I previously posted about the FRB200 when it was on sale for $389 from Walmart. This deal from Home Depot is $30 cheaper and offer the same free site to store shipping. Home Depot originally charged $398 dollars for this unit. The deal is good until April 29th, 2015.
Igloo isn’t a top of the line brand, but it gets the job done for most people at a darn cheap price. Even after tax, you are looking at spending less than $400 shipped on a full-sized stainless steel kegerator.
Igloo FRB200 Kegerator Features
6 cubic foot capacity
Stainless steel finish
Easy to clean drip tray
Safety rail to keep glasses from falling off edge
Full 1 year warranty
Large enough to fit all full-sized kegs, including over-sized kegs from Miller and Coors
4 casters included for easy movement
Includes 2.5 pound CO2 tank
Advantages of Buying from Home Depot
Home Depot is quickly becoming the market leader in low-cost kegerators. Walmart long held this title, but Walmart seems to have many more issues with their supply chain. This statement might boggle the mind of the casual observer, but I assure you it is true. My favorite aspect of buying a kegerator from a big box store is free site to store shipping. Not only does this save $100 in shipping costs. It allows you to fully inspect the unit before taking it out of the store. Heck, I’m pretty sure the folks at Home Depot would even let you plug it in. Home Depot also allows returns for up to 90 days. Returning a kegerator to an online store can be an expensive headache. If they label the purchase buyers remorse, you are likely going to have to pay both a 15% restocking fee and return shipping of over $100. God help you if you happened to throw out the box. That can add another $70. It isn’t uncommon to forfeit almost half the original purchase price for trying to return a bad purchase. This can leave a real sting to men of normal budgets.
Width – 27.5 inches
Depth – 27 inches
Width – 21 inches
Height – 34.5 inches (without tower)
Weight – 88 pounds
In my humble opinion, the Igloo FRB200 is a great looking kegerator for the price. Sure, it has the cheaper door only stainless steel. It also has the cheaper drip tray that is merely a piece of plastic that can hold a few drops of beer. The reality is there are plenty of kegerators that cost twice as much with the exact same features. This a great unit to put in your game room to drink cold beer on game day at an affordable price. I personally like the appearance of the black tower. The chrome ones are nice too, but the contrast of the black tower against the stainless steel door is particularly nice.
If you aren’t sold on the merits of the FRB200, I recommend taking a look at our cheap kegerator review page. It has quite a few other options at an affordable price. Danby kegerators aren’t usually as cheap as the FRB200, but they are still a great bargain. I like that Danby units offer a large capacity, 5lb CO2 tank, and automatic defrost for less than $500.
Midwest Supplies is running a cool promo. If you buy any two Extract or All Grain Recipe Kits, you will receive a free one year subscription to Brew Your Own magazine. You need to enter promo code BYO into the coupon field after adding
Midwest Supplies Background
Midwest Supplies was purchased by Northern Brewer in 2013. The website and brick and mortar store in Minnesota are still operated under as an independent brand, although prices and products tend to mirror those found on Northern.
BYO is a must have subscription for any serious homebrew fans. The quality information and graphics are what make this magazine. The magazine launched in 1995. They have since had a spin off magazine dedicated the wine making called WineMaker. Both these magazines offer a free one issue trial. The catch is that if you don’t remember to write cancel on the invoice and mail it back, you are charged $25 for the next five issues. I hate the prevalence of these questionable marketing tactics in the print magazine industry. It reminds me of the old BMG cd subscription programs where you could get the first cd for a penny and they would keep sending and billing you for additional cds at $24.99 for the rest of your life. OK, it might not be that extreme, but the free one year subscription from Midwest Supplies is still a far better deal.
What Are Some Other Good Beer Magazines?
DRAFT Mag is another excellent magazine devoted to beer. The difference in DRAFT and BYO is that DRAFT has less of a focus on homebrewing. They still have some amazing art and well written content.
Beeradvocate is another excellent choice for any brew lover. It has the same more generalist flavor that DRAFT has. The great part about Beeradvocate is that a one year print subscription costs a mere $14.99.
