Keezer vs. Kegerator: Which Is Best For You?

By Bobby Rock •  Updated: 04/14/19 •  8 min read

Upgrading to kegged beer is one of the most satisfying investments I made.  Nothing beats grabbing a pint and pouring a nice cold beer into it from the comfort of your home.

But before that happened I had many questions about what would be the best for me.  That led me to discover keezers.  That sounds like a cool and unique project that I could do, but should I?

First I wanted to find out the pros and cons of both, I hope this information can help you decide!

Keezer vs. Kegerator: What’s the difference?

In short, both store kegs, keep them cool and dispense beer through a tap.  Ultimately, a keezer has more benefits than a kegerator, because you have more options for kegs and how many beer taps you could add.  As a home beer brewer, you will definitely enjoy that.  However, a keezers downside is you have to load the kegs 3-1/2 feet off the ground, which can be tricky depending on the size and weight of your keg. A kegerator is easier to load kegs into, with only having to lift them about 5 inches.

I have both, but I keep the keezer at the bar in my basement because of all the benefits I just told you about, my reason is the keezer is quieter than the kegerator.

Let’s go over the options.


It is a modified chest freezer that anyone could make for half the cost of a kegerator.  You can really custom make this to your style, the options are unlimited.

Basically, you make a collar out of wood and glue it down to the chest.  You screw the top lid onto the collar and drill a couple of holes for your tap lines.  To control the temperature so it’s not freezing I use a plug-and-play thermostat.  That uses a temperature probe that sits in the keezer and turns on and off to whatever temperature you set it to.

The cost for my very first keezer was around $200.  I made it in my apartment using a hand saw and a drill for the holes.  I really mean it when I say anyone can do it.

How many kegs can it fit?

That depends on the size of the chest freezer, they make them small, medium, and large.  You could put 8 or more corny kegs the biggest or 2 at the minimum.

The one I have is small only 5 cubic feet.  I’ve had 3 quarter barrels in it at a time.  The leftover space I used for cans and bottles and some storage for food.

A 1/2 barrel is not going to fit in the smaller chest freezer, but it can in the bigger ones.  The reason this probably won’t work is that they are about 160 pounds, even with someone helping, it’s extremely difficult to install.

Customize it how you want It

Yes, a keezer is a tiny bit of work, but trust me it is worth it.

I have seen some really beautiful keezers being built and that is one of my favorite things about them.  The basic part is the collar, from there you can do whatever you want to the body.

Some great keezers I’ve seen have done some of these:

It really is endless, and that is what makes a keezer truly unique to you.

What kind of tools and skills do I need?

I am not a handyman at all but let you know how easy this was, I built it in my apartment with a hand saw and a drill.

The first thing I did was removed the lid, super easy.  I then measure the inside of the lip, then I went a bought a 4X8 board.  Measured it and made the cuts.

I drilled two screws onto each of the sides a total of 8 screws.

Then I used construction caulk and glued the collar down to the freezer.  I put the lid on the top with some weight to hold it down for 8 hours.  Then I screwed the lid to the back, and it held perfectly!  I was impressed with myself, but I wasn’t done yet.  I had to make the holes for the tap lines.

I used a 7/8 ” spade drill bit for the shank hole, a nice snug fit.

I also made the same size hole for the Co2 line on the side, my plan was to a male shank on both ends to make that work.



Overall the main cons would be its a chest freezer so you need to modify it, but it isn’t difficult.


A kegerator is a commercial beer cooling unit with a built-in tap tower and drain spout.  You see these in black and more common in stainless steel.  They look really sharp

For the home user, you can get a one-tap, two, three, and even a 4 line system.  The more tap lines you add does limit the size of the kegs going into it.  Meaning, if I have the one-tap line, I could also use 1/2 barrel as the largest keg in the fridge.  If I want to upgrade to a two tap up I will be using 1/4 or 1/6 sized kegs.

Kegerators are designed for cooling and distributing the air all the way up through the tower, and they do a great job of it.

The kegs are easier to load in because they are almost ground level.

Overall, a kegerator is a great way to dispense beer.  These are a bit of an investment, but satisfying none the less.   You can see our top 9 picks over here.



Having a kegerator has been amazing, I stand by the pros and cons, my biggest complaint is the noise.  It’s not terrible, but I did notice having to talk a little louder when I had people over.

I would recommend one for your home bar or man cave.


Both run on your standard 120-volt plugin.  That is nice, no extra wiring needed, you can plug right in and it will start.  But which uses more energy.

To run a kegerator for a full year is estimated to roughly cost $125 according to, but I think it’s probably more like $200.

A keezer is going to be different because of how it’s built.  It’s basically a large box with the bottom and all edges getting cold vs a condenser blowing cold air.  But also, it’s now been converted to be a refrigerator, so it’s turning on more frequently.  But still, as far as cost to run per year, it’s about $5-8 a month, so just under $ 100.

Still, a pretty fair price to have a draft beer in your house.

Keezer vs. Kegerator My Pick

Both serve cold beer, but both are a little different.  Me personally, as a homebrewer of beer, would recommend you go with the keezer, it’s such a satisfying project.  But, if you just want to have one or two kegs that are purchased from a store, I would recommend a kegerator.

Bobby Rock

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