Updated: June 8, 2015
Margarita Machine Reviews:We've all been on vacation somewhere, perhaps a place like the Caribbean, and drank refreshing frozen margaritas. I was just on a vacation in Cancun and came back looking for the perfect home margarita maker so that I could replicate those frozen drinks in my own house. Lots of my friends told me that the margarita machines I was talking about had to be rented and were pretty much for parties only - not something you bought and owned. I did my research online and found several websites that carry margarita makers and regular stores like Sur La Table, Walmart and Target also have them in stock. The most recognized name was the Margaritaville frozen concoction maker which has the DM0500, DM1000, and DM2000 which are top sellers on websites like Amazon.com. They start at $200 and the more extravagent models are closer to $500. If you are a big margarita drinker or like to have margarita parties in your neighborhood, then buying one of these frozen drink makers is probably a good idea.
Buying Guide - We found lots of good reviews for margarita machines online on sites like Amazon.com, Cooking.com, Ebay, and there was even a video review at Expotv.com. There are really only a few brands that you need to even consider. The Margaritaville machines are a Sunbeam product which is run by Jarden Corporation. Nostalgia makes the Margarator MSB 585 but reviews posted on Amazon and other leading consumer websites don't rate this model very well. El Paso makes their cheaper line of margarita machines too, but just like the Nostalgia line, the El Paso products get lousy reviews amongst consumers. You want a powerful blender that will crush and chop ice and blend your frozen drink properly. In some of the less expensive models it appears that the motors just don't offer up enough power and owners are left with chunky margaritas. The Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker is the top seller on Amazon and reviews for this model are nearly perfect. The DM2000 is slightly more expensive and also receives high praise from experts and consumers alike. The Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker at just under $200 is definitely a good "value buy" and we found plenty of feedback online for this model which was very positive. Ultimately you want a margarita maker that will be durable, crush ice properly and efficiently, and make a decent quantity in one blending to serve quite a few people. Most hold between 30 and 36 ounces so you will be able to serve 3 to 4 guests each time you make a new batch of margaritas. We found pricing to be all over the board on these - Sur La Table tends to be more expensive than other stores so we say avoid them unless you absolutely have to. Target and Walmart don't always carry the Margaritaville product line. I ordered the DM1000 and it arrived in 2 days. You can browse the most popular margarita makers online here.