Vitamix A3300 Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Jan 25, 2021 at 08:52 am
Vitamix A3300 Picture
9.0
Multi-Purpose
8.5
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
9.9
Ice Crushing
8.9
Soups
9.1
Professional Use
Blender Type
Full Size Blender
Power
1,640 W

The Vitamix A3300 is a well-built full-size blender. It's part of the Ascent series, so it has self-detect technology to adjust its performance to the size of the jar that you're using. Unlike many other blenders, its numerous presets are only found on the companion app, and its physical controls are limited to a 19-setting speed dial, timer, and a start/stop button. That said, it offers an outstanding overall performance as it has little problem crushing ice or making smooth almond butter.

Our Verdict

9.0 Multi-Purpose

The Vitamix A3300 is outstanding for multi-purpose use. This well-built blender has a large-capacity jar, which is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean. It can crush ice into a snow-like consistency and make smooth, spreadable almond butter. It can also safely hot blend. While it can make a great smoothie, it has a small problem fully breaking down hard and fibrous ingredients like kale.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Makes smooth, spreadable almond butter.
  • Snow-like crushed ice in under a minute.
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • No presets directly available on controls.
8.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

The Vitamix A3300 is excellent for smoothies and protein shakes. While it has some trouble fully breaking up harder or more fibrous vegetables like kale, it can still incorporate ingredients together well. It's also well-built, and it's simple to clean smoothie debris when you're done since a quick rinse can pull off most of the residue. The jar, its attached blades, and the lid are also all dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
Cons
  • No presets directly available on controls.
9.9 Ice Crushing

The Vitamix A3300 is fantastic for crushing ice. It can make snow-like crushed ice in under a minute, which is great for frozen drinks. This blender is also well-built, and its jar, lid, and attached blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe, which makes for an easy clean.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Snow-like crushed ice in under a minute.
Cons
  • No presets directly available on controls.
8.9 Soups

The Vitamix A3300 is excellent for soups. It's well-built, has a large capacity for ingredients, and can safely hot blend. While fibrous veggies like kale are a little bit hard for the blender to fully break down, it should do a better job with stewed or softened ingredients. Clean up is easy, as the jar with its attached blades and its lid are both dishwasher-safe.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
Cons
  • No presets directly available on controls.
9.1 Professional Use

The Vitamix A3300 is superb for professional use. It's well-built, holds a lot of food, and is easy to clean, whether by hand or by a dishwasher. It can make smooth almond butter and crush ice into a snow-like consistency. However, even though it can make a great smoothie, it doesn't completely break down more fibrous ingredients like kale.

Pros
  • Well-built and easy to clean.
  • Makes smooth, spreadable almond butter.
  • Snow-like crushed ice in under a minute.
  • Can hot blend.
Cons
  • No presets directly available on controls.
  • 9.0 Multi-Purpose
  • 8.5 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 9.9 Ice Crushing
  • 8.9 Soups
  • 9.1 Professional Use
  1. Updated Jan 25, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 21, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
17.0" (43.2 cm)
Width 7.9" (20.0 cm)
Depth 11.0" (27.9 cm)
Weight
11.9 lbs (5.4 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Vitamix Ascent A3300 is a large blender. It's about the same size as the Vitamix A3500 and Vitamix A2300. It's best stored on your kitchen counter or in a large cupboard.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

This blender has a fantastic build quality. It has a metal transmission base covered by a plastic casing, which makes it feel premium. The jar is also made from plastic and seems sturdy. The motor body is elevated off the ground by four small rubber pads.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
64.0 oz (1,892.7 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The Vitamix A3300 comes with one large main jar. Just like the Vitamix A3500 and Vitamix A2300, it feels sturdy and well-built. The jar can be placed in any orientation on its base and is dishwasher-safe.

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

The Vitamix 3300 doesn't come with any additional jars. That said, you can purchase additional jars that come in different sizes directly from Vitamix.

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

The Vitamix A3300 has four sharp blades that are fixed to the jar. There's a warning in the manufacturer's manual that specifically states not to attempt to remove the blades or retainer nut. Luckily, the jar and attached blades are dishwasher-safe.

Design
Lid
2 Part Lid
Yes
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid is clear and has two clips that hook underneath the lip of the jar to create a seal. You can also remove the middle part if you want to add ingredients, use the tamper to mix in food, or measure ingredients using the middle part.

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

The Vitamix A3300 has a long, thick power cord that's long enough to reach most outlets. There's also a stowaway compartment underneath the blender that can store the cable when not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • User manual and cookbook
  • Tamper
  • 64 oz blender pitcher and lid (with removable center)

Performance
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
1,400 RPM
Max Speed
22,700 RPM
Speed Dial
Yes
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
91.4 dB
On/Off Toggle
Yes

The Vitamix A3300 has a dial with 19 incremental speed settings. There's also an on/off switch located on the bottom right side of the blender. If you like to use presets, this blender is compatible with the Vitamix Perfect Blend app, which offers a lot of different presets such as 'Hot soups' and 'Spice Grind'.

