Finding The Best Mini Beer Cooler (2017)

A mini beer cooler can be one of the best things you buy in 2016. I got mine a while back and it’s just great – I can now make a stash of beer for big games, parties or just have enough for a longer period of time. I also prefer the ones with a glass door so I don’t have to open it up every time just to see how many beers there are.

If you are in the market for one of these, then you might be wondering what is the best beer cooler for the money right now? Well, keep reading for my top picks and reviews.

Top 10 Best Mini Beer Cooler in 2016 - 2017

PHOTOPRODUCTOUR RATING
NewAir 84-Can Beverage CoolerNewAir 84-Can Beverage Cooler4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage CoolerNewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
Danby DBC120BLS Beverage CenterDanby DBC120BLS Beverage Center4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)
Whynter BR-130SB Beverage RefrigeratorWhynter BR-130SB Beverage Refrigerator4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
EdgeStar 84 Can Beverage CoolerEdgeStar 84 Can Beverage Cooler4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)
Danby DBC047D1BSSPR Silhouette Built-In Beverage CenterDanby DBC047D1BSSPR Silhouette Built-In Beverage Center5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Whynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator with Lock, 90 Can CapacityWhynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator with Lock, 90 Can Capacity4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
Danby DBC056D1BSSPR Silhouette Built-In Beverage CenterDanby DBC056D1BSSPR Silhouette Built-In Beverage Center4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
Avanti Beverage CoolerAvanti Beverage Cooler5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
KingsBottle 2-Door Front Venting Full Stainless Steel Bar FridgeKingsBottle 2-Door Front Venting Full Stainless Steel Bar Fridge5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)

beerWhenever I want to buy anything, I usually just start looking at what people are saying. What do they like or dislike? Which products have the most positive reviews? What about price – is the best sold product very expensive? Then I analyze a couple of models and see which one fits my criteria depending on my budget and wishes. I like to see a full list of the top models on the market like in the link below.

REVIEWS: MY TOP MINI BEER COOLERS

I will now talk about the best 3-4 models out there, models that people are buying the most because of their quality, cooling capabilities and price. I think the race for best mini cooler of the year is between these coolers:

  • NewAir 84-Can Beverage Cooler
  • NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler
  • Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center – Stainless Steel

So, 2 models from NewAir? What’s up with that? Well, those are there because they are really good – you’ll see why in a moment.

1. The NewAir 84-Can Beverage Cooler

NewAir 84-Can beer CoolerThis one has earned the best reviews from out team and gets a 4.5 rating from our reviewers. Now this may not be much, but from its specs, it does seem like a great cooler that can keep your beer nice and cold as ice. And, it has a good price.

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It has a 84 can capacity, removable racks so you can easily customize the storage, adjustable temperature that can go to 34 degrees! Now that’s a cold beer – ahh, I can almost taste it! It can go up to 64 degrees. This model is quite small and can fit in small spaces: it’s just 17 x 18.5 x 25.2 inches ; and has an amazing 49 pounds! So, you can easily take it with you on the road if you are going to someone else’s home for a party or to watch a game.

A few things to remember about this particular unit:

  • It can’t be placed under the counter because it has a rear venting unit
  • noise wise this is quite silent and will not be bothersome no matter where you choose to place it
  • some people say that if you choose to use its full capacity and store 84 beer cans then the ones in the back will be cold as ice while the ones in the front not as much. You need to test this out – I think you can expect to place about 60 cans of beer in this to keep most of them cold at all times.

Overall, this is a great mini beer cooler for the money as it holds a lot of beer and keeps those cans nice and cold – just like you want ’em.

2. The NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler

NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage CoolerWhy would you pick this model instead of his earlier cousin? Well because it’s bigger and can hold up to an amazing 126 cans of beer!!! Wahoo! Now that’s a big cooler! I’m actually thinking of buying one of these next year maybe. Especially since the price is similar to the other NewAir model.

I think this is the best mini beer cooler of 2016. Why? Because of what it can do and its affordable price!

