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Vitamix E320 Explorian Blender Review: How Does It Compare?

The Vitamix E320 Explorian blender is a full-sized (64-oz container) high powered variable speed Vitamix blender with a very simple interface and an impressive 7-year full warranty. It has the same powerful blender motor as the higher priced Vitamix 750.

So is the Vitamix E320 as good as some of the higher-priced Vitamix blenders?


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Keep reading this review of the Explorian E320 to see how we rate this Vitamix Explorian E320. You can use the table of contents below to go right to any section that you need to know immediately, including our recommendation. Or just read through the entire review.

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What Is Vitamix And Where Is It Based?

Vitamix is a U.S. based blender manufacturer that has been in the same family since it was founded in 1921 by William Grover Barnard. After selling various kitchen products, William Barnard started selling Vitamix blenders in 1937 when he realized the nutritional benefits of eating whole foods, or in this case drinking them after blending. William named his blenders Vita-Mix, with Vita meaning “life” to reflect his belief about the benefits of whole food nutrition.

By the late 1940s, William had moved into the headquarters facility that Vitamix now occupies in Olmsted Township, Ohio. He has also starred in what many consider to have been the first infomercial when he first pitched Vitamix blenders in a 1949 television commercial. He also popularized using blenders to do some things that weren’t done then like making soup and ice cream.

Vitamix has since grown substantially since then by also making blenders for commercial use including in the restaurant industry where several professional chefs use a Vitamix blender and so do Starbucks and McDonald’s.

The company is still privately owned and the current president and CEO of Vitamix, Dr. Jodi Berg, is William Barnard’s great-granddaughter.

So What Is A Vitamix E320 Explorian Blender?

The Vitamix E320 is one of the Explorian series of Vitamix blenders. The Explorian series also includes the Vitamix E310 (you can read our review of the Vitamix E310 here). Both Explorian blender models have a simple blender control panel with no automatic functions, just 10 variable speeds, and pulse.

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The Vitamix E310, however, has a medium-sized blender container (48 oz) while the E320 Vitamix Explorian has a full-sized (64 oz) blender container, the same as the Vitamix 750 and the Vitamix A3500 (you can also see our review of the Vitamix 750 here and our review of the Vitamix A3500 here). The E320 also has the same high powered blender motor found in the Vitamix 750 Heritage, while the motor in the Vitamix E310 is a little less powerful.

You should also know that the BPA free Tritan container that comes with the Vitamix E320 is the “low-profile” container. The 64-oz low profile container is wider and shorter than the traditional 64-oz Vitamix container and is designed to be a better fit under kitchen cabinets. You can purchase the traditional container separately if you prefer, and also buy other containers like the dry goods container (see more details in the Container Section below).

The low-profile container blender blades that come with the E320 are stainless steel “wet” blades that are designed to create a vortex, the “Vitamix Vortex”, and pull all the ingredients that you are blending into the vortex and into the blender blades to dice and chop your ingredients into a smooth blend.

Now that you know what the Vitamix E320 is, you should also know what kinds of things you can do with it.

What Can You Do With The Vitamix E320?

You already know some of the things you can make with your Vitamix Explorian E320 blender, but these might provide you with some more inspiration.

These are some ideas of what you can make with your Vitamix E320 “wet” stainless steel blade container:

