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Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker (DM0700) Review

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Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is the most basic Mar­gar­i­taville machine for prepar­ing restau­rant-qual­i­ty frozen drinks. It is designed for home use only but claims to pro­duce the slushies of restaurant/bar qual­i­ty. If you enjoy frozen con­coc­tions then you would like to know if this machine worth buying.

Read our review to find out all pros and cons of this fan­cy gadget.

Functionality

Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er comes with mar­gari­ta pre-set pro­grams and designed to make a range of tru­ly restau­rant qual­i­ty slush­es. The mar­gari­ta is just the tip of the ice­berg, it shaves ice so per­fect­ly that with some cre­ativ­i­ty applied you can pre­pare a vari­ety of drinks and recipes:

  • Pre-set “Shave ‘n Blend” pro­gram and no-brain­er mix­er ingre­di­ents mea­sure allow auto­mat­i­cal­ly make full pitch­er (3–4 por­tions) of per­fect mar­gar­i­tas;
  • Although the pre-set pro­gram is designed specif­i­cal­ly for a mar­gari­ta, no-brain­er mix­er has also the Pina Coladas and daiquiris mea­sure­ments for prepar­ing full pitch­er (3–4 por­tions) of these drinks using the same mar­gari­ta pre-set or Man­u­al Shave and Blend functions;
  • Exper­i­ment­ing with Blend and Shave modes the user can make a vari­ety of oth­er types of alco­holic slush­es or cock­tails and achieve thin­ner or thick­er con­sis­ten­cy of any drink;
  • Using man­u­al Save and Blend func­tions cre­ate non-alco­holic frozen drinks, includ­ing vir­gin frozen juices, mock­tails, iced tea or cof­fee, lemon­ades, some recipes are pro­vid­ed in the recipes book that comes with the pack­age or you can try your favorite one you know or from oth­er sources, you can also fol­low the recipe on the no-brain­er mix­er, but leav­ing the alco­holic ingre­di­ents out;
  • Make car­bon­at­ed frozen drinks like Icee and Slurpee, but the car­bon­at­ed liq­uid should be not the main ingre­di­ent in the blend­ing jar, oth­er­wise, the car­bon­a­tion could agi­tate the liq­uid over­flow from the jar;
  • Smooth­ies with shaved ice, how­ev­er, you can elim­i­nate ice by using the blend­ing mode for longer;
  • Snow cones, the machine makes so light and fluffy shaved ice that you can eas­i­ly use it for pro­duc­ing deli­cious snow cones.

So, the Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er will make a hap­py entire fam­i­ly and make deli­cious drinks for adults and nice snow cones and fruit ices for kids.

It is also pos­si­ble to make the small­er por­tions of mar­gar­i­tas, Pina Coladas, and daiquiris by man­u­al­ly mea­sur­ing ingre­di­ents and using man­u­al shav­ing and blend­ing modes. It may take a few tries to find the right con­sis­ten­cy. You can mas­ter the recipes by start­ing with the recipe that comes with the Mar­gar­i­taville books and adjust­ing grad­u­al­ly them to your taste, then chang­ing the recipe for dif­fer­ent con­sis­ten­cy or man­u­al­ly shave more ice into the drinks. It does take some tri­al and error while you learn the prop­er pro­por­tions for the per­fect drinks. The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er mix­es well all the ingre­di­ents and achieves the per­fect smooth­ness so that you can­not taste the tequi­la in the margarita.

How it works

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er sep­a­rates the con­coc­tion process into two stages. First, it shaves ice in the shav­ing reser­voir with a spe­cial blade sys­tem and releas­es the snow prod­uct through a spe­cial chute to the blend­ing jar with a ded­i­cat­ed blade sys­tem. Sec­ond, in the blend­ing jar, the snow and oth­er ingre­di­ents are mixed to cre­ate a per­fect concoction.

The machine also has a spe­cial ice melt recep­ta­cle tank at the back of the base unit where the melt­ed ice drained direct­ly from the ices reser­voir. This ensures that the slushies nev­er get watery and always have a per­fect consistency.

