Vitamix Ascent Review (Comparing A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500 with all models)

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Vitamix Ascent Series

How does the Vitamix Ascent Series stack up to other blender models? What is the difference between them and how do they compare?

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Ascent Series, the first series of the much anticipated new Vitamix Smart System models have arrived. While the previous Next Generation release brought an improved blending container, blending control, and a significant reduction in sound level, the Ascent Series brings an improved aesthetic design, new technology, new blending container technology, and a bump up in warranty.

VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES BLENDING PERFORMANCE

Vitamix is known to be one of the best performing blenders on the market and the Ascent Series does not disappoint. Simply put, these blenders are Vitamix’s finest; there are no better performing models. How do they compare to other models?

Vitamix Smart System Blenders have taken a leap to the future of blending and include SMARTRAC’s custom-built Near Field Communication (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 this technology is only being used for the container to tell the base what container it is. Smartrac NFC technology supports up to 140 operating parameters. What will the future of the Smart Series models hold with the inclusion of NFC technology?

POWER

Nothing really new to report here. The Vitamix Ascent Series models have the same 12 amp, 2.2 breaking horsepower that their predecessors, the New Generation G-Series have. But again, there is no need for concern for power with any Vitamix as they have proven to be able to blend anything.

SOUND

The one consistent feedback provided from users 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 really come. Of course noise can depend on what you are blending, but the sound level seems no better. When we asked Vita-mix 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”. Tests show there is no discernible difference between the G-Series 7500/750 and the Ascent Series.

SMART SYSTEM 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 later entered the market with a 10 years.

It was only a matter of time. Now, Vitamix Ascent Series come with a 10-year warranty, as does all the new Smart System models. With the warranty provided you seriously have nothing to worry about with a blender purchase. They continue to keep their status as one of the best customer service providers when it comes to honoring their warranty.

VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES DESIGN & FEATURES

We love the design of the Ascent Series. We feel this is the best looking blenders Vitamix has come up with. They also have done a fine job keeping everyone happy no matter their preference in features. The Ascent Series presents a nice blended offering of traditional dial and switch controls and an advancement in usability with flat touch sensor controls & digital readouts. The main differences between the Ascent models is in the controls.

VITAMIX A2300

Vitamix Ascent A2300 base The Vitamix Ascent 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 timer simply counts up while blending indicating the blend duration. While not apparent at first use, the timer turns out to be a really nice feature; it allows you track time and perfect blends to the extent you want. The A2300 is a great choice for taking advantage of the best of what these blenders offer without spending more of features you may not want or need.

Vitamix A2300 Family Pack

Recently released, the Smart System A2300 Family Pack which includes everything the A2300 comes with plus two 8-ounce blending bowls, one 20-ounce container cup and blade base to go with it.

Regular price for the package is $599.95

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VITAMIX A2500

Vitamix Ascent A2500 baseThe Vitamix Ascent A2500 has the same controls and design as the A2300 with the addition of three program settings on the dial for Smoothies, Hot Soup, and Frozen Desserts. In addition to counting up when using the variable speed, the timer will count down when using a program cycle, displaying the remaining time left for the blend cycle. This is the only timer difference between the A2500 and the A2300. If blending programs is a feature high on your priority the the extra $40 for the Vitamix A2500 is a good choice.

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VITAMIX A3300

Vitamix Ascent A3300 baseFor the same cost as the A2500, the Vitamix Ascent A3300 replaces the program cycles of the A2300 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. We love this new feature as it offers the most flexibility in “programmed” blending since you are not limited to only the programs as provided on other models. The A3300 also replaces all switches with flat touch controls, another nice-to-have feature. 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, it always begins at zero when you begin to blend – we love this! The A3300 is our favorite model as we feel this model is the best value of the series because of its modern interface design and programmable timer feature. The extra cost compared to the A2300 is well worthwhile.

VITAMIX A3500

Vitamix Ascent A3500 baseCombining all the possible features is the Vitamix Ascent A3500. Add $100 to the cost of the A3300 and you get everything the Series offers. It includes all the touch controls and programmable timer of the A3300, and adds two more program settings, Dips & Spreads and Self-Cleaning to Smoothies, Hot Soup, and Frozen Desserts for a total of five programs. We do wish the digital display was larger, especially the timer numbers. Ultimately, that extra $100 over the 3300 is just giving you the five program settings and a few additional color choices.

