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Vitamix Ascent Series Review

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VItamix Ascent Series Review

Disclaimer: The Vitamix A3500 was provided to Blender Babes to test and review, however, all results and opinions are our own.

Vitamix Ascent Series Review

I am really excited for this Vitamix Ascent Series Review, because I get to take a closer look and share with you everything you need to know about these new digital Vitamix blenders.

If you’re here, you have probably been thinking about investing in a professional grade blender. You’d of course be remiss not to consider Vitamix, the industry standard.

I’ve been using and reviewing Vitamix blenders for years and they’ve always delivered top notch results in the kitchen, not to mention all the heavy duty tasks they can perform that your average household blender cannot.

There’s a reason Vitamix machines are trusted to perform in the world’s top restaurant chains.  

But I know that your average household blender doesn’t have the price tag that a Vitamix does, so you’re right to do your due diligence and research before investing in a Vitamix.

I totally believe that old adage “you get what you pay for” - especially when it comes to blenders.

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Come to think of it, I’m a believer in most old sayings (except for maybe “a watched pot never boils” - which is just B.S., it totally does.).  

In case you aren't a total #BlenderNerd like me, the Vitamix Ascent Series was released in late December of 2016 and is the top of the line of blenders from Vitamix - the result of their most recent research and development efforts.

If you want to know what Vitamix’s latest and greatest is, this is it.

Use the Table of Contents below to jump to the sections that interest you most. 

Here’s how Vitamix describes the development of their new Ascent Series (from their website):

"Our teams started from scratch when creating the Vitamix Ascent Series machines," said Anthony M. Ciepiel, Vitamix Chief Operating Officer. "We went to our customers and said, 'What are your challenges? How can we make the blending experience better for you?' We then took these findings, combined them with the lessons we've learned in nearly a century of selling high-performance kitchen products, and engineered and designed a high-performance kitchen appliance like no other on the market."

Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 vs A2500

After trying out a Vitamix Ascent A3500 myself, it was clear that this was indeed a machine designed with consumer feedback and user experience in mind.

It combines everything Vitamix owners have come to love - and on top of that, improves upon all aspects of the blending experience, including usability and maintenance. I’ll be getting into the nitty-gritty of all that in this Vitamix Ascent Series review.  

I’ll show you each of the models in the Vitamix Ascent Series and their respective features, and also go into detail on how the Vitamix Ascent compares to older “Legacy” Vitamix models, as well as a comparable option from Blendtec.

COST - Vitamix Ascent Series Review

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The Vitamix Ascent Series is comprised of four different models:

Vitamix Ascent Series Review

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FEATURES - Vitamix Ascent Series Review

The blender world is surprisingly vast, what with its ever-changing landscape of product lines and models with futuristic alpha-numeric names that sound vaguely like they could be droids from Star Wars.

Point is, I know how daunting it can be to navigate your way through it all, especially if you’re a first-time buyer of one of these machines.  

That’s why I like to try to keep things relatively painless - yet thorough, so you can make the best possible decision for yourself and your blending needs.  

Here’s what comes standard on all Vitamix Ascent Series models:

  • The same high-performance blade and 2.2 peak horsepower motor
  • Variable 10-speed control
  • A 64 oz. dishwasher safe container with clear snap-locking lid
  • "Self-Detect" technology, so it knows which container you have on and auto adjusts blending times (more on this a bit later)
  • Count-up timer so you can monitor how long you've been blending to help you achieve your desired texture
  • Pulse feature
  • Sleek, updated look

Okay, now that you have a sense of what to expect regardless of which Vitamix Ascent Series model you choose, here’s a rundown on how the models differ:

Vitamix A2300: The basic Ascent model. Comes with all the standard features listed above. Pulse and Start/Stop is controlled by switches, and the dial in the center controls speed. Note: there are no program settings for this model.

Vitamix A2500: All standard features + 3 program settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, and Frozen Desserts). Pulse and Start/Stop with switches, control speed with the dial (like the A2300).

Vitamix A3300: All standard features + Touchscreen (which means no switches) + Digital knob controls speed + User-set timer which counts down and automatically shuts off when the blend is complete (think how you use a microwave). Note: no program settings.

Vitamix A3500: The fully loaded Ascent model. All standard features + Touchscreen + Digital speed knob + User-set timer + 5 program settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning).

That’s it, in a nutshell - but now I’ll go into more detail on all of these features.

TIMER

The built-in family of timers featured in the Vitamix Ascent Series is inspired by actual suggestions from Vitamix owners.

The standard Digital Timer counts up to display how long you've been blending - this is the sole timer function on the A2300, and a feature on all of the Ascent models.

Beyond the basic A2300, the timer functions get a little fancier.

Here’s how:

The A2500 and A3500 have program settings (for smoothies, frozen desserts, hot soups, etc). When you run a program setting, the timer counts down and the blend automatically shuts off when the program is complete.

PERFORMANCE - Vitamix Ascent Series Review

As mentioned, all four models in the Ascent series feature Vitamix's most powerful motor, which is 2.2 peak horsepower (the same trusted performance as top-of-the-line Next Generation models like the Vitamix Pro 750 and Vitamix 780).

