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Vitamix Ascent Series Self-Detect Blending Starter Kits Review

Vitamix Ascent 20 oz. and 8 oz. Starter KitsMany Vitamix customers over the years enquired if the company can create a single-serve attachment for its full-size machines, the manufacturer has done this for the Ascent series blenders. Vitamix released out the 20 ounces Blending Cup and 8 ounces Blending Bowl Starter Kits. These attachments probably are the most anticipated by the customers Vitamix accessories.

The Vitamix Ascent Series blenders – A2300, A2500, A3300, and A3500 – equipped with the large 64 ounces wide bottom container that is designed to process large batches of food, so these containers 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 the 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, it is still possible to make even nut butter with 20 oz. Blending Cup and 8 oz. Blending Bowl Starter Kits.

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 that are availabe in US, CA, or MX (110120 volts) are not compatible with the 220-240 volts Ascent Series blenders manufactured for Europe and Australia.

Vitamix Ascent 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 located 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.

Vitamix Ascent 20 oz. Personal Blender Self-Detect Cup and Blade Assembly

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 can keep the cold or hot liquids for a longer time. The downside, the cups do not have any measurement on the wall.

The cups are 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 flat to protect the 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. 

Vitamix Ascent 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 the stackable lid will occupy a little space in the fridge.

Vitamix Ascent Personal Blender and Bowls Blade Assembly

The blade assembly is made from very rigid and durable 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 is 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, 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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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, etc.

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  1. Vincent Lee

    I just purchased an Ascent series blender, and I want to know if the blade assembly on the starter cup or bowl are interchangeable? In other words, would I be able to buy the 20 oz starter cup set and simply purchase the additional bowl and use the same blade assembly from the other set?

    • lucy

      Hi Vincent,

      Yes, the Vitamix Ascent 20 oz starter cup kit and the 8 oz. bowls have an interchangeable blade assembly. You can use the cup blade assembly with the bowls blade assembly and vice versa. You can find this information in the article above.

      You can safely buy any Vitamix products, they gave excellent Customer service and free return for all their products 30-days since the purchase, you have to contact the Vitamix directly no matter where you bought their products from.

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