Updated 10 Sep 2018

Vitamix

Ascent Series A2500i VMO195A High Performance Blender

Snapshot: The Vitamix Ascent Series A2500i VMO195A benchtop super-blender has 10 speeds and comes with a plastic jug. How does it rate?

Ascent Series A2500i VMO195A High Performance Blender
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1295

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Test results

Overall score
85
Ease of use
?%
Pureeing soft food
?%
Crushing ice
?%
Chopping carrots
?%
Green smoothie
?%

Good points

  • Excellent results in our frozen fruit-pureeing, ice crushing and chopping carrots tests.
  • Very good at blending kale.
  • Excellent at making green smoothies nut butter and soup.
  • Very good at making sorbet.
  • Excellent at grating parmesan cheese and milling almonds.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Lightweight plastic jug.
  • Motor cuts out if jug tilts off shaft during processing.
  • Good sized chute.
  • Parts are dishwasher safe.
  • Built-in timer.
  • Built-in wireless technology (adjusts blend setting according to container size).

But

  • Just OK at making dough.
  • Jug is plastic (so can stain).
  • Relatively heavy for a plastic jug.
  • Jug is large (so can be difficult to wash in a domestic sink).
  • Liquid is pushed up into the lid so can drip when removing lid.
  • Unit can jolt when processing a heavy load.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale (60%) – regular blenders.
Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale, nut butter, sorbet (60%) – super blenders.
Ease of use (40%)

For our tests we pureed soft frozen fruit (some older models pureed soup), crushed ice and chopped carrots. We made a green smoothie (a combination of English spinach, pear, kiwifruit, cucumber, mint, celery and water) and blended kale. For super blenders we also made nut butter, sorbet from frozen fruit, dough and almond meal, and grated parmesan. In the latest batch of super blenders we made hot soup from raw ingredients. The dough, parmesan, dry milling and soup scores don’t contribute to the overall score. We measured noise blending kale on the highest setting.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1295
Price surveyed
July 2018
Type
Super blender

More test results (/10)

Blending kale
8.6
Nut butter
9.0
Sorbet
8.0
Dough
5.0
Parmesan cheese
9.0
Raw soup
10
Dry milling
9.0

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
44 x 20 x 27
Noise (dB)
89
Watts (W)
1400
Blender weight (kg)
5.6
Jug weight (kg)
1.3
Jug capacity (L)
2.00

Features

Blender construction
Plastic
Jug construction
Plastic (BPA free)
Number of speeds
10 - also has specific “task” buttons
Cord storage
Yes
Pulse option
Yes
Removable blade and housing
No

More Info

Notes
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Availability
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