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Vitamix A2500 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Sep 17, 2020 at 08:12 am
Vitamix A2500 Picture
9.0
Multi-Purpose
8.7
Smoothies (Single Serving)
9.4
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
8.9
Ice Crushing
9.5
Soups
9.0
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,640 W
Hot Blending
Yes

The Vitamix A2500 is a similar blender to the Vitamix A2300, but the A2500 comes with three preset modes that are accessible on the blender's control panel. Like the A2300, this blender is Bluetooth-compatible, and you can access additional preset modes using the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app. It has a well-built, premium feel, and its 64-ounce main jar is ideal for making large batches of your favorite soups, sauces, and smoothies. You can hot blend, and the jar and the lid are dishwasher-safe for an easy clean-up.

Our Verdict

9.0 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix A2500 is superb for multi-purpose use. It can easily make almond butter and snow-like crushed ice, and it does a very good job blending smoothies. You can also use this blender to hot blend. Overall, it has a sturdy build, and a premium feel. You can easily hand-wash this blender or put it in your dishwasher for a quick clean-up. Aside from its preset modes, it doesn't automatically stop once the ingredients are fully blended, which some users may find a little disappointing.

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Large capacity 64-oz main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Ingredients can get stuck on the side of the jar.
  • Doesn't automatically stop when finished.
8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Vitamix A2500 is excellent for smoothies and protein shakes. This premium-looking blender can create a smooth, silky smoothie in around four minutes. However, you may need to push leafy greens like kale towards the bottom of the blender using the tamper to get them fully blended. That said, it's easy to handwash this blender after smoothies, and its parts are dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
  • Ingredients can get stuck on the side of the jar.
9.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
Cons
8.9 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix A2500 is outstanding for ice crushing. In about a minute, it crushes snow-like ice that can be used for cocktails and other frozen treats.

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Creates snow-like ice.
Cons
  • Doesn't automatically stop when finished.
9.5 Soups

The Vitamix A2500 is incredible for soups. This well-built blender allows for hot blending, and its 64-ounce main jar is large enough for big batches of soups and sauces. The main jar and the lid are dishwasher-safe, allowing for an easy clean-up. However, you may need to push leafy greens like kale towards the bottom of the blender to get a smooth texture.

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Large capacity 64-oz main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Ingredients can get stuck on the side of the jar.
9.0 Professional Use

The Vitamix A2500 is fantastic for professional use. Its 64-ounce main jar is ideal for making large batches, and the blender has a sturdy, premium feel. It can easily make sticky, spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. This blender is easy to handwash, and it's also dishwasher-safe, which is convenient. However, unless you're using one of the preset modes, you have to watch the blender and manually stop it when you're done blending.

Pros
  • Well-built.
  • Large capacity 64-oz main jar.
  • Dishwasher-safe.
  • Hot blends.
Cons
  • Doesn't automatically stop when finished.
  • 9.0 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.7 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 9.4 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 8.9 Ice Crushing
  • 9.5 Soups
  • 9.0 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  2. Updated Jan 26, 2021: We've updated the Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size test in the Extra Features box.
  3. Updated Sep 17, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Sep 08, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Width 8.0" (20.4 cm)
Depth 11.1" (28.1 cm)
Weight
12.0 lbs (5.5 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix Ascent A2500 is a rather bulky blender. It's tall and heavy, so it needs to be stored either on a kitchen counter or in a large cupboard.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Vitamix Ascent A2500 has an exceptional build quality. Like the Vitamix A2300, it's made of solid plastic and metal and it has a thick cable. This blender feels very premium.

9.0
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1,893 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The blades are sharp and thick. They can be serviced thanks to the nut assembly, but removing the blades voids the warranty and is heavily discouraged by the manufacturer. To clean the blades, you can put the jar in the dishwasher.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid is identical to the lid on the Vitamix A2300. It's clear and there are clips on each side that help you get a secure seal. You can remove the middle part of the lid to add ingredients or use the tamper while blending. The removable part of the lid can also be used as a 30ml measuring cup.

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

This blender comes with a power cord that's long enough to reach outlets near your counter. Unlike the Blendtec Classic 575, there's also a stowaway compartment so you can store the cable away when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

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

Performance
9.2
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
8.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
9.5

The Vitamix A2500 is amazing for making smoothies. It takes around four minutes to blend a smooth, silky smoothie, but it struggles to blend leafy greens like kale unless they're pushed down to the bottom of the blender.

9.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
9.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
10

This blender doesn't come with another jar.

8.9
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
8.5
Crushed Ice Texture
9.0

This blender is remarkable for crushing ice. Using the pulse mode at speed 5, it crushes snow-like ice in around a minute.

8.8
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
7.0
Nut Butter Texture
10

The Vitamix A2500 is fantastic for making almond butter. It takes about four minutes to create a sticky, smooth, spreadable almond butter using the manual's suggested speed settings.

6.4
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
95.9 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
1,400 RPM
Max Speed
22,500 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
Yes

The Vitamix A2500 has a dial that lets you choose between 10 different speed settings and three different preset modes (Smoothie, Frozen Drink, and Hot Soup). There's also a pulse mode on the left side of the blender, and an on/off toggle on the right side of the blender.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
Yes
Speed Presets
0
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Programs
3
Blending Time Indicator
Yes
Programmable Timer
No

This blender comes with several programs and modes. There's a self-clean program 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. The presets automatically stop when they're finished, and the length of time they run depends on the preset. There are three presets on the blender's dial (Smoothie, Frozen Drink, Hot Soups) and you can access additional presets like Spice Grinding and Baby Food via the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app, which connects to the blender using Bluetooth. If you want a blender with a dedicated crushed ice mode, check out the Breville the Q.

