The A2300 is the entry-level – cheapest – model in Vitamix’s new Ascent range. Having reviewed… almost literally every Vitamix… I think it’s got a lot going for it and, feature per dollar, I think it ranks among the best models for home use.
In the review below, I’ll go into the details of what’s special about the Ascent 2300, the features you should care about (and the ones you won’t care about), and the reasons why you would consider making this model your model.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Is Interesting About the Vitamix Ascent A2300 Blender?
- 2 What Do Other Customers Say?
- 3 Vitamix A2300 Unboxing: What Comes With It?
- 4 What Can I Make With It?
- 5 How Does It Compare?
- 6 Where Can I Find Other Accessories?
- 7 How Noisy Is It?
- 8 Is It Dishwasher-Safe?
- 9 Where Can I Find a Reconditioned Vitamix A2300?
- 10 Can I Find It in Other Retailers Like Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Costco?
- 11 What’s the Best Price for the A2300 and Where Can I Buy It?
- 12 Verdict: Is This Blender for You?
What Is Interesting About the Vitamix Ascent A2300 Blender?
It’s got everything that people loved about next-gen Vitamixes (powerful motor, blend-anything capacity, different container options, nice controls) with newly added luxuries, without an offensively high additional cost.
Let me try to summarize the important mainstay features of the Ascent 2300 (+ their improvements) and then highlight the new luxuries.
#1 The Motor Is (Slightly) Better Than Classic Models
Compared to the Classic Vitamixes (like a 5200), the motor on the Ascent 2300 is 2.2 peak horsepower (the previous were described as 2-2.2 peak). So there’s a little extra power.
Will you notice this? Most likely not. But given that the price of the Ascent 2300 is hardly more, it’s good to feel like you’re getting more power for your money.
With the 2300 you’ll still be able to blend and process anything you want, from smoothies to hummus to ice cream to coffee to nut butters.
You may notice an apparent improvement to the motor (and casing), which has resulted in slightly less noise on the Ascent models. No one can be upset about that.
#2: Beautiful (Feely) Controls
In the Vitamix Ascent 3300 and 3500, the controls all become digital. No knobs or switches, just digital dials with no maximum position.
Some people like that. Other people prefer the physical touch (and perception of control) offered by real touchy dials and switches. I’m ambivalent on this point, but I certainly see the value of the 2300’s (new and improved) switches, particularly if you’re using your Vitamix while doing other things. For example, if you look back across your kitchen while your Vitamix is on. With switches, you know where you’re at by looking at it. With a digital dial, you can only tell by the noise it’s making.
Now to the new luxuries…
New Luxury #1: Timer
If you are stubborn, or a great cook, and want to manually process your food using the Ascent A2300, you can. If you’re not or you don’t want to, there is a digital timer on this bad boy that will keep you on track so you don’t forget you put that hot soup in your Vitamix A2300 a while back.
This is a feature a lot of people wanted, and it’s on the Ascent blenders, even from the entry-level 2300. Woo!
New Luxury #2: Better (Clear) Lids
There’s some debate on this one, but my feelings are clear (pun. Boom.): The clear, better-locking lid is better.
You can now look down into your Vitamix as you’re blending to check the texture of your contents at a glance. That, to me, is better than the opaque rubber variation.
Some people seem to prefer the soft grip of the rubber lid, but the new clasp of the plastic lid with rubber lining works just fine. And you can see through it.
New Luxury #3: Wi-Fi
You heard me right. Wi-Fi in a blender.
It’s a bit of a hypey thing because the truth is, right now… the Wi-Fi doesn’t really do anything. In fact, it literally does nothing.
BUT… what it means is that with planned new developments from Vitamix, you should gain new exciting features at some point in the future. I am excited about that, and you should be too. 🙂
New Luxury #4: Extended Warranty to 10 Years
Arguably, even the 7-year warranty of the previous series of Vitamix was superfluous. Even if you got 5 years out of one of these things, you’d be over the moon. If you bought one for $500, you’re paying $100 a year, or $8 something a month for it.
Now you’re paying $4 a month for it, over 10 years, or Vitamix replaces your machine. That adds peace of mind.
New Luxury #5: Dishwasher-Safe Containers
Yup. The last round of Vitamixes (like 7500) did not have dishwasher-safe containers. And some people didn’t care.
I like that I can stuff mine in the dishwasher if something isn’t coming off quickly or easily enough in the blender itself. This is a big plus.
What Do Other Customers Say?
After sifting through countless reviews, I can tell you the ratings on the Vitamix Ascent A2300 are phenomenal. Everyone says it’s well worth the purchase even though it’s an investment item.
There were a few complaints, of course. No product is free from ridicule. I do think the complaints are universal and don’t have anything to do with quality.
The “negatives” of this blender are mainly about the things it doesn’t have, that the higher-priced Ascent models have.
The 2300 has no preset programs. If you like those, you should consider a different model.
It also doesn’t use the newest digital technology on the dials, but as I mentioned earlier, some people prefer that.
That’s it. Other negative comments I’ve seen are only from people who bought it expecting something outrageous they’d heard through the grapevine somewhere.
Vitamix A2300 Unboxing: What Comes With It?
The Vitamix A2300 basic pack comes with the motor base, 64-ounce container, a low-profile tamper, and the Simply Blending cookbook.