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VITAMIX ASCENT 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
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Price: $399 $429 $429 $549

VITAMIX ASCENT COMPARED TO G-SERIES

How does the Vitamix Ascent Series stack up against the the others?

Vitamix Ascent Series vs Vitamix Classic Next Generation
As far as power and performance goes, the blenders in these two series are for all intent purposes the same. What we see is an upgrade in design and technology, mostly in appearance and in the container changes (as detailed below). And of course the warranty is bumped up to 10 years, three more than the G-Series.

A2300 vs 7500

While the introduction of the Vitamix 7500 brought a major, almost revolutionary, change to Vitamix blenders, in comparing the 7500 vs A2300 there is not much difference. Aside from the aesthetic design changes most everything about the A2300 and 7500 is the same including the controls.

Vitamix Ascent A2300 vs 7500

What is new in the A2300 is the digital timer display. Other than being a nice convenience showing how long the blender blends, it doesn’t offer a whole lot more. Perhaps for those who closely follow recipes that include blending times, it could be a welcomed benefit. Of course it is generally better to purchase the latest model but if budget is a major consideration, a 7500 or even a Reconditioned 7500, when available, could be a the wiser choice over a A2300.

A2500 vs 750

Like the comparison of the A2300 with 7500, the A2500 vs 750 follows much of the same with the obvious difference being the timer. All the same functions with a change in design. One difference to note is that while the A2500 has 3 blend cycles, the Pro 750 comes with 5 blend cycles (like the A3500). It also has the option for the brushed stainless color finish.

Vitamix Ascent A2500 vs 750

As with the previous comparison, if budget is a deciding factor then you have to look seriously at the Reconditioned 750 over the A2500. If more program cycles or stainless finish or lighted switches ranks high on priority then perhaps the Vitamix 750 is the better choice.

A3300 vs 780

Like the Vitamix 780, the Ascent A3300 model introduces the flat touch buttons interface to the series. To be honest, we are not big fans of the 780 because the layout isn’t ideal. The touch speed control just never felt right and the layout of the controls is odd and not as “pretty” as other models. So we were very happy to see the variable-speed knob return to the Ascent Series top-line models with flat touch controls. The main difference between the A3300 and the 780 is the the programs versus timer.

Vitamix Ascent A3300 vs 780

The 780 has the same five program cycles that the 750 possesses while the A3300 has the programmable timer in place of program cycles. As we mention above, we like the program timer of the Ascent A3300. For us, the A3300 is a better choice over the 780 especially considering that the 780 is as much as $200 more. Of course, when available, the Reconditioned 780 is worth a look at $399.

A3500 vs 780

Vitamix Ascent A3500 vs 780

The A3500 takes the A3300 to the next level so naturally it will be the better choice over the 780 which is more expensive. We really don’t see a reason to purchase a new 780 over a A3500. Again, if budget is a major concern, the Reconditioned 780 is definitely worth considering since it has the five program cycles like the A3500. But unless you love the design of the 780 vs A3500 enough to pay more by all means go for it.>

VITAMIX ASCENT COMPARED TO VENTURIST SERIES

Venturist vs Ascent – How the Series Compare?

With nearly every new major release there is a new hybrid release for Costco. While difficult to find, the Smart System release stays true to form by introducing the Venturist Series following the Ascent Series. The blenders having some clearly defined “mixed model” design differences to differentiate them to be “exclusive” to Costco.

Vitamix Ascent Series vs Venturist Series

Venturist V1200 vs A2300 vs A2500. The V1200 most closely resembles the A2300 while the V1500 adds programs just like the A2500. While they have the new technology of the Smart System blenders, the Venturist Series blenders have the look and feel of the older Vitamix Classic blenders. The bases are bulkier with controls more like the Classic G-Series blenders. Costco fans will find delight in seeing them on the shelves when they shop but personally we prefer the refined design and cleaner controls of the Ascent blenders. See our Vitamix V1200 Review for additional info.

CONTAINERS

With the new Ascent Series comes a whole new set of blending containers.

Vitamix Ascent Series Containers

SELF-DETECT Technology – what is that?

Vitamix Self DetectProbably 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.

COMPACT 64 OUNCE

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. We do miss the soft grip handles of the other containers and the lid just doesn’t feel as durable as the black one. Time will tell though.

48 OUNCE

Vitamix Ascent 48-oz Self Detect Container
Historically the 48 ounce has been our favorite size container. The narrow bottom provides efficient blending while the sufficient size allows for good sized blends. The 48-oz is available in both the standard wet blade and with the dry grains blade. If you plan on making your own flour and grinding grains then the dry-grains container is recommended.

