The Explorian Series is a great choice for anyone considering a Vitamix blender for the first time. The Vitamix E320 from this line comes across as a machine that delivers the epic Vitamix performance but at the brand’s most affordable price yet.
The E320 can do this by offering a machine that is devoid of all bells and whistles such as touch screens, presets, wi-fi connectivity, or other features found in Vitamix’s higher-end models. Instead, it offers you your basic, no-frills Vitamix.
There are two models in this series, the E310 and the E320. Both come with an identical design and similar specs with the E310 featuring a 48-oz low profile container and four 3-inch blades. The E320, on the other hand, features a 64-oz low profile container and four 4-inch blades.
So, if you’re not looking for any bells and whistles, then the Vitamix Explorian Series is for you.
Vitamix E320 Review: Overview
Vitamix makes powerful blenders and the E320 is no exception.
Powered with a 2.2 HP motor, the Vitamix E320 is up to the task of blending almost anything. It can work just as well with super smoothies as it can with nut butter, hot soups, frozen desserts, dips and sauces and much more.
Despite its simple construction and minimal design, the E320 can make everything that every other Vitamix blender can do.
Operating the E320 is fairly simple as the blender only has three controls. There is an On/Off switch, a Pulse switch and a Variable 10-Speed Dial. These three controls let you manage your blender’s entire functions.
Because the Vitamix E320 blender comes with ample power, the motor runs loud when in operation. With power, comes the risk of overheating, but the E320’s automatic cooling system prevents that from happening. The embedded cooling system works by shutting down the engine and activating the cooling fan automatically while the motor carries more heat.
Functions and Blade
The 10-speed dial lets you perform a number of functions with the Vitamix E320. Using different speeds, you can work with everything from smoothies, purees, and sauces to frozen desserts and kneading the perfect bread or pizza dough.
The cyclonic motor power, ranging from 1600 RPMs to 23000 RPMs, yields smooth and chunk-free blending results for everything that you blend. The different speeds give you full control over the desired consistency that you seek for your recipes. Shifting from one speed to the next is a smooth endeavor that doesn’t affect the recipe.
The blade on the E320 is a 4-inch, four-pronged stainless-steel one that works well for various blending and mixing tasks. The blade can grind or churn the toughest of ingredients including nuts or coffee beans easily. That is why the E320 is able to deliver the smoothest nut butter quite effortlessly.
The blade is durable so won’t need to be replaced very often. In fact, unlike many other blenders where it’s recommended to chop vegetables before putting them in the container, the E320 can handle whole vegetables well and will do the chopping for you.
The E320’s 64-oz container is on the larger side making it suitable for preparing large volumes of smoothies or other meals. You can also get additional attachments to make the blender more versatile.
The container is made using Eastman Tritan Copolyester which yields a premium quality, shatter-resistant, glass-like, see-through polycarbonate pitcher. The container also has a spout for easy pouring and is marked with ounces, cups and millimeter graduations to adapt all recipes.
The jug comes with a rubber grip on the handle to reduce the risk of slips, cracks or other kinds of damage.
The Explorian series comes with inbuilt blades which means there is no disassembly required when it’s time to clean the blender. It also has a self-clean feature that provides an easy cleanup experience.
All you do is use liquid soap and some warm water poured into the container and run the blender at high for one minute. Remove soapy water from the container and rinse with clean water. Once dry, the container is ready for use again.
Which Explorian Model Is Better?
Although this review is for the Vitamix E320, it’s inevitable that when you look at the Explorian series, a comparison between its two models is bound to come up. And that’s why I feel a quick look at the two blenders side by side may help you decide which is better suited for your needs.
As mentioned earlier, the E310 has a smaller container which makes it better suited for working with smaller batches.
Being the bigger of the two containers makes the E320 more suitable for working with larger ingredient servings. You do need to have at least 2 cups of ingredients for the blender to blend properly so it’s not the best model if you’re looking to work with smaller portions or single servings. Here, the E310 would serve you better.
But don’t let the container size limit you, as both blenders are compatible with smaller sized containers as well. You can use the 32-oz container available in the Classic series to work with either model when you’re looking to prepare smaller batches.
Needless to say, both are powerful and durable to serve you for a long time. However, there is a slight difference in the price with the E310 being slightly cheaper than the E320.
Vitamix E320 Review: Final Thoughts
The Vitamix E320 is a popular blender given its durability and price point. The blender is backed by an impressive 7-year warranty but will likely last longer (as per customer reviews) if used with care and maintained well.
Even though you may be thinking of your blender primarily as a smoothie maker, with the E320 you get much more than that. You’ll find that your machine works like a beast pulverizing everything from hard vegetables and ice to nuts. And when you throw in the sturdy and quality construction that the Vitamix brand is known for, you get a blender that will stay operational for a very long time.
It’s no wonder that the E320 is a favorite among users for never skimping on performance but yielding all the deliverables at a much lower price.