  • Milkshakes – Milkshakes may be the first thing you make with your Vitamix E320 blender. Ice cream, ice, and milk are the base ingredients you need for any milkshake. To that you can add almost anything, really the possibilities are almost endless. A lot of happy Vitamix users think that their Vitamix machines make the best milkshakes. Here’s a fun milkshake recipe by chef Bobby Flay.
  • Hot Soup – Hot soup can be made in your Vitamix Explorian blender by starting with whatever cold soup ingredients and broth you choose and blend. The blender blades cutting through your broth and ingredients creates friction that creates enough heat so that after about six minutes of blending time, you have hot soup!
  • Sauce -Sauces of kinds like tomato sauce or Hollandaise sauce are how professional chefs mostly use their blenders. Sweet or savory, hot or cold sauces, your choice of ingredients.
  • Sorbets – A simple sorbet can be made by starting with your favorites fruit, fresh or frozen, a sweetener of some kind, some ice cubes maybe add some lemon juice to taste, and again, countless frozen desserts.
  • Juice – Making juices was what Vitamix blenders did from the very beginning in the 1930s. Choose your favorite fruit or vegetable and blend after removing rinds, apple cores, or other parts that you don’t normally eat. You’ll still be left with plenty of healthy fiber.
  • Ice Cream – Simple ice cream can be made in your Vitamix E320 with milk and sugar added to ice cubes and some vanilla extract. Blend until you reach the consistency that you prefer. Experiment with fruits, nuts chocolate pieces, and any other blend-in that you can imagine.
  • Smoothies – Smoothies are the start and finish of blending for some people and a lot of smoothie makers love how their smoothies taste with Vitamix E320 blenders. Vitamix is known for making “silky smoothies”. There are fruit-based smoothies, vegetable-based smoothies, and blended fruit-veg smoothies. Just add some kind of juice or liquid, even water to whatever you choose, including powders, supplements, oils, etc. Enjoy smoothies as frozen desserts or just as a shot of nutrition.
  • Salad Dressing – A good dressing starter is oil and vinegar to which you can add mustard, anchovies, lemon juice, strawberries, etc., and mix and match. Pulse until the ingredients are blended to your satisfaction.
  • Baby Food – The best thing about making baby food in your Vitamix Explorian blender is that you get to choose what you feed your baby, and a blender is a nice way to control how thick or thin you want the end product. Just use the pulse button with your ingredients and water or another liquid to make baby food appropriate for your child’s age. The blender will also naturally heat up your baby’s food the longer it blends.
  • Dips – Mayonnaise, sour cream, dill weed, salt parsley, and onion are a great way to start a dip in your blender. Alternatives include avocado or really any other fat as a base, and pulse until you like it.
  • Salsa – A simple salsa can be started with onion, tomato, cilantro, and even jalapenos in your Vitamix Explorian E320.
  • Food Prep – If you don’t feel like making space for your cutting board, just throw your onions, carrots, or other ingredients into your blender and pulse a few times to chop them as finely as you want to.

What About Blending Dry Ingredients In The Vitamix E320?

The “wet” container that comes with the Vitamix E320 can also handle dry ingredients like dough, whole grains, and coffee beans to grind, mill, or process ingredients that aren’t, well, wet. But your wet container is not ideal for blending dry ingredients, the blender blades are designed to process liquids and things in liquids.

If you are going to be doing a lot of dry goods blending, like making dough every day or milling whole grains, then you should probably buy the 32-oz Vitamix Dry Grains Container.

Also, know that some dry ingredients like spices and coffee can stain your container over time and is another reason to blend everything dry in the dry container.

The Dry Grains container has blender blades that are marked with a “D” in the picture below. These blades are designed to process dry foods and the blades are configured differently for dry ingredients.

image of Vitamix Dry Blender Blades

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The standard wet blade container still works for blending dry goods, but just not as well as the dry container does.

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You can take a look at the Vitamix Dry Grains Container on Amazon here with current pricing.

Here some ideas of what you can do with dry ingredients in your Vitamix Explorian E320 blender:

  • Flour – Start with whole grains or nuts and blend them until they are finely ground. Use high speed with the Pulse button to experiment with different ingredients to make almond flour or something interesting.
  • Dough – The E320 will make a ball of dough when you blend flour, yeast, and salt together at the highest speed with the Pulse button, then add oil/water (take the small lid plug out of the larger lid to pour the oil and/or water into the container) depending on your dough on slow speed with Pulse until a dough ball forms.
  • Nut Butter -Choose a nut (peanut, cashew, almond, etc) and add at least a cup of them into your blender with your choice of neutral oil for your nut butter. Make sure you have your tamper ready to help the ingredient get unstuck while blending and blend until you reach your preferred consistency.
  • Non-Dairy Milk – Choose your favorite ingredient to “milk”, a lot of people like to make almond milk with their Explorian blenders. Here’s a simple almond milk recipe that you can use.
  • Ground Coffee – Start with whole coffee beans, whichever ones you choose, and blend with the Pulse button to control how fine of a grind you want or need for your coffee maker. This is one of those ingredients that can stain your container over time.
  • Ground Spice – Starting with wholes spice and use the Pulse button to grind it as finely as you need. Be careful and know about the spices you choose to put in your blender, some will stain your container pretty quickly or over time.
  • Batter – Make batters, pancake, waffles or other batter with your basic batter ingredients (flour, eggs, oil, etc) and Pulse blend until “fluffy”, or maybe you prefer a less fluffy batter.

