The A2300 and A2500 Ascent are the base Vitamix Smart System Product Line models, together with the more sophisticated A3300 and A3500 Ascent Smart System models were released on 26 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 feature of self-detect containers and wireless connectivity.
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Table of Contents
- 1 Functionality and Versatility
- 2 Speed Settings and Programs
- 3 Base Unit, Motor Power and New Technology
- 4 Containers
- 5 Blades
- 6 Ease of Using and Cleaning
- 7 Optional Accessories and Attachments
- 8 Special Features
- 9 Set Includes
- 10 Warranty and Customer Service
- 11 Noise
- 12 Dimensions
- 13 Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 Pros and Cons
- 14 Consumer Reviews
- 15 Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 Blender Price
- 16 Summary
- 17 Vitamix Ascent A2300 vs. Ascent A2500
Functionality and Versatility
Smoothie: The Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 make a super smooth smoothie from soft or tough ingredients; no chunks or tiny dots are left after blending even the most stubborn food like kale stems, pineapple, or chia seeds. The user will always get a perfectly smooth drink, whether 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 genuinely smooth smoothies, aka “whole juice.”
Crushing Ice and Frozen Desserts: The Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 will process with and without any liquid added and will make the most delicious sorbet, ice cream, snow cones, and other frozen desserts within 40 seconds usually. The user may need to use a 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 and A2500 will also make perfect nut milk from dry or soaked nuts.
Pureeing: The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders do such a tough job making a veggie puree from cooked or even raw ingredients. So it has no problem processing mashed 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 and A2500 are designed to process hot ingredients or heat food from cold to boiling temperature. The container lid is equipped with a unique cap that allows releasing hits during the processing of 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 is equipped with deficient speed (1400 RPMs) and pulse function, so it is more than capable of performing a variety of food prep tasks. It will chop onion and cabbage for coleslaw or other salads, make cauliflower rice, and prepare various salsa, dips, and other recipes without much effort.
Nut butter: The Vitamix is powerful enough to grind the most delicious homemade nut butter in under 2 minutes. The machine is equipped with a custom-built tamper, which will help remove the air pocket and help the vortex, often a problem when processing thick ingredients.
Grinding/milling: The A2300 and A2500 blenders are 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 and A2500 easily mix batters for pancakes, cookies, crêpes, and others or knead even thick dough for bread or pizza.
Speed Settings and Programs
The A2300/2500 blender control panel is straightforward but very functional as any other Vitamix machine. The A2300 and 2500 machines have a digital display with a timer, manual dial knob, Pulse, and Start/Stop switches. The A2500 machine is also equipped with three (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 is compatible with the blender and ready to run. While it starts running, the digital timer counts up or down in minutes and seconds depending if you run various speeds or pre-set programs.
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 ten (10) speeds selected by turning the dial by half step increases, so in fact, it has 19 speeds (0+, 1, 1+, 2, 2+, etc.).
The 10-speed marking is located around the knob on the A2300 control panel. In comparison, the A2300 has the 10 speed located in 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. Thus, 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. In addition, the Variable Speed Control allows a lot of flexibility for a variety of recipes and textures.
Switches. The Pulse switch function is beneficial 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 and A2500 blenders come with a new design of the entire machine: 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 to automatically shut off the system when the blender is overheated. The digital display will show the error messages when it is overheated and the shutter is triggered.
The base unit’s right side has the power switch (I/O) that activates the machine once it is 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 and 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 is placed the wrong way, the machine will not start running shows on the digital display, 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 the new Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders. So, when you download the Best App on your phone, the Bluetooth will connect it with the blender and allow you to send the 17 pre-set programs to your machine to run, and 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 many more functions to come that will expand the Ascent wireless and Bluetooth connectivity capabilities.
Container: The Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 come with a self-detect 64oz low profile container made from Eastman Tritan copolyester, a heat shatter-resistant material. The 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.
As with any other Vitamix machine, the Ascent blender does not have any locking system; the pitcher sets on top of the base unit without any locking and twisting. However, it is still very secure as it is captured by four guards located on the base unit center pad.
Lid: Apart from the self-detect feature, it has another completely new design transparent copolyester lid to observe better the blending content through the lid. The lid also has a transparent plug that doubles as a measuring cup. The lid has side clips to secure it to the pitcher safely. It attaches perfectly with a soft click when the user puts it into place and takes it off.
Large vs. small batches: The wide bottom 64 ounces low profile pitcher with an inbuilt 4 inches blade usually will require a minimum of 2 cups/16 ounces of food to cover the blades to get the vortex going. The Vitamix offers 48 oz. narrow bottom jar 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 and A2500 blenders come with a custom-made tamper. The tamper is designed to process thicker mixtures and help ingredients move around during processing food without stopping the machine.
The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders come with the standard for Vitamix blade assembly permanently inbuilt into a container that is a 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 are standard for Vitamix low-profile containers 4‑inches in diameter. The A2300 and A2500 blenders have durable and all metal to metal blades to drive coupling that will last for many years without replacement of any part of the construction.
Ease of Using and Cleaning
Operating: Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 are very easy and straightforward, so the user can start operating Vitamix machines almost immediately.
To start operating the blender, (1) the user has to turn the blender on by pressing the (I/O) Switch on the right side of the base unit, the control panel will show (—); (2) then, place 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 the 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 the blender user has to press again Start/Stop switch. The variable speed will also automatically shut down the blender after 6 ½ minutes (for a 64 oz. container) if the user has not pressed the Start/Stop switch.
