In the Vitamix blender lines, the Ascent series is considered as among the higher-end, higher-performance blenders. This is true for Vitamix A2500 blender, a product with a purchase price starting at $450 excluding shipping fees. The price seems expensive at first considering that there are more affordable under $100 blenders from reputable brands.
But when its superior performance is considered, the expensive price is justified! Everything about it has been designed to ensure regular use for several years, perhaps a decade, and it pays for itself, so to speak. Think about the numerous smoothies, frozen desserts and nut butters that you can make with it over the years.
Of course, its long-term use is predicated on its proper care and maintenance. We cannot overemphasize its importance no matter the price of the blender – the better you take care of it, the more value you can get out of it.
Base Unit and Motor Power Of Vitamix A2500
The Vitamix A2500 blender has a high-performance 2.2-horsepower motor, a powerful motor that can crush the competition. The motor’s robust construction means that it can withstand several minutes of continuous operation at a time, perhaps several times a day. Keep in mind that the motor is the soul of the blender, and the more robust it is, the more powerful the vortex created by the blades will be.
The base unit attests to the motor’s powerful performance. The large, squat and square base allows for stability while the motor’s running. So, there’s no need to place the blender on top of a rubber mat to prevent it from skidding across the counter.
We love that the motor base has a high-tech feature, too! It automatically recognizes the size of the container and makes adjustments to the program settings.
Both the jar and its lid are made of see-through plastic, thus, it’s easy to look from the side and above to determine the blending progress. The lid itself locks securely on the jar – there’s an audible click when it does so – so the ingredients won’t spill out accidentally during blending.
The 64-ounce BPA-free plastic jar also has clear lines for ounces, millimeter and cup on the side. You can just use these lines when adding ingredients based on the recipe. You will also appreciate that the jar has a sturdy look and feel about it, and it’s fairly resistant against scratches, dents and cracks.
As in all Vitamix blenders, the blades on the Vitamix A2500 are made of laser-cut stainless steel, a robust material that can withstand years of constant use. While it will eventually be subject to corrosion and other signs of physical damage, it will retain its razor-sharp quality for a decade or so with proper use.
The blades are obviously powered by the motor and such is the speed of the blades that these create friction heat! Given enough time in the blender while it’s in operation, cold ingredients can become hot enough. In most cases, it will only take six minutes to do so.
Control Panel and Speed
The Vitamix A2500 has three pre-programmed settings for hot soups, smoothies and frozen desserts. Just place the ingredients called for in the recipe into the jar, put on the lid, and choose the desired setting. The blender will automatically stop when the desired process is complete, thus, you don’t have to second-guess yourself.
Furthermore, the variable speed provides for greater control over your desired consistency and texture from the ingredients. As with most blenders, there are 10 speeds to choose from with 1 being the slowest and 10 being the fastest.
It isn’t all analog with this blender, however. The control panel also has a digital countdown timer that counts up the time when you’ve selected variable speed and counts down the time when you’ve selected a pre-programmed setting.
The Vitamix A2500 is slightly shorter in height than other Vitamix blenders at just 17 inches when the jar and base unit are attached. This makes it easy to store it under kitchen cabinets, a plus for people in apartments, studios and tiny homes.
The base units measures 11 inches by 8 inches. It isn’t large enough to take up all the space in your countertop but it will take up space.
Functionality & Versatility
The blades can pulverize nearly everything that it comes in contact with, from soft fruits to hard vegetables, even ice cubes. The smoothies that are created with this blender are usually smooth, creamy and thick. These include berry smoothies, fruit smoothies and oat-and-green smoothies, even cookie smoothies.
Despite its powerful motor and blades, the Vitamix A2500 cannot separate the juice from the pulp of the fruits and vegetables placed in it. If you want true juice with the liquid and solid components separated, you will need a dedicated juicer. But if you’re okay with whole juice, then it’s sufficient for the purpose.
The blades turn ice cubes into shaved ice within 15-30 seconds, and the shaved ice is great for a wide range of frozen desserts. You can make ice cream, fruit sorbets and margaritas with a single tool. Both ice cubes and frozen fruit can be mixed and the result is as smooth as a baby’s bottom.
Starting with the pulse function and choosing the right speed setting will transform solid ingredients into purees. You can use the Vitamix A2500 blender for making sauces and dips, baby food and even marinades. We’ve made pesto sauce, applesauce and tomato sauce with it many times.
Soup/ hot ingredients:
As previously mentioned, the fast speeds of the blades result in the creation of friction heat, just enough to make the food slightly hot. The blender can then be used in creating ready-to-eat hot soups, such as butternut soup, which can reach 152°F in six minutes. The jar maybe made of plastic but it can definitely handle the heat.
If the blades can pulverize fruits and vegetables for smoothies and purees, then it can definitely chop them! There are several recipes that call for chopping, such as salads and coleslaw, and this blender is a handy tool to have in the kitchen. It makes for faster chopping than with a knife.
Almonds, peanuts and cashew nuts are just among the many types of nuts that can be turned into nut butter with the Vitamix A2500. Just add a little water to facilitate the grinding process. You can also ground coffee beans, mill popcorn into flour and make powdered sugar with it, too.
Don’t have a dough mixer? You can use this blender to mix and knead dough for bread and pizza, as well as batter for waffles, pancakes, cakes, crepes and muffins.
Vitamix A2500 Blender Noise Level
Man has yet to invent a quiet blender and the Vitamix A2500 isn’t a quiet machine. It will always be slightly noisier than your mood can take but the noise is still tolerable. It will take a few minutes anyway to get the job done so your ears should be able to rest afterwards while your taste buds are enjoying the delicious smoothies or juices.c
Ease of Using, Cleaning
If you have used other blenders before, then you will find it easy to use the A25oo blender. Most of the steps are the same, from placing the ingredients into the jar and putting its lid on to placing the jar on the base unit and turning on the blender. The instructions manual provides detailed instructions on its proper use and care.
The jar can be cleaned in two ways. First, disassemble the jar and its parts including the lid and blade assembly. Run them under running water for 30-60 seconds and then place them in the dishwasher for further washing.
Second, place tap water and a few drops of dishwashing detergent in the jar, place the jar on the motor base, and turn on the blender. Pour the water mixture in the sink and place the jar with its bottom upended for air drying on a clean cloth.
Warranty and Customer Support
This blender comes with the standard 10-year full warranty on Vitamix blenders.
The Vitamix A2500 blender is quite pricey for its capacity and features. The $450+ price will turn off some buyers who want a budget-friendly blender for home use, and many will even find more affordable blenders. While we understand the decision, we think that this blender is well worth every penny paid for it.
This is the kind of blender that you will think of as investment since it will last for years and give consistent performance through the years. The consistency of performance itself should be enough reason to buy it. Of course, it’s also a great buy if you’re looking for a durable and versatile blender.