6 Best Kegerators in 2019

Best Overall

EdgeStar KC2000 Full Size Kegerator
  • Keeps drink temperatures consistent
  • Makes a keg last longer
  • Comes with free Co2 tank

 

Premium Choice

Kegco Kegerator Digital Dual Faucet Keg Cooler
  • High compatibility with odd keg sizes
  • Dual-tap design
  • Lockable castors

 

Great Value

Kegco BF EBDCK-5T Fridge Door Conversion Kit
  • Easy to install
  • Converts any fridge or cooler
  • Co2 tank is built to last and lightweight

 

Keeping Your Kegs Cold

Have you ever wanted the convenience of a bar tap in your own home? Have you ever wanted a convenient way to keep your favorite kegs cold? Well, that’s why kegerators exist.

Kegerators are essentially mini fridges with taps installed, and they’re designed to house kegs. There are dual kegerators, single-tap kegerators, 1/6 kegerators, and many other variants that excel at one use or another. You can even buy kits to turn your own fridge into a kegerator.

We’ve reviewed the best kegerators for home use in this article, and we’ve written a helpful guide to go with those kegorator reviews. Our guide is designed to help you understand the things that make a kegerator great, and it’ll keep you from being lost in the dark the next time you see a kegerator for sale.

The Best Kegerator Reviews

Best Overall
1

EdgeStar KC2000 Full Size Kegerator

Key Features
  • Keeps drink temperatures consistent
  • Makes a keg last longer
  • Comes with free Co2 tank
  • Accepts all standard kegs
  • Includes drip tray to prevent spills
Dimensions25.7 x 20.2 x 35.1Weight81.6 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty1 Year

The EdgeStar KC2000 can hold any standard keg, and it can keep a keg reasonably cold at all times. Now, the KC2000 doesn't support abnormally sized kegs, but it gives users a few benefits that make up for its lack of compatibility with abnormal kegs. The frame has a drip tray included to prevent spills, and the unit comes with a free tank. The Co2 tank has to be filled, but that's a fairly cheap investment, and you shouldn't have to fill it frequently unless you party a lot. Overall, the EdgeStar KC2000 is a solid unit. It keeps your keg at a temperature between 30 and 40 degrees, and it accommodates most kegs. If you like to keep a keg on hand, it's a solid option for any user.

Premium Choice
2

Kegco Kegerator Digital Dual Faucet Keg Cooler

Key Features
  • High compatibility with odd keg sizes
  • Dual-tap design
  • Lockable castors
  • Comes with everything you need
  • The digital gauge is easy to read
Dimensions23.7 x 23.7 x 33Weight97 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty1 Year

Kegco is one of the top kegerator manufacturers, and they've earned that title by producing high-quality products. This dual tap kegarator is a bit pricey, but it comes with everything you need, and it's built to outlast most other models. The cooler itself is built from the industries best materials, and it comes with a drip tray, chrome guardrail, and lockable castors for maneuverability and stability. Beyond that, it comes with tubing, two taps, a digital gauge, and all of the hardware that you need to start pouring beers. The 5-pound Co2 tank has to be shipped empty like always, but it has a higher capacity than the tanks that other kegerators come with. This model can also accept pretty much any type of keg. That includes the oddly shaped kegs that Miller, Coors, and craft beer companies use.

Great Value
3

Kegco BF EBDCK-5T Fridge Door Conversion Kit

Key Features
  • Easy to install
  • Converts any fridge or cooler
  • Co2 tank is built to last and lightweight
  • Has all of the parts needed for conversion
  • Kegco quality without the high price
Dimensions18 x 10 x 10 Weight16 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty1 Year

This Kegco product isn't a full-blown kegorator itself. However, it's a budget-friendly option, and it allows you to convert any refrigerator or cooler into the kegerator of your dreams. The kit comes with a dual-gauge system, tubing, a 5-pound Co2 tank, a tap, and all of the coupling hardware that you'll need. It even has an attractive drip tray that you can mount on your refrigerator door. You obviously have to have a refrigerator or cooler that can hold a keg, but this kegerator conversion kit is one of the least expensive options we know of, and it's built to be easy to install.

4

EdgeStar KC2000TWIN Full Size Dual Tap Kegerator

Key Features
  • Dual-tap
  • Holds all standard kegs
  • Can hold two 1/6 kegs at once
  • Tank can be mounted internally or externally
  • A steel guardrail is included
Dimensions48.5 x 20.1 x 24.7Weight81.6 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty1 Year

The EdgeStar KC2000TWIN is a dual-tap version of the first EdgeStar product we reviewed, and it shares a lot of the same characteristics. It's built from high-quality parts, and it's cheaper than most of the Kegco options we've reviewed. The EdgeStar TWIN can hold all standard American kegs, and it can hold two 1/6 kegs at a time. However, it can't accommodate some of the weirder kegs that Coors and Miller make. One thing that sets the TWIN apart is its ability to have its 5-pound tank mounted inside or outside. If you mount it on the outside, it might not be as attractive, but it provides more room for your favorite beer keg.