Vitamix Ascent Series

What does this kind of power mean?

I could show you a bunch of charts and graphs, but I’ll skip the technical mumbo jumbo for now and go straight to how this translates in the kitchen because we’re not all #BlenderNerds:

SMOOTHIES, SOUPS AND SPREADS

This means you can liquify stems, skins, and even the roughest leaves so you can go ahead and kale yourself to death!

You’ll also be able to blend seeds. Anyone who follows me knows how much I hate berry seeds - smoothies should be smooth! Otherwise you can’t call it a smoothie, am I right? Thank you!

Vitamix Almond Butter Recipe

You can take on all sorts of other heavy-duty tasks, like making your own wholesome nut butters - without the unwanted sugars, fats, or preservatives found in store-bought products.

One of my favorite things about Vitamix motors and blades is that they create enough friction heat to turn cold ingredients into a smooth, steaming hot soup in about 6 minutes.

GRINDING DRY GOODS

The motor is powerful enough to grind dry ingredients like coffee, flax and chia seeds, or turn grains into flours!

By the way - although the Vitamix Ascent’s default 64 oz low profile container and blade is more than capable of dry grinding, Vitamix suggests the use of a separately sold “dry goods” container, which uses a different blade more ideal to consistently perform those tasks for the long run.

Vitamix A3500

The A3300 and the A3500 have a programmable timer that allows you set your own time for the blend, and when it counts down to zero it automatically shuts off - like a microwave. 

TOUCHSCREEN

The touchscreen was first introduced on the Vitamix 780.

When the 780 first came out, some people said that it takes a little getting used to operating - but let’s face it, most of us are more than accustomed to touchscreens by now.

If you think about it, touchscreens make a lot of sense for blenders because they’re much easier to clean - a flat touchscreen surface means no crevices for gunk to build up in.

And just like it was on the Vitamix 780, the touchscreen on the A3300 and A3500 is scratch resistant, which is a nice plus.

WHY DIGITAL?

Digital program settings also show you the progression of the program. In other words, when you choose a program, the display shows you the timer countdown, as well as which speed it’s on.

Vitamix Ascent A3500 Controls

Although all models in the Vitamix Ascent Series feature the count-up digital timer, the A3300 and the A3500 also offer the convenience of the programmable timer (a la a microwave).

The Vitamix Ascent Series also features bluetooth connectivity, though there is not yet any application for this feature - but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

Vitamix A2000 vs A3000

Vitamix Ascent Controls

Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 do not have a touchscreen and are instead controlled with two switches and a dial, for those who prefer their controls to be more "proprioceptive" - as in, those who like the feeling of flipping physical switches and turning dials. 

The A3300 and A3500 are controlled with the digital touchscreen,  which means you won’t be flipping any switches (other than the on/off power switch located on the side of the base).

The speed, however, is still controlled with a knob - but it differs from the dial on the A2300 and A2500 in that this is a digital knob with no absolute position.

So it turns forever in either direction, and the digital display shows you which speed you’ve selected.

Vitamix Ascent A3500 vs 780

The Vitamix 780 featured a full touchscreen where even variable speed was controlled by a touch slider, but Vitamix learned from their consumer research that people preferred the feel and control of a knob.

And although the knob on the Vitamix Ascent A3500 and A3300 is digital, it’s still haptic in that you can feel very subtle clicks at each speed interval.

Another neat digital feature of the Vitamix Ascent Series is that these blenders automatically reset to the lowest speed after every blend - to prevent you from, say, unknowingly starting at a high speed and getting your smoothie all over your walls in case you haven’t secured the lid plug or something.

Note: I LOVE this - since I have definitely turned my older Vitamix 5200 blender on when it was still on the "high" setting!

“SELF-DETECT” TECHNOLOGY

Vitamix Ascent Self Detect

The Vitamix Ascent Series smart “Self-Detect” NFC technology reads which container you have on (this means containers for previous Vitamix models without the NFC tag will not work on the Ascent base).

For safety reasons, the Ascent will not even power on without a container properly fixed onto the motor base.

And when using these new “Self-Detect” containers, certain programs will be disabled if the wrong container is used - for example, it will not allow you to do the 5+ minute hot soup program on anything but the 64 oz. container.

CONTAINERS

Vitamix Ascent Containers

64-oz Low Profile Container with "Self Detect"

The Vitamix Ascent 64 oz low profile container with self detect. This is the container that comes standard with all Vitamix Ascent Series models - it's new and improved, with it’s own litany of nifty features:

Vitamix Ascent 64 oz container
  • Durable, BPA-free "low profile" holding a hefty 64 oz. without being too tall
  • Fully dishwasher safe (Note: C-Series and G-Series Vitamix containers are NOT dishwasher safe)
  • Improved pour with bulged spout to prevent "avalanche" flow
  • Transparent lid to monitor blends without removing lid. Btw I LOVE this compared to the black rubber lid.
  • Lid snaps into place and forms a superior seal that doesn't leak
  • Lid plug also doubles as a measuring cup, which I found handy

48-oz Dry Grains Container with "Self Detect"

Ascent 48 oz dry grains container with self detect. Since it's especially designed for dry grinding, this container is more efficient at making whole grain flours, mixing batters, or kneading thick doughs. 

