Best Power Generator For Home in 2020

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PowerPro 56101, 900 Running Watts/1000 Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator

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The PowerPro 56101 generator is undeniably one of the best low-cost portable power generator. It looks distinctively different from what you’re used to. First, it weighs just 36 lb. and sports a 1-gallon fuel tank. That provides you with up to 5 hours of uninterrupted electricity supply.

PowerPro’s 56101 generator has a 1000/900 watts power rating. This means that the starting power is pegged at only 1000 watts and the running watt at 900 watts.

Owing to its intuitive design and lightweight nature, the generator is super portable, to say the least. It features a fixed handle that doesn’t really feel nice when gripped. If the handle was rounded, it would have been better. Starting the generator is a simple task; a quick pull on the recoil (rope and pull) starter turns it on. At this point, you just need to release the choke lever for the generator to start running.

Additionally, the PowerPro 56101 also sports a voltmeter, a 3-prong 120V outlet, a 2HP engine, a 12V DC outlet and circuit reset buttons all of which make functionality easy.

Pros

  • Impressive run time on a small amount of fuel
  • Quiet exhaust system producing 60dB of sound
  • A reasonable amount of running power for people with low power needs.
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Rubberized feet reduces slipping.
Cons

  • No separate oil tank for the generator – it can cause the generator to emit some smoke.
  • Portable Generator Inverter Generator by Sportsman (1000 W)

portable generator 1000 watt

We decided not to send this generator to the inverter generators group in Table 4 below because of its features. Churning out approximately 800watts of power continuously as against the 1000W starting power, the Sportsman 1000W generator is one of the best power generators for campers.

The generator looks like a jerry can and sports a green color we certainly do not fancy. It comes with a 0.55-gallon fuel tank that can provide up electric current for six and half hours! Did you just say cool? Next, it is also worth mentioning that the generator has a low oil shutdown feature.

The Sportsman generator weighs just 19 lbs and can fit into your traveling bag. Thank goodness you need no extra help carrying it about. This power generator is powerful enough to supply electric current to appliances with low power needs like laptops, smartphones etc.

Watch the video review of the Sportsman 1000W generator here. https://youtu.be/dZgiX_2V_AI

Pros

  • Small sized, portable and lightweight.
  • Great fuel saving economy
  • Lasts long even on a half-gallon of gas.
  • Quiet 56dB sound engine producing 1.5HP of power
Cons

  • Made of plastic materials that are susceptible to damage.
  • Changing the oil can be a tug of war.
  • WEN Gas Powered Portable Electric Start Generator

wen 1800 watt generator

Say hello to the big boy of the 1000W generator pack. This machine produces 1500 watts of constant running power and up to 1800 watts of peak starting power. Equipped with a 1.45-gallon fuel tank, the WEN generator supplies non-stop electricity for up to seven and half hours.

The WEN generator is portable but not lightweight – it weighs about 50 lb. At this weight, it can still be comfortably lifted by one person, hence it lacks the moving wheels and a handle.

It is a CARB compliant and EPAIII rated generator that is suitable for use in up to 50 states of the United States. It lacks rubberized feet so you might want to keep it on a rigid object when it’s in use on a smooth surface. Starting the generator is relatively simple using the recoil starter. It starts with one or two pulls and sometimes 3 to 4 pulls if the weather is darn cold.

Pros

  • Portable and lightweight
  • Easy to start using recoil starter.
  • Fuel tank provides 7 hours runtime.
  • Engine comes with a cooling system that regulates temperature.
Cons

  • It may be louder than you expected.
  • Rubberized feet is absent.

PART 2

Table showing the Best 4000-watt generators

Name of GeneratorStarting Watt/

Running Watt

Tank Size

Weight

DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start

4400/3500

4 gal

100 lb.

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DuroStar DS4000S Gas Powered Portable Generator

4000/3300

4 gal

90 lb.

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Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start

4750/3800

5 gal

122 lb.

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  • DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start

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The first 4000W generator under review is the DuroMax XP4400E. DuroMax equipped the generator to the brim. By merely looking at it, the blue color makes a bold imprint on your memory – this makes the generator look confident.

Irrespective of the fact that the DuroMax generator is large, portability isn’t compromised. Moreover, the generator weighs circa 100 lb. and it comes with a handle and a durable tire.

The generator is rated 4400W as the starting/peak watt while it supplies 3500W of electric current continuously. Runtime is surprisingly decent on the generator, thanks to its 4-gallon fuel tank which provides enough fuel for the generator to run for 8 hours. Whenever the generator is low on oil, the automatic low oil shut off kicks in to prevent engine damage.

DuroMax provides two means for starting the generator – a key starter and the recoil starter.