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This model has earned great reviews from our in-house team and here we’re split between a 4 or a 5 rating meaning it’s very good. One of us has it as a 4 rating and friends are generally saying it is one of the best coolers on the market. The same things as before apply here – it’s a bit hard to get 126 beer cans in there and have them all really cold. I would recommend you try for 80-90 to get the best performance from this cooler. If you don’t need your beers to be so cold that your teeth will hurt, then go ahead and put 126 babies in there!

This model has 5 removable chrome racks, cools down to 34 degrees and has manual controls with 7 temperature settings. It’s a bit bigger than its cousin, but still small enough to carry around at 19 x 18.2 x 33.1 inches and just 62.8 pounds.

It’s as quiet as the other NewAir model, you can easily store wine bottles in it and even food if you want.

3. My dear Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center – Stainless Steel

Danby DBC120BLS Beverage CenterThis is the model I currently own and while I am happy with it, like I said, I want to go for the previous NewAir in the future.

This model has the most praise from our reviewers which says something about it. After tallying the results from our reviewers it stands at a comfortable 4 rating from us, meaning it’s quite good. It’s price is unbeatable being one of the cheapest coolers on the market today that still has a good quality. At this price ,this model is one of our top picks for the best buy right now!

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It doesn’t go as low as the other models temperature wise: it can range between 43-57 Fahrenheit which is pretty good if you aren’t very picky about how cold your beer is. Can hold up to 120 cans (I usually put 85 in there to make sure they are all cold enough).

This is the heaviest of the 3 at 68.9 pounds and 19.8 x 17.9 x 33.7 inches.

These are the 3 best mini coolers of 2015 in my humble opinion. Take a look at them and pick your favorite or maybe you want to go for a beer cooler and a full size kegerator as well? Well, then take a look at EdgeStar Full Size Kegerator and Keg Beer Cooler and see how you like it. I can tell you that I am a big fan!

Best Beer Making Kits for Beginners (2016 – 2017)

So you’re into making beer, are you? Well then let’s talk about some of the best beer making kits for beginners that you can now find on the market, shall we? If you just go and look at what’s available on the market, then you’ll get distracted and won’t know precisely which kit to choose. That’s where I can help you – I know my way around a beer kit as I dabbled with this myself a while back.

If you have a little time, then let me share with you some of my favorite beginner beer making kits. Hopefully my reviews will help you to get started making your own brews at home. These kits also make great gifts for beer enthusiasts – perfect Valentine’s Day gift for beer lovers, gifts for bachelors, as well as any other gift-giving time of the year.

Top 10 Best Wine Making Starter Kits in 2016 - 2017

PHOTOKITOUR RATING
Deluxe Wine Making KitDeluxe Wine Making Kit4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
Wine Making Equipment Kit - Glass 3 GallonWine Making Equipment Kit - Glass 3 Gallon4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
Ultimate Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit with 6 Gallon Glass CarboyUltimate Wine Making Equipment Starter Kit with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Premium Wine Making Equipment Kit - with Auto-SyphonPremium Wine Making Equipment Kit - with Auto-Syphon4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
Starter Winemaking Equipment KitMidwest Supplies Starter Winemaking Equipment Kit4.2 Stars (4.2 / 5)
Master Vintner Fresh Harvest Fruit Winemaking KitMaster Vintner Fresh Harvest Fruit Winemaking Kit4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)
1 Gallon Wine from Fruit KitMidwest Home Brewing 1 Gallon Wine from Fruit Kit4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)
Master Vintner Small Batch Chardonnay Wine KitMaster Vintner Small Batch Chardonnay Wine Kit4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
Master Vintner Small Batch Pinot Noir Wine KitMaster Vintner Small Batch Pinot Noir Wine Kit5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Artisan Juice Wine Making KitArtisan Juice Wine Making Kit5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)
Libbey Craft Brew Sampler 6-Piece Beer Glasses Set

TOP BEGINNERS BEER MAKING KITS

Here are some of best beer making kits for beginners out there – we will talk about each one in detail:

  • Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
  • Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit
  • Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy
  • True Brew Oktoberfest Home Brew Beer Ingredient Kit

To help you decide on which of these kits is the better choice for you, give a read through my reviews below. As I compare each one, you should be able to determine the one that best meets your needs. Now, let’s talk about each one and see which is better.

