Vitamix Ascent Series Review

Vitamix Ascent Series

Vitamix releases their new series – how does it stack up?
With added technology of digital display, timers, more program settings, and touch screen (sound familiar?), what do YOU get with a new Ascent Series blender?

Performance   |   Best-Buys   |   Warranty   |   Controls   |   Compare Chart   |   Containers

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The much anticipated new Vitamix models have arrived. While the previous Next Generation release brought an improved blending container, improved blending control and a great improvement in sound volume, the Ascent Series brings improved aesthetic design, new technology, new blending containers, and a bump up in warranty.

BLENDING PERFORMANCE

There’s not much more to say than these blenders are Vitamix. Known to be one of the best performing blenders on the market, this new series does not disappoint. There are no better performing blenders, other than possibly Blendtec. How do they compare to previous models? To be honest we see no evidence of improvement over the Next Generation Series. Although, it is not clear what the future holds for the Ascent and Venturist models with the inclusion of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

Vitamix has taken a leap to the future of blending and has included SMARTRAC’s custom-built NFC tags. You will see their website refer to this as “wireless connectivity” and “Self Detect Technology”. Simply put, the containers have an electronic tag embedded in them to pass on information to the blender base. At this point it appears as though Vitamix is only using this technology for the container to tell the base what it is. Considering that the Smartrac NFC technology supports up to 140 operating parameters who knows what we will see in the future of blending, but for the time being, if you don’t know which container you put on your Vitamix, it will.

POWER

Nothing new to report here. The Ascent models have the same 12 amp, 2.2 breaking horsepower that their predecessors, the G-Series had. But again, there is no need for concern for power with any Vitamix.

SOUND

The one consistent feedback provided from user is that these blender are loud. When the G-Series was released we saw a 40% improvement in noise volume. We were hoping for some additional improvement with this release. Unfortunately, it didn’t come. Of course noise can depend on what you are blending but, the sound level seems no better. When we asked Vitamix specifically for data on the improvements to sound volume with this Series, their response was “With every generation of Vitamix, our engineering team is working to make each machine quieter”. Enough said.

WARRANTY & DURABILITY

Vitamix held the crown for the industry’s best blender warranty at 7 years for quite some time. Later, Blendtec upped the ante when they increased their warranty to 8 years (10 years for the Pro). KitchenAid entered the market with a 10 years.

It was only a matter of time. Now Vitamix provides a 10-year warranty on all their new Ascent models. As if 7 year’s wasn’t enough. With the warranty provided you seriously have nothing to worry about with a Vitamix purchase. They continue to keep their status as one of the best customer service providers when it comes to honoring their warranty.

CONTROLS

Vitamix has done a fine job keeping everyone happy no matter their preference in features. The Series presents a nice blended offering of traditional dial and switch controls and an advancement in flat touch sensor controls & digital readout.

A2300

Vitamix A2300 base The Vitamix A2300 covers the solid basics that defines Vitamix. The 1-10 variable speed dial is prominent in the center, a pulse switch on the left, and an on/off switch to its right. Added to the basics you can see a Digital timer above the speed dial. This simply counts up while blending indicating the blend duration.

A2500

Vitamix A2500 baseThe Ascent A2500 has the same controls as the A2300 with the addition of three program settings: Smoothies, Hot Soup, and Frozen Desserts. In addition to counting up when using the variable speed, the timer will count down with when using a program cycle displaying the remaining time left for the blend.

A3300

Vitamix A3300 baseFor the same cost as the A2500, the Vitamix A3300 replaces the program cycles with a programmable timer. Instead of choosing between 3 set programs, you set how much time you want to blend; when the timer reaches zero it shuts off. This model also replaces all switches with flat touch controls. The 1-10 variable speed dial remains in the center with a different look, because the speed of the dial is indicated on the digital readout rather than the dial itself.

A3500

Vitamix A3500 baseCombining all the possible features is the Vitamix A3500. Add $100 to the cost and you get everything the Series offers. It includes all the touch controls and programmable timer of the A3300, and adds 2 more program settings, Dips & Spreads and Self-Cleaning for a total of 5 programs. As with the 3300, we wish the digital display was larger, especially the timer numbers.

SUMMATION

The controls of the Ascent Series have improved over the previous Next Generation G-Series models. The variable speed control has gotten tighter allowing for increased control and they finally step into the 21st century with flat touch controls and digital readout which we’ve seen with Blendtec for many years. Truly the only criticism we have in this area is that the readout is smaller than we would like. Perhaps we will see larger displays on their up and coming Venturist Series release?

COMPARISON CHART

  A2300 A2500 A3300 A3500
Amps: 12 12 12 12
Speed Dial:
Switch Control:
Touch Control:
Program Cycles: 0 3 0 5
Program Timer:
Colors: Black / Red / Slate / White Black / Red / Slate / White Black / Gray Stainless Metal / Graphite Metal / White
Price: $470 $520 $520 $620


CONTAINERS

Vitamix Ascent Self Detect Container
Likely the most noticeable thing when seeing the new Series models is that the container is completely clear, it appears as though there is no lid on the top of the container. While there is no more black top and no more black sure grip handle rest assured that the lid is included.

We really like that now you can see into your container while blending. But we do miss the soft grip handles of the other containers and it lid just doesn’t feel as durable as the black one. Time will tell though.

Vitamix Self Detect Starter Kits
In addition to the 64-oz that comes with each model, there will be more containers available for the Ascent Series. Soon to be released will be the 20-ounce blending cup, this is the same on-the-go smoothie blending cup that comes with the personal series models, and the 8-ounce blending bowls, perfect for small batch blending.

Considering upgrading your Vitamix to a new Ascent?

The Ascent models can accept ONLY the new Self Detect containers.

This new series can not use any previous containers. If you have an older Vitamix with containers, those containers will not work with the new Ascent models.


SELF-DETECT Technology – what is that?

Probably the “biggest” technology advancement of the Ascent, and future Venturist Series, is the inclusion of their Self-Detect container system. Simply put, embedded into each container is a tag that communicates with the blender base to tell it what kind of container is on top. The idea is that the blender can automatically adjust its output based on the container you are using.

BEST BUYS

In addition to direct from Vitamix, there are several online retailers that sell the Ascent Series.

For the better price, we recommend Sur La Tab or Amazon.

Starting at $432 (better than direct from Vitamix)
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