Vitamix E310 Blender review

  • + Great container size
  • + A cheaper, utilitarian model
  • + The smoothest smoothies
  • + Frozen fruit is fine
  • + Other negatives in reviews that I haven’t encountered
  • The lid and spout
  • The clear, hollow handle
  • It’s loud
  • Five year warranty
  • Replacement containers are expensive


Update one: After eighteen months of use, my E310 jug is looking a little tired, despite careful washing, drying and dishwasher avoidance. It doesn't bother me and I'm still happy with the E310 overall.

Update two: My mum wanted to buy a high-powered, long-lasting blender and asked me if she should get the Vitamix E310. I couldn't recommend it as she has mild arthritis in her hands and I know she'd struggle with the lid.

After a lot of research I recommended BlendTec's Classic 575 Blender with the Fourside Jar. I finally got a chance to use it over Christmas and was mightily impressed (the design of the lid is lovely). If my E310 died outside of its warranty I'd replace it with the BlendTec 575 immediately.

After years of dithering I finally bought a Vitamix (affiliate link). I assumed I’d want one of the new Ascent Series Smart System Blenders but because I only want to make smoothies I figured I’d need to get the smaller cups and adapter as well. It totalled to over £700 and that wasn’t even for the top of the range model.

Surprisingly, a trawl through the reviews put me off buying from the Ascent Series. While the Vitamix brand is well regarded and used in professional kitchens, a lot of people have difficulty getting the Smart System motor base to recognise the smaller containers. These containers have a narrow bottom (at the opposite end to the blade) so frozen fruit and protein powders can get stuck. They’re personal sized so if I want to make a smoothie for two (pretty much every smoothie I make) I’d have to blend twice. Conversely, the 2 litre low-profile jug that comes with the Ascent Series apparently struggles to process smaller portion sizes and I remember my old 2 litre Philips blender being overkill for two people.

I really needed a new blender though. My Nutribullet was on its last legs and I finally let it go when I found a small metal shard (or jagged metal Krusty-O) in my smoothie.

I looked into classic and legacy Vitamix models but the well reviewed 5200 (with a narrow blade base that’s good for smoothies) is too tall to fit on my countertop. The E320 has a 2 litre container so it was a no go. Then I saw the Vitamix E310 (cue angels singing). I’d initially disregarded it because why get a 310 when you can get a 320? Because it turns out that the E310 is the only Vitamix that comes with a 1.4 litre container.

Before I get into the good and bad bits of the E310, I should say that I mostly use it for making smoothies and occasionally milling flax seeds. I don’t make soup, dough, flour or nut butters but I’ve read that it manages these well. Check out Blending with Henry’s video where he makes peanut butter using just peanuts, no oil needed.

The good bits

Great container size

For me, 1.4 litres is the perfect size for a household of two and Elizabeth Martin from Healthy But Smart agrees. This was the review that convinced me to buy the E310 and it’s really thorough*. The container size means that I don’t have to buy any additional bowls, cups or adapters. While I liked the different cups that came with the Nutribullet, finding a place to store them was a pain. The only accessory I store for the E310 is the tamper.

The E310 sits on my countertop underneath a cupboard, which it clears by a few centimetres. It’s 46cm (18”) tall and I wasn’t sure it would fit but it’s fine. The footprint is considerably larger than a compact Nutribullet.

*The Healthy But Smart review states that the containers can’t be upgraded for the E310 but I contacted Vitamix. They told me that the E310 is a Classic C-Series model so the C-Series containers are compatible, specifically “the 64 ounce classic (2 litre), the 48 ounce (1.4 litre), the 32 ounce (wet and dry, 0.9 litres), the Aer Disc, and the Personal Cup Adapter”.

A cheaper, utilitarian model

The E310 is at the lower end of the price scale for a Vitamix blender because it's as basic as a Vitamix gets. There’s no power switch, presets, timer, SELF-DETECT™ or wireless connectivity - just an on/off toggle, a pulse toggle and a speed dial. I don't mind as it makes the blender incredibly easy to use; just flip the switch, dial up the speed, blend, turn off, done.

The smoothest smoothies

The first smoothie I made came out so velvety smooth I was astounded (sorry for the overuse of “smooth” but there’s no other word for it). I’m used to the Nutribullet, which I think makes a great smoothie but this is a whole other level.

I immediately cleaned the container and refilled it with what I considered to be a challenge: 1 cup of water, 2 satsumas, 2 carrots roughly cut into 2” pieces, a tiny knob of ginger and a handful of ice - blended on speed 10 for 1 minute. While I can’t quite call it carrot juice, in the sense that juice has been extracted from a carrot with all solids removed, it’s very close. Even better, all the pulp, fibres and goodness are still in the drink. I’ve since realised that carrots pose no challenge for a Vitamix.

Frozen fruit is fine

I read many, many reviews before buying the E310 and my main concern was that that it might struggle with frozen fruit, as reported by several people. 90% of my smoothies include frozen fruit so this would be a deal breaker. I couldn’t understand it though as the E310 has a 2 horsepower motor and my Nutribullet coped fine as long as there was enough liquid.