It works by creating a reverse vortex that pushes dry ingredients away from the blades, which prevents packing. 

Vitamix Ascent 48 oz dry container
  • Durable, BPA-free Eastman Tritan jar and lid holding 48 oz
  • Durable, effective lazer-cut blades made from hardened stainless steel
  • Tamper included to help push ultra-thick, frozen mixtures toward the blades for quicker, easier blends.
  • The same clear lid providing a leak-proof seal
  • Vented lid plug that also acts as a 2-oz measuring cup
  • Lid and jar fully dishwasher safe, or self-clean with a drop of dishwashing liquid and warm water on a 35-second cycle
  • For my thoughts on whether you NEED a Vitamix dry container, see my breakdown of Vitamix containers here.
  • Note that even if you have a dry goods container from an older Vitamix, it is not compatible with the Ascent series as it won’t be recognized by its new “Self Detect” technology.

48-oz Wet Container with "Self Detect"

Ascent 48 oz wet container with self detect provides all the benefits of the standard 64-oz low profile wet container, but allows you to blend medium-sized or smaller batches for you and your family.

Vitamix Ascent 48 oz container
  • Durable, BPA-free Eastman Tritan jar and lid holding 48 oz
  • Durable, effective lazer-cut blades made from hardened stainless steel
  • Tamper included to help push ultra-thick, frozen mixtures toward the blades for quicker, easier blends.
  • The same clear lid providing a leak-proof seal
  • Vented lid plug that also acts as a 2-oz measuring cup
  • Lid and jar fully dishwasher safe, or self-clean with a drop of dishwashing liquid and warm water on a 35-second cycle
  • "Self Detect" technology knows which containers you're using and adjusts blend settings accordingly

Blending Cup Starter Kit

The Ascent blending cup starter kit is perfect for personal sized smoothies on-the-go AND not have to wash extra dishes! Using the special blade attachment, this allows you to blend individual servings directly inside these travel cups. 

Ascent personal blending cup starter kit
  • A set of 2 durable 20-oz cups made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan material
  • Durable, effective lazer-cut blades made from hardened stainless steel
  • Designed to fit easily into cup holders
  • 2 spill-proof lids
  • "Self Detect" technology knows which containers you're using and adjusts blend settings accordingly
  • Lid, cup, and blades all dishwasher safe

Blending Bowl Starter Kit

The Vitamix Ascent blending bowl starter kit is designed to whip up small batches of sauces, dressings, dips, baby food, or smoothie bowls.

Convenient to serve, store, or pack away into lunches on the go. Also idea for chopping things like garlic or onion. 

Vitamix Ascent Bowl Starter Kit
  • A set of 2 durable 8-oz stackable bowls made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan material
  • Durable, effective lazer-cut blades made from hardened stainless steel
  • Stackable
  • 2 spill-proof, stackable lids
  • Lid, cup, and blades all dishwasher safe
  • "Self Detect" technology knows which containers you're using and adjusts blend settings accordingly

COMPARISONS - Vitamix Ascent vs Other Blenders 

Vitamix Ascent vs Legacy

If you’ve read this far, face it - you're kind of a #BlenderNerd, aren’t you. But that's a good thing! 😉

You’re the type of person who wants all the information before investing in a next-level blender. I respect that, my fellow nerd. And thank you for getting my droid joke earlier.

So, to present you with all the information and all your available options, I’m going to run down how the Vitamix Ascent Series compares to other Vitamix models, and even Blendtec.

VITAMIX ASCENT VS CLASSIC

Vitamix Classic Series blenders consist of the iconic Classic Series and the (formerly newest) Next Generation Series as well as Explorian blenders.

I'm going to start with the a comparison of the Vitamix A2300 vs the Classic Vitamix 5200 standard, then compared to two Vitamix Next Generation models (the Vitamix 750 and 780).

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Vitamix Ascent A2300 vs 5200
Vitamix 5200 Standard

Vitamix Ascent A2300

Vitamix 5200 Standard

  • Ascent A2300 Cost: $469
  • 10 year warranty
  • Variable speed dial + pulse
  • Built-in digital timer & wireless technology
  • Clear plastic lid locks and seals better (think the snapping fasteners on Glasslock tupperware)
  • Low-Profile 64-oz container allows the Ascent to stand 3.5 inches shorter at 17" tall.
  • 2.2 peak horsepower
  • Features "Self-Detect" technology which auto detects the container you are using for more optimal cycles and safety
  • Self-Detect containers only compatible with other Ascent Series containers.
  • Currently only available new
  • Vitamix 5200 Standard Cost: $449 (new) and $329 (refurbished)
  • 7 year warranty (new) & 5 year warranty (refurbished)
  • Analog variable speed dial + high/low
  • Black rubber lid with opaque lid plug
  • Tall 64-oz container is 3 inches taller than an Ascent Series model at 20.5" tall.
  • Ranges from 2 to 2.2 peak horsepower
  • Classic standard models compatible Legacy 32 oz & 48 oz wet jars, and 32 oz dry goods jar.
  • Refurbished models available at lower cost

