Vitamix Ascent A2300 Review

The Vitamix A2300 is the first model in the Ascent series, Vitamix’s line of innovative blenders designed with the latest blender technology. While it looks expensive, it’s actually the most affordable model in the Ascent series! Keep in mind, nonetheless, that it’s just as useful and versatile as its high-end cousins.

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Most buyers say that their first impression of said blender is that it’s durable, thanks to its thick plastic components, and functional with features like 10 speeds, pulse control and wireless connectivity. Indeed, it’s proof that the first doesn’t necessarily have to be the oldest in terms of technology due to high-tech features! Of course, it’s a great blender for making smooth and silky milkshakes, smoothies and frozen desserts, among others.

Most buyers say that their first impression of said blender is that it’s durable, thanks to its thick plastic components, and functional with features like 10 speeds, pulse control and wireless connectivity. Indeed, it’s proof that the first doesn’t necessarily have to be the oldest in terms of technology due to high-tech features! Of course, it’s a great blender for making smooth and silky milkshakes, smoothies and frozen desserts, among others.

​In a way, it’s also an ascendant blender because it’s the first in the series. We can safely say that the other models are inspired by its beautiful design and practical features.

  • ​10 variable speed for more versatility in the types of solid and liquid ingredients that can be blended
  • ​Pulse feature for fast blending
  • ​Peak 2.2 horsepower motor
  • ​Built-in digital timer for getting precise blending duration
  • ​64 ounces capacity suitable for making blended concoctions for 2-3 persons
  • ​Built-in wireless connectivity
  • ​Sturdy jar
  • ​Clear lid
  • ​Lid plug can be used as measuring cup
  • ​Pouring spout allows for mess-free transfers
  • ​Ergonomic handle
  • ​Comes with full-color hardcover book containing dozens of recipes

Base Unit & Motor Power

​A.  Container

Instead of a smooth, round jar common in other blenders, the Vitamix A2300 has a textured jar. The angles have been designed to ensure that the ingredients are folded back into the blades, thus, allowing for faster and smoother blending.

​We recommend you to also check the Vitamix latest models like  Vitamix e320, Vitamix e310 and even Vitamix Professional 750

The jar itself is made of a durable plastic that will withstand hundreds of use, even with surface impact from ice cubes and frozen ingredients. Since it’s made of clear plastic, you can easily see through it to determine whether the ingredients are already in the desired consistency or not. The lid seals securely into the jar so the ingredients don’t splatter all over the place but it’s also easy to remove with a slight pressure.

B. Blades

The laser-cut blade is made from a single sheet of stainless steel, thus, it’s strong enough to withstand hundreds of use. Even after years of regular use, it will not crack, warp and bend, as well as not become dull. It’s sturdy enough to cut through even the hardest solid ingredients, such as frozen fruits, as well as green leafy vegetables, ice cubes and heavy powder.

Such power is possible thanks to the 2-horsepower motor.  The friction generated by the blade means that you can prepare warm soup from the blender. Just place the ingredients, such as cooked butternut squash chopped into medium-sized pieces, nuts and seeds, and milk, into the jar, cover the blender and then set the timer.

​Within a minute or less, you will have warm soup! The motor and blade make short work of the ingredients.

​Control Panel and Speed

​The blender has 10 variable speed controls in an old-fashioned dial knob numbered 1 to 10. You may find it retro in comparison with a touch pad control panel but it has its merits, especially when fine-tuning the blending consistency.

​It has a pulse feature, too, which features a toggle switch. The short bursts of chopping motions from the blade makes quick work of even the toughest fruits and vegetables.

​​​​​There’s a digital timer that provides a countdown, of a sort, so you don’t have to second-guess whether the time recommended in the recipe was followed. You don’t have to turn the blender off, too, since it has automatic shutdown. It even has an automatic cut-off set at 6.5 minutes so there’s no danger of overheating.

​Dimension

​The Vitamix A2300 is large enough to make smoothies and juices for 3-5 persons but it’s small enough to fit in a standard-sized cabinet. It measures 11x8x17 inches and weighs 11 pounds, a fairly lightweight blender that can withstand heavy-duty use. It can be stored in a cabinet either with the jar and base together or with these parts apart.

​The blender’s jar has an ergonomic handle with a sturdy design that allows for one-handed pouring from the container to glasses, bowls and jars. But if possible, you should hold the jar by its handle and body when pouring smoothies, soups and juices so as to ensure spill-free transfers.

