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)
What Does Scratch and Dent Mean at OpenBoxDirect?
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.