Pre-set programs: To use Programs, rotate the dial counter-clockwise to the appropriate program (Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Soups), and press Start/Stop to start the program. The digital display will show the countdown timer indicating how much time is left until the end of the cycle. The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders 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 straightforward to clean.
The self-cleaning procedure or handwashing is also a breeze. For self-cleaning, the user has to fill the pitcher with some water and a 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 Ascent has a Wireless Connectivity system while other series do not) but is interchangeable between the Ascent series models.
- Food Processor Attachment. It expands the food processing function of the Vitamix blender.
- 48 oz. Wet Stainless Steel Container is a new jug released in July 2020. It is very similar to Eastman Tritan Copolyester 48 oz jar but made of stainless steel.
- 48 oz. Wet Container has a narrow bottom with 3 inched diameter inbuilt blades, so it is designed for processing small to medium volumes of recipes. It handles a minimum of 1–3 cups of 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 in the wet container rends to scratch the jar quickly.
- Blending Cup Starter Kit — includes two single-serve 20-ounce Cups, two spill-proof Lids, and a dedicated Blade Assembly. The single-serve cups allow one to make individual drinks in the same cup and take them out. These cups could also be 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 Kit — includes two 8‑ounce Containers with two Lid and a dedicated Blade System. These cups are useful for grinding small batches of 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 a perfect blend scale and free app that will help you master Vitamix recipes, add pre-set programs to your blender, and much more.
- Vitamix Aer Disc Container is a 48-ounce jar that is designed for whipping, muddling, foaming, and emulsifying tasks.
Apart from the containers, the selection of replacement parts is also available to buy separately. Still, the owner of the Vitamix blender will not usually require them as the replacement of all parts included in the 10-years full Vitamix warranty.
Besides, the user also can buy a selection of Vitamix cookbooks, nut bags, kitchen scales, a selection of spatulas, and others.
Colors: The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders are available in four different colors – black, red, slate, and white.
Certified Refurbished: The Certified Reconditioned Ascent A2300 and A2500 blender are currently available from the Amazon website at an attractive price.
Use in countries outside of USA/Canada: Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 machines come with a 110–120 voltage system for use in USA/Canada ONLY. It is not available yet in the 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.
- Motor Base
- 64-ounce Low-Profile Container
- Low-Profile Tamper
- Ascent Series Cookbook
- User manual
The Ascent A2300 and A2500 blender cookbooks do not have as many recipes as the C and Next Generation series binder versions. But the user now has access to the 500+ recipes via the best blend app. Additionally, there is also a variety of Vitamix cookbooks available online or on the manufacturer’s website.
Warranty and Customer Service
The Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders come with a 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 the manufacturer will serve, ship, and replace parts — all free of charge for the entire 10 years period from the purchase date. Vitamix Customer Service is undoubtedly the best in the industry, and they treat all their customers with attention and resolve all the issues raised without any problems.
The Vitamix warranties are transferable and applicable to the machine’s second-hand owner but count from the original owner’s date of purchase. Any owner can register warranties online or over the telephone at any time since purchase. You do not need to keep the receipt to register your warranty but will have to provide the serial number on your machine’s base.
The Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 blenders are not very noisy, considering the high-power motor it has. The Vitamix Ascent blenders output 78–90 decibels which are slightly less than the Next Generation units.
However, there is standard advice for very noise-sensitive users — place the rubber mat under your machine’s base unit to dampen the sound output from the blender.
With a 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 a height of 17 inches, it will just fit under a standard kitchen cabinet.
The blender weighs 11.86 lbs with a cord of 4 ft. long.
Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 Pros and Cons
- It is a multifunctional machine designed to perform a variety of tasks from frozen desserts 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 the best in the industry Customer service;
- The Vitamix SELF-DETECT Ascent A2300 and A2500 containers provide extra safety features;
- With wireless connectivity, this machine will stay at the top of the market blender for many years ahead;
- The SELF-DETECT Ascent A2300 and A2500 containers cost extra money and are not cheap;
- Like all Vitamix machines, the A2300 and A2500 models are not cheap.
The Vitamix Ascent A2300 and A2500 blenders have many favorable reviews. No wonder, considering the manufacturer’s excellent reputation, the new exterior design of the blender, and new inbuilt Wireless Connectivity, the blender promise to be prevalent.
Vitamix Ascent A2300/A2500 Blender Price
Despite being the newest Vitamix models, the Ascent A2300 blenders are priced not similar to the older Classic Vitamix blenders. The A2300 manufacture price is set similar to the 5200 Standard model and A2500 to a former G‑series product line 7500 machine. The machines are often available at a solid discount via online retailers.
Besides, most online retailers, including Amazon, offer the same manufacturer free shipping and a standard Vitamix Full 10-year warranty.
Vitamix A2300 Blender, via Amazon
Vitamix A2500 Blender, via Amazon
Vitamix A2300 and A2500 Blenders, via Vitamix
Despite the Vitamix blender’s high price and Ascent A2300 and A2500 are not the exclusion, they are definitely worth the money. They have an outstanding power to blend almost everything and have a sleek design that looks great in any kitchen. The new wireless connectivity and Bluetooth features already make the Vitamix Ascent series the most advanced blender on the market. The manufacturers ensure it will expand its high-tech capabilities, so it will remain an up-to-date gadget for many years ahead if you buy it now.
The good news is that the A2300 and 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.
Vitamix Ascent A2300 vs. Ascent A2500
The Vitamix A2300 and A2500 are identical models that concern technical parameters, accessories included, container capacity, and construction. The only difference they have is that the A2300 model is equipped with 19 speeds dial knob, while the A2500 model has a similar 19 speeds and extra 3 pre-set programs — Smoothies, Frozen Desserts, and Soups.
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