​The jar’s spout slightly protrudes without getting in the way when pouring. You may or may not have to use a funnel when transferring its contents to other smaller containers.

​The blender’s jar also has lines indicating the liquid measurement in liters so there’s no second-guessing the amount of ingredients.

​Functionality and Versatility

​Smoothie:

​The Vitamix A2300 can quickly turn fruits, vegetables and nuts as well as liquid ingredients like honey into smooth, silky and delicious smoothies in under a minute. You can rely on it to make whole ingredients including their peels and pits, if these are included, into a smooth consistency – no flecks, tough fiber and other bits and pieces.

​Juices:

​Just add water into the mix and you will get a nutritious juice drink! The blade and its swirling movement creates a vortex that ensures both the solid and liquid ingredients are well-incorporated. You may want to remove the peels and pits, however, if you’re making juices since the addition of water will affect the overall consistency.

​Frozen ingredients/desserts:

​Many inferior blenders cannot handle frozen ingredients, such as frozen fruits and ice cubes, because their blades aren’t sturdy. This isn’t the case with the Vitamix A2300! With its stainless steel blade, it will efficiently cut through the frozen ingredients, smash them to small pieces and achieve the desired texture and consistency.

​You can use it for making homemade frozen desserts, such as sorbets and ice cream. You don’t have to buy an ice cream machine anymore.

​Pureeing:

​If you’re making large batches of baby food as well as dips and sauces, you will find this blender as a great tool! Your baby will surely enjoy the small texture of his pureed fruits and vegetables while the children and adults in your household will love the dips and sauces. There’s no need to buy a food processor if you already have the Vitamix A2300.

​Soup/ hot ingredients:

​With your busy lifestyle, you don’t have much time to prepare hot soups. With this blender, you can do so! Just place cooked ingredients into the jar, choose the speed and wait for your soup to be done. The blade creates enough friction to warm up the ingredients.

​Chopping/food prep:

​You can use this blender for chopping solid food into smaller pieces, too.

​Grinding/milling:

​Your repertoire of nut butters will increase, too. Use this blender for turning almond, peanut and hazelnut into nut butters as well as for grinding coffee beans and other nuts.

​Dough/Batter:

​Making batter for waffles, pancakes, crepes, cakes, cookies and muffins has become easier with this blender. You may even be able to make dough for pizza and bread with it.

​Noise Level

​Despite its fairly powerful motor, it isn’t noisy during operation. You can turn it on and your kitchen won’t feel like it is being drilled from up above since it produces low noise. The noise level is also about the same between the lowest and highest setting.

​Ease of Using and Cleaning

​A. Operating

​The Vitamix A2300 is so easy to use! If you have used other blenders, then the steps are the same for this Ascent blender. You should remove the lid first, place the ingredients into the jar, and place the jar on top of its motor base. You can then replace the lid on top of the jar, turn on the switch and choose the speed – as simple as that!

​B. Cleaning

​There’s no need to disassemble the jar and its parts when cleaning the blender after use. Just put a few drops of dishwashing liquid and a cup or so of water into the jar. Then, turn on the blender and set it at its highest speed for 60 seconds. The blender self-cleans and you just need to pour the soap-water mixture into the sink and rinse the jar.

​Warranty and Customer Support

​Vitamix offers a 10-year full warranty on this blender, an impressive one considering that many blender companies only offer 2-3 years warranty at most. It even covers the shipping costs, to and from your residence, in case the blander has to be repaired.

​Pros

Cons​

  • ​Powerful motor and solid base
  • ​Efficient blade useful in nearly every function from chopping to pureeing
  • ​10 variable speeds for customized blending
  • ​Easy to use and clean
  • ​Comes with wireless connectivity
  • ​Modern design
  • ​10-year full warranty
  • ​Its dial/knob can be wieldy to use
  • ​Its price is slightly higher than other blenders with similar features

​Summary

​The Vitamix A2300 blender catches attention because it blends the old and the new in a modern kitchen appliance. Its dial for speed control may be retro – many blenders already have touchpad control panels – but it works, nonetheless. You may even find it charming, not to mention that it won’t break so easily.

​Its stainless steel blade, sturdy jar and powerful motor are its modern parts, and we love them. These parts ensure that solid and liquid ingredients can be mixed into the desired consistency and, thus, make smoothies, baby food and juice production a breeze. Indeed, it’s a blender that gives great value for the money, especially if you’re looking for a sturdy blender that will last for a decade or more.