vitamix s30 review

Vitamix S30 Review – An In-Depth Analysis of this Personal Blender

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Known as the "baby blender" of the Vitamix family, the Vitamix S30 is a compact, personal blender known for its ability to produce quick smoothies, drinks, sauces and more.

This blender pairs the strength of a nearly one-horsepower motor with a sleek design -- and all for the consumer who is constantly on the go. With a main blender pitcher that holds 40 ounces and a portable, compact, flip-top container that holds 20 ounces, users will get an efficient system for making a variety of small-batch meals, snacks and drinks quickly. We've outlined all the features below in our Vitamix S30 review to help you decide if it is worth the investment.

Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating: 4.24 out of 5

Vitamix S30 Personal Blender, Black

Design & Build

4.2  /  5

Power & Noise

4  /  5

Ease of Use

4.7  /  5

Clean Up

4.3  /  5

Smoothie Quality

4  /  5

PROS

  • 40 Ounce Pitcher Perfect for Small Batches
  • Variable Easy to Use Speed Functions
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Includes Blending Pitcher & Portable Cup

CONS

  • Not as Powerful as Other Vitamix Models
  • Blade May Be Slightly Difficult to Clean

PROS & CONS OF THE S30

The Vitamix S30 has several unique attributes that make it a small-batch, personal blender that may meet your family's needs:

PROS:

  • 40-ounce blending pitcher ideal for small batches
  • 20-ounce portable container that blends on the console for drinks on the go
  • Variable speed functions, including the powerful and "pulse" function
  • 790-watt motor for powerful and efficient blending
  • Main pitcher and travel cup both are dishwasher safe
  • Sleek and compact design among Vitamix family
  • Vitamix Backed 5 year Warranty - See manufacturer's website for full details.

CONS:

  • Heavy for a small-batch blender at 8 pounds
  • Shatter-resistant plastic instead of tempered glass for the pitcher
  • Blade assembly may be more difficult to clean by hand than other Vitamix blenders. This is because the blades sit in a shallow bowl in the bottom of the pitcher, making it difficult to reach inside the blender base.
  • Some materials may be difficult to blend. While the Vitamix S30 is efficient at blending smoothies, for example, roughly one-horsepower motor (790 peak watts) may have difficulty with harder materials.

KEY FEATURES

There are many defining key features of the Vitamix S30 -- the Vitamix brand's smallest blender -- one to check out:

Design

The Vitamix S30 is a well-built blender for personal use and small family meals. You'll find it is sleeker than the more bulky, traditional Vitamix parents. In fact, it is more than 30 percent lighter than the Vitamix Pro 750 which we also did a full review of.

The Vitamix S30 has an 790-watt motor, which is the equivalent of about one horsepower. As a comparison, the parent Vitamix blender -- the 5200 -- has a 2.2-horsepower motor. This gives you a clue that while powerful, the Vitamix S30 is not going to be able to crush certain ingredients -- such as ice, nuts and compact materials -- as quickly as a Vitamix blender with a stronger motor.

The console of the S30 blender is made from black, glossy, durable plastic -- which adds to its sleek design. It also has a counter footprint of six inches by nine inches, and this makes it easy to leave it out on the counter for sporadic smoothies and other blending.

The S30's 40-ounce pitcher is made from durable, scratch-resistant plastic, as is the 20-ounce plastic travel mug. Both fit easily on the blending console for instant smoothies and drinks. The 20-ounce travel mug is engineered with a flip-top lid that locks easily and securely

Functionality

.The Vitamix S30 features the traditional circular dial known to this blender family. This makes choosing a blending function easy. When you twist the dial to the right, you can choose a blending speed of 1 thru 10. As you move up in number, you move up in speed -- which makes the functioning of the blender uncomplicated and intuitive.

Performance

The Vitamix S30 is designed to increase in speed and pick up its blending abilities as the blades catch new materials in the base of the pitcher. But with a roughly one-horsepower motor, this compact blender may underperform with certain materials. For example, it has been noted that the Vitamix S30 has trouble pulsing ice quickly in comparison to the more powerful Vitamix family member blenders, such as the more expensive 5200.

On the other hand, if your main use for the Vitamix S30 is smoothies, soups and softer frozen foods -- you're probably not going to have a lot of trouble with this blender. For example, it takes only about 15 quick pulses to turn a handful of frozen strawberries into a well-blended smoothie drink.

If you want to use the Vitamix S30 for more complicated recipes -- like pesto or nutty butters -- the blender can blend the ingredients efficiently. But it is good to keep your expectations in check knowing that it probably will take little longer to blend these recipes than it would take a more powerful blender.

