency, smoothness, and improved lifespan.
The container of E310 is made of Eastman Tritan Copolyester plastic which is premium quality, temperature-resistant (up to 94°C/200°F), and shatter-proof, durable, and transparent like glass. It’s a mid-size container of 48 ounces (1.4L) and is 3 inches shorter than that of 5200 which is a larger 64-oz container.
It measures only 18 inches from the bottom to the top of the blender, but the short height makes it possible to fit snugly under most kitchen cabinets. Users will have to decide if they want larger containers than this. Vitamix does sell larger containers separately.
However, they are not designed to work with E310 and hence Vitamix doesn’t recommend using them with E310. However, users can choose the Classic 64-oz container rather than the low profile 64-oz. because the Classic container has 2.8-inch diameter blades suitable to E310’s motor, while the low profile 64-oz has 4-inch blades. The low-profile container will still work with E310 but not as well.
NOTE about Tamper: Both, Classic and Mid-sized containers come with a tamper (11-inch long for the 64-oz Classic container and 9 ¾ inch long for the 48-oz mid-size container). However, users should use the tamper only with their respective container, and not with the other container (reason given below).
The container has a nice spout to let users pour liquids from the container easily and has milliliters, cups, and ounces calibration to let users make perfect recipes with whichever units they use.
Lid of Container
The container of E310 has a 2-part lid, one part smaller and the other larger. The smaller part fits inside and can be separated from the larger part that covers the top of the blender.
Since the smaller part is detachable, users can insert the tamper into the container or add ingredients while blending.
The smaller part of the lid can even be used for pouring the ingredients from the container. It’s also marked with 1-ounce and ½-ounce marks so that users can measure the ingredients.
The larger part of the lid keeps everything inside the container while users are blending. It has two flaps on opposite sides of the lid to catch hold of the container.
The tamper that is provided with the E310 is 9 ¾ inches long and is custom-made to fit the mid-sized container and doesn’t touch the blades while blending by preventing it from going further into the blender with the Tamper Slash Disk. Therefore, users should use only this tamper with this container, since other tampers may be too long and thus can hit the blades while they are spinning at the highest speed.
The tamper may not be required while making liquid recipes; but while creating a better vortex when users make thick mixtures like frozen treats or nut butters, it may be extremely useful.
Vitamix E310 is quite easy to use. It has only two buttons and a dial on its control panel. The button on the right is the “On/Off” button. The dial is the Variable Speed Dial. Users should make sure that the dial is turned to the left in position “1” before they turn the blender on. Once they turn the blender on, they can increase the speed. They can increase the speed from “1” up to “10” by rotating the dial from left to right.
The other button located on the left side of the control panel is the Pulse button. As long as users hold this button down, the blender will operate at whichever speed they have selected on the dial.
Thus users can use the pulse feature when they need just a quick chop or blend or any other work. The Pulse button can be used to control how smooth or coarse users want their food to be. This is great for controlling the consistency of foods like dips, baby food, etc.
There are 10-speed settings on the E310 which can be controlled with a speed control dial on the control panel. It spins at a minimum speed of 1400-1600 RPM and a maximum speed of 23000-28500 RPM.
There is no doubt that the performance of E310 matches that of its predecessor. It quite mirrors the performance of 5200 of pulverizing almost anything into whatever consistency the user wishes like making soups from cold to piping hot produce in 6 minutes, dicing chunks of vegetables in 10 seconds, making creamy nut butters, making homemade frozen yogurt in 60 seconds and also making literally smooth smoothies from an endless array of ingredients including ice cubes, frozen fruit, herbs, powdered or liquid supplements or vitamins, leafy greens or other veggies.
So also, it can make curried carrot soup (recommended on Vitamix’s website), pistachio nut butter, and several walnut and mint chocolate milkshakes.
Users can even make simple versions of ice creams in E310 with milk, ice cubes, sugar, vanilla extract, and additional ingredients like fruit, nuts, and peanut butter.
They can also use their E310 for making baby food, sorbets, juices, sauces, and dips like dill dip with parsley, onion, mayonnaise, dill weed, sour cream and salt, and avocado dip, and salad dressings with oil, vinegar, eggs, lemon juice, apples, strawberries, blueberries, mustard, and anchovies.
Alternatively, users can even use E310 for food preparation. Thus they can chop veggies and do other food prepping if they don’t feel like doing it manually.
E310 can even be used to process dry ingredients like whole grains, spices, coffee beans, and dough. However, if users are going to do this regularly, they are recommended to get the 32-oz Vitamix Dry Grains Container since the standard wet blade container will work for processing dry ingredients, but not so well and it can even get stuck sometimes, for example, while kneading dough.
