Getting out of bed and standing on a plug, traffic on the highway, finding out the in-laws are coming, as well as losing your car keys. All things that are way better than having to settle for a room temperature beer. Our fridges are mostly taken up with food, leaving little space to keep your favorite beers cool. Instead, you often stash a couple together in a side shelf and leave the rest on standby waiting for their turn to get cool. However, we all need better beer refrigerators.
We often forget to reload the fridge and end up supping warmed beer while watching our team lose the big game. The solution is simple and it’s nothing new. For years, proper beer fridges have been keeping us fully stocked on ice-cold beers throughout the week without a thing to remember.
They make the perfect addition to a man cave, recreation room, office, reception area, or your college dorm. How about on a camping trip? Battery-powered or ice-temp controlled beer fridges exist too! We’ll tell you more about that later. You don’t just need to stock them up with beer either. Aside from wines and liquors, you can add water, soft drinks, and even food to your manly fridge.
Let’s take a look at these awesome beer fridges / refrigerators that will keep your beers cold and refreshing all year long.
1) Danby 120 Can Beverage Center
Danby provides some outstanding beverage refrigerators. This beverage center has a capacity big enough to store 120 cans of your favorite beer and soft drinks. You and the boys will never be left supping a room temperature beer again. Just be warned, with the beers in abundance and always kept cool, you’ll probably find your name popping up for hosting Sunday or Monday Night Football more often than not.
It comes in black with a stainless-steel trim which makes it easy to match with the surroundings in any lounge or man cave. The tempered glass door will allow you to keep tabs on when you need a restock and it has a recessed door handle to keep it compact. The interior has three shelves made from sleek black wire, which is illuminated with an ice cool blue LED glow. This LED is energy efficient like the product in general. In fact, you’ll consume just 386kWh in one year of running. That is low on the power bill and will keep your partner happy.
If you like to keep a certain beverage that needs to be stored at a different temperature, that’s no problem. With this Danby model, you can adjust the temperature in a range between 43F to 57F. One of the best features to end with is its security. To stop kids getting at your alcohol stash this beer fridge comes with key to keep it locked. Practical and safe around kids? Danby, you’re showing off.
Sleek design fits into any room
Three shelves to make storage easier
Tempered glass door and LED light
2) NewAir Beverage Cooler and Refrigerator
If Danby’s fridge wasn’t cold enough for you then check this one out. The NewAir Beverage Cooler and Refrigerator / Fridge can stock 126 cans and drops down to temperatures as low as 34F. If you want a nice frost to your beer then this may be your ideal option. These beer fridges come in black with steel trimmings like the previous, but you can even purchase it in an all-around black design. Whichever one you pick, it will match most interiors seamlessly.
Some of the other features worth considering are the five removable racks made from durable chrome. As they’re removable, it makes reorganizing your stock much easier so you can fit bigger bottles and even wine in. This cooler operates at a noise level of 35 dB, which is about twice as loud as a whisper. It’s a very quiet operator! So, original design or all-black design?
Reaches exceptionally low temperatures
Two designs to choose from
Smaller model available
Reorganize your stock with removable racks
Rear venting means you can’t pop it under a counter
3) Whynter Beverage Fridge
These beer fridges from Whynter are pretty awesome. It looks sleek because it has followed the same design as the other two with black casing, stainless-steel edges, and a screen to view your stock. However, it also reaches low temperatures of 30F to keep your beer extra cold. Each beverage will be kept equally cool as well due to fan cooling to even the temperature out throughout the fridge.
There’s an LED light inside the fridge so you can see what you’re yet to drink and what needs stocking up. However, this light can be switched off to make it more suitable for a bedroom. It’s even more functional when you consider the door is reversible, which makes it fit in more places conveniently. You can keep 120 standard cans in this fridge so you’ll never run out if it’s just you and a couple of the guys or if you’re hosting a bigger Wolfpack.
Last but not least, this is an energy efficient item. A full year of running uses an estimated 350kWh which equates to around $42. Not a bad price for a year’s worth of cold ones. We’ll drink to that!