Operation

First, fill the blend­ing jar with ingre­di­ents using the No-Brain­er mix­er or man­u­al­ly. If you want to make a full pitch­er of Mar­gar­i­taville mar­gari­ta, Pina Coladas, or daiquiris recipes you bet­ter use the No-Brain­er mix­er — the plas­tic con­tain­er with the mea­sure­ments of the ingre­di­ents on sides. You place the mix­er on the pitch­er lid, fill the mix­er with ingre­di­ents and release them to the jar, then remove the mix­er and fit the jar to the base unit. Then you fill the ice reser­voir with pure ice cubes. Now the machine is ready to run. The mea­sure­ments on the mix­ing cup and the automa­tion of the machine are all geared toward mak­ing a pitch­er, not a sin­gle serving.

If you want to exper­i­ment with oth­er recipes or pre­pare a sin­gle serv­ing of mar­gari­ta, Pina Coladas, or daiquiris, then you have to mea­sure ingre­di­ents manually.

The man­u­fac­tur­er advice to use only liq­uid ingre­di­ents when fill­ing the blend­ing jar, how­ev­er, from my expe­ri­ence it is Ok to add some frozen or fresh berries and fruits, the blender has enough pow­er to process it.

Speed Settings and Programs

control-panel

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er comes with an on/off but­ton, one “Shave ‘n Blend” pre-pro­grammed set­ting, and a man­u­al Blend/Shave only toggle.

The on/off but­ton acti­vates the machine or stops ear­li­er the “Shave ‘n Blend” cycle if need­ed. By press­ing the pre-set pro­gram the machine starts auto­mat­i­cal­ly “Shave ‘n Blend” cycle which takes approx­i­mate­ly 35 sec­onds. The cycle starts with shav­ing ice in the ice reser­voir for about 15 sec­onds. The machine sends the snow from the ice reser­voir to the blend­ing jar and acti­vates the blend­ing process mix­ing fine­ly snow and oth­er ingre­di­ents pre­filled in the blend­ing jar. The blend­ing process will again last for about 15 seconds.

The Shave/Blend tog­gle acti­vates the shav­ing or blend­ing only func­tions. By press­ing the tog­gle in the Shave posi­tion it shaves the ice in the reser­voir until you hold the tog­gle. By press­ing the tog­gle in the Blend posi­tion it will acti­vate the blender jar for the mix­ing process until you hold the toggle.

Sim­ply put, the “Shave ‘n Blend” cycle mix­es the right pro­por­tion of ice and oth­er ingre­di­ents to pre­pare the full jar of mar­gar­i­tas, Pina Coladas, and daiquiris. The man­u­al Shave/Blend func­tion is used to pre­pare oth­er recipes or cus­tomize drinks to the per­fect tex­ture to suit any per­son­al taste.

Assembling/Disassembling

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er comes with many parts and could be chal­leng­ing to assem­ble and dis­as­sem­ble. Every piece has to be assem­bled the right way. The machine will not start unless the ice lid is locked the right way. The Ice dis­tri­b­u­tion chute must be lift­ed the right way to fit the blender to place. There are eight pieces total that needs to be assem­bled and disassembled.

Cleaning

Over­all, the Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is not very easy to clean. The dis­as­sem­bling process is quite tedious and com­pli­cat­ed. Some parts of the gad­get are dish­wash­er safe and oth­er parts must be hand cleaned only. The ice melt tank, blend­ing jar with the lid, and blade assem­bly (blades, gas­ket, and base col­lar) — are could be cleaned on the top rack of a dish­wash­er. The part that involved in the ice shav­ing process — ice reser­voir with lid, shav­ing pad­dle, ice hop­per, ice deflec­tor blade assem­bly, shav­ing blade – must be only hand washed and air dry because they are designed not to be exposed to hot tem­per­a­tures. The ice shav­ing blade and the blender blades are super sharp and should be han­dled with extreme care.

Base Unit and Motor Power

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is equipped with 450 watts motor to shave ice and to mix all ingre­di­ents in the blender. The machine oper­ates using a pow­er cord, so it requires 110—120 volts AC elec­tri­cal sup­ply. The Mar­gar­i­taville does not pro­duce bat­tery oper­at­ed Bahamas machines any longer. How­ev­er, it could be used via a cig­a­rette lighter adapter for tailgating.

