Vitamix A3500 Review: An Amazing Option… Or Not so Much?!

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Hi everyone and welcome to our Vitamix a3500 Review! 

Is this blender going to be a good option or is it just another one of those “fads” that people go for just because it seems like it’s quality?

We are going to uncover the truth as to whether Vitamix’s Ascent Series (and their A3500) is worth your money, time and a second look.

Let’s Begin!

Product: Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 Blender
Best Current Price: Amazon
Size of Container: 64 Ounces but you can get tons of different options for smaller/different batches!
Extras: Simply Blending Cookbook for More Recipe Ideas
Guarantee/Warranty: 10 Year Included Standard Warranty
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There you go 🙂

First, Here’s a Quick Overview For Your Enjoyment (Including a Video)

Vitamix has really been pushing the envelope forward in terms of design, functionality and ease of use for its users and their recent Ascent series lineup is a fantastic addition to their lineup.

The A3500 offers up some features that you are going to love and we truly love it too.

As you can see, the Vitamix A3500 brings some serious beauty and functionality to the table.

It offers up the ability to automatically detect your ingredients to self-control blend times and blend speeds and the jar it comes with has this feature built right in.

This will add a world of convenience for you as you won’t have to manually adjust every small little detail.

In terms of accessories and extra jars, Vitamix has an array of extra jars and containers that also offer the self-detect mode which will allow you to make a variety of concoctions depending on what you want to do!

Key Features of the Ascent Series A3500:

  • 64 Ounce Jar to batch-create your favourite recipes with ease!
  • Other Jars Available in case making large quantities is not something you always want to do (more on that below)
  • Self-Detect Ingredient Mode to automatically set time and speed to get the perfect blend, always
  • Fully Dishwasher Safe (although handwashing is recommended) in case you are ever in a rush
  • The Vitamix Simply Blending Guide is a fantastic way to never run out of blending ideas as it is jam-packed with information to keep you blending the most delicious recipes for years
  • Features Five Program Settings: Smoothies, Hot Soups, Dips & Spreads, Frozen Desserts and Self-Cleaning
  • Warranty: Vitamix’s unrivalled 10-Year Warranty will give you peace of mind virtually forever

Who Is the Ascent Series A3500 Designed For?

If you’re somebody who frequently uses a blender to whip up some delicious home-made foods then this is a must-have blender because cheaper options just won’t be able to cut it (metaphorically and literally!)

Here are just a handful of recipes you will be able to make using this blender that simply can’t be done on other blenders:

  • Batters such as pancake batter, crepe batter and more
  • Smoothies and fresh fruit and veggie juices
  • Nut butters such as peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter and more
  • Non-dairy milks such as almond milks
  • Hot soups
  • Frozen desserts such as sherbert, sorbets, ice cream, gelato and frozen yogurts
  • Flours and doughs including pizza dough, bread dough and more
  • Fresh salad dressings, sauces and aiolis
  • Fresh baby food for your young one

Basically the world is your oyster when it comes to preparing any of the above foods and you simply won’t be able to do all of this with cheaper or other units.

That’s just one of the many benefits of owning this machine and you won’t find this level of sophistication anywhere else – not even from Blendtec!

What Are Others Saying About the Vitamix A3500?


Many people are concerned about the noise a blender makes.

Whereas every blender in the world makes some kind of noise, some people have been concerned that certain blenders are conversation-stopping levels of loud.

One review states that this blender is at least 25-30% quieter than their loud blender and that you can still carry on a conversation without having to stop talking.


Let’s not beat around the bush here – this blender is damn expensive but think about the cost-savings in the long-run.

Some people have said that they were concerned about the cost, but then came to realise massive cost-savings thanks to making everything at home from scratch.

With this blender’s ability to make essentially anything you could ever imagine or want the cost-savings is enormous.

The main reason for that is because even if you save a few bucks to buy a cheaper unit, that particular cheaper device won’t have as much functionality, you will get more frustrated, you therefore won’t use it as much and the warranty will also be poor therefore making the purchase less of an investment in the long-term.

Buying high-quality foods and and juices at the grocery store that are pre-made is not cheap especially where I am from (southwestern Ontario).

For a good quality bottle of organic juice at the grocery store, you’re looking at at least 5.99 CAD.

Let’s break that down:

  • You buy one bottle of this juice everyday which is 31 days to the month
  • 31 x 6 dollars equals 186 dollars
  • Over the course of the year, this can add up to around 300 + bottles which is roughly 1500 – 2000 dollars…
  • … You get the idea

Making your own high-quality and organic juice at home may not seem like a cheap option at the time, but when you do the math, making your own foods is always cheaper.

Pick up a good quality blender (it doesn’t even have to be this particular one) and never suffer from headaches again in terms of lack of functionality.


