Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 Blender Review

The A2300 and A2500 are the basic Vitamix Ascent Series blenders together with more sophisticated A3300 and A3500 Ascent models were released on 26 of December 2016. The A2300 and A2500 blenders have the same functionality and motor as the older Vitamix Classic Blenders product line but a new exterior design, control panel with digital display and high tech features such as self-detect containers and wireless connectivity.

For detail about this exciting new model read our comprehensive review below.

Functionality and Versatility

Smoothie: The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 make a super smooth smoothie from soft or tough ingredients, no chunks or little flecks are left after blending even most stubborn food like kale stems, pineapple or chia seeds. The user will always get a perfectly smooth drink, no matter if it made from soft, hard or green ingredients. It is also suitable for processing green shakes with protein powder. Berry seeds are no problem for this machine either. It will completely pulverize strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and others without any residues left.

Juices:  The blender will not separate the fiber from the liquid for making textbook juice but it is more than capable of producing truly smooth smoothies aka “whole juice”.

Frozen ingredients/desserts: The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 will process with and without any liquid added and will make most delicious sorbet, ice cream, snow cones, and other frozen desserts within 40 seconds usually. The user may need to use tamper when processing frozen ingredients that come with a blender. The blender is also able to make non-alcoholic slushy drinks.

Nut milk:  The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 will also make perfect nut milk from dry or soaked nuts.

Pureeing: The Ascent A2300/A2500 blender does such a tough job as making a veggie puree from cooked or even raw ingredients. So it has no problem to process mash potato or cauliflower. With a very minimum amount of added liquid it completely pulverizes firm and fibrous fruit/veggie. No wonder, it will also process perfect baby food purees.

Soup/ hot ingredients: The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 are designed to process hot ingredients or heat food from cold to boiling temperature. The container lid is equipped with a special cap that allows releasing hit during processing hot ingredients. It does not have a separate heating element but via friction will heat liquid within 6 ½ minutes of blending. So, the user can enjoy making steaming hot soup without a stove or process bulletproof coffee.

Chopping/food prep: The blender equipped with truly low speed (1400 RPMs) and pulse function, so it is more than capable to perform a variety of food prep tasks. It will chop onion and cabbage for coleslaw or other salads, make cauliflower rice, prepare a variety of salsa, dips and other recipes without much efforts.

Nut butter: The Vitamix is powerful enough to grind most delicious homemade nut butter in under 2 minutes. The machine is equipped with the custom-built tamper, so it will help to remove air pocket and help vortex which often a problem during processing thick ingredients.

Grinding/milling:  The A2300/A2500 blenders designed to ground coffee beans into ground coffee, turn herbs into powder or make perfect baking quality flour from any even tiniest grains.

Dough/batter: Like any other Vitamix model the A2300/A2500 easily mix batters for pancakes, cookies, crêpes, and other or knead even thick dough for bread or pizza.

Speed Settings and Programs

vitamix 2300 2500 controlsThe A2300/2500 blenders control panel is very simple but very functional as any other Vitamix machine. The A2300/2500 machines have a digital display with a timer, manual dial knob, Pulse and Start/Stop switches. The A2500 machine also equipped with 3 pre-set programs.

Digital display. The digital display with a timer is new for the Vitamix blenders feature. The display will show information if the container compatible with the blender and if it is ready to run. While it starts running the digital timer count up or down in minutes and seconds depending if you run various speed or pre-set program.

The digital timer shows exactly how much time your recipe has been blending. This makes it easy to adjust the blend time and replicate your recipes in the future.

Dial knob. The A2300 and A2500 models have the dial knob with 10 speeds selected by turning the dial by half step increases, so in fact, it has 19 speed (0+, 1, 1+, 2, 2+ and etc.).

