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Vitamix Ascent Series Containers Explained

Vitamix Ascent Blending Bowl

All Ascent Series Vita­mix blenders (A2300, A2500, A3300, A3500, and Ven­tur­ist) come with the 64 oz. Wet (4” blades) Self-Detect Low Pro­file Wide Bot­tom con­tain­ers. Over the last 2–3 years, Vita­mix also released a range of addi­tion­al con­tain­ers for use with the Ascent Series blenders – 48 oz. Wet, 48 oz. Dry, 48 oz. Aer Disc, 20 oz. Sin­gle Serve Cups, and 8 oz. bowls.

The same to all Clas­sic and Space Sav­ing con­tain­ers the Ascent jars are made from tem­per­a­ture resis­tant, shat­ter­proof, and light­weight Titan BPA-free copoly­ester mate­r­i­al pro­duces by USA East­man Company.

Unlike the Clas­sic and Space Sav­ing mod­els, the Ascent mod­els Self-Detect tech­nol­o­gy allows the Ascent blender base to rec­og­nize the type of con­tain­er and auto­mat­i­cal­ly adjust blend­ing pro­grams and max­i­mum run­ning time depend­ing on con­tain­er type.

Warn­ing 1. The Ascent Series Con­tain­ers are not com­pat­i­ble with the Clas­sic and Space Sav­ing blenders (Explo­ri­an E310, Explo­ri­an 320, 5200, 5300, 6300, 6500, 7500, 780, Aspire Series, Cre­ations Series, Pro­fes­sion­al Series 750, Total Nutri­tion Series, Tur­boBlend Series, S30, S50, S55).

Warn­ing 2. The Vita­mix Ascent Series 110–120 V self–detect 64 oz. Wet, 48 oz Wet, 48 oz Dry, 20 oz. Sin­gle Serve Cup and 8 oz. Bowl con­tain­ers man­u­fac­tured for USA/Canada/Mexico use are not com­pat­i­ble with the 220–240 Ascent Series blenders (since “lid is on” detec­tion hard­ware applic­a­ble to 110–120 and not to 220–240 volt­age system). 

The range of addi­tion­al con­tain­ers is designed to expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of Vita­mix Ascent blenders. Here, I will talk about the oper­a­tional qual­i­ties of the addi­tion­al jars and who and how they could ben­e­fit from pur­chas­ing them.

Vitamix Ascent Wet Containers — 64 oz. Wide Bottom and 48 oz. Narrow Bottom

The wet con­tain­ers are designed to han­dle the fol­low­ing functions:

  • Blend­ing smooth­ies includ­ing green and with ice, whole juices;
  • Ice Cream and frozen desserts mak­ing, includ­ing the ice crushing/shaving;
  • Whip­ping cream;
  • Mix­ing and emul­si­fy sal­ad dress­ing, may­on­naise, pesto, mari­nades, and oth­er tasks;
  • Wet and dry chop­ping tasks;
  • Pro­cess­ing thick mix­tures like nut but­ter, hum­mus, and others;
  • Heat­ing food for soup prepar­ing task, fon­due, hot, choco­lates and other;
  • Mix­ing bat­ters for pan­cakes and oth­ers and knead­ing the dough for bread and pizza.

There are only two WET types of con­tain­ers — 64 oz. and 48 oz. — cur­rent­ly man­u­fac­tured for the Ascent series.

Vitamix Ascent Series Self-Detect 64 oz. Wet Wide Bottom Container

Vitamix Ascent Wet Container

The 64 ounces Wet con­tain­er has a wide bot­tom low pro­file shape and size of 10.2 x 9.6 x 7.4 inches. 

It comes with a clear plas­tic lid with 2 ounces capac­i­ty which per­forms the vent­ing func­tions and if for adding extra ingre­di­ents when removed. The con­tain­er is equipped with 4” blades per­ma­nent­ly inbuilt into the con­tain­er, so you do not need to remove them for cleaning.

The 64 ounces con­tain­er has the fol­low­ing advan­tages and disadvantages.

Pros:

  • Process large batch­es of food in one cycle 4–7.5 cups;
  • Pro­cess­ing all recipes at a short­er time than 3 “ blades containers;
  • Less use of tam­per for thick recipes because wider blades cre­ate bet­ter vortex;
  • Good at chop­ping large up to 8 cups batch­es of food;

Cons:

  • Splash­es a lot for vol­umes less than 4–6 cups;
  • Can­not blend liq­uids prop­er­ly of less than 3–4 cups;
  • Requires a min­i­mum of 4.5–6 cups vol­umes to process thick recipes for sauces, hum­mus, ice cream, and nut butter.

The con­tain­er comes with 3 years full war­ran­ty if bought sep­a­rate­ly. When it comes to the blender it has the 10 years war­ran­ty as all blender parts.

