The margarita was a little known cocktail enjoyed by a few tourists in warm weather resorts like Key West, Florida. It likely would have stayed a kind of cocktail curiosity had it not been for Jimmy Buffett’s 1977 hit “Margaritaville”. With that one song Buffett not only placed the margarita squarely front and center on the bar of popular culture, he also made himself an entire margarita-themed career. Today, the margarita is der rigueur in beach resorts from Cape Cod to Kingston and from the Bahamas to Bimini. It’s also a must-have cocktail at pool parties the world over and some say it’s the drink that fueled the cruise ship phenomenon. Below are the best margarita machines for 2019.
The Best Margarita Machine
The Wavestation Express Blender from Hamilton Beach is a no-frills margarita machine that also happens to do a great job on just about any other kind of blended drink warm or cold. The Wavestation gets its name from the “Wave Action” design of the jar which works to funnel material down toward the blades where they are subjected to the whims of the 500 watt motor.
When we say the Wavestation is a “no-frills” blender you shouldn’t mistake that for meaning it looks cheap. It doesn’t. In fact it’s one of the most attractive blenders we’ve seen. The no-frills comment comes about because the design is sleek and slim and not weighed down by a lot of superfluous add-ons. The Wavestation will in fact be a welcome addition to your countertop appliance collection.
“Ice Saber” stainless steel blades.
Dishwasher safe DuraBlend jar.
Durable 500 watt motor.
4 speed options and pulse.
Patented Wave Action design.
Great for drinks, shakes, soups and more.
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight6.38 pounds
It’s one of the easiest large margarita blenders to clean with several key parts dishwasher safe.
The drip free spout does a pretty reliable job delivering your margaritas where you want them.
The measuring cup in the lid makes your job a whole lot easier.
Although the blades should last a while replacement blades are not easy to find.
One of the ways the aforementioned Jimmy Buffett has capitalized on the cultural penetration of his hit song is to license the name to a line of “frozen concoction makers”. The Margaritaville line of margarita machines has achieved widespread notoriety for their attention to detail, their build quality and their sheer audacity. A good place to start if you’re contemplating one of these margarita machines is the Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker.
This is a versatile, effective, stylish and maybe most importantly, moderately sized blender that comes with a bunch of presets that allow you to become a cruise ship bartender without ever having to study. There’s a durable 400 watt motor that makes short work of ice cubes and built in measuring guides so that you’re never left asking how much of a certain ingredient you should include.
36 ounce blending jar.
Powerful 400 watt motor.
1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Easy pour jar.
No-brainer mixing presets.
- Weight17.45 pounds
The no-brainer mixer and the shave-and-blend program make your job a lot easier.
You can make other drinks such as daiquiris and pina coladas with little trouble.
It’s not just for adult drinks as it does a great job with smoothies and slurpees as well.
The build quality is impressive and, unlike some other machines, it doesn’t sound like it’s falling apart while it works.
One of the more complicated machines to assemble and disassemble.
You’ll need to carve out some space to store it because it’s pretty large.
If you entertain a lot during the summer the Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker should be on your “must-have” list. This is serious drink making technology that’s going to set you back a pretty penny but which nonetheless will transform your backyard into the place to be this year. With 3 24 ounce blending jars arrayed in a half-moon around the central ice shredder the thing has a distinctly industrial air about it. And it would no doubt look right at home behind a bar in the Virgin Islands or some tropical island in the south of Thailand.
But not only is the Tahiti a big, bad margarita maker (which we’ll get to in a moment), it’s also great theater as it moves from station to station dispensing ice and initiating the mixing process. But back to that mixing process. The Tahiti has a half dozen different presets for each blending jar. So you can make margaritas in jar 1, daiquiris in jar 2 and smoothies, mojitos, mudslide or coladas in jar 3. All you need to do is add the ingredients to each jar, choose the preset and hit the start button.
72 ounces total blending capacity.
Create margaritas, daiquiris, smoothies and more.
3 24 ounce blending jars.
Extra-large ice reservoir.
700 watts of blending power.
Rotating ice chute.
- Weight29.6 pounds
You’ll certainly never again be at a loss to create enough drinks for large groups.
The 6 pre-programmed drink modes make it easy to shift gears and keep everyone happy.
The rotating ice chute dispenser puts on a show folks will line up to see.
You have to ask yourself just how much space you’re willing to give over to a margarita mixer.
Cleaning it up after a party is not going to be the highlight of your day.
