Vitamix A3500 Smart Blender Review

fresh fruits cut into small and put into the Vitamix A3500 blender
What Is the Vitamix Ascent Line of Blenders?

The Vitamix brand stands for high performance in a home or professional kitchen. Customers expect to pay a high price for a machine that the company clearly intends should last at least a decade. Their 10-year warranty is a good reassurance that the initial investment in a Vitamix will be rewarded by the longevity of the machine. The Vitamix Ascent line, led by the Vitamix A3500, builds on the strong technology of earlier series and offers new versatility in response to user requests and available technology.

Blending performance is identical through the entire Ascent line. All the models can handle either eight-ounce or 20 ounce blending containers which are available to purchase as add-ons. This expands the range of the line from its large capacity 64-ounce containers, which can handle recipes for a large family and entertaining, to a container that holds a single smoothie.

The Ascent containers are dishwasher safe, a long-awaited innovation. The Ascent models seem to run somewhat quieter than other Vitamix series. The Ascent models go up in price with a corresponding increase in features, with the Vitamix Ascent A3500 at the top of the line.

What Is the Vitamix Ascent Line of Blenders?

a product line of Vitamix Ascent blenders

Vitamin Ascent is a platform product line; a style of blender that the Vitamix company will use as it designs its machines of the future. Models within the Ascent line have unique features, but they all share a common strong foundation that includes their powerful 2.2 horsepower motors.

The Vitamix Ascent is a product upon which Vitamix corporation plans to build. NFC wireless technology in all the Ascent models enables the machines to detect the size of the container loaded onto the base and adjust its blending power accordingly. The Vitamix App, available on iOS and Android devices, has 17 blending programs and 500 recipes.

Every Ascent blender comes with a 64-ounce blending container. This container has been redesigned from earlier series and has a small bulge in the front of the container that makes thick blends like malts and smoothies pour out smoothly. The container lid is a clear locking lid. An audible click lets you know the lid is on tight and now you are able to watch the blending. The lid plug has measurements and is a handy way to measure one ounce and half ounce units.

What Is the Vitamix A3500?

blender with fresh fruits inside and a jar of fruit smoothie on the side

The Vitamix A3500 is the leader of the dynamic Ascent line of Vitamix blenders. At almost 15 pounds, its heavy base supports stable operation. This model has NFC wireless technology that senses the size of the blending jar and adapts to that size. The finish options for this model set it apart as the top of the line. It has five pre-programmed settings, the most of any in the Ascent line.

Product Specs


Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz....
  • Program Settings: Five program settings (for Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts, and Self-Cleaning)...
  • Touchscreen Controls give the machine a sleek silhouette and are easily wiped clean.Electrical Ratings - 120 V, 50-60...
  • You're in Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe

Ease of Use (5-Star Rating System) 4 Stars

A Vitamix blender will be easy to use once you know all it can do, but it is well worth reading the manual and learning how features like the pre-programmed settings actually work in your own kitchen. The potential with wireless connectivity and a Vitamix app on iOS and Android phones opens up a future of exciting possibilities.


Performance (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

The entire line of Ascent blenders share the same powerful motor and produce the same performance qualities.


Design Quality (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

The Ascent line has a distinct design, with different finish and color options available for each model. The Vitamix A3500 comes in a choice of brushed stainless, graphite metal, black stainless metal, copper metal or all white. Each option is a contemporary high-tech style that will look good in a modern kitchen and speaks of the quality of this model.


Warranty (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

Vitamix has improved its warranty from its impressive seven-year warranty to a ten-year warranty covering parts and labor as well as shipping costs.

Pros

  • Easy to use and easy to clean
  • Probiotics and natural herbs
  • Wireless technology sense the size of the container and adjusts accordingly
  • Plastic containers are dishwasher safe
  • Five pre-programmed settings

Cons

  • High price of this model
  • Pre-programmed settings don’t appeal to everyone

The Vitamix A3500 is powered by a 2.2 horsepower motor. Its unique features include five pre-programmed settings, touchscreen controls, and NFC wireless technology that raises interestingpossibilities about the future evolution of this line. Its timer functions in three ways. It counts up when Variable Speed is selected, it counts down when Variable Speed and time are selected together, and it counts down when a pre-programmed setting is selected.

Pricing

heavy duty blender used to crush or grind ingredients

People expect a Vitamix machine to be an investment. The Vitamix Ascent series is lower priced than some of the most heavy duty professional grade blenders but these models are still expensive compared to many on the market. A frequent complaint about the mid-range machines of other brands is that they last only a short time. The Vitamix has now increased its excellent warranty time from seven to ten years. A buyer can expect to be getting a machine that will perform for at least 10 years and beyond. 

How It Compares


We are comparing three other models in the Vitamix Ascent line to identify the differences between them.


Vitamix A3300 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz....
  • You're in control: variable speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the Texture of any recipe
  • Built-in wireless connectivity: The motor Base will automatically adjust the maximum blending times for the container...
  • Programmable Timer a built-in digital timer helps avoid over- or under-processing your custom recipes. Set the timer to...

