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Vitamix E320 Explorian Series 1500-Watt Blender Review

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Vitamix E320, black
Vitamix E320, black

The Vitamix E320 Explorian Blender is the doppelgänger of E310. It looks identical, but it has a more powerful motor and includes a larger container. And to top it all off, it comes with more extended warranty coverage.

At the time I’m writing this, it’s hovering around the same price point as its smaller sibling. In theory, you’ll have the most bang for your buck if you’ll get the Vitamix E320.

If you opt for the much cheaper Vitamix Explorian blender, then decide to get a larger jar, later on, you’ll be spending approximately 30% more.

I’m not sure when this deal will last, so grab it while it’s still there.

Moving on, let’s take a look at the advantages of Vitamix E320.

PROS

  • Classic design
  • More affordable than other Vitamix blenders
  • Robust motor (powerful enough to make hot soup)
  • Straightforward controls (10-speed with pulse switch)
  • Easy cleaning, no need to disassemble
  • Leak-free lid
  • 64-ounce (1.89 L) container for a large batch 
  • 7+ extra accessories
  • Durable stainless steel blade
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • BPA-free
  • 7-year warranty

CONS

  • This is uncommon, but food bits can get in between the switches
  • Louder than most Vitamix blenders
  • If you get the personal cup attachment, there’s an extra adapter you’d need (a cup within a cup). It may use up more space than necessary.

Vitamix E320 Features

Application

All blenders can puree, make smoothies, and crush ice. The Vitamix Explorian E320, however, can do those on a whole new level and more!

Here’s the complete list of its capabilities:


Smoothies
crushed ice
Crushed Ice
hot soup
Hot Soup
nut butter
Nut Butter
baby food
Baby Food
salsa sauce
Sauces & Dips
salad dressing
Salad Dressing
almond milk
Nut Milk
flour
*Flour
dough
Dough
frozen dessert
Frozen Desserts
Smoothie bowls
Smoothie Bowls
Strawberry Cocktail
Cocktail
coffee grounds
*Cofee Grounds

*This will work best with the Dry Grains attachment.

Now the question is: Is the E320 easy to use?

Let’s see.

Ease of Use

Vitamix Explorian Series Control PanelJust because it’s a high-performance blender doesn’t mean it has to be hard to use. In fact, it should be the other way around.

Luckily, the Vitamix E320 is very straightforward. The learning curve is relatively flat. It has a 10-speed dial, a pulse lever, and of course, the power switch—just those three to fiddle with. It also comes with a cookbook to get you started.

Cleaning the machine is extremely simple as well. As easy as five steps:

  1. ½ fill with warm water
  2. Add a dash of soap
  3. Run the blender for 30-60 seconds
  4. Rinse
  5. You can simply wipe the base with a damp cloth

Or you could run it in your dishwasher.

One thing to like about Vitamix is it offers a multitude of accessories for different purposes.

Maybe you need an extra jar? Say a personal cup? Or perhaps you need to make flour from scratch?

Here are your options:

Vitamix E320 Accessories

Unleash the maximum potential of Vitamix Explorian E320 with these BPA-free accessories.

Low Profile 64 oz (1.89 L) Container – Included

Vitamix 64 oz low-profile, model no. 060904

Model # 060904

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A low-profile design doesn’t take much space and is more efficient. A container this big is perfect for making 6-10 servings of smoothies.

Low Profile 48 oz (1.4 L) Container

48 oz low-profile, model no. 56085

Model # 56085

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If you won’t be making big batches, this is probably the attachment you need. Additionally, this 48-ounce (1.4 L) jar comes with the E310.

Classic 64 oz (1.89 L) Container

classic 64 oz container, model no. 15856

Model # 15856

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Your Vitamix E320 is compatible with this tall-profile container and as well ass classic jars for legacy blenders. There’s nothing wrong with having this traditional attachment; it can still get the job done. However, the low-profile design is more efficient.

48 oz (1.4 L) Stainless Steel Container

Stainless Steel Container, 48 oz, model no. 067891

Model # 067891

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Plastic pitchers may need extra care because of stains or odors. This “stainless” steel container, on the other hand, doesn’t. It can handle food better (especially hot), because it’s non-reactive and it lasts longer.

Aer Disc Container

Vitamix Aer Disc Container, 48 oz., model no. 065421

Model # 065421

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A mixer substitute? To some extent, this Vitamix Aer Disc Container accessory may succeed your mixer. It can better emulsify sauces, whip cream, extract juice, create foamy drinks.

32 oz (946 mL) Container

32 oz container, model no. 15842

Model # 15842

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When preparing for only 2 people (or fewer), you don’t need a big jar, do you? If that’s the case, this 32-ounce (946 mL) wet container is more practical. As a bonus? It’s easier and faster to clean than other jars.

32 oz (946 mL) Dry Grains Container

dry grains container, 32 oz, model no. 56090

Model # 56090

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Making nut butter? If so, you might want to get this extra accessory. The regular container can handle dry goods but not as good as this one. This 32-ounce (946 mL) dry container, attached with special blades, produces a reverse vortex for a more delicate texture (it also prevents cramming).

Personal Cup Adapter

Vitamix Personal Cup Adapter, model no. 61724

Model # 61724

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A countertop blender and a personal blender, 2-in-1! If your lifestyle is active or busy, this is going to be beneficial. You can subtract different actions with the Vitamix Personal Cup Adapter than when you use a more enormous container. Simply put, you can still have your daily smoothie without getting late!

*Please note that the smart detect accessories (for Vitamix Ascent) will not work with Explorian Series blenders.

See Vitamix E320 in action

Here’s a quick product demo video of Vitamix Explorian E320.

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The Vitamix E320 is a powerful blender that belongs to the affordable series of Vitamix. It highlights a powerful 2.2 horsepower (1500-watt), just like the more premium choices. Moreover, the Vitamix Explorian E320 features a more enormous container, 64-ounce (1.89 L), compared to its E310 sibling—making it ideal for hefty servings.

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Technical Specifications

TypeCountertop Blender
Brand/SeriesVitamix Explorian Series
Model #VM0197
Price$$$$
Ratings4.3 out of 5
Motor2.2 HP
Speed10 variable speed settings with pulse feature
Wattage1500 Watts
BladeStainless Steel
Container capacity64 oz (1.89 L) container
sold separately:
48 oz (1.4 L) pitcher
32 oz (946 mL) container
20 oz (591 mL) personal cup
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeYes
ColorsBlack
Red
Dimensions 11 x 8 x 18 inches
Cord Length4.5 feet (1.3 m)
ApplicationHome & Personal Use
Warranty7 Years
Related ProductVitamix A3500, Vitamix E310, Vitamix 5200, Vitamix 7500, Ninja BL770, Ninja Foodi Blender

Verdict

Vitamix’s Explorian Series is the cheapest offering from the brand. If you need a versatile blender with classic controls and at the same time a more modern look, you might want to consider Vitamix E320.

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