Best Kegerator for the Home

If you’re a beer lover, you probably enjoy a lively social scene. With a home kegerator, you can have that scene anytime you want! Here’s a guide to help you seek out the best product on the current market.

In a hurry? Here’s our top pick…

EdgeStar KC2000SS Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler
  • Holds US Standard 1/4 and 1/2 Kegs. Does NOT support use of Coors, Miller, rubberized or other oversized kegs
  • Temp Range: Low 30's to Mid 40's; Easy conversion to a refrigerator; 5 lbs CO2 cylinder included (supplied empty)
  • Dimensions: 50-7/16" H (includes tap & casters) x 20-3/16" W x 20-1/16" D (Depth w/ external tank mounted: 30-1/2") (Height w/out tap and casters: 33-1/8")
  • For freestanding use only, Casters included for easy mobility, Drip tray catches spills to contain drips and messes
  • For a black version please see model# KC2000, for a dual tap see KC2000SSTWIN, and dual tap black KC2000TWIN

Why Buy a Kegerator?

There’s a certain ceremony to draft beer that bottles and cans could never match. However, you shouldn’t make the purchase for aesthetic value alone. There are plenty of other reasons to consider adding a kegerator to your home bar area. Here are a few of the most valid ones.

They’re cost-effective.

Drinking at home is cheaper than going out, and drinking keg beer can save even more money. When you do the math, it’s always less expensive to drink from the tap. While it’s true that the upfront cost of the product can be daunting, you’ll be able to recoup those costs in about two to three years (depending on how much beer you usually drink).

They’re more environmentally sound.

If there’s one thing we dislike about beer drinking, it’s the amount of waste that it generates. It can be a real pain to truck all those bottles and cans to the recycling facility. By drinking from the keg, you can eliminate that step, thereby taking it easier on the planet as well. Social consciousness and great beer—what’s not to like?

They discourage drinking and driving.

The allure of a freshly pulled pint is difficult to resist. When you can get fresh draft beer in your own home, there’s no need to get behind the wheel in order to scratch that itch. The only drawback? You might find yourself hosting more parties than you anticipated, as your social circle grows.

Things To Think About Before Shopping

Of course, there are other considerations to take into account. First of all, you’ll need to make sure that you have the space to accommodate a beer cooler before bringing one into the home. A single-draft system will require at least three square feet of floor space to accommodate the keg. Additionally, the draft tower can bring the overall height up to four feet. The area also needs to be easily accessible, preferably on a floor that has an outside entrance (so there’s no need to haul full kegs up or down the stairs), and away from any vent fans that might prevent the unit from cooling properly.

Also, think about whether you have enough time to maintain the system. Clean draft lines are essential to a great-tasting draft. You should also have some awareness regarding the correct pressure, or the beer will emerge either flat or overly foamy.

Important Features & Benefits

Doors

Beer coolers typically come in one of four standard door finishes, although customized versions may also be available. Before choosing, think about which finish would best complement your chosen space.

  • Black—Basic, unobtrusive, and easy to find
  • Stainless steel—Sophisticated, matches many other home appliances
  • Brass—Eye-catching and elegant
  • Diamond—Textured and vibrant

Drip Tray

If the beer cooler comes equipped with a drip tray, look for one that’s constructed out of stainless steel rather than plastic. These will last longer, look nicer, and be easier to clean. If there’s a drain hole included, don’t forget to place a receptacle beneath it—and empty the receptacle periodically.

Temperature Control

Most units will feature a manual knob that can be set from one (coldest) to ten (warmest), just like a regular fridge. Some of the high-tech models might offer a digital control panel, which can be set to a specific temperature.

Temperature Range

Most premium beer is best served at temperatures between 42 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit, although many American palates are used to drinking it colder. Look for a unit that can easily maintain temperatures from the high 30s to about 50 degrees.

Best Kegerator for the Home: Product Review Guide

Top Pick!

EdgeStar KC2000SS Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler

This model earns the top spot for several reasons. First of all, the temps range from the low 30s to the mid 40s, and remain consistent throughout use. Second, the drip tray is both functional and easy to clean. Perhaps most importantly, it’s easy to assemble, even if you’ve never purchased anything like it before. If you have a keg on hand, you can be enjoying freshly poured draft beer on the same day this unit is delivered. These benefits, coupled with the low price tag, make the EdgeStar KC2000SS a slam-dunk.

EdgeStar KC2000SS Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler
  • Holds US Standard 1/4 and 1/2 Kegs. Does NOT support use of Coors, Miller, rubberized or other oversized kegs
  • Temp Range: Low 30's to Mid 40's; Easy conversion to a refrigerator; 5 lbs CO2 cylinder included (supplied empty)
  • Dimensions: 50-7/16" H (includes tap & casters) x 20-3/16" W x 20-1/16" D (Depth w/ external tank mounted: 30-1/2") (Height w/out tap and casters: 33-1/8")
  • For freestanding use only, Casters included for easy mobility, Drip tray catches spills to contain drips and messes
  • For a black version please see model# KC2000, for a dual tap see KC2000SSTWIN, and dual tap black KC2000TWIN

Kegco 309SS 1 Keg Dispenser

This offering from Kegco comes at a slightly higher price point, but it’s also capable of holding Miller and Coors kegs, as well as rubber kegs (something that the EdgeStar unit can’t claim). The digital temperature control panel is user-friendly and ranges from 32 to 75 degrees, meaning you can use this model to ferment your own home brew.