The 10 speed marking are located around the knob on A2300 control panel while the A2300 has the 10 speed located on the anticlockwise position and 3 pre-set programs (Smoothies – 50 sec, Frozen Desserts – 55 sec, and Soups – 5 min 15 sec)on the clockwise position around the dial knob. The blender has truly low speed (the lowest is 1400rpm) and true high speed (the highest is 24000rpm) which is high enough to heat to boil temperature liquids via frictions. The Variable Speed Control allows a lot of flexibility for a variety of recipes and textures.

Switches. The Pulse switch function is very useful for chopping, creating chunky texture or removing air pockets. While the Start/Stop switch activates or stops the running cycle.

Base Unit, Motor Power and New Technology

The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders come with the absolutely new design of the entire machine that is simple, minimalistic and clean. And the same 2.2HP power and technical design motor as the previous Classic Next Generation series. Like all other versions it is designed with automatic shut off the system when the blender is overheated, the digital display will show the error messages when it is overheated and the shut of is triggered.

On the right side of the base unit, it has the power switch (I/O) that activates machine ones it turned on. After the blender is turned on, (—) will appear on the control panel and now the user can test the new Built-In Wireless Connectivity feature.

Built-In Wireless Connectivity: It is the major new technical feature for the Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 models. The machine uses near-field communication (NFC) technology which paired with self-detect containers identifies the container compatibility and type (64 oz., 48 oz., 20 oz. or 8 oz.) you just placed on the top of the base unit. If the container is not compatible with the blender or it is placed the wrong way the machine will not start running shows on the digital display the sign indicating the problem. This smart technology will also automatically adjust the maximum blending times for the container size you just placed – 6 min 30 sec is the maximum blending cycle for the 64 oz. container, 7 min 30 sec for 48oz. jar, 1.15 min for the 20 oz. cup and 8 oz. bowl. The blender will automatically shut off at the end of the maximum blending cycle.

Perfect Blend App. The Bluetooth is another fancy feature inbuilt into new Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders. So, when you download the Best App on your phone, the Bluetooth will connect it with the blender and allows to send the 17 pre-set programs to your machine to run, unlock hundreds of recipes which you can use paired with the smart scales or without and prepare different recipes adjusted to the volumes and containers used. The Vitamix suggests that there are much more functions to come that will expand the Ascent wireless and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities.

Containers

Container. The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 come with self-detect 64oz low profile container made from Eastman Tritan copolyester which is heat and shatter resistant material. Self-detect container has the special NFC chip inbuilt into the retainer nut part with the “SELF-DETECT” sign on it, the control panel display will show the (—) message if there is no container connected to the base, when you place it on the base unit the system identifies the container and if it is compatible and placed in secure position the control panel will display 0:00, means it is ready and secure to run.

The Ascent blender as any other Vitamix machines do not has any locking system, the pitcher just sets on top of the base unit without any locking and twisting, but it is very secure as it captured by four guards located on the base unit center pad.

Lid. Apart from the self-detect feature, it has another completely new design and clear rubber lid to observe better the blending content through the lid. The lid also has the clear plug that doubles as a measuring cap. The lid has side clips to secure it to the pitcher safely. It attaches perfectly with a soft click when the user put it into place and take it off.

Large vs small batches. The wide 64 ounces low profile pitcher usually will require a minimum of 2 cups/16 ounces of food to cover the blades in order get the vortex going. The Vitamix offers 48 oz. narrow bottom with inbuilt 3 inches blades, 20 oz. cup and 8 oz. bowl with removable blade assembly to buy separately for processing smaller batches of ingredients.

Tamper: All Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders come with the custom-made tamper. The tamper is designed to process thicker mixtures and help ingredients moving around during processing food without stopping the machine.

Blades

The Ascent A2300/A2500 comes with the standard for Vitamix blade assembly permanently inbuilt into a container that is typical design for the majority of the high-end commercial type of blenders for home use.

The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blades are made of high-quality aircraft stainless steel and standard for Vitamix low-profile containers 4-inches in diameter. The A2300/A2500 blenders have a durable and all metal to metal blades to drive coupling that will last for many years without replacement of any part of the construction.