It is good for big house­holds that serve 4–7 people.

Vitamix Ascent Series Self-Detect 48 oz. Wet Narrow Bottom Container

vitamix stainless steel containerThere are two types of 48 oz. Wet Blade Nar­row Bot­tom con­tain­ers are avail­able now — made from an East­man Tri­tan Copoly­ester and a Stain­less Steel. Both of them are equipped with the 3” blades inbuilt into the con­tain­er per­ma­nent­ly. It has a size of 6.5 x 8 x 10 inch­es and weighs only 2 lb. The con­tain­ers come with a plas­tic clear vent­ed lid and 2 ounces mea­sur­ing cap, the cap can be removed dur­ing blend­ing for adding extra ingredients.

The shape and pur­pose of the 48 oz. the nar­row bot­tom con­tain­er is iden­ti­cal to the 64 oz. wide bot­tom con­tain­er but has a small­er capac­i­ty of a con­tain­er and small­er blades.

The con­tain­ers have the fol­low­ing pros and cons:

Pros:

  • Can effi­cient­ly process 1–6 cups of food;
  • Can make recipes with min­i­mum vol­umes of ¾ cups and suit­able for prepar­ing may­on­naise, pesto, sal­ad dress­ing, mari­nades, and others;
  • Scram­ble min­i­mum 2 eggs;
  • Make thick recipes like ice cream, hum­mus, nut but­ter from a min­i­mum of 3 cups;
  • Do not splash from 1–2 cups.

Cons:

  • Can han­dle a max­i­mum of 1.5–2 cups to per­form dry chop­ping func­tions, may require to run few cycles for chop­ping big batches.

It can han­dle a min­i­mum of 1 cup of liq­uid ingre­di­ents, so the main pur­pose of this con­tain­er is to serve 1–4 peo­ple house­holds.  It will per­fect­ly process small to medi­um batch­es of your favorite smooth­ies, soups, frozen desserts, and more. Its petite size allows fit­ting the blender with the 48 oz. the con­tain­er under any kitchen cabinets.

Vitamix Ascent 48 oz. Narrow Bottom Container vs 64 oz. Wide Bottom Container

To process ingre­di­ents prop­er­ly, the Vita­mix jar blades must be cov­ered com­plete­ly with the food, oth­er­wise, the blades will rotate freely with­out cre­at­ing a vor­tex and splash the food around the jar walls. The 64 oz. wide bot­tom 4” blades con­tain­er needs more ingre­di­ents to cov­er the blades than 48 oz. nar­row bot­tom 3” blades containers.

The table below shows the min­i­mum amount of dif­fer­ent food types which Vita­mix blender will effi­cient­ly process:

 

64 oz.

48 oz.

Liq­uid food

4–7.5 cups

1–5.5 cups

Thick ices cream, nut but­ter, hummus

4.5 – 7.5 cups

2–5 cups

Dough and batter

4.5 ‑7 cups

3–5 cups

Wap­ping cream

1 cup

½ cups

Dry chop­ping

Max­i­mum 8 cups

Max­i­mum 1.5–2 cups

 

All Ascent Series blenders come orig­i­nal­ly only with the wide bot­tom 64 oz. con­tain­ers that are not good at pro­cess­ing small batch­es of food. So, if you are dis­ap­point­ed with the Vita­mix Ascent blend­ing qual­i­ty, need to process a small por­tion of food, or think that the 64 ounces con­tain­er is too big for you than the 48 ounces con­tain­er will resolve the prob­lem. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the 64 ounces jar is just too big for most of the every­day blend­ing rou­tine while the 48 ounces con­tain­er is just per­fect for every task you need.

Vita­mix Ascent 48 oz. Self-Detect Con­tain­er, via Amazon

Con­tain­ers and Acces­sories, via Vitamix.com

Vitamix Ascent Series 48 oz. with SELF-DETECT Dry Grains Container

vitamix ascent jar 48 ounces dry container

The 48 oz. nar­row bot­tom Dry Grains Con­tain­er blades have a dif­fer­ent to wet blades shape and are designed to cre­ate an upward vor­tex dur­ing pro­cess­ing instead of the down­ward vor­tex cre­at­ed by the wet blades container.

The upward vor­tex pre­vents par­ti­cles to fall, so they are dis­in­te­grat­ed quick­er and bet­ter because unlike the wet con­tain­er are not packed around the blades and bot­tom of the jar pushed theirs by the down­ward vor­tex. For exam­ple, the wet con­tain­er will process the nuts into the nut but­ter as a result of push­ing dis­in­te­grat­ed par­ti­cles down while the dry con­tain­er will pow­der them by push­ing up. The upward vor­tex also does not heat the processed ingre­di­ents as much as the wet blades, so you will mill bet­ter qual­i­ty grain flour in it.

