Being in business isn’t always a party, unless your business is all about the party. Party rental companies abound in Seattle, some good and some, not so good. We like to stay on the positive side around here so let’s take a look at the positive side of the business and three great companies.
What Makes A Good Margarita Business
First, what makes a good margarita machine rental service. In our opinion, you need three things. You need a good rental machine, you need good customer service and most importantly, you need a good mix. Nothing worse than a bland or overly sweet margarita.
There are two ways to go with margarita machines. You have the stainless steel box style machines that you see in bars and you have the double barrel bowl style machines. Both have their pluses and minuses. The commercial bar style machines can produce a lot of drinks but they have one major problem. If they are not used continuously they freeze up. The bowl style machines do not have the freeze up problem and can still produce quite a bit of mix. The only negative is that they have to be manually refilled.
So, which machine should you choose? We asked the owner of Margarita Monkey in Dallas which style he would use. “Both machines have their merits. If you plan on serving a lot of drinks, consistently, the bar style machine is a winner. If you think your guests will come to the machine in waves, such as in a wedding , the bowl machines are a good choice. Bowl machines will have 5-6 gallons of mix ready at the start of an event. Bar machines have a hopper of only 1 to 1.5 gallons. In a sudden rush, the bowl machines work best.”
Whichever machine you use, make sure they are relatively new and clean. This is the most important thing.
Plain and simple, if you call them, they should answer the phone. If you must leave a message, it should be returned in under thirty minutes. Too many companies just ignore their customers and get back to them whenever THEY want.
Another plus to customer service is an online reservation system. Not a quote request or an email form. An actual online reservation system where you can get a quote and book a rental. It is easy to set up if a customer oriented business cares.
Finally, a company needs to offer great mixes. There is nothing worse than an over sweet margarita. If you feel like you need to brush your teeth right after you take a sip, something is wrong. Margaritas should be smooth without too much acid. The lemon and lime should be balanced with the sugar to give a great taste that does not give you a stomach ache.
They should also offer a variety of other flavors like Strawberry Margarita, Pina Colada, Bellini, and Daiquiri’s. This is especially true if you get a double barrel style machine.
Our Choices In Seattle
So now, without further ado, here are the top three margarita machine companies in Seattle.
Aurora Rents: (206) 659-7368
Pedersen’s Event Rental: (206) 749-5400
Alexander Party Rentals:(206) 282-1987