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Ease of Using and Cleaning

Operating: Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 are very easy and straightforward, so the user can start operating Vitamix machines almost immediately.

The user has to turn the blender on by pressing the (I/O) Switch at the right side of the base unit, the control panel will show (—). Then, the user has just placed the container on the base unit centering pad (no need to twist/lock anything into place), the digital control panel will display 0:00 that means the Vitamix wireless connectivity system detects the container was placed on the top of the base unit and approved. Now it is ready to operate.

Variable speeds. To use variable speed user has to turn dial knob to Speed 1 and press Start/Stop. The digital timer will display the count up timer, specifying how long the cycle lasts. The user can increase or decrease the speed anytime during the blending cycle. To stop blender user has to press again Start/Stop switch. The variable speed also will shut down blender automatically after 6 ½ minutes (for 64 oz. container) if the user has not pressed Start/Stop switch.

Pre-set programs. To use Programs rotate the dial counter-clockwise to the appropriate program (Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Soups), press Start/Stop to start the program. The digital display will show the countdown timer indicating how many time left until the end of the cycle. The Ascent A2300/A2500 blender will automatically stop at the end of the program. The user also can press Start/Stop at any time to stop the program before the end of the cycle.

Cleaning: The Vitamix Ascent containers with inbuilt blade assembly, lids, lid plug, centering pad and tamper are all now dishwasher safe, so the machine is very easy to clean.

The self-cleaning procedure or handwashing is also a breeze. For self-cleaning the user just has to fill the pitcher with some water and few drops of soap, run it for 30-40 seconds, pour it out and rinse with clean water.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There are two types of containers available for the Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders. Ascent attachment will not fit C-series, G-series and S-series machines (because of Ascent has Wireless Connectivity system while other series do not) but interchangeable between the Ascent series models.

48 oz. Wet Container has a narrow bottom with 3 inched in diameter inbuilt blades, so it is designed for processing small to medium volumes of recipes. It handles minimum 1-3 cups liquid volumes and 2-3 cups of thick ingredients.

48 oz. Dry Container is specifically designed for efficient grain milling to make baking quality flours and thick dough kneading. It has slightly different blades designed than the wet container has, so it will not only do the dry job better but will save your wet container lasting longer because the dry job it wet container rend to scratch the jar quick.

Blending Cup Starter Kitincludes two single serve 20-ounce Cups, two spill proof Lids and dedicated Blade Assembly. The single serve cups allow to make individual drinks in the same cup and take them out. These cups could be also used to process small batches of any wet and dry ingredients including chopping, baby food, grinding and others. The only exclusion is hot liquids, the user cannot process hot liquids using the 20 oz. cups.

Blending Bowl Starter Kitincludes two 8-ounce Containers with two Lids and dedicated Blade System. These cups are useful for grinding small batches herbs, coffee processing dips, baby food, salad dressings, chopping garlic or onion and others. The containers also could be used for storing food using the lids provided in the kit. The same as 20 oz. cups these 8 ozs. Containers could not be used for processing hot ingredients.

Perfect Blend Smart Scale and Recipe App – includes perfect blend scale and free app that will help you to master Vitamix recipes and adds pre-set programs to you blender and much more.

Vitamix Aer Disc Container is 48 ounce jar that is designed for whipping, muddling, foaming, and emulsifying tasks.

Apart from the containers, the selection of replacement part is also available to buy separately but the owner of Vitamix blender will not usually require them as the replacement of all part included in the 10-years full Vitamix warranty.

In addition, the user also can buy the selection of Vitamix cookbooks, nut bags, kitchen scale, selection of spatulas and others.

Special Features

Colors: The Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders are available in four different colors – black, red, slate and white.

Certified Refurbished: The Certified Reconditioned Ascent A2300/A2500 blender is currently available from Amazon website at the attractive price of $331.

Use in countries outside of USA/Canada: Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 machines come with 110-120 voltage system for use in USA/Canada ONLY. It is not available yet in 220-240 voltage version but is expected in the future. For now, the 110-120 volts blenders could be operated via a transformer in countries with 220-240 voltage.

