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Best home beer dispensers 2022: Pour the perfect pint this summer

Best home beer dispensers: Krups The SUB Compact
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With the weather starting to warm up, it's likely that some of us will be drinking plenty of the amber nectar over the next few months – so, it seems to us like the perfect time to bring you a list of the best home beer dispensers around so you can get set up and pouring ASAP.

What exactly are home beer dispensers? Put simply, they're devices that enable you to pour a deliciously refreshing pint of draught at home for those days when you can't get down to your local bar.

With so many shapes, sizes and styles available, trying to pick the best home beer dispenser could give you the kind of headache you'd normally get after sinking a skinful. There's no chance of that here, though, as we've narrowed down your search to seven top picks, and given you compelling reasons why each of them deserves your consideration. Bottoms up!

Best home beer dispensers: The Louder Choice

If you've been trawling the internet looking for the best home beer dispensers, you'll have noticed there are a lot of products made by lesser-known brands. While there are bound to be some good ones among these, you might be better off going for a tried-and-tested company – such as Philips, for example. 

The British firm's PerfectDraft HD3720/26 may not be one of the cheaper dispensers out there, but you get what you pay for, and this sleek and sturdy device delivers a top-notch tipple. It serves beer at just the right temperature for drinking, requires no gas cartridges and can hold a whopping six litres of that luscious elixir.

As impressive as it is, the Philips machine isn't portable – meaning you won't be able to take it on beach outings or camping trips. For that, you'll need something like the GrowlerWerks uKeg Go 128 (opens in new tab). This rough-and-ready dispenser is one tough cookie, clad in a powder-coated finish that'll prevent it from getting damaged. And with double-wall stainless-steel vacuum insulation on board, it'll keep your booze chilled for hours at a time.

Best home beer dispensers: Product guide

Best home home beer dispensers: Philips PerfectDraft HD3720/26

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1. Philips PerfectDraft HD3720/26

Probably the best home beer dispenser in the world

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 261 x 444 x 494mm
Weight: 8.2kg
Materials: Stainless steel
Beer type: More than 40 to choose from
Portable?: No
Power: Mains
Capacity: Six litres
Gas included?: None needed

Reasons to buy

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Beer at the perfect temperature
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Holds six litres of booze
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Doesn't require CO2 cartridges

Reasons to avoid

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Not portable

Even without our beer goggles on, we can see that the Philips PerfectDraft HD3720/26 is a beautiful machine, with its black and chrome, stainless-steel finish bringing a real sense of class to the kitchen or utility room. And the beer it dispenses is pretty fantastic, too, and the machine's LCD display indicates when it's at just the right temperature for drinking.

Six-litre kegs can be easily swapped in and out via the front-opening cabinet, and your favourite brew will stay fresh for up to 30 days inside the device. Let's be honest, though – you'll have emptied them long before that time has elapsed. It's not portable though, so bear that in mind if you're looking for a beach-friendly beer dispenser.

Best home home beer dispensers: GrowlerWerks uKeg Go

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2. GrowlerWerks uKeg Go 128

The go-anywhere beer dispenser which is perfect for life on the move

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 241 x 349 x 241mm
Weight: 2.34kg
Materials: Stainless steel, rubber
Beer type: Any
Portable?: Yes
Power: None needed
Capacity: 3.8 litres
Gas included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Keeps beer cool all day long
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Easy to carry
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Decent 3.8-litre capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't come with gas cartridges

If you're planning a trip to the beach this summer, then you don't really want to be shelling out for expensive pints of beer in a tourist trap. But what's the alternative? Well, you could always take a GrowlerWerks uKeg Go 128 with you. Boasting double-wall stainless-steel vacuum insulation, this canister can keep up to 3.8 litres of beer cool all day long, and optimally carbonated for weeks at a time.

Its three-position dispenser tap means that you can pour drinks for your friends without having to turn the whole thing round, while its durable, powder-coated finish offers robust protection from dents and scratches.

Best home home beer dispensers: Fizzics FZ403 DraftPour

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3. Fizzics DraftPour

The home beer dispenser for people who like a variety of flavours

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 254 x 589 x 445mm
Weight: 2.13kg
Materials: Aluminium, brass, zinc-reinforced PC-ABS composite
Beer type: Anything carbonated
Portable?: Yes
Power: Mains / two AA batteries
Capacity: Accommodates various can and bottle sizes
Gas included?: None needed

Reasons to buy

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Takes almost any size of bottle or can
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The beer tastes delicious 
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Ultra-portable

Reasons to avoid

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Not as robust as some dispensers

Available in four fancy finishes (Carbon, Ice, Pub or Copper), the Fizzics DraftPour relies upon something called Micro-Foam Technology to provide what the company describes as “the perfect pour”. Simply insert a bottle or can of carbonated ale into the device, tilt the lever and you'll be treated to a bevy that's truly smooth and flavoursome.

While this sleek dispenser would grace any kitchen work surface, its light weight and ability to run on battery power enable you to carry it from one place to the next – meaning you're guaranteed ravishing refreshment wherever you go. A perfect travelling companion for the summer months.