Pros

  • Auto-off low oil shutdown.
  • Kick and recoil starter options available.
  • Can be used at altitudes of up to 7000 ft. measured with a GPS device.
  • 7 HP engine providing 4400W of electric current.
  • Movement is simplified with the wheel kit.
Cons

  •  Can be quite noisy when in use.
  • Pretty heavy for one person to carry it.
  • DuroStar DS4000S Gas Powered Portable Generator

durostar 4000 watt generator

The DuroStar DS4000S generator isn’t much different from the DuroMax generator as they are similar. Equipped with a 7HP engine, a 4-gallon gas tank that keeps the generator running for 8 hours, and an air cooling system, the DuroStar DS4000S produces 4000W of peak starting current and 3500W of running watt.

It’s undeniably heavy although one person can still sluggishly carry it. It comes standard without the wheel kit – this is an upgrade that slightly increases the machine’s price. The steel frame supporting the generator is strong and durable enough.

On the body of the machine, you’ll find a full power panel with a volt meter, circuit breaker as well as 120V power outlets. Like other best power generators, the DuroStar generator has the automatic low oil shutdown feature that prevents damages. It lacks the key starter and it’s also noisy when in use.

Pros

  • A recoil starting mechanism.
  • A powerful 7HP engine producing up to 4000W of electric current.
  • Low oil auto shutoff feature.
  • Air cooled engine.
  • 4-gallon fuel tank which provides eight hours of runtime.
Cons

  •  It’s not a quiet generator.
  •  The standard package lacks the wheel kit which is an upgrade.
  • Pretty heavy
  • Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator with Electric Start

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If you’ve ever experienced a fuel sacristy, you’ll agree with me that dual fuel generators are worth owning. Dual fuel generators as you already know, run on Gas and Propane straight out of the factory. This Champion generator is designed to produce 4750W of starting/peak power and 3800W of running power.

Runtime is highly impressive on this generator. While on gas, the 5-gallon fuel tank can last for up to 9 hours. On the other hand, a 20 lb. propane tank can last for up to 10.5 hours. The generator also features a one of a kind starter; a push to start button feature – a battery is included. This saves you the stress of twisting or turning keys and pulling ropes here and there.

There’s an inbuilt Volt Guard which ensures that power surges don’t harm your appliances at home. The Champion generator comes equipped with a wheel kit that aids in moving the large and heavy machine.

Pros

  • A standard wheel kit for easy movement of such a heavy generator.
  • Dual fuel usage supported by the generator.
  • Fantastic run times of up to 10.5 hours.
  • Push to start button for easy starting.
  • Volt guard protects your appliance from power surges
Cons

  • Very loud generator.
  • This generator is very heavy.

PART 3

Table showing the Best 7000-watt generators.

Name of Generator

Starting Watt/

Running Watt

Tank Size

Weight

Champion 7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start

8400/7500

5 gal

218 lb.

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WEN 56877 Gas Powered Portable Generator

9000/7000

6.5 gal

224 lb.

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Pulsar Products PG10000B16 10,000W Dual-Fuel Generator

10000/8000

7 gal

209 lb.

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  • Champion 7500-Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator with Electric Start

7000W generators aren’t common generators. It’s strictly for people who have large power needs. If you belong to this category of people, then you should get the Champion 7500W generator. Weighing 218 lb, one cannot but scream for help to move the generator irrespective of the fact that it comes with a wheel kit.

It runs on dual fuel like its lesser-powered counterpart. The generator has a power rating of 9375W as starting watt and 7500W as running watt when it runs on gas. On the other hand, the propane fuel produces 8400W as starting watt and 6750W as running watt.

The generator comes with a Volt Guard which serves as a protector against a power surge. Additionally, you can take advantage of the push-button start feature to start your generator.

Pros

  • Standard never flat wheel kit.
  • Extensive propane hose for easy connection to your propane tank.
  • Can run on either fuel or propane.
  • Push to start button feature.
  • Long lasting running hours and a super engine producing over 9000W of electric current.
Cons

  • Heavy generator even though it is movable.
  • When in use, the generator is a bit noisy because of its capacity.
  • WEN 56877 Gas Powered Portable Generator

wen gas 9000 watt generator

Here’s yet another exceptional WEN product that has made it to our list of the best power generators. The WEN 56887 generator is one of the products in the WEN series lineup – the highest generator in this series produces 13000W.

With a starting watt of 9000 and a running watt of 7000, this heavy-duty machine runs for 9 hours on 6.5 gallons of fuel. It sports four 3-prong 120V power outlets alongside a twist lock and a 12V DC power outlet.

The engine is internally cooled and this ensures its smooth running. Furthermore, you can turn on the generator using the keyless electric starter or the recoil starter. Both starters respond one time.

Moving the WEN 56887 generator is made easy by the wheel kit and the handle. The tires are the standard tires found on almost every large sized generator you can think of.

