This Insignia™ NS-BK1TSS6 kegerator/beverage cooler holds either a 1/2 keg or a 1/4 slim keg and features an adjustable thermostat, so you can easily keep your favorite drinks cold. Two wire shelves help you maintain organization.
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Posted by: Savingscrasher from: on
This is my first kegerator so I can't attest to how well this performs to higher end models. However, I must say that finding a name brand stainless steel kegerator for less than $500 is difficult. I bought this on sale at Bestbuy. It works great! Assembly was easy. The unit did come dented on the door, but it was so minor it didn't feel worth taking back. It cools the beer to 34 degrees at the 5.5/6.0 setting. Keeping beer cold is key and keeping CO2 levels in check is key in reducing foam. Unfortunately, I had about 3 lbs of CO2 leak out. It was my fault for not putting the supplied O ring on the keg coupler and I don't believe I fully twisted the keg coupler properly on my second keg. However, CO2 is cheap ($15 at local paintball supply in the Atlanta area). It's only a pain in that I live 30 min from my supplier. So make sure your connections are tight and secure. The best way to check for leaks is with soapy water and by weighing the tank (it weighs 8.14 lbs, so just add 5 to that for a full tank weight excluding the regulator and hosing). A 5lb tank should last about 6 half kegs or 17 1/6 kegs (I get the 1/6 kegs to change it up more often and to save my back hauling it upstairs). So, I think the 5 lb tanks works out great. If your beer is too foamy just increase the temperature dial number on the back of the fridge (lower temp) and lower your CO2 (using less is better, right?). You may also want to consider using keg lube on your O rings and invest in a cleaning system (I use it after every 2 kegs). I recommend Brew Clean by Keg Connection and Petro Gel food grade lubricant. I don't see the need for a tower fan for this unit. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
EASY setup. Pouring within 10 minutes
Posted by: gherrmann19 from: on
I purchased this unit due a 20% discount that Bestbuy was running. Delivered to my door in 3 days. Went and purchased a keg and filled the tank that it came with. Got the keg and tank home and was literally pouring beer 10 minutes later. The regulator can be a little tricky to adjust just perfectly but once the tank chills to an even temp, the pressures have maintained. So far I have had 10 pours on this unit and all of them have been great.
26 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Great Kegerator Would Not Pay Full Price
Posted by: ekowalc from: on
This Kegerator is fantastic, and a steal when on sale. Do know you probably will swap stuff out almost immediatly. A longer line is a must or you will be foaming every pour. I added a gas guage to the tank so I can see when it needs a refill. Also a new tap faucet this one is spring loaded and not very good. So if you get this when its on sale, you essentially get an awesome fridge with so so equipment, but another 50$ or so will get you upgraded perfectly.
12 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: GolfRob from: on
This arrived via UPS a few days after I ordered it as promised. I turned it on a few hours after assembling it, and let it sit over night waiting for the keg to arrive. After getting the keg installed it took another day to wait for everything to become cold enough to be able to actually serve. I encountered a few minor problems, hearing that there was issues with line temperature, I encountered a lot of problems with too much foam from pulls. The tube for the beer ended up getting pushed behind the keg and next to the cooling panel, which then caused it to freeze. But once I got that sorted out, everything seems to be working very well. This sorely needs a fan, as once I put the fan in the temperature in the entire fridge dropped by about 10 degrees. I found a small USB powered fan, and snaked the cord down the tap line on the top, and have the air blowing up the line to help keep it cold. Had this been installed from the factory, this would be a 5 star review.
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Jlapp16 from: on
I had considered building my own, but then this went on sale and was cheaper than I could have built one. It was delivered ahead of schedule. Only a small dent in the side, but covered so no big deal. Easy to set up and beer flowing withing a couple hours of delivery. I wish the tap wasn't spring loaded and the tower were a little more sturdy, but I'll eventually change it to a dual tap I'm sure. So far only putting in craft beer 1/6 barrels and they fit great and flow very well.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DK720 from: on
After months of research and searching both stores and the internet I finally came across this particular kegerator and I am not one bit disappointed. The unit came packaged very well and contained all of the components needed to get going minus of course the keg of beer and of the CO2 gas. (note: 5lb tank was included but you do need to fill prior to use.) Just read the directions to determine what parts you need and don't need since the kit included covers the two tap model as well which utilizes some extra components, not a big deal. One this that I would suggest is purchasing a digital thermometer that you can mount the display outside with the probe inside the unit, that way you can monitor temps without opening the door. Again am not disappointed and would purchase again!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great quality for the price!