1. Mr. Beer Premium Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit

mr beer home beer kitThis one is first on this list for a very simple reason, well 2 actually: it’s highly regarded by all of my friends who used it and they have determined it a 4 out of 5 score from their discussions and I also want to note that I think the price for it is very affordable.

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This has a reusable 2-gallon keg with a lid and tap assembly to make things easier for you. The keg is made from FDA compliant plastic which doesn’t impart any taste or flavor migration keeping the original taste of the beer unaltered. Also, the keg has a wide mouth which makes it easy to clean and to use while brewing.

The instructions are quite easy to follow and divided into 4 steps, which is perfect for the novice brew master.

The kit has 11 reusable 740ml plastic bottles all having caps and beer labels. Like they say: all you need to start is water!

Bottom line: this is one of the best beer making kits for the money right now. Definitely check this one out.

2. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit

mr beer gold kitThis is another kit from Mr. Beer that is very good for the home brewer who is just getting started.

The system is very similar to the Premium one described above – the same instructions, the kit comes with almost the same things, etc. Our reviewers give it a solid 4.5 out of 5 rating, so it’s a really good starting point for a beginner. It’s very cheap, if you are on a budget but still want to give this hobby a try for yourself.

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In my opinion this is a great way to start making your own beer. You can make hard cider with this kit or even mead if you’d like. I think this is the best way to begin right away.

Is it the best kit out there? It depends on many things and there are probably better kits but because of its price and as it already has everything you need to start and you can also find a lot of recipes on their website (some even better than the recipes that come with this kit), this is a great choice for a beginner. Shop around for the best price.

3. Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

gold complete beer kitWhile still a decent option for those just getting started, this one is a bit more advanced home beer brewing starter kit in my opinion.

It contains quality items (better quality than the Mr. Beer) but the biggest drawback is the fact that you actually need to invest more money to purchase bottles to put the beer in and other things like bottle caps, a large wooden spoon to stir the wort, 1 or more 5 gallon pot(s), etc.

This makes it unattractive for beginners and I would suggest getting it right now. Maybe later when you have a bit of experience with brewing and need something better and bigger.

Another disadvantage of this kit is it’s designed to make 5 gallons which will take some time. It’s much better to start out with making 2 gallons – it will go a lot faster and you can enjoy the fruits of your labor quicker. The price of this kit is also a bit high for my liking.

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Though there is no denying that this is a quality option. If you feel like this is the best starter kit for you, then start your price comparison shopping on it to get it at the lowest possible cost.

4. True Brew Oktoberfest Home Brew Beer Ingredient Kit

True Brew Oktoberfest Home Brew Beer Ingredient KitThis kit is another very good kit that is highly regarded among beer making kits. Our reviewers give it a 5 out of 5 from over 75 batches! It’s price is affordable enough but you will need to invest more in getting bottles, caps and everything else already mentioned for the earlier carboy kit (above).

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People say they’ve made some great beer with this kit, but as I said, this is not really beginner friendly because you need to purchase a lot of other things to get started and you also have the “5 gallon” issue and need to wait 3-4 weeks before you actually know if the beer is good or not. Not really recommended for beginners – more for intermediate and advanced users or those dedicated to the craft.


Overall, these are some of the best beer making kits for beginners on the market and while they are all good I recommend you choose from the ones produced by Mr. Beer because they are beginner friendly and do not require any further investment.