Energy efficient running costs
Reversible door makes finding it a home easy
LED light with an off switch
Five shelves and bottom compartment
The shelves aren’t removable
4) EdgeStar 103 Can and 5 Bottle Freestanding Cooler
Not every guy just loves beer. Some take life with a pinch of salt, a slice of lime, and a bottle of tequila. You may like a bottle of red instead. Whatever your beer alternative, this EdgeStar caters to it for you too. It has a capacity of a lesser 103 cans, but this is because it has made room for five bottles of alcohol as well. They haven’t just added a little more space and said there you go, put it there. They’ve actually added curved racks, so you can position your bottle perfectly without it rolling around and potentially breaking.
It gets down to around 32F, so you know your beverages will be left super-chilled. Its performance is then matched with exceptional design features. The awesome steel framing is complemented with a glass door and a blue LED light and a reversible door. The latter is there so you can orientate it to match your home’s current interior possibly. All of these perks are topped off with a locking system to keep the kids and your wife away from your expensive bottles.
Caters for bottles too
Multiple removable racks
Curved bottle rack
Reaches low temperatures
No internal fan to even out the temperature
5) Danby Classic Fridge
These Danby beer fridges show us something a little different and it even has a retro feel to it. Coming with black exterior, instead of a glass tempered door, they have decided to add an iridium steel door. This is similar to a regular full-sized fridge. The interior is also black with glass shelves and a white LED light – again like your standard fridge. One of the coolest aspects of this beer fridge is that it has a scratch-resistant top. That means chopping up a lime to make your Corona extra tasty is much easier.
The interior is where it stands out. Most beer coolers are a series of shelves but this has more than just shelves. It has side compartments, individual can holders, and even a compartment to keep those juicy limes we mentioned earlier. If you want a retro beer fridge to enhance an ongoing vintage theme you should choose this Danby model. We’d get the red one, what about you?
Caters for bottles too
Multiple removable racks
Curved bottle rack
Reaches low temperatures
Some may think a glass door is cooler
6) EdgeStar Beverage Cooler
Sometimes you don’t want a big unit with 120-can storage. Sometimes you need something a little bit smaller. Maybe you’re a student just wanting something for your dorm room? If you are, this 15-inch wide EdgeStar model may be a perfect match. Despite being much more compact it can still hold 80 cans of your favorite beer to prepare you for the first weeks of college, or even stock ice cold energy drinks to get you through the exam period.
Its features don’t just appeal to half-awake students. It has a front exhaust which allows it to be fitted under counters. If you’re creating a mini bar in your home and need a fitted beer fridge then why not this one?
Other impressive features include a reversible door to make fitting it into your man cave easier, and a glass door with a stylish black dot tint. It also has a cool blue LED lighting and a security lock so your buddies don’t have too much of a free bar at the next poker night.
Compact and stylish design
Front exhaust allows fitted use
Cool glass tint design
Blue LED light
Lowest temperature of 38F may not be cold enough for some
7) Costway 60 Can Beverage Fridge
Costway is known for making some impressive beer fridges, and we’re big fans at N4BB. The standard 12 oz can fit inside one of these fridges 60 times over. Despite its compactness, you’re still not going to run out mid housewarming. The 60 cans will be lit by a blue LED and stored on three chrome shelves that can be removed to make way for large wine bottles. You can adjust the temperature to three different settings between 39F and 61F to cater for the different beverages being stored – even wine!.
The shell is made from steel and the trimmings around the glass door are made from stainless steel so you can be sure it’ll last a long time. We think this one is great for a kitchen or games room. If you own an office, how about installing it in a waiting room to make a great first impression every time? Probably don’t put beer in it though.
Compact square design
Can be installed under counters
Cool internal blue LED light
Stays warmer for red wine
Adjustable temperature setting
These smaller ones don’t seem to get as cold
8) Kalamera 24″ Beverage Bridge
These Kalamera 24-inch Beverage Bridges are another phenomenal design that had our N4BB’s panel excited. The door is made from stainless steel surrounding a double layered glass door. The door is specifically designed to withstand UV rays and prevent them from heating up your beverages. This is not always considered until after a cooler has been installed under a kitchen worktop in direct view of the afternoon sun.
The other nice features include adjustable temperature settings between 38F and 50F, a blue LED light, a fan to circulate a constant temperature, and a strong wire shelving. It is packed with more great stuff like a front vent to allow you to install it under a unit. You could even let it stand free and a lock to keep unsuspecting children and your wife’s girls night party at bay.
