Hi I’m Curt,
Welcome to my unabridged review including all the juicy details about a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker also known as a Margaritaville Blender, and which model gets my Top Pick. This is a full length review, so if you are just looking for where to get the best price on any Margaritaville Machine just click my link in the right sidebar below my photo.
Why did I decide to create this blog? When I initially decided that I wanted to purchase a margarita blender, I had a hard time trying to find any detailed reviews. So I figured I would do the research and write a good honest review to help out anyone who is considering a similar purchase. Just be prepared. Because I intend to cover the bad points as well as the good ones. So if you already decided to buy one and don’t want to hear any criticism you should probably leave before you read the rest of this review.
Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker Top Pick
The winner is the Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker also known as the Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker. The DM2000 or Fiji will make 36 ounces of perfectly blended margaritas, daiquiris, mudslides, and smoothies. And with a little practice you will also be making pina coladas, snow-cone’s, and ice blended coffee drinks.
The secret to this machine is its ability to produce “shaved ice” instead of the typical crushed ice that you get with a conventional blender. Home blenders usually produce a blended ice drink that either has large chunks of ice, or is over blended and watered down. Shaved ice gives you that smooth restaurant quality margarita that you have been looking for. And with a little experimenting with natural ingredients you will soon be making better drinks that the high class restaurant or bar.
What I Liked
- Metal drive gear for the ice shave blade and metal base should give you years of trouble free service, unlike the plastic pieces on the DM1000.
- The four different automatic pre-programmed drink cycles for making all types of ice blended drinks as easy as pushing a button. The Keywest Machine (Model DM1000) only makes margaritas.
- The larger more powerful motor and larger drink capacity than the Margaritaville Bahamas or Keywest entry level models, ensure the Fiji DM2000 can handle any size party.
- The oversized ice hopper on the Fiji is double the size of the Keywest DM1000, which keeps time spent refilling to a minimum.
- Handy water collection reservoir to catch melted ice, slides out to easily dump out.
What I Didn’t Like
- It’s big. Will not fit under the kitchen cabinets with the ice hopper on. Need to place it on your island, or remove the ice hopper to slide it back on your countertop under the cabinets. May be best stored in your pantry, but it’s impressive looking and can be kept on your island if desired.
- Can be a little difficult to clean. Becomes easier with practice. Discovered most of the mess comes from overfilling it. Measure your ingredients and clean up gets a lot easier.
- The one other thing to note is that it only comes with one mixing pitcher. I strongly recommend buying at least one extra one. It just makes it a lot easier if you want to make more than one style of drink or one batch of margaritas at a time.
Margaritaville Blender Final Verdict
The Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker Fiji Model DM2000 is my Top Pick for not only the best Margaritaville Blender, but for the best margarita machine available from any manufacturer at any price. And this model in particular combines the best of everything Margaritaville has to offer in one fantastic package that every margarita lover must have.
So exactly what is a Margaritaville Machine? Or better yet what the heck is a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker? Well as you probably have guessed, Margaritaville machines are a full line of specialty machines designed specifically for making ice blended drinks. Margaritas in particular, but the top end models are also designed for making all of your favorite frozen drinks including Pina Coladas, daquiries, Mojitos, Mudslides, and Smoothies.
What makes these machines so popular? It’s their ability to consistently produce drinks that are as good or better than professionally made drinks at the best restaurant or bar in town. How do they do it? They have the ability to actually shave ice, instead of just blending or crushing it. Shaved ice is what gives you that smooth creamy consistency you love, without the chunks of ice or watered down results you typically get with a home blender. The top end models including the Fiji DM2000 and the Tahiti Dm3000 have the commercial UL approval for use both in the home or restaurants, and are used often in many restaurants and bars.
So which Margaritaville Machine is right for you? The first in the lineup is their entry level machine the Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker. While this is a good machine I strongly suggest you consider stepping up to the Margaritaville DM1000 Frozen Concoction Maker which is nearly the same price, but gives you a lot more for the money. In fact the Keywest DM1000 would be my close second choice as best machine for home use.
If the DM1000 is second choice, then what’s my Top Pick? I would have to say the Margaritaville DM2000 also known as the “Fiji”. The Fiji DM2000 has the best of everything at a price that is still affordable for most people. See my next post for a complete and detailed review of the Margaritaville DM2000 Premium Frozen Concoction Maker or Fiji.
But what if price is no object and the sky is the limit. Then you have to check out the Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker also called the Margaritaville DM3000. This Margaritaville Machine is truly over the top and demands a place in every kings palace. It’s the top of the line, but it comes with a price tag to match.
With so many models to choose from you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Don’t worry, if you are trying to decide which Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker is best for you then you found the right website. Read my next post for a full review of my top pick.
If you are looking for the best Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker Recipes for getting the most use out of your machine, your choices are endless. Starting with the best recipe books for Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Daiquiris, Margaritas, Mojitos, Mudslides, and Smoothies is just a start. Don’t forget your Margartiaville Machine also has the ability to make just about any frozen drink or blender drink you can think of. And probably even a few more that you can’t.
So let your imagination run wild and don’t be afraid to experiment. Whatever you do, don’t just pour in any margarita mixer. You will find that using natural ingredients like fresh fruits, and frozen items like Limeade and other frozen juice concentrates, will give you far better results than just using prepackaged mixes.
You basically want to make a smoothie with alcohol in it. Try to stay away from the syrups and sweeteners as much as possible. And make sure to use quality Tequila and Triple Sec. Don’t buy the cheap stuff, you will regret it later. Quality ingredients not only taste better, they are less likely to give you a hangover as well.
Some of your best recipes will be discovered by simply inviting over a bunch of friends and trying different things out. This can be a lot of fun. Ask your friends to each bring a frozen drink recipe with them. Then try out a variety of them to see which one everybody likes best. Then start saving your favorite Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker recipes into a folder or scrapbook.