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Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Review

This burly blender earned the top score overall but comes at a premium price
Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $520 List | $449.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies, durable
Cons:  Pricey
Manufacturer:   Vitamix
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jun 26, 2021
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89
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SCORE


RANKED
#1 of 12
  • Smoothies - 30% 9
  • Ice - 20% 10
  • Convenience - 20% 7.2
  • Pureeing - 15% 10
  • Grinding - 15% 8.2

Our Verdict

Just nudging past the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro for the top score, the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series also earned an Editors' Choice award and is one of the best blenders that we tested overall. This product performed extremely well across the board in all of our metrics. While it is substantially more expensive than the Cuisinart, it showed no signs of wear and tear and the end of our tests like the Hurricane Pro did, so we felt it merited our top award as well.

Editor's Note: this review was updated on June 26, 2021 to incorporate additional testing results and updated competitive contrast information.

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Pros Excellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies, durableFantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth pureesGreat blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butterVery inexpensive, solid for smoothiesTons of accessories, good at crushing ice
Cons PriceyBlade showed signs of wear and tearNo presets, digital timerCan catastrophically leak if base isn't attached, struggled with grating hard cheeseSubpar at fruit smoothies, struggled with pureeing
Bottom Line This burly blender earned the top score overall but comes at a premium priceThis is one of our all-around favorite kitchen appliances and we highly recommend it for all of your blending needsThis budget blender holds its own with the top-tier products fairly wellIf you are shopping for a blender on the tightest of budgets, then this is a great choiceThis 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...
Smoothies (30%)
9.0
9.0
8.3
5.9
4.4
Ice (20%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
7.3
8.1
Convenience (20%)
7.2
6.9
5.2
5.5
6.4
Pureeing (15%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
6.1
3.4
Grinding (15%)
8.2
8.4
6.7
2.7
3.2
Specs Vitamix A2500 Ascen... Cuisinart Hurricane... NutriBullet Blender Hamilton Beach 58148A Nutri Ninja DUO Ble...
Model Number A2500 CBT-2000 ZNBF30400Z 58148A BL642W
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
  • Small 18 oz
  • Regular 24 oz
  • Jumbo 32 oz
Digital Timer Yes Yes No No Yes
Presets Yes, 3
  • Smoothie
  • Frozen Drink
  • Soup
  • Even though it didn't have a "Clean" ; I just used the smoothie preset to clean it
Yes,
  • Clean
  • Soup
  • Smoothie (Fruit and Green)
  • Ice Crush
None None Yes, 4 (2 for pitcher, 2 for personal blender)
Pitcher
  • Frozen Drinks / Smoothies
  • Puree

Personal (Nutri Ninja)
  • Nutri Ninja Blend
  • Nutri Ninja Ultra Blend

Our Analysis and Test Results

A trio of top-notch blenders earned the highest scores of the group, with the Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500, and the Vitamix Pro 750 all meriting impressive scores of 86 or higher out of 100. However, the A2500 earned the very highest score of them all, earning an 89 of 100, and just nudging past the Cuisinart's 88 score. Those are small differences in score, and it is mainly price and relative durability that set these three apart for determining awards. As mentioned above, the blade on the Hurricane Pro showed some signs of damage and the Pro 750 costs a bit more than the A2500. However, the Pro 750 would be an excellent choice if found at a discounted price.

The Vitamix A2500.
The Vitamix A2500.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Performance Comparison


To determine which product is truly the blender that 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 — Convenience, Grinding, Pureeing, Ice, and Smoothies — 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 A2500 did exceptionally well at making smoothies.
The A2500 did exceptionally well at making smoothies.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Smoothies


Carrying the most weight out of any of our rating metrics, Smoothies account for 30% of the final score for each product. The A2500 delivered an exceptionally great performance, earning a phenomenal score of 9 out of 10. We used four different recipes to make evaluation beverages, grading the A2500 on how well it made a berry smoothie, fruit and oat, green, and an Oreo shake. The following chart shows how this product stacked up against the competition when it came to 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.

Smoothies Test Score Comparison

 
AwardsEditors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price$520 List
$449.95 at Amazon
$400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$100 List
$96.50 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$180 List
$175.37 at Amazon
Smoothies Score
9.0
9.0
8.3
5.9
4.4
Berry Smoothie (30%)
10
9
8
6
4
Green Smoothie (30%)
10
10
9
6
5
Fruit Nut & Oat (25%)
6
7
8
5
2
Oreo Milkshake (15%)
10
10
8
7
8

The A2500 did a fantastic job at mixing a green smoothie, creating a silky-smooth drink that pours right through a sieve.

The Vitamix A2500 green smoothie poured effortlessly through the...
The Vitamix A2500 green smoothie poured effortlessly through the sieve.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This matched the performance of the other Vitamix models and the Cuisinart, with no flakes or chunks of greens in the beverage and a very consistent flavor profile throughout the entire glass.

The A2500 made a fantastically smooth and delectable green smoothie.
The A2500 made a fantastically smooth and delectable green smoothie.
Credit: Austin Palmer

This blender continued its excellent performance in our Oreo shake evaluation, blending a perfect beverage that wasn't grainy at all. 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.