VITAMIX ASCENT A2500 VS 750 PROFESSIONAL (Next Generation)

Vitamix Ascent A2500
Vitamix 750 Professional

Vitamix Ascent A2500

Vitamix 750 Professional

  • ​Variable speed dial + pulse
  • 3 Pre-programmed settings (Smoothies, Hot Soup, and Frozen Desserts)
  • 64 oz low profile jar with clear lid. Compatible only with self detect Ascent jars
  • Features "Self-Detect" technology which auto detects the container you are using for more optimal cycles and safety
  • 1/4" shorter than Vitamix Pro 750
  • Vitamix 750 Pro Cost: $599 (new) and $519 (refurbished)
  • 7 year warranty (new) & 5 year warranty (refurbished)
  • 2.2 peak horsepower
  • Analog variable speed dial + pulse
  • 5 Pre-programmed settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Frozen Desserts, Purées, and Self-Cleaning)
  • 64 oz low profile container. Compatible with Legacy 48 oz & 32 oz wet jar, and 32 oz dry goods jar.

VITAMIX ASCENT A3500 VS 780 (Next Generation)

Vitamix Ascent A3500
Vitamix 780

Vitamix Ascent A3500

Vitamix 780

  • ​Ascent A3500 Cost: $649
  • 10-year warranty
  • 2.2 peak horsepower
  • Digital variable speed dial
  • Touchscreen pulse
  • 5 Touchscreen pre-programmed settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning)
  • Touchscreen pulse + variable speed touch slider
  • 5 Touchscreen pre-programmed settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning)

If you’d like to get more in-depth on the Vitamix Next Generation G-series, check out my comparison review of the Vitamix 780 vs 750.  

VITAMIX ASCENT A3500 VS BLENDTEC DESIGNER 675

Here, I specifically compare the Vitamix A3500 to a comparable competitor, the Blendtec Designer 625:

Vitamix Ascent vs Blendtec

Vitamix Ascent A3500

Blendtec Designer 675

  • ​Ascent A3500 Cost: $649
  • 2.2 peak horsepower motor
  • 5 Touchscreen pre-programmed settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning)
  • 10 variable speed dial
  • 10-year warranty
  • ​Vitamix comes with a patented tamper which helps blend very thick mixtures like nut butters or frozen yogurt
  • 64 oz low profile jar with clear lid. Compatible only with self detect Ascent jars.
  • 5 semi-sharp blades - better for "chopping"
  • Though Ascent can grind dry goods in the default 64-oz wet container, they recommend using a separate dry goods container
  • All Vitamix Ascent Series come with a nice hardbound cookbook full of recipes smoothies, Desserts, Spreads, Dips, and Soups
  • Blendtec 675 Cost: $579
  • 3.0 peak horsepower motor
  • 5 Touchscreen pre-programmed settings (Smoothie, Frozen Treats, Whole Juice, Hot Soup, and Clean)
  • 6 speed capacitive touch slider
  • 8-year warranty
  • No tamper. Twister Jar needed for thick mixtures.
  • 90 oz Wildside Jar - best jar for whole food juicing.
  • 1 blunt blade - great for pulverizing not best at "chopping"
  • Blendtec does not require a seperate dry goods jar/blade
  • May be slightly easier to clean by hand due to its square-shape and dull blades
  • Almost 1-inch shorter at 15.5" tall
  • No cookbook (Vitamix has always done great recipe books but I think Blendtec falls short in this area)

POWER - Vitamix Ascent vs Blendtec

Vitamix Ascent vs Blendtec

*A note about horsepower in blenders:

Although Blendtec’s Designer Series advertises a higher peak horsepower than the Vitamix, the actual operating horsepower of the Vitamix is about the same as the Blendtec.

Why? 

Well, “peak” horsepower specifically refers to the power generated by the motor when met with resistance - for example, the instant the motor begins spinning.

But fractions of a second after this initial torque boost, the motor goes down to its actual operating horsepower - about 2 horsepower for the Vitamix, and the same for the Blendtec.

So power rating is important, but it only tells part of the story. For example, Blendtecs ostensibly have more to benefit from any additional initial torque because of its very dull blade design, while Vitamix blades are sharper.

Either way, 2+ horsepower makes for a very powerful, professional-grade blender - at least twice (if not multiple times) as powerful as your “regular” blender.

CLEANING - Vitamix Ascent Blenders

The Vitamix Ascent is very easy to clean - it actually cleans itself.

Just like with all Vitamix models, you just fill it up halfway and add a drop of soap and run it on high for at least 30 seconds.

That said, my Vitamix A3500 has a program setting just for cleaning, which is convenient.

