We’ve left no stone unturned while looking for the best kegerator for home use but if you are in a hurry, it’s the brilliant EdgeStar KC3000.
What is a Kegerator?
A kegerator is a refrigerator that has been specially designed (or adapted) to store and dispense draft beer from a keg.
The Keg is kept chilled and pressurized with CO2 so that your favorite beer keeps fresh and carbonated for around a couple of months without losing any quality or freshness.
Kegerators are available for commercial and home use. In this article, we will look at the best non-commercial kegerators for use in your home.
Kegerators come in all sizes and styles and have a wide array of accessories to suit your individual preferences. A Kegerator is the best way for beer lovers to enjoy their favorite draft beer exactly the way the brewer intended; chilled, fresh, and straight out of the tap!back to menu ↑
What types of beer can you serve in a Kegerator?
You can serve just about every beer from a kegerator. Bars basically use larger versions of home kegerators so any beers that you see on draft at the bar can also be served from a home kegerator.
Most beers are suitable for kegs. However, some specialist beers are only available bottled, as they use a re-fermentation process to age the beer over time.back to menu ↑
What temperature should I store my beer at?
Each type of beer needs to be stored at different temperatures. Every unique beer has its own recommended serving temperature but here are some general guidelines:
35 to 40° Fahrenheit – regular mass-market lagers and lighter style beers
40 to 45° Fahrenheit – Czech & German Pilsners and wheat beers
45 to 50° Fahrenheit – IPA’s, American pale ales, most craft beers, Porters, and many types of stout
50 to 55° Fahrenheit – Belgian ales, sour ales, English milds, and richly flavored beers
55 to 60° Fahrenheit – Imperial Stouts, Belgian strong ales, flavored beers, and Barleywines
As a general rule of thumb, lighter bodied beers with lower alcohol content tend to taste better when very cold and higher alcohol content beers are usually served at higher temperatures (this allows the full flavor of the beer to be enjoyed).back to menu ↑
How much money can you save with a Kegerator?
If a six pack of Bud Light cost $8, and you drink 2 per week, that’s $16 per week. An equivalent quantity of beer from a keg costs around $8. So if you save $8 per week, that’s $32 per month and $384 per year…enough to buy yourself sparkling new kegerator within one year. There are also no bottles or cans to dispose of so it’s better for the environment, too.back to menu ↑
Does keg beer go bad?
As long as you use a Kegerator with CO2, your beer can keep fresh for months but times vary from beer to beer.
If the beer is not pasteurized, it should still taste great up to 2 months later. To find out if your beer is pasteurized or not, you can check the brewer’s website or contact the brewery/distributor directly.back to menu ↑
How do I tap a keg in a Kegerator?
- So you’ve unpacked your new kegerator and that new keg of beer is just sitting there, what next?
- First thing is to give the keg time to settle in the kegerator and for it to reach the recommended temperature.
- The next step is to tap your keg. Open the CO2 tank and set the required pressure.
- The valves of the regulator should be open and you need to adjust the pressure settings to get the correct serving pressure. Each beer requires a different pressure but as a rule of thumb, 10psi is a good starting off point.
- You should ensure that the regulator is fully pressurized before tapping your keg to avoid any beer coming back into the air pipes.
- Finally, remove the cover from your keg and connect the coupler. Turn the coupler in a clockwise direction until you have a snug fit. When your keg is tapped, a little beer will trickle into the pipe but it won’t flow until you open the tap. You are now ready to get sloshed in your own private bar!
Can I build a Kegerator from a fridge?
Yes, building your own Kegerator is becoming very popular with DIY types and works out a little cheaper than buying a purpose-built kegerator.
You can use just about any refrigerator and you will also need the following items; a kegerator conversion kit, a CO2 cylinder, and a handful of tools.
For around $200, you can convert your old fridge into a draft beer cooler/dispenser to impress your buddies on game day.