8.5
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 9 min
Texture
Smooth
Spreadability
Great
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
No

This blender makes excellent almond butter. When using the Vitamix Perfect Blend app's 'Nut Butter' preset, it doesn't fully blend everything, even after the timer runs out. Some nuts need to be scraped off the jar's side, and you may need to run the blender on high afterward to incorporate everything. That said, even though it takes some time to make almond butter, the result is a smooth, spreadable blend.

8.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 2 min
Texture
Grainy

The Vitamix A3300 is great at making smoothies. It takes around two minutes to make a smooth, although a little grainy mix. Most of the kale is processed, but some small leafy bits remain. You may need to stop the blender to scrape food from the jar's walls to evenly blend everything.

0
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.

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

The Vitamix A3300 makes incredible crushed ice. Pulsing the ice a few times on high results in a snow-like consistency in less than a minute.

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

The Vitamix A3300 comes with a few programs and modes. There are two buttons: '+' and '-', which raise and lower the blender's timer. You can also start and stop the blender by pressing the 'start/stop' button. This blender is also Bluetooth-compatible, and can be connected to the Vitamix Perfect Blend app if you want to access pre-programmed presets such as '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'.

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

The Vitamix A3300 is very easy to clean. You can clean most food debris with a quick water rinse and then running it on high with soap and water. If you're dealing with stickier food like almond butter, you may need to increase the time it blends with the soap and water mix. There's also a cleaning preset via its companion app, and you can put the jar in the dishwasher for even easier cleanup.

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
Yes

The Vitamix A3300 comes with a tamper to help distribute food more evenly in your mix. It can also hot blend, which is good if you like to make soups. This blender, like other blenders from Vitamix's Ascent series such as the Vitamix A3500, has self-detect technology. It can adjust its program settings and maximum blend time to match the size of the container used, so long as it's also part of the Ascent series.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Vitamix A3300 comes in three color variants: 'Black Diamond', 'Pearl Grey', and 'Brushed Stainless Finish'. We tested the Black Diamond variant, and you can see its label here. We expect all color variants to perform similarly to our model.

If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Vitamix A3300 is a premium full-size blender. Just like the Vitamix A3500 and Vitamix A2300, it has self-detect technology that allows it to adapt its performance to better suit the jar used. It has a versatile overall performance and can be used to hot blend, crush ice, or make smooth almond butter. It also has a lot of preset modes, but these are only available when you're connected to the blender's companion app via Bluetooth. If you're looking for more blenders, check out our recommendations for the best Vitamix blenders, the best blenders, and the best blenders for frozen drinks.

Vitamix A3500

The Vitamix A3500 and the Vitamix A3300 are very similarly performing full-size blenders. Both are well-built and are easy to clean. However, the A3500 has a few presets available directly on its control panel, while all of the A3300's presets can only be found via its companion app. The A3500 also makes better-textured almond butter in less time.

Vitamix A2300

The Vitamix A3300 and the Vitamix A2300 are similarly performing blenders, and you may prefer one over the other. The A2300 can make better-textured almond butter and smoothies. However, the A3300 can make better-textured crushed ice in less time. That said, both blenders are very well-built and easy to clean.

Vitamix A2500

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 5200 is a slightly better full-size blender than the Vitamix A3300. The 5200 can make better almond butter and smoothies. However, the A3300 can make snow-like crushed ice in less time. This blender also uses self-detect technology to adjust its performance to suit the size of your jar.

Vitamix 7500

The Vitamix A3300 is better for most purposes than the Vitamix 7500. The A3300 makes more spreadable almond butter. It has more speed settings, and it's Bluetooth compatible, so you can access presets and modes via a companion app. On the other hand, the A7500 has a more premium-feeling build and makes better-blended smoothies.

Vitamix Explorian E310

The Vitamix Explorian E310 and the Vitamix A3300 have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Explorian is significantly better at making smoothies and almond butter. On the other hand, the A3300 is easier to clean and makes crushed ice with a better texture. Its main jar has a larger capacity, and the blender is Bluetooth-compatible, so it also works with a companion app that gives you access to preset modes.

Vitamix 5300

The Vitamix A3300 is better for most purposes than the Vitamix 5300. The A3300 has more speed settings, and it's Bluetooth compatible, which gives you access to a variety of presets through a companion app. It's also much better for making smoothies. On the other hand, the 5300 takes much less time to make smooth, spreadable almond butter.

Blendtec Classic 575

The Vitamix A3300 is better than the Blendtec Classic 575. The Vitamix has a much better build quality and comes with a tamper. It does a better job of making almond butter, smoothies, and crushed ice. It also has more speed settings and is Bluetooth compatible, so you can access preset modes via a companion app. On the other hand, the Blendtec has buttons for preset modes, including a dedicated self-clean mode.

Blendtec Designer 725

The Vitamix A3300 is better for most purposes than the Blendtec Designer 725. The Vitamix can be used to blend hot ingredients. It makes smoother, more spreadable almond butter and silkier smoothies. On the other hand, the Blendtec comes with a personal jar with a matching to-go lid in addition to its larger main jar. 

Vitamix ONE

The Vitamix A3300 is better than the Vitamix ONE. The A3300 is much better-built, offers a greater number of speed settings, and works with a companion app that gives you access to preset modes. It can blend hot ingredients, make smooth almond butter, and crush ice. It's also much easier to clean. On the other hand, the ONE is a much more compact blender.

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