The flat scratch-free touchscreen on the A3300 and A3500 is a cinch to wipe off - and as I mentioned before, no levers and switches means less cracks and crevices for food to get inside.

The whole unit seems to be designed to keep leaks away from the motor base, which is ever so slightly more sloped than the surface of motor bases I’m used to seeing on Vitamix machines, which means errant liquids will flow away from the motor.

Liquids and food leaking into the motor base is one of the primary reasons inferior blenders will fail over time.  

There's even a little hood over the on/off switch on the side of the Vitamix Ascent, to prevent liquids from even dripping into those crevices. They seem to have thought of everything!

Oh, and don’t forget that the Vitamix Ascent containers are dishwasher safe.

LOOKS - Vitamix Ascent Series Review

When it comes to blenders, we’re mostly concerned with performance and usability. That said, we still care about looks. I mean, let's not kid ourselves.

Vitamix Ascent Colors

The Vitamix Ascent Series features all-new styling - sleek edges and curves, with a logo on the front and back of the unit, so it looks presentable at all angles on a kitchen island.

Plus, the brushed steel adds a timeless classy touch. Excess cord can be wrapped underneath the unit and out of sight.

Vitamix Ascent 3300

The design of the Vitamix Ascent Series is modern, but also classic in a way that you can tell will endure decor trends. I actually think it looks sexy.

Can a blender be sexy? I don’t know, but this one definitely is.

Vitamix Ascent 3500 Colors

*A3500 Graphite Metal (exclusive to Vitamix.com and Macy's).

NOISE - Vitamix Ascent Series Review

Although no studies have been conducted on the noise level of the Vitamix Ascent Series of blenders, I found the Vitamix Ascent Series was slightly quieter than the Next Generation Series, which also has a 2.2 peak HP motor. This matches some peoples report that the Ascent blenders seem a bit quieter.

I measured the decibel level on the Vitamix A3500 vs 750 running at top speed.

Vitamix Ascent Noise

WARRANTY AND THE LONG HAUL

The Vitamix Ascent Series boasts an industry-leading 10-year warranty on parts and performance.

Also it's important to note that Vitamix pays for return shipping both ways under warranty - NO OTHER blender company I know does that. Says a lot about the quality and craftsmanship of their blenders.

10 years is the longest standard warranty Vitamix offers on any of their products, so you know they’re really standing behind the Ascent Series.

Getting an Ascent Series blender means you could potentially benefit from all of Vitamix’s upcoming products and accessories, which will be designed specifically for the Ascent Series.

This is because the Ascent Series will be Vitamix’s main platform moving forward, so if you choose to invest in one of these models, it means you’re investing in the future of Vitamix.

Whew!

Now that I’ve gone over everything there is to know about in this Vitamix Ascent Series review, hopefully you now have the confidence to make an informed decision.  

Time for a smoothie. 🙂

Note: The winner of our Vitamix Ascent Giveaway is... Jessica R!


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Tarashaun Hausner
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Tarashaun Hausner is the founder of Blender Babes®. She credits using a blender daily for helping her heal an unhealthy relationship with food. A passionate advocate for self-care, she is committed to helping others pursue optimal wellness by balancing and healing their bodies and minds. She offers several opportunities to help people improve their health including free challenges and downloads, a gentle whole foods 7 Day Blender Cleanse™ and her holistic mind, body and spirit Slim Down Solution™ Womens Coaching Programs.

229 thoughts on “Vitamix Ascent Series Review”

    1. Hi!

      We love reading comments like this! I am happy the information was so informative for you on your choice! Xo

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  1. These machines are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway. I appreciate the detailed information given in this article.

  2. I ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY THIS BUT NEVER MADE THE INVESTMENT. I LOVE TO EAT HEALTHY AND THE IDEA YOU CAN MAKE STUFF FOR YOUR FACE. IS AMAZING.

  3. TRICIA Eaton STEIGER

    Hi
    I am really loving the A2500
    A3500 series
    For the fact of if I want soup smoothie & ice cream or chop up i got touch button..#blendernerd here. Lol.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you, Pauline! I’m so happy this review was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any further questions about this product. Happy Blending XOXO

  4. This is a really great review as it is so thorough. Great performance is most important to me when buying a blender. I need a blender that can easily crush ice and that’s why I want a Vitamix! Plus, I love how well made it is as it will last me a very long time. Thank you for this great review and giveaway! I love your blog and all your wonderful videos and recipes!

  5. I really enjoyed your review of the Vitamix Ascent. I currently own an older model, but I would love an updated one. I am rather fond of the models that have the variable speed controls and the program settings. The program settings are super easy. No need to guess how long to blend. All of the Vitamix models are fantastic though. They are the top of the line in my opinion.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thanks, Sonya! Great feedback. I agree the Vitamix brand have great models. Mines is also an older one, however, I will be updating soon. Let me know if you have additional questions that I can help answer.

  6. I thought the review was awesome. The way it preforms is what matters the most to me. This is something that I need to get after seeing that review..

  7. Lorraine Dockery

    A plain blender does not work well for smoothies! In our quest to get healthier we have found that the vitamix would be our best purchase. Thank so much for the review, I would love to own a vitamix!

