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This article compares the top 4 Beer Tower Coolers on the market. Two belong to us - our Beer Tower Cooler and our new HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler, and two belong to our closest competitor ColdTower - COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler and COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler. COLDTOWER sells other models but they all seem to be alternate names of these two models, most likely this was done just to increase their marketing exposure. There are other Tower Coolers on the market like one built from a 50mm squirrel cage fan and 3D printed parts but we don't know if manufacturing product from 3D printed parts is a long term financially sound solution.

We purchased one each of the ColdTower coolers for this comparison and since we already understood our product, we disassembled and analyzed their coolers. I can say without reservation that Cold Tower builds a quality product. They were assembled well and the solder joints were high quality. But I do not understand why their products have power switches since we believe that your Beer Tower Cooler should remain on all the time. It appears that ColdTower uses the same fan on their Tower Coolers that we use in our new HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Coolers.

We compared airflow, assembly, install, power supply, power cord length, air hose inside diameter, availability (as of 11/16/2016), noise level, overall quality, beer tower compatibility and your cost (as of 11/16/2016).

The 4 models we reviewed as well as other low cost Beer Tower Coolers on the market all work the exact same way. They pull cold air from inside of your kegerator and blow that inside your beer tower and on to your beer shank. The constant cold air keeps your beer shank cold which helps prevent foaming and reduces bacteria and mold growth. There are other systems on the market like Glycol Cooling but these systems are expensive and require an outside refrigeration unit to work. Glycol cooling is not in the reach of a typical homebrewer.

Also, some home kegerator owners are claiming great results by installing copper pipes or rods in their beer towers. The idea is the copper pipe would conduct the cold up inside the beer tower. We tried the copper pipe solution it simply does not work! Reality is the top of the copper pipe stays the same temperature as the top of your beer tower and the bottom of the copper pipe stays the same temperature as the inside of your kegerator. Blowing cold air into your beer tower from inside your kegerator is the only way to effectively cool your beer tower.

Our Comparison Results

Airflow

Airflow was an unscientific measurement based on feeling what's coming out of the hose end of the cooler. Airflow from our HIGH-FLOW model and ColdTower's Delux model felt the same but because our hose ID is larger than theirs we likely move more air volume.

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - Comparable to COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Lowest airflow of all four tested but should be sufficient to cool most beer towers

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Comparable to TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Second lowest airflow of all four tested but should be sufficient to cool most beer towers

Additional Assembly Before Install

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - No assembly required - just install

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - No assembly required - just install

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Requires user to assemble hose to main body, then tighten plastic collar

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Requires user to assemble hose to main body, then tighten plastic collar

Actual Install

It's important to install the main body of any of these Beer Tower Coolers so that the body is not touching anything inside of your kegerator. If your Tower Cooler main body touches anything inside your kegerator it will vibrate against that object and will make noise that you can hear outside of your kegerator.

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - Install by pushing hose into bottom of tower until the hose stops. At this point the open end should be touching your shanks - Zip tie included to tie cooler hose to beer lines

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Install by pushing hose into bottom of tower until the hose stops. At this point the open end should be touching your shanks - Zip tie included to tie cooler hose to beer lines

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Install by pushing hose into bottom of tower until the hose stops. At this point the open end should be touching your shanks

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Install by pushing hose into bottom of tower until the hose stops. At this point the open end should be touching your shanks

Power Supply (Adapter) Used

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - 12V 1 Amp switching power supply included

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 12V 1 Amp switching power supply included

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - 12V 1 Amp switching power supply with inline on/off switch included

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 12V 1 Amp switching power supply with inline on/off switch included

Power Cord Length

In all cases the power cord was long enough to reach outside the kegerator BUT YOU WILL NEED a small extension cord to reach the nearest outlet regardless of the model you decide to purchase.

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - 3 Foot Power Cord - long enough to reach outside your kegerator

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 3 Foot Power Cord - long enough to reach outside your kegerator

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - 6 Foot Power Cord - long enough to reach outside your kegerator but still not long enough to reach a wall power outlet without an extension cord

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 6 Foot Power Cord - long enough to reach outside your kegerator but still not long enough to reach a wall power outlet without an extension cord

Air Hose Dimensions

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - 3/4" ID 1" OD air hose, 36" long including cooler body

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 3/4" ID 1" OD air hose, 36" long including cooler body

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - 1/2" ID air hose

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - 3/8" ID air hose - Considering both ColdTower units have the same fan, it's most likely that this smaller diameter hose is greatly reducing airflow

Availability (as of 1/16/2016)

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - Available through Amazon.com and this WEB Site

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Available through Amazon.com, this WEB Site, most quality homebrew shops

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Available through Amazon.com, Ebay.com, ColdTower's WEB Site, some quality homebrew shops

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Available through Amazon.com, Ebay.com, ColdTower's WEB Site, some quality homebrew shops

Noise Level

For a noise free install make sure you Beer Tower Cooler housing does not touch the inside of your kegerator. Ideally the housing should just hang from the end of the hose you shove inside your kegerator beer tower.

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - Some hum when the kegerator door is open, no noise when the kegerator door is closed

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - No noise when the kegerator door is open or closed

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Some hum when the kegerator door is open, no noise when the kegerator door is closed

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Some hum when the kegerator door is open, no noise when the kegerator door is closed

Overall Quality

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - High quality construction

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - High quality construction

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - High quality construction

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - High quality construction

Beer Tower Compatibility

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - Will fit all 3" or larger beer towers, will fit most 2.5" beer towers, may take some wiggling to fit remaining 2.5" towers

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Will fit all 3" or larger beer towers, will fit most 2.5" beer towers, may take some wiggling to fit remaining 2.5" towers

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - Because of smaller hose diameter, should fit all 2.5" or larger beer towers

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - Because of smaller hose diameter, should fit all 2.5" or larger beer towers

Your Cost (as of 1/16/2016)

TowerCooler HIGH-FLOW Beer Tower Cooler - $47.95 from this web site, prices vary on Amazon.com and elsewhere

TowerCooler Standard Beer Tower Cooler - $37.95 from this web site, prices vary on Amazon.com and elsewhere

COLDTOWER Delux Beer Tower Cooler - $52.99 based on ColdTower's web site. Other prices depending on where sold and options

COLDTOWER Standard Beer Tower Cooler - $45.99 based on ColdTower's web site. Other prices depending on where sold and options

 
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