Set Includes

  • Motor Base
  • 64-ounce Low-Profile Container
  • Low-Profile Tamper
  • Ascent Series Cookbook
  • User manual

The Ascent A2300/A2500 blender cookbook does not have as many recipes as the binder versions for C and Next Generation series. But the user now has access to the 500+ recipes via best blend app. Additionally, there is also a variety of Vitamix cookbook available online or on the manufacturer website.

Warranty and Customer Service

The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders come with 10-Year Full Warranty and 30-days money back guarantees if you decide to return your blender for any reason. The full warranty means that manufacture will serve, ship and replace parts – all free of charges for the entire 10 years period from the date of the purchase. The Vitamix Customer Service is no doubts the best in the industry and they treat all their customer with attention and resolve all the issues raised without any problems.

The Vitamix warranties are transferable and applicable also to the second-hand owner of the machine but counts from the date of purchase of the original owner. Any owner can register warranties online or over the telephone any time since purchase. You do not need to keep the receipt to registers your warranty but will have to provide the serial number located on the base of your machine.

Noise

The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders are not very noisy considering the high power motor it has. The Vitamix Ascent blenders output 78-88 decibels that are slightly less than the Next Generation units.

However, for the very noise sensitive users there is standard advice – place the rubber mat under the base unit of your machine to dampen the sound output from the blender.

Dimensions

With the base unit footprint of about 8 inches X 11 inches long, Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 will not occupy much space on your counter, it will fit into a big drawer, or on a good-sized shelf. With the height of 17 inches, it will just fit under a standard kitchen cabinet.

The blender weighs 11.86 lbs with the cord of 4 ft. long.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • It is a multifunctional machine which designed to perform the variety of tasks from frozen dessert to heating liquids to boiling temperature, not forget about food prep tasks;
  • It is the reliable and well-built machine that is confirmed the reputation of the Vitamix machine to last for decades;
  • The blender has a new simple but sleek design;
  • It is very easy to use and clean;
  • The 20 oz. and 8 oz. separate containers with blade systems available to buy separately for processing smaller batches of food;
  • The machines come with an outstanding 10 years full warranty and best in the industry Customer service;
  • The SELF-DETECT Ascent A2300/A2500 containers provide extra safety features;
  • With wireless connectivity this machine will stay the top of the market blender for many years ahead;

Cons:

  • The SELF-DETECT Ascent A2300/A2500 containers cost extra money and not cheap;
  • As all Vitamix machine, the A2300/A2500 models are not cheap.

Consumer Reviews

The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders have a number of favorable reviews. No wonder, considering the excellent reputation of the manufacturer, new exterior design of the blender and new inbuilt Wireless Connectivity the blender promise to be prevalent.

Amazon rating – 4.4

Price

Despite being a newest Vitamix models the Ascent A2300 blenders priced not similar to the older Classic Vitamix blenders. The A2300 manufacture price is set at $469 and A2500 – £519. The Amazon, as usual, offers a very competitive price. The machines are often available at a solid discount via Amazon website where the consumer can grab A2300 for under $400 and A2500 for under $450.

Besides, the most online retailers, including Amazon, offer the same as manufacturer free shipping and standard Vitamix Full 10-year warranty.

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Summary

Despite the Vitamix blenders high price and Ascent A2300/A2500 are not the exclusion, they are definitely worth the money. They have an outstanding power to blend almost everything and has a sleek design that looks great in any kitchen. The new wireless connectivity and Bluetooth features already make Vitamix Ascent series the most advanced blenders on the market and the manufactures ensure it will expand its high tech capabilities, so if you buy it now it will remain up-to-date gadget for many years ahead.

The good news, that the A2300/A2500 are not priced higher than the older Classic Vitamix models, so you will not need to stretch your budget to invest in these top-notch machines.

Do you want to find out which Vitamix blender suits to you best? Go to our Vitamix Blender Guide article and reviews.

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