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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt (ZNBF30500Z) Side-by-Side Comparison

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z balances cost and capability, whereas the Vitamix E310 Explorian’s hefty price justifies top-tier performance and exceptional durability.

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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender vs NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt (ZNBF30500Z)

Overall Verdict

When choosing between the two blenders, the difference in performance and price points clearly reflects the intended user base for each. 

The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z, with its accessible price point, is an excellent match for budget-conscious buyers, delivering impressive performance in blending smoothies, shakes, and crushing ice, despite its limitations in processing almond butters. 

On the flip side, the Vitamix 5200 targets users who prioritize performance and versatility in their blending tasks. Equipped with a robust 2.0 HP motor, it excels in a wide array of blending challenges, from simple mixes to the most demanding tasks like processing hard nuts or dense greens. Its higher price tag is reflective of its superior build quality and consistent, high-level performance.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design20% Usability20% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 20%Design 20%UsabilityVitamix E310 Explor...NutriBullet Blender...9.69.810.08.78.68.69.38.0
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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.
  • Exceptional performance in creating smoothies from fresh or frozen fruits, protein shakes, and crushed ice
  • User-friendly, thanks to its minimalist design
  • Strikes a pleasing balance between price, functionality, and build quality
  • Comes with a generous amount of additional accessories
  • The container’s lack of a locking mechanism onto the base impairs stability during use.
  • Falls short in its performance when making butter
  • The blending container tends to detach from the motor during use, causing interruptions
  • The cleaning can be frustrating

Key Specs

Dimensions
H17.4 x L7.7 x W8.9 inches
H16.9 x L6.8 x W6.8 inches
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
7.1 lbs (3.2 kg)
Capacity
48 oz
64 oz
Motor Power
1500 wattages
1200 wattages
Various Speed Settings
Yes
Yes
Pulse Mode
Yes
Yes

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$322.58
$124.28

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.8
8.6

Smoothie

10
9.7
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 NutriBullet 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 NutriBullet Smoothie Test
The NutriBullet 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 NutriBullet smoothie blended for 30 seconds and another blended for a full minute.
NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt Smoothie Video
Blending Time
1 min
1 min
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

9.8
8.8
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 NutriBullet 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 49 seconds.
The NutriBullet Frozen Fruits Smoothie Test
The NutriBullet 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 49 seconds.
A sample of frozen fruit smoothie created with a NutriBullet blender, spread on a white paper.
NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt Frozen Smoothie Video
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
1 min 50 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Silky Smooth

Protein Shake

9.9
9.1
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 NutriBullet 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 30 second.
The NutriBullet Protein Shake Test
The NutriBullet 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 30 second.
A mesh strainer filters a protein shake made by the NutriBullet, retaining the unblended solids that fail to pass through.
Blending Time
1 min 20 seconds
1 min 30 seconds
Result
Silky Smooth
Smooth

Almond Butter

9.5
5.5
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 NutriBullet is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula nestled inside, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 6 minutes.
The NutriBullet Almond Butter Test
The NutriBullet is beside a white plate containing almond butter with a spatula nestled inside, and a smartphone revealing a blending time of 6 minutes.
A sample of almond butter created with a NutriBullet blender, spread on a white paper.
NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt Almond Butter Video
Blending Time
1 mins 30 seconds
6 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Coarse

Crushed Ice

10
10
The Vitamix E310 is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The Vitamix E310 Ice Crushing Test
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender is beside a black tray containing its crushed ice.
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Ice Crushing Test
Ice Fineness
Very Fine
Very Fine
Unblended Ice
0% of 12 oz
0% of 12 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
10
9.3

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 NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender and its accessories, including the tamper, carton box, recipe booklet, user manual, extra blending pitcher, and handled cup, on a table.
Unboxing the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z

Dimensions

Illustrated dimensions of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z showing the height, length, and width in inches
Height
17.4" (44.2 cm)
16.9" (42.9 cm)
Width
8.9" (22.6 cm)
6.8" (17.3 cm)
Weight
9.1 lbs (4.1 kg)
7.1 lbs (3.2 kg)
Length
7.7" (19.6 cm)
6.8" (17.1 cm)

Build Quality

10
9.0
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 close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z motor base and container
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base and Container
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z motor base and container
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base

Blades

10
10
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  NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender blades
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blades
A close up of the  NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender blades
A close up of the  NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender blades
A close up of the  NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender easy-twist extractor blade assembly
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Cross
Cross
Blade Count
4 sharp blades
(1) 6 sharp blades, (2) 4 sharp blades
Removable
Yes
No
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 NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Motor Base
A close up of the underside of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z’s motor base
Rated Voltage
120 Volts
120 Volts
Rated Power
1500 Wattages
1200 Wattages
Working Time
N/A
≤ 1 minute
Protection
Yes
Yes
Weight
7 pounds
5.1 oz (145 g)
Cord Length
4,1 feet
2.6 ft (0.8 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 NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blending cups showing their heights and diameters in inches.
Illustrated dimensions of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blending cups showing their heights and diameters in inches.
llustrated dimensions of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z 64-oz container showing the height, length, and width across in inches.
llustrated dimensions of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z 32-oz container showing the height, length, and width across in inches.
llustrated dimensions of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z 24-oz container showing the height, length, and width across in inches.
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
48.0 fl oz (1.4 L)
64 oz, 32 oz, and 24 oz
Weight
2.1 pound
(1) 2 lbs, (2) 0.6 lbs, and (3) 0.56 lbs
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small to medium batches
Small, Medium, and 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 Two-Part Lid of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z
The Two-Part Lid of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z
A close-up of the Two-Part Lid of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z
A close up of the main lid and vented lip cap of the  NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Closing Type
Lock Mechanism/ Friction
Friction
Features
Lid-plug
Lid-plug

Control Panel

10
9.5
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 NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender control panel
A close up of the NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z blender control panel
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Min Speed
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Max Speed
Activation
Speed dial and Switch
Press-button
Min Speed
1,411 RPM
14,479 RPM
Max Speed
22,514 RPM
21,169 RPM
Presets
No
No
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.
The NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z’s tamper is on a table
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Removable
Yes
Yes

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
8.0

Ease of Blend

9.0
8.5

Noise Level

7.0
7.0
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 NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z 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.
NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200w Noise Level Test
Max Level
100.2 dB
100.2 dB

Assembly

9.0
8.0

Cleanability

9.5
8.0

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