Top 10 Best Beer Gifts for Bachelors (2017)

Got some bachelors on your gift list and not sure what to get them? Well, let me say that you can never go wrong when it comes to giving guys the gift of beer – in any form. I have a few bachelor friends and can recommend some of the best beer gifts for bachelors as I’ve tested a lot of things throughout the years. Of course, I’ve failed miserably in some cases but came out stronger next year and got them a much better gift. Some of my favorites have been mini keg dispensers and a nice beer fridge, but those are not affordable for everyone. So, here are some very nice and affordable gifts for bachelors that love beer!

TOP BACHELOR BEER GIFT IDEAS

No matter what your budget, there are plenty of affordable beer gifts out there for guys of all ages. So, take a look at some of my favorites and below and see if you can’t find that perfect item to give to your buddy this year.

1. The Half Yard Of Ale Glass w/ Wooden Stand, 32 oz

half yard ale glass bachelor giftThis was a big hit with a bachelor friend of mine!

It was quite expensive when I got it – I paid almost $190 for it so I suggest that you shop around to look for the best price. I’ve already bought 6 of these just to have as future backup gifts ;)!

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At their current price you can easily get a set of these which will look pretty cool at a party! That is what I love about this thing – it looks classy enough for your lady to let you keep it out in the house, but it’s also good enough for a party with the guys. Definitely a cool thing for us beer lovers.

2. Libbey Craft Brews Beer Flight 6-Ounce Clear Pilsner Glass Set, 5-Piece

beer flight pilsner glass set bachelor giftI was probably a little late compared to most people, but I only discovered the awesomeness of beer flights a few years ago now. These days, it is my go-to order when I hit up the local bar with my buddies. And who doesn’t love a good beer flight?

Honestly, this is a great gift for anyone that likes beer; the wood carrier gives it a cool look and they are great for parties! It is definitely one of the classiest items that you can add to your home bar. Plus, it has a very low price at Wayfair, which is even better.

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This beer flight set for the home bar is perfect for bachelor gifts as well as housewarming gifts for beer lovers – especially if the new house has a home bar or game room with a wet bar.

3. 2 Liter Over Sized XL Beer Glass

oversized beer glass bachelors giftNothing says “I know how much you love beer” quite like this super-sized beer glass. And what bachelor would turn down an extra large beer glass? None that I know!

That is what makes this such a great beer lovers gift idea for bachelors. Of course, it can also serve as a funny joke gift or gag gift idea. And, it is very affordable, which is one of the reasons that it makes such a great choice here.

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At 16.5 inches tall and 2 Liter or 67 ounces of beer this is a great gift! It is certain to go over well with the guy that you give it to this year.

4. Double-wall Glass Beer Pilsner 390ml Set of 2 By Brilliant

novelty pilsner glasses for bachelors giftsThis is a really cool looking set of unique beer glasses from Brilliant! As you can see in the photo, it’s shaped like an upside down beer bottle that sits inside a normal glass.

Of course, once you get three sheets to the wind, these glasses could get very confusing – but that’s part of the novelty of these!

The glasses are very high quality and keep your beer nice and cold. Even better, you get two glasses for one low price. I think this has a great price, but I also suggest that you shop around for the best deal.

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Each of these cool beer glasses has a 13 ounce capacity and is super cool for parties. My only complaint – If it was a bit taller this would have been a real winner – right now you can’t fit a whole bottle of beer in it. Even so, this is one of the coolest novelty beer glasses that I have ever seen.

5. Oktoberfest Party Favor Beer Bottle Stein Lid

beer bottle stein lid gifts for bachelorsEvery beer drinker dreams of going to Oktoberfest, right? But not all of us can make it there. And even if we can, it is nice to get reminded of it each time that we pop open a cold one.

That is where this really cool beer lover’s gift idea comes into play. This is probably one of the coolest Oktoberfest beer gifts that I have ever seen. And, it has a very affordable price for something so unique.

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This beer bottle lid is designed to look like a traditional German beer stein lid – except it goes on your bottle and not a stein. Of course, I am not really sure why you would actually need this lid since I never leave any beer in my bottle. That being said, this thing is still awesome looking.