Finally, cleanup for the Vitamix S30 can be a little time-consuming if you are cleaning it by hand. That's because the blending pitcher narrows at the base, and the blades are housed in the rather shallow bowl of the pitcher. Therefore, if you're trying to remove sticky materials from the bottom, you're going to have a little trouble cleaning it by hand. It may be better to place the Vitamix S30 pitcher and travel mug both in the dishwasher for cleaning, as their durable plastic is dishwasher safe. Be sure to consult manufacturer's recommendations for detailed cleaning directions. C

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Our Review Breakdown

Design & Build Quality - 4.2 / 5

Weighing in at 8 pounds, the Vitamix S30 remains a sturdy yet smaller blender among the Vitamix blender family. The weight attached to the S30 is attributed to the blender's powerful, one-horsepower motor in its console base.

However, this blender is a full three pounds lighter than its larger, more powerful Vitamix parent, the Vitamix 5200. Some users have noted they have backed their Vitamix S30 in their carry-on bags. While this is possible, at the end of the day, there is a clunkiness to the blender console that Vitamix cannot escape because of the placement of the motor.

Offsetting the weight of the S30 is the sleek design and black glossy finishing of the blender that makes this compact blender one that you probably won't mind leaving out on your countertop.

Smoothie and Juice Quality & Yield - 4 / 5

At the end of the day, the Vitamix S30 is a small-batch blender -- and that limits it in some ways from more powerful blenders. Certainly, you'll be able to blend quickly up to 40 ounces of juice in the main blending pitcher and another 20 ounces of juice for on-the-go with the travel mug that fits securely on the blending console.

This blender is a more compact version of the traditional Vitamix machine, and it's going to take a little longer to get your juices and smoothies blended smoothly and consistently. For example, you can blend frozen fruits and veggies into juice and smoothies with between 15-20 pulses of your Vitamix S30 dial, but ice may take you a little longer. The reason? The S30 has a 1-horsepower motor, while the 5200 has a 2.2-horsepower motor.

Power & Noise - 4 / 5

The Vitamix S30 has a peak power of 790 watts, which is roughly one horsepower. The point here is not that the Vitamix S30 can't blend powerfully. It's just that it will take the compact blender a little longer to get to the consistencies you are looking for and that you'll be able to get it in a quicker amount of time with a more powerful blender.

The noise you will hear from the Vitamix S30 depends on the kinds of ingredients you are blending -- but expect a normal or average noise level that is comparable with other blenders of its size. Also, expect the machine to get at its loudest noise level when blending ice.

Ease of Use - 4.7 / 5

The Vitamix S30 is extremely easy to use -- and much of that has to do with the dial function unique to the Vitamix brand. The easy numbered system of 1-10 gives users a quick interface for understanding the power of the machine -- and depending on what the user is blending -- dialing up the power to get the desired consistency is easy and quick.

The key to using the dial system is to always start at "1." Never turn the machine on at a "10" level. This is because the dial system really is designed to be a gradual power system, where the user starts at the lowest power to begin the process and moves up in power to allow the blades to catch the variety of ingredients at the bottom of the blending bowl.

You'll want to make sure that you don't stuff materials down into the bowl of the blender -- especially ice -- because these materials can get stuck in the shallow bottom of the bowl and the blades may have difficultly churning and catching the ingredients to create the smoothest blend.

Clean Up - 4.3 / 5

The Vitamix S30 is fairly easy to clean up. For most jobs, you'll simply add a little water and dish soap and blend for a few seconds to wash the pitcher base and blades.

Keep in mind that if you are attempting to hand-clean the Vitamix S30, you could run into a dangerous situation -- as the blades are housed in a very shallow base at the bottom of the pitcher and it's treacherous to try to fit your hand down there. As an alternative, you should first try to fill the pitcher with warm water and dish soap and pulse for a few seconds to release stubborn materials from the blades.​

If they still won't budge, then use a cut-resistant spoon to gently scrap large chunks of ingredients from the blades or to free them from beneath the blades. Don't worry too much about cleaning the blades and the bottom of the blender bowl by hand, however. One of the perks of the Vitamix S30 is that you can put this pitcher and its accompanying travel mug directly into the dishwasher for a more thorough wash.​ This is just our assessment, though. Please follow manufacturer's guidelines for more detailed cleaning instructions.

Reliability - 5 / 5

Many people who purchase the Vitamix S30 assume they are getting the same horsepower as some of the parent blenders in the Vitamix family. But this just isn't true. While all the blenders in the Vitamix family carry a durability and expectation for performance -- there are some things the Vitamix S30 just can't compete with because its motor reaches 790 watts only at peak performance. The Vitamix 5200 parent has a 1380-watt motor, in comparison.

That written, the Vitamix S30 can reliably produce soups, smoothies, juices, pesto and pasta sauces, and a variety of nut butters with powerful precision. For some recipes requiring ice and nuts, however, you may spend up to two or three minutes pulsing your concoctions to get a smooth consistency.