7.5
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

The Vitamix A2500 is very easy to clean. If you run the blender with hot water and soap, you can easily clean up messes like smoothies and almond butter. Stickier messes like almond butter may require you to use a brush to clean under the blades, but it comes off easily.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix A2500 comes in four different colors: Black, White, Slate, and Red. We tested the Black variant, but we expect the other models to perform similarly.

The Vitamix A2500 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 A2500 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 these attachments may perform differently with this blender.

In Europe, this product is sold as the Vitamix A2500i 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 Ascent A2500 is an outstandingly versatile full-size blender with a 64-ounce main jar. Just like the Vitamix A3500, it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app. As part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, you can buy additional jars that use Self-Detect technology to adjust the blender's settings and preset modes based on the size of each jar, though we don't test for this. It's well-built and premium-looking, and it can easily make almond butter, smoothies, crushed ice, and it can hot blend ingredients.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 and the Vitamix A2500 are very similar blenders. The A3500 is better-built thanks to its solid metal base, which gives it a more premium feel. While both blenders are Bluetooth-compatible and offer additional presets via their companion app, the A3500 has a few more preset modes built into the control panel. Also, unlike the A2500, the A3500's timer works like a stopwatch, so you don't need to watch your blender and manually stop it when it's done blending. That said, the A2500 produces a smoother, less foamy smoothie, and it does a better job incorporating leafy greens like kale.

Vitamix A2300

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 A3300

The Vitamix A2500 and the Vitamix A3300 are similar full-size blenders, but the A2500 is slightly better overall. While both blenders are very well-built, the A2500 can make better almond butter and smoothies. The A3300 has a more digitized control panel, which some users may prefer.

Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix A2500 has more features than the Vitamix 5200, but overall, both have a very versatile performance. The A2500 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different-size jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to adjust the settings based on size. It also comes with a Pulse mode, preset modes, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using a companion app. The A2500 crushes ice quicker than the 5200, but the 5200 does a better job blending fibrous ingredients. The 5200 also comes with 'High' and 'Variable' speed settings, unlike the A2500.

Vitamix Professional Series 750

The Vitamix Professional Series 750 and the Vitamix A2500 have different strengths. The 750 delivers a better blending performance, since it processes ingredients more quickly, makes more uniform crushed ice, and produces smoother purees with small batches of fibrous ingredients. Its power cord is much longer, but it lacks some features that the A2500 has, like a digital blending time indicator and app connectivity. The A2500 is also much quieter and dishwasher-safe.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the Vitamix Explorian E310. The A2500 has a bigger capacity and more features, including a digital blending time indicator and automatic blending programs. It's also a bit quieter when it's running. On the other hand, the E310 is better for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients when you're making something like a single-serve smoothie.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix A2500 has more features than the Vitamix 7500, but overall, both blenders have a very versatile performance. The A2500 is part of Vitamix's Ascent Series, so you can get different-size jars sold separately that use Self-Detect technology to adjust the blender's settings based on size. It also comes with preset modes, a self-clean program, and a timer, and it's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using a companion app. The A2500 also does a better job making smooth, spreadable almond butter.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix A2500 is a better overall blender than the Vitamix 5300. The A2500 is dishwasher-safe, and it makes a better-blended smoothie. It also comes with more features. It's Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access extra preset modes via the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app, and it has a timer and self-clean program.

Blendtec Designer 725

The Vitamix A2500 is a better blender than the Blendtec Designer 725 for most purposes. It comes with a tamper, can be used for hot blending, and makes much better almond butter and smoothies. On the other hand, the Blendtec takes less time to make snow-like crushed ice. It also comes with a 24-ounce personal jar with a to-go lid, which makes it better-suited for blending single-serve drinks.

Vitamix Venturist V1200

The Vitamix Venturist V1200 is better than the Vitamix A2500. The Venturist comes with a 20-ounce jar that makes it better suited for single-serve smoothies and offers slightly better performance for ice crushing and nut butter. Its controls include a programmable timer, so you can set it to blend for a certain amount of time and stop automatically. It's slightly sturdier too. Unfortunately, though, it's louder than the A2500.

KitchenAid K400

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the KitchenAid K400. The Vitamix has a much better build quality. It comes with a tamper and is much easier to clean. You can use it to make better-blended smoothies, smooth almond butter in less time, and crushed ice with a better texture.

Breville The Q

The Vitamix A2500 is a better full-size blender than the Breville The Q. The Vitamix is better-built, and it makes smoother almond butter and less clumpy crushed ice. The Vitamix is also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access additional preset modes using the Vitamix Perfect Blend app on your phone. However, the Breville comes with more presets on the control panel, including a crushed ice mode, which the Vitamix lacks.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 for most purposes. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and makes significantly better almond butter. It has a wider range of speed settings and can hot blend. On the other hand, the Ninja comes with a pair of 16-ounce personal jars with matching to-go lids. It also comes with a food processor bowl, although we don't test that currently.

Breville the Fresh & Furious

The Vitamix A2500 is better than the Breville the Fresh & Furious. It has a significantly better build quality and does a much better job of making smoothies, almond butter, and crushed ice. It can process hot ingredients and comes with a tamper so you can stir your recipe mid-blend. Ηowever, the Βreville is much easier to clean by hand and has onboard preset modes, including 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Crush'.

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