Hey guys. Quick post about your 48-ounce container options for Smart System Vitamix models.
In general, here’s how to pick which 48-ounce container to get.
Which 48-ounce to get
- Standard – Best for most people
- Dry Grains – Best if you *already* grind your own dry grains
- Aer Disc – Best if you want to create with dairy milk or make batches of muddled cocktails
We own all three. But when we’re not using the low-profile 64-ounce that came with our Vitamix, 95% of the time, it’s the standard “wet” one.
More detail: The regular old 48-ounce is the most versatile. It can do *some* of the things the other two can.
The other two? We like to say the The Dry Grains is most specialized and the Aer is the most fun.
Why? Read on…
A medium-sized Vitamix container is really nice to have
We are so excited for a 48 ounce container that works with our Ascent Series Vitamix.
Let’s be clear: Vitamix beginners should not fear the wide-bodied 64 oz container that came with their machine.
In fact, the 64 oz container is great for making smoothies and juice. (Did you know maintaining a smoothie regimen is the reasion 90% of people get a Vitamix?)
The problem is when you go beyond smoothies and juice.
- Ice creams.
- Nut butters.
- N0-bake energy bites.
Can you make all these things in a standard-issue, wide-bodied 64 oz container? Of course! (It does not matter which Vitamix you buy, you can make it all.)
But the minimum batch size is fairly significant. For example, six bananas-worth of nice cream is sometimes more than you want to make.
Enter the narrow-bodied, 48 oz container.
Bigger than the personal-sized 20 and 8, both of which are not compatible with a tamper. But narrower and a bit shorter than the full-sized 64.
More reasonably-sized batches of the recipes beyond smoothies and juices.
And if you’re curious, this is why we kept our Pro 750 around for as long as we did. Our 32 oz containers, because they are not equip with Self Detect Technology were not compatible with our Ascent Series.
So there you have it. We’re excited for our 48 oz Ascent container.
Now let’s talk about each, the “wet” and “dry” individually.
The Standard “Wet” 48-Ounce Container is the Most Versatile
The 48 oz “wet” container for Ascent is a nice addition to your Vitamix setup.
It’s a lot like the old-school tall, 64-ounce containers that came with the 5200’s. Same thing with the top 20% chopped off.
It comes with a tamper and vented lid. Thus, it can do it all.
- Hot soups.
- Nut butters.
- Dips and spreads.
- Frozen desserts (ice creams).
Its narrow body lowers the minimum batch size for your blends. The classic comparison: Three cups of almonds for almond butter instead of the four required in the low-profile 64.
We consider this container more essential than the personal cups. So many of the recipes we make are much more realistic with this narrow-bodied container.
Don’t get me wrong: the 64 oz container that came with your machine is still the best for most things. Anything smaller is insufficient for our morning green juice blend.
But a narrow-bodied, secondary container like this “wet” 48 oz is really nice to have.
But can it grind dry grains?
Yes it can. It’s just not designed to do this as well as the dry grains container.
And can it do some of the Aer Disc tasks?
Yes, but not all and not as well. The standard 48-ounce container can certainly do some whipping and emulsification. But it cannot muddle cocktails (at all) like the Aer can.
The Dry Grains container is the most specialized
The 48 oz “dry” container for Ascent is may also be a nice addition to your Vitamix setup.
It comes with a tamper, vented lid, and blade specially designed to process dry ingredients. Great for:
But as I’ve noted in the post all about the Dry Grains Container, it’s only a good fit for the right house.
Per our friend John Texas, “I just love it ’cause it truly does work better with that action of pushing the ingredients up, rather than sucking down.”
If you already make your own flours, grind your own seeds, and process your own spices, you’ll love it.
But know this: a dry container is not required to make nut butter. It’s actually better made in a “wet” one.
But can it make smoothies?
Yes, but not as well as the “wet” one can.
The Aer Disc container is the fun one
The Aer Disc container does not blend, per se. It mixes and aerates.
It’s aspiring bartender or barista’s secret weapon.
If you want to make cold foam lattes, you’ll love the it.
If you want to make batches of craft cocktails, you’ll love it.
Of all the 48-ounce containers, we use this this one the least. But for a lot of people, it’s a fun one to own.
Here’s a pomegranate cocktail demonstration with it.
Recommendation: 48 oz wet vs 48 oz dry
Not sure about which 48 oz Ascent container to get? Wet or dry?
In most cases, you should get the wet. Why?
The 48 oz wet container can do more intermediate-level Vitamix recipes. The things you’ve been struggling with in the wide container.
And, the 48 oz wet does an okay job of doing some of the “dry” jobs, too. Here’s us blending popcorn to make cornmeal.
Of course, if you already know how to process your own flours, seeds, grains, and spices, by all means, get the dry 48.
But chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ll get much more use from the 48 oz wet. 🙂
Why are they not making a 32 oz container for Ascent
Hard to say. But here’s what I do know: There is very little a 48 oz cannot do that a 32 oz can.
Do I need the dry container to make nut butters?
Nope. Nut butters are actually better in the wet container.
Should I get the 48 or one of the personal (8 or 20 oz) cups?
The 48 oz container can do a lot of things well. You’ll probably get more out of investing in a 48 than you would from the 20 or 8 oz cups.