Not ready to shell out a serious amount of cash on a blender? Check out the Vitamix e310 instead.
When it comes to blenders, one of the hottest names in the industry right now is Vitamix. Unfortunately, they’re also best known for expensive offerings so many tend to shy away from them. But what if we tell you that there are more friendly-priced picks that don’t skimp on performance? They’re still not considered as cheap but they’re more affordable than the professional-grade ones. Will you be interested?
That’s the very case for the Vitamix e310. Being an entry-level option, it’s way more affordable than the more popular models but can still give you the results you’ve always wanted from a heavy-duty blender.
Interested? Allow us to tell you more about this product in this quick product review.
Base Unit & Motor Power
Now that we’ve parsed out the features of this appliance, the next step is to look closely at each component. We’re going to start with its base unit since this is where all the power comes from.
With a 2hp motor, this is a powerful beast despite being an entry-level model. It’s not too far from what more expensive models have, making it just one step down from the professional-grade picks.
As for its appearance, the base doesn’t look too different from the more expensive models as well. It also has the classic design the Legacy series has, making it worth a spot on your kitchen counter. It’s quite tall, however, so you might need to take this into account when buying additional accessories.
Equipped with a 48 oz container, this blender is suitable for medium-sized households. It’s made of the same high-quality scratch proof copolyester as the ones you’ll find in more expensive models. It has a wide base so it’s not that fussy to work with or clean.
You can also buy additional containers. They’re available in different sizes and styles, extending the functionality of your blender.
Note: however, that the handle of the container of this model doesn’t come with a soft-touch grip, so it can get slippery. Make sure to be careful when handling it to avoid damaging or breaking the container.
Equipped with a 3” aircraft-grade stainless steel blade, this blender can already create enough friction to pulverize and emulsify ingredients with ease. Thanks to the wide base of the container, the ingredients also easily find their way to the blade so they get cut up nicely until they’re turned into mush.
Control Panel & Speed
Similar to the other Vitamix models, the e310 is also equipped with a very straightforward control panel. It only has 3 controls: 1 toggle switch for the Pulse feature, 1 toggle switch for starting and stopping the blender’s operation, and one giant dial for the speed control.
You will not have a hard time working with these controls, especially the speed dial. It transitions from one setting to the next without any stuttering or pause, guaranteeing ease of operation.
As mentioned above, this appliance can be quite tall as its base is rather big. Its total dimensions are 11 x 8 x 18” which will still make it fit under most kitchen cabinets. However, if you swap out the 48 oz container for a bigger one, it will have a higher height that it might not fit under the kitchen cabinets anymore without you making some adjustments.
Functionality & Versatility
Vitamix blenders are known for their multi functionality and versatility. This is why it’s important to talk about how well the Vitamix e310 fares in making different kinds of food items and in pulling off various cooking tasks. The details below should let you know more about the performance of this product.
A good blender makes good smoothies - the ones that are true to their name. The e310 does a great job in this area and creates some of the smoothest smoothies there is. It definitely has enough power to do so.
To be clear, blenders aren’t really juicers, so the kinds of juice they can make aren’t the same as the ones that you’ll be able to make with masticating, cold-press, or centrifugal juicers. The e310 can make thicker juices classified under the ‘whole juice’ category.
The e310 can also handle frozen ingredients or whip up frozen desserts without a hitch. It can definitely break down ice or frozen fruits, veggies, or other ingredients without having any issues. As a result, you can whip up more exciting dishes and drinks with this appliance.
Home cooks who are after high-powered blenders to make their tasks in the kitchen simpler can find what they need in the e310. It’s also very capable of pureeing solid ingredients without a hitch. Even without water, it can turn solid fruits and veggies into mush.
Soup/ hot ingredients:
With its ability to puree ingredients with ease, you can also count on this Vitamix blender to help you whip up soups and other hot ingredients. It can increase the temperature within its container to create a steam that will turn your fresh fruits or vegetables into a healthy soup.
While it’s not as effective as a food processor in chopping ingredients down, it can still help in pulverizing certain ingredients. So if you want to make some salsa or other kinds of dip, this appliance can still be very useful.
Like with the more expensive Vitamix models, you can also grind and mill coffee beans and other kinds of grains with the e310. However, it’s best to get the dry blade container for this purpose as the dry ingredients can damage the blade in your main container.
Of course, you can also use your Vitamix e310 in mixing all kinds of batter to easily achieve a smooth consistency. Doing so can actually be a more enticing way to get the task done as it might help you avoid creating a mess in your kitchen.
One minor drawback of the e310 is that it can get loud while in operation. This should be expected since it’s a powerful blender. It also doesn’t have the noise dampeners that the other more expensive options have, so expect it to create some noise when you use it.
Ease of Using, Cleaning
We know that serious kitchen appliances can seem intimidating but you don’t have to feel that way with the e310. This blender may be high-powered and built for high performance but it’s very user-friendly.
Operating the Vitamix e310 is very simple. As mentioned above, its controls are very straightforward so you don’t have to worry about having to take complicated steps just to make it work. All you really need to do is to press on the toggle switches to make it Start or Stop its operation and turn the dial to select the speed setting you want. It’s truly fuss-free.
Cleanups are also very simple with the e310. For starters, its container’s design makes it easy to clean. The low profile and the wide base of the container will let you easily reach into the bottom of the container. And since the blades of Vitamix blenders aren’t made to be sharp, there’s no need to worry about getting scratched or wounded.
The e310 has a self-cleaning feature so it’s even a lot simpler to wash. You just have to fill the container with some water, add some liquid dish washing soap, run the blender for 30 seconds while turning the speed dial up and down, and that’s it.
Warranty & Customer Support
Being an entry-level option, the e310 has a shorter warranty coverage than the more expensive models from Vitamix. However, you can still enjoy the same high-quality after sales service from their customer support team as they’re widely known to provide top-notch assistance to their clients.
Born out of the need to compete with more affordable high-powered blenders, the Vitamix e310 proves that you don’t really have to spend an arm and a leg to get a high-performance kitchen appliance. Even an entry-level pick like this can already give you fantastic results, it’s just a matter of how you make use of its great features and functionalities.
While this model is still a bit pricier than the entry-level options of other brands, it still has a leg up in the competition with its manufacturer’s great reputation. Known for quality materials, construction, and performance, Vitamix continues to prove itself to be worth investing in. Give this product a shot and see for yourself just how remarkable this brand can be, even at its lowest price point.