How Do I Run My Vitamix Explorian E320 Blender?

The Explorian blenders (both the Vitamix E310 and the Vitamix E320) are really simple to operate.

The Pulse button is on the far left of the control panel (see the image below), the Variable Speed Dial is in the middle, and the On/Off Switch on the far right.

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Pulse – Use the pulse feature to power the blender for only as long as you hold the Pulse button down. When using the pulse feature, the Pulse button will run at the speed set on the Variable Speed Dial, (with 10 variable speeds pulse) for you to select. The pulse feature is good for a quick blend when you’re not sure how long you need to blend or if you know you just need a spurt of blender time with whichever ingredient you are blender.

Variable Speed Dial – This dial gives you variable speed control, set it anywhere from “1” (lowest) to “10” (highest) speed, so 10 variable speeds. You should always start the blender at speed 1, then you can rotate the dial clockwise to higher variable speeds.

On/Off Switch – This button turns the blender on or off, as you might expect. We told you that this blender is simple to operate!

To best process ingredients in your E320, you should follow the illustration below that indicates where Vitamix recommends that different types of ingredients be placed in their containers.

illustration of where to place ingredients in a Vitamix low profile blender container

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How To Clean The Vitamix E320 And Is It Dishwasher Safe?

The E320 is dishwasher safe, but you still may want to use the blender to clean itself. You can do this with some dishwashing liquid and warm water.

Fill the container half full with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid and secure the lid. Starting the at the lowest speed on the Vairable Speed Control dial, increase slowly up to 10, the highest speed on the Variable Speed Control dial, and run the machine from 30 seconds to 60 seconds. Drain the soapy water, rinse and you’re done in about 60 seconds. But remember that the Vitamix E320 is dishwasher safe, it’s just good practice not to use it in the dishwasher (even if it is dishwasher safe) too often since the heat and time of a dishwasher cycle may put more wear on your blender over tine.

What Is Automatic Overload Protection In The Vitamix E320?

Vitamix blenders have a thermal protection system that will self detect excess heat and will automatically shut down the motor if it gets too hot. This is Automatic Overload Protection. This thermal protection system prevents your blender motor from permanent damage if it’s run for too long with stuck ingredients, for example, or some other source of motor overheating.

Vitamix blender motors are designed to cool itself through vents in the motor base and it is better able to cool itself at higher blender speeds. So, the source of overheating is often running the motor at low (not high) speed fo too long.

After Automatic Overload Protection shuts down your blender motor, you will have to wait for it to cool off before it will allow you to turn it back on again. This cooling-off period may take up to 45 minutes.

To prevent overloading your blender, use your tamper to break up stuck ingredients and don’t let it run too long (especially at low speed).

What Don’t They Tell You About The Power Of The Vitamix E320?

The Vitamix Explorian E320 blender has a power rating of 1,440 watts (120V and 12 amps) and according to Vitamix, has 2.2 “peak” horsepower (hp).

However, peak hp is really only a theoretical rating, since it is only that powerful when you turn it on, but before it is actually blending, and so does not really mean anything.

What really matters is the power or horsepower of the blender when it’s blending, cutting into ingredients.

That horsepower is operating, or mechanical hp, and it is calculated from the rated watts of the blender and by knowing that 1 horsepower, mechanical horsepower, is 746 watts.

So, since the E320 is 1,440 watts, the mechanical horsepower is 1,440 watts divided by 746, or 1.93 hp motor, the same as the Vitamix 750, and plenty of blender power.

What Colors Are Available For The Vitamix E320?

The Vitamix E320 has two colors: Black and Red.

These colors are just in the blender base around the control panel, and not the face or control panel, or the container.

You can see each of the colors here and use the link below each one to check current pricing and availability on Amazon.



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What About The 64-Oz Low-Profile Container That Comes With The Vitamix E320?

