Many Vitamix Ascent 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 the 20 ounces Blending Cup and 8 ounces Blending Bowl Starter Kits. These attachments probably are the most anticipated by the customers Vof itamix accessories.
The Vitamix Ascent Series blenders - A2300, A2500, A3300, and A3500 — are 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 a 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.
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Vitamix Ascent Self-Detect Technology
The Ascent Series 20 oz and 8 oz 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 are 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 are also set to 75 seconds maximum blending time in order not to allow the heat of 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
The 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 the go.
The 20 oz single-serve cups are made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester shatterproof and temperature-resistant material. In addition, the cups have double walls, so they can keep the cold or hot liquids for a longer time. On the downside, the cups do not have any measurements on the wall.
The cups are equipped with polypropylene spill-proof lids that could be used for drinking directly or with a straw. In addition, 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) and hardly suitable for kids to be used by kids.
Vitamix Ascent 8 oz. Self-Detect Blending Bowls
The bowls are designed for processing small batches of food and are very convenient for making salad dressings, milling herbs, or making baby foods.
The 8 oz. bows, the same as any other Vitamix container, are made from shatterproof Tritan copolyester and very thick by design (weights 0.858 lbs) which allows us 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. However, 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 are made from similar to full-size blender jars hardened stainless steel. The blade 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 blade attachments that come with either Starter Kit package are interchangeable between cups and bowls.
Thus, you can buy either 20 oz or 8 oz to save money. Starter Kits 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.
The Vitamix Blending Starter Kits are as 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-batch recipes. The 8oz Bowl Starter Kit also will replace various mini appliances like herb and coffee grinders, mini food processors/choppers, baby food makers, etc.