The entire base unit is made of plas­tic mate­r­i­al but looks nice and stur­dy. The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er also has a cord stor­age com­part­ment that hides the unused part of the cord tidy at the back of the unit.

Containers

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The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er comes with four con­tain­ers and 2 lids. All of them are made from a very heavy shat­ter­proof 1/4 inch thick plas­tic-type material:
  • 36 oz. blend­ing jar with Easy-Pour hatch lid for quick con­coc­tion serv­ing. It serves 3 – 4 drinks per pitch­er. How­ev­er, the blend­ing jar is not designed to hold the hot liq­uids or the sud­den change in food tem­per­a­ture what could cause the blend­ing jar to crack;
  • No-Brain­er Mix­er with the side mark­ings up mea­sure­ments that show you how much of what to add for Pina Coladas, daiquiris, and mar­gar­i­tas. It does all the guess­work for you with ingre­di­ents measuring;
  • Ice Reser­voir with the secure­ly lock­ing lid that holds ice enough to fill a 1 full pitcher;
  • Rear Ice Melt Reser­voir that chan­nels away melt­ing ice, so drinks will not get watery while standing.

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Blades

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas are equipped with two sets of high-qual­i­ty stain­less steel blades — shav­ing blades for the ice shav­ing reser­voir and the blade assem­bly for the blend­ing jar. The blades are of good qual­i­ty and very sharp, how­ev­er, they do not get dull over time.

Special Features

Col­ors: This mod­el is avail­able only in one col­or deci­sion with a metal­lic base and a lime pitcher.

Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished: There is no Cer­ti­fied Refur­bished ver­sion avail­able for this model.

Use in coun­tries out­side of the USA/Canada: The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is designed for a 110–120 volt­age sys­tem only. The user can oper­ate it over the volt­age trans­former. How­ev­er, the man­u­fac­tur­er does not rec­om­mend this as it can com­pro­mise the func­tion­al­i­ty of the machine.

Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker Set Includes

  • Ice Reser­voir and Lid;
  • Shav­ing Paddle;
  • Ice Hop­per, Ice Shav­ing Blade with Deflec­tor, Blade Assem­bly Nut;
  • Blend­ing Base with Con­trol Pan­el and Ice Chute, Ice Melt Reser­voir and Cord Stor­age Door;
  • 36 oz. (1.07 L) Blend­ing Jar with Lid;
  • Blade assem­bly with Seal­ing Ring and Jar Base/Collar;
  • No-Brain­er Mixer;
  • Mea­sur­ing cup;
  • Quick start guide;
  • User man­u­al;
  • Mar­gar­i­taville Mak­er Lega­cy story;
  • A sim­ple guide for pitchers;
  • Changes in Lat­i­tude par­ty guide with recipes.

Warranty and Customer Service

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er comes with a 1‑year lim­it­ed non-trans­fer­able war­ran­ty only. The cus­tomer ser­vice is polite and help­ful. They will replace or repair the unit or parts free of charge with­in one year of pur­chase. If you have an issue with the machine or need replace­ment parts that are not avail­able via the usu­al retail­ers, you should con­tact Mar­gar­i­taville Cus­tomer Ser­vice direct­ly https://www.margaritavillecargo.com/contact-us#need-help-call-us-block.

When the war­ran­ty peri­od is passed, the cus­tomer would require pay­ing some fee for the unit ser­vice. How­ev­er, the machine is well-made and durable and eas­i­ly lasts over 3–4 years.

Noise

This is the ice pro­cess­ing gad­get and no won­der it is very loud. It out­puts well over 100 deci­bels when operating.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There are extra acces­sories avail­able for this model:

The jars and most of the oth­er unit parts are inter­change­able between the Mar­gar­i­taville mod­els. All replace­ment part is avail­able also through the online retail­er or man­u­fac­tur­er website.

Dimensions

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is quite big and has 14inches X 8 inch­es foot­print with a height of 18 inch­es when ful­ly assem­bled. It is not designed for easy stor­age because its com­po­nents are not nes­tled togeth­er neat­ly. Nev­er­the­less, this machine is not for every­day use to sit on your counter thus will require some stor­age space in your kitchen.

