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Lime, tequila and agave. If you're constantly craving for margaritas, invest in a machine that brings tropical drinks to your kitchen counter. While a regular blender will do the trick, a dedicated margarita maker will turn out truly restaurant-quality frozen drinks with minimal effort.
Best of all, these machines take the work out of margarita making: just pour in the ingredients, press go, and have your paper umbrellas ready. Here are the best margarita machines available today, whether you're making a drink for yourself or for a large group.
Best Overall: Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker
In addition to singing an ode to margaritas, Jimmy Buffet is behind one of the best margarita makers on the market. Unlike your standard kitchen blender, this Margaritaville machine turns out premium shaved ice designed specifically for blended cocktails—with no chunks or big ice cubes.
Atop the machine sits an extra-large ice reservoir that holds enough ice for two-and-a-half pitchers of frozen drinks (at three standard-sized drinks per pitcher). Press go and the ice blends into a 36-ounce pitcher that runs at 450 watts. Four pre-programmed drink settings, as well as shave, blend, and manual blend and shave options, also allow for easy ice customization.
Best Value: Nostalgia 64-Ounce Margarita Maker
Nostalgia’s margarita maker is a no-frills, low-effort machine—perfect for parties where drinks are flowing. Simply fill the half-gallon chamber with ice cubes, add your liquor and drink mix, pop the lid on and press go. Just turn the spout and it will dispense your beverage of choice with ease.
With a powerful motor that crushes through ice cubes, this machine churns out frothy cocktails with no large chunks. The blending chamber also detaches from the base to make cleanup a breeze. A detachable cup rest holds your glass under the spout and catches any drips and drops.
Best for Groups: Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker
Great for crowds, this 72-ounce Margaritaville machine has a massive central blender that pours into three, 24-ounce independent blending stations. Make larger batches of one recipe or hold different recipes in each. It also has two different settings for each blending station: 'shave only' and 'blend only.'
With 700 watts of combined blending and shaving powers, this unit can whip up a variety of frozen drinks: margaritas, daiquiris, piña coladas, mudslides, frozen mojitos and even smoothies. The rotating ice chute on top of the machine also adds some nice flair. All blending jars are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Best Blender: Oster Precise Blend 300 Blender
Though technically not a margarita maker, this Oster blender is an excellent, budget-friendly option with a preset for making frozen drinks. The generously-sized pitcher holds five cups at a time, while the 2-ounce filler cap features measurement markings for easy mixing.
Margaritas aside, the powerful 700-watt machine has a range of presets to take the brainwork out of chopping, blending and pulverizing. The dual-direction blades are designed to reverse directions while blending, ensuring that slushies, smoothies and sauces won’t jam the unit. Even more, the shatter-proof Boroclass glass and stainless-steel pieces are dishwasher safe.
Best Commercial: Margarita Girl Margarita Machine
Ideal for making lots of drinks, this commercial machine from Margarita Girl holds a generous 50 cups of margaritas. Made with high-impact plastic and stainless-steel panels, this durable unit is designed to withstand years of use. A 1/4 HP air-cooled compressor (which runs far quieter than most commercial machines) keeps the temperature consistent without the risk of freezing up.
The machine works with both packaged drink mixes and original concoctions. Plus, its two-year warranty is backed by service centers around the U.S.
Best Budget: Taco Tuesday Electric Lime Juicer & Margarita Kit
Taco Tuesday’s two-in-one juicer and margarita kit can whip up margaritas, daiquiris, slushies, frosé and a host of other blended drinks—all at a reasonable price point. The 32-ounce unit includes everything you need for happy hour: a blender, a lime juicer, a serving pitcher, salt and sugar rimmer, and four, 8-ounce margarita glasses.
You can also adjust the amount of pulp added with the pulp control filter (pick from large, small and no pulp). Even more, pitcher measurement markings make it easy to mix your cocktail right in the vessel. When the drinks are ready, the blending vessel easily becomes a serving pitcher—pop out the juicer, add the lid and disperse them into margarita glasses.
Best Multi-Purpose: Ninja Mega Kitchen System
This all-in-one Ninja blender is easy to use for a range of different cooking and cocktailing applications. A selection of added tools—including a 1500-watt base, an eight-cup food processing bowl, a pitcher and a 30-recipe guide—let you blend margaritas, chop salsas, evenly mix pasta dough and much more. There are also four dedicated blending speeds for seamless customization.
A roomy pitcher allows for 72 ounces of crushing power to quickly pulverize ingredients at two horsepower. All parts are dishwasher safe and BPA free. If you’re looking for a margarita maker that boasts multiple uses, this is an affordable and powerful option.
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