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Vitamix A2300 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 08, 2020 at 08:37 am
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8.9
Multi-Purpose
8.6
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
8.8
Ice Crushing
9.1
Soups
9.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1640 W

The Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series is a well-built blender with ten different speed settings. It performs well with a variety of uses, and can easily crush ice, make smooth almond butter, and blend smoothies. It can also hot blend and it's even Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access lots of presets via its companion app. Unfortunately, this bulky blender needs to be stored on a kitchen counter or in a large cabinet. It also doesn't fully blend leafy greens like kale, resulting in a slightly grainy smoothie. That said, this versatile blender is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.

Our Verdict

8.9 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix A2300 is amazing for multi-purpose use. This solid, well-built blender is dishwasher-safe and very easy to clean. It can easily make bar-quality crushed ice and smooth and spreadable almond butter. It can even be used to hot blend, which is convenient. It's also amazing for making smoothies, though leafy greens like kale don't blend all the way, and the final product can be the slightest bit grainy.

Pros
  • Large 64-oz main jar.
  • Well-built and dishwasher safe.
  • Can be used to hot blend.
  • Lots of presets via companion app.
Cons
  • Slightly grainy smoothie.
8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix A2300 is excellent for making smoothies and protein shakes. This well-built, powerful blender can easily blend a smooth-textured smoothie. However, it struggles a little bit with leafy greens like kale, so your smoothie can be the slightest bit grainy. Also, when blended at high speeds, the smoothie can be slightly warm. That said, it's very easy to clean up after blending liquids like smoothies, which is nice.

Pros
  • Large 64-oz main jar.
  • Well-built and dishwasher safe.
Cons
  • Slightly grainy smoothie.
  • Smoothie jar sold separately.
8.8 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix A2300 is amazing for ice crushing. It's very well-built, and using the Frozen Desserts preset, it can easily make bar-quality ice in about a minute.

Pros
  • Well-built and dishwasher safe.
Cons
9.1 Soups

The Vitamix A2300 is incredible for making soups. It can be used for hot blending, which is great. It can make a smooth smoothie that isn't too foamy. However, it doesn't fully blend leafy grains like kale, so the final product can be the faintest bit grainy. That said, this well-built blender has a large main jar, so you can easily make big batches of soups and sauces, and it's easy to clean.

Pros
  • Well-built and dishwasher safe.
  • Can be used to hot blend.
Cons
9.0 Professional Use

The Vitamix A2300 is excellent for professional use. This well-built, solid blender has a large 64-ounce main jar that can be used to feed larger groups. It easily makes bar-quality crushed ice and smooth, spreadable almond butter. It's excellent for making smoothies, although the final product may be slightly grainy and a bit warm. It's also very easy to clean, which is convenient.

Pros
  • Large 64-oz main jar.
  • Well-built and dishwasher safe.
Cons
  • 8.9 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.6 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 8.8 Ice Crushing
  • 9.1 Soups
  • 9.0 Professional Use

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.0" (43.3 cm)
Width 7.8" (19.9 cm)
Depth 10.8" (27.5 cm)
Weight
12.0 lbs (5.4 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix A2300 is a large blender. It's tall and heavy, so it's best stored on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vitamix A2300 has an outstanding build quality. Like the Vitamix Explorian E310, it's mostly made out of solid plastic and metal, and the cable is thick. Its jar and lid feel a bit more sturdy, and there's a bit less wobble. Overall, there aren't any noticeable flaws, and this blender feels premium.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
64 oz (1892 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender comes with a very large main jar that feels solid and well-built. It can be placed in any orientation on the base, and it's dishwasher-safe.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

The Vitamix A2300 doesn't come with any additional jars. If you prefer a smaller-size jar, you can buy additional jars, but these are sold separately and we don't test for them.

Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

This blender comes with four sharp, slightly thick blades that aren't meant to be removed from the jar for cleaning. While it can be serviced thanks to its nut assembly, removing the blades voids the warranty and is heavily discouraged by the manufacturer. On the upside, the jar is dishwasher-safe, which helps with cleaning.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid has clips on each side that help you ensure a good seal. It's clear, so you can see inside the blender while you're blending, which is convenient. You can even remove the middle part of the lid to add ingredients or use the tamper while blending. The removable center part can also be used as a 30ml measuring cup.

Design
Power Cord
Stow Away Compartment
Yes
Cord Length
4.1 ft (1.2 m)

The Vitamix A2300 comes with a thick power cord that's long enough to reach most outlets. There's a stowaway compartment that can store the cable when it's not in use, but it can be a bit difficult to stow it properly.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • User manual
  • Cookbook
  • Quick Start guide
  • Tamper
  • 64 oz blender pitcher and lid

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
2800 RPM
Max Speed
22400 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
92.8 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix A2300 has a 10-setting speed dial and a pulse mode. There's also an on/off toggle on the right side of the blender. While it makes more noise than the Vitamix Explorian E310 at max speed, it's fairly quiet at slower speeds, which is nice. If you're looking for a similar blender with preset modes on the control panel, check out the Vitamix A2500.

9.0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

The Vitamix A2300 is superb for making almond butter. It takes around four minutes to create a smooth, sticky almond butter that's easy to spread.

