Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Review: Budget Vitamix for Smaller Families

Last updated on November 5th, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Buying a brand Ascent series blender from Vitamix will cost as much as $600 for the top of the line A3500. So buying this brand is out of reach for a lot of consumers.

Another issue with buying a Vitamix is the size of the container. Almost all of their full-sized blenders come with a 64 ounce pitcher that may not fit a small family of 3 or 4.

The new Explorian series blender solves these two issues by using a smaller 48 ounce container thus lowering the cost to under $350.

Unfortunately though, the warranty is shorter at just 5 years instead of 10 if you buy the Ascent series.

But for smaller families this package is worth the try if you’re looking for something smaller with the same functionality, consistency and versatility.

A quick look at the features

  • Equipped with a 2.0 HP motor strong enough to blend a variety of recipes from smoothies to soups
  • 3″ laser-cut, stainless steel hammermill cutting blade is built to last
  • Built-in radial cooling fan helps cool down motor and prevent overheating
  • 5 foot power cord
  • Measures 18″ tall
  • Comes with a mini tamper
  • Uses the smaller 48 ounce container
  • Variable speed dial and pulse
  • 5 year warranty
  • 5 foot power cord

The good

  • Versatile machine that is capable of making more a wide range of recipes from smoothies, bread, sauces, baby food, soup and much more
  • Smaller 48 ounce container works great for smaller families
  • Powerful motor has great cooling so it’ll last for years
  • Has variable speed and pulse options that gives you a lot of options to make different types of dishes
  • Shorter than a Vitamix 5200

The bad

  • Still expensive
  • Shorter warranty (should be at least 7 years)
  • Loud

What to expect from the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender?

Vitamix obviously has been listening to their customers. Biggest complaints I read before was the very large container only being suitable for bigger families.

Before this series came out – you had two options. First would be buying a full-sized blender with the 64 ounce container or getting the personal blender that only makes smoothies.

There wasn’t an option in-between that’s just the right size for two people. The new Explorian series fills that void thanks because of the 48 ounce container included instead of the large 64 ounce.

You’ll still enjoy full sized power from the first generation 2.0 HP motor that performs almost as well as the newer 2.2 HP found in the second gen and latest Ascent series.

Smaller Container

I love it when manufacturers actually listen and Vitamix obviously felt the need fill in a void that was missing in their product line. This blender comes with the smaller 48 ounce container that will work very well in homes with between 2 and 3 people.

The biggest issue with the 64 ounce container its inability to blend smaller quantities efficiently. Using a smaller container solves this issue and you’ll not need to add more ingredients to maximize the functionality of the blade.

What’s great about using a smaller container is the space savings it brings to the table just look at this photo…

Put it side by side with the 5200 and you’ll immediately notice the difference.

Interface

Looking at the interface, the E310 has the same layout as the Professional Series 7500 with the pulse and variable speed dial at the middle.

Having these two features is great because it gives you more options and flexibility in making different types of recipes. And you’ll save $50 when you buy the E310.

What can this blender make?

Don’t let the compact container fool you this blender is capable of doing all the recipes that a full sized container does.

The only difference would be quantity. This container would be able to handle small quantities better than its larger sibling which makes this great if you only have to make recipes for two.

To give you an idea of what this could make just watch the video below from Blending with Henry.

He gives a brief overview of this blender and the process of making nut butter…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wP-m0zP2CE

Nut butter is one of the hardest recipes to make in any blender but look at the results – smooth, creamy and consistent.

How about making some homemade ice cream using frozen fruits…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MK0eMqisxMY

Commercial produced ice cream is rich in added sugars that can lead to diabetes and weight gain. If you want to eat healthier then this machine will help you because you control what you put in your recipe.

You can also use this blender to chop ingredients such as carrots, potato and cheese.

One of my personal favorites would be making hot soup and you don’t need a stove for this because the friction generation by the blade is enough to heat it up.

If you love baking, this blender is capable of mixing batter.

Other stuff that this blender can make:

  • Smoothies and juices
  • Non-dairy milk like nut milk
  • Dips, sauces
  • Baby food

Is it easy to clean?

The smaller container makes this faster to clean because it’s more compact. The process is the same – fill it up halfway with water, add a few drops of dishwashing liquid then turn on the machine for 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly to remove any soapy residue.

But make sure to clean it as soon as possible so residue left inside doesn’t dry up. If you’re making recipes like nut butter, hand washing would be a better option to better agitate and clean up any food residue.

Product Specifications

Motor2.0 HP
Height18"
Jug capacity48 ounce
Blade Typelaser cut stainless steel
Max RPM37,000
Preset blending cyclesNo
Metal Drive?Yes
BPA FreeYes
Dishwasher SafeNo
Tamper/PlungerYes
Crush ice?Yes
SmoothiesYes
JuiceYes
Nut ButterYes
Warranty5 years

Warranty

The Explorian series blender only has a 5 year warranty which is 5 years less the the Ascent series. There is an optional extended warranty if you purchase this from Amazon.

Customer Reviews

Consumers like two things about the E310 – the compact size and price.

These two factors were primary reasons why they bought this machine. And the rating gives you a glimpse of the customer satisfaction.

Being shorter helps it fit under more cabinets without having to remove the container from the motor base.

Versatility is another strong point – this machine is capable of making a variety of recipes from soup, nut butter, baby food, smoothies and much more. Some have even ground coffee beans with it.

One consumer utilized this blender to make food for his child who can only be fed through a feeding tube.

Longevity isn’t an issue thanks to the heavy duty components like the stainless steel blade and metal coupling that connects the motor and blade.

One big issue though would be noise and this blender with all the power it produces will be very loud.

Where can I buy this?

The best place to by this in my opinion would be in Amazon because of the free 2-day shipping if you’re a Prime member and the availability of an extended warranty.

To Wrap Up

This new E310 Explorian offers top-of-the-line options without spending top-of-the-line dollar.

It fills a mid-size void lacking in the Vitamix product line. Instead of the 64 ounce container, it has a smaller 48 ounce that suites smaller families better.

It has the blending performance and versatility as other full-sized options but more compact and store away easier.

One bummer for me would be the shorter 5 year warranty. I think that they should be at least give it a 7 year warranty like the 5200 and 5300 but that’s just nit-picking.

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