Best Beer Keg Fridges 2018 - For Stylish Storage
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We’ve either got one or know somebody who has. The humble man-cave where the boys like to gather to watch sport and chew-the-fat. And for those of us that own our man-cave, we don’t like to be outdone. It’s a constant challenge to keep updating and fitting out our greatest asset and therefore we’ve decided to review the best beer keg fridges for this year.
Having a large full size built-in bar is one thing but if you don’t have the funds for this, then a beer keg fridge is a piece of bar furniture that will really impress the boys! After all, grabbing a beer from your beer fridge is nice but having a lovely brew, even a home brew, poured into an icy cold glass from a beer tap just takes the experience to the next level.
You may think that kegs are just for commercial bars and hotels, well they are. But more people are creating their own craft beers and want it stored in a keg, so they can access it by tap. You can find empty kegs on selling sites such as Ebay or Amazon.
Fill the keg with your homebrew using your CO2 tank to pressurize it. Alternatively, you can take the keg to a brewery (smaller brewers are more accommodating) and purchase beer from them and they will fill it for you. Now you’re ready to fit the keg to your beer keg refrigerator.
Beer Keg Fridges Buying Guide
There’s a bit to think about when purchasing a new beer keg fridge, the most important being size. So, let’s get straight into things and check out what you should be looking out for.
Single or Multi Keg Unit
If you only have a small area such as an apartment or man-cave that is not as big as you’d like, then a single kegerator is probably going to suite you better. The great thing about these smaller coolers is that they are much more maneuverable, so you can take them outside quite easily on a sunny day.
The downside is that they will not hold as much beer, boo! To be honest though, you’ll still get approximately 15½ gallons of beer which equates to about 165 12oz servings of your amber fluid. The other problems associated with the single keg units are that due to the lower capacity, they may not be able to be built into a countertop as many are made solely for freestanding purposes.
You may also have the issue of your CO2 tank not fitting into the unit, therefore it will have to be placed conveniently beside the unit. This all depends on the model and size of your single keg fridge.
You’re going to expect a larger expense if you buy a multi keg unit, but it’ll certainly be worth the money. You’d better make sure that you have the space available for one of these, but you do have options. You see they come in various sizes that hold from 2-5 kegs. Here’s a table showing how many servings each keg will hold.
2 kegs hold (330 servings) 12 oz.
3 kegs hold (495 servings) 12 oz.
4 kegs hold (660 servings) 12 oz.
5 kegs hold (825 servings) 12 oz.
Doubling up as a beer bottle fridge, multi-purpose units give more versatility. They can come with a glass door which displays your beer inside. A very nice option if you can find one with great ratings. We’ve always struggled with this.
Not that there’s many colors to choose from but many kegerators come in either black or silver. Decide before you buy so that you’re comfortable in the knowledge that when your unit arrives, it will fit with your surroundings.
Caterers love the single unit keg fridges as they can maneuver them with ease. This can help you out also as you may choose to have outside parties. If this is the case, then a kegerator on castors can be an ideal solution. There’s not many multi keg units with castors so a single maybe your only option here.
Some kegerators are approved for outdoor use and therefore have a wet-rated approval assurance. Most people love the outdoors and if you socialize outside a lot and think this would be your preferred cooler, then make sure you’re buying with the wet-rating approval. You may pay a little extra for an external use unit, but this is not something that you purchase every year. Get it right, and it will last years.
So, think about your own circumstances and the space you have available. It’s common to have an alfresco area in your backyard which could accommodate a multiple kegerator unit. These areas can be partially enclosed and if hidden from the elements, a multi-purpose keg fridge could be ideal.
Below is out list of the best beer keg fridges that we’ve found for this year.
Best Beer Keg Fridges Under $1000
#1 - Kegco K309B-3 Triple Faucet Digital Homebrew Kegerator
? Dual faucet draft tower
? Casters for maneuverability
? Dishwasher safe drip tray
? Guard rails
? No keg coupler for commercial kegs
It also comes with a complete keg tapping kit so all you need to do is supply the kegs and have the CO2 bottle filled. You’ll benefit from the upgraded dual faucet stainless steel draft tower that fits in with the sleek design of the keg fridge. A premium dual gauge regulator is also part of this unit that will help you with keeping the correct pressure from the CO2 tank to your brew lines.
You’ll love the sleek style which encompasses a silver door surrounded by a lovely black cabinet with a textured top surface with guard rail lines. This will prevent you from knocking drinks over the edge. Beneath the tapped faucet you’ll find a dishwasher safe drip tray that will collect all your spillage and help with cleaning. They’ve thought of everything with this awesome unit.
It’s also easy to maneuver because it comes on casters. This will allow you to roll it from room to room with ease and convenience.
To keep the kegs cooled between 35 degrees Fahrenheit (1.6d C) to 42 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5d C), you’ll require a great thermostatic temperature control and that’s exactly what’s provided. At the back of the unit you’ll find the easily adjustable mechanical temperature control. You’ll also save cash each month due to the energy efficient design which the manufacturer claims is 25% more efficient.
You’re also safe in the knowledge that this keg fridge is listed with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) who are a certification tester of electrical, mechanical and plumbing products.
Great features include:
- Room for three ball lock home-brew kegs
- Dual faucet stainless steel draft tower
- Dishwasher safe drip tray
- CSA listed
- Adjustable mechanical temperature control
There’s nothing like showing off your latest home brew and what better way to show if off than serving it via a beer tap. This will really impress your mates.