However, one of the more unique features are stoppers on the end of each removable shelf. The stopper is a raised edge on each end which prevents cans from rolling out and hitting the floor when the door opens or when you start maneuvering the shelf itself. No more exploding beers upon opening!
Sleek and durable design
UV ray protected door
Adjustable temperature settings
Front vent allows built-in installation
Shelving with stopper edges
Shelving isn’t designed for bottles – just cans
9) Igloo Retro Bar Fridge
To give your at-home boys’ club a nostalgic and retro theme, you’ll need to add one of these bar fridges by Igloo. They’re much different to the sleek and smooth glimmering edges of stainless steel and chrome we’ve mostly featured. They have a monotone color of blue or red with a handy bottle opener attached to the side. This bottle opener is an awesome feature that will come in handy every time you reach for a cold one.
When you open the door, you’ll be greeted by 1.6 cubic feet of storage space spread out over a bottom layer. It also has a single removable shelf and side compartments. Its compactness makes it even cheaper to run with an estimated cost of just $25 per year. Cheaper than ice and an old bucket! If you love the design but think this is too small for you, you’ll be glad to know that you can also get it with double the storage.
Despite it having a retro feel, it’s up to date on modern design innovations. Of course, it has a reversible door to make deciding on its location in your man cave or home bar much easier! This is pretty cool to see. A present-day tech with the retro look? We’re fans for sure.
Available in many colors
Cheap to run
Larger model available
Bottle opener attached
The latch is cool but it’s just for show
10) Avallon Beverage Cooler
Do you need one of the best beer fridges to cater for a special event or to be used within a café or bar? Then this colossal-capacity beverage fridge from Avallon should be propelled to the top of your wish list. It’ll hold a momentous 152 standard-sized cans. It’s a single zone unit, and due to frontal vents, it can be placed as a free-standing cooler. It can even be installed under a counter without issue.
To adjust the temperature between 34F and 50F you can operate it effortlessly with the touch control panel. There are numerous LED lights running down each side that can turn interchangeably between an ice cold blue and appealing white. All 152 cans can be stocked onto sanded glass shelving and cooled via compressor power.
When you’re finished for the evening simply lock it up. You’ll sleep easy knowing your valuable beverages are secure. If these right-sided hinges are the only problem then don’t sweat it. You can get the exact same product made with hinges on the left of the door.
Huge capacity for more beer!
Frontal vent allows built-in installation
Touch temperature controls
Stylish design with robust materials
Also made with left-sided hinges
One of the more expensive models
11) Danby Beverage Center
Danby really likes to diversify their designs, especially with their beer refrigerators. This is great news for us and one of the reasons the N4BB testers were so impressed with them. This model is a smaller build that holds 95 standard-sized 12 oz cans. That makes it perfect for game rooms, dorm rooms and offices. It doesn’t reach the lower temperatures, as we’ve seen elsewhere it may be more ideal for guys who drink stronger craft beers.
It has that mainstream design of a black casing and a stainless-steel frame surrounding a tempered glass door. All of the contents are then lit with a chilling blue LED light that can be switched off at night. The inside offers three shelves made from wire that can all be removed to cater for oversized beverages. There’s no special feature or gimmick with this beverage center. It’s just a solid option for the simple man who likes a beer… or 95. You in?
Compact and sleek design
Perfect for stronger beer drinkers
Reliable materials and manufacturing
Removable wire shelving
Blue LED light with an off button
Doesn’t cool as well as others – just 42.8F!
12) Haier 150-Can Beverage Center
Another in the line of huge beer fridges that are gathering fans in is this 150-Can Beverage Center by Haier. They’ve given us another option with this large capacity cooler. This rivals some of the other bigger coolers we’ve shown you. It comes in a sleek black casing with a reversible glass front and stainless-steel frame. This will easily mix with most modern decors.
Inside, a blue LED light will showcase your beverage collection lying on four vinyl-coated and adjustable shelves. You can easily chill water, your favorite triple hops, or a bottle of white or two in this cooler. You can even lock up the contents to keep your children or mischievous teenagers away. What do you think guys?
