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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ (BN701) Side-by-Side Comparison

Both Vitamix E310 Explorian and Ninja Professional Plus have compelling features, but the former’s exceptional performance across various tasks clearly sets it apart.

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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ (BN701)

Overall Verdict

The Ninja Professional Plus Blender, with its 1400-watt motor and solid blades, showed impressive results in ice crushing during our tests. However, it fell short in blending kale, oatmeal, almonds, dried berries, and frozen fruits. This shortfall is attributed to its stacked blade design, which fails to create an effective upward motion, essential for a thorough and even blend.

Contrastingly, the Vitamix E310 Explorian provided superior capabilities, handling a broad range of ingredients easily and quickly. Its combination of durability, user-friendliness, and consistent blending results positions it as a more reliable choice than the Ninja Professional Plus. While it comes with a higher price tag, the Vitamix 5200's performance and longevity make it a worthy investment for those seeking a top-tier blender.

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.
  • Modern aesthetic design
  • Intuitive interface
  • Great for ice and nuts
  • The container’s lack of a locking mechanism onto the base impairs stability during use.
  • Green smoothies a challenge
  • Subpar build quality

Key Specs

Dimensions
H17.4 x L7.7 x W8.9 inches
H17 x L6.6 x W9.3 inches
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
Capacity
48 oz
72 oz
Motor Power
1500 wattages
1400 watts
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$322.58
$100.38

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.8
6.6

Smoothie

10
4.6
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s 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 three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s 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 three distinct smoothie samples while a smartphone showcases the blending time of 4 minutes.
A white paper displays three smoothie samples, showcasing the consistency of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender smoothies blended for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, 3 minutes, 3 minutes and 30 seconds, and 4 minutes.
Blending Time
1 min
3 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Chunky

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

9.8
6.5
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender 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 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender 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 3 minutes and 59 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Protein Shake

9.9
7.6
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender 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 3 minutes 49 seconds.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender 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 3 minutes 49 seconds.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by theNinja BN701 Professional Plus, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
4 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Smooth

Almond Butter

9.5
7.8
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula, blend assembly, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 5 minutes.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula, blend assembly, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 5 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender, spread on white paper.
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
5 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Smooth

Crushed Ice

10
10
The Vitamix E310 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Vitamix E310 Ice Crushing Test
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
0% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
10
6.1

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  Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender blender and its accessories, including the user manual and a carton box, on a table.
Unboxing the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender  showing the height, length, and width in inches
Height
17.4" (44.2 cm)
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Width
8.9" (22.6 cm)
9.3" (23.6 cm)
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
8.0 lbs (3.6 kg)
Length
7.7" (19.6 cm)
6.6" (16.8 cm)

Build Quality

10
5.5
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender motor base and container
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender Motor Base and Container

Blades

10
6.0
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 closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender Stacked Blade Assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender stacked blade assembly
A closeup of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s container, stacked blade assembly, and lid.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Stacked
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
6 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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s motor
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
1500 Wattages
1400 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
Yes
Yes
Weight
7 pounds
5.3 pounds
Cord Length
4,1 feet
2.8 ft (0.9 m)

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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender container showing the height and diameter in inches.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender’s Container
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
72 oz
Weight
2.1 pound
2.7 pounds
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to medium batches
Large 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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s lid
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s lid
A close-up of the damage caused by blade assembly misalignment
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Lock Mechanism/ Friction
Lock Mechanism
Features
Lid-plug
Pouring Spout with Cap

Control Panel

10
8.5
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s control panel
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender’s Control Panel
A close-up of the Ninja BN701 Professional Plus blender’s control panel
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Min Speed
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Max Speed
Activation
Speed dial and Switch
Touch button
Min Speed
1,411 RPM
4,269 RPM
Max Speed
22,514 RPM
5,101 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
6.7

Ease of Blend

9.0
6.0

Noise Level

7.0
7.1
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 Ninja BN701 Professional Plus 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.
The Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Blender in Our Noise Level Test
Max Level
100.2 dB
99.3 dB

Assembly

9.0
8.5

Cleanability

9.5
6.5

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