Posted by: ELUNO from: on
I was surprised when I received my unit just a couple of days after ordering. It was also bigger than I had imagined, and it looks sturdy and nice.
I had already researched about kegerators beforehand, so I already knew what to expect when assembling. Got my CO2 tank filled at the local homebrewing shop, got my keg and got everything set up. After letting sit and cool for a day, while also monitoring the CO2 pressure, I was able to pour great tasting beer! (Since the tower isn't as cold as the rest of the fridge, you will get some initial foam. Cooling this will be my next project.)
All in all, as long as you know how this works and the different variables in play, this is a great buy!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Very Good For The Price
Posted by: irontyson02 from: on
I researched multiple kegerators around the $400 price before pulling the trigger on this one. I learned the difference between these cheaper priced kegerators and the more expensive ones so I am able to give a reasonable review, considering this is a cheaper kegerator, respectfully. The kegerator came with a dent near the top of the door to the unit. I actually expected this, as this seems to be common with this kegerator so I wasn't too upset about it. Just put a VT magnet over it. The instructions are okay for the most part but really suck in regards to explaining the washer placement. There are different types and sizes of washers and it groups them all as one part, "valve washers." So when it's time to add a washer to a part of the unit it refers to all the washers so you don't know which one goes where. There is a clear rubber "duckbill washer" which goes between the gas line and coupler. The duckbill (pointed) part goes into the coupler with the rounder part exposed to the tank/gas line. This part is quite important. I had a leak and did not locate and fix it until I went through 4 tanks (Over $100 wasted on tank refills). I have attached a photo with the responsible loose nut circled. The instructions explain to connect the gas line to the gas line connector on the regulator. Well the nut which the gas line slips up against should be tightened already but apparently it came too loose. I sprayed soap water on this connection and saw the air bubbles flowing. I just tightened it slightly and after 2 weeks, I have had no leaks. I have already recommended this kegerator to many people. Just keep in mind that you need to check all connections, even connections that you did not make but were already done when you got the item. I'd do the soap water test once the gas is hooked up, before I'd connect a keg so that you don't mess up your beer in the keg and also don't waste money on CO2 tanks with leaks. I also added an AC Infinity Axial 1225 fan to circulate the air inside the kegerator, sitting next to the keg (elevated to allow air intake). It is very quiet and pushes air from the bottom of the unit to the top. That took care of some temperature disparities I was having within the unit itself. So as long as you check the connections, cover up any small dent(s), and add a cheap fan inside and your $400 kegerator works just as well (almost) as the more expensive ones. If you want to be extra ana1 about it you can add a beer tower cooling system for about $40 as well. I'd personally rather just have some extra head on that first pour and wait the 2 minutes it takes to go down. Every pour after that is perfect. I have my temperature dial set at 5 and my CO2 regulator pressure set to 8-10psi (people recommend 10-12, I do not). Enjoy.
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Excellent kegerator at a great price
Posted by: Sean from: on
I was able to pick this up at a great deal and I am very impressed with it. You can't tell how large it is from the picture, but it's tall enough that the average person can dispense beer very comfortably. It also fits the common 1/2 kegs. It will also fit smaller ones as well. You cannot use the shelves with the 1/2 keg. That's ok I have a separate beer fridge for bottles. Putting it together isn't that difficult, but the instructions are written bad. So, make sure you read them over and over before completing the assembly. There are steps that you need to take to mount the co2 tank on the backside to allow for more room inside, but they tell you this later in the directions. But, it's all good...I figured it out. If you do install the tank on the backside this will make it so you have to have the kegerator about a foot from the wall. I have mine in the corner so it doesn't matter. The only thing is I can't get the beer to not be so foamy, but as I read about the problem it could be that I need to let the new keg rest longer after transport...or that the first 5 pints are always foamy and I haven't gotten through it yet. The tank is easy to adjust though. ***Make sure you get the tank filled somewhere first. We have a keg place in town and they fill as well, but not all places do. Also, paintball places fill the co2 tanks apparently. So, call around to see where you need to go. I started with a cheaper beer to test at first. It tastes and works great. I'm very happy with this purchase.
4 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bsherm from: on
This kegerator came well before the anticipated delivery date. I have been ecstatic about this purchase. It comes with everything needed to get pouring except of course the keg. It comes with a 5# C02 bottle that can be filled at a weld supply shop or a paintball field. I have no trouble getting the beer cold and it compliments any room you may want to put it in. We had a few friends over last weekend and everybody loved it. The full keg easily fits with no issues.