  8. THIS IS A GREAT REVIEW AND HELPS IN DECIDING THE BEST FOR ME….I AM IN NEED OF A NEW ONE…TRUTH TO TELL IT WOULD BE FABULOUS TO WIN ONE SO I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY

  9. Thanks so much for the great information on the different blenders! Every time I visit the site, I learn something new. I especially like the recipes (those without bananas or avocados for those of us who can’t eat them!!).

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you, Kate! I’m so happy you find the reviews and recipes helpful! The recipes are a great value because they appeal to so many different diets. Enjoy and Happy Blending XOXO

  10. I enjoyed reading the reviews because I’ve been wanting to get one, This has a lot of great features and I like it is dishwasher safe. Thanks

  11. I am really looking forward to switching my diet and my daughter’s diet. She was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes. It’s seems to be easier for her with diet change, she is only 3!

  12. Thank you so much for this review, I love making smoothies and found this was very helpful. I would love to have the chance to try this out! 🙂

  13. Great review, I’ve been wanting to purchase a high quality blender, but didn’t know any of the features or how great they were. I love how to detailed this review is but it’s also based on usage.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Hi, Jenny! Thanks for responding and sharing how helpful this review was. I hope this was useful to you making a decision on which blender will be best for you and your health needs. Please let me know if you have further questions. 🙂

  14. Great review! I like the fact that it’s going digital and especially the option to use smaller cups and containers for making personal smoothies and small quantities of sauces/dressings.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Hi, Jody! Thanks! I’m so happy you found the review helpful. Let me know if you have further questions about these models. Happy Blending!!!

  15. Wow! Great article. I had no idea that this series even existed. I’ve only seen the vitamix that they demo at my local Costco. The Ascent series seems like it has a lot of really cool features plus a beautiful, sleek design. Very cool! Thanks for all of the info.

    1. You’re welcome, Amy! I’m so happy you found this review useful. Vitamix has a diverse line of power blenders. The challenging part for most is knowing which would be perfect for you, the consumer. This is why I spend so much time and effort with my blender reviews. I want to provide as much information I can to help you make the best decision for you. If you have specific questions regarding any of these blenders, feel free to reach out.

      Thanks!

  16. I love the wireless feature to know which cup is on the blender. The fact that it turns off by itself is also an amazing feature. I love healthy smoothies for my family and this would be a great addition. Thank you so much for this chance 🙂

  17. Great write-up! It’s often hard to know which model in a range to buy. Vitamix is always amazing, but I love how you guys have given a run-down of the most important features so you know whether or not you’d be spending money on something you don’t need. As for me, I love the A3500 — yeah, fully loaded, maybe I’m spoiled, haha. But I love the idea of the touchscreen and all the programmable options. Lately I’ve started making a lot of hot soups in my blender and you really need a good one to handle the heat. I also love that you can totally annihilate stems and skins and leaves, ha! Makes those green smoothies a dream.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Hi, Jessica! I have to agree with you. The Vitamix Ascent A3500 is a great blender. As a matter of fact, any blender that can pulverize my fruits and veggies are winners for me. I currently have a Vitamix and I’ve never had an issue with its performance. Granted, the A3500 is clearly an upgrade with the new technology, I would definitely make the investment to add to my gallery.

    1. Hi Adam! The A3500 is a nice piece of machinery. Referring to the noise levels, the Vitamix Ascent Series is slightly quieter than other models. You should be able to tell the difference if you currently have a Vitamix. Let me know if you have further questions

  18. Great job on the review! I appreciated how you outlined the different price points for the different blenders within the series. One of the most confusing aspects about Vitamix is the plethora of options with very little information on the differences.

    I’m looking for a blender like this, for the diversity of functionality. It not only makes smoothies, but it’s also helpful for making flour, soups, ice cream, and more. That’s cool!

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you, Jimmy for chiming in. Vitamix does offer a diverse selection of blenders and this is to appeal to several different audiences and preferences. I’m happy you found this review helpful in breaking down some of the comparisons. I hope if you have any questions in the future, you reach out to me and let me know. Thank you!

  19. Barrie Templeton

    Spoke to my brother the other day. He bought a Vitamix after his other blender bit the dust. It has waaay more horsepower and hopefully it will lsat!

  20. Was very confused about the Vitamix and the Blendteach either one will do for me.
    Thank you for all your informative videos on YouTube and e-mails it has educated me to be healthy

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you, Lorenza! Just know I am here to help clarify any confusion. Let me know if you have any questions.

  21. This review is very thorough. I have wanted a professional grade blender for quite awhile. The vitamix fits the bill. Smoothies, soups and grinding nuts! And a whole lot more! I would be ecstatic if I won!

  22. The review is very thorough and describes all the pros and cons. I look for a motor that is strong enough for hard to blend things and a machine that is dependable and durable and will last a long time.

  23. I found the review to be very thorough. From the stylish design and functional variable control to clear locking lid and self-detect technology, it seems a well designed and user-friendly Vitamix.

