48-oz (1.4-litre) Vitamix containers for Ascent or Venturist are not available, unfortunately, for Europe-configured (UK, France, etc.) machines. That’s why you cannot find any for sale on the Vitamix website or elsewhere.
Hard to say.
We wish Vitamix would make a 48-oz (1.4-litre) container for the new Vitamix models. They’re a helpful addition for most owners.
We believe that making these containers EU / UK accessible is something Vitamix wants to do. But at the moment, we’re not aware of any plan to do so.
We’ll send an email as soon as something changes. (Keep me updated.)
Note: We’re assuming you already have a Vitamix and don’t need to figure out which one to get.
Furthermore, we’re assuming you may have already tried to source a 48-ounce (1.4 litre) container for your Ascent or Venurst. Let’s talk about that…
Why doesn’t the 48-oz (1.4-litre) container I bought work on my Vitamix?
If you have an A2300i or A2500i or A3500i or V1200i, you will not able to find a 48-oz (1.4-litre) container that’s compatible with your Vitamix. Your machine simply will not operate it.
All Ascent and Venturist Vitamix models have a safety detection feature in their base. It’s called Self Detect.
How does it work?
The Vitamix blender bases detect a chip on the bottom of the container.
This does two things:
- Stops the blend if the container comes off of the base.
- Recognizes the size of the container you’re using and adjusts power accordingly.
European Ascent and Venturist containers, by contrast, *also* have a safety detection chip in their lid. One at the top and one at the bottom.
Why the extra safety?
It’s required by law and prevents the blender from running while the container’s lid is off.
So any Smart System Vitamix (Ascent or Venturist) purchased outside of North America can only operate containers with *both* of these safety chips.
The 64-ounce (2-litre) containers that you get in Europe have both of these chips. The 48-oz containers sold in North America, however, do not.
That’s why you cannot buy a 48-oz (1.4-litre) container from outside Europe and use it within.
Below are pictures of nearly identical containers. The one on the left is a 64-ounce container sold in North America, and the other is a 2-litre container. Can you spot the difference (aside from the slightly different angle shown)?
So you can’t get a 48-oz (1.4-litre) in the UK for your Ascent or Venturist. What can you do instead?
Each has its benefits!
With the 20-oz, you can make batches closer in size to the 48 (smoothies, dressings).
With the 8-oz, you can make the smallest batches (we like spices, baby food, and sauces).
For someone looking for a 48-oz substitution, the 20-oz is as close as you can get. You’ll get a ton of use out of it, especially if you like taking smoothies and shakes to-go.
For that reason, we recommend getting the 20-oz Blending Cup as an alternative to a 48-oz (1.4-litre) for Ascent and Venturist containers in the UK.
Of note, we have several recipes that work great with the 2-litre container. In fact, we’ve made (better-than!) Starbucks Frappuccinos as small as 350 ml!
Also of note, the image below is what a 48-oz (1.4-litre) container for Ascent and Venturist would look like. Vitamix just needs to make it happen. 👍
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