Who doesn’t love an ice-cold beer on a hot summer’s day? Or a cold winter’s day for that matter? What if you could serve beer from the barrel in the comfort of your own home? Or serve beer on tap at your family party?
We’ve found a fantastic array of home kegerators that dispense bar-quality draft beer at home, just waiting for you to release the tap and fill your glass with your favorite ice-cold ale.
And we had the very pleasant job of testing them out for you so that we could share our recommendations with you.
It’s a hard life!
We found a selection of home kegerators that are perfect for the entry-level beer enthusiast, while still being suitable for the more refined and hard to please.
We think that the best kegerators are
The Buyers Guide
A kegerator is a refrigeration unit that holds a keg of beer. The beer is dispensed through a tower tube, then released from a faucet at the top.
Kegerators require a CO2 tank that propels the beer from the keg and up into the faucet. The CO2 tank requires a decoupler attachment to make it compatible with the beer keg. Both are usually included with most home kegerators (certainly so with our selection).
Most kegerators include a decoupling attachment.
A kegerator will cool beer down to the low 30s in Fahrenheit, to around 50 to 60 degrees, depending on the model and the type of beer you’re dispensing.
British beers are known as “bitter” and are usually served closer to room temperature – you would need to adjust the temperature accordingly to enjoy the beer at its optimum.
All of the units included in this article accept a selection of keg sizes. Some units offer the option of tapping into multiple kegs within the same unit.
This is a perfect unit for anyone just entering the home kegerator market because it contains all of the features you’ll need at an affordable price.
The EdgeStar 2000 is designed for indoor use only, and includes a manual thermostat control, ensuring that you get your beer precisely as it’s supposed to be enjoyed.
This is a freestanding unit, which will blend in with your kitchen goods.
The KC2000 comes with either a single tap or a dual tap configuration, allowing you to serve two different beers from the same unit. Because this is a smaller capacity fridge box, there is no capacity for a third tap.
This unit is capable of storing 1/4 or 1/2 kegs. It doesn’t support the use of Coors, Miller, rubberized or other oversized kegs. A 5lb CO2 cylinder is included with this product.
The temperature range is between the low-30s to the mid-40s.
The components are super-high quality and will last for many years of serving pleasure. The whole unit sits on casters for easy mobility.
This is a perfect starter kit, providing the main features of more expensive units. It comes in either black or stainless steel finish.
Capable of storing 1/4 or 1/2 sized kegs
Temp Range between low-30s and mid-40s
Protective metal floor plate for stability and durability
Two piece drip tray
Comes with stainless steel draft tower, chrome plated brass faucet, coupler, single gauge regulator, beer line, air line, 5lb CO2 tank, spanner faucet wrench and a tap handle
Not capable of dispensing some popular beer brands.
This is the bigger brother of the KC2000 and offers more capacity and features.
The KC3000 is a freestanding unit designed to be used for indoor use only.
The refrigeration unit is larger than the KC2000, which provides greater options in terms of keg size and tap configuration options.
This unit is capable of single, dual or triple tap configuration – great for parties, where you want to offer your guests a choice of beers to go with that great barbecue. We love an ice cold beer with Gourmet Steak Tortillas.
This EdgeStar kegerator includes a digital display thermostat, offering better control over the exact temperature range to match the style of beer that you’re serving.
Capable of a deep chill mode – with a temperature range of 32-50ºF.
Included with the pack is a guard rail; drip tray; and two wire shelves, which convert the unit into a standard refrigerator when not chilling kegs.
The KC3000 is capable of fitting half barrels, slim quarters, corny and sixth barrel kegs.
Capable of storing four different styles of barrel
Temp Range of between 32-50ºF
Digital display thermostat makes it simple to get the temperature of your beer exactly right
Comes with stainless steel draft tower, chrome plated brass faucet, couple, single gauge regulator, beer line, air line, CO2 tank, drip tray, spanner faucet wrench and a black tap handle.
Capable of a variety of keg configurations and up to 3 taps
Capable of being used as a basic fridge – comes included with 2 wire trays
We struggled to find any cons with this model, apart from the rather high price in comparison with the KC2000. Not suitable for outdoor use.
The Keggermeister KM2800BK is a full-sized, single-tap beer dispenser. It’s capable of keeping the keg fresh for up to 3 months.
This unit can accommodate a full-sized keg, pony keg or two 5-gallon kegs, making this a very versatile unit, capable of dispensing one of the broadest range of beers of all the kegerators featured in this article.