  24. Loved the review. I think the feature I like is that it’s very sturdy and will last as I have bought cheaper brands that don’t last very long. These look amazing 🙂

  25. wow that was a very informative and in depth review. I certainly see that I could be using my blender for so much more. The blenders Ive had in the past always broke easily.

  26. Jennifer Hedden

    This is an awesome review! I love how you have it to where you can jump to each section so easily! Vitamix is a great product and this new line of Ascent blenders do not disappoint. I would love to have the Vitamix A3500: The fully loaded Ascent model. I would want this one because of the Touchscreen and the 5 program settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning). The program settings are an amazing feature and make using the blender a breeze. Thank you for the awesome review and giveaway!

    1. You’re welcome, Jennifer! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the review. It seems you gathered enough information to make a decision on which blender you would want. That is the goal of my reviews. Let me know if you have any further questions, I’m always here and available. 🙂

  27. Germaine Harrison

    What don’t I like about Vitamix. This blender does everything and I would use it every day because we have been looking for ways to live a healthier lifestyle. I like that it has a timer and it self cleans. I think it would make good smoothies which I love. I like the sleek design, very cool.

  28. Sherwin Hoopengardner

    I m looking for a good quality blender that will stand up to day to day use., and still perform every time.

  29. Wow what an in-depth review! Thanks. I’ve wanted a Vitamix Blender for quite a while now but was unsure of which model to get. Thanks for all of the comparisons. That really helped seal the deal for me. I think the A3500 in Graphite Metal would work best for me and what I need my machine to do. I also like that it has 5 Touchscreen pre-programmed settings (I like all the bells and whistles). The 10 year warranty is also really important to have, especially for a spendy blender series like the Ascent.

    1. Thank you, Sherrie! I’m so happy you found the review helpful! The A3500 is a great Blender and you would definitely love what this power blender will be able to do for you. Please let me know if you have additional questions. I’m always here 🙂

  30. I think my crush on the Vitamix has been my longest running yet LOL But I think the review was awesome and very detailed. The A3500 would be a dream come true because it has all of the bells and whistles. If you’re going to make an investment, why not get all of the bells and whistles 🙂

  31. Michelle Fuller

    I like the ability to make my own nut butters from almond to pumpkin. Maybe I could learn how to make smoothies for breakfast.

  32. I think the most important thing on a blender and most things are the performance, and this one is great on this, this kind of products could look ice but if not, you can always put a cover bag with a nicer look.

  33. Caitlin Prichard

    I love juicing & smoothie but I have never had the right equipment to keep up with it. I’m definitely going to give it another try.

  34. I am very impressed with the ascent series but very disappointed it was introduced just after I bought the 780.Also I am waiting to hear what development is taking place re: vacuum blending as I think this is the most exciting and healthy technology in the blending world.maybe Vitamix could make new container covers for already owned Vitamix.Vacuum blending is really the healthy way forward,and I am saying all this because I am a Vitamix fan and I do not want Vitamix to be left behind.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thanks, Kirk! Vitamix is always reinventing their blenders and coming out with new products. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do come out with a vacuum blender. We will just have to wait and see.

  35. I am so desperate for a new blender. I just got into making smoothie bowls a couple weeks ago and I am so hooked! Problem is I have a cheapy $25 Hamilton Beach blender and it is extremely frustrating to work with, especially with the frozen fruit pieces. I would love a Vitamix in my life~! I need something that is powerful and durable. This would be a dream come true for me and it will help keep me on my path of clean and healthy eating.

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Hi Kimmy! You would love a Vitamix! It would help making those smoothie bowls so much easier. Good Luck and thanks for entering! 🙂

  36. LUZVIMINDA GUNTER-SMITH

    this one has a great feature like the horse power, noise reduction and the warranty features, those are very important.

  37. Vitamix A3500: is for me because it has all the standard features and the 5 program settings (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning).I love that it is self cleaning

  38. I like how it actually cleans itself. All you have to do is just fill it up halfway and add a drop of soap and run it on high for at least 30 seconds.

  39. Very good, comprehensive review. What matters to me most is the power – to make a proper smoothie, nut butters and to dry grinds seeds into flour so that I can make a healthy bread. I also need easy cleaning – in the dishwasher, preferably or I like the self-clean function too.

  40. I love your review! Its very in depth. I know Vitamix is a great quality Blender thats why I want one! Its so hard to find a blender that can even crush ice. I know this one will! Thats the most important thing to me. I love the Digital variable speed dial, Touchscreen pulse and pre-programmed settings, thats the best part, that its so versatile!! (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning!!)

  41. Great review! Love the heavy duty design, this sounds like a blender that I wouldn’t be able to burn-out. a bit pricey though :/

  42. This review is so thorough – excellent!! Some of the really appealing features are the built in timer and wireless connectivity. It would be great for me because I work really wacky hours.

    1. Thank you! I’m happy you enjoyed the review. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have additional questions. I’m always here. 🙂

  43. I like the programmable settings the best. I like the blender to know what power it needs to make certain things (like whole juice or smoothies) without me needing to manually change it.

