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Vitamix 5200 Blender vs Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

For those prioritizing budget over batch size, the Vitamix E310 seems to be a compelling choice, although the 5200's larger container is better for larger-scale blending

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Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender vs Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Overall Verdict

The E310's affordability is a significant draw over the Vitamix 5200. This makes it an ideal option for individuals who seek the efficiency and quality of a Vitamix without a hefty investment. 

In our hands-on testing, both the Vitamix E310 and the 5200 excelled in a range of blending tasks, with the E310 particularly more impressive in ice crushing. However, the E310's smaller 48 fl. oz. container, in contrast to the 5200's larger 64 fl. oz. capacity, limits its utility for bigger batches, making the 5200 more suitable for those who often blend large quantities for family or commercial settings.

Pros & Cons

  • Many user-friendly features, including the removable blade assembly
  • Versatile speed settings for a diverse range of textures
  • Capable of blending non-stop for up to six minutes
  • Rapid and potent acceleration for efficient blending
  • Excellent for both hot and icy blending applications
  • The 64-ounce container is ideal for preparing family-sized batches
  • The 7-year warranty is notably longer than other blenders
  • High-quality components ensure longevity and reliable performance.
  • The meticulously designed container coupled with sturdy stainless steel blades promises smooth and consistent blending outcomes.
  • The inclusion of a generous 7-year warranty, which surpasses the standard warranty length for blenders.
  • Designed to safely blend hot ingredients directly in the container
  • Rapid and potent acceleration for efficient blending every time.
  • The container does not lock onto the base 
  • Average ice-crushing capability
  • The container’s lack of a locking mechanism onto the base impairs stability during use.

Key Specs

Dimensions
H19.7 x L8.8 x W8.8 inches
H17.4 x L7.7 x W8.9 inches
Weight
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
Capacity
64 oz
48 oz
Motor Power
1500 watts
1500 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
No
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$474.97
$322.58

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.7
9.8

Smoothie

10
10
The Vitamix 5200 motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features two distinct smoothies spread while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 59 seconds.
The Vitamix 5200 Smoothie Test
The Vitamix 5200 motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it, a white paper features two distinct smoothies spread while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 59 seconds.
A white paper displays two smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of a Vitamix smoothie blended for 30 seconds and another blended for a full minute.
Vitamix 5200 blender Green smoothie video
The Vitamix E310 motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it are two distinct smoothie samples spread on white paper while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 1 minute.
The Vitamix E310 Smoothie Test
The Vitamix E310 motor base and its container stand on a table, accompanied by a glass filled with a green smoothie. Next to it are two distinct smoothie samples spread on white paper while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 1 minute.
A white paper displays two smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of a Vitamix smoothie blended for 30 seconds and another blended for a full minute.
Blending Time
1 min
1 min
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

9.8
9.8
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container, which holds a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a glass bowl contains the remaining smoothie, while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute and 9 seconds.
The Vitamix 5200 Frozen Fruits Smoothie Test
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container, which holds a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a glass bowl contains the remaining smoothie, while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute and 9 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with a Vitamix 5200 blender, spread on a white paper.
Vitamix 5200 frozen smoothies video
The Vitamix E310 motor base stands beside the container, which holds a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a glass bowl contains the remaining smoothie while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute and 20 seconds.
The Vitamix E310 Frozen Fruits Smoothie Test
The Vitamix E310 motor base stands beside the container, which holds a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a glass bowl contains the remaining smoothie while a smartphone displays a blending time of 1 minute and 20 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with a Vitamix E310 blender spread on a white paper.
Blending Time
1 min 10 seconds
1 min 20 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Protein Shake

9.9
9.9
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a metal mesh strainer filtered its protein shake while a smartphone displayed a blending time of 1 minute.
The Vitamix 5200 Protein Shake Test
The Vitamix 5200 motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a metal mesh strainer filtered its protein shake while a smartphone displayed a blending time of 1 minute.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Vitamix 5200, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Vitamix 5200 blender Protein sharkes video
The Vitamix E310 motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a metal mesh strainer filtered its protein shake while a smartphone displayed a blending time of 1 minute 20 seconds.
The Vitamix E310 Protein Shake Test
The Vitamix E310 motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a metal mesh strainer filtered its protein shake while a smartphone displayed a blending time of 1 minute 20 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Vitamix E310, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min
1 min 20 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Almond Butter

