The Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 is the cheapest kegerator on the market. Amusingly enough Nostalgia Electrics uses an awkward spelling of “kegorator” when referring to their units. The KRS2100 is the typical unit you will find at big box stores like Walmart and Best Buy.
On first glance, the $339 price from Walmart with free site to store shipping is hella tempting. I recommend resisting the urge unless you’re willing to modify the unit and plunk down some additional cash.
Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Drawbacks
- This unit comes with cheap and often falty CO2 regulators. Here is a decent replacement regulator from Amazon.
- The stock 3 ft. quarter of an inch beer line is too small. It should be replaced with a longer and wider line. Make this modification to prevent there from being too much head on the beer.
- The instructions suck. Depending on your mechanical know how, you might have to rely upon your Internet buddies to put this unit together.
- Bad / non-existent customer service. Nostalgia Electrics specializes in ultra low end products. Tiny margins don’t usually equate to great support.
- Temperature complaints are common. Some reviews claims these units will only make it to the upper 40s while others say it will make it to the mid-30s.
- The KRS2100 ships with a 2.5 pound CO2 tank. While sufficient to dispense 2 -4 half barrel (full sized kegs), a 5 pound CO2 tank is a much better investment in the long run. More expensive units ship with 5 pound CO2 tanks.
- There is only a 90 day warranty on parts and labor. Better units come with 1 year warranties.
- It isn’t big enough to hold the 17″ 1/4 barrel kegs from Miller Coors.
- The units lack of an ENERGY STAR certification means it won’t qualify for any energy efficiency rebates.
Nostalgia Electrics KRS 2100 Pros
- The unit is dirt cheap. Many say it suits their needs right out of the box. Even if you have to make $60-$80 worth of upgrades, it is still cheap.
- Big box stores are typically have generous return policies. Most of the time I return a product to Walmart, the employee doesn’t even look at it. The main key is to make sure you don’t throw out the box until you are certain that the kegerator fits your needs.
- It’s a decent looking unit. The beveled edges look nice although they are indicative of how this unit has barely enough space to hold a 16-1/8″ half barrel.
Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Specifications
- Comes with optional casters to make it easy to move
- Single tap unit with guard rail
- Can hold most full sized kegs
- Weighs 105 pounds
- 90 day limited warranty on parts and labor
- 32 inches tall
- 20-3/8 inches deep
- 26 inches wide
- Not ENERGY STAR certified
If you are tight on cash and mechanically minded, the KRS 2100 might be a decent gamble. If you have a little more money to spend, you can buy a much better unit. I suggest looking into the EdgeStar KC2000 if you are looking for a cheap but sturdy unit.
If you decide to buy the Nostalgia Electrics KRS 2100, here is a video about how to setup the unit.