If you’re buying a gift for the man in your life, no matter if it’s for Father’s Day, his birthday, or any other reason to celebrate him, you’ve come to the right place. The gift of a beer refrigerator that will give him the perfectly cold can or bottle at his fingertips for years to come is the way to go.
There are lots and lots of beer refrigerators, beverage centres and mini refrigerators to choose from. I’ve sorted through the reviews and pulled out the ones that I think are the best for your home, kitchen, man cave, basement or garage. They can range in size from overly large to ridiculously small and can be directly plugged in the wall anywhere, while some other types must be built into your counter and installed by a professional.
I’ve looked at the two main beer refrigerator musts - temperature and can/bottle capacity - and have put my beer refrigerator reviews below. Read on!
What to look for in a beer refrigerator
Don’t let a small footprint fool you. Many beer fridges these days are called beverage centres and they allow to you store bottles and cans of different shapes and sizes both standing up and lying down.
There are many options to choose from and the prices ranges can vary from a hundred dollers to several hundred dollars. Always keep in mind what your maximum budget is that you feel comfortable spending and stay in check.
Solid door or glass door? You can find both. Black and stainless steel finishes are the most popular and you can get beer refrigerator skins to amp the look of your beer refrigerator up.
Some models are superior to others and one of things that makes them so is if they have multiple temperature controls for different types of beers.
Beer Refrigerator Reviews
Wine Enthusiast Evolution Series Beverage Center
This is the favorite beer refrigerator of many reviewers. It’s in the beverage centre category, which just means it can hold different types of bottles and cans, event wine bottles! It’s smaller than some other units which may seem like a disadvantage but it’s got an interesting layout that lets you store different bottles and cans lying down and standing up. In total, it can hold a whopping 86 cans. Whoa!
Beer refrigerator reviews noted that it does guzzle a little bit more power on your electricity bill compared to some other models, but that it was well worth the extra coin because it holds an even temperature throughout the inside of the unit to make sure all your bottles and cans are served at the exact right temperature.
It does happen to be a bit more pricey than other beer refrigerators, but based on the review, I think it’s well worth it for the quality overall.
Igloo Platinum Fridge
This baby is a mammoth in the world of beverage dispensers according to beer refrigerator reviews. It can hold up to 100 cans, so you don’t need to go searching in your regular kitchen refrigerator for your favorite brew.
Designed off a regular mini-fridge just liked you’d find in a tiny apartment for university dorm room, it’s got a small freezer at the top and a door-based can dispenser. With the freezer being at the top, it can cause your cans to get a little too cold and freeze. To avoid this, beer refrigerator reviews say to rotate your stock every so often.
If you like to match your beer refrigerator to your decor, you can get one of these Igloo Platinum beer refrigerators in almost any color. While stainless steel-like platinum silver look is my fav, there’s also red, blue, black, lime, white, and purple to make your selection from. Some might even be available to be delivered via Amazon with Prime shipping.
Danby Contemporary Classic Special Edition Compact All Refrigerator, Scarlett Metallic Red
This Danby model is a lovely little purchase that might appeal to you if your style is more retro. It’s higher on the price range but well worth it. It’s got many top notch features including LED lights in white to see your fav brews better, glass shelves, chrome trim and a black interior.
Accodring to beer refrigerator reviews, it’s also a highly efficient unit, using less electricity than other beer refrigerators.
The one con that reviewers mention is the cost. It can be almost twice the cost of lower quality, not as good looking options. I definitely think it’s worth it, though, given the quality and the way it looks.
Danby Beverage Center, Stainless Steel
If you like the sounds of a beverage center over a standard mini-fridge beer refrigerator, Danby has this little beauty. You can expect to pull out a perfectly chilled can every time with it’s super stable temperature control. Unlike similar brand’s models, this unit is a little bit smaller, holding only 85 cans compared to others that can hold up to 100 cans.
If you’re looking to purchase something fast, this might be the best option. It’s super easy to find it listed with several online retailers and is among the best on your wallet in this beverage center category.
EdgeStar Beverage Center Stainless Door
This is one to put on the do not purchase list. This beverage center beer refrigerator is one of a few models that has a solid stainless steel door. It’s on the high end of the price spectrum and it’s iffy temperature control can be bad for the long term quality of your beer Some beer refrigerator reviews noted that the temperature varied by up to four degrees.
While the slick stainless steel door might fit in with your kitchen looks, it’s kind of annoying having to open the door to see what’s inside. Not to mention the fact that it doesn’t come with one of favorite features, LED strip lighting, which is pretty standard on higher end options.
When buying a beer refrigerator either as a gift or for yourself, there a few key things to consider. Physical size of the unit you’ll be buying and how many cans and bottles it’ll hold will depend on how big you like to keep your brew collection. What colors it comes in may be a major consideration especially if you like things to look good together in the room you’re planning on putting your beer refrigerator. Price is obviously a major factor depending on what your budget is. Lastly, whether you want a solid door or a glass door. There are lots of beer refrigerators to choose from and I hope that the reviews I’ve done here help you make what will be one of the best decisions of your life.
If you're more of a wine drinker, check out our wine cooler reviews.