It is a very sturdy, quality piece and a great conversation starter. And, I guess it is good for keeping the bugs out of your beer when kicking back on the boat or the patio. Definitely a good gift idea for bachelors who are beer enthusiasts too.

6. Spiegelau Beer Classics Stout Glass, Set of 2

spiegelau beer stout glass gift setI really like this set because it looks very classes and you get two glasses for the money.

Each glass has a 21-1/6 ounces capacity and I especially liked the gift box they came with. They are engraved on the bottom and the really amazing thing about these glasses is…wait for it… they can change the aroma of the beer!!! Yeah, you heard it here first folks! Just drink from any other glass and then drink from one of these and you will never go back to another glass ever again! Guaranteed! (well, at least that’s my opinion!)

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For the money, this is one of the best value beer gifts for bachelors since it is available such a low cost. That really makes it the perfect gift for all occasions. In fact, I bought this as a gift and when my friend told me how great they are I just order another two for myself!

7. Mr. Beer Premium Gold Edition Home Brewing Craft Beer Making Kit

good cheap home beer brewing kitEvery beer lover dreams of making that perfect batch of beer, and this kit helps make those dreams a reality.

If you know someone who is a real beer lover and would like to make this own beer then this is the perfect gift! It has everything you need to start brewing your own beer at home.

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Just be sure before you buy this one that the person you’re shopping for doesn’t mind putting in the time required to craft the perfect home brew.

The really nice thing about this beginner beer making kit is that you can brew up two batches with this kit. And, it teaches you how to keep on making your own beer, which is really awesome for those who prefer the do-it-yourself route as opposed to hitting up the liquor store for a 12-pack. Plus, all the components can be re-used, which is perfect for continuing this process on down the road.

8. Goodnight Brew: A Parody for Beer People

good night brew booksIf you like to give books as gifts, then this is a great little beer gift book to add to your list.

As you can probably guess, this book is aimed at beer loves and is a fun read for all. Plus, it has a low price like most books. You can get it in Kindle edition or hardcover from Amazon.

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What I like about this one is that it is a very funny book for all beer lovers! You will be both informed and entertained by this book. And, if you go with the hardcover version, then it is something that the recipient will enjoy leaving out in the home for guests to look through and have a laugh at as well.

9. 99 Bottles of Beer Journal Set

beer journal setKnow a beer loving bachelor who is also a bit of a writer? If so, then this is the most perfect gift that you can give that person at is combines both of their loves in one nice little package.

What you get with this are some cute little pocket sized journals for writing down all of your beer related thoughts – very cool stuff for beer fans!

Even better, this is a very cheap beer gift, which is perfect for people who are on a tight budget but still want to give something nice.

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Give this, and you will definitely be gifting something that is very memorable and unique. People will be talking about it for years to come.

10. Das Horn Drinking Vessel 24oz

Das Horn Drinking Vessel What do you get when you combine good brews with some Vikings? This really awesome beer gift!

In fact, I think that this is one of the coolest gifts for a bachelor and for anyone for that matter! I got one from a relative and loved it, especially the stainless steel rim. It has a 24 oz capacity so it’s pretty big – bottoms up!

The price is very affordable, especially for something that is so unique and super freaking awesome.

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There are a few really neat things about this one. First, it comes with a stand where you can keep it when it’s not in use or when you’re just tired of holding your drink. Another neat feature is that it has a neck strap for hands-free use. How boss is that right there? And, for those who care, it is BPA-free so you don’t have to worry about nasty toxins getting in the brew.


If those cool bachelor gifts for beer lovers do not meet your needs, then have a look at our runners up right here.

So which ones do you think are the best beer gifts for bachelors? Have your pick.

