Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 Kegerator Review

The Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100-Black Version is probably the most affordable kegerator available on the market, making it an excellent option for the first time buyer. This single tap unit is very versatile and able to fit in most rooms of your home. Nostalgia itself is known to design and manufacture a multiple array of small electric appliances. These products are shipped to over 35 countries worldwide. When it comes to novelty, family fun and entertaining, Nostalgia Electrics is the top brand source for style, theme, quality, design, and price assortment.

The KRS2150 Stainless steel kegerator draft beer dispenser is the classier looking version that’s also available on Amazon at a slightly higher cost.

 

 Appearance

This unit comes with a sleek black door and cabinet exterior and a chrome plated tap on the top. There are four rolling casters beneath that give it excellent mobility, as well as being able to lock
into place. It has a chrome guardrail on its black, counter style top, which secures other accessories like glasses and mugs and keeps them from falling over the sides. An internal  CO2 tank is also included, obviously this comes empty.

Featuring a full size 5.1-cubic foot capacity and a spring-loaded tap that makes dispensing easy. Great for large thirsty crowds.

The American Sankey “D” double tap system and double meter regulator keeps the beer flowing all night long.

The adjustable thermostat allows you to control the temperature between 30-40 degrees F.

 Amazon reviews prior to 2011 indicated problems with the single meter regulator. This model has now been revamped and the regulator has been upgraded to a dual gauge unit with a lockable output valve. It keeps beer at an accurate, constant temperature, and pulls perfect draft beer without any of the mess of low-volume or over-pressured CO2.

It’s also now a much quieter unit.

Features

Tap Tower

 At the top is the 13-inch beer tap tower, along with a drip tray and chrome guardrail. The drip tray removes easily, enabling a quick cleanup.

CO2 Tank and Double Regulator

The double regulator works with 2.5 lb. CO2 tank to measure output and tank pressure, making it effortless to produce the perfect pour.

Keg Coupler

The high quality keg coupler attaches easily, allowing you to get the beer flowing quickly.

 Casters

Four rolling casters provide easy kegerator mobility. Once rolled into position, the front two casters lock to keep the unit firmly in place.

Components Included and Assembly

The following components are included with the unit.

  • Spring-loaded tap for easy pull and release dispensing
  • Includes one American Sankey “D” Double Tap System
  • Double meter regulator
  • 2.5 lb. CO2 tank (unfilled)
  • 13” black beer tap tower and chrome guardrail
  • Stainless steel removable drip tray
  • 1 large wire shelf
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Casters for easy mobility (front wheels lock)

The instructions have been completely revamped and are very easy to follow. All the spare parts provided have been labelled in the manual. The PDF is easily downloadable from the suppliers website.

We recommend you watch the Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100 assembly video. This should simplify the process and ease of application.

*Remember the CO2 tank comes empty and will need filling at your local welding store.

Keg Sizes and Capacity

  • 1/6 Barrel (5.23 Gallons) | Fits 1
  • 1/4 Barrel Short (7.75 Gallons) | Fits 1
  • 1/4 Barrel Slim (7.75 Gallons) | Fits 1
  • 1/2 Barrel (15.5 Gallons) | Fits 1

It stores and holds most full size kegs but does not support the oversized rubber and bevelled wall ¼ barrel kegs, any oversized kegs like Miller or Coors will definitely not fit. An over-sized keg is considered anything over 16 1/8 inches.

Dimensions & Power

Height with Tower 51″
External Dimensions L 20 x W 26 x H 32
Box Dimension L 28 x W 22.3 x H 34
Voltage 115 V, 1.2 Amps, 60 Hz
Weight 75.6 lbs
Cord Length 59″

Warranty

Nostalgia provides a warranty for the first 90 days, pledging to repair or replace the unit if there are any defects in material or workmanship. Any damages caused by shipping, mishandling or dropping are not included.

They state that should the unit not work or if it is damaged when first removed from the box, it should be returned immediately to the place of purchase.

In my opinion the 3 month warranty is very short for this type of product, they normally have 12 months warranty.

Support

The company provides customer service and product expert teams from 8am to 4:30pm CST, Monday through to Friday. There is also a contact form on their website.

  Phone: (920) 347-9122

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • The unit is very affordable. Even with upgrades it’s still cheap.
  • Nice look and feel. Won’t look out of place in most rooms of the house.
  • Shipping is free
  • Double meter regulator
  • Very mobile with 4 casters

Cons

  • 90 day warranty is very short
  • Certain large kegs won’t fit, such as Coors kegs
  • Some user reviews have complained about bad customer service
  • Only ships with 2.5 lb tank, other units ship with a 5lb tank
  • Lack of an ENERGY STAR certification means it won’t qualify for any energy efficiency rebates.

Reviews

The Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100(Black)/KS2150(Stainless Steel) Kegerators generally have good reviews.

There is a lot to like about these models.
They both have 3.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon with over 400 customer reviews.

We recommend the Nostalgia Electronic Kegerator from Amazon

Conclusion

In my opinion, overall this unit is a good buy, especially when you include the low cost. It’s an excellent first time kegerator purchase for those looking to have cold draft beer on tap and ready top pour anytime, and a really tight budget. With it’s new upgrades and improvements, you can’t go wrong.

Where to buy and price?

The Nostalgia Electrics KRS2100(Black)/KS2150(Stainless Steel) Draft Beer Dispenser has a wide range of pricing, obviously depending on where you buy the product. It’s generally very affordable. This excellent low price is one of its biggest selling points. Shipping is also included for free, who can argue with that?

Some Q&A

Question:
Answer:
The unit comes with a 2.5lb tank. I bought a 20lb tank and got lucky when I drilled through the shell the first time. I drilled another hole for another add on and punctured the refrigerant lines. What did I learn from that? From the inside of the refrigerator cut the plastic shell with a box cutter. Use one where you can adjust the depth and only expose enough of the blade to cut the plastic. cut the hold large enough to expose the foam. Using a plastic spoon, stick, your fingers, just nothing sharp, scrape away the foam until you get to the metal outer shell. You may or many not run into cooling lines but if you do, you now have them exposed and you can drill from the INSIDE to run your CO2 lines. Learn from me and don’t blindly start drilling away.
Question:
Answer:
Yes but you would need lomger tubing and a way to close the seal on top of the kegorator to hold in the coolant (like a diaphram). If you wanted to keep the tap tower attached to the kegorator to avoid this, then you would need a taller tap tower as you would lose height running it through a counter top (iow, you wouldn’t have enough room below the tap tower to dispense a beer).
Question:
Answer:
No. You will have to pay a deposit on a keg when you get it.
Question:
Answer:
I just measured mine at 20 1/4″.
Answer:
what about pony kegs? will it fit miller or coors?

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