The temperature control is adjustable, ensuring that you serve your beer at the right temperature. The 3-sided chrome guard around the tap section of the tower means that you can safely store your glasses so that they’re always within arms reach.
The unit is on smooth-rolling coasters, providing the ability to move it from one place to another with ease. This unit is suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Move it anywhere in the clubhouse, around the pool, or anywhere the party is happening! This unit is absolutely perfect for barbecues.
Beer is a perfect accompaniment to hot food – our favorite dish, Fried Lamb Chops with mint sauce tastes all the better with an ice cold beer!
Suitable for both home and commercial user, this kegerator is UL-approved for commercial applications.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Keeps keg beer fresh for up to 3 months
Capable of storing and dispensing full sized / pony and 5-gallon kegs
Chrome guide keeps your glasses safely stored on the counter-top style upper surface
Smooth-rolling coasters make it easy to transport it to the pool side or the clubhouse
Suitable for both home and commercial use
No digital display thermostat control – temperature is regulated by a dial switch.
The Kegco digital keg cooler includes a complete keg tapping kit – everything you’ll need to pour yourself an ice-cold beer.
The unit comes with a 5lb CO2 tank; a single gauge regulator; air line piping, complete with snap clamps; D system keg couplers; and a double faucet draft tower.
The dual faucet makes it possible to serve two different beers at the same time. The large interior of the refrigeration section is spacious enough to hold a full keg; including Miller, Coors and rubber kegs.
It can store and dispense up to three kegs – perfect for a party.
When this unit is not in use as a kegerator, it converts into a standard refrigerator.
The attractive styling makes this Kegco unit a beautiful addition to your kitchen decor. It features a chrome guard rail that stops your glasses from slipping off the countertop.
The easy-roll casters make it easy to transport the kegerator from the kitchen to the poolside or patio – it’s safe for outdoor use. The casters lock in place to prevent movement while in use.
The digital display thermostat and push-button controls provide a simple interface, making this an easy unit to operate. The fan-forced cooling allows for the temperature to drop to 32ºF. The deep-chill feature will enable you to cool a keg to its optimum temperature quickly.
The included stainless steel floor mat ensures that the unit is always supported on a level surface while protecting your floor covering.
Comes with everything you need for that ice-cold tapped beer
2 tap unit, capable of serving different beers at the same time
Capable of storing up to 3 kegs
Also usable as a standard refrigerator
Fan-forced cooling ensures fast chilling of a warm keg
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Coldest temperature – 32ºF
Digital thermostat and push-button control
This is an expensive unit!
5. Midea WHS-209BESS1 Single Door Kegerator Beer/Beverage Refrigerator and Dispenser, 5.7 Cubic Feet, Black
This 5.7 cubic ft kegerator is capable of holding 1/2 and 1/4 kegs. This affordable unit comes with a single tap and a chrome guard for keeping glasses in place around the tap.
The 5lb CO2 canister that you’ll require to get things pumping is included in the very reasonable price of this unit.
The stainless steel cabinet makes this one of the most attractive kegerators on this list, able to blend in with your other stainless steel kitchen appliances. It comes with a drip tray to catch the drips.
Perfect for family get-togethers, just imagine drinking your favorite ice-cold beer alongside a delicious portion of Shaoxing Drunk Chicken.
The unit sits on lockable casters to ease mobility and is convertible to a standard refrigerator when not in use as a kegerator.
The quick-chill function makes changing kegs a simple operation, ensuring that the new barrel gets down to the right temperature super-quick, so the party can keep going!
Capable of holding 1/2 and 1/4 kegs
Comes with a 5lb CO2 tank, single tap and drip tray.
Come included with everything you need to set up and dispense your favorite beer
Lockable casters provide easy transportation
Very affordable price
Converts to a standard refrigerator when not in use as a kegerator
Capable of dispensing fewer types of kegs than some of the other units in this article. However, this is the most affordable of all the products listed.
The Best Kegerator
Well, it’s certainly challenging, because we would gladly have kept every single one of these machines. Who doesn’t love an ice-cold beer on tap in your own kitchen?
But in the end, we went for versatility – and decided that the dual tap Kegco Kegerator Digital Beer Keg Cooler has everything you could possibly want. With 2 taps, serving two different beers, how could you resist it? It’s capable of outdoor use, as well as indoor.
The digital temperature control and push-buttons make this one of the simplest kegerators to use. It’s an expensive unit, but it does double-up as a standard refrigerator when not in use.
We think that it’s sure to get the party started (and keep it rocking into the early hours!)