Best Mini Keg Dispenser For Your Home Bar (2017)

best mini keg dispenserA beer dispenser is a godsend for us guys who want to watch a football game from home, with friends gathered around the living room couch! Ah, that is a lovely picture, isn’t it? A mini keg dispensed is smaller, affordable, easy to store kegerator or kegorator (yes, those are words now) that many people are using nowadays. For anyone that might not know what this is, it’s simple: it’s a tap, hose, fridge, drill, faucet, the CO2 tank, a CO2 regulator and the detachable keg. Some choose to make their own, but they are so inexpensive that you shouldn’t even waste your time on this. I’ve dabbled into making my own kegorator but after 30 minutes of work I just realized I’m just not meant to built one myself and that I just prefer drinking cold beer from a great looking keg dispenser like KRUPS and HEINEKEN B100 BeerTender with Heineken Draught Keg Technology that could be at my door in the next 24-48 hours.

So, I just placed an order and guess what? Waiting for this little baby was the hardest thing I had to do in a while. Will it get here safely? Will the guys like it? Can it keep my beer as cool as I want it to? Will it be enough for the game? I was just like a teenage father running around the house! Then the doorbell rang and there it was, just waiting to be filled with beer… Ahh… I think the guy who delivered it was shocked to see me cry when I got it – what, haven’t you seen a grown man cry when first seeing his keg dispenser the first time? Oh, the memories! Anyway, I got it and I’m very happy with my purchase and for the money this is probably the best mini keg dispenser for the money, period.

Top 10 Best Mini Keg Dispenser 2016 - 2017

ImageProductOur Rating
EdgeStar Mini Kegerator Refrigerator & Draft Beer DispenserEdgeStar Mini Kegerator Refrigerator & Draft Beer Dispenser3.4 Stars (3.4 / 5)
Koolatron KTB05BN 5-Liter Beer Keg ChillerKoolatron KTB05BN 5-Liter Beer Keg Chiller4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)
KRUPS and HEINEKEN B100 BeerTender with Heineken Draught Keg TechnologyKRUPS and HEINEKEN B100 BeerTender with Heineken Draught Keg Technology4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)
Avanti 1.7-Cubic Foot Beer Dispenser, Black W/Platinum Finish DoorAvanti 1.7-Cubic Foot Beer Dispenser, Black W/Platinum Finish Door3.0 Stars (3.0 / 5)
Koolatron Beer Mini KegeratorKoolatron Beer Mini Kegerator3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)
Vinotemp VT-BEER 5-Liter CO2-Powered Tabletop Beer DispenserVinotemp VT-BEER 5-Liter CO2-Powered Tabletop Beer Dispenser3.3 Stars (3.3 / 5)
Draftmark 1-Pack Tap SystemDraftmark 1-Pack Tap System3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)
Avanti Portable Party Pub W/Ss Cabinet & HandleAvanti Portable Party Pub W/Ss Cabinet & Handle3.0 Stars (3.0 / 5)

TOP MINI KEG DISPENSERS FOR THE MONEY

Nonetheless, there are some models out there that are also interesting and I thought I would mention them here, just because, well we all like different things and maybe you fancy another model, eh? Also a thing to note is that when you’ll look at the reviews for any of these models, there will always be people that disliked them for some reason. Does this mean a model is bad? I don’t think so, it’s just that according to how much you pay for it, you usually get what you paid for and of course, there are those people that just had a bad experience. This can happen with any model out there. Please know that you should clean your machine after each party to extend its lifetime and drink a better, tastier beer!

1. The KRUPS and HEINEKEN B100 BeerTender with Heineken Draught Keg Technology,Black

krups mini keg dispenser reviewThis is an entry level machine that will get you warmed up for the next 1-2 years. Once you learn the ropes you can switch to a more expensive model but as a beginner I recommend you get this model.

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Now, don’t be scared about what they say – that this model can only be used with Newcastle and Heineken beer – you can use a relatively easy hack to increase the range of beers you can use with it. More on that below.

