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Margaritaville DM1000 Blender

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Margaritaville DM1000 Blender

If you are looking for a fun way to make all of your summer fun to last, this is one of the ways that we keep our kids cool and smiling throughout the whole summer. This blender that my wife and I purchased is the Margaritaville DM1000 blender, we have … see full wiki

Tags: Blender, Sunbeam, Margaritaville, Smoothie, Frozen Drink
1 review about Margaritaville DM1000 Blender

If you want to make your kids summer fun purchase a Margaritaville DM1000 Blender

  • May 27, 2011
Rating:
+5
If you are looking for a fun way to make all of your summer fun to last, this is one of the ways that we keep our kids cool and smiling throughout the whole summer. This blender that my wife and I purchased is the Margaritaville DM1000 blender, we have had this unit for a few years and only paid $250. I know that we have seen them as low as $230.00 but we have also seen them as high as $350 at ABT . When we saw this one on sale for $250 we thought it would be a nice addition to our summertime fun. With us having 8 children, we would like to save money where ever we go, and a lot of times we would blend up some cold and frozen drinks in the summer time, and our small grandchildren are teething, we use this for our babies so that we did not have to pay the higher price of junior baby foods. Sunbeam has been around for several years, so the name alone says that this is a good quality workmanship blender. So, after contemplating purchasing this blender for quite a few minutes, with the sleek colorful design that this has, we went ahead and invested the money into this product.


Description
With the sleek pitcher design, and the patented powerful and sharp blades will help you prepare baby and any frozen drink foods in a matter of seconds. This will not take up much space on your counter. It is only 20 inches in height, by 9 inches in width, and 14 inches deep. But, if you do have to move it around it weighs approximately 19 pounds. I have lifted some other blenders in my time and sometimes it feels like I am going to get a hernia by lifting them, but this one is a little on the heavy side. This has a glass pitcher which will hold 36 ounces and it is clear and the housing is made of plastic. The top is an actual ice reservoir that will hold enough ice to fill two pitchers.The lid and base of the pitcher is lime green color and is also plastic. It is very easy to grab the lid on top and pull it out of the pitcher.

This also has on the base unit with four rubber legs that will hold the unit still and an ice hopper that sits on top of the whole unit. The blades that are inside the bottom of the blender are made of stainless steel and are positioned in such a way that they will chop up any solid fruit or food that you place inside. Even though they advertise that this is a quiet operating motor and they make the base out of a heavy die-cast metal for stability, this is still very noisy and I have yet to find any blender that is quite. This unit basically comes in three pieces, the top that will act as an ice holder, the middle, which is the pitcher or food compartment, and the base which houses the motor.

There are several parts that you should receive when you purchase this model and these include an ice reservoir and lid, and ice chute, a shaving paddle which will move the ice across the blade, all of which sits on top of the base. The blending jar and lid and sealing ring and blending blade are all incorporated in the base that connect to the pitcher. The lower part of the base houses the control panel which is where you can control the stop/start feature, shave and blend, power and progress light indicator, blend only and shave only toggle switch, and number of drinks that you wish to make. This also has a storage compartment located in the lower back of this unit.


Features
There are a lot of nice features on this particular model. This has two separate motors, one located at the top for shaving ice and one in the bottom to chop up the food that is placed inside the pitcher.There is a seamless smooth control, easy knob and toggle switches on the panel that wipes clean very easily. There is two toggle switches, one is for the crushed ice option, instead of just hitting the switch that says on and holding it in that position till you are done this will automatically stop when the ice is a chopped, and the other one is for shave and blend ice option. Stuff as thick as fruit or solid foods will be turned into butter, this will give you more power to chop it up, and this motor will adjust for that thickness. This one piece pitcher that sits on top has a capacity of 36 ounces, and it is scratch and stain and shatter resistant glass to an extent.

The pitcher has a nice contour shape so that the food that is not chopped up will be pulled to the bottom during processing. Sunbeam has a lot of versatility, so they have put these out in three different colors, and they are lime green, white, and Silver Metallic. There is also has two knobs that operate different features. These include the left knob will determine whether you want to mix up different types of drinks and these include Ritas, dalquaris, coladas, and fruit smoothies. The other knob on the right side of the front panel will allow you to select how many servings the you wish to have. Most of these pieces of this blender are dishwasher safe, but things that are made of plastic may turn colors and become brittle after washing them. So, I would highly recommend that you hand wash things like the lid to prevent this from happening. On the very front you will also have a power light and a progress light, this will allow you to be able to tell where you are at in the operation.  


Uses
My wife and I have used this for several different things, but since this cost so much we wanted to find other uses for it, so we started out using it to make smoothies for parties in the summer time and found that you can also use this to purée baby food instead of buying it at those ridiculously high prices. We would just take whatever we were having for dinner, when the child gets old enough and stick it in the blender and it was actually better for the baby than buying the processed food in a jar. We have also made lots of sauces and puréed tomatoes for spaghetti. My wife has used this for making egg nog around Christmas time. She also uses her dip making recipes for parties. This does an excellent job for the iced drinks such as daiquiris and margaritas, plus a real good job on smoothies. We have found out that this is not do a very good job of making shakes, because the ice cream is so thick, but we have found out upon further use, that if you use a lot of milk and a lot of liquids to whatever you are doing, the better this blender seems to work.

When you have a summer party and have a lot of kids around this is a great addition to all of your party needs. Along with this making drinks for adults this is excellent for all of the younger crowd. Our kids would all come running and get in line to get one of their favorite smoothies. The way that this is set up you will get a consistent mixture of fruit to ice and will hold up a straw with a lot of packed ice. The manual controls help you to be able to control the type of consistency that you want in a smoothie or an adult drink. Depending on the consistency of whatever type of refreshment that you desire will depend on what you set the amount of serving and liquid ingredients. Once the selected amount of ice and fruit is mixed and crushed you can take the pitcher directly from the holder and pour directly into a serving container without ever opening the top of the pitcher.

Other than the base and any electrical parts, the rest of the parts can be put into the dishwasher and is safe for the next use. You will have to do some disassembly to the unit to get all of the parts out and washed for the next use. This is made for frozen drinks and if you were to pour a hot drink into the pitcher it could possibly be ejected out when you start it up. The heat when mixed up has no way to get out of the pitcher unless the top is cracked a little. The installation of any hot product could also cause the glass pitcher to crack and shatter.   

Durability
With the fact that top ice compartment is shatterproof and stain resistant and cleans up excellent in the dishwasher, makes this to be one of the most durable blenders on the market. We have also used this continuously for approximately 1 hour at intervals for parties, and it still never overheated. One of my main concerns is trying to find a blender that is very quiet. But, my wife and I have yet to find one that is made  extremely quiet. I would have to give this a rating of five on a one to 10 rating, for its noisiness. This particular model is definitely not quiet, and I would not recommend running this if you are trying to get the baby to go to sleep.

Warranty
Sunbeam has an excellent one-year hassle free replacement policy, and that is if it fails during the first year that they will replace it free of charge. They will deliver it right to your front door and arrange for the return of the broken appliance and get this, instead of just letting your new appliance continue out the rest of that warranty. They will insure and guarantee that new appliance for an additional year.

Conclusion
After writing this review, I hope that someone out there might be able to tell me where to find a very quiet blender. Even though this one is not quiet, it does work very well and will do the job at it advertises it will do. I do like the easy knob control panel and the fact that the top is shatterproof. But, until another one comes along that is quieter than this one. I guess I will just keep on using this for years to come.

Recommended:
Yes

Amount Paid (US$): 250.00
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