  44. First of all, your reviews are top notch! So detailed. I would love this for making soups, sauces, smoothies and even baby food for my new grandson. I love that this can take on anything and do the task at hand! LOVE IT!!

  45. I loved the review, it’s great to see how many things you can do with a Vitamix. It’s a great way to make so many things that are healthy and tasty too, Thank you so much for this great giveaway!

  46. What an informative article, thank you! I have several health conditions that could be benefitted by my ability to make fresh smoothies at home (I’m disabled and can’t afford smoothies out all of the time) so it’s definitely a dream of mine to own a Vitamix! Thanks so much for the opportunity — I hope that I get to use your recipes soon!

  47. I would love one of these blenders. I love to make smoothies every day This blender would make it so much easier for me then what i am using now.

  48. Thank you so much for giving a detailed review on the various models of Vitamix! . Love this site! And the YouTube videos that you share☺️

  49. Has a brain, does everything except balance my checkbook and fold fitted sheets. Sweet! Yes, please – there is room in my life for this. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. I love the A SELF-DETECT™ blade base which makes the item a interchangeable and the 10 speed motor too. This sounds like a WONDERFUL blender.

  51. So excited to learn about this new Vitamix Series! My Vitamix of 20 yrs died and I sooooo need a new one. This would be amazing! Thanks for a great and extensive review!

  52. Love the new Vitamix series. My favorite feature is that they are dishwasher safe, also love the lower profile of the blenders so they can fit under cabinets and are easier to scoop ingredients out.

  53. Your reviews are extensive and very detailed. Performance is important but I choose to have something that looks good, too. Fortunately, these days you can choose from several colors and styles for your appliances.

  54. These look like fantastic blenders! I love the clean look and need one so much for my smoothies and soups. They are so beautiful!!

  55. I like the fact that it can efficiently blend seeds. I like to add pomegranates to my smooties and often have seeds left after blending, no matter how long I run it.

  56. Thanks for all the information and knowledge you give someone who has no idea about blenders. Your reviews are great and very informative.

    1. I’m so grateful to hear you found this review helpful. Please let me know if you have further questions. I’m always here to answer. 🙂

  57. I really enjoyed reading this review and discovering everything this product can do. How great would it be to win one and get rid of my old, worn out blender. Crossing my fingers for luck.

  58. I like the “smart” technology that they have used in this new model. I have owned and used Vitamix blenders on a daily basis for over twenty-five years. It is an integral part of my kitchen. I’m still using my second one (I gave my first one to my daughter) and most days use it multiple times.

    1. Vitamix is great with evolving their product. I love seeing the new features as well. Although, they are the new eye candy, all their models are durable and just as efficient.

  59. I love my vitamix! I have hooked all my family on them and now looking to get one for my mother in law. The wireless aspect is interesting

  60. I like the fact that Vitamix ascent series do all the heavy duty tasks! they can perform that your average household blender cannot. I also like the fact they are used commercially, in restaurants!

  61. VitaMix means quality — I like the digital ,haven’t seen that before. There isn’t much that a Vitamix won’t do in todays world. You provided loads of detailed information, great review!!!!!

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you Margaret! I’m so happy you found the review and comparison information useful. I agree…there isn’t much a Vitamix can’t do. 🙂

  62. I love that I would be able to make us all smoothies at once in the large jar. Instead of one at a time like I do now. I love that I could make soup in it. Self detecting feature…. What???? that is unheard of. Love it.

  63. Although I don’t always use a lot of the speeds, it’s nice to know I can when I want/need to. I like all of the power that they have.

  64. Oh my gosh your review was amazing and I love how you do the cost and feature comparisons. I would want the Vitamix A2500: All standard features + 3 program settings. I love the soup setting for hot things I love to make soups!

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Thank you Stephanie! The goal for the reviews is to provide as much information possible so that informed buyers know exactly what they are getting. Glad you found the comparisons helpful! 🙂

  65. This was a very thorough review! I love all of the features, especially the fact that it is dishwasher safe and the preprogrammed settings.

  66. Karenann Sharrott

    Fantastic review on the Vitamixes. I love Vitamix, they are so easy to use and cooking/blending in them is amazing. And the durability and lastability with the Vitamixes makes you feel very confident in buying or upgrading your current blender.

  67. Amazing kitchen device… I have wanted a vitamix for a long time. One of my family members acquired one and she absolutely loves it.

    1. Thanks, Katie! I aim to be helpful by providing thorough reviews of all the blenders on the Blender Babes website. 🙂

  68. This is an amazing review. Thanks for covering literally every aspect!!! This would be awesome to have! Powerful, love the design. I definitely think a blender is an investment and I love that they offer payment plans as well! Thanks so much!!!!

    1. I love my current Vitamix. I still have 4 boys at home and we use it for each of us every day. New improvements look great! I would love to give my adult children our current one, as they miss it, and win a newer one for the rest of us to enjoy! Your reviews really cover all the relevant features and help us to figure out what would be best for our needs.

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