There are other container options you can choose if you think you’ll use them often; things like the personal smoothie size, for taking to work, or the blender bowl size. None of those are “needs,” but the option is nice to have. (They’re also easy to buy separately later, even if you don’t get them up front with your blender.)
What Can I Make With It?
What can’t you make with it? I love that the Vitamix A2300 has SO many different options of what you can make. Hot or cold, big or small amounts, whatever you want to throw at it, the Vitamix A2300 can handle.
Hot soup is one of my favorite things to make in a blender. A nice tomato bisque is simple and easy with the Vitamix A2300. The blade actually creates enough friction where it will warm it up. However, if you put hot soup in the container, it will stay hot because the container is insulated.
Who doesn’t love a nice froyo after dinner? From ice cream to fruit sorbet, the Vitamix A2300 can help you create a healthy (or unhealthy) treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Once again, the insulated container will keep your cool products nice and frosty.
Want to make some homemade pizza dough or bread? Don’t buy a whole separate machine. The Ascent Series A2300 can knead dough for you. If you want to make a batch of banana pancakes on Sunday morning, it can help you with that too. The easy pour spout will make your pancakes flawless. Shoot for the Mickey Mouse version. Any other cupcakes, cakes, or baked goods can be made in the Ascent A2300 with ease.
Raise your hand if you like nut butter. Now raise your hand again if you HATE the price of nut butter. Me too, me too. Vitamix Ascent A2300 to the rescue again. It can handle making almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, or butter of whatever kind of nuts you throw in there. I also really like that it has the capability of grinding spices and even coffee. Freshly ground coffee is not just for the rich now. You too can be fancy in the morning.
Of course, the puree feature makes a delicious smoothie, but why stop there? You can make savory purees, sauces, and more. The A2300 will make sure you get the smoothest of smooth concoctions, whatever you decide to put in its container.
How Does It Compare?
Let’s take a look at the differences between the many different models you can choose from, Vitamix or otherwise.
Vitamix A2300 vs A3500
Well, this is comparing the entry-level Ascent to the top-level Ascent.
The main differences here are preset programs and digital dials.
The 2300 has no preset programs: 3500 has all five possible preset programs (for soups, smoothies, frozen stuff, dips, and cleaning).
The 3500 also has the digital dials we’ve talked about, where the 2300 doesn’t.
Oh, and the price. The 3500 runs quite a bit more expensive (prices vary, always check Amazon for the day’s price).
Vitamix A2300 vs A2500
The A2300 and A2500 are really similar. There’s only a slight difference. The 2500 has three programs available: smoothie, hot soup, and frozen dessert. Otherwise, these two models are pretty much the same. I would suggest the A2500 only if you feel like those programs will make a difference in your life.
Vitamix A2300 vs A3300
A few differences again, here. The A3300 is more expensive. It has the touchscreen if you’re into that. The A3300 does have the user-set countdown timer (slightly different to the regular timer) too.
Vitamix A2300 vs 7500
There’s a price hike here. The 7500 is significantly more expensive, and I don’t think it’s worth the leap, compared to the new Ascent 3500. The A2300 is quieter than the 7500, has the dishwasher-safe container, and a timer feature.
Vitamix A2300 vs 750
I consider these two very close in value but the A2300 slightly better for the average person overall. The Vitamix 750 doesn’t have the timer. The A2300 is slightly quieter, and incidentally, a tiny bit shorter (for fitting under kitchen cabinets). This and the Wi-Fi capability for future upgrades make it a great choice, especially because… the A2300 is cheaper!
Vitamix A2300 vs 5200
No comparison. A2300 is cheaper and has many more features, skipping ahead 2 rounds in Vitamixes evolution. Get a 2300.
Where Can I Find Other Accessories?
I like the old trusty Amazon to find accessories that match the A2300. However, you could take a look at the Vitamix site or any store that sells Vitamix products. Be very careful if you stray from Amazon and make sure the products are indeed compatible with your blender.
Are My Old Vitamix Containers Compatible With the Ascent?
Unfortunately, no. You will have to build up a new collection of containers for the Ascent series blenders.
How Noisy Is It?
Subjective reports vary, but the few user tests done seem to indicate that the Ascent series blenders are quieter than the next-gen Vitamix (like the 750).
It’s not quiet, but it’s the best you’ll get for this number of features and this amount of processing power.
Is It Dishwasher-Safe?
Yes. Hooray for it being dishwasher-safe! I would suggest soaking it in warm soapy water and handwashing. That’s a personal choice because I don’t always get the results I want from a dishwasher. However, you certainly can run it through the dishwasher with no issues.
Where Can I Find a Reconditioned Vitamix A2300?
None available at this stage.
Can I Find It in Other Retailers Like Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Costco?
Yes. You can find it at other locations. You could buy the Vitamix Ascent A2300 in any major department store. However, nothing beats the free 2-day shipping that Amazon Prime offers.
What’s the Best Price for the A2300 and Where Can I Buy It?
Vitamix lists the Vitamix Ascent Series A2300 at $469.95 MSRP. However, I would always suggest checking Amazon for a competitive price. It does change so it’s hard to quote an exact price. You can also check your local department stores, but I’m going to bet they are more expensive than online.
Verdict: Is This Blender for You?
If you want value, without sacrificing features or capability, and you don’t put much value on presets or digital dials, I think the Ascent 2300 is an outstanding choice.
Good luck with your decision and let me know if you have any questions!