Can their be any better branding than being called a margarita machine from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville? Have you stepped on a pop-top and blew out your flip-flop? That being said there are lots of blenders and other gadgets on the market. I must say that I was not a believer when I first saw this product. It’s not cheap as well, priced at $380. Well I have one of these gadgets so let me tell you more about it. The first thing is that there is a compartment that holds the ice above the pitcher. In the picture, this is the clear plastic area above the pitcher. The ingredients all go inside the pitcher itself. The dials on the margarita machine are very simple. The settings are for 1 drink, 2 drinks, or 3 drinks. The neat thing about this is that the machine makes the same amount of ice each time based on the selection. Once fired up, the ice is shaved by the motor on the top down into the pitcher. Once enough ice is shaved into the pitcher, the blender itself fires up. It blends the drinks and pauses. Then it blends the drinks a second time. The motor itself is a 550 watt behemoth. It sounds like a large motor when it fires up! This is great since often times blenders don’t do a good job of blending ice. Shaving ice requires even more power, so this machine certainly has enough power to get the job done. The drinks are top notch. I must say that I was very impressed. They are restaurant quality. Now if you think about it, a margarita in a restaurant may cost from $7-$10. So if you make them at home, it would not be long until you came up with the cost of the device. I think a main difference between this and other blenders is the shaving of the ice. I firmly believe this is what makes the texture of the drink restaurant quality. The machine can also make other drinks such as smoothies, sliders, and daiquiris. The Margaritaville is attractive itself featured brushed nickel, clear plastic ice container, and a pitcher trimmed in red. It is some what heavy due to its large motor and measures 17 3/4″ h x 22″ w x 12″ d. Available at: Bed Bath & Beyond. Price: $380.