20-oz and 8-oz cups available for Vitamix Ascent Series

Vitamix Ascent Personal Container KitAfter a long wait, the personal-size blending cups are finally available for the Ascent Series. They are currently selling a 20-oz container kit and an 8-oz container kit. Each kit comes with two containers, two lids, and a blade base. These containers are only for Ascent Vitamix models. (If you have an older Vitamix, you can use the personal cup adapter.) These containers allow Ascent models to blend smaller amounts than they are able to blend in the wide 64-oz that comes with the machines.

Update: Vitamix started selling the 20-oz cup and the 8-oz bowls without the blade base in case you want to mix and match. (The bowls and cups use the same blade base.)

20-oz cups

Vitamix Ascent 20-oz container, no lidThe Ascent 20-oz cups are almost identical to the 20-oz cups for the S-Series and personal cup adapter. However, they use different magnets to activate the self-detect system. (If an Ascent model does not detect a container, it will not run.) The S-Series also uses magnets for container detection, but the S-Series magnets are smaller, so they do not work with the Ascent blade base.

You can tell the difference by looking at the lip of the cup. The Ascent cups have a wide lip that extends all the way around the cup. The non-Ascent cups have a single tab on the lip. For example, this is a non-Ascent Vitamix cup, and it will not work with Ascent machines.

The cups are double-walled, and, according to my tests, that means they keep drinks cold about twice as long as a single-walled cup. The lids are solid, and well-designed.

The number one use of these cups is smoothies to take on the go. They also work for salad dressings, but I think the 8-oz may be even more convenient for most dressings.

8-oz bowls

Vitamix ascent 8-oz mini containersThese bowls are for when you want to blend a small amount. I’ve used them to blend salad dressings and sauces. I’ve also heard that people are excited about using them for blending baby food.

The lids make storing leftovers convenient. However, note that the magnets in the container mean that these are not microwave safe!

Here’s a demonstration of using an 8-oz bowl to blend spices:

Sealed Containers

Since these containers completely seal, blending is a bit different from the classic Vitamix experience. You can’t use a tamper, which means that we won’t be able to use them for super-thick blends. However, it’s convenient to pick them up and give them a shake if the ingredients get stuck.

These containers are not suitable for hot liquids, because they are unvented and pressure can build up. For that reason, when an Ascent base detects one of these containers, it disables the hot-soup program. It also adjusts the other program modes to shorter times, to account for the smaller container.

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20-oz and 8-oz cups available for Vitamix Ascent Series — 26 Comments

  1. Have you had a chance to test these yet? They released similar personal cup containers for the legacy blenders and early reports have not been very positive.
    Most complaints center around the way the cup narrows toward the top (when on the blender) that the contents are frequently get stuck at the top and do not blend well. Considering the 20oz containers alone are almost twice the cost of a nutribullet pro system they better work amazing.

    • I’ve used the 20-oz cups and will be testing the 8-oz ones soon. Ingredients do need to be smaller to blend easily in the 20-oz cups. I believe Vitamix made the “top” (bottom of the cup once you’re drinking out of it) narrow so that the cups would fit in standard drink holders. The other complaint I’ve heard with the personal cup adapter is leaks, but with the gasket properly in place and screwing it all the way on, I haven’t had leak problems.

      One nice advantage of these Ascent containers over the personal cup adapter is that the blade base is less bulky.

  2. Appreciate very much your comprehensive information!
    I wondered if the Ascent series did not differentiate between wet and dry blade usage ( blades lifting upward or downward) or will an additional dry blade container be introduced later. I noticed the Vitamix chef’s video using the 8 oz. cups pulverized dry material. This could be another advantage to the series if no separate dry blade container is needed.

    • The standard Vitamix (wet) blades have always been able to handle dry material. It’s just that the dry blade is more optimal. I have heard that Vitamix is planning on releasing a dry container for Ascent, probably later this year.

      However, one interesting development with the 8-oz containers is that one of the motivations for having a separate dry container is to avoid scratching up your main container, and having a designated “dry cup,” would solve that issue.

  3. Another advantage to using the 20/8oz container as a designated dry blending use is cost. If the personal blades worked well for dry goods you can get an extra 20oz container for only $30 (since it won’t require a blade purchase). Where a dry container with dry blade is sure to be ~$150.

    The 8oz cups seem nice, and I think if you blended a lot of spices or single serving dips etc. they might be pretty handy, but my guess is once you to start loading them up and putting the blades on you get a lot less into them than you think.

    • I’m familiar with the NFC technology. In the case of the 64-oz Ascent containers, it’s purely NFC. But the 20 and 8-oz containers use a combination of magnets and NFC. As mentioned in both of the articles you linked, they use NFC tags that get activated by the magnets in the containers (via reed switches).

  4. Hi, could you tell me if the blade base that comes with 20oz/8oz starter kits can be used interchangeably? If it’s possible then I might not have to get both starter kits, because I could get just the containers off of Amazon.

    • The 20oz and 8oz Ascent containers use the same blade base. I expect to see the containers offered without the blade base at some point. I believe the reason we haven’t seen that yet is because supply is limited by some production delays.

      However, if you get the containers individually, make sure they are Ascent containers. There is a 20-oz Vitamix container that is not for Ascent, and it looks almost identical, so be careful with ordering. If you buy from Amazon, you want this one.

