Vitamix A2500 Ascent SeriesGET IT
In my book, a toaster oven and a coffee maker are the only appliances that I use frequently enough to warrant dedicated countertop real estate (that’s almost true: a coffee bean grinder is also a worthwhile investment). While I have other kitchen gadgets, from a sous vide circulator to a stand mixer to a waffle maker, none of them get used enough to sit out all the time. Until now, that’s how I viewed blenders—but Vitamix changed that. I knew Vitamix’s rep long before I got one. These machines are a fixture in many commercial kitchens and they’re whirling around behind the counter at places like the Smoothie King and Starbucks. They don’t come cheap, so why do you need one when a $100 blender will mix stuff up?
The smoothies coming out of its 64-ounce carafe are just smoothier than what I’d normally be drinking at home. The brand’s earned a rep for some serious horsepower and performance, most of which is controlled with an old-school knob on many of its models. The A2500 is a take on that with a knob that gets a visual refresh with a digital timer and a pair of flip switches. The chunky base hides a 2.2-peak horsepower motor that makes soups silky smooth and blasts protein powder into oblivion, so you don’t get any of that chalky taste. All that power leaves you with a refined, creamier blend that doesn’t take nearly as long.
Now, with this kind of power, smoothies happen almost daily, but it’s also got me into making mayonnaise and peanut butter—the latter you’d be foolish to try on lesser machines. Cleanup doesn’t have to be fussy either, which helps make it easy to work the machine into your daily routine. Just fill the carafe with warm soapy water and give it a whirl for a few seconds. — Sal Vaglica, Senior Editor
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