Home Depot has always been a great resource for the DIY types looking to build their own kegerator or keezer on the cheap. They typically have the best prices on mini-fridges and chest freezers. Recently, Home Depot started offering more pre-built kegerators at great prices. The big advantage Home Depot has over online retailers is free ship to store. For those with the transportation capacity, I recommend ship to store over shipping to home. I can’t tell you how many angry reviews I’ve read from customers who received a dented kegerator shipped to their door. If you find yourself with a dented kegerator from an online retailer, it can be a real pain to return. Returns to Home Depot are easy, and if you pick up the unit in the store, you can inspect it before ever taking it home. The unit is also less likely to be dented with the ship to store transportation.
Home Depot Kegerators
Home Depot currently offers 8 different kegerator models with prices starting at just $398 dollars. 6 of the models have free shipping to the store. I have ordered the following list from best to worst.
This is the kegerator I recommend buying from Home Depot. The 5.8 cubic foot capacity means it can hold all full-sized kegs including over-sized kegs from Miller, Coors, and Yuengling. It only costs $499 with free shipping to store. A one year warranty is included. Even better yet, it has automatic defrost! Automatic defrost is a tremendously useful feature typically only found on the most expensive kegerators. The reviews are stellar on this model with a 4.4 star out of 5 overall rating. Even better yet, 100% of customers recommend this model. This a good machine with a strong warranty, sleek appearance, and low price. What more could you want? I guess free beer would be nice. A man can dream…
The Igloo FRB200 kegerator is the cheapest model. It can be purchased for just $398 with free shipping to store. One off reports indicate some stores have occasionally stocked this model and sold it for as little as $298. I wouldn’t hold my breath for that deal though. The best feature of this model is size. 6 cubic feet is downright spacious for an inexpensive kegerator. It is capable of holding all full sized kegs. It also comes with a full 1 year warranty. Many of the cheaper kegerators come with 90 day warranties. I don’t know about you, but given my busy schedule, I am often lucky to have plugged in the unit after 90 days. A C02 tank is included, but it is only 2.5 pounds. This is a downside, but if it becomes an issue, owners can upgrade the tank for $50 to $60. A stainless steel finish is a nice aesthetic touch on such an inexpensive unit. Many well known brands charge between $30 – $100 more to purchase a stainless model instead of a traditional black versions. 28 Reviewers give this model a 3.7 rating out of 5. The complaints are typical of cheaper kegerators (won’t get cold enough or arrived DOA). 95%+ of the time you are going to receive a good unit and as the review indicate, most owners are happy.
The Danby DKC052BSLDB is attractively priced at $449 with free shipping to store. For reference, this same model currently costs, $583.50 shipped on Amazon. It has a stainless steel finish on the door. It comes with a drip tray and safety rail, but I warn you in advance that you will instantly notice the cheap quality of those parts. Other selling points of this model, include a full 1 year warranty and C02 tank. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this model due to its size. 5.2 cubic feet is not large enough to hold all full-sized kegs. It does, however, have strong reviews on most sites where it is sold (Costco, Amazon, and Walmart under model DKC146SLDB). It is most comparable to an Edgestar KC2000SS in terms of size and quality, but it costs $80 less.
Magic Chef MCKC490B
The Magic Chef MCKC490B is essentially the same as a Midea 199BS1 from Walmart or KC2000 from Kegerator.com. The main downside of this model is size. 4.9 cubic feet is not large enough to hold over-sized kegs. A 90 day warranty is also lame when you can buy the Midea version from Walmart for over $100 less with stainless steel and a 1 year warranty. The bottom line is if you like this unit buy the comparable model from Walmart.
Nostalgia Electrics KRS-6100SS
The Nostalgia Electrics KRS-6100SS is the cheapest dual tap kegerator sold by Home Depot. It has a great $649 price tag. The 6 cubic foot capacity means that it will hold all full-sized kegs, including oversized kegs. It can also hold two sixth barrels or corny kegs. The down sides of this kegerator include a 2.5 pound C02 tank and abysmal 90 day warranty. Reviewers give this model an average 3.9 rating out of 5 stars. It is currently out of stock online, but I am confident Home Depot will get more.
Nostalgia Electrics KEG9000DTSS
The Nostalgia Electrics KEG9000DTSS kegerator is one of only two dual tap models sold by Home Depot. It is actually a damn fine kegerator, and the top of the line from Nostalgia. The 6 cubic foot capacity means it can hold all full-sized kegs, including over-sized kegs from Miller, Coors, and Yuenling. The downsides of this model are a 90 day warranty, 2.5 pound C02 tank and ridiculous $820 price tag. Any kegerator that costs this much money should have at least a 5 pound C02 tank. A 90 day warranty is not a good sign that the company stands behind the quality of their products. Given the specs of this model, the highest price point it should have is $700. That said, if you replace the C02 tank, you will have a pretty sweet dual tap kegerator.
The Nostalgia Electrics KRS-2150 is the most popular kegerator or “kegorator” as their company spells it. Other than an attractive $549 price point and nice looking stainless steel door, it is pretty much a dud. The beveled door is used because it is barely large enough to hold even standard size shells, let alone over-sized kegs. It comes with the standard crappy 90 day warranty Nostalgia offers on all their kegerators. Anyone who uses their kegerator much is going to be displeased with the 2.5 C02 tank in short order. The reviews are mixed at best. Many complain about temperature issues, lack of parts, poor manufacturer support, capacity, and a junky regulator. Keep in mind this is simply the stainless version of the lowest level KRS-2100 kegerator. The other big downside is that it ships with a 3 foot beer line, likely to cause foam. Sure, you can replace the beer line for a couple bucks, but most people don’t want to have to do that on a brand new machine. Overall, I recommend buying the Danby DKCC5811BSL or Igloo FRB200 over this model. They are cheaper and will suit the needs of most users better.
Home Depot Kegerator Summary
There are a few inexpensive jewels in the kegerator product mix from Home Depot. The fact that shipping units to the store is free makes purchasing from them highly appealing. You won’t have to worry about the hassle of trying to return a dented kegerator. Their selection is cheaper than what you would pay from any of the online retailers. We applaud what Home Depot has done in this category in terms of selection and price. You should definitely check them out before purchasing in your next kegerator.