  5. If you want to do thicker smoothies with these save your $ and buy a nutribullet. I just had a set of the 20oz come in and tried making a few smoothies side by side with the nutribullet lean and it was no contest. The design of the 20oz cups simply does not allow the contents to move around enough to blend unless you make very thin/watery smoothies, or you pre-thaw ingredients. I did one cup of strawberry/peaches frozen, with a few frozen cherries and 1 1/4″ cups OJ in both side by side. The Vitamix using the smoothie program didn’t even start to blend anything. I had to run it through the smoothie program 4 times manually shaking the container between tries to get it all blended. The Nutribullet struggled a bit at first but in the end fully blended everything in one go. The vitamix might do better if I had cut up the frozen pieces smaller than they come out of the bag, but the nutribullet had no issue and that’s a huge hassle.

    Beyond that you can’t drink from the vitamix containers due to the very large lip without using their special top. So if you are going to drink it right after making it that’s just one more thing to clean. Also due to the ribs in the sides of the containers they are more difficult and time consuming to clean.

    I’d estimate by the time I added up multiple attempts to blend that were required by the vitamix, and the extra cleaning time it was 4-5x longer to do the same job the nutribullet did.

    The only praise I’d give the vitamix is that once it finally did get liquid enough to blend fully it did blend smoother than the nutribullet. It might work great for doing spices, salad dressings or thin liquid drinks, but for frozen ingredient smoothies if you like them thicker than runny, it’s a fail.

    • Thanks for sharing your experience.

      I agree that the Vitamix 20-oz containers aren’t good for thick blends. And your supposition is right that the 20-oz containers do better with smaller pieces of ingredients.

      For people who want to make thick smoothies in a Vitamix, I recommend the 32 or 48-oz container for small to medium blends, and the 64 oz container for medium to large ones.

      I partially agree with you about the wide lip on the 20-oz container. In my experience, it’s not impossible to drink directly from it, but the wide lip does make it more awkward. It’s a non-issue if you use the lid or a straw.

      If you’re still within the first 30 days, call up Vitamix and I believe they will be happy to give you a refund, since the 20-oz container doesn’t sound like it works for your purposes.

  6. I have the Ascent 3500 and purchased the 8 oz blending cups that came with the blade that screws on. I did not purchase the 20 oz blending cups but they sell just the 20 oz cup on other sites by itself without the blade. Since I got one blade with the 8 oz ups it would be a lot cheaper for me to just purchase the 20 oz cup from one of the websites that don’t come with the blade if they are the same size and just use my blade assembly from my purchase of the 8 oz cups if it will fit. Does anyone know?

    • Yes and no. You will need a 20-oz Ascent cup, which can be bought without the blade assembly here. If you shop somewhere else, you have to be careful that it is an actual Ascent cup. The Ascent cups have a wide lip that is even all the way around. The S-Series/non-Ascent 20-oz cup has a “tab” in the lip, and it will not work with Ascent machines. For example, this cup has the tab, and it will not work on Ascent models.

      Thanks for your question. I am going to update the post to make this more clear.

  7. Hello everyone,
    I just got my a2500 with 20oz containers and a blade that goes with the 20oz. The problem is the machines won’t recognize the 20oz container. I am not sure how to get past this hurdle? Any suggestions please?

    • The blade base needs to be screwed all the way on and the arrows need to be lined up. It took me a while to even notice the arrows. The arrows are pretty subtle little triangles on both the blade base and the container. (On the blade base they’re towards the top of the side. On the container, if you have the container inverted on top of the blade base, one of the the arrows is on the top of the lip, right under the Vitamix logo, and halfway in-between the two metallic magnets…)

      One thing that confused me at first is that in the manual it looks like the “range” is the area where the magnet is, but actually the range is the area exactly at the midpoint between the magnets. If you look at the container closely and in good light, you will see the arrow and range marked.

      If the arrows are lined up and the blade base is all the way screwed on and your machine still doesn’t recognize it, you should call Vitamix for support (800-848-2649).

  8. Hello,

    I am wondering if the 8oz blending cups would be suitable for blending almond butter? from everything I have read on here and noyoke they can’t be used to make it as you cannot use the tamper….however they have a video of making almond butter in the 8oz cup with the a2300 on the US Vitamix site. Have you tried it at all? Thank you 🙂 Jessica

    • While I haven’t tried almond butter in the 8-oz bowl myself, I’m pretty sure the difference is in whether you add oil or not. The official Vitamix recipe for Almond butter includes some neutral oil. An interesting alternative might be to add an oily nut like pecans. My guess is that a 50-50 roasted almond-pecan blend would work in the 8-oz.

      If you are able to use a tamper (which you obviously can’t in the 8-oz bowl), then you can make almond butter from roasted almonds without adding oil. Peanut butter blends slightly more easily, and usually you can blend roasted peanuts into butter without added oil in the 8-oz container.

  9. Hello, just purchased my first Vitamix and I bought the 20oz container… but not the start kit, so it has no blades. I have not received my blender yet… am I understanding correctly that I will need to buy the starter kit to get a designated blade for smaller containers?
    Thank you

    • Most likely, yes. But you didn’t say which model you bought. The V1200 and the A2300 Family Pack come with a blade base for the 20 and 8-oz containers.

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