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Vitamix’s handsome Ascent 3500 blender packs wireless tech

The Vitamix Ascent 3500 blender has a handsome exterior and talks to its containers by way of NFC wireless tech.

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Vitamix Ascent 3500 blender

The Vitamix Ascent 3500 looks every inch like a premium food blending machine.

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The blender's base is handsomely styled in graphite metal with stainless steel accents.  

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On the bottom of the 64-ounce blender jar are the steel blades, which are attached to the rest of the unit.

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On the base is an LED display and touch-sensitive controls.

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This blender has no problems making smoothies. The Vitamix Ascent line also has NFC readers in their bases to auto-detect their containers wirelessly.

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Tap one of the blending program buttons to prepare food with minimal effort.

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The Ascent 3500's smoothie program takes about 50 seconds to complete.

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For an extra $100, you can use the Perfect Blend Bluetooth scale and app to prepare special Vitamix recipes.

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Vitamix has special recipes within the Perfect Blend app, but the scale costs extra.

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This batch of curry-carrot soup using the Perfect Blend app, scale and Ascent 3500 combo turned out quite well.

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