Kegerator X vs 4 vs other models

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Hi all,

I'm looking to offload my keezer and replace it with a Kegerator. Something I can have near the kitchen rather than in the garage!
I see there are a few models out there. Any suggestions on which one is the most reliable. Doesn't need to fit 4 kegs. Would like 2 or 3 taps of decent quality and something easy to set up that pours a decent beer.

Cheers
Carl
 

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Hi all,

I'm looking to offload my keezer and replace it with a Kegerator. Something I can have near the kitchen rather than in the garage!
I see there are a few models out there. Any suggestions on which one is the most reliable. Doesn't need to fit 4 kegs. Would like 2 or 3 taps of decent quality and something easy to set up that pours a decent beer.

Cheers
Carl
They're NOISY! Read the threads, the most common complaint is noise, if you want it in your kitchen or living room get a proper fridge and convert it.
 

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I was looking for threads but nothing popped out at me. I barely have time to brew atm with a young family and definitely no time for projects. Maybe I just try to find a way to the garage and use the keezer... It's a war zone in there!
 

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I have a Series 4 and it is slightly noisey with the fan on, but when it's off it is no more noisey than the kitchen fridge. In fact, a second hand fridge next to my Kegerator is far more noisey when it chugs away. I only turn the fan on, when the thing is being used frequently otherwise I leave it off.
 

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I have a Series 4 and it is slightly noisey with the fan on, but when it's off it is no more noisey than the kitchen fridge. In fact, a second hand fridge next to my Kegerator is far more noisey when it chugs away. I only turn the fan on, when the thing is being used frequently otherwise I leave it off.
Yeah same.
 

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I'm not thinking about a kegerator x as I made the mistake of putting a keg of water in to make soda water and now I think I have lost that tap to soda water from here on
 

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My Series 4 is much far too loud for me, I don't even have the fan running and it's too loud.
 

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kk series 3, it's only noisy for half a second when the compressor cuts off and if I leave a bunch of crud, like empty bottles and bottle caps on there. Mine is siting on a custom dolly tho and that may absorb some vibration.
 

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I have a series 4 sitting in my lounge room, it was noisy (gurgling) for a month or so, now I can hardly notice any sound at all. Obviously can’t comment on the series X
 

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Just commenting for other future viewers, I had a Series 4 in the tropics. It was OK but really more of a toy than serious kegerator and on warm days it couldn't cool to serving temperature and constantly ran. Bought a couple of Series X to replace it and hey presto, the difference is night and day. These cool really efficiently even on the hottest of days out on my patio where it reaches up to about 47 degrees much of the time and cools kegs fast. Much better than the 4, plus fits an extra keg in for good measure. Even if you don't have four taps it's still great to lager a spare keg or two.

Still the same amount of gurgling noise as the 4 but that's just how they are. You wouldn't want to keep it in your living room or anything due to this. Colder climates it may not be to much if am issue but not if it's running alot
 

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I've personally always found it easy to buy from Kegland, except for maybe things that are often out of stock

You could try Keg King perhaps(?)
 

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Would definitely prefer KK, but I don't think they have a 4-keg model. Their product pages don't specify how many kegs their kegerators fit.
 

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Just bought an X so not happy about finding this thread out. It'll sit in my living room... hopefully the noise is not too loud 😭
 

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Just bought an X so not happy about finding this thread out. It'll sit in my living room... hopefully the noise is not too loud 😭
I have just upgraded from a KK series 3 single tap to a KL series X, 4 tap and can say with the fan running its not any noisier than the old series 3. Im loving it now with 4 different beers on tap
 

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With regards to Series X compared with Series 4. We did make a video about the difference here. The Series X in my opinion is a better model but it's a bit more expensive so it probably comes down to what you can afford. Looking at the numbers for every Series 4 that we sell we move about x9 of the Series X models. So definitely the Series X is significantly more popular, and I would suspect that a lot of the customers purchasing the Series X are upgrading the older Series 4. For this reason, you can probably more easily find secondhand Series 4 units out in the marketplace.


With respect to reliability, we have less than half of the warranty issues with the Series X compared with the Series 4 also. I do not know why this is but both models are relatively reliable, so I am not sure if this is a major factor.

It’s fair to say that both Series 4 and Series X do have some noise and the level of noise is the same. The reason for the noise is:
1. Compressor and refrigerant system.
As you would know we use the hydrocarbon refrigerant gas R600a and this is more noisy than the older and less electrically efficient r134a. In addition to this all these kegerators use an exposed chiller plate. Exposed chiller plates are more electrically efficient but more noisy. So when the r600a refrigerant gas flows into the chiller plate you can get some sound that comes directly off the chill plate. Many domestic fridge designs have the chill plate hidden within the walls of the fridge or behind plastic shroud and this dampens this noise but as mentioned above this type of design uses more power. Also when you rely on an air cavity hidden behind a shroud you gradually get ice build up in this cavity (because our fridges are rated to -5C which is colder than standard refrigerators). This ice build up can eventually block this cavity and forces you to have a defrost heater and timer and this then costs more money, is most stuff to go wrong and obviously heating the fridge once every 6-12 hours will definitely use more energy too.

2. Air Circulation Fan
The majority of the noise is created by the fan. We use a fairly high powered fan in the Series X and Series 4. If you want the fan to be silent one modification you can do is purchase a silent computer fan and swap it over with the stock fan that comes with these units. It's an easy job to do this but generally we have found these silent fans blow less air so the speed at which you chill kegs down will be less. Also if you use a silent fan it also reduces the air blown up the font as well, resulting in your font/tower not as cold either. If you really want quiet then this is probably the best modification to do but just release the trade off.
 

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It’s fair to say that both Series 4 and Series X do have some noise and the level of noise is the same.
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The majority of the noise is created by the fan.
I have an old Series 3 that would be a decade old, sitting next to the Series X I bought recently.

The Series 3 fan is louder but not by much, but the fan is not the loudest part of the Series X operating - it is the loud gurgling which often lasts for minutes at a time.

My bar is away from the rest of the house, so it's not a problem, but most people probably wouldn't want the gurgling Series X to be near their living room or bedrooms.
 
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