Best home home beer dispensers: Krups The SUB Compact

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4. Beerwulf SUB Compact by Krups

A home beer dispenser that looks different to the rest

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 190 x 383 x 453mm
Weight: 4.45kg
Materials: Plastic
Beer type: Various (works with two-litre SUB Kegs only)
Portable?: No
Power: Mains
Capacity: Two litres
Gas included?: None needed

Reasons to buy

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Classy design
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Keeps beer fresh for 15 days
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Doesn't require CO2 cartridges

Reasons to avoid

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Only works with SUB Kegs

With its distinctive horizontal design, The SUB Compact will appeal to those who like to stand out from the crowd. It's sure to be a hit with people who enjoy a nice pint, too, since it keeps beer at the optimal temperature and freshness for up to 15 days at a time.

This Beerwulf-endorsed dispenser only works with Krups' SUB Kegs, and seeing as they're only two litres, you'll probably find yourself changing them more often than you'd like. However, with loads of top beer brands represented, you're sure to find something that tempts your palate.   

Best home home beer dispensers: Klarstein Skal Beer Dispenser

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5. Klarstein Skal Beer Dispenser

One of the classiest home beer dispensers you can buy today

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 270 x 480 x 450mm
Weight: 9.55kg
Materials: Stainless steel
Beer type: Anything in a five-litre keg
Portable?: No
Power: Mains
Capacity: Five litres
Gas included?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Looks sophisticated
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Works with five-litre kegs
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Comes with CO2 cartridges

Reasons to avoid

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Isn't portable

If you've been shopping around for a home beer dispenser, then you'll have doubtless come across Klarstein. The German company is one of the more prominent names in this particular market, due to the fact its devices are stylish and feature-packed without costing a mint. Sleek and shiny, the Skal features six cooling temperatures – selectable via the machine's LCD display – to ensure your beer will be poured exactly as you like it.

The Skal isn't a portable dispenser, but on the flip side it does accept five-litre kegs, meaning it'll keep the beer flowing, and the party going, all night long.   

Best home beer dispensers: Triplej Mini 304

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6. Triplej Mini 304

A fun home beer dispenser that'll keep your drinks fizzy

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 174 x 276 x 174mm
Weight: 600g
Materials: Stainless steel
Beer type: Various
Portable?: Yes
Power: None needed
Capacity: Five litres
Gas included?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Holds five litres of beer 
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Will keep your booze fizzy all day

Reasons to avoid

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It looks a bit ungainly 

Another growler-style home beer dispenser, the Triplej Mini 304 is a stout and sturdy customer that's able to hold up to five litres of beer at high pressure, meaning you'll be guaranteed fizzy refreshment as and when you need it. Simply pull the lever and the pressure will automatically release at 35 or 70psi, depending on which valve you have fitted.

A carry handle makes it easy to take the growler with you on festival and camping trips, and since the unit is cloaked in a black powder finish, you needn't worry about it getting scraped or scratched on your adventures. 

Best home beer dispensers: Vinekraft home beer dispenser

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7. Vinekraft home beer dispenser 4L

A home beer dispenser that won't break the bank

Specifications

Dimensions (W x H x D): 220 x 678 x 220mm
Weight: 6kg
Materials: Plastic
Beer type: Any
Portable?: Yes
Power: None needed
Capacity: Four litres
Gas included?: None needed

Reasons to buy

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Super-cheap
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Dispenses any kind of cold drink
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Keeps drinks nice and cool

Reasons to avoid

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Tap is a little flimsy

Don't have much money to spend? Well, this dispenser will do a reasonable job for very little cost. Holding up to four litres, it relies on a removable ice core to keep drinks chilled for hours at a time, making it a great choice for summer barbecues. You don't even have to fill it with beer if you don't want to, as it's designed to work with any kind of cold drink.

There's no carbonation system, and the dispenser tap feels a bit flimsy, but if you're looking for a bargain beer-cooling solution, then you can't really go wrong with this.

Best home beer dispensers: Buying advice

Best home beer dispensers: Krups The SUB Compact

(Image credit: Krups)

Choosing the best home beer dispenser for you

We know you're gasping for a pint, but there are a few things you need to consider before buying your first home beer dispenser. Firstly, what's your tipple of choice? Most dispensers are designed to serve beer cool and carbonated, so if you're a fan of flat real ale served at room temperature, then you might want to give the products in this guide a swerve. If you do love a chilled, fizzy pint, then you'll find that almost all dispensers work with a wide range of beer types and brands, which can usually be swapped in and out at your leisure.

Portable or mains powered?

Another consideration is where you're planning to use your dispenser. If you want something that'll sit on the patio table while you're having a barbecue, or that you can stuff in your rucksack on a camping trip, then a mains-powered dispenser is obviously not going to be an ideal choice. Instead, look out for a portable device that can be run on batteries, or requires no power at all.

How much beer do you want to drink?

Then there's the question of how much beer you require. If you're hosting a garden party for 20 people – and you don't want to have to keep changing the keg every half an hour – then it makes sense to buy something that can hold a large amount of ale. Floor-standing and integrated units tend to have the biggest capacity, but they also take up a lot of room – not to mention a large chunk out of your bank balance!

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