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Kegco K309SS-1 Keg Dispenser
  • Dispense kit includes empty 5 lb. aluminum co2 tank, a dual gauge regulator, and ball lock keg coulplers
  • Spacious interior can be used to store three home brew kegs or could be used as a fermentation chamber or an all-refrigerator
  • Deep chill functionality allows to quickly drop the internal temperature of your keg
  • Digital temperature display with easy to use push button controls
  • One of the coldest temperature ranges of any kegerator on the market

HomeCraft BK49BS Full-Size Kegerator

This stylish unit comes equipped with a black door and tap tower, removable drip tray, and a manual knob thermostat. Though the affordable price gives us enough reason to recommend this one, we’re even bigger fans of the removable wire shelves.

HomeCraft Black Stainless Steel Full-Size Kegerator Draft Beer Dispenser & Beer Cooler, Spring-Loaded Tap Dispenser, Holds 1/6, 1/4, 1/2 Barrels, 2.5-Pound CO2 Tank, Single Meter Regulator
  • LARGE CAPACITY: Spacious 4.9 cu. ft. capacity holds 1/6, 1/4 (short and slim) and 1/2 barrels of beer, accommodating for large parties, recreational rooms, bars, barbecues, mancaves and is garage ready!
  • STYLISH DESIGN: The black stainless steel door gives it an elegant look and is featured with a hardtop pouring station, black tap tower, removable drip tray and chrome guardrail. Comes with two adjustable wire shelves for your favorite canned or bottle beverages
  • RECESSED DOOR HANDLE: The recessed door handle provides a flushed finish with the door and the insulated rubber gasket inside keeps the cold in and the heat out
  • EASY MOBILITY: Four casters at the bottom allow for the fridge to be easily transported from room to room and front casters can be locked to ensure the unit does not roll on hard floors
  • POWERFUL COOLING SYSTEM: The adjustable thermostat has seven settings so you can keep it chilled to as low as 32 degrees, keeping a consistent temperature to keep your beer or other drinks ice cold

EdgeStar Full Size Dual Tap Built-In Black Stainless Steel Kegerator

The KC7000BLTWIN features sleek black stainless styling with a built-in safety lock, as well as a digital thermostat and attractive LED lighting. Best of all…dual taps! This is a pricier unit than the KC2000SS, but it can hold oversized kegs unlike its sibling and has a look that’s hard to beat.

EdgeStar Full Size Dual Tap Built-in Black Stainless Steel Kegerator
  • Temperature range: 32 - 60°F; Front ventilation; Forced-air refrigeration; Air-cooled beer tower; Reversible door; Four (4) casters included; ETL approved refrigerator
  • NSF approved draft components; Recessed door handles; Safety lock; Adjustable thermostat; Interior LED lighting. Unit is designed for indoor use only.
  • Reinforced stainless steel floor; Four (4) casters included; Surface-mounted drip tray, guard rail, & black stainless steel top cover included; Black cabinet & black stainless steel door
  • One (1) 5 lb. Luxfer CO2 tank; One (1) dual gauge regulator; Two (2) 304 stainless steel "D" Sankey couplers; Two (2) 3/16" ID x 7/16" OD PVC beer lines; Two (2) red air lines; One (1) stainless steel air-cooled triple tap beer tower; Two (2) 304 stainless steel faucets; Two (2) black tap handles
  • PLEASE NOTE: Delivery will be curbside, inside delivery is not available. A valid phone number is required for delivery purposes, please ensure the correct phone number is provided in your shipping information when placing this order.

EdgeStar KC7000SSOD Stainless Steel Built-In Outdoor Kegerator

If we won the lottery, this is the unit we would buy to celebrate our winnings. With its professionally appointed handle, air-cooled beer tower, and roomy interior, it represents the pinnacle of the home draft beer experience. Other goodies include interior LED lighting, a reversible door with a safety lock, and a digital thermostat. However, since it’s designed for outdoor use only, and is too expensive to suit most budgets, we can’t award it the top spot just yet.

EdgeStar KC7000SSOD Full Size Tower Cooled Built-in Outdoor Kegerator - Stainless Steel
  • PLEASE NOTE: Part number BR7000SSOD will be shown on the retail box and all needed items that comprise the KC7000SSOD will be included within this same box; Outdoor approved; Front ventilation; Air-cooled beer tower; Professional handle; Temperature range: 32 - 60ºF
  • Safety lock; Adjustable thermostat; Interior LED lighting; Reversible door; Draft components included
  • Four (4) casters included; Drip tray, guard rail, & stainless steel top cover included; Stainless steel cabinet and door
  • For an indoor version of this model please see KC7000SS; dual tap version KC7000SSODTWIN and triple KC7000SSODTRIP; Possible keg configurations: 1 full size keg, 1 oversized beveled edge keg, 1 quarter keg, 1 slim quarter keg, up to 3 sixth barrel kegs, up to 3 Cornelius kegs, 1 slim quarter w/ 1 sixth barrel keg, 1 slim quarter w/ 1 Cornelius keg
  • PLEASE NOTE: Delivery will be curbside, inside delivery is not available. A valid phone number is required for delivery purposes, please ensure the correct phone number is provided in your shipping information when placing this order.

We hope you enjoy your new home draft system for many festive seasons to come! Cheers!

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