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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Side-by-Side Comparison

In comparison to the underperforming Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher, the Vitamix E310 Explorian is a far better investment, given its unparalleled blending power and enduring quality.

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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Overall Verdict

In comparison to the underperforming Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher, the Vitamix E310 Explorian stands out with its superior blending efficiency and robust construction.

Despite being equipped with a 700-watt motor, the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher underperforms in a variety of blending tasks. Our testing revealed its difficulty in blending a variety of ingredients, from both fresh and frozen fruits to tougher tasks like processing leafy greens, making smooth almond butter, or crushing ice cubes. This performance gap was especially evident when compared to the more powerful Vitamix E310 Explorian.

The build quality of the Hamilton Beach also raises concerns. Its affordability seems to come at the expense of durability. For users who rely on their blender for long-lasting use and consistent results, the Vitamix E310 Explorian stands out as a better option—the blender that not only delivers superior blending performance but also offers enhanced sturdiness and longevity.

Pros & Cons

  • 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.
  • Moderate nut and dried berry blending
  • Ease of clean
  • The container’s lack of a locking mechanism onto the base impairs stability during use.
  • Inability to process greens and frozen ingredients
  • Subpar build quality 
  • Hard-to-remove lid 
  • Unintuitive control panel

Key Specs

Dimensions
H17.4 x L7.7 x W8.9 inches
H14.5 x L6 x W8 inches
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Capacity
48 oz
40 oz
Motor Power
1500 wattages
700 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$322.58
$45.53

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.8
1.0

Smoothie

10
0.0
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.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base and its container filled with apple, banana, and kale, stand on a table. Next to it, a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Smoothie Test
Blending Time
1 min
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

9.8
0.0
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.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Frozen Fruit Smoothie
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside a glass bowl which contains a portion of the smoothie it produced. Next to it, a smartphone displays a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
5 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

Protein Shake

9.9
6.7
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.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 4 minutes 30 seconds.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Protein Shake Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher motor base stands beside the container. Next to it, a protein shake has been strained through a metal mesh strainer while a smartphone displays a blending time of 4 minutes 30 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the Black+Decker Crush Master, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
4 mins 30 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Coarse

Almond Butter

9.5
0.0
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.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is beside a white plate containing almond with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Almond Butter Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is beside a white plate containing almond with a spatula and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 4 minutes.
A sample of ground almond created with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher  blender.
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

Crushed Ice

10
0.0
The Vitamix E310 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Vitamix E310 Ice Crushing Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Ice Crushing Test
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The scale's screen shows 9.48 oz of uncrushed ice cubes remaining from the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Failed
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
79% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
10
4.7

In the Box

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
A display of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender, along with the user manual and carton box, arranged on a table.
Unboxing the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender showing the height, length, and width in inches.
Height
17.4" (44.2 cm)
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Width
8.9" (22.6 cm)
8.0" (20.3 cm)
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
6.6 lbs (3.0 kg)
Length
7.7" (19.6 cm)
6.0" (15.2 cm)

Build Quality

10
5.0
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
A closeup of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender blender’s motor base and container.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Motor Base and Container

Blades

10
4.5
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
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s blade assembly
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Stacked
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

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
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Motor Base
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
A close-up of the underside of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
1500 Wattages
700 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
No
Weight
7 pounds
3 pounds
Cord Length
4,1 feet
2.2 feet

Blending Container

Illustrated dimensions of the Vitamix E310 blender container showing the height and diameter in inches.
The Vitamix E310 Blender’s Container
Illustrated dimensions of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher showing the height, depth, and width in inches
Material
Plastic
Glass
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
40 oz
Weight
2.1 pound
3.5 pound
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to medium batches
Small to medium batches

Lid

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
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher two-part lid
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Two-Part Lid
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Lock Mechanism/ Friction
Friction
Features
Lid-plug
Slot

Control Panel

10
4.0
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.
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender Control Panel
A close-up of the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender control panel
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender motor base on table, hand pressing digital tachometer attached to tripod, different blenders in background.
Activation
Speed dial and Switch
Press-button
Min Speed
1,411 RPM
16,103 RPM
Max Speed
22,514 RPM
19,966 RPM
Presets
No
Yes
Digital Display
No
No
Built-in Timer
No
No
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Extra Accessory

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
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
N/A
Removable
Yes
N/A

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
6.5

Ease of Blend

9.0
5.0

Noise Level

7.0
7.7
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.
The hamilton beach wave crusher blender blender is on a table, accompanied by a sound level meter displaying its recorded noise level. In the background, other blenders that we tested sit on a nearby shelf.
Max Level
100.2 dB
96.3 dB

Assembly

9.0
6.5

Cleanability

9.5
8.0

Behind the Comparison

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