If the production line qualities of the Tahiti are a bit much for you consider the Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker. Although it’s still a fairly large appliance it doesn’t gobble up anywhere near the amount of countertop real estate that the Tahiti does. That’s because you’re only dealing with a single mixing jar at a time. Beyond its more reasonable size the big attraction here is the fact that its 4 presets allow you pretty much hands-off drink production of daiquiris, coladas and mudslides as well as margaritas.
The 36 ounce mixing jar is large enough to produce 3 full sized frozen cocktails. And you’re given the choice of selecting how many you’d like to make via the knob on the control panel. The ice shredder on the Key West cantilevers over the mixing jar like a drip coffee maker. That gives it a very different profile than some other margarita blenders. The entire device also features lots of reflective surfaces that serve to disguise its true size, which is a plus when you’re working in a kitchen with limited space.
Sleek modern design.
4 preset drink options.
Shot glass included.
Rugged 450 watt motor.
36 ounce blending jar.
All major parts dishwasher safe.
- Weight21.3 pounds
Does a good job on non-alcoholic concoctions like slurpees and frappes.
There are a lot of presets that make your job easier if you have lots of thirsty guests.
The manual is one of the better ones, providing details instructions on most aspects of use.
Although the presets do a serviceable job you’re going to need to tweak things on your own to create truly satisfying drinks.
The final entry on our best margarita machine list is the Mega BL770 Kitchen System from Ninja. The BL770 is more than just a margarita machine. It’s a full-scale drink maker and food processor that will not only spice up your pool parties but also help you create perfect cupcakes, bread and other items.
It features an array of attachments including a 72 ounce ‘crushing pitcher’ that turns rock hard ice cubes in a neat pile of delicate shreds in just seconds. Along with an 8 cup food processor jar that allows you to chop any vegetable or fruit into manageable pieces in the blink of an eye, or create the perfect bread dough in less than a minute.
1,500 watt electric motor.
BPA free plastic.
72 ounce crushing pitcher.
8 cup food processor bowl
30 recipe drink guide included.
2 Nutri Ninja cups w/lids.
- Weight9.2 pounds
While it will create outstanding margaritas its real value is in all the other things you can create with it as well.
Everything goes together smoothly and securely with no rattling or vibrating.
Although it looks complex it’s actually easy to use once you get the hang of it.
You may have a hard time reconciling the design with your kitchen decor.
Margarita Machine Buying Guide
How We Chose Our Selection Of Margarita Machine
Reviews - This is one of those products where we had to give customer reviews a bit more weight than we usually do. Simply because asking our product testing panel to test dozens of blenders to see which one makes the best margaritas would have resulted in a bunch of hammered product testers unable to make appropriately objective decisions. So, while our crew certainly indulged in a bit of taste testing just to confirm that a given machine could actually create a palatable margarita, the primary goal from our end was to evaluate functionality, build quality and ease of use.
Quality - Speaking of quality… We spent a long time evaluating dozens of candidates for our best margarita machine list. Taking them apart, sizing up components, seeing whether the presets were worth anything. We timed how long it took to assemble them, disassemble them and wash them. We tested whether they would fit into standard kitchen cabinets or whether you needed to build an addition on the house to store them. And we also evaluated the instruction booklets and warranties.
Margarita Machine FAQ
Q: How do I make a good margarita?
A: The basic margarita recipe is actually pretty simple. It’s only if you want to make a margarita people will remember for is sumptuous taste and bone-chilling cold that you need to involve a margarita blender. And since this is a best margarita machine list we’re going to provide instructions on how to use one of them to produce that ready for prime time margarita. Here goes:
The following recipe makes approximately 4 servings:
- Add 2 or 3 cups of ice to either the blender container or the ice crusher on top of the margarita rig. If you want your margaritas to be thicker, add more ice. If you like them a bit more diluted add less ice.
Note: Most bartenders will tell you it’s better to start by adding too little ice rather than too much, simply because you want to know what the drink actually tastes like before you start burying it under a mountain of shredded ice. So if you’re going to err this time then err on the side of using 2 cups of ice.
- Add 2 ounces of lime juice to the blender container, along with 6 ounces of tequila, 2 ounces of triple sec and 12 ounces of sweet and sour mix. Top it off with 3/4 of a teaspoon of sugar.
- Put the lid on the blender and blend on low until the drink reaches the desired consistency. The longer you blend the more liquidy it will become.
- Grab a fresh lime and slice it in quarters. Then rub the lime into the rim of each of your 4 margarita glasses making sure that both the inside and outside of the rim is well-coated with the lime juice.
- Pour a good amount of salt onto a plate that is wider than the mouth of the margarita glass. Then dip each glass into the salt and rotate it a bit until the rim is well coated.
- Pour the mixture from the margarita blender into the now salted margarita glasses. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.