The Vitamix A3300 has all the features of the Ascent line and includes touch style controls for the Start, Stop, and Pulse functions. This model doesn’t have pre-programmed settings, but it has a programmable countdown timer for walk-away blending. Essentially you create your own setting, which many people prefer. The timer counts up when Variable Speed is selected and counts down when Variable Speed and time are selected together.

Ease of Use (5-Star Rating System) 5 Stars

Because this machine’s functions are simple, it naturally seems easier to use. This is a robust model with the same power as the other Ascent blenders but it offers touch style controls for Start, Stop, and Pulse functions.


Design Quality (5-Star Rating System) 4 stars

This Vitamix A3300 shares the good looks of the Ascent line and has its own unique color options of black diamond or pearl gray. These unique choices might be a deciding factor for some people.


Warranty (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

Vitamix has improved its warranty from its impressive seven year warranty to a ten-year warranty covering parts and labor as well as shipping charges.

Pros

  • Programmable countdown timer lets you walk away
  • Touch style controls for Start/Stop/Pulse functions
  • Unique color options

Cons

  • Doesn’t have pre-programmed settings
  • It’s a high-priced machine

Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz....
  • Program settings: three program settings for smoothies, hot Soup, and frozen desserts, ensure walk-away convenience and...
  • You're in control: variable speed control and pulse feature let you fine-tune the texture of any recipe.
  • Built-in wireless connectivity: the motor base is able to read the container size you?ve chosen and automatically adjust...

The Vitamix A2500 gets high marks for its position as the best in the series for most people. With its three pre-programmed settings it provides the option for an easy selection of walk-away settings. But it doesn’t have so many options to affect the price. This model has all the features of the Ascent series but at a price less than the Vitamix A3500.


The controls are actual switches, which is preferred by many people and better for people who are visually impaired. It doesn’t have a specific self-cleaning function but is easily cleaned by running a smoothie program with warm water and soap. Its digital timer counts up when Variable Speed is selected and counts down when Variable Speed and time are selected together.

Ease of Use (5-Star Rating System) 5 Stars

ts switch operation makes it easy to operate and choices are limited to three pre-programmed functions so there is not as much to learn with this model.


Performance (5-Star Rating System) 5 Stars

The Vitamix A2500 has the same performance features as the entire Ascent line. This entire line gets very high ratings from its users because of the high performance features and because if anything goes wrong the company stands behind it.


Design Quality (5-Star Rating System) 4 stars

This model has the contemporary design of the Ascent series and is offered in black, red, slate or white.


Warranty (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

Vitamix has improved its warranty from its impressive seven year warranty to a ten-year warranty covering parts and labor as well as shipping charges.

Pros

  • Three pre-programmed settings
  • Switch controls

Cons

  • An expensive blender

Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz....
  • You're in Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe
  • Built-In Wireless Connectivity: The motor base will automatically adjust the maximum blending times for the container...
  • Pair with the Vitamix Perfect Blend AppUnlock your blender's full potential with 17 programs and 500+ recipes with the...

This is an entry level Vitamix blender but still has all the features of the Ascent series. If you’ve never had pre-programmed settings you won’t know you’re missing anything. This model has variable speed and pulsing options plus a digital timer. There are lots of setting options. The timer counts up when Variable Speed is selected.

Ease of Use (5-Star Rating System) 5 Stars

This is the most basic model of the series and still has great features. Its variable speed control, pulsing feature and digital timer are all easy to use.


Performance (5-Star Rating System) 5 Stars

The Vitamix A2300 has the same performance features as the entire Ascent line. This entire line gets very high ratings from its users because of the high performance features and because if anything goes wrong the company stands behind it.


Design Quality (5-Star Rating System) 4 stars

This model has the contemporary design of the Ascent series and is offered in black, red, slate or white.


Warranty (5-Star Rating System) 5 stars

Vitamix has improved its warranty from its impressive seven year warranty to a ten-year warranty covering parts and labor as well as shipping charges.

Pros

  • Least expensive, a good entry level machine
  • Has all the features of the Ascent series
  • Has variable speed, pulsing, and digital timer

Cons

  • Still an expensive machine

Conclusion

woman pouring milk chocolate powder inside the blender to make milkshakes

The Vitamix A3500 represents the pinnacle of an amazing series in a classic American brand. The Vitamix name stands for high-powered, top quality, full featured blending, chopping, and crushing equipment for home and commercial use. The Ascent series introduces some brand new features while maintaining the strengths for which the brand is known. This series introduces the capability of the machine to detect what size container has been installed on the machine and to adjust accordingly. This is possible because of the NFC wireless technology that is standard in every Ascent model.

It’s fun to imagine just what this kind of technology might mean for future developments at Vitamix. The company has an app available on iOS and Android platforms that features 500 recipes and 17 programs. But the Ascent series has improvements and new features that make these four models attractive right now. 

From the seemingly simple change to dishwasher safe containers, the extension of the outstanding company warranty to 10 years, and the new digital technology introduced in these models, Vitamix  has hit a home run with the Ascent Series.

Of the four Ascent blenders, the Vitamix A3500 stands out for its 10 pre-programmed settings, its digital timer with three different functions, and its upscale design and finish offerings. We give the Vitamix A3500 five stars on a five star rating system as an outstanding appliance from a brand and series that bring real innovation to food preparation with their equipment.

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