Cinco de Mayo is a great occasion to honor Mexican history, but most people use this holiday as an excuse to throw a killer party. If you’re getting ready for a Cinco de Mayo bash, you may have considered getting a margarita machine to entertain your guests. There are lots of margarita machines out there, and finding one that suits both your budget and your unique entertaining plans can be tricky. Here are some top picks for the best margarita machine for your Cinco de Mayo festivities. You might also want to check out our post on the best margarita mixes.
1. Margaritaville DM1595-000-000 Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Jumbo Jar and Travel Bag
When you think of margarita makers, one of the first brands that comes to mind is Margaritaville. The Margaritaville DM1595-000-000 is a great choice for a Cinco de Mayo party for several reasons. Firstly, it has automatic settings to help you create perfectly smooth, restaurant-quality frozen drinks. The 54 ounce blender jar is double insulated, which helps to keep your drinks at the perfect temperature. In addition, this particular model comes with a heavy duty canvas travel bag. This bag makes it easy to take the Margaritaville party with you, wherever you need to go.
Now, if this Margaritaville isn’t big enough for your parties, you could try the $450 Margaritaville Tahiti Trio blender. This model has three blending jars and automatic settings for creating margaritas, daiquiris, pina coladas, mudslides, mojitos, and smoothies. It’s expensive, but it’s ideal for creating lots of drinks for a large party of friends.
Price: $190.03 (52 percent off MSRP)
Buy the Margaritaville DM1595-000-000 Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Jumbo Jar and Travel Bag here.
- Handy carrying bag
- Double-insulated blender jar
- Less expensive than other models from the same company
- Automatic drink settings
- May not make enough drinks at once for very large parties
- Still quite expensive compared to other brands
Find more Margaritaville DM1595-000-000 Key West Frozen Concoction Maker with Jumbo Jar and Travel Bag information and reviews here.
2. Nostalgia Electrics MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker
Like everything but the price tag of the Margaritaville machine above? Then this inexpensive slush maker from Nostalgia Electrics might be just what you’re looking for.
While the Margaritaville blender above has only a 54 ounce blender jar, this model from Nostalgia Electrics has a 64 ounce cup. Like the Margaritaville blender above, this model from Nostalgia Electrics has a travel carrying case. This model uses a patented dual swivel system to pulverize ice, creating silky smooth margaritas and smoothies.
The controls are easy to read, and the whole set-up is very user-friendly. Do note, however, that some users have reported that this model makes a lot of noise, and may have some issues after about six or eight months of regular use. In addition, some users have found that drink quality is improved by adding pre-crushed ice to the blender, rather than whole cubes.
Price: $46.88 (22 percent off MSRP)
Get a closer look at this margarita maker in the video above.
- Less expensive that competitors
- Attractive design
- Easy to operate
- Crushes ice for smooth drinks
- Some users have experienced difficulty cleaning
- Some users have experienced difficulty with broken parts after less than one year of use
Find more Nostalgia Electrics MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker information and reviews here.
3. Hamilton Beach 54618 Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender
The Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express is the perfect option for people who are shopping on a tight budget. But even though this blender has a bargain basement price, it still has some respectable specs, including a 500-watt motor.
The 48 ounce blender jar is dishwasher-safe, and the spout can be stored underneath the blender when not in use. This blender has four speeds, and the blender cup has been designed to be thicker and more shatter-resistant that previous models. The real selling point here is the “Wave-Action” system, which generates a continuous wave motion to draw the mixture into the blades.
Price: $17.89 and up, depending on color selected
Check out the video above from Good Housekeeping, which features several top-rated blenders (including the Wave Station Express).
- Three color options
- 3 year warranty
- Interesting Wave-Action system
- One of the smallest blending capacities on our list
- Not sharp enough to make smoothies from hard fruits or veggies
- Some users have reported leaks
- Some users have reporting “burning rubber” smell
Find more Hamilton Beach 54618 Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender information and reviews here.
4. Ninja Master Prep (QB900B)
The Ninja Master Prep blender system comes with a single power pod, along with a 16 ounce chopper bowl and a 48 ounce pitcher. The power pod has a single blend speed, and operates on a one-touch pulse control, giving you a lot of control over how quickly ingredients are combined. This is a nice option for a Cinco de Mayo party, since you can use the power pod to make a pitcher of frozen margaritas, and then use the same pod to whip up a batch of creamy guacamole.
Price: $35.99 (28 percent off MSRP)
Check out a video of the Ninja Master Prep in action in the player above. It gives you a good sense of how quickly this blender breaks down fruits and veggies, and it also gives you a good idea of how loud the blender is when in operation. If it can handle hard fruits and veggies, ice and tequila should be a breeze.
- Interchangeable power pod powers any Ninja blender or food processor
- One-touch controls
- Chops ice better than a traditional blender
- Great multi-tasker
- Wide, no-slip base
- Power pod can sometimes collect debris from where it connects to pitcher
- Only has 400 watt motor
- One-year warranty is not as good as a three-year or lifetime warranty
- Other Ninja models come with additional jar sizes
5. ChefLand 2 Piece Cocktail Shaker
Okay, so this isn’t technically a margarita “machine”, but this multi-tasking kitchen tool is inexpensive and beloved by professional bartenders. This margarita maker is ideal for those who only entertain small groups of friends, as well as those who dislike frozen margaritas. Hey, if it’s good enough for culinary mastermind Alton Brown, then it’s good enough for us.
This particular Boston shaker is made by ChefLand consists of two parts: a 15 ounce cup, and a larger 30 ounce cup. This style of shaker is more user-friendly than a cocktail shaker with a built-in sieve, since it is generally much easier to open. However, it may take a little practice to master the technique of pouring from a Boston shaker. This shaker is dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean up after a party with your closest friends.
Watch Alton Brown make his ultimate margarita in the video above, which uses a preparation method that involves a Boston shaker.
- Great for artisanal cocktail creation
- Preferred by cocktail experts
- Not ideal for making large batches of drinks
- Not the best tool for frozen drinks
- Has a little bit of a learning curve