Some people are concerned that the massive jar (64-ounces) is a little bit too big when you just want to make smaller batches.

The reason for this is that sometimes you need enough ingredients to really make them all blend together but this can easily be alleviated by snapping up one of Vitamix’s smaller jars and other accessories by clicking on the image below.

If you’re worried about the large cup being too big for larger batches, grab one of the above smaller cups and you’re all set.

The cups still feature the auto-detect food mode which means they will still be able to adjust speed and timing automatically just like the A3500 main 64-ounce jar.

Moving along…

The Cost Seems High, But You Can Replace Other Appliances

In terms of using this blender, many different appliances can be replaced with the use of one single unit.

This is why many people are interested in this unit to not only save space, but to save time and money as well.

There are multiple appliances you can use this blender in place of and these include but are definitely not limited to:

  • Coffee Bean Grinders
  • Food Processors
  • Immersion Blenders
  • Mixers (for certain recipes only)
  • Juicers

… and once you begin to ad up the cost of these devices and the space they will consume the Vitamix A3500 starts looking a lot more attainable and sensible.

Now if what we’ve covered so far isn’t enough to give you a good idea of whether or not this machine is good for you, perhaps you will consider the fact that you get free shipping, a whopping 10-Year Warranty and a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee in case you get buyer’s remorse for whatever reason.

The last point we make is one of our favourites.

Vitamix stands behind their products so much that they will allow you to simply return the product within 30 days if it doesn’t meet your expectations or if you’re not really into it anymore for whatever reason.

That simply makes your purchase 100% worry and risk-free which is incredible in our opinion.

Try it out, see if you like it and simply return it if it doesn’t suit your needs!

Our Final Thoughts & Conclusion – You Gotta Get This Blender if You Like to Cook … A LOT…


If you are somebody who enjoys making fresh, homemade and delicious foods then this blender is a must for you.

You simply cannot get this level of cooking capabilities in a smaller device because they just don’t have the power or functionality you need.

Not only that, if you plan on using your next blender to make a lot of different types of food every day then the 10-Year Vitamix Warranty is going to be amazing to have.

Think of it as an investment – the less you spend on a blender, the more money you’re actually throwing away because you will get less functionality, less features, shorter warranty and you might just end up with a broken blender in the end.

The decision is yours!

Remember that if you buy through Amazon, you will enjoy free shipping!

Don’t forget to share this article on your favourite social media – and, as always, with LOVE, Michael 🙂


  1. Excellent review on vitamix blender. Its like having a single blending appliance for almost everything, apart from having a cake blender, juice blender, etc.separately in the kitchen.. The only con is its cost as you said, but i do prefer to have something that is more of good quality..

    1. Hi Huzefa,

      Yes exactly. These little guys can really replace many of your small kitchen appliances so it would make sense that you would save money as well when taking that into consideration!

  2. I have always had problems with any blender that I have had in the fact that I always forget to wash the bowls or the cups that are used to mix the ingredients and they end up smelling so I just throw them out.
    Do you have any tips on how to keep them from smelling bad even after soaking them and washing them?
    I loved the review of the A300 blender and I think it could be my next purchase after reading this so thanks for your help

    1. Hey Matthew,

      That is definitely a common problem with blenders and how people are using them for sure.

      The correct way to clean a Vitamix blender is to blend hot water with one to two drops of dish soap for about 30 seconds directly after finishing making whatever you were making. That way the ingredients are still fresh and can easily be cleaned off.

      Then you could place all the dishwasher safe parts into the dishwasher – although handwashing is still always recommended.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Well, know I feel blenducated! I hadn’t realized it was that much better than other blenders because I never got past the price tag. I guess it’s true, you get what you pay for. Thanks for the review!

    1. Hey Sydney,

      A blender’s high price-tag is what deters most people honestly. There are definitely only a few select individuals that would want one of these high-priced units, and these people are generally looking to replace many different types of appliances with one simple blender.

      Appliances that could be replaced would be for example:
      – food processors
      – immersion blenders
      – mixers
      – coffee grinders
      and more.

      Hope this helps!

  4. The Ascent Series A3500 looks like a quality blender. It is pretty pricey (I used your link to check on Amazon) but as the saying goes “You get what you pay for”, right?

    Thanks for laying out all the information in such an organized and easy-to-follow breakdown. I’ll have to put this on my wish list for when I start getting into using a Vitamix for healthy smoothies and shakes!

    I know more than a few people that own a Vitamix and they’re definitely top notch – they make quality blenders that last a long time!

    1. Hey Dom,

      It’s definitely a pricey unit for sure and 99% of people wouldn’t be buying something like this. As I stated in a comment down below, these types of blenders are for a few select people that are looking to cut costs and replace 3-5 other appliances to only have one do-it-all unit.

      This blender is definitely on my wish-list as well and I am super excited to get one of these one day!

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