5

EdgeStar KC1000SS Craft Brew Kegerator for 1/6 Barrel

Key Features
  • Solid unit for a fair price
  • Small enough for home use
  • High compatibility with 1/6 kegs
  • Blue LED lighting
  • Easy to use gauge
Dimensions32.7 x 17.5 x 20.1Weight63.8 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty90 Days

The EdgeStar Craft Brew is the perfect undercounter kegerator. This mini kegerator can easily fit into compact places, and it has plenty of room for 1/6 kegs. Its smaller size means that it requires a smaller Co2 tank, but a 2.5-pound tank is included. The thermostat is an easily readable design with a digital interface. On the inside of the kegerator, blue LED lights provide ample lighting for keg replacement and maintenance. This may not be suitable for hosting large parties, but it's one of the best home kegerator units for normal use. It has plenty of capacity for the average user, and it doesn't take up a lot of room. It's also fairly inexpensive.

6

EdgeStar KC3000SS Full Size Beer Cooler

Key Features
  • Deep-chill mode enabled
  • Castors are extra smooth
  • Includes guardrail and drip tray
  • Accepts nearly all kegs
  • Fully adjustable cooling
Dimensions23.4 x 23.6 x 33.5Weight79.4 lbsAdjustable TemperatureYesWarranty1 Year

The EdgeStar KC3000SS is similar to other EdgeStar models, but it can fit just about any keg inside of it, and it's full adjustable. The cabinet is made from stainless steel, and it sits on four castors that are made to move smoothly. The tap system relies on a standard 5-pound tank, and it comes with a guardrail and drip tray. Most other beer kegerator systems only allow you to adjust their temperature within a small range of settings. The KC3000SS has the added benefit of letting you adjust the temperature exactly the way you like it, and it has a deep-chill feature that keeps your beer consistently cold.

Kegerator Buyer’s Guide

Buying a keg fridge based off of our kegerator reviews alone can be difficult. There’s a lot of terminology that isn’t explained, and beginners may not understand what is best for them. To help with that, we’ve made a buyer’s guide that will help you find the best kegerator for you from our list of keg o rator reviews. Our goal is to highlight all of the different features that make the best kegerators so great, and we want you to find the product that is perfect for your needs. Let’s get down to business.

Mini VS Full-Sized

When you’re looking for a kegorator, you’ll probably stumble across a lot of full-sized units. Those are meant to hold full-sized kegs, and they might be a bit much for the average beer drinker.

That’s where mini kegerators come in. They only hold smaller kegs, and they tend to be a lot cheaper than full-sized kegerators. If you’re just trying to pour a brew for yourself every night, you don’t need to buy a full-sized unit. The beer will probably go bad before you get around to drinking it.

However, there are a lot of people that will benefit from paying an extra penny or two for a full-sized keg fridge. If you throw parties, serve multiple people, or generally drink a lot, you can benefit from buying a kegerator that fits a full-sized keg. A full keg can supply lots of people with quality booze for quite a while. In fact, a miniature unit won’t work for large groups. When deciding which type of unit to buy, you have to consider what type of crowd you’ll be serving.

Single-Tap VS Dual-Tap

What type of tap you buy is entirely dependent on what you plan on doing. For home use, a single tap is typically enough. The amount of taps only increases the speed at which you can make multiple glasses. It’s also important if you have a kegerator that can handle more than one keg. If you have a large 2 tap kegerator, you can usually put two different kegs in it, and you can use the dual-taps to pour each type quickly. That’s not necessary for the average user, but it’s great for parties. It’ll essentially allow you to pour your two favorite beers without having to move any cables around.

What Do You Want To Serve?

The models that we’ve talked about are all focused on dispensing beer. That’s simply the most common use for a kegerator. However, a lot more beverages are being sold by the keg, and you might be looking for something that dispenses coffee, wine, cider, or pretty much any other liquid. That has to be taken into account when you buy a product.

Kegs that hold different liquids may not be made to standard sizes. That can make it difficult to buy a kegerator that fits your favorite beverage. The easiest way to bypass this issue is to look at the size of the keg that you want to use the most. Most likely, it will fit inside of a standard unit. However, some brands might require a unit that supports rubberized kegs, 1/6 kegs, and other oddly-shaped kegs. If you don’t want to dispense beer, it is a good idea to check the size of your favorite product’s keg.

