The E320 by Vitamix is one of their largest and latest models to hit the market. It’s a budget-friendly, entry-level high-performance model that’s just as versatile as its higher-priced counterparts, but it doesn’t come equipped with quite as many bells and whistles. However, it does offer the same type of versatile, powerful performance that you’d expect from a blender made by this manufacturer.
Overview and Features
While it can’t quite compete with higher-priced models produced by Vitamix, it does come with some great features, such as the variable speed control, pulse, and self-clean. It offers a powerful performance and can handle a variety of foods, including leafy greens, nuts, soft fruits, and more.
This model offers a total of ten speeds to choose from, which will give you more control over the texture and smoothness of the final product. You can chop, dice, blend, puree, and more.
This is a common feature that you’ll find on most blenders, however, on this model, it offers a more reliable performance, and one that won’t require you to constantly remove the lid and move around the container’s contents. The pulse feature will layer coarse chops over smooth blends. It’s the perfect setting to use if you’re making a thick soup or chunky salsa.
The large sixty-four-ounce container is the perfect size if you’re looking for a blender that’s large enough to make enough food for the whole family, or for your next backyard barbeque. However, despite the large capacity, the container features a low profile that will allow you to easily store it in your kitchen cabinet. The container is durable and BPA-free.
The four-blade design is made out of hardened stainless steel. The aircraft-grade steel can handle even the toughest veggies.
If you’ve ever struggled to clean out your old blender, desperately trying to remove food that’s stuck between the blades or at the bottom, jammed into the cracks and crevices, then you’ll love this blender’s self-cleaning feature. Use some warm water and a little dish soap, switch the appliance to the self-cleaning setting, and the feature will work it’s magic, cleaning out the container and blades in just sixty-seconds.
The blender is covered by a full, three-year product warranty.
The machine is very beginner-friendly. The controls are simple and intuitive, so you can expertly adjust the settings for a wide variety of blending options. This model has the widest base of all containers made by this manufacturer. In order to blend your ingredients properly, you’ll need to use a minimum of two cups. Because of this, you won’t be able to use it for smaller servings or single-serving portions.
In order to make smaller portions, you’ll need to purchase a smaller container from the manufacturer. Most smoothie enthusiasts recommend the thirty-two0ounce wet jar, which is perfect for single-serving smoothies. This blender is also compatible with the thirty-two-ounce dry grains container, the forty-eight-ounce wet jar, and the personal cup adapter.
Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with any blending programs or a touchscreen. In terms of controls and blending options, this model is fairly basic. However, the ten-variable speed settings will allow you to precisely blend, puree, and pulverize a wide variety of foods including soft fruits and tough root veggies. The speed dial is easy to use, simply turn it to the desired setting. Each setting has a picture or number.
The pulse feature does an excellent job of allowing you to process and chop chunkier foods for soups, dips, and purees.
Could this be the best blender for smoothies? If you’ve ever tried to make a smoothie with your old blender, then you know overheating, jammed blades, and unevenly blended fruits and veggies are a real possibility. But the machine’s powerful motor is able to easily make short work of even the toughest veggies, including leafy greens.
You can use the included recipe book and make your favorite frozen desserts, such as sorbets or frozen yogurt, easily. However, you’ll have to use the included tamper during the blending process.
If you want to make your own tomato sauce or peanut sauce, then you’ll appreciate how fast and efficient this model is. The blades can puree and blend without breaking a sweat, so your food always comes out impressively smooth.
Whether you want to make cream of chicken soup, tomato soup, or a heartier soup, simply toss in the ingredients and allow the machine to do all the heavy lifting. The ability to make your own soup is perfect for the upcoming winter weather. In the past, making your own soup involved a lot of prep work, which would require you to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But using this blender will be a total time-saver and one that allows you to whip up a large pot of soup in just a fraction of the time.
If you’re lactose intolerant, vegan, or simply trying out the best juicing recipes for weight loss, then you can make your own cashew or almond milk, right in your blender. Most people will go with cashew milk since you don’t have to strain it. Unlike with almonds, you also won’t have to soak the cashews overnight, since they’re much softer. To make, all you have to do is blend water and cashews, and in less than one minute you’ll have a fresh container full of homemade cashew milk.
Batter and Dough
If you don’t have a mixer, you can also rely on this blender to thoroughly mix all your ingredients for cake batter, cookie dough, pancake batter, and more.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Ten variable speed settings
- Large container
- Self-cleaning mode
- Powerful motor
- Can handle leafy green veggies
- Included tamper
- No touchscreen controls
- Basic features
- No blending program options
- Cannot be used for single-servings
Vitamix Versus Breville BBL620 Fresh & Furious Blender
The competing model by Breville offers food processing capabilities, combined with a powerful blender performance, making it one of the most versatile models in Breville’s blender lineup. It also has a reputation for quiet operation, so you can use it any time of the day or night, without waking up the whole family. In terms of efficiency, the high torque motor and blade design delivers an efficient blending and pureeing performance, allowing you to make homemade smoothies, pudding, applesauce, soups, salsas, and more.
The blades are best described as heavy-duty. They’re made out of stainless steel and feature a stay-sharp design, for ultimate cutting and blending power. Unlike this model by Vitamix, the competing blender comes equipped with an LCD display and timer. It also features preprogrammed settings, which makes it more beginner-friendly. Despite the fact that it offers more bells and whistles, it’s also available at a lower price.
However, the Vitamix is able to offer a better blending performance when it comes to processing leafy greens, which is a type of veggie many lower-priced blenders often struggle with. Using the Breville for leafy greens is definitely possible, but with the Vitamix, it’s an effortless process.
Conclusion and Rating
The Explorian offers a large container capacity, a powerful motor, and basic controls that make it very beginner-friendly. However, it doesn’t come with any blending programs, which can be a drawback for some potential buyers. Additionally, you cannot use the sixty-four-ounce container to make single-serving smoothies. Instead, you must use a minimum of two cups of ingredients, otherwise, the blades will make poor contact with the container’s contents.
This is an easy fix, one that involves purchasing smaller containers from the manufacturer. However, if you’re on a tight budget, then this added expense may be a big drawback. Overall, this blender offers a solid, reliable performance, a powerful motor, and a four-blade design that allows this blender to do its job efficiently. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.