The Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker (*Est. $160) is designed to shave ice, mix and dispense frozen margaritas at the touch of a button. It's great for parties, owners say, but some complain that it's a big appliance to store and that the shaved ice wasn't as snowy and finely shaved as they'd expected. Compared to an all-around mid-range workhorse such as the KitchenAid KSB560 (*Est. $100) , you're paying a lot more for the features related only to margaritas and other frozen bar drinks. Two similar Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker models, the Key West and the Fiji , differ mainly in the quality of materials used and the types of frozen drinks they are programmed to make.
We found the best review from Good Housekeeping, where editors put more than three dozen blenders -- including the Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker -- through their paces in performance-based tests and consider such features as customer care and user-friendly design. We also found real-world owner feedback at Amazon.com, Epinions.com and Buzzillions.com.
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1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping editors put 38 blenders to the test, evaluating performance in chopping, smoothie-making and grinding as well as user-friendly design, ease of use and customer support. Although they do not review the Margaritaville Bahamas, they do discuss the more expensive Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker, which also can make daiquiris and smoothies.
Review: Best Blenders: Reviews and Ratings, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
About100 owners of the Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker give it an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. They say it's the perfect blend of price and function in the Margaritaville range, and they love the way it makes perfect shaved ice for frozen drinks.
Review: Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker, Contributors to Amazon.com
A handful of reviewers here are generally positive about the function and performance of the Margaritaville blender, but a few owners say it doesn't make drinks smooth enough and that it's too pricey for its features.
Review: Margaritaville DM0500 Blender, Contributors to Epinions.com
About 100 reviews here cover the Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker line, including the Bahamas model. Owners give the blenders an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, praising their power and ease of use, but criticizing price and noisiness. They also say the blenders are a bit of a space hog.
Review: Jarden Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker, Contributors to Buzzillions.com