Let’s get some cons out of the way first so that we can see where this baby truly shines afterwards, ok? Some of the negative parts of this model are:

  • If you don’t like Heineken or Newcastle beer you will have to use the little hack which takes a bit of work. All you need to do is get this Tap Conversion Kit that lets you use any 5-liter mini kegs so problem solved! But, this will almost surely void the warranty so be ready for this – at such a low price this was not a problem for me but it’s good to know.
  • This min keg dispenses needs to be pre-chilled at least 9-10 hours before use.
  • The tubes are solely for this model and can be a bit on the expensive side.
  • There have been reviews from people that say their keg died after or near 12 months of use. Now we don’t know how much they’ve used it or how they took care of it, but if you can get the extra warranty (where applicable) just to be on the safe side. I didn’t get it and I’ve had my keg for 2 years without any problems but I do take good care of it so that might have helped prolonged its life.
  • You can’t use this for a keg-stand – yeah I know, what a bummer – it’s quite lightweight.

With those out of the way, let’s get to the juicy part, the positives of this model!

  • Keeps the beer nice and cold at the best temperature: 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit!
  • With this model you can get some nice keg specials at booze stores like BevMo, etc.
  • It’s easy and inexpensive to run.
  • Because it is made to work just with Heineken and Newcastle beer, you will get the best taste possible!
  • As it’s lightweight you can easily take it with you when there’s a party at a friend’s house!
  • It can keep beer fresh for as many as 30 days after tapping! I don’t recommend this as you should clean it after each party to keep it “happy” and give it a longer life.
  • The unit is very small and can fit pretty much anywhere.
  • It’s very quiet while running and it has an efficient cooling system that does its job.
  • It currently has a 2 year warranty which is plenty for such a cheap model.

For me personally, this is without doubt the best entry level keg dispenser on the market.

2. Mini Kegerator Refrigerator & Draft Beer Dispenser from EdgeStar

edgestar mini kegerator reviewThis is a great option to consider because it looks great sitting on your kitchen counter. And though it is not my favorite of all the available models, I do really enjoy the design of this one. Plus, it has a low price at Bed Bath & Beyond, which makes it an affordable mini kegerator for your home.

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Before you rush off to buy this cute mini keg dispenser, let me share with you some of the positives and negatives of its features. This will help you make certain it is the best choice for you.

The bad and the ugly first:

  • You need to use it a few times to get the hang of it.
  • Doesn’t look like a very sturdy keg dispenser but more as a kitchen appliance
  • Maintenance and add-ons will require you spend some good cash on them.
  • Limited to Heineken Lite, Heineken and Newcastle Brown Ale.

Now, the positives:

  • The model is being sold since 2008 and it’s still one of the best in its category
  • Can be offered as a gift because of its good looks
  • Capacity is 1 standard 5L mini keg
  • Lightweight (29 pounds) and can fit almost anywhere as it’s quite small: 15-in X 15-in X 13-in
  • AC and DC compatible with DC adaptor cord included for easy portability
  • Temperature can range from 38 to 54 degrees F.
  • Right now, it’s only priced under $160 at Kohls and Wayfair but this price could go back up to $290.

3. The Avanti 1.7-Cubic Foot Beer Dispenser, Black W/Platinum Finish Door

avanti beer dispenser reviewAnother entry level keg dispenser which is bigger and can hold 2 kegs – most people buy it solely based on this criteria.

Overall, it is a pretty solid choice with an affordable price for the money.

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And, it has a sleeker look than the other models. So if you want something that looks more luxury or that your lady won’t mind seeing on the kitchen counter, then this is a great choice. But, let me also share some of its other features with you.

The possible negatives of this one first:

  • This kegerator is noisy so it should be kept in the kitchen (preferably).
  • The regulator is cheap so… and the unit overall does look cheap (for the money you pay for it) at a closer inspection.
  • The narrow tube size makes it hard and time consuming to pour – it will take about a minute to fill a standard pint glass.

And now, the positives of this model:

  • Like I said, it can hold 2 kegs which means the party can go on ‘til morning!
  • Looks (and is) sturdier than other models
  • Still small enough to be able to take it to a party
  • You can use it for a range of kegs – you need to check the packaging and see what is currently supported as they often update this.
  • Keeps beer in its optimal state for a long time even if the keg is almost empty.