If your Vitamix S30 happens to fail, however, your purchase is backed by a five-year warranty which is great for peace of mind.

Is it Worth It?

Deciding whether the Vitamix S30 is worth it for your family, however, really comes down to use. You may want to ask yourself these popular user questions to help you determine whether you should make the investment in the Vitamix S30 compact kitchen blender:

  • How will I be using this blender in my daily/weekly routine?
  • What kinds of meals and drinks do I plan to produce most?
  • What kind of capacity do I need in a blender?
  • What is my budget for a blender?

Many consumers think they need the largest capacity blender. The Vitamix 5200 blender, for example, comes with a 64-ounce pitcher in comparison to the 40-ounce pitcher you get with the Vitamix S30. Some families will need a larger, 64-ounce pitcher. But a 40-ounce pitcher could be just the right fit for your personal and family needs if you are, for example, planning to use the S30 for the daily personal smoothie followed by a small batch of soup for a family of four.

So, weigh these questions and think about how you truly will use the blender, what types of meals and drinks you'll make in it and if you are producing food at a capacity that would make a 40-ounce pitcher worth it. From there, you'll be able to better determine whether the price for the Vitamix S30 is right for you.

How Does it Compare to Other Blenders?

Competitor #1: Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost

As a an option that tends to be more budget friendly, the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl Duo Blender provides some impressive blending abilities.

You'll find some of the similar attributes of the Vitamix S30 in this blender -- including two pitchers, a main blending pitcher that holds 48 ounces and an accompanying travel mug that holds 24 ounces.

In addition, there are several attachments that go along with the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl including a coffee grinder. (Although, some users have noted that the cup attachments for smaller drinks are actually too small.)

You'll also get a 1200-watt peak power motor with the Nutri Ninja Nutri Bowl, which gives it slightly more power than the Vitamix S30.

If you're looking for a small-to-mid capacity blender, then this one could be a good alternative to the Vitamix S30.

You can learn more more of the best Ninja blender models here.​

Competitor #2: Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender

The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender could be another alternative to the Vitamix S30. With the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender, you'll get a 32-ounce jar for small batch blending and several 16-ounce travel jars for on-the-go blending.

The downside of this sleek blender is that the motor power hits a peak of 650 watts only, and the blades of this blender are much shorter than the Vitamix S30. The short blades make it more difficult to crush frozen ingredients such as ice in a timely or efficient manner. In addition, the main plastic "jar" for the blender doesn't have a handle like a traditional blending pitcher. This could make it difficult to take the blending jar off the blender with one hand.

Like the Vitamix S30, the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender is dishwasher safe and its jar and mugs are made from plastic. This could be a great simple blender for daily smoothies and simple items.

You can also check out our full Hamilton Beach blender review and comparison to learn more.

Competitor #3: Hamilton Beach 53510

Hamilton Beach 53510 Multiblend Blender

With a 48-ounce plastic pitcher that is dishwasher safe, the Hamilton Beach 53510 MultiBlend Blender could be an economical choice for smoothies and juices. However, one of the common shortfalls of this blender is that it lacks a long blades. That combined with its 700-watt peak power, give the blender the inability to blend large amounts of ingredients that are hard and sturdy, such as ice, as efficiently as some other blenders.

The Hamilton Beach 53510 MultiBlend Blender is easy to clean by hand, and it does have food processing capabilities. However, with its low motor speed, short blades and plastic construction it may feel more like a budget blender.

Using this blender really will depend on what you intend to make with it. It will take a little effort to blend whole foods, ice, and large-batch meals. You'll need a more powerful motor and blender to get the job done at the end of the day.

To Buy or Not to Buy?​

Purchasing a new blender is a big choice -- and both your personal needs for blending daily foods and juices and your budget will both into your decision. Remember that the answer is different for every consumer -- and even budget blenders can meet family needs efficiently.

This review is designed to give you the lay of the blender land -- and gives you options from Vitamix, Ninja and Hamilton Beach. Keep this guide with you and weigh the pros and cons of the blenders.

For a blender that is not only powerful and easy to clean -- but carries the Vitamix five year warranty, the Vitamix S30 could be a high-quality blender you'll want to watch.

While not necessarily a budget blender, the high-quality parts and sleek design make this a durable blender a viable option for on-the-go drinks and small-batch family meals every day.

In addition, the roughly one-horsepower motor of this blender gives significant power to pulverizing frozen ingredients and hard materials such as nuts. Keep in mind that you may need to pulse a little longer to get the desired consistency for butters and sauces.

Overall, we highly recommend this blender - you simply can't go wrong with a Vitamix! You can also compare this unit vs. the Vitamix s55 which we've done a full write up on.













About the Author Michelle B

Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.

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