48 OUNCE AER DISC

Vitamix Aer Disc Container
The new Vitamix container release is the exciting Aer Disc Container. The Aer is a 48-oz container with a disc blade in place of the 4 prong pointed blade. It is designed for aerating and fine-tuning delicate smooth blends like emulsions, foams, whipped cream, mousses and more. The disc blade delivers an easy way to create new texture blends in the kitchen.

20 OUNCE

Vitamix Self Detect 20 ounce
In addition to the larger blending containers, there are more containers available for the Ascent Series. The popular personal size 20-ounce blending cup is available for the Ascent Series. This is the same on-the-go smoothie blending cup that was introduced with the personal series models, and comes in a two-pack.

8 OUNCE

Vitamix Blending Bowls
The newest container to the Vitamix family is the 8 ounce blending bowl. Designed for dips, baby food, dressings and other small-batch blending. Also good for storing your creation. In our experience the bowls are too small for our use. It’s just not enough volume for us so we prefer the 48-oz container.

Considering upgrading your current Vitamix to a new Ascent?

Ascent models ONLY accept the new Self Detect containers.

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


CONCLUSION

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 improved 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.

If you are in the market to purchase your first Vitamix, then an Ascent Series is the perfect choice. If you are working with a tight budget and can’t afford a new Ascent then consider a reconditioned Classic Vitamix. We find the A3300 the best value, due to the programmable timer. It provides flexible “pre-programs” without paying top dollar for the A3500. If you are looking to upgrade to a new Vitamix and you have a set of containers you use, then you need to consider if the upgraded features are worth the extra cost of replacing your containers. If you want to keep your containers you can upgrade to a Propel Series blender.

Truly, the only criticism we have is that the digital readout is smaller than we would like. Perhaps we will see larger displays on future Vitamix Ascent Smart System releases?

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24 Comments

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Camesreply
April 11, 2024 at 12:35 pm

Hi! So basically… cost isn’t an issue. What’s the best one to get? I’m trying to make flawless almond butter and almond milk. Is it the 3500? Thanks so much!

Got Greensreply
April 11, 2024 at 12:38 pm
– In reply to: Cames

Cames, I would go with the 3500 or the 3300. The difference is in the particular usability features. See above to decide which one fits you better. Let us know if we can be of further service.
Cheers

Humareply
October 2, 2023 at 2:32 pm

Does the Ascent series 64 ounces jar also has that effect as the previous narrower containers? I am afraid it is going to make bubblies smoothies . I am afrais these containers are too big and wide. Any idea?

Got Greensreply
October 2, 2023 at 5:07 pm
– In reply to: Huma

Huma, the low-profile 64 oz jar is very similar to the more narrow-bottomed 64-oz jar, the primary difference being that it is shorter with a wider bottom, resulting in more efficient large batch blending. It would have no discernible difference with regard to bubbles in smoothies.

Mitjareply
December 9, 2019 at 3:04 am

Hi,
I can’t seem to find the difference between A3500 and A3500i.
Do you perhaps know the difference?

Thank you!

Got Greensreply
December 9, 2019 at 3:31 am
– In reply to: Mitja

Mitja, The A3500 and A3500i is pretty much identical. The i is to designate international and is the model sold outside North America.

Mitjareply
December 9, 2019 at 3:59 am
– In reply to: Mitja

Great, thank you!
One other concern … high-tech immaturity.
I’ve read some reviews that some features stopped working after 6 months.
Which can happen with new devices that didn’t yet stand the test of time.
Does anybody have any longer experience with the A3500?

Got Greensreply
December 9, 2019 at 10:35 am
– In reply to: Mitja

You are welcome!
We have had our A3500 over 2 years without any issues.
Generally speaking, if there are any, most problems will be revealed in the first 6 months to a year. On the rare occasion there is an issue with your Vitamix, the Ascent Series comes with a full 10-year warranty so any such issues would be covered 100%

Deliareply
January 4, 2019 at 11:08 pm

Do both the V1200 and the Ascents series have Bluetooth capabilities?

Got Greensreply
January 4, 2019 at 11:35 pm
– In reply to: Delia

Yes Delia, both are Smart System blenders so both the v1200 and all Ascent models have the NFC self detect capabilities.

Ericareply
November 26, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Im trying to decide which is best for us. We are a married retired couple. But I cook larger quantities of soups and things for my kids and grandkids. Does the 3500 model come with the 3 sizes of containers?