Price: not as cheap as some of the models, so it is more of a high end option. For this price I was expecting a better keg dispenser.


So, which one is the best mini keg dispenser in your opinion? For me, it’s the KRUPS and HEINEKEN B100 BeerTender with Heineken Draught Keg Technology,Black because it offers the best quality for its price.

What about you?

Best Mini Beer Fridge With Glass Door (2017)

best beer fridge with glass doorIf you’re like me then you want to see your beer when you walk pass the fridge. You want to know how much beer you still have in it so you know you are alright for the big game coming up. I hate a fridge that has a regular foam-lined door because I can’t see what’s inside and it drives me crazy to have to open the fridge each time to see what’s in there!

This is precisely why I got myself a Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center in Stainless Steel – now I’m a happy camper!

And being able to see how many beers I have on stock at any time keeps me from running out of beer. And the only thing worse than warm beer, is cold beer, am I right?

After looking at the Danby, you might be wondering – Is this the best mini beer fridge with glass door out there? Well, let’s see, shall we? I’ve compared 4 different models to see what each has to offer so we can find the best one. The models I choose are among the best selling beer refrigerators so we know people like them:

 Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE EdgeStar 84 Can Beverage Cooler Fridge – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE SPT BC-92US 92 Can Beverage Cooler Commercial GradeCHECK PRICE

 

Beer Fridge Comparisons by Capacity

Danby can hold 120 cans of beer or coke or whatever you like! This is great if you want to organize a party or you just want to stock up on a lot of beer like I do ;)!

NewAir has a capacity of 126 cans! This is the best capacity from the 4 models used in this comparison and definite must-have for the serious man cave.

EdgeStar can hold up to 84 cans. SPT’s capacity is 92 of the 12-oz. size cans

Comparing Dimensions and Weight

To properly appreciate the capacity of each model we also need to know each model’s dimensions (and weight). Here are how the models compare:

  • Danby: 19.8 x 17.9 x 33.7 inches and 68.9 pounds
  • NewAir: 19 x 18.2 x 33.1 inches; 62.8 pounds – it’s interesting that this is larger and yet it is 6 pounds less.
  • EdgeStar: 25 1/4″ H x 17″ W x 18 1/2″ D
  • SPT: 22.4 x 15 x 34.2 inches; 76 pounds

Temperature Details

Danby: the temperature ranges from 43F to 57F – not the best, but it’s pretty good for me considering how much I paid for this baby.

NewAir: can cool down to 34 degrees and has manual controls with 7 temperature settings – pretty cool! NewAir is again the best.

EdgeStar: temperature range: High 30s – Mid 50sºF and Manual temperature controls

SPT: Adjustable temperature range: 35 to 65°F

Comparing Top Beer Fridges on Price

 

 Danby DBC120BLS Beverage Center – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE EdgeStar 84 Can Beverage Cooler Fridge – Stainless SteelCHECK PRICE SPT BC-92US 92 Can Beverage Cooler Commercial GradeCHECK PRICE

 

What our reviewers are saying: the good and the bad

Danby: the 43 degree minimum is not the greatest but it does have removable shelves which provide flexible storage layouts. Some people said it died on them after 6 months but it does have a 1 year warranty. I like this model because it’s cheap (affordable) and it is good enough for what I require.

NewAir: noise wise it’s okay, shelves can be adjusted, it has the best range of temperatures, hard to find a repairman for outside of warranty problems.

EdgeStar: does not get beverages cold enough but there is a video on EdgeStar’s website that shows you how to move the sensor away from its spot so that the min fridge actually starts cooling everything in it. They should have done this themselves but it’s nice that they are helping with this nonetheless.

SPT: wire shelves get a little tippy when you stack many beers. Other that this, it cools great but is expensive.

While I like my Danby, it’s obvious from the specs it has and from what people are saying about it that the NewAir AB-1200 126-Can Beverage Cooler is the best choice for the money! It keeps every single beer cold as ice no matter where it’s located, looks great, is silent and is not that expensive (just not as cheap as the Danby).

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