You do not need a zombie Apocalypse to understand the importance of owning a portable generator. They have so many uses, from making your life easier at a camp site to simply being there as a backup solution for your business if the power goes out. Of course the biggest problem with portable generators in general is that they are still a bit of esoteric machinery and not everyone knows what to look for when buying one. So what we decided to do was to look at all the offers in the market and create a top 10 best portable generators available in . We are going to start by giving you a table of the top 10 where you can see the average prices, the Amazon star rating and so on. Then, if you scroll past the table you can read our own reviews of each of these products and our reasons for including them in the list.
|DuroStar DS4000S 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator With Electric Start||good||$$$$||Click Here!|
|Champion Power Equipment 42436 1500-Watt Portable Generator||very good||$$||Click Here!|
|Champion Power Equipment 46539 4,000 Watt 196cc Portable Generator||excellent||$$$$||Click Here!|
|Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV Portable Inverter Generator||excellent||$$$$||Click Here!|
|WEN 56352 Portable Generator||very good||$$$||Click Here!|
|Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator||excellent||$$$$||Click Here!|
|Hyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator||good||$$$$||Click Here!|
|DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV Portable Generator||very good||$$$$||Click Here!|
|All Power America APG3014 2,000 Watt Portable Generator||good||$$||. Click Here!|
1. DuroStar DS4000S 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator
The DuroStar DS4000S is your average portable generator in terms of power output and price. It generates a continuous 3300 watt flow of current, more than enough to power a regular home. It can give you burst of up to 4000 watt in case you need that power for a very powerful tool like a jack hammer. It will run for 8 straight hours with on just a tank full, which is about 4 gallons. In terms of the flow of power, it is very smooth, continuous, so you would have no problem charging up a laptop. The one thing that we did not really like about the DuroStar was the fact that you have to use a recoil start, like in one of those older boats where you need to pull on a string to get the motor going.
2. DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start
The DuroMax XO4400E is a more expensive generator than the DuroStar but you do get a little bit more for your money. For one, it generates 3500 watts on normal running and it can go up to 4400 in a surge. It has the same efficiency of 4 gallons of fuel for 8 hours of continuous running. The thing that we really love about it is that it has an electric key start, just like you have on your car, so it is much easier to use. However, the thing that we have a problem with is that those few extra watts and the electric start are not enough for how much more money you would be paying for this machine. So, although we are going to include it in our top 10 best portable generators of , it is still not our favorite.
3. Champion Power Equipment 42436 1500-Watt Portable Generator
If it only produced more power the Champion 42436 would have been our favorite portable generator, but, at 1500 watts it is only our second best. We are still impressed by how light it is, just 56 pounds and we were equally impressed by the fact that it can run for 10 hours on a full tank of gas at half drainage. That means you could use this to power the fridge, TV and a computer for 10 hours without any problems. The one thing that is not that impressive about it is that it is rated as a 1500 watt generator when, in fact, it only generates 1300 watts in a continuous stream.
4. Champion Power Equipment 46539 4,000 Watt 196cc Portable Generator
We already told you that the Champion 42436 was our second favorite portable generator, so it should come as no surprise that our favorite is the Champion Power Equipment 46539. It delivers those 3500 watts of continuous power that are required if you are to run your entire home off of it, including air conditioning, fridge and TV. It runs for 12 hours off a full tank of gas at half its power output and it can go up to 4000 volt in short bursts. Besides these technical specs we love this power generator because it will not cost you an arm and a leg and it does deliver as much power, if not more, than other, more expensive generators. It also has an electric start and you can even start it by remote. Finally, it is one of the few generators that was able to get a 4.6 star rating on Amazon from more than a hundred happy customers.
5. Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV Portable Inverter Generator
So far we have been looking at what could be called relatively portable generators, because they have wheels and you can push them around and even lift them for short distances. However, now we want to look at a truly portable generator, it weighs just 44 pounds. For that size limitation, it is quite powerful, at 1600 watt output and a maximum of 2000 watts. It is also extremely silent, producing only 51 db of sound. Finally, it has received the very highest Amazon rating at 4.7 stars. However, its biggest flaw is the fact that it costs more than double, even triple our cheapest portable generator, and we think that type of money is only worth to be spend if you really need all these features.
6. WEN Gas Powered Portable Generator
Besides creating a top 10 of what we thought were the top 10 best portable generators on the market, we also wanted to give you the chance to pick your favorite manufacturer. So we took a look at the WEN power generator and we think it is worthy of being mentioned here. It rates at about average in both price and power output. It can generate a peak of 3500 watts, but it will be able to generate 3000 watts in continuous output. And if you use just 1700 watts, it will run for 11 hours on a full tank of gas.
7. Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator
We showed you one of the most silent portable generators available in the market in and now we are going to talk about one of the most powerful. The Westinghouse can generate a maximum output of 9000 watts and it can work continuously to deliver 7500 watts of power. We were very impressed on how silent it ran, despite the fact that it generates so much power and by the fact that it too got a 4.7 star rating on Amazon. The only problem we had with it is that, just like the Yamaha, the Westinghouse costs twice, even three times the price of a normal generator.
8. Hyundai HY2000si 2200-Watt Portable Inverter Generator
If you need a power generator that looks good, is very silent but does not cost as much as the Yamaha, you have a second chance with the Hyundai. It is still a little bit more expensive than an average generator, but it is a synch to carry around. It generates 2000 watts of continuous power but it will only work for 5 and a half hours at half power. In all honesty we were really not sure if we should include the Hyundai, because it has so many flaws, but the fact is that it is a lot cheaper than the Yamaha and it will get the job done for you.
9. DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV Portable Generator
We have also decided to feature a second extremely powerful portable generator and it is the DuroMax XP1000. It generates 800 watts of continuous current and it peaks out at 1000 watts. It is ever so slightly more expensive than the Westinghouse but it also generates that little bit more power. It is actually difficult for us to tell which we prefer because they are both excellent running generators and the both have all the features that we are looking for. If we had to choose we would go with the DuroMax simply because we are more familiar with this company, but that is not to say we do not like the Westinghouse.
10. All Power America APG3014 2,000 Watt Portable Generator
We realize that we have featured a lot of second gen power generators in this list so we are going to close with the type of generator most of us remember from our childhood. Even today you can purchase an All Power America generator for a very low price. It has a power output of 1400 watts and it tops out at 2000 watts, although in our test we were not able to get it past 1800. Still, it is a nice little generator and we would not blame you feeling more comfortable with it than with any other product on this list.