Staff, Courtesy of Nostalgia
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere when you have a margarita machine. While the basic recipe for a margarita is fairly straightforward—tequila, lime, a little sugar and maybe some salt—getting the right texture can be challenging with a regular blender. Margarita machines churn out resort-quality frozen drinks with very little effort. (Just pour in the ingredients and press the on button).
What to Consider
If you’re ready to raise the bar on your margarita game, we have you covered. But before you click “buy,” there are several options to keep in mind. If you consider the following things, you’ll be able to make a better purchase for your needs.
Pitcher Capacity: Are you blending for a party of one, two, or 22? The vessel capacities below range from 32 ounces to 6.4 gallons, so keep your party plans in mind.
Flexibility: Are you looking for a one-drink pony, or are you hoping your margarita machine can also shine as a salsa maker? We include information on just how much every machine is capable of.
Power: How fast do you need those drinks, and just how smooth should they be? We have lo-fi 40-watt options, and a pro-grade margarita machine that will smooth and blend mega-batches with 1,600 watts’ worth of power.
How We Selected
To help you find the ideal margarita machine, we reviewed hundreds of options, seeking out the ones from reputable companies with excellent customer service. We also looked at critical and user reviews to see which ones deliver on the broadest set of desires, and picked the best of the best, with a variety of needs and budgets in mind.
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Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker
This machine was made to create smooth, ice-chunk free margaritas, and it delivers, earning it 4.8 stars from more than 1,600 happy customers on Amazon. The blending jar has a 36-ounce capacity, and features mixing tools with measurements for margaritas, but also piña coladas and daiquiris. The 450 watts of shaving and blending power delivers a pitcher’s worth of cocktails. The machine comes with a one-year limited warranty and it contains dishwasher-safe parts.
Best Commercial Grade
Happybuy Commercial Slushy Machine
If you need to create quality margaritas on an industrial scale, this commercial-quality machine delivers. With a double tank, each of which has a capacity of 3.2 gallons, this machine will have you making resort-ready margaritas in a flash. The food-grade tanks also ensure sanitary, rust-free conditions for long-term use.
The machine is powered with 1,600 watts for effective cooling. The control panel on the side features stirring, blending and energy-saving modes. The detachable drip trays keep everything neat, and this machine can be used not just for margaritas, but alcohol-free Slurpees, other cocktails, iced coffee, and frappés.
Best for Parties
Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker
$399.99 (20% off)
If you’re throwing a party, this Margaritaville machine will cover all your bases. It features three individual 24-ounce blending stations, which allows you to make mega-batches of margaritas, or make up to three different frozen cocktails. Each blending station features a “shave” or “blend” option. All told, the machine offers 700 watts of power. Reviewers loved the chunk-free restaurant quality texture it delivers and the polished stainless-steel accents, bamboo wood detailing, and premium nickel housing.
Best Small Blender
Nostalgia Taco Tuesday Frozen Margarita & Slush Blender
This budget blender is designed to make smooth frozen cocktails. It features a 64-ounce capacity, and couldn’t be easier to use (just dump in the ingredients and ice, slap on the lid and hit go). Reviewers love that the shaving and blending chamber detaches from the base for an easy cleanup. Each machine comes with a detachable cup rest, which allows you to place your glass under the spout for easy serving.
Despite its modest price, reviewers say it performs well under pressure. “It made it through a margarita party of 80! Didn’t stall or anything.”
Ninja Mega Kitchen System and Blender
If you want to make more than just margaritas with one machine, this is a fantastic option. The Ninja comes with a 72-ounce capacity pitcher that churns out margaritas at 1,500 watts of power that would put your favorite bar to shame, but it also features an eight-cup food processor that provides perfect, even chopping and can make up to two pounds of dough in 30 seconds.
The machine also comes with two 16-ounce go-cups with lids and a 30-recipe guide that shows you how to make margaritas, salsa, and a lot more.
Super Budget Option
Nostalgia Taco Tuesday Lime Juicer & Margarita Kit
This margarita machine is a great option if you just want to whip up a few quick drinks on the fly. It features a 32-ounce capacity, and a built-in juicer for limes and other citrus fruits.
The kit features everything you need for delicious margaritas and slushies, including a blender, a serving pitcher, a salt and sugar rimmer and four 8-ounce margarita glasses. The plastic blender comes with measurements on the side, so no measuring cups are necessary. Once you’ve blended your drinks, the vessel becomes a pitcher.
Best Retro Blender
Nostalgia Frozen Drink Station
This 1950s-era blending machine will have you flashing back to the old-fashioned soda shops of yore. The blender capacity is 40 ounces, and the low-wattage (40-watt) blender will deliver smooth margaritas and slush drinks, but it will be on its own lo-fi timetable. Still, reviewers love the price and look of the machine, and if it’s something you plan to keep on display, it’s a great option.
Nostalgia 1-Gallon Margarita & Slush Machine
This easy-on-the-eyes light aqua blender holds up to 1-gallon of your favorite margaritas or frozen cocktails. The unit features an easy-flow spot, so pouring drinks is easy and mess-free. This Nostalgia machine comes with a handle on top, making it practical to carry around. This blender blends remarkably smooth drinks, according to reviewers, and while it does not have its own cooling system, it is well enough insulated to keep the drinks cold after the initial blending process.
Best Blender Option
Oster 6812-001 Core 16-Speed Blender
If you’re only going to make margaritas occasionally, this is a wonderful 700-watt blender that will perform the trick seamlessly. The blender is equipped with 16 speeds, from pulse to puree, and the 40-ounce pitcher is dishwasher safe. The cap also doubles as a 2-ounce pouring and ingredient measuring system.
One reviewer loved how versatile it is, writing that in addition to drinks, she makes “sofrito, blends soups for the baby, and baby purees.”
Margaritaville Key West Frozen Concoction Maker
This 450-watt powered margarita machine makes up to 2.5 pitchers of frozen drinks, thanks to its supersized ice reservoir. The blending jar contains 36 ounces of tropical fun.
Margaritaville’s machine also includes four pre-programmed drinks settings, a shave and blend cycle and an option of manual blend or shave only cycles. It comes equipped with an easy-pour jar, which automatically turns the blender into the pitcher. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Users have dubbed it a “work horse” that powers through big parties “with very little effort. Definitely worth the money if you host parties or holidays in your home!”
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