Fact: Beer tastes best on draft. But it’s understandable if you don’t want to head to a bar or restaurant in the middle of a pandemic, and bottles or cans are often more convenient when imbibing at home. Enter the kegerator, a machine designed to pour freshly aerated and perfectly cooled beer into your cup without the need for a hand pump. Not a beer drinker? You can kegerate anything from kombucha to soda to cider to give it that fresh-poured feel.

Check out quick info below on the top five kegerators, then scroll deeper for buying info and full reviews of these models plus other high-ranking options.

How We Selected and Rated Them

We researched 10 expert sources such as The Spruce, Liquor.com, and Gear Hungry, as well as 600 consumer reviews to select the top five kegerators. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of customers who rated the product at least four out of five stars on retail and review sites like Amazon, Walmart, and manufacturers’ webpages.


EdgeStar KC1500SSOD

Consumer Score: 82% gave it 4 stars or more
Bring the bar to your backyard.

EdgeStar KC1500SSOD
$1,132.99 amazon.com

  • Easy to operate temperature panel

  • Expensive

Summer may have come to an end, but the outdoor festivities don’t have to. This kegerator is designed to withstand the elements and keep your drink of choice refreshing. It has only one tap, but can hold a relatively large amount of beer, fitting a slim quarter, a sixth barrel, or a Cornelius keg. And the KC1500SSOD is made of durable stainless steel, plus the wiring is electrically rated for outdoor use. Adjusting the temperature to your liking is simple via the control panel.


Coldbreak Jockey Box

Consumer Score: 90% gave it 4 stars or more

Ideal for tailgating

Jockey Box
Coldbreak amazon.com

  • No electricity required

  • Needs ice

The beauty of the Coldbreak is that it lets you take the tap with you. Since the booze isn’t held within the cooler, you can connect up to a full keg of beer. The cooler doesn’t use any electricity, but you will need a CO2 tank and a whole lot of ice to keep the coils cool as the keg is connected outside the cooler, and the beer only becomes cold as it travels through the coils. Note that the dispenser kit with all the hoses and connectors isn't included in this purchase, so you will need to purchase that as well. This technology means that your keg isn’t being pumped full of oxygen to keep it pressurized like in your typical college party keg tap, which keeps your beer tasting fresh rather than stale. And since you don’t need to plug in anywhere thanks to the CO2 tank, this is a great option for tailgating.


Homecraft Black Stainless Steel Kegerator

Consumer Score: 66% gave it 4 stars or more

Beer storage that fits among the other kitchen appliances

Black Stainless Steel Kegerator
Homecraft amazon.com

  • Compact

  • Only holds containers up to growler-size

If you have room on your counter for a Keurig, you have room for this Kegerator from Homecraft. And despite its compact appearance, it can hold up to a five-liter pressurized or non-pressurized gravity keg, or the included reusable growler keg. Since it includes a growler, you can get it refilled with whichever beer you want. The temperature gauge also gives you a great range, allowing you to set it at anywhere from 36 to 53 degrees depending on your preferences. It takes standard threaded CO2 cartridges, which will help to keep your beer fresh for up to 30 days.


Kegco EBDTCK-542_5T Conversion Kit

Consumer Score: 88% gave it 4 stars or more
A fun project with a tasty reward

EBDTCK-542_5T Conversion Kit
Kegco amazon.com

  • Works with a fridge or kegerator you already have

  • The double-edged sword is that, if you don’t already own a mini fridge or kegerator, you’ll have to factor that into the price

For the home brewers out there, this DIY kit might be right up your alley. It allows you to convert a mini refrigerator into a fully functioning kegerator—a great use for an old dorm room fridge laying neglected in your basement since graduation. Kegco includes a five-pound CO2 tank, stainless-steel single-faucet draft tower, pressure regulator, D-system coupler for use with American kegs, and the piping and hardware needed to attach it all together. This kit is also an affordable way to fix up an old kegerator that just needs a replacement converter system, saving you money on a whole new fridge.


NutriChef Pressurized Growler Tap System

Consumer Score: 90% gave it 4 stars or more
Affordable and great for on-the-go

Pressurized Growler Tap System
NutriChef amazon.com

  • Affordable

  • Not cooled

Great for camping or small backyard parties, this mini tap system can hold a 128-ounce growler (the traditional size). Since it’s vacuum sealed, it will also keep your beer fresh for up to two months. This NutriChef features a regulator gauge, which allows you to control the pressure. And while it doesn’t have a temperature regulator, it does come with an insulated sleeve to help it keep cool. This also means that it’s super portable since it doesn’t require electricity like a true kegerator.