Indoor VS Outdoor

It’s not a common use for a kegerator unit, but some people want to use their kegerator outside. That requires a pretty hefty unit to prevent corrosion and damage. Stainless steel units can do the job to an extent, but it’s best to find a model that specifically states it’s okay to use it outdoors.

Indoor units are what you’ll mostly see when you look for a new kegerator. They’re typically meant to be rolled around your house on castors, and they usually fit under a counter. If you don’t plan to keep your keg outside, it’s best to pick up a decent indoor unit. You can still wheel an indoor unit onto your porch during good weather, and it’ll cost less than an overbuilt outdoor kegerator.

Should You Get A Kit?

Kegerator kits are great options if you already have a suitable refrigerator or cooler. A kit is essentially a package containing all of the kegerator parts you need to turn a mini fridge or spare refrigerator into a full-blown kegerator.

You can save a lot of money buying this type of product, but kegerator kits require manual installation, and it can be difficult to install them if you’re not good at following directions. Not to mention, you’ll be using whatever you convert almost exclusively to house beer. So, you need to consider that, too.

A kegerator unit is essentially a small refrigerator that a manufacturer has already converted for you. They’re a bit pricey, but they don’t require much set up at all. In fact, you typically just have to stick the pieces together, fill your Co2 tank, and start pouring delicious beers. Overall, pre-assembled units are often the better choice. Kits are best for people that want to enjoy a cold beer on their own each night without paying a lot of money.

Do You Plan On Moving It?

Some kegerators can be extremely difficult to move around. The vast majority of models weigh at least 80 pounds, and some models don’t have castors. That’s not an issue if you plan to park your kegerator in one spot forever. If you plan on moving it around for convenience, you’ll want to buy a unit that comes with castors. That’ll prevent you from having to an 80-pound mini fridge all over your house, and you won’t have to worry about tearing up your flooring.

Temperature Control

Temperature control is a necessity with kegerators. After all, everyone likes their beer a certain way. A lot of kegerators allow you to control their internal temperature within a small range. That typically means that you can adjust it somewhere between 30 and 40 degrees.

What if you like to drink your favorite craft beer when it’s a little warmer, though? What if you’re trying to store something besides beer and want it at room temperature? That’s where a good range of temperature settings comes in. A higher range of temperatures gives you more control over your drinks, and it’s worth the higher price tag. However, it’s okay to buy a unit that has limited temperature settings if you want your drinks to fall within its temperature range.

Bonuses

All a kegerator really needs is Co2, a cooling chamber, and the appropriate tap pieces. However, it’s best to buy a model that comes with a guardrail and drip tray. You might think that you’re above sliding a glass off of the edge or spilling beer everywhere, but that might not be the case after a few foamy glasses.

A guardrail is a railing that sits alongside the top of a pre-built kegerator. You can usually remove guardrails, but we don’t recommend doing so. It’s important to know that kits don’t usually have rails included. It wouldn’t make sense to include them. Kits are designed to jut out from the door of your normal refrigerator.

Drip trays are commonly found on all kegerators. That includes the kits that are built for normal fridges. A drip tray catches all of the beer that you might accidentally drip everywhere while pouring a lot of beer.

The last bonus feature you want to look at is a gauge. You’ll need a gauge to monitor the Co2 pressure of your unit, and you might need one to monitor your unit’s temperature if it doesn’t come with a fancy thermostat. Digital gauges are the easiest to read, but they drive the price of a kegerator up considerably.

Traditional gauges are cheaper, but they can be a little harder to read or adjust if you haven’t used them before. It’s not difficult, but we live in an age where almost everything is digital. Some people will have a bit of a learning curve working with traditional pressure gauges.

Budget

Keeping to your budget is probably important to you. It’s important to us, too. Luckily, there are a few things that can save you a couple hundred dollars on your next kegerator.

Brands

Like anything else, brand names affect the price of a kegerator quite a bit. EdgeStar units tend to be built fairly well, and they’re cheaper than the more well-known brands. However, they don’t tend to come with all of the fancy bells and whistles. That’s one way to go if you’re looking to save a few bucks. There are also several off-brand models available, but we don’t recommend taking a chance buying them. The brands that we’ve reviewed are reputable, and they offer warranties on all of their products. We can’t guarantee that if you go with a random company.

Kits

The cheapest way to enjoy a tapped beer at home is to buy a kit for your fridge. Most kits can be bought for less than one fourth of the price of the average pre-built unit, and it just takes a little effort to install them. The drawback to kits is that you have to have a suitable refrigerator. You don’t want a keg taking up all of the room in your main fridge, and you may not want to convert a mini fridge with very little capacity. If you want to take this route, you should take extra care when planning your project.

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