The 64-oz BPA free Tritan container that comes with the Vitamix E320 is a large or full-sized container and is the same one that comes with the Vitamix 750 Heritage blender (the E310 container is 48 oz). The blender blades in the E320 64-0z containers are also 4 inches long and, when combined with higher motor power, are more powerful than the Explorian E310 with 3-inch blades.
It is “low-profile” because, when you compare it with the classic, older 64-oz container, the low profile container is shorter and wider. Vitamix designed the low-profile container to fit better under most kitchen cabinets than the traditional container.
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You can see the difference between the low profile 64 oz container and the classic 64 oz container by looking at them together.
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You can take a look at the Classic 64 oz Container on Amazon here. Also, make sure that you only use the tamper with each container. The classic container is longer and if you use it in the low profile blender, you can hit the blender blades, not good!

The Vitamix E320 container has a 2-part lid, one part is a much smaller lid that fits inside and is removable from the larger lid that fits on the top of the blender.
You can remove the small part to pour ingredients into the blender while it’s blending or you can use the opening to insert the tamper. The smaller lid is also marked with 1-ounce and 1/2-ounce marks (it holds 2 ounces) to help you measure ingredients, and can be used to pour them into the opening that is created when you take it out.
The tamper may be something you use regularly with your E320, depending on what kind of ingredients you typically blend, so you should definitely know how to use it. The tamper that comes with the E320 is just long enough to make sure that the tamper doesn’t hit the blender blades while they’re blender.
To stop that from happening, there is a Tamper Splash Disk that is wider than the hole that opens when you remove the lid plug in the large part of the two-part lid. The Tamper Splash Disk stops the tamper from going far enough into the container to hit the blender blades. That’s why it’s important to use the tamper that comes with your container.

What Is The Warranty For The Vitamix E320?

The Vitamix E320 standard warranty, the one that comes with your purchase, is a 7 year warranty. That’s a long time for full warranty coverage for small appliances.
The Vitamix E320 7 year warranty is also the same full warranty period as the Vitamix 750, and longer than for the Explorian E310 (a 5 year warranty). Vitamix also sells an extended 3 year warranty that would give you 10 years of full warranty coverage if you bought the extended warranty from them when you register your blender.
The length of the warranty provided by its manufacturer is a rough approximation of how long they expect, on average, that their products are going to last.
The Vitamix coverage in their standard warranties is pretty good. Catastrophic breakage is covered over the warranty period as you would expect, but so is wear and tear. Vitamix also covers the shipping costs to and from their repair center, or for shipping you a new one if yours has to be replaced.
Not covered in the warranty is cosmetic damage (careful with how much coffee you grind!) and damage when using your blender for commercial use. Vitamix sells commercial blenders separately since they’re designed for heavy use and cost more.

Vitamix E320 Specifications

Dimensions With The 64 Oz Low Profile Blender Container: 11 inches deep, 17 inches high and  8 inches wide (11 x 17 x 8), and just the motor base, 11 inches deep by 8 inches wide (11 x 8)

Container Material: BPA-Free hardened plastic (trade name is Tritan)

Stainless Steel Blades: 4-inch stainless steel “wet” blades designed to create the “Vitamix Vortex” or a vortex where ingredients spin into it from the sides of the blender and into the blender blades.

Horsepower: 2.2 horsepower (that is peak horsepower – when it starts) and 1.93 operating horsepower (when you’re actually using it).

Electrical: 120 V, 50-60 Hz, 12 Amps

Weight: 10.5 lbs

Made: Cleveland (Olmstead Township), Ohio

What Comes With The Vitamix E320?

The Explorian E320 comes with the blender base, the two-part lid, 64-oz low profile container, manual, and cookbook.

The Vitamix E320: Our Recommendation

The Explorian 320 is really simple to operate, just like the Explorian E310. Just Pulse and variable speeds. There are no preset programs or automatic timers with the E320.

But unlike the E310, the Vitamix E320 has a full-sized container with 4-inch blender blades and 2.2 peak (1.93 operating) horsepower motor. The Vitamix E320 has the same motor and container as the Vitamix 750 but is less expensive than the 750.

The Vitamix E320 also has the same warranty that the Vitamix 750 has – 7 years. The E310 warranty is 5 years.

So, if you’re serious with your blending and you want a powerful, full-sized blender with a very long warranty and don’t care about timers or preset blender functions, then the E320 is what you should buy.

Check the latest pricing for the Vitamix E320 on Amazon here.

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