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?