While not a magazine, HomeBrewTalk is the best online forum to discuss homebrewing. It is a great site for everyone from novice to expert. My main knock against them is that their site is seriously in need of an artistic refresh.
Kegerator.com has a 10% off coupon. The code is WELCOME10. While this code has long been available by signing up for their email list, this is the first time I have seen it work without having to click a link from within an email. If you combine the 10% off coupon with the up to 25% off available on the site, you can save up to 35%.
The 5.2 cubic foot Danby KEGSS already has a $50 off code applied. If you stack the 10% off coupon, the price with shipping drops to less than $450. This isn’t my favorite kegerator since it won’t hold over-sized kegs. It is still a heck of a good deal at this price. Automatic defrost is my favorite feature since it will save the owner a ton of work over time. The comparable price on Amazon is more than $100 more ($565).
If you were a stickler or keenly observant, you might note that the model number is slightly different on Amazon. You would be right, but it is the same kegerator as the one listed on Kegerator.com.
If this coupon happens to be expired, look at the Danby DKC5811BSL at Home Depot. It costs $499, but it is a larger 6 cubic foot kegerator capable of holding all full-sized kegs. It is currently my favorite low-cost kegerator. The advantage of ordering it from Home Depot is free shipping to store. You can inspect the unit for dents before ever taking it home. Home Depot also has a far more generous return policy than any of the online only stores.
OpenBoxDirect (part of the Kegerator.com company) has a scratch and dent Danby DKC146SLDBSDDS on sale for $349.30 with free shipping. The new version of this kegerator is currently $579.95 shipped on Amazon.
DKC146SLDBSDDS Kegerator Specs
5.2 cubic foot capacity. This is large enough for most full-sized kegs, but not large enough for over-sized kegs from Miller, Coors, and Yuengling
Stainless steel door
Tower, faucet, C02 tank, drip tray, safety rail, and casters included
Comes with a 1 year warranty on parts and labor
Weighs 92.6 pounds
Dimensions: 33″ H x 20-3/4″ W x 23-3/4″ D
Reversible hinged door allows adjustment to open from either side
Automatically defrosts. This is one of my favorite features that frequently isn’t included in kegerators at this price point
Scratch resistant surface (must not have worked great in this case)
Unfortunately, OpenBoxDirect doesn’t provide pictures. With a kegerator, you can generally assume that the unit was dented in transportation. This is common when shipping these larger appliances. If your wife demands that everything looks perfect in your house, this isn’t the right purchase for you. If you plan to put the kegerator in the garage anyway, this might be a great option because who the hell really cares if it has a dent while sitting in the garage anyway. OpenBoxDirect will work with you if the unit doesn’t work. They will not accept returns if you say that you made a mistake or it doesn’t look right in your place. These factors are part of why you are saving $200 buying a scratch and dent unit.
Who Else Sells This Kegerator?
Abt sells this model for $553. They only have one review, but it is four stars.
Home Depot sells a 5.2 cubic foot Danby with a different model number for $404.10 with free ship to store. If you like this model, but are wary of scratch and dent products, buy it from Home Depot. You will pay about $80 more after tax. It will be a safer purchase though.
Walmart and Costco used to sell this model. You still might look at the Costco site to read additional reviews. I personally am a little bit of a review junky. I try to weed out most of the people complaining about shipping related issues. I also discount most DOA reviews unless they dominate and people complain about bad customer support at the same time.
What Are The Best Alternatives?
Personally, I would rather pay a little more to buy a kegerator that will fit all full-sized kegs, including over-sided kegs. In this regard, I like buying the Danby DKC5811BSL online from Home Depot with free shipping to store. The problem is that after tax you are paying almost $200 more than the scratch and dent unit I initially proposed.
If you are a DIY type, your best alternative is to buy a kit from Micromatic. You can see our comparison of the best three Micromatic conversion kits. For as little as $106 bucks, you can purchase a conversion kit with everything you need. If you combine that with a free refrigerator or one for $100 off Craiglist, you have a more versatile machine for less money. It is also becoming increasing popular to make a chest freezer into what is called a keezer. I have seen keezers people have built with up to 6 faucets. Would you be in beer gluttony heaven? I would. The biggest issue when using a keezer is you need to be very strong or have help lifting heavy full kegs into the freezer. That’s a nothing issue for some people but a project killer for others. Keep in mind you will need finesse roughly 160 pounds into just the right spot. I can tell you from experience that the hand railings on the side of the shells start to dig into your hands after no time.
The Nostalgia KRS-2100 tends to go on sale every year at Walmart for right around $299. The problem with that deal is that it isn’t available all the time. The KRS-2100 is also a fairly crappy kegerator. They use a beveled door to make the unit capable of accommodating most full-sized, but it is still too small for over-sized kegs from Miller Coors. It also uses a shorter 3 foot beer line that can lead to foam issues. It can be replaced for a couple bucks. A lot of people don’t want to fool with hoses though. It also comes with a weak 90 day warranty and 2.5 pound C02 tank. If you make reasonable upgrades to the KRS-2100, you have often spent more than $500 after you factor in parts and labor and you are still left with a small kegerator.
Hope this helps in your quest for the ultimate kegerator deals. If you have alternative suggestions, please feel free to use the comments section. We usually don’t care if you add links with the intention of helping people find the best deal.
If you are planning to build a kegerator with a mini fridge, we have a great deal for you today. Micromatic has a 2.5 inch chrome plated tower with one faucet on clearance for $51.83.
This is a better looking tower than what ships stock on most pre-configured kegerators. For comparison, a similar stainless steel faucet on Kegerator.com costs $79.99. That is a savings of almost $30 on one component.
What Does Clearance Mean In This Case?
This tower and faucet is brand new. Micromatic simply had too many sitting on the shelves. These components are going to be in great shape. The worst case scenario is that you might want to polish it to make it shine on the top of your kegerator. You also want to be more careful when buying clearance products from most companies because they can’t be returned, so make sure this item fits your needs. This policy is by no means unique to Micromatic.
Tell Me More About Micromatic
Micromatic has been around for ages. The great part about Micromatic is that they actually manufacture many of the components they sell. In fact, most kegerator conversion kits sold on other beer websites are actually from Micromatic. They manufacture and sell a weird range of products including industrial closed systems. While this might seem far afield for a company that sells a ton of beer and kegerator related products, I take it as a great sign about their quality. Industrial grade products need to be able to stand up to heavy use. If a company can survive and thrive selling to commercial companies, you know that they make a quality product.
How Can I Make This Better?
My favorite modification for a kegerator is to use a desktop computer fan to force cool air from the mini-fridge into the tower. This is an easy and cheap modification that will keep you from having to throw out beer that got warm in the tower. If you are interested, here is a helpful DIY video on YouTube.
Northern Brewer has a Red Bottle Capper for $5.03. The regular price for this model is $16.99. Reviews are stellar with a 4.5 star rating after 41 submissions.
This is a high quality twin lever capper. Leverage is increased through the use of springs and a magnet holds the cap in the correct place.
How Does This Deal Compare?
This deal costs less than half of what a comparable bottle capper from MoreBeer! costs. Google Shopping still has the Northern Brewer price for this model listed at $16.99.
How Is This Useful?
Even though Kegbooty is devoted to mostly to the art of kegging beer, we realize there are times you will want to bottle your homebrew. This tool makes putting the cap on your newly bottled beer easy.
Are There More Reviews?
An identical looking capper is available on Amazon for a little over $16. There are over 135 reviews for that version with a 4.5 star rating.
What Other Options Exist?
You can buy a bench capper to bottle beer, but you would be looking at spending more than $30. The reviews also aren’t nearly as good as the twin-lever red capper from Northern Brewer.
The Red Bottle Capper from Northern Brewer is a great deal at $5.03. You would be paying about 30% of what it typically costs. This capper also has remarkably good reviews both on Amazon and on Northern Brewer. The only slight caveat is the $7.99 standard shipping rate. You will want to bundle a few other items with your purchase to minimize the impact of shipping costs. Otherwise, this isn’t that great of a deal. Fortunately, Northern Brewer has the best selection of homebrewing supplies on the Web. It won’t be hard to find plenty of fillers you need or at least want.
