The Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series earned an Editors' Choice award and is overall one of the best blenders that we tested. This appliance performed extremely well across the board in all of our metrics. While it is costlier than many models, it showed no signs of wear and tear and the end of our tests, so we felt it merited our top award.Editor's Note: This review was updated on May 4, 2022, to incorporate additional testing results and updated competitive contrast information.
Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Review
Pros: Excellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies, durable
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|Pros||Excellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies, durable||Fantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth purees||Great blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butter||Very inexpensive, solid for smoothies||Tons of accessories, good at crushing ice|
|Cons||Pricey||Blade showed signs of wear and tear||No presets, digital timer||Can catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheese||Subpar at fruit smoothies, struggled with pureeing|
|Bottom Line||This burly blender earned the top score overall but comes at a premium price||This is one of our all-around favorite kitchen appliances and we highly recommend it for all of your blending needs||This budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly well||If you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, this one will do the job||This appliance is a solid choice for those who wish to make personal-sized blended drinks or shakes|
|Rating Categories||Vitamix A2500 Ascen...||Cuisinart Hurricane...||NutriBullet Blender||Hamilton Beach 58148A||Nutri Ninja DUO Ble...|
|Specs||Vitamix A2500 Ascen...||Cuisinart Hurricane...||NutriBullet Blender||Hamilton Beach 58148A||Nutri Ninja DUO Ble...|
|Power||Peak 2.2 HP||Peak 3.5 HP||1.6 HP||Peak .94 HP||Peak 2 HP|
|Dimensions||11" x 8" x 17"||10.05" x 8.50" x 17.55"||16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5"||14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"||10" x 7" x 17.5"|
|Jar size||64 oz||64 oz||64 oz||40 oz||72 oz|
|Dishwasher safe||Yes||Yes||Pitcher; top rack only||Yes||Yes|
|Accessories||Tamper||None||Tamper||None||3 Nutri Ninja Cups
||None||None||Yes, 4 (2 for pitcher, 2 for personal blender)
Personal (Nutri Ninja)
Our Analysis and Test Results
To determine which blender truly tops them all, we conducted extensive research, then bought the best models available today and tested them side-by-side with a comprehensive testing process. We spread our tests among five weighted rating metrics — Smoothies, Ice, Convenience, Pureeing, and Grinding — with the sections below providing details about the performance of the Vitamix A2500 and how it compared to the rest of the blenders in the bunch.
The Smoothies metric is weighted the heaviest, accounting for 30% of each blender's final score. The A2500 delivered an exceptionally great performance here. We used four different beverage recipes to evaluate, grading the A2500 on how well it made a green smoothie, berry smoothie, fruit and oat, and an Oreo shake. The following chart shows how this product stacked up against the competition when blending smoothies.
Our Smoothie scoring stemmed from four different smoothie tests, each of which challenged all the competing products in an apples-to-apples manner.
The A2500 did a fantastic job at mixing a green smoothie, creating a silky-smooth drink that pours right through a sieve.
This matched the performance of the other high-end models, with no flakes or chunks of greens in the beverage and a very consistent flavor profile throughout the entire glass.
The A2500 continued its stellar performance in our berry smoothie challenge, perfectly blending the mixture and completely destroying any of the seeds to create a velvety-smooth texture.
The performance of the A2500 took a substantial hit with our fruit and oat smoothie, leaving behind plenty of larger almond chunks. However, the parts of the smoothie that were completely blended were quite smooth.
This blender made an excellent Oreo shake, however, blending a perfect beverage with no hint of graininess. We also didn't have to intervene by scraping the sides of the pitcher or shaking it in the slightest to get the mixture to blend.
Our next metric, Ice, consisted of two tests — crushing ice and blending a margarita — and is responsible for 20% of the overall score.
The Vitamix earned perfect scores on both of our ice crushing challenge tests.
This blender completely crushed the ice without any signs of difficulty, completing the task in less than 15 seconds.
It also made an excellent margarita. This perfect drink was evenly mixed throughout, without any large ice chunks.
Meriting the same weight as our Ice metric, our Convenience metric also takes credit for 20% of the total score. We ranked and scored each blender on how easy it is to operate, the difficulty of cleaning it, and if there are any other helpful features that make it even easier to operate. The Vitamix A2500 continued its great performance and was one of the best in this category.
We conducted a series of 7 individual tests to score Convenience, and the A2500 did an impressive job across the board, earning the highest combined score and winning most of the individual tests.
The A2500 is quite easy to clean manually, with a large pitcher and plenty of space around the blades. There also aren't any lips or crevices that were prone to collecting food. Even better, the pitcher, lid, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe, if you don't feel like washing them by hand.
You can also place the pitcher back on its motorized base in a way that it will dry, freeing up valuable space in your dish rack.
The A2500 has a handful of different preset functions, as well as a built-in digital timer. However, they aren't the most intuitively labeled, so you definitely have to consult the manual on their use for the first few times. Unfortunately, this appliance is definitely a little on the loud side, measuring in at 88 dBa on our SPL meter.
Responsible for 15% of the overall score, our Pureeing metric is comprised of three different tests: making almond butter, mixing tomato soup, and heating up that soup. The A2500 again delivered a stellar performance.
This model delivered a perfect performance when it came to making nut butter, producing a smooth and creamy spread after about 8 minutes of blending.
This blender also gave an excellent performance in our soup test, perfectly liquefying the mixture to the extent that it passed entirely through the sieve without any getting caught.
This stellar kitchen appliance also heated up the soup enough to serve right out of the pitcher, reaching a temperature of 153.2°F after 5:45 of blending.
Accounting for the last 15% of the total score, the A2500 again scored very well in our three Grinding tests, though not quite high enough to claim the top spot.
Our Grinding metric evaluated each blender on how well it did at making powdered sugar, grating hard parmesan cheese, and milling popcorn into corn flour.
The A2500 did an excellent job at milling the corn flour, with 99% of the finished product passing our sieve test.
It did decently well with our parmesan cheese, though there were a few larger rogue chunks interspersed throughout the mix. The A2500 also finished out the test with a good showing at making powdered sugar, creating a very finely ground mixture without melting any.
Should You Buy the Vitamix A2500?
Earning the highest overall score and an Editors' Choice award for its performance, the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series is a fantastic blender that won't disappoint. It excelled in all of our tests and showed no signs of wear and tear, even after pureeing almond, crushing ice, or grinding popcorn. For those that want the very best, this hefty blender is definitely one to consider — if you can stomach paying around $500 for a blender. The Vitamix is also a product that makes a good long-term investment since it is a quality and durable product built to last for years.
What Other Blenders Should You Consider?
The A2500 is a fantastic blender, but it is quite expensive, making it a poor option if you are shopping on a budget. If the price is giving you heartburn, think about one of the lower-priced models in our test that performed nearly as well, for a lower price.
The next step down in price, with nearly identical performance, is the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro. It sells for around $100 dollars less and was nearly a tie on overall performance score. The one thing we will say is that at the end of our extensive testing period, the Vitamix was in like-new condition, with no signs of wear and tear. But, the Cuisinart showed some signs of wear on the blade and deterioration.The other option worth considering is the NutriBullet Blender, which sells for far cheaper, yet still delivered very compelling performance in our tests. We consider it a Best Buy. Relative to the A2500, the NutriBullet delivered near as good performance across the board, and well above average in every one of our rating metrics.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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