I have recently purchased the Ascent 3300. So far so good; I'm very impressed, but my previous blender was a 2-speed Oster, so that might not be a surprise. Turns peanuts into liquid... I also bought the blade scraper accessory. It's made of a synthetic material because so many people forget their metal utensils...
Funny story is I always pictured this happening. I'd leave the spoon thinking "I'm coming back and I know it's there but she doesn't, I better tell her in case she goes to clean it." Yet, it is ME! LOL!
I like companies that stand behind expensive products, no questions asked. I'll always buy Kohler for that reason. I told Vitamix it was my fault but it looks like they may help... I'll keep you posted!