The A2500 ready to ascend to the top of our tastebuds with this...
The A2500 ready to ascend to the top of our tastebuds with this mouthwatering Oreo shake.
Credit: Austin Palmer

The A2500 continued its stellar performance into our berry smoothie challenge, perfectly blending the mixture and completely destroying any of the seeds to create a velvety-smooth texture, outperforming the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro.

The A2500 was a top performer for our berry smoothie test.
The A2500 was a top performer for our berry smoothie test.
Credit: Austin Palmer

For the last test, the performance of the A2500 took a substantial hit. This blender didn't do particularly well with our fruit and oat smoothie, leaving behind plenty of larger almond chunks. The Cuisinart Hurricane and the Vitamix 5200 did much better, with the 5200 performing the best overall. However, the parts of the smoothie that were completely blended were quite smooth.

The Vitamix A2500 makes efficient work of ice and frozen drinks.
The Vitamix A2500 makes efficient work of ice and frozen drinks.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ice


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 10 out of 10 scores on both of our ice crushing challenge tests.

Ice Test Score Comparison

 
AwardsEditors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price$520 List
$449.95 at Amazon
$400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$100 List
$96.50 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$180 List
$175.37 at Amazon
Ice Score
10.0
10.0
10.0
7.3
8.1
Straight Up Ice (35%)
10
10
10
6
10
Margarita (65%)
10
10
10
8
7

This blender completely crushed the ice without any signs of difficulty, completing the task in less than 15 seconds or so.

The A2500 crushes ice so well you might think you ascended to a...
The A2500 crushes ice so well you might think you ascended to a mountain top and found snow.
Credit: Austin Palmer

It also made an excellent margarita. This perfect drink was evenly mixed throughout, without any large ice chunks.

Unlike the older model Vitamix, the Ascent Series is dishwasher...
Unlike the older model Vitamix, the Ascent Series is dishwasher safe, except for the motor base.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Convenience


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, earning a 7 out of 10 for being very easy to use — one of the best


We conduct a series of 7 individual tests to score Convenience, and the A2500 did an impressive job of across the board, earning the highest combined score, and winning most of the individual tests.

Convenience Test Score Comparison

 
AwardsEditors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price$520 List
$449.95 at Amazon
$400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$100 List
$96.50 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$180 List
$175.37 at Amazon
Convenience Score
7.2
6.9
5.2
5.5
6.4
Dishwasher (30%)
8
8
4
8
8
Hand Washing (15%)
8
7
8
10
4
Drying (10%)
7
8
1
1
1
Digital Timer (5%)
8
8
3
3
8
Labeling (10%)
5
6
6
6
6
Presets (15%)
5
7
3
3
5
Removing The Lid (15%)
8
4
10
2
10

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 don't feel like washing them yourself.

The wider pitcher makes this easier to clean by hand.
The wider pitcher makes this easier to clean by hand.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

The A2500 has a nice digital display and what we feel is all the...
The A2500 has a nice digital display and what we feel is all the presets that you need.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

The A2500 Ascent Series climbed its way to the top making a top...
The A2500 Ascent Series climbed its way to the top making a top notch nut butter.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Pureeing


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, earning a perfect score of 10 out of 10 and tying for the top spot of the whole group.


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.

Pureeing Test Score Comparison

 
AwardsEditors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price$520 List
$449.95 at Amazon
$400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$100 List
$96.50 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$180 List
$175.37 at Amazon
Pureeing Score
10.0
10.0
10.0
6.1
3.4
Nut Butter (45%)
10
10
10
8
3
Tomato Soup (45%)
10
10
10
5
4
Heating (10%)
10
10
10
2
2

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.

Loaded up and ready to make some hot tomato soup.
The sieve proved no match for the super blended tomato soup.

This appliance also heated the soup up enough to serve right out of the blender, reaching a temperature of 153.2°F after 5:45 of blending.

Consistently blending hard foods can pot mark and damage the...
Consistently blending hard foods can pot mark and damage the pitcher, consider getting a second pitcher or a dry blades pitcher if you are going to do a lot of grinding.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Grinding


Accounting for the last 15% of the total score, the A2500 again scored very well in our three Grinding tests, earning a 7 out of 10, though not quite 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.

Grinding Test Score Comparison

 
AwardsEditors' Choice Award Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award Best Buy Award Top Pick Award 
Price$520 List
$449.95 at Amazon
$400 List
$399.95 at Amazon
$100 List
$96.50 at Amazon
Check Price at Amazon$180 List
$175.37 at Amazon
Grinding Score
8.2
8.4
6.7
2.7
3.2
Sugar (25%)
9
8
7
2
2
Parmesan (40%)
7
9
7
2
5
Flour (35%)
9
8
6
4
2

The A2500 did an excellent job at milling the corn flour, with 99% of the finished product passing our sieve test.

The A2500 created a quality corn meal, most of which passed easily...
The A2500 created a quality corn meal, most of which passed easily through our sieve.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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 close to $500 for a blender. The Vitamix is also a product that makes a good long-term investment since it is a quality, 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. So, 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 $100+ dollars lower cost, 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 $400 lower price, 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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