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The concept of an “essential” home appliance is sometimes objective. It may be difficult to convince some that a personal beer tap is one of those can’t-live-without things, so you may have to get creative with your sales pitch. Luckily, whether you’re a hardcore home brew enthusiast or just someone who needs the kegerator do contribute something—anything—to the home experience other than frosty brews, there is an option for you.
Here are some of the best and most versatile kegerators for your home bar or living space.
This freestanding kegerator comes complete with all the hardware you need right out of the box—from durable stainless steel taps to gauge regulators to an aluminum CO2 tank. It is laser focused on being a beer tap, so it doesn’t have a lot of frills or alternate features. But it can handle US standard kegs. The energy efficient device can reach temperatures as low was 30 degrees, which is among the coldest of any model. It comes in stylish black or silver. Overall, it’s great for those who are serious about their brew.
Apartment-dwellers and others living in restricted spaces needn’t miss out on the joys of fresh, on-tap beer. This SPT is compact and efficient, and can be used with any standard 5-liter keg (including the Heineken mini-keg). It has an LED temperature display, and comes with three CO2 cartridges. SPT suggests that you use one CO2 cartridge per keg, but they can last longer (or run out quicker) depending on how much or how little it’s used. It can also keep a keg fresh for 30 days. Standing roughly 17 inches high and a little 10 inches wide, it should find counter space without a problem.
Just because you don’t drink beer doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of a home tap. This Kego option is safe to use with cold brew coffee or kombucha. It operates similarly to a standard beer kegerator, and can even be converted into a mini-fridge thanks to the removable and adjustable wire shelves included. The stainless steel faucet and lever are built to last, no matter how frantically your over-caffeinated hands reach for them. It’s the kegerator for those who prefer their beverages with a little more jolt.