Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 5
Rated 4 out of 5Â by RED52 Product simple and straight forward in setup and usage
Kegerator is a must as beer is better by draft. Especially for those who spent time in Europe and appreciate a good beer. Nice to be able to chill my beer where I want it instead of freezing the wife's produce in the fridge.
August 28, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by shameus Great value, but be prepared for some cosmetic damage.
These are my initial impressions:
- At full blast, this registered 18F on a calibrated thermometer
- Mine included quality parts - Bevlex 200 tubing, NADS Keg Tap, TAPRITE branded regulator (screwdriver adjust)
- Tank was certified 7 months ago.
- CO2 tank is easily mounted externally.
- Reasonably quiet. It lives in my kitchen.
- Installation is easy.
- 2 ball lock cornelieus kegs fit easily. It seems like a third could also fit.
- As other reviewers mention - Dents. There was a barely noticeable one on the front door, and a big one on the left side.
- Internal damage: the racks are shipped installed, and this left some impressions in the grooves. None of this will affect functionality.
- One of the racks was broken in one place. It is still 100% functional
- Minor: This is shipped with leveling feet installed - one was bent. I installed casters instead.
- Minor: Gas tubing was not colored, it's is 5/16" clear Bevlex 200.
- Minor: One of the top rails needed to be adjusted a bit to sit flush with the other rail.
- Minor: The instructions are not very clear.
I was looking for a cost-effective, reasonably quiet kegerator and my first impression is that this Danby fits the bill. However, it seems like most of these will arrive with cosmetic damage of some sort. The damage on mine was acceptable enough to me that I didn't see a need to go through the hassle of returning it. However, be prepared to inspect this, confirm functionality and possibly return it. The packaging is not sufficient for preventing damage to the unit when shipped via a traditional carrier. Also, The temperatures seem to fluctuate about 5F to 10F every few hours (assuming this is the defrost cycle), but I don't expect this will cause any issues with serving temp.
I feel like I would have had to spend a lot more to get a little more. YMMV.
September 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Aviator001 Danby DKC5811BSL 5.8 cu ft kegerator
The Danby DKC5811BSL 5.8 cu ft kegerator is a very good unit for the price. Plus it is American made! That is not the case for the majority of inexpensive kegerators out there. That being said, since this is an inexpensive model there is good and bad. First letâs go with the good: A 5lb aluminum CO2 tank, dual gage regulator showing tank pressure and beer line pressure, enough room to hold two 1/6 kegs without a problem, no problems holding temperature of the keg at 36 degrees with temperature control set half way, externally mounted CO2 tank to extend the refill time of your CO2, includes a good D type coupler to connect the keg, it looks good. Now for the bad: This is a cold plate refrigerator, so the temperature is constantly fluctuating and there seems to be a 4 degree difference between the top and bottom of unit. Not a big deal if using a 15.5 gallon keg, but a circulation fan is probably recommended (I used a 120mm computer fan with 4 screws to hold up off of bottom and an old 6v cell phone charger to power with the line run through the same hole as CO2 line), Some type of tower cooler is needed otherwise your first beer poured will be foam if sitting unused for a while (I used an old 3 inch computer fan I mounted to a box that I laid in the bottom of kegerator with hose going up into towerâ¦however all in on one tower coolers can be found online if you want to go the easy route), beer line is only 5ft longâ¦which is not a problem for most beers but some beers requiring higher pressures (greater than say 11psi) may cause foam because of speed of flowâ¦a longer beer line would solve that, the pressure CO2 line comes with plastic clampsâ¦need to replace with metal to ensure no CO2 leaks, the 17 inch Â¼ or Â½ over sized coors/miller kegs do not fit (kegerator is only 16Â¾ inches deep), however the standard half 15.5 gallon kegs, the quarter 7.75 gallon kegs or a couple of the sixth 5 gallon kegs fit fine. Besides a couple of these small modifications needed it is a very good kegerator!
May 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Ginny the kegerator is wonderful, the directions not so much.
the directions are not very good, and skip steps that must be done. the rack (trim) that goes around the back top is flimsy. one scew would not catch so our's is not tacked completely down. however the kegerator is wonderful, our temp is set at 34 degrees, we have had the keg for 3 weeks and it is still perfect. do not worry that you can't drink your beer fast enough. the unit we got takes up to a 1/2 keg. overall we are satisfied with this product.
May 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by KegeratorOwningGuy The least bad among units of this style of kegerator, but still some real quality and shipping issues
I bought this to replace an old kegerator from another brand that finally blew its compressor. Among this style of kegerator, it is the best I've seen in terms of features. It is vastly superior to my previous unit's design. The automatic defrost is an unexpected surprise that will save you a lot of work. It cooled down incredibly quickly and is entirely capable of fine adjustments between freezing and much warmer (my previous unit struggled to keep the temperature below 40 F).
But understand that there are significant drawbacks to this style of kegerator versus a more expensive unit or building your own chest freezer or standard refrigerator kegerator. While it looks good and it is easy to move around, there are some bad build quality and shipping issues.
This unit is now made in China, not the United States as the previous commenter's unit was.
I kept my fingers crossed, but even when I had it shipped to store, the unit was beat up pretty bad when I took it out of its box. The door had two major dents that were not at all attractive as well as a very serious dent in the access panel on the side of the unit. These were extreme impacts to a well-packaged item. I don't know if it was the importer, domestic shipper, or Home Depot, but someone along the line handled the unit with absolutely no care. The unit did still work, however, and Home Depot offered me a sizable gift card to compensate for the damage. I was satisfied, but beware if you want this to be an attractive piece of your serving area. Given other comments on this and similar units, this type of damage is very common.
My largest complaint with the unit is the questionable quality of the included hardware. The poor quality of the included Sanke coupler caused an extremely annoying situation for me. It appeared to be working fine, but it was actually leaking beer very slowly. Over a few days, beer filled up the bottom of the unit and was hidden under the protective plate on the floor. When I came home from work one day, I found beer all over the floor. It was leaking from the bottom door seal and running down the grout lines on my tiles. What a mess! Be sure you regularly check for leaks and seal your grout again if you have tile. Upon inspection, the metal edge inside the coupler was actually a bit warped and this appears to be responsible for the leak. The o-rings are hard rubber and did not do much to compensate for the fault even under pressure. I double-checked the seal and just could not get it to work. Luckily, I had another coupler from my old unit and it works fine. I sincerely hope that the tower and tap components do not surprise me with a leak.
For the price, I am still convinced that this is the best small kegerator you can buy. But if you have the know-how and patience to build your own, I'd consider that. If you have the money to buy a higher quality unit, I'd also consider that.
September 30, 2014