by Garrick Dee
Updated December 18th, 2018
Vitamix recently has unveiled their newest line called the “Ascent”. The next-generation series is absolutely stunning will a sleek dark finish.
Today we will be looking specifically at the Ascent A2500.
Under the hood of this blender is a powerful 2.2 horsepower motor that is as versatile as a Swiss army knife.
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Not only will this machine blend smoothies, it can do a bunch of other stuff as well like chop food, pulverize nuts into nut butter, knead a dough, chop vegetables (no need for a food processor) and much more.
All of these variants use the same second generation 2.2 hp motor found in newer Vitamix Blenders. But the A2500 has a slightly more powerful 12 amp motor (the 750 and 5300 use an 11.5 amp motor).
When it comes to features and functionality the 750 and A2500 are similar. Both have the pulse variable speed and 3 present controls.
However the A2500 adds a digital component not found in the 750 and even the more expensive 780 variants.
If you look at the front fascia it has a digital timer that gives you a visual on how long the motor has been running. You don’t need to use a stop watch and it takes out the guesswork for recipes that require more precision.
The base will be able to detect the type of container you use and automatically adjust settings and maximum blend times accordingly.
A quick look at the features
- 2.2 hp motor provides consistent results day in and day out
- Three pre-programmed settings – smoothies, hot soup and frozen desserts
- Variable speed setting with pulse function
- Built-in wireless connectivity that’s able to read the container size you’re using and adjust accordingly
- Digital timer gives you a visual how long you’ve been running the motor and take out the guesswork
- 64 ounce container
- 4 foot power cord
- 10 year warranty
- Powerful motor will yield consistent results
- Versatile machine capable of making various types of recipes from smoothies to baby food
- Longest warranty in the industry at 10 years
- Shorter than the previous generation Vitamix 5300 at 17” tall
- Digital timer takes out guesswork when you blend manually
- Cheaper than the Professional series 750 and 780
- Very expensive
- Short power cord
In terms of value for money, I like the Ascent 2500 a lot. When you compare it to its older sibling the 5300, 750 and even the 780 this variant offers more feature and you don’t have to pay as much.
It retains the rotary dial that loyal Vitamix customers have come to love. But it has a digital element to it.
Here’s a video from Vitamix explaining some of the features of the A2500…
Vitamix kept things simple here. On both sides of the dial there are toggle switches. The same ones found in the 5200, 5300 and 750. But it looks much sleeker and modern.
At the middle is a rotary dial where you can set it to 10 different speeds. Or you could use any of the 3 present controls if you’re in a hurry.
These include settings for…
- Hot soup
- Frozen desserts
A pulse toggle switch sits on the left (your left) of the rotary dial and the start/stop switch is on the right.
This gives you flexibility to make different types of recipes or if you want to chop veggies for a salad, the pulse is also a handy function.
Another handy feature would be digital timer that sits on top of the dial.
You don’t need to manually set a timer for recipes that require such, it’s right there built-in the blender.
This brings a lot of convenience to the table and eliminates guesswork that could ruin the texture of the recipe you’re making.
The A2500 has a 10 speed variable speed setting that you can access through a dial.
This gives more flexibility and control of how fine or chunky your recipe will be.
It’s great for making stuff that has very little liquid like nut butter and frozen dessert as you can control how fast the blade spins.
Built-in Wireless Connectivity
No this blender does not have any WiFi but it’ll know what type of container that sits on top of it. It’ll automatically adjust program settings and maximum blending times depending on the container you use.
Aside from the 64 ounce low profile pitcher, you can also any of the “Self-Detect” blade bases such as the blending bowl starter kit or the blending cup starter kit available in Vitamix.com or Amazon.
64 ounce Low Profile Container
Vitamix also upgraded the container that comes along with this. Instead of using a black cover, the new pitcher now has a clear top that’ll help more in terms of visibility.
They were also able to shave a few centimeters off and bring the overall height down to around 17″.
Vitamix is hands down one of the most versatile blenders available right now. All of their products are capable of making more than just a cup of smoothie.
I’d say that performance would be roughly the same as the older second generation Vitamix’s. But what this new blender brings to the table is more sophistication.
All around food mill
This blender is capable to blend pretty much anything you throw at it – smoothies, sauces, baby food, dressings, sauces, nut butter, hot soup, frozen dessert and much more.
Making pizza or homemade bread? Use this to mix dough.
If you’re allergic to dairy milk you can use this to make non-dairy milk like soy milk.
When you buy this, you’ll get a really nice recipe book that contains every type of recipe you can imagine from soups, sauces, smoothies to frozen desserts.
It’s a nice cook book with a hard cover that you can show your guests and be an interesting conversation piece.
Watch this video to see a glimpse of what this blender is capable of making…
Cleaning the large 64 ounce container is easy. Fill the container halfway, add a drop or two of dishwashing liquid then set it to the smoothie preset.
After the smoothie cycle finishes rinse it well to remove any soapy residue.
|Motor||2.2 peak HP|
|Jug capacity||64 ounce|
|Blade Type||laser cut stainless steel|
|Preset blending cycles||Smoothies|
Vitamix backs this up with a 10 year warranty.
You can buy this blender from Amazon for less than $390. Just make sure to choose the “Slate” color for the best value. This product is eligible for the free 2-day shipping if you join Prime (yes, even the trial qualifies you).
And if you think the 10 year warranty is still too short, Amazon also offers extended warranties for this.
Buying this direct from Vitamix would cost around $450.
You can buy this blender from Amazon for less than $410 and it’ll be eligible to their free 2-day shipping if you join Prime.
Extended warranties of up to 4 years are available if you want that extra peace of mind.
Consumers feel the same way and said that this blender will make consistently smooth smoothies even if you add stuff like kale in it.
If you’re opening a smoothie shop, this product will certainly pay for itself because of this consistency. The preset options allow you to set and forget but not all consumers were happy with this feature.
One mentioned that the smoothie preset wasn’t as smooth as he’d like it to be.
But others didn’t were pretty happy with all the recipes that this blender can make. It’s noisy but that’s the tradeoff you’d have to take for something that’s consistent and versatile.
It blends kale and strawberry into a really fine consistency. Don’t have to worry about seeds floating around because the blades will pulverize them.
Compared to the older Vitamix 750 this is cheaper and shorter with a longer warranty. I don’t know why Vitamix priced it that way but this is a better deal if you ask me.
Of all the new Ascent series blenders the A2500 is the best value for money proposition in my book.
It has everything you’ll need in a blender like preset options, variable speed, pulse and a digital timer. And this is all that you need in a blender.
Anything beyond those feature I consider a luxury. The A3300 and A3500 may be more high tech with the touchscreen LED interface but I wouldn’t spend $70 more for these features.
To get the best deal make sure to get the “Slate” color in Amazon that costs less than $390. You can also opt for the sleeker black but it’ll cost more.
If you have any questions about this product just let me know in the comment section below.