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Summit Kegerator SBC-500B Full Size Keg Beer Cooler

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Summit Kegerator SBC-500B Full Size Keg Beer Cooler

Summit Kegerator SBC-500B Full Size Keg Beer Cooler

Summit SBC-500B Kegerator Beer Cooler Tap Dispenser. Keg Tap. Full Size Keg Cooler Designed to Store & Dispense Full Size Kegs. Black Cabinet & Door. Includes all necessary Draft Beer Equipment.
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Summit Kegerator SBC-500B Full Size Keg Beer Cooler Reviews

Average Customer Rating:
(5)
(based on 14 reviews) 
Kegerator sans tower
by:jaicmeiriceamach (09-04-2014)
illinois
Comments:I ordered the 500B without the tower, etc. because I was replacing an old kegerator and had had a three tap tower, cO2 tank,....
Received a 501B--was told this was only a factory recording number change. Fitting the old tower and assembling the 501B was easy. I had to drill new screw holes. The unit runs quiet and keeps temp at high 30s on medium setting. DOES NOT fit three ball lock cornys though... despite the website and assurance from the BF sales staff. Had to cut one handle off a corny keg to be able to use the three taps.
Bottom Line:
 
Well Made
by:Jay (12-23-2013)
Lawrence, KS
Comments:The model I received was actually the SBC-501B, which is apparently the new version of the 500B. From the summit website the only difference I can see is that it has a slightly larger capacity (7.0 vs 6.4 cu. ft).
Good features:
I replaced an Edgestar that shelled out after 2 years with this one. Having them side by side it is obvious that the Summit is much more substantial. It is much heavier and seems better made. It is also much colder. Even with the price premium I think the Summit is a much better value. I looked everywhere and I could't beat the pricing here.
The 2.5" tower is much nicer as well.
The plastic inserts on the bottom make it easy to slide a heavy full size keg in as well.
I also upgraded to the dual gauge regulator, which was a great deal as a very cheap add-on option.

Bad:
The casters that came with it are non-locking. Fortunately I don't need it to move, but if I did I would want locking casters. As is I just left the rubber feet on.
I ordered the 10lb CO2 tank, which just barely does not fit inside with a full keg. I had to drill a hole in the side to run the line through. Not a big deal, I probably would have done that eventually anyway.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Very Satisfied
by:Roger the Brewer (01-23-2013)
Topeka, KS
Comments:I must say I am very impressed. I drilled a small hole in a water bottle cap so that a small meat thermometer would fit solidly in it. This is how I am tracking the termperature. The temperature in my kegerator has been exactly 37 degrees every time I check. And that is with the thermostat turned 1/3 of the way up. I honestly think this would freeze my beer solid 2/3s of the way up. I might add that the manual that came with it says "Sanyo" at the top.

I bought extra line but decided to try this thing out right out of the box. After a week of 10lbs on my keg at 37 degrees I got a good pour but the carbonation was a little weak. I think that might be because the first 24 hours the beer was cooling down to temperature so it hasn't had quite enough time yet. Just the same I turned it up to 11lbs and the carbonation was somewhat better.

The unit looks fantastic in my man cave.
It is significantly larger than the Magic Chef unit saw at Mennards. There is room in it for my Cornie keg and a case of beer. I did order a second keg to have on the ready when I blow the first one.

The tower is solid. In the future I may replace the faucet. I have heard that when only using the kegerator once a week faucets tend to stick unless you get one with a front valve. I am wondering if it would hurt anything to take the faucet off and run hot water through it at the end of my weekends to prevent this from happening.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Very Satisfied
by:Roger the Brewer (01-22-2013)
Topeka, KS
Comments:I did a great deal of research, read a lot of reviews on different kegerators, had a discussion on the AHA forum, before deciding on a summit kegerator. A salesman that I talked to on the phone from The Beverage Factory talked to me a while then directed me to this model. I checked with the Better Business Bureau and got a glowing report on The Beverage Factory. At this point I took the plunge and ordered my unit.

I must say I am very impressed. I drilled a small hole in a water bottle cap so that a small meat thermometer would fit solidly in it. This is how I have tracked the temperature. The temperature in my kegerator has been exactly 37 degrees every time I check. And that is with the thermostat turned 1/3 of the way up. I honestly think this would freeze my beer solid 2/3s of the way up. I might add that the manual that came with it says "Sanyo" at the top.

I bought extra line but decided to try this thing out right out of the box. After a week of 10lbs on my keg at 37 degrees I got a good pour but the carbonation was a little weak. I think that might be because the first 24 hours the beer was cooling down to temperature so it hasn't had quite enough time yet. Just the same I turned it up to 11lbs and the next day the carbonation was somewhat better.

The unit looks fantastic in my man cave.

It is significantly larger than the Magic Chef unit saw at Mennards. There is room in it for my Cornie keg and a case of beer. I did order a second keg to have on the ready when I blow the first one.

The tower is solid. In the future I may replace the faucet. I have heard that when only using the kegerator once a week faucets tend to stick unless you get one with a front valve. I am wondering if it would hurt anything to take the faucet off and run hot water through it at the end of my weekends to prevent this from happening.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Oh hell yes!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Very Satisfied
by:Roger the Brewer (01-22-2013)
Topeka, KS
Comments:I must say I am very impressed. I drilled a small hole in a water bottle cap so that a small meat thermometer would fit solidly in it. This was how I tracked the temperature. The temperature in my kegerator has been exactly 37 degrees every time I check. And that is with the thermostat turned 1/3 of the way up. I honestly think this would freeze my beer solid 2/3s of the way up. I might add that the manual that came with it says "Sanyo" at the top.

