My recommendation is always to look for a used fridge before a new fridge for a number of reasons however I have advantages and disadvantages of both below:
I recommend purchasing used as it is more environmentally friendly and even with the risk of damaging refrigeration lines, the cost is limited.
Where to Purchase?
- Facebook Marketplace
- Verge-side collection
- Price - You should be able to find one for ~ $50 on online marketplace platforms.
- Recycling - Its great to be up-cycling old items collecting dust.
- Risk of breakdown - If this happens kit can alway be disassembled and attached to another fridge
- No product manual - Product manual can sometimes assist you in locating refrigeration lines.
- Takes time to find the right option - looking for a fridge at the right price point with the right dimensions can be difficult
If you have a big budget to play with it may be worth going to a site that can provide you a pre made Kegerator.
Where to purchase
- The options for suitable new fridges for Kegerators tend to be somewhat limited at a competitive price. You can head to your local white-good store and see what they have to offer. A chest fridge/freezer is alway a safe bet.
- Reliability - Although you will lose your warranty when drilling into the fridge, you can be sure that the electronics are working as new.
- Convenience - Can buy as soon as you like and pick from a number of options
- Top Shelf - New fridges often come with a top shelf which can impede your ability to run beer line through.
- Risk of damage - There is always a risk of damaging the fridge when drilling and there is a large cost associated when buying brand new