Sleek design to match modern interiors
SGlass door and LED light shows off your collection
SHuge storage capacity
Not suitable for a bedroom as LED light stays on
13) Chefman Mini Portable Compact Personal Fridge
We’ve had your back for the office, the dorm room and your man dens but now we have you covered for travel and camping too. Why sit at a roaring fire pit while your six-pack of Buds gradually gets warmer? You can now take this portable fridge capable of holding six beers with you. It’s perfect for weekend adventures or longer road trips.
Not only does it cool, but it actually warms as well. Roughing it is made a little less rough when you can carry fresh milk and keep hot leftovers warm for the next meal using the same piece of kit. You don’t just need to use it via a 12v car charger, you can keep using it at home with the cord for those that want their money’s worth all year round. The inside shelf can even be removed so it’s useful for food and larger containers too. To round it off, it has even been approved as an eco-friendly product. How many are you buying?
Stores 6 cans of beer
Cools and heats
Items must be fairly cool/warm before using to cool/warm
14) The Marshall Fridge
Musicians, put down your guitars and groupies and gather ’round. This is cooler than David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Pressley, and John Lennon put together – maybe. It’s so cool you won’t even have to switch it on to keep your beers cold. Most of you will know of Marshall for making outstanding speaker cabinets and music amplifiers, drums, and other musical related gear. Now they’ve entered the beer cooling arena – and they’ve done it in style.
These beer fridges look just like a Marshall amplifier. They’re so similar you can’t blame any band who owns both to start trying to open amps thinking they are their beer fridge. Or trying plug their guitar into the fridge for a gig. It’s efficient and convenient as well as cool. It has a 92-liter capacity, which is more than enough water of Jack Daniels to get your band through a gig or practice. The inside features two tempered glass shelves which can be adjusted easily and are lit by a blue LED light. It even has a reversible door. Damn this is a good beer fridge!
Simply awesome design
Removable glass shelving
Blue LED light
Music design that not every man will be looking for
Beer fridges have been around for a while but as we get more innovative and tech savvy there are even better types on the market today. For those reasons, we decided to do all the beer fridge research needed. It allowed us to find the best beer, ahem, beer fridges pardon us, on the market today. Before we get into discussing them, there are a few essential beer refrigerator FAQs we need to address.
What Are The Main Things To Consider When Buying A Beer Fridge?
When there’s beer on the line we need to make careful and calculated decisions. There are a couple of questions you should ask yourself while cycling through beer refrigerators. What should you consider? We’ve got you covered.
The first question to bounce around is, how much capacity do you need from the fridge? Maybe this isn’t an issue to consider If it’s just for you and Dave while you take turns to host each other for the game on a Saturday night. You won’t need a 120 beer capacity fridge then unless you both have a HUGE problem. However, if you host big parties or have a big occasion coming up at your home, it’s something to consider. Put the buckets and ice away and get a beer fridge that can stock plenty of drinks. This is one of the most important considerations. Make a smart choice, fellow bros.
Another important consideration is cost. We don’t just mean how much you’re willing to spend on beer fridges, but how much it costs to keep it running throughout the year. The whizz-kids in most companies’ engineering quarters have come up with ways to keep your beer cool and costs low. You can expect to pay only $40-$50 on average to keep the fridge operating for a full year. Cheers to that!
Noise & Light:
Later, we’re going to discuss noise while keeping your fridge in close proximity or inside the bedroom. We’ll jump that bit for now and tell you something you should be more concerned about. This is especially true if you’re wanting a beverage center in the bedroom. That concern is light! Most of these beer fridges have a blue LED glowing through a glass door. These look cool in a hangout zone but can be annoying if it’s in your bedroom. In this case, you should be looking for one that has the option to turn it off or one with a solid opaque door.
Types of Beverages:
You also need to think about what types of beverage you’re going to store and the size of their containers. Certain beverages require certain temperatures. This is something we’ll be going over heavily later as well. If you want to add bottled alcohol or bigger wine bottles then you may need one with wine curved shelving or removable shelves to create that extra space. This is crucial because you don’t want to drop a load of money on a beer fridge that does not stock the stuff you want. As bros here at N4BB, we cannot let our fellow man make a bad decision here. Think what drink, guys!
Ease of Transportation:
A consideration that we imagine only a handful of you’re going to be thinking about is their ease of transportation. We don’t mean the struggle of getting it upstairs in your urban dwellings. We actually mean, can you take your beer fridge with you? The explorers and avid campers among our readership may want a fridge they can connect to their car and enjoy on the road. We have that here too! Think of us at the top of that mountain peak.