10
9.5
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula nestled inside, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 1 minute.
The Vitamix 5200 Almond Butter Test
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula nestled inside, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 1 minute.
A sample of almond butter created with a Vitamix 5200 blender, spread on a white paper.
Vitamix 5200 blender Almond Butter video
The Vitamix E310 is beside a white plate containing almond butter and a spatula, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 1 minute and a haft.
The Vitamix E310 Almond Butter Test
The Vitamix E310 is beside a white plate containing almond butter and a spatula, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 1 minute and a haft.
A sample of almond butter created with a Vitamix E310 blender spread on a white paper.
Blending Time
1 min
1 mins 30 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Crushed Ice

8.0
10
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Vitamix 5200 Ice Crushing Test
The Vitamix 5200 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows  2.28 oz of unblended ice cubes remaining from the Vitamix 5200.
Vitamix 5200 blender Crushed Ice video
The Vitamix E310 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Vitamix E310 Ice Crushing Test
Ice Fineness
Fine
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
19% of 12 oz
0% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
10
10

In the Box

A display of the Vitamix 5200 blender and its accessories, including the tamper, carton box, recipe booklet, and user manual, on a table.
A display of the Vitamix E310 blender and its accessories, including the tamper, carton box, recipe booklet, and user manual, on a table.
Unboxing the Vitamix E310

Dimensions

llustrated dimensions of the Vitamix 5200 Blender showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
Height
19.7" (50.0 cm)
17.4" (44.2 cm)
Width
8.8" (22.4 cm)
8.9" (22.6 cm)
Weight
9.7 lbs (4.4 kg)
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
Length
7.8" (19.7 cm)
7.7" (19.6 cm)

Build Quality

10
10
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 motor base and container
The Vitamix 5200 Motor Base and Container
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 motor base and container
A close up of  Vitamix 5200 container’s bottom
Someone is holding the centering pad of the Vitamix 5200’s motor base
A close up of the Vitamix E310 motor base and container
The Vitamix E310 Motor Base and Container
A close up of the Vitamix E310 motor base and container
A close up of  Vitamix E310 container’s bottom

Blades

10
10
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 blades
A close up of the Vitamix E310 blades
The Vitamix E310 Blades
A close up of the Vitamix E310 blades
A close up of the Vitamix E310 blades
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes

Motor Base

A close up of the Vitamix 5200 Motor Base
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 Motor Base
A close up of the centering pad of the Vitamix 5200 motor base
A close up of the concealed power cord underneath the motor base
A close up of the Vitamix E310 Motor Base
The Vitamix E310 Motor Base
A close up of the Vitamix E310 Motor Base
A close up of the centering pad of the Vitamix E310 motor base
A close up of the concealed power cord under the Vitamix E310’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
1500 Wattages
1500 Wattages
Working Time
≤ 6 minute
N/A
Protection
Yes
Yes
Weight
7.2 pounds
7 pounds
Cord Length
5.9 ft (1.8 m)
4,1 feet

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of Vitamix 5200 Blender Blending Container showing the height, depth, and width across in inches
Illustrated dimensions of the Vitamix E310 blender container showing the height and diameter in inches.
The Vitamix E310 Blender’s Container
Material
BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester
Plastic
Capacity
64 ounces
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
Weight
2.5 oz (71 g)
2.1 pound
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Medium to Large batches
Small to medium batches

Lid

The Vitamix 5200’s Two-Part Lid stands on a table
The Vitamix E310 two-part lid stands on a table
The Vitamix E310 Two-Part Lid
The Vitamix E310 two-part lid stands on a table
The Vitamix E310 two-part lid stands on a table
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Friction
Lock Mechanism/ Friction
Features
Lid plug
Lid-plug

Control Panel

10
10
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 control panel
A close up of the Vitamix 5200 control panel
The Vitamix 5200 Blender Min Speed
The Vitamix 5200 Blender Max Speed
A close up of the Vitamix E310 control panel
The Vitamix E310 Control Panel
A close up of the Vitamix E310 control panel
TheVitamix E310 blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
TheVitamix E310 blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Activation
Speed dial and Switch
Speed dial and Switch
Min Speed
1,419 RPM
1,411 RPM
Max Speed
23,122 RPM
22,514 RPM
Presets
No
No
Digital Display
No
No
Built-in Timer
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
Yes

Extra Accessory

The Vitamix 5200’s tamper is on a table
The Vitamix E310 tamper is on a table
The Vitamix E310 Tamper
The Vitamix E310 tamper is on a table
Displayed on a table is the Vitamix E310 blender, complete with its accompanying tamper.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
No
Yes
Removable
Yes
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
8.7

Ease of Blend

9.0
9.0

Noise Level

7.0
7.0
The Vitamix 5200 blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its noise level nearby. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
The Vitamix E310 blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its noise level. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
99.8 dB
100.2 dB

Assembly

9.0
9.0

Cleanability

9.5
9.5

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