Note: If you intend to connect a commercial keg you will need a keg coupler that can be purchased separately.
Customers have been impressed with the customer service and the installation instructions. Four out of the five sales have rated it 5-stars.
Click on the ‘Check it Out’ button to see the reviews, Q & A’s and full specifications.
#2 - EdgeStar KC2000 Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler
? Reversible door
? Protective metal floor plate
? Chrome Plated Brass Faucet
? External CO2 mounting
? External dimensions do not include CO2 tank
? Beer line possibly not wide enough
With a choice of two colors of either Black or Stainless Steel, you’ll really like this kegerator that comes with everything required short of your own full keg/kegs. How many kegs you can fit in this fridge depends on the size of your kegs. You could fit a full ½ barrel keg which serves 124 pints. Alternatively, 2 ⅙ barrel kegs which hold 42 pints each will also fit.
You’ll receive all the components required to get up and running in no time. Here’s a list of what’s included.
- Chrome Plated Brass Faucet
- Column Draft Tower in Stainless-Steel
- Single Gauge Regulator
- Domestic “D” System Sankey Coupler
- 5 ft. of 3/16 in. I.D. NSF Approved Beer Line
- 5 ft. of 5/16 in. I.D. Vinyl Air Line
- 5 lb. Aluminum CO2 tank (Empty)
- Spanner Faucet Wrench
- Black Tap Handle
- Drip Tray
Note: This unit comes with a single faucet. Here’s a link to the twin faucet unit.
On top of all the main components, the unit has a guard rail to help prevent items from falling off the top. Most kegerators do come with this and they are a simple but great idea. It also comprises a drip tray to clean up all spillage.
You’re CO2 bottle is cleverly mounted externally on the back of the unit allowing more interior room for your beer keg.
With this kegerator, you can keep very low temperatures, down to the low 30’s Fahrenheit.
Great features include:
- Guard rail
- External CO2 mounting
- Reversible door
- Protective metal floor plate
A real benefit of this model is the reversible door, great for confined spaces when the door can only be opened one way.
There’s been a huge response with over 200 customer reviews, the majority giving 5 stars. As with anything that sells this well, there will be come complaints. Here’s a few things you should know.
When checking the external dimensions, add another 5 inches as they seem to have forgotten about the mounted CO2 tank.
Also, some customers have suggested a wider beer line may be required to get a better pour. If you’re going to do this, you will also need a draft arm wrench to change it.
Heaps of sales, so go ahead and check out the reviews and Q & A’s.
#3 - EdgeStar KC3000 Full Size Kegerator with Digital Display
? Digital display
? Deep chill mode button
? Accommodates oversize keg
? Draft tower not insulated enough
Set your temperature range anywhere between 32dF – 50dF to keep a great chilled climate inside. There’s also a deep chill mode for cooling down a keg quickly, very handy when you change kegs. Simply press the ‘Deep Chill’ button for the units’ compressor to ramp up, then press again to get back to your regular cool temp. This is a nice touch!
You’ll also like the versatility of this keg fridge with the addition of 2 wire shelves so you can convert it to a regular beer fridge when you run out of homebrew.
Again, you’ll have the option of Black or Stainless-Steel colors. The components listed on the above model are the same except for the extra’s we’ve mentioned. In saying that, some of the components are slightly different in shape, such as the drip tray which marginally wraps around the column draft tower.
If you use kegs that are oversize, then you may benefit from this model also as it’s slightly larger to accommodate larger kegs.
Great features include:
- Deep chill mode
- Digital display
- Shelves for refrigerator use
- Accommodates oversize keg
- Includes castors
Note: the manufacturer suggests that this is a free-standing unit and is not recommended for built in use. I suggest this is because the CO2 bottle is mounted on the back of the unit.
It has also been noted that depending on where you place the kegerator, you may have varying internal temperatures. This is usually the case though and recommendations are to not place it in a warm location.
With a 4.3 star rating out of 5, there has been a few customers with issue’s but many of them are personal preference issues. Others have had concerns about foaming which is commonly a pressure issue which can be rectified.
Best Beer Keg Fridges Over $1000
#4 - Kegco K309B-3 Triple Faucet Digital Homebrew Kegerator
? 3 Faucets
? Huge storage for all keg types
? Fan forced cooling
? Internal CO2 bottle
You’ll love the storing space that will accommodate three, 5-gallon ball lock Cornelius kegs and can dispense all three at once as all the equipment is supplied. And as you’d expect, it comes with all the other necessary components to have you pouring beer in no time.
It looks amazing with the stylish black Matt finish and chrome guardrail which stops glasses and other utensils from sliding off the top. You get a removable built-in drip tray that makes cleaning very easy and is fitted with casters for easy maneuverability.
However, one of the better features is the fan forced cooling which allows the unit to cool down to 32dF for icy cold beer. After all, this is the main purpose of a kegerator. You will be able to change the temperature setting at the push of a button via the digital control panel. Cooling is evenly distributed throughout the unit, helped by the fan.
The interior of the fridge is large enough to store any full-size keg and will even accommodate rubber kegs. The CO2 bottle is also stored inside the fridge which gives you the option to have the kegerator built-in to cabinetry.
Great features include:
- Fan forced cooling
- Accommodates large kegs
- Built-in drip tray
- 3 Faucet
Given top appraisal from eight customers with a 5-star rating, we struggled to find fault with this unit. Delivery and instructions even come up trumps. Great buy.