Conversion kits come in two options 1 – towers for chest freezers and small fridges and 2 – door-mounted taps for tall fridges. You can check out some of the best conversion kits at Amazon by clicking here.back to menu ↑
Best Kegerator for home – EdgeStar KC3000 Full-Size Kegerator with Digital Display
Our pick for the best kegerator for home use is the EdgeStar KC3000 Full-Size Kegerator with Digital Display. This awesome Kegerator has an easy-to-read digital control panel that allows you to change and the temperature to ensure your beer keeps cold and fresh.
Whether you are a fan of ice-cold lagers or mildly chilled stouts, the EdgeStar KC3000 can chill your beer to anywhere between 32 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 10 degrees Celsius.) This machine is fitted with a “Deep-Chill” mode for super-fast cooling of new kegs.
This freestanding kegerator comes with a guardrail, drip tray, casters, two wire shelves (for refrigerator use), a stainless steel column draft tower, a brass faucet, a domestic “D” System Sankey coupler, a top handle, and all of the necessary lines and hoses.
Large enough to hold even oversized kegs, the EdgeStar KC3000 is the ultimate combination of functionality and price. A fantastic addition to any kitchen, man-cave, or fresh beer lover’s home.
Second place – EdgeStar KC3000SSTWIN Full-Size Dual Tap Kegerator with Digital Display
Exactly the same size as the EdgeStar KC3000, this kegerator is the twin tap version as is our 2nd choice for the best kegerator that you can use in your home.
As with the KC3000, this kegerator is large enough to hold the following key configurations: (1) Oversized Keg, 1/2 Barrel (124 pints) / (1) Full-Size Keg, 1/2 Barrel (124 pints) / (1) Pony Keg, 1/4 Barrel (62 pints) / (1) Slim-Pony Keg, 1/4 Barrel (62 pints) / Up to (3) Sixth Barrel kegs, (42 pints each) / Up to (3) Cornelius Homebrew kegs, (40 pints each) / (1) Slim Quarter & (1) Sixth Barrel Keg / (1) Slim Quarter & (1) Cornelius Keg.
Any of the EdgeStar kegerators will change the way you drink beer forever and this one features a massive cabinet, precise temperature control, and high-grade USA manufactured components that are easily assembled in 30 minutes.
Included with this top-rated kegerator are a CO2 tank, regulator, USA Sankey couplers, airlines, faucets, a draft tower, handles, a drip tray, a guardrail, and casters.
The EdgeStar KC3000SSTWIN has a temperature range between 32 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 10 degrees Celsius) and comes with a one-year parts warranty and a 90 days labor.
Third place – EdgeStar KC2000SSTWIN Full-Size Stainless Steel Dual Tap Kegerator & Draft Beer Dispenser
The EdgeStar KC2000SSTWIN is slightly smaller than the KC3000 but can still comfortably hold the following keg configurations: (1) Full Size Keg, 1/2 Barrel (124 pints) / (1) Pony Keg, 1/4 Barrel (62 pints) / (1) Slim-Pony Keg, 1/4 Barrel (62 pints) / Up to (2) Sixth Barrel kegs, (42 pints each) / Up to (2) Cornelius Homebrew kegs, (40 pints each).
If you need your beer ice cold, this kegerator will chill your brew to the low thirties to mid-forties degrees Fahrenheit, making it one of the coldest kegerators available today.
The KC2000SSTWIN is just over 20 inches wide which is four inches less than a standard full-size kegerator, yet it is still easily capable of holding a full-size keg. We love the external tank mount which allows you to install your gas tank on the back of the machine to give more interior space.
This is another awesome kegerator from the kings of draft beer fridges. The Edgestar KC2000SSTWIN has a protective floor plate, a reversible door, and all of the usual fixtures & fittings to get your unit set up with the minimum of fuss
The KC2000SSTWIN is perfect for seasoned beer drinkers or those just starting out on their draft beer journey. It serves the coldest beer and its sleek lines and simplistic design means it will fit into any room with ease.
4th place – Keggermeister KM2800BK Kegerator Full-Size Single-Tap Beer Refrigerator and Dispenser
The Keggermeister KM2800BK is perfect for home brewers or regular beer fans. This is a full-size kegerator which is fitted with a single tap.
Like the other kegerators in this article, it’s perfect for barbecues, clubhouses, pool parties, man-caves, and kitchens.