Vitamix replied to a lot of the complaints advising that ingredients must be added in the correct order: “liquids first, then dry goods, leafy greens, fruit and veggies and finally ice and frozen ingredients”. To date I haven’t had any issues with frozen fruit or ice.

Other negatives in reviews that I haven’t encountered

Some people found that the base of the E310 sometimes “walks” across their countertop while blending. They might be processing hardier ingredients than me but I’ve never had this happen and I feel comfortable walking away while it’s on.

The Vitamix container drops onto the base; there’s no clipping or pushing it into place to lock it. Some people have complained that it doesn’t feel secure (I don’t agree) and that once the speed is turned up high, the container shifts to the right. It's true and it’s odd; you can see it happening in Blending with Henry’s video review when he turns up the speed dial. Initially I wondered why Vitamix didn’t create a snug connection to stop the shift but it’s because a super tight fit would cause wear and tear on the motor and container. Vitamix says that the shift is normal and you shouldn't hold the container to stop it from happening. Once the container has shifted you can hold it if you’re worried but I don’t feel the need.

Other complaints mention that ingredients can stick to the sides of the container and not get blended but that’s what the tamper is for.

Easy to clean

The E310 container, lid and lid plug are dishwasher safe. They can also be cleaned in the usual Vitamix way, by rinsing out the container, adding a drop of detergent and half filling it with warm water then running the blender for 30-60 seconds. I usually do this or I sometimes hand wash the container as I worry that the dishwasher might make it cloudy. (Update: I put the jug in the dishwasher on eco mode all the time and it's fine.)

That’s another complaint - after a while the container gets scratched and cloudy. Mine got scratched near the bottom after a few uses but I would expect this given that I blend tough vegetables, dates and occasionally seeds. It’s too soon to tell regarding cloudiness and I’ll update my review in due course. I wish Vitamix made glass containers but glass isn't compatible with the speed of the motor. My Phillips blender had a glass jug but the smoothies it produced were chunky.

The bad bits

The lid

It might just be me because in all the reviews I’ve read no one else has complained about this but the lid is weird. I struggle to get the clips to attach to the container. I’m not the strongest person, but not entirely feeble either, and I always have a small battle with the lid. It’s made from a fairly stiff plastic and I thought it might ease up but it hasn’t.

Vitamix advises lining up the clips halfway between the handle and spout and pressing down evenly on the plug. I find this easier when I’m cleaning the container and everything’s wet - then the lid clips on easily. I now wet the bottom of the lid, put the jug on a chair then press down on the plug (almost like a chest compression). This helps a lot.

The clear, hollow handle

Previous Vitamix containers had chunky, soft-grip handles so no water could get into them. I live in a hard water area and if water gets into the hollow E310 handle I spend far too long twisting up a tea towel and drying the inside to prevent water spots. I’ll stop caring at some point but a non-hollow handle would have been better. Vitamix have used hollow handles on the newer A-Series so it’s hard to avoid unless you buy a legacy model. (Update: I stopped caring; life's too short.)

It’s loud

It’s not Nutribullet loud, when the bearings have gone and it's screechingly, screamingly, bone-and-glass-grindingly loud but when the E310’s speed is turned up any higher than 5, it’s loud.

Some people have returned the E310 due to noise and concerns about disturbing neighbours but it’s not that bad. I got used to wearing ear defenders when using the Nutribullet so I put them on, turn the E310 up to 10 and walk away until it’s done. Or I blend on level 5 for longer.

Five year warranty

The E310 comes with a five year warranty. This seems decent but when you consider that other Vitamix blenders come with a seven or ten year warranty, five suddenly seems mean.

Replacement containers and accessories are expensive

The container feels like it should last and it’s covered by the warranty (within reason - “cosmetic changes” aren’t covered) but if you need a replacement it’ll cost £125.

There’s an overpriced £15 tamper holder that attaches to the Vitamix. I’ve never used the tamper so it sits in a cupboard. The under blade scraper costs £12.50 but if the container is washed immediately after blending then I see no reason to buy this.

Overall thoughts

I’ve owned my Vitamix E310 for over a month almost three years. I use it most days to make smoothies and it performs brilliantly. Our vegetable intake has certainly increased.

I bought the E310 from John Lewis for £314 but they’ve since put the price back up to the RRP of £349. In theory the E310 should last for at least five years so it works out about the same as buying a cheaper blender every year or so (this is a very rough calculation based on the price/longevity of my Nutribullets).

While I’ve listed the things that bug me about the E310, they’re not deal breakers and in general I find it a pleasure to use. It produces fantastic smoothies and because it’s so powerful I’ve been using it to make low sugar vegetable juices that actually taste good; something I’ve never been able to achieve with my old blenders.

A note on the S30 model

The Vitamix S30 (now discontinued) looks like a good replacement for a Nutribullet, Ninja Blender, etc, but I ruled it out early on. The motor isn’t as powerful and it has a detachable blade. I’m leery about detachable blades and I specifically wanted the older style of Vitamix that’s been well reviewed in the past.

Would I replace it if it broke tomorrow?

If the warranty had elapsed then I would. Having done new research for my mum (see update) I would now replace the E310 with BlendTec's Classic 575 Blender with the Fourside Jar.

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