- 10 Top Rated Portable Generators 2019
- Portable Generator Reviews – The Top 10
- 1. The Winner – Westinghouse WGen7500
- 2. Runner Up – Champion Power Equipment 46539 4000 Watt
- 3. High Quality Generator with Air Cooled Engine – Duromax XP4000S
- 4. Great Value for Money – DuroMax XP4400E 4,400 Watt 7.0 HP OHV
- 5. A Very Quiet Inverter Generator – Generac 6866 IQ2000
- 6. A Powerful Choice- DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt
- 7. Champion Power Equipment 41135 6800-watt 338CC
- 8. An Affordable Option – DuroStar DS4000S
- 9. A Highly Efficient Dual Fuel (Propane/Gas) Generator – Duromax XP4850EH
- 10. A Reliable Option – Generac 5982 GP3250
No matter where are you going to use your generator, there are some models which definitely stand out and can be often used in a wide array of settings.
In the following buying guide I will introduce you to some of the best generators on sale in the US. I have selected 10 models which in my humble opinion can truly compete for the title of the top rated portable generator.
Have a look at the table below for the comparison of their features and specifications.
10 Top Rated Portable Generators 2019
|Westinghouse WGen7500||7500||211||Check Price||9/10||Click to Read|
|Champion 46539||4000||140||Check Price||8.7/10||Click to Read|
|Duromax XP4000S||4000||90||Check Price||8.7/10||Click to Read|
|Duromax XP4400E||4400||116||Check Price||8.5/10||Click to Read|
|Generac 6866 iQ2000||1600||51.1||Check Price||8.4/10||Click to Read|
|Duromax XP10000E||10000||249||Check Price||8.3/10||Click to Read|
|Champion 41135||6800||182||Check Price||8.3||Click to Read|
|Durostar DS4000S||4000||92.4||Check Price||8.2/10||Click to Read|
|Duromax XP4850EH Dual Fuel (Propane/Gas)||3850||131.7||Check Price||8/10||Click to Read|
|Generac 5982||3250||118||Check Price||7.9/10||Click to Read|
Portable Generator Reviews – The Top 10
1. The Winner – Westinghouse WGen7500
Westinghouse WGen7500 fully deserves the title of the best portable generator on the market. It is a highly versatile unit suitable for a variety of situations. It is an excellent choice for commercial uses such as construction, repair or automotive services.
It is also great as en emergency power supply for households. This means that you can save money by purchasing just this generator alone and use it both at home and work if you need to.
Westinghouse has earned its well deserved reputation as one of the most reliable producers of generators and other electric appliances in the US. Being a 100% American company, Westinghouse implements the strictest quality standards for its products, surpassing many of the Chinese based competitors flooding the market.
WGen7500 is a great example of how a great quality product offered at a still highly competitive price. You can read more about some of its best features in my full review of WGen7500 here.
Rated at 7500 running watts this generator is a highly versatile choice. While it is still not enough for it to be a full whole house backup power solution, it can definitely handle the most important devices such as lighting, refrigerators, heaters etc.
7500 watts is more than enough to make it a viable choice for construction sites. It has 6 power outlets (2 of them twistable) making it possible to plug in numerous electric tools at once.
2. Runner Up – Champion Power Equipment 46539 4000 Watt
Champion Power Equipment 46539 is an optimal choice for small businesses and construction.
Rated at 4000 starting watts and 3500 running watts it provides enough power to run tools like drills, belt sanders, bench grinders or circular saws.
It is very fuel efficient. In fact refuelling its 3,8 gallon tank of gas is enough to let it run up to 12 hours at 50% load.
It is CARB compliant meaning that if you are in based in California you can rest assured you will be able to use it without problems.
It has some great essential features such as automatic low oil shutoff and electric start. You can even use the electric remote control to turn it on/off.
It is also relatively easy to move, meaning you won’t have to struggle too much when loading it on your car.
Aside from work related applications Champion 46539 is also a good choice for boats and tailgating.
It has a built in RV receptacle which means you can also totally use it with your RV.
3. High Quality Generator with Air Cooled Engine – Duromax XP4000S
DuroMax XP4000S is one of the most reliable generators on the market in the 3000 – 6000 wattage range. It is a very attractive option for jobsites providing just enough power to supply numerous electrical tools.
You can safely use it with an RV. However, note that since it’s rated at 4000 surge and 3500 running watts it cannot be treated as a comprehensive portable power solution.
You fill find it easy to start and operate thanks to the E-Z 1-Pull Recoil Cord.
It has a heavy duty frame providing the necessary protection from falls and some weather elements.
It has a maximum run time of 8 hours @ 50% maximum output.
Thanks to a built-in muffler it is not very noisy.
You won’t have to worry about the engine damage resulting from low oil levels. The generator will automatically shut down itself thanks to its low oil shut-off mechanism. You can read more about it and some other interesting features of Duromax XP4000S here.
Another great news is that residents of all US states can legally use it – Duromax XP4000S is both EPA and CARB compliant.
4. Great Value for Money – DuroMax XP4400E 4,400 Watt 7.0 HP OHV
While being significantly cheaper than some of its competitors, Duromax XP4400E does it job very well.
Just like its cousin XP4000S it provides 3500 running watts – enough for jobsites requiring the use of such tools as grinders, drills or reciprocating saws.
The difference here is the higher surge wattage – it basically means the amount of watts a plugged device needs when started. Pay attention to this number – it can often be significantly higher than its demand for running power.
Air compressors (1HP) are one such device requiring approx 4400 starting (surge) watts and the ongoing wattage of only 1600.
Duromax XP4400E provides just enough power to cater for one such air compressor.
Unfortunately unlike XP4000S this generator is NOT CARB compliant.
On plus side XP4400E has a 4 gallon tank allowing for the total run time of around 8 hours on half load before it runs empty.
This generator has got several different types of outlets: 2 x 120V, 1 x 120/240V, 1 x 12V utility outlet and 1 x 30 amp twist-lock. These are definitely more than enough to cater for different kinds of appliances as well as RV.
5. A Very Quiet Inverter Generator – Generac 6866 IQ2000
If noise levels and portability are your primary criteria when looking for a portable generator than inverter generators are the ones you should primarily consider.
Generac 6866 IQ2000 is one such generator, offering all major advantages of inverter technology such as the presence of an alternator which converts output power from DC to AC.
Just like other quality inverters it is also very quiet. This makes it a preferred choice for camping, RV and tailgating.
You can regulate its OHV engine by choosing from one of the 3 settings to balance the performance and power saving.
Smart LED dashboard is a handy feature allowing you to monitor things like wattage used of fuel levels