Got Greensreply
November 26, 2018 at 12:25 pm
– In reply to: Erica

Erica,

When purchasing the Vitamix A3500 it comes with one container only, the 64oz blending container. If you want different size containers for the A3500, there are more available to purchase separately in many sizes.

Let us know if we can be of further service.

Robreply
July 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

We have purchased the the V 1200 from Costco and really love it. We ordered the scale and it will be delivered this week. My question is does the V 1200 use the program settings when used with the bluetooth app and or smart scale, or should we have purchased an Ascent model?

Got Greensreply
July 17, 2018 at 7:33 pm
– In reply to: Rob

Congratulations Rob!
Thank you for contacting us. At this time the Perfect Blend Smart Scale does not directly interface with any of the blenders. The scale essentially interfaces with an App for a smart devices (iOS, Andriod, or Kindle) to help with recipes.

A blending container is set on the scale and the scale can be connected to your smart device to assist with execution of recipes and can therefore be used with any model (inclusive of V1200 and Ascent models). The App has additional features for meal planning and tracking.

I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.

Riccardoreply
July 13, 2018 at 3:13 am

Hi guys. I M from Italy.
I was going to buy an ascent 3300 (here the price is like 699€, but when I entried in the store they offered me too a vitamix 5200 for 600.
What do you suggest me? Thank you!!!

Got Greensreply
July 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm
– In reply to: Riccardo

Ciao Riccardo,
Thank you for contacting us! Both the 5200 and 3300 are excellent blenders with the same power. The main difference is in design and technology. The A3300 is a new model with the latest features and design, that is the main reason for the difference in price – it also has a longer warranty.

If budget is a main concern then the 5200 is a great choice. If you prefer to have the latest, newer technology then the 3300 would be a great choice.

I hope that helps. Let us know if we can be of further service.

mario torresreply
June 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm

wich one is best. v1200 or ascent?

Got Greensreply
June 10, 2018 at 1:35 pm
– In reply to: mario torres

Mario, there is no true “best” when comparing two new Vitamix blenders – it’s more about personal preference based on cost and features. The Vitamix v1200 is a good Vitamix model and there are four Ascent Series models. Above we give an overview comparison of the Venturist v1200 and Ascent models.

Let us know which Ascent model you are considering with the v1200 and which features are most important to you – we would be happy to compare the features and provide input to help you make an informed decision.

Daniellereply
June 28, 2018 at 6:47 am
– In reply to: Got Greens

I can’t decide if I want to get the 1200 that I saw at Costco or the ascent 3500.

Got Greensreply
June 28, 2018 at 7:27 am
– In reply to: Danielle

Hello Danielle,

Both are great blenders. The main difference between the v1200 and the a3500 is the look and programs. The Vtamix 3500 has what we consider the newer, sleek design including flat panel touch controls and comes in stainless colors as well as red, white and copper; it also includes five program blend settings which can be very useful.

I hope that helps, let us know if you have any other questions.

bobbyreply
December 27, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Do you have reconditioned Ascent blenders? I would love a reconditioned A3500.

Got Greensreply
December 27, 2017 at 5:01 pm
– In reply to: bobby

Hello bobby, the Ascent Series is a little too new of a release to have Reconditioned models available. You may be able to find Reconditioned A3500 early next year. Check back with us.

ellie greenwayreply
December 23, 2017 at 11:27 am

Trying to decide between the Vitamix Ascent A2500 and A3300. I like the idea of program cycles but I have never used them. What is the difference?

Got Greensreply
December 23, 2017 at 1:08 pm
– In reply to: ellie greenway

ellie, for us, considering they are the same price, there is a big difference considering the A2500 vs A3300.

Functionally, the main difference is the Ascent 2500 comes with 3 program settings while the A3300 does not. The A3300 instead comes with a programmable timer. The timer allows you to set any length of time you want the blender to blend; it shuts off automatically when it reaches zero. This compared to a limited 3 settings of the program cycles.

The design and interface difference is notable. While the A2500 retains the legacy-type bulky switches and dial, the A3300 includes an upgrade to the flat interface and digital display of the speed. The flat controls are really nice and the digital display results in not needing to reset the speed dial back to zero.

As with most everything, the decision between the two ultimately comes down to personal choice. Regardless, the differences are sufficient to consider the value. Of course if color is the most important factor, take note that there is no red or white available for the A3300.

Let us know if you have any other questions.

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