As a result, the dry blades jar more effi­cient­ly than the wet blades con­tain­er per­form the fol­low­ing functions:

  • Grinds cof­fee beans;
  • Mills grains, seeds, and nuts into flour;
  • Kneads bread and piz­za dough and mix batter;
  • Grates dry cheeses, choco­lates, and nuts.
  • Chops Veg­gies.

The same as the wet blades con­tain­er can per­form most of the dry con­tain­er tasks, the dry blades jar is also able to do most of the wet con­tain­er jobs but less effi­cient­ly. For exam­ple, the dry con­tain­er can process smooth­ies but the result will be much chunki­er than processed in the wet con­tain­er, it will not process berries seeds and will not make smooth green smoothies.

The last point, the down­ward vor­tex not only packs dry ingre­di­ents down around the blades but it also scratch­es a lot the wet con­tain­er bot­tom part. As a result, it not only will absorb dif­fer­ent smells of processed food like gar­lic and onion but will wear out the con­tain­er much quick­er and make it look cloudy and at the bottom.

Over­all, if you intend to make a lot of dry blends the dry con­tain­er might be a good addi­tion to your kitchen. It will not only make more effi­cient­ly the milling, grind­ing, and dough knead­ing job but guar­an­tee to your wet con­tain­er a longer ser­vice life.

Vita­mix Ascent Dry Grains Con­tain­er, via Amazon

Con­tain­ers and Acces­sories, via Vitamix.com

Con­tain­ers and Acces­sories, Vitamix.ca

Vitamix Ascent 20 oz. Blending Cup

Vita­mix Ascent 20 oz. Blend­ing Cup is avail­able in 2 packages:

  • Sin­gle-serve blender attach­ment which includes two (2) 20 oz. cups and blades assembly;
  • One (1) 20 oz. cup only.

Read here the full review about Vita­mix Ascent Series 20 oz. Blend­ing Cup Starter Kit.

Vitamix Ascent 8oz. Blending Bowl

Vita­mix Ascent 8oz. Blend­ing Bowls are designed for pro­cess­ing small por­tions of food and avail­able in two packages:

  • Two (2) 8 oz. bowls with stack­able stor­age lids and blades assembly;
  • Two (2) 8 oz. bowls only.

Read here in more detail about the Vita­mix Ascent Blend­ing Cup 8 oz. Starter Kit.

Vitamix 48 oz. Aer Disc Container

It is designed to per­form the fol­low­ing functions:

  • Whip­ping;
  • Foam­ing and frothing;
  • Emul­si­fy­ing;
  • Mud­dling;
  • Aquafa­ba

The con­tain­er com­pat­i­ble with Ascent and Clas­sic Vita­mix mod­els, read the full Vita­mix 48 oz. Aer Disc Con­tain­er review here.

Summary

The Vita­mix blender is an invest­ment itself, is it worth to pock­et out more mon­ey to expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of your blender? It depends on your needs…

The Ascent series blenders are the most advanced Vita­mix mod­els, invest­ing in an Ascent machine you invest in the future because the man­u­fac­tur­er assures it will con­tin­ue to expand the high tech func­tion­al­i­ty of the Ascent series machines.

How­ev­er, many cus­tomers com­plain about the blend­ing qual­i­ty of the Ascent series. The prob­lem not in the blender itself but in the wide bot­tom con­tain­er that is not as good in pro­cess­ing small batch­es of food as nar­row bot­tom con­tain­ers. The pro­cess­ing of small recipes dom­i­nates the aver­age house­hold’s every­day rou­tine. So, buy­ing a nar­row bot­tom of the 48 ounces wet con­tain­er will con­sid­er­ably improve your Vita­mix expe­ri­ence and it is a worth­while invest­ment almost for any own­er of the Vita­mix Ascent blender.

The dry con­tain­er is not as uni­ver­sal as 48 oz. wet one. It is only worth­while to buy if you are an avid cook­er and bak­er and use your Vita­mix often for milling, grind­ing and dough knead­ing tasks.

The sin­gle-serve 20 oz. cups and small 8 oz. bowls are very pop­u­lar among Vita­mix cus­tomers, espe­cial­ly those who love the sin­gle-serve bul­let-like blender which allows you to process your morn­ing smooth­ies in the sin­gle-serve cup and take them on a go. If you buy one of the two Starter kits (8 oz. bowls or 20 oz. cups) it is worth adding the sec­ond one because the blades attach­ments are inter­change­able and addi­tion­al bowls and cups will cost you only an extra $30.

The Air Disc is not the most nec­es­sary con­tain­er, but those who enjoy mak­ing cock­tails and Aquafa­ba recipes will great­ly be ben­e­fit­ed from the container.

 

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