Are Beer Refrigerators Loud?
As part of our research, we looked into how noisy a beer fridge can be as it’s a factor often overlooked. A lot of people like to keep one of these products in their bedrooms. That means having one that’s quiet is very important. Thankfully, most manufacturers have made this an important consideration and have ensured they make them with minimal noise output.
Most beer refrigerators will operate between 20dB and 40dB which is equivalent to a whisper and distant bird calls. When used in most rooms of a home, this will not be heard over other noises. In the bedroom, this is unlikely to cause an issue. In fact, the noises from any beer refrigerator during the night may fall into the category of white noise. White noise is a constant frequency that drowns out more disturbing and erratic noises that can prevent sleep. With a beer fridge, it won’t just be the alcohol that make you sleep easier!
What Are The Main Brands Of Beer Fridges?
The beer fridge market is a saturated one. There are lots of companies trying to get their slice of the pie. However, there are a few companies who have broken away from the pack and made some big statements such as Danby, EdgeStar, and Kalamera.
Danby, in particular, has been a significant force due to their series of beer fridges catering for vastly different needs. They don’t just make fridges that will suit guys wanting big capacity for lots of storage, they also make smaller units too. Their designs are always sleek, but they mix things up in that respect too. They stick to mainstream designs but also include retro models to be a little different. EdgeStar and Kalamera don’t switch up their designs as much. However, they still specialize in supplying outstanding beer fridges with phenomenal specs and quality performance.
In our research, we didn’t just head straight to the main suppliers though. Where’s the fun in that? We also looked at the lesser known brands and found some real gems. We also went to a music brand that made a beer fridge out of nowhere and completely rocked it. We’re really loving this one and saved it for a treat at the end – can you wait?
What Is The Best Temperature For A Beer Refrigerator And Why?
Temperature has a notable effect on your taste buds. The tastes we receive from our favorite beer are due to their chemical compounds. The temperature of our beverage influences these chemical compounds and can alter the taste rather significantly. This is why the temperature of our drink matters a lot! Too warm or even too cold and you might not recognize that beloved Belgian beer. You have to get the temperature just right.
So, what is “right”? When it comes to beer there is no one-size-fits-all approach. However, there is a handy guideline that works well to remember. The beers with lower alcohol concentration – which is most mainstream beers – require a cooler temperature around 35-40F. As the level of alcohol increases up towards those strong Belgian Duvels and La Chouffes, you can enjoy them a little warmer around the 45F to 50F mark.
The good news is the beer fridges that we deemed the best on the market right now usually cater for both ends of the spectrum and everything in between. You can even control the temperature settings yourself. The thing to remember then is that storing them together will require you to plan ahead. You’ll need to decide which type of beer you’re going to drink next from your stock and adjust the temperature to that beer.
For wines it’s another story altogether. These don’t need to be as cool as beers so you can leave most of these bottles in at the highest temperatures of your cooler. Whites may need to be slightly cooler than reds at around 50F. If your cooler doesn’t warm up enough for wine, consider putting them in for ten mins before serving to compensate for the room temperature they’ve been swelling in.
What Do I Need To Know About Maintaining Beer Fridges?
The first stage of maintaining beer fridge is doing regular checks. Checking the whole product is important but an especially crucial check is the door. You want to make sure that the door and its surrounding materials have not suffered any damage or significant wear and tear. Just like your home loses heat through the windows and window frame, your beer fridge can lose its coolness through the glass door and its surrounding frame.
If you do notice damage, then it may be best to get in touch with the manufacturer and look for your receipts. This is due to most of these fridges coming with some form of warranty. Other than regular checks all you need to do is keep it clean as you would your regular fridge. Means using warm and at times cool water, as well as simple soap. This will ensure the ventilation has no blockages.
So Gentlemen, What Will It Be?
We’ve had the pleasure of walking you through what we believe are the 14 best beer fridges / refrigerator on the market today. We tried to keep a variation of designs, capacities, and functions to make sure we catered for all our N4BB readers and their individual preferences.
Next time you’re enjoying some down time in your man cave sipping a cold beer, think of us. Be sure to visit us again to see what other products we’re investigating. Bottoms up guys!