The Keggermeister KM2800BK chills your beer to around the mid 30’s to high 30’s degrees Fahrenheit and has an exterior LCD screen that displays accurate interior temperature.
It features a semi-gloss black tower that is suitable for a variety of glasses or mugs and a chrome guardrail on the countertop.
The Keggermeister KM2800BK includes an empty 2.5lb CO2 tank (which is enough CO2 to supply four full-size kegs), a dual gauge CO2 regulator, a beer tower tap (with hose assembly), and all of the other bits & bobs you need to set up your kegerator.
Not quite as good as an Edgestar but still a great kegerator for the price. The Keggermeister KM2800BK comes with a one-year factory warranty and a 30-day total satisfaction guarantee.
5th place – Kegco Kegerator Digital Beer Keg Cooler Refrigerator – Dual Faucet
Not cheap, but worth every dollar is the Kegco Kegerator. This beautifully designed beer fridge/dispenser includes everything you could need to serve your own cold, fresh beer. So if money isn’t your biggest concern, this baby is one of the best kegerators you can find for your home / light commercial use.
The Kegerator comes with a 5lb aluminum CO2 tank, a CO2 regulator, “D” System keg couplers, and a 3 inch (diameter) chrome plated metal twin tap draft tower.
The Kegco is a full-size kegerator and easily fits any full-size keg including Miller, Coors, and even rubber kegs.
The Kegco has one of the coldest temperature ranges available in a home kegerator. It will chill your favorite brew to as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to the powerful fan-forced cooling system which does a great job at keeping the whole unit cool.
This unit also comes with a “Deep-Chill” function which kicks the compressor into overdrive so you can chill a warm keg in no time at all.
We are also big fans of the mobility of the Kegco. It is fitted with durable, easy rolling casters which enable you to easily move your kegerator from your kitchen to your backyard patio. Once in position, the unit can be locked in place so it will not move around.
Yes, it’s a bit more expensive but you get what you pay for with this state-of-the-art kegerator. The Kegco is constructed with the highest quality components to ensure long-lasting and superior performance.
6th place – Versonel VSL155TDSS Freestanding Full Keg Kegerator Beer Fridge Dispenser
The Versonel VSL155TDSS looks similar to the EdgeStar and offers temperatures between 34 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fitted with a single black tap tower with chrome tap font, a two-piece stainless steel drip tray, and an attractive sleek black finish with a stainless steel door.
The best thing about the Versonel VSL155TDSS is the price. You get all the features of kegerators costing double the price.
Compatible keg types are a quarter barrel, 5 gallons, 5 gallons with “D” system, and 1/2 barrel size.
The kegerator can also be converted into a standard fridge and has two wire shelves included for this purpose.
7th place – Nostalgia KRS2100 Full-Size Kegerator Draft Beer Dispenser
This great value kegerator has a 5.1 cubic feet capacity, a spring loaded tap (for easy beer pulling), an American Sankey “D” double tap system, a double meter regulator, a 2.5lb CO2 tank (unfilled), a 13 inch chrome beer tower (with guardrail), an adjustable thermostat, and study casters (with locking front wheels).
This very good-looking kegerator will hold kegs of the following sizes: 1/6 Barrel (5.23 Gallons), 1/4 Barrel Short (7.75 Gallons), 1/4 Barrel Slim (7.75 Gallons), 1/2 Barrel (15.5 Gallons).
With easy-to-follow “set up” instructions, you will be the most popular dude in the hood as soon as your first keg is chilled!
8th place – Mini Kegerator Refrigerator & Draft Beer Dispenser – EdgeStar
The Edgestar mini kegerator is designed to be used with the Heineken DraftKeg but it can also be used to tap and serve any standard 5-liter keg.
It features electronic temperature controls, lightweight construction, and an AC/DC power adapter, which enables you to move the unit easily from your kitchen countertop to your RV or tailgate.
This compact mini kegerator is quiet and efficiently maintains the optimum mini keg temperature between 38 and 54 degrees Fahrenheit.
With vibration-free thermoelectric cooling and internal fan-forced air circulation, the Edgestar mini kegerator is a perfect portable beer dispenser for every type of beer lover.