8.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Smooth

The Vitamix A2300 is excellent for making smoothies. It takes around two minutes to make a smooth, well-blended smoothie, though it struggles a bit to blend kale, and the final product is the faintest bit grainy. The drink is also a bit warm due to the friction from running the blender at max speed. If you're looking for a blender that can produce a less grainy smoothie, check out the Vitamix 5200.

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Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

8.5
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
1 min
Ice Quality
Bar Quality

This blender is amazing for crushing ice. It can create bar-quality ice in around a minute using the pulse button. If you're looking for a blender that can do an even better job crushing ice, check out the Vitamix 7500.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
Yes
Single Serve
No
Timer
Yes

This blender has several programs and modes. There's a self-clean program, which is convenient, and a timer that operates more like a stopwatch by counting how long you've been blending. You have to watch the blender and stop it at the desired time. You can access all of the presets (Smoothies, Hot Soups, Frozen Desserts, Spreads, Dry Chopping, Nut Butters, Cold Skim Milk Foam, Dressings, Spice Grinding, Baby Food, Marinades, Frozen Cocktails, Nut Milks, Thick Dips, Batter, and Acai Bowls) via the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app, which connects to the blender using Bluetooth. Unlike the timer, these programs run for a set amount of time and stop automatically.

8.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

The Vitamix A2300 is very easy to clean. You can clean up most messes like smoothies and almond butter by running the blender with a bit of soap and water and using a sponge on the lid. With stickier messes like almond butter, you may need to use a brush to clean under the blades, but it's still a simple clean-up overall.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
Yes
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
Yes
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't have a lot of extra features and accessories. It can be used for hot blending, so you can use it to prepare soups and sauces. There's a tamper to help you move the food within the blender while it's blending. While there isn't a speed adjustment feature used in our test, if you purchase the different-sized jar attachments sold separately, the blender automatically adjusts its settings based on the size of the jar.

Differences Between Sizes and Variants

The Vitamix A2300 comes in four different color variants: Slate, Black, Red, and White. We tested the Black variant, but we expect the other models to perform similarly.

The Vitamix A2300 comes with a 64-ounce main jar. However, there are several other sizes of jars in the Ascent Series that you can purchase separately including a 48-ounce container, a 48-ounce dry grains container for blending flour and other grains, a 20-ounce blending cup starter kit, and an 8-ounce blending bowl starter kit. These accessories are part of the Ascent Series, so they come with Vitamix's Self-Detect technology built into the base. According to the manufacturer, the A2300 can recognize the attachments using this technology and adjust the blend settings depending on the size of the container. We only tested the 64-ounce variant, so it's possible that these attachments will perform differently with this blender.

In Europe, this product is sold as the Vitamix A2300i and it comes with a slightly larger, 2-liter main jar. It may perform differently than our unit due to the difference in size.

Compared to other blenders

The Vitamix A2300 is a powerful full-size blender that is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. It's a very versatile blender, and its 64-ounce main jar is large enough to feed the whole family. It's Bluetooth-compatible, and you can choose from lots of different preset modes using its companion app.

Vitamix A2500
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vitamix A2500 and the Vitamix A2300 are very similarly-performing blenders, and depending on your usage you may prefer one over the other. The A2500 does a better job crushing ice, and it gets snow-quality ice in less than a minute. Both can hot blend, and they're both Bluetooth-compatible and have presets available on their companion app. They both produce smooth smoothies but struggle a bit to fully blend leafy greens like kale. The A2500 also has three preset modes available on its speed dial, which some users may prefer.

Vitamix A3500
SEE PRICE
BestBuy.com

The Vitamix A3500 and the Vitamix A2300 both perform similarly, and depending on your usage you may prefer one over the other. They're both Bluetooth-compatible and have extra presets available via their companion app. The A3500 is a little heavier, and it comes with a more fully-featured control panel. It also performs better with crushed ice and gets a snow-like texture in about 30 seconds. That said, the A2300 performs better with smoothies and has a less grainy texture when blending leafy greens.

Vitamix 7500
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vitamix A2300 comes with more features than the Vitamix 7500. The A2300 comes with a self-clean program, a timer, and it's dishwasher-safe, unlike the 7500. As it's part of Vitamix's Ascent series, you can purchase different-size jars for the A2300 that use Self-Detect technology to automatically adjust the blender's settings based on size. The A2300 is also Bluetooth-compatible and its companion app offers lots of different preset modes. The A2300 is better for making almond butter, but the 7500 is better for crushing ice. The 7500 is a solid choice if you're looking for a straightforward blender, but if you want more features, check out the A2300.

Vitamix 5200
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vitamix A2300 has more features than the Vitamix 5200, both overall, both have a very versatile performance. The A2300 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different-size jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to automatically adjust the blender's settings based on their size. It also comes with a Pulse mode, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access preset modes using a companion app. However, the 5200 does a better job blending fibrous ingredients, so it's better for making smoothies. The 5200 also comes with 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings, unlike the A2300.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Vitamix A2300 is a more versatile blender than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. It can do hot blending, which isn't recommended for the Ninja blender. The Vitamix is also noticeably better built. On the other hand, if you don't plan on doing hot mixes, the Ninja comes with two personal jugs and more accessories. It also does a better job at crushing ice than the Vitamix.

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