Margaritaville Bahamas Concoction Maker Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is the best machine on the mar­ket that is designed to make real­ly restau­rant qual­i­ty con­coc­tion in the com­fort of your home;
  • It makes only make per­fect frozen drinks but also able to make them quick­ly what is very impor­tant if you host a party;
  • The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er makes not only frozen con­coc­tion but also can be used for slurped, ice and snow cones;
  • The gad­get is durable and eas­i­ly will last for over 4 years.

Cons:

  • It requires a lot of space for storage;
  • It could be com­pli­cat­ed to assemble/ dis­as­sem­ble and clean.

Margaritaville Bahamas Concoction Maker Consumer Reviews

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is a piece of heav­en in your home. It looks nice and makes per­fect qual­i­ty frozen drinks. No won­der, it has most­ly excel­lent cus­tomer reviews.

Ama­zon rat­ing – 4.9

Price

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is sold for about $200 on the man­u­fac­ture web­site. How­ev­er, Ama­zon often has this unit for as much as $159.

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Summary

The Mar­gar­i­taville Bahamas Frozen Con­coc­tion Mak­er is a fan­cy ice shaver. Although it is quite loud, hard to clean, and has a mas­sive size it makes gor­geous frozen bev­er­ages. It is a hard­ly nec­es­sary appli­ance in the kitchen. How­ev­er, this piece of heav­en will be nice to have a gad­get for those who like slushies and likes to host parties.

Besides, it comes in a very nice and col­or­ful pack­age that includes every­thing to make lus­cious bar qual­i­ty drinks, no doubts, it also will make a great gift option.

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11 Comments

  1. Rob Whittle

    I just bought the dm0700 machine and the lock­ing green base on the jug cracked. Just try­ing to find out where I can order the replace­ment part and cost

    • lucy

      Hi Rob,

      If your dm0700 machine still under war­ran­ty you bet­ter con­tact man­u­fac­tur­er cus­tomer ser­vice on 1–877-689‑2737. While the replace­ment parts, you can order from their website.

  2. Karen Beckstein

    I pur­chased this machine last sum­mer for at the lake. It worked won­der­ful­ly at first but now it seems like the blades are dull and it does­n’t shave the ice the way it did at the begin­ning. Has any­one else had this issue?

  3. greg

    I pur­chased 2 DM 0700 machines, one for home and one for a vaca­tion home. I have called in and not find­ing a replace­ment skirt base for one that is cracked. Cer­tain­ly fus­trat­ing since I have pur­chased 2 of these and can­not get answers needed??

    • lucy

      Hi Greg,
      The Mar­gar­i­taville com­pa­ny has help­ful cus­tomer ser­vice, con­tact them to get the replace­ment part on 1–877-689‑2737 or find the cus­tomer sup­port page on their website.

    • B

      Same prob­lem and cus­tomer care said they don’t have replace­ments. Do any oth­er mod­el pitch­er fit the dm0700?

      • Vera Hanlon

        Seems to be a com­mon prob­lem as mine has only been used a hand­ful of times and it is cracked and can find no replace­ment any­where. For the prices they charge for these thing you would think they would be made bet­ter than this!

  4. Alyssa

    I have the key west machine and I need a new grey cou­pler I can’t find any replace­ment parts any­where I called the num­ber for help and the girl said they did­n’t have any. Also on the Sun­beam replace­ment parts site for the mar­gar­i­taville machines every­thing is out of stock and says dis­con­tin­ued :/ so is this a thing or can I buy replace­ment parts somewhere??? ;(

    • lucy

      Hel­lo Alyssa,
      Mar­gar­i­taville used to have few replace­ments part on their web­site that is now dis­con­tin­ued. These replace­ment parts includ­ed only spare jars, lid and they nev­er sold any cou­plers though. Mar­gar­i­taville machines are man­u­fac­tured in Chi­na with gener­ic unbrand­ed con­struc­tion parts.

      So, the only way to repair your Key West machine is to find the same mod­el of cou­pler online or in the shop for the replacement.
      You can also look at this arti­cle for instruc­tions https://www.instructables.com/Fix-a-Frozen-Concoction-Machine/

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