Vitamix A2500 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Sep 17, 2020 at 08:12 am
Vitamix A2500 Picture
9.2
Multi-Purpose
8.8
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.7
Ice Crushing
9.1
Soups
9.3
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1640 W

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

9.2 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.
8.8 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.
9.7 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.
9.1 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.
9.3 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.
  • 9.2 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.8 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.7 Ice Crushing
  • 9.1 Soups
  • 9.3 Professional Use

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.

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

The main jar for the Vitamix A2500 has a large capacity. It feels solid and well-built, and it's dishwasher-safe. It can be placed in any orientation on the base.

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

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar. If you want a smaller-size jar, you can buy additional jars, but they're sold separately and we don't test them.

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
2 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1400 RPM
Max Speed
22500 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
94 dB
On/Off Toggle
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.

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

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.

8.5
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 4 min
Texture
Smooth

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.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with another jar.

10
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
1 min
Ice Quality
Snow Like

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

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

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.

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

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.

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. It comes with a tamper to help you move food in the blender while it's blending. It can also be used for hot blending, so you can use it to make soups and sauces. While there isn't a speed adjustment feature based on jar size used in our test, if you purchase the different sizes of jar attachments sold separately, the blender automatically adjusts its settings based on the jar size.

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 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 automatically 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 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 automatically adjust the blender's 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 Explorian E310

Both the Vitamix A2500 and Vitamix Explorian E310 blenders have a very versatile performance that can please many users. However, the A2500 is Bluetooth-compatible, so you can access preset modes using its companion app and it has more features as well. It also has a self-clean program and a timer, unlike the Explorian E310. The A2500 is also easier to wash by hand. On the other hand, the Explorian E310 can make almond butter and crush ice in less time than the A2500.

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 additional preset modes via the Vitamix Perfect Blend companion app, and it has a timer and self-clean program.

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