Also, some of the dry ingredients can stain the container. The Dry Grains Container has “dry” blades, marked with a “D”. These blades are configured differently to process dry ingredients.
With the Dry Grains Container, users can make ground coffee, flour, batter, dough, and ground spices.
Automatic Overload Protection, Radial Cooling Fan and Thermal Protection System
Automatic Overload Protection is an integrated feature of the E310 due to which the blender will be shut off automatically if the motor gets too heated. This can happen if the user runs the blender too long at high or even low speed. When the Automatic Overload Protection feature is triggered, the blender will shut off and won’t start again until it cools down, i.e. for around 20 to 45 minutes. It’s cooled down by the integrated Radial Cooling Fan.
Users can prevent overheating by avoiding letting it run unattended and by using the included tamper to break up air pockets or remove anything that gets stuck in the blender blades or vortex.
The blender also features a Thermal Protection System which is designed for extending the life expectancy of the blender.
The container of the E310 with its inbuilt blades, lids, and tamper can be cleaned in the dishwasher, but it comes even with a self-cleaning function with which it can be cleaned by running the motor for 30 to 60 seconds with some warm water and a drop of dishwashing liquid, starting with the speed setting of 1 and increasing slowly up to 10.
The container should be rinsed with water before and after using the self-cleaning function. It’s also a good idea to hand clean the container after cleaning it (in dishwasher or self-cleaning) to remove any left-outs after blending a thick mixture.
Cleaning the Exterior
The outside of the blender can be wiped first with a warm, damp, non-abrasive cleaning cloth soaked in detergent and then with the cloth rinsed to remove soap suds.
The E310 comes with a 5-year warranty. Although this is longer than most small appliances, it’s shorter than the 7-year warranty Vitamix offers with its other blenders. Users can also buy an extended 3-year warranty.
While buying the extended warranty, users should make sure that they buy it right away after buying the blender, as it will cost more if they buy it after more than 30 days of their purchase date.
Overall, Vitamix offers a pretty good warranty as they cover buyers for just wear and tear or even for catastrophic failure over the warranty term. They even cover shipping to their repair center and back after repair, or replacement if it’s not repairable.
The only things that are not covered by the warranty are cosmetic damage and damage due to reckless usage or commercial usage by the user.
Pros of Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
- Sturdy construction
- 2.2HP motor with ball bearing technology for increased life expectancy
- Aircraft-grade, laser-cut, stainless steel 4-prong blade
- Blade creates “Vitamix Vortex”
- 48-oz container made of premium quality plastic and calibrated for milliliters, cups and ounces
- Customized tamper for assisting while blending thick foods
- Easy to use with only 3 buttons – On/Off, Speed Dial and Pulse
- 10 speed settings
- Pulse feature to allow users to decide how smooth or coarse their food should be
- Extremely versatile and can make a lot of recipes
- Self-cleaning Function
- Cookbook included
Cons of Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
- Short enough to fit into most kitchen cabinets but too tall to be left permanently on one’s countertop, so every time users have to pull the heavy appliance out while using; this can be solved by leaving only the base on the countertop and keeping the container inside the cabinet
- Smaller container than other Vitamix Explorian blenders but users can buy a larger 64-oz Classic container separately
- Some users find it noisy although some others can bear the noise
- Some users find the design aesthetically not so pleasing
- Price too high for a blender
- Sometimes leaks
- Container handle doesn’t have a rubberized grip and becomes slippery when wet
- Shorter warranty than other Vitamix models
The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender doesn’t come with a lot of bells and whistles but is indeed a workhorse that can do whatever users want it to do every day in their kitchen. It’s extremely versatile and can be used to make juices, smoothies, soups, nut butters and milks, sauces, sorbets, and dips, can also grind coffee and spices and make dough, and help one in preparation tasks like cutting, chopping, dicing, etc.
In addition, although it’s not a particularly low-priced blender, it’s the lowest priced product in the Explorian range of Vitamix, yet can do almost all the jobs performed by the more expensive models in the lineup including creating the signature “Vitamix Vortex” that users love. However, it comes with a less powerful motor, a smaller container, and a shorter warranty, than other Vitamix models; so, it’s useful for the nutrition needs of small families.
Thus if users are looking only for the Vitamix Vortex for making highly flavorful smoothies, soups, and nut butters for smaller households with 1 to 4 people, for a lower price and with ease of use, they should consider buying the E310, although they have an option to buy additional containers as per their requirements.
However, if they are more concerned about a more powerful motor, larger containers and blades, and longer warranties in addition to the Vitamix Vortex, no matter what the price is, they can consider the other models by Vitamix.
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