I bought extra line but decided to try this thing out right out of the box. After a week of 10lbs on my keg at 37 degrees I got a good pour but the carbonation was a little weak. I think that might be because the first 24 hours the beer was cooling down to temperature so it hasn't had quite enough time yet. Just the same I turned it up to 11lbs and the next day the carbonation was somewhat better.

The unit looks fantastic in my man cave.
It is significantly larger than the Magic Chef unit saw at Mennards. There is room in it for my Cornie keg and a case of beer. I did order a second keg to have on the ready when I blow the first one.

The tower is solid. In the future I may replace the faucet. I have heard that when only using the kegerator once a week faucets tend to stick unless you get one with a front valve. I am wondering if it would hurt anything to take the faucet off and run hot water through it at the end of my weekends to prevent this from happening.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Oh hell yes!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Best....purchase....ever!
by:meisterbrau02 (03-04-2011)
Pittsburgh, PA
Comments:I bought one of these from beveragefactory.com a couple of years ago and it has been the best think i have ever bought. it keeps the beer COLD, looks great, is easy to use, and easily fits one 1/2, or two 1/6 w/ the CO2 inside and enough room to keep other drinks as well. I have never had a problem w/ the unit, and its even relatively quiet. I will eventually upgrade the couplers and components, but the included equipment has worked great so far. I would definitely recommend the upgraded the CO2 gauge w/ the indicator for how much gas is left in the tank; other than that, i had the base unit. This thing paid for itself in under a year b/c i no longer had to get gouged at the beer dist or super market.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
A Beauty
by:Moey HopHead (02-19-2010)
Central PA
Comments:I researched for a month before I decided on this model and I am thrilled with my decision. If I did it again I would get the stainless top, because the top that comes with it looks good, but it is hard to clean (drip tray doesn't catch everything!) The only thing it lacks that others twice the price have is a cooled tower, but I was able to cool mine with a fan from a hobby store for under ten bucks. Bottom line: Much better than the entry level kegerators and just as good as the much more expensive ones.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
get it!
by:three owls (01-15-2010)
rochester, ny
Comments:keeps beer cold!just taped a half of blue moon.i was worried it would not fit, but it does.called store and beer dude told me all the info i needed.great people working there.they helped out alot!!will miss it when we go down to boat dock,but thats what growlers are for.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Look No Further
by:LoneStar Beer Man (03-07-2009)
Dallas, Texas
Comments:This is my third Kegerator. You would have thought I would have learned after the first one...but I didn't. You get what you pay for, but with this unit you get way more. I agree with the other reviewers, if you like cold beer, this is your unit. Superb quality - superb price!! This unit ROCKS!!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
WOW...Superb Quality at a Great Price!!
by:Sammy the Beer Man (02-14-2009)
Miami, Florida
Comments:This is my second kegerator and it will be my last. The beer is freezing cold!!!! HIGH HIGH HIGH quality unit. Very easy to set-up. I love this Kegerator!!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Terrific kegerator
by:Bird man (02-04-2009)
Tulsa OK
Comments:I have had kegs on tap for many years but always a converted refrigerator. I finished my basement bar and wanted a nice unit. I did a LOT of research and I think this is the best unit for the price (although price was not an issue). I went with the stainless top. It keeps beer cold, the only thing I would change would be to upgrade the tower to SS. The only complaint I have is that I had to put 3" pieces of PVC over the wheels to make it stand still. The wheels don't lock and it sits on concrete. This is a very nice unit.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
WOW...I Love it!!
by:Beermeister (02-01-2009)
Cleveland, Ohio
Comments:This is a GREAT unit!! I have experience (unfortantely) with cheaper units...that don't keep the beer cold, are tight on space inside the unit, etc. This is a fanastic unit at a fantastic price!! Keeps the keg freezing cold, keeps the gas in the unit, and room for keeping mugs icy cold. EASY setup. Buy and enjoy!!
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
Great Kegerator for the price
by:Straggler1 (12-21-2008)
South Florida
Comments:I am already on my second keg with this unit. It will keep the beer way below the recommended 38 degrees. I absoutly love the machine. The only issue I had with it is the beer in the tower is about 5 degrees warmer than the beer in the keg. This causes alot of foam on the first glass you pour. From all the research I have done on these, most all of them have this same issue. It is an easy fix, I built a small tower cooler out of a pc fan and some pvc pipe. Now the beer in the tower is only about 1 to 2 degrees different and the first glass I pour is acceptable.
Unless you splurge for a commercial grade kegerator that has a glycol cooling system for the tower, I dont think you can beat the quality of this unit.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.
 
This is the one!
by:Happy Drinker (07-15-2008)
Parkton, MD
Comments:My first kegerator I bought used to get a bunch of foam for my first glass. I was promised the Summit kegerator would do a better job of keeping the right temperature so I figured I'd try it out. When I first got it, I turned the temp all the way down because I used to have to with the other one. It froze the keg! I've got it dialed in now and I get ice cold beer every time.
Bottom Line:I would recommend this product.