Vitamix Ascent Series Self-Detect Blending Starter Kits Review

Vitamix Ascent 20 oz. and 8 oz. Starter Kits Many Vitamix customers over the years enquired if the company can create a single serve attachment for its full-size machines, the manufacturers have done this for the Ascent series blenders. It came out with 20 oz. Blending Cup and 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kits. These attachments probably are most anticipated by the customers Vitamix accessories. The Vitamix Ascent Series blenders equipped with the large 64 oz. wide bottom container that is designed to process large batches of food, so this container not only perform the function of single-serve attachment but expand the Vitamix functionality to processing smaller food volumes.

The singles serve attachments are designed to perform following functions:

  • Makes Smoothies;
  • Chops purees;
  • Minces garlic and onion;
  • Mill spices;
  • Creates small batches of salsa hummus, dips, and spreads;
  • Makes baby food;
  • Grinds coffee beans;
  • Chop cheese, nuts, and veggies;

Although the nut butter processing requires the use of tamper< n=but it is still possible to make even nut butter with those attachments.

Warning 1. The 20 oz. Blending Cup and 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kits are only compatible with Ascent Series blenders A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500 and Venturist.

Warning 2. The 20 oz. Blending Cup and 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kits sold in US, CA, or MX are not compatible with the 220-240 volts Ascent Series blenders manufactured for Europe and Australia.

Self-Detect Technology

self-detect stripesThe Ascent Series 20oz.  and 8oz. are the self-detect containers, so the blender’s base must recognize them before it starts operating. The control panel will display a container icon and Variable speed 1 when it is ready for use.

The blender will adjust the pre-sets (relevant for A2500 and A3500 only) and maximum blending time which is identical for 20 oz. Cup and 8 oz. bowl despite the fact they are different in size. The pre-set programs adjusted to be shorter compared to the 64 oz. container (ex. Smoothies pre-set will run only 38 sec. vs 50 sec. for 64 oz. jar) and speed variation also will be different.

The base also will know that these containers are not vented and will not blend the soup programs. Both containers also set to 75 seconds maximum blending time in order not allow to heat the liquids inside, the gadget will stop automatically after the maximum running time.

Warning 3. You may require some effort to assemble properly the cups and bowls before the blender will detect the containers placed on the top of the base unit.

Tip 1: The Ascent blenders’ base has the electronic sensor that recognizes the self-

detect container via the two small gray magnet stripes on the container lips. The outer side of the cup/bowl lips has an arrow which when assembling should be aligned properly with the arrow on the blades assembly. If the blender does not detect the bowl/cup that means you did not align the arrows properly and should tighten the blade assembly.

Tip 2: The Blender base may not detect your Bowl/Cup if the other self-detect container is in the near proximity of the blender base, you have to remove your any other self-detect container further before blending with the self-detect cup/bowls.

Vitamix Ascent Series The 20 oz. Blending Cup and 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kits

The 20 oz. Blending Cup Starter Kit includes:

  • Two (2) 20 oz. (600ml) containers;
  • Two (2) spill-proof lids with removable orange gaskets;
  • Blade assembly with removable orange gasket;
  • Start Here recipes booklet.

The 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kit includes:

  • Two (2) 8 oz. (236.6 ml) bowls;
  • Two (2) storage stackable lids;
  • Blade assembly with removable orange gasket;
  • Start Here recipes booklet.

The containers, lids, and blade base are all top rack dishwasher-safe and very easy to clean.

All the Kit comes with 3 years full warranty that includes all parts, labor, and shipping both ways for service.

20 oz. Cups Self-Detect Blending Cup

Vitamix Ascent Blending cupsThe cups are designed to be used with blade attachment as a bullet type blender, so you can process the smaller volume of food or make your smoothies in a cup, then simply attach the spill proof lid and take it on a go.

The 20 oz. single serve cups are made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester shatterproof and temperature resistant material. The cups have double walls, so they are able to keep the cold or hot liquids for a longer time. The downside, the cups do not have any measurement on the wall.

The cups equipped with the polypropylene spill-proof lids that could be used for drinking directly or with a straw. The lids have a removable isolation gasket for easy cleaning and sanitation, just make sure to fix them totally flat to protect cup from leakage. 

The cups have 4.5” x 4.8” x 9.8” (11.5 x 12 x 25 cm) dimensions and will fit easily into the standard car cup holders and the fridge door. However, they are quite heavy (1.2lb/545g) hardly suitable for kids to be used by kids. 

8 oz. Self-Detect Blending Bowls

vitamix blending bowlsThe bowls are designed for processing small batches of food and very convenient for making salad dressings, milling herbs or making the baby foods.

The 8 oz. bows the same any other Vitamix container are made from shatterproof Tritan copolyester and very thick by design (weights 0.858 lbs) what allows to use them for heavy tasks like grinding hard herbs. The bowls have clear measurements in ounces and ml.

The bowls come with stackable polypropylene lids with removable orange insulation gaskets and could be used to store processed food in them. The bowls are quite small (4.5 x 4.5 x 3.8 inches) and with the stackable lid will occupy a little space in the fridge.

Blade Assembly

The blade assembly is made from very rigid and durable a crystalline plastic (Delrin) that has properties of both metals and plastics. The Delrin material is FDA, NSF and USDA certified to use for any food grade applications. The 2.5” in diameter and 4-prongs blades have the same design and made from the similar to full-size blenders jars hardened stainless steel. The blades assembly also equipped with a removable orange gasket to protect the container from leakage during the blending.

Vitamix Ascent 20 oz. and 8 oz. Starter Kits Blade Assembly compatibility

The 20 oz. and 8 oz. containers are available in Starter Kits packages that come with two cups/bowls and the Blade assembly and separately as the containers packages only (two 8 oz. bowls or one 20 oz. cup). The blades attachments that come with either Starter Kit package are interchangeable between cups and bowls.

Thus, in order to save money, you can buy either 20 oz. or 8 oz. Starter Kits which cost $129.95 and $99.95 respectively, and the set of two 8 oz. bowls ($29.95) or single-serve cup ($29.95) without blade base.

The Starter Kit blade assembly is not sold separately without cups/bowls but you can buy them directly from the Vitamix website if you contact customer service and ask them only blade set.

Warning 4. The Ascent Series blending cups and are Vitamix Space Saving Blenders 20 oz. containers look similar but they are not compatible. They have different cup lips and different container detecting system.

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Summary

The Vitamix Blending Starter Kits are pricy as any other Vitamix products but very durable, well designed and functional addition to your Vitamix blender. These cups and bowls provide additional flexibility to the main container which is too big for many functions. The cups and bowls are good for making single serve portions of smoothies, salad dressings, dips, baby food and a variety of other small batches recipes. The 8oz Bowl Starter Kit also will replace various mini appliances like herb and coffee grinder, mini food processor/choppers, baby food makers and etc.

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