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
- Adjustable thermostat
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.
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.
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.
You Have Sold Me on the Midea. Where Do I Click?
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: