If you love a great margarita and don’t need all the bells and whistles offered with the larger models from margaritaville this is the margarita mixer I personally recommend you purchase. Read the rest of my review to see why I say this with confidence. Although the other models offered by them perform and review well in my opinion you will get the most value for your dollar with the DM0500 margarita blender. Amazon buyers rate this model an outstanding 4.5 stars out of 5.


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Criteria to consider when choosing a margarita mixer.

  • What is a margarita blender?
  • What do other owners say about theirs?
  • Does it do what it’s supposed to do?
  • Does it hold up?

Answering the above questions will help to make sure you get what you need and expect when buying a frozen drink machine. Buying anything based on price alone is never a good idea and could leave you unhappy with your investment. In the sections below I am going to go over how each of these relates regarding the DM0500 Bahamas model of frozen concoction maker.

What is a margarita Blender?

A margarita blender differs from a common kitchen blender in several ways. The biggest difference being that a frozen concoction maker shaves the ice instead of chopping it up like a common household blender would. What this means to you is that your frozen drinks end up with a nice ‘frozen coke’ consistency just like you would expect to get from a good margarita bar. The DM0500 is a true margarita machine with dual motors. The first motor shaves the ice while the second blends the shaved ice and margarita mix together resulting in a perfect margarita every time.

What do other owners say about theirs?

This one took an extra long time for me to research because they sell A LOT of these and there were tons of reviews to take in. In short people really like this machine, I was impressed by the sheer number of glowing reviews I found. In fact I was so impressed I ordered one up myself and will add in my own review shortly. Purchasers reported that the consistency of the frozen drinks were spot on and that the unit is drop dead easy to set up, use and clean.

Here is a snippet of a review from for this model;

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Choice over the DM1000 and DM2000, July 8, 2008

J. Walker (Southeastern U.S.)

This review is from: Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker (Kitchen)

I picked up the DM0500 model after some extensive shopping around for one of the Margaritaville blenders. This one doesn’t hold as much ice as the others but it holds enough for one pitcher worth of drinks. It also doesn’t have the fancy buttons that the others have that denote “mudslide,” “daiquiri,” or “Margarita”(I’ve heard there is little difference in these settings).
That is the main difference between this model and the others. It had the standard shave only/ blend only switch and a start button( more on that later).
The blender itself is very nice it has some great artistic accents like behind the pitcher on the machine is a metal engraving of a palm tree and a sea plane. The construction is easy and it works right out of the box. All you have to do is attach the ice hopper and you’re finished.

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Does it do what it’s supposed to do?

For this section I look over the claims made by the manufacturer and compare them with the experiences of consumers who have purchased and reviewed the machines. With this margarita mixer i did not see any evidence of the manufacturers claims being misleading.  Many users happily reported being able to make excellent slurpees, slush puppies, snow cones, fitness drinks, smoothies and other frozen drinks with ease. Others noted enjoying duplicating their favorite frozen drinks purchased by them in bars or restaurants in the past. I can say that in this regard the DM0500 exceeds the claims made by it’s manufacturer.

Does it hold up?

I did my homework on this one and found reviews as far back as Dec 2007 so this model has been around and has a proven track record. Most all of the reviewers stated that they would absolutely purchase this unit again. Although some reviews noted the capacity to be somewhat limited these were isolated reports.

To see my other reviews for additional models of Margaritaville Blenders click a link below;

DM900 | DM2000 | DM1000 | DM3000