Pros

  • 9 hours runtime on 6.5 gallons of fuel.
  • Dual starters – keyless electric starter and recoil starter.
  • Easily movable thanks to its wheel kit.
  • Multiple 3 prong 120V power outlets.
  • The engine is air cooled.
Cons

  • The generator is pretty heavy even wheeling it can be a stressful task.
  • It’s pretty noisy.
  • Pulsar Products PG10000B16 10,000W Dual-Fuel Generator

The Pulsar PG dual fuel generator with its blue color is a pretty unique generator. It sports a feature that has never been seen on most high-end dual fuel generators. It sports a switch that immediately changes the fuel from propane to gasoline on the go. This prevents you from turning off the generator to

This generator produces 10000W peak starting power and 8000W running power on gas. Additionally, it produces 9000W peak starting power and 7000W as running watt. The air-cooled engine produces over 15HP. It features a recoil and electric push to start button. The generator comes with its own battery.

One of the few things that you won’t like about the Pulsar generator is that it’s quite noisy. If you have a 500-gallon house propane tank, this generator can be connected to it. The generator comes with a regulator that can be used to regulate it. The runtime of the generator is amazing – over 7 hours non-stop electricity.

Pros

  • One time switch between gas and propane.
  • Produces up to 10000W of electric current.
  • Push to start button and a recoil starter.
  • Long lasting runtime
  • Can be connected to an in-house propane tank.
Cons

  • The sound it makes when in use is pretty loud.

PART 4

Table showing the best inverter generators.

Name of Generator

Starting Watt/

Running Watt

Tank Size

Weight

WEN 56200i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter Generator

2000/1600

1 gal

48 lb.

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Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Portable Generator with Inverter

2000/1600

1 gal

46 lb.

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Briggs & Stratton Q6500 Portable Inverter Generator

6500/5000

5 gal

128 lb.

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  • WEN 56200i 2000-Watt Super Quiet Portable Inverter Generator

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Leading the pack of the best inverter generators in our best power generators review list is the WEN 56200i Portable Inverter Generator. Being a best seller signifies only one thing; that the WEN 56200i generator is flawless. Weighing circa 48 lb, the lightweight nature makes it very portable.

This is our pick for the best quiet portable generator on the market. The quiet sound of the WEN generator often makes you forget you’re powering your appliances at home with a generator.

WEN equipped this generator with an OHV engine capable of producing 2000 starting watts and 1600 running watts. This makes the generator ideal for use in places with low power requirements such as campgrounds, in motorhomes, construction sites, etc.

Pros

  • Amazingly quiet generator
  • Lightweight and portable
  • This generator is synonymous with producing clean energy.
  • Overload protection feature that ensures the generator doesn’t get damaged.
  • Low fuel and low oil automatic off feature.
  • Long-running runtime.
Cons

  • Changing the oil or cleaning the carburetor filter can be a herculean task.
  • Using any appliance with over 1500W power rating will trip the overload and turn off the generator.
  • Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Portable Generator with Inverter

honda 2000i quiet generator

The name Honda is synonymous with a variety of machines aside from cars. Honda proved their ingenuity with this beautiful Honda EU2000I portable inverter generator that weighs only 46 lb. It’s a pretty super quiet power generator that produces 2000W of starting power and 1600W of running watt.

Its bright red color gives it a boldness that makes it easily noticeable. The generator is apt for people with low power needs and people who prefer something much quieter. It is lightweight and very portable.

Turning on this generator is a matter of simply turning the control knob on and you’re entitled to clean efficient energy for your appliances. With a 1-gallon fuel tank, the Honda EU21000I will run for up to 8 hours continuously. That’s a pretty amazing result – you don’t always get to see it too often.

Pros

  • The generator is lightweight and portable
  • Alluring red color makes it look attractive
  • Quiet during operation
  • 1-gallon fuel tank keeps the generator running for up to 8 hours.
Cons

  • Starting the generator after being left idle for long can be a tug of war.
  • Briggs & Stratton Q6500 Portable Inverter Generator

If you’re looking for a superpower inverter generator to cater for your large power needs, the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 will do just that. It’s a powerful monster generator. At first sight, it looks like a transformer from a sci-fi movie. The generator produces 6500W of starting power and 5000W of running watt.

Unlike large generators that tend to be noisy when in use, the Briggs & Stratton generator is the opposite. Surprisingly, it is also less heavy than the conventional power generators. A conventional generator with its capacity can weigh up to 200 lb whilst it weighs a paltry 128 lb.

The 5-gallon fuel tank ensures that the Briggs & Stratton generator runs consistently for 14 hours. That’s more than what most people may need. It’s ideal for construction sites and large event centers.

Moving the generator is easy, thanks to its adjustable handle and never flat large sized wheels.

Pros

  • Distinctive and beautiful design.
  • Less heavy than conventional generators with its features.
  • Long-running time of up to 14 hours on 5 gallons of fuel.
  • Supplies up to 5000W of electric current.
  • Adjustable handle for easy movement in tandem with never flat wheels
Cons

  • You might feel it’s heavier than you expected.
  • The sound the generator produces can be more than what you expected.

Finally,

Choosing a generator or two from this list of the best power generators wouldn’t be difficult for you anymore. You just need to take into consideration the features of the generator you want, the amount of energy you need at home and a couple of other factors. Be rest assured you’ll never have to worry about a power outage anymore.

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