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Bring the Bar Home With These 10 Margarita Machines

Popular Mechanics Logo By Kathleen Willcox of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 11: 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 ConsiderIf 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 SelectedTo 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.

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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