The “equivalent” part of my title might throw you for a loop at first. Let’s start by talking about how a smaller company like Edgestar works. They send buyers to factories in China to find products to label as their own. In essence, the company is a middle man and not a manufacturer.
How Does This Benefit Me?
This realization means if you are interested in a particular model product you can more effectively run a price comparison if you know the other brands selling that product. A lot of Edgestar products are also sold under the Chinese brand Midea.
The Midea WHS-199BS1 is sold for $384 with free shipping at Walmart. The Edgestar KC200SS costs $529! That is a savings of $145 or 27% by simply knowing how the game is played.
When searching for the same product with a different label, start by looking at the general appearance. Since 60% of kegerators look the same, go to the dimensions.
Midea Dimensions: 33.50″H X x 20.1″W X 24.80″D
KC2000SS External Dimensions (w/ tower): 48 1/2″ H x 20 1/10″ W x 24 13/16″ D
At first it looks like they might not be a match because there is a huge difference in height. The reality is that the KC2000SS lists height with the tower while the Midea does not. The other two measurements are an exact match.
Next look at the weight of the Midea HS-199BB on Newegg. It is listed as 81.6 pounds.
Now look at the weight of the KC2000 on Kegerator.com. It is also listed as 81.6 pounds.
Given that this is a rather obscure weight to arrive at randomly, you can rest assured that the Midea HS-199BB is the same as a KC2000 and Midea WHS-199BS1 is equivalent to the KC2000SS.
Is There a Catch?
It looks like the Midea versions might not ship with a CO2 tank while the Edgestar models ship with a 5lb CO2 tank. It would be weird to ship a kegerator without a tank, but it also weird to not mention one in the description if you do. You can buy a CO2 tank on sale for $50 or you can buy one any day of the week on Amazon for $65. Even if you have to buy a new tank at full price, you are still saving over $80. Keep in mind though that both the KC2000SS and WHS-199BS1 are too small for oversized kegs from Miller, Coors, and Yuengling.
Igloo, the cooler company, manufactures some of the cheapest kegerators on the market. Walmart currently has the Igloo FRB200 6.1 cubic foot, stainless steel kegerator on sale for $389 with free shipping. I am kind of a son of a bitch for posting this because this is really only a discount of ten bucks off the normal price.
The point here though is that a decent size stainless steel kegerator can be shipped to your door for less than $400. It is even from a brand that a few people have heard of (not that this means much).
Is the Igloo FRB200 a Good Kegerator?
This kegerator is a heck of a bargain, but I wouldn’t go as far to say it is a good unit. Since it is dirt cheap, many of the parts will look and feel cheap. This includes the flimsy top railing and worthless plastic drip tray. One of the biggest cheap outs on this unit is the 2.5 pound CO2 tank. 2.5 pound CO2 tanks are the bane of my existence because they are pain to fill and cost roughly the same amount as better 5 pound tanks.
That said, if you are in college or broke, you will love the Igloo FRB200. It’s actually a quite spacious machine for the price. It also includes a manufacturers 1 year warranty. I honestly feel more comfortable with a warranty from Igloo than I do with many of the smaller kegerator brands.
This model has a 3.5 star rating with 33 reviews currently on Walmart.
About 1/3 of the bad reviews complain about receiving a dented or damaged unit in shipping. This is a huge problem in general with ordering a big appliance off the Internet. Fortunately, you are safe if you are ordering from Walmart. Associates don’t even look in the box 90% of the time I bring an item back to them. If you have the time and the ability to move such a large product, you might opt for ship to store. It is more likely to arrive in good shape and you can inspect it before ever leaving.
Are There Cheaper Kegerators?
The KRS-2100 by Nostalgia Electrics has gone on sale for $299 a few times during the Christmas season. It is not a good kegerator though unless you don’t mind making some modifications. Walmart also has a different Igloo model for $349. It is a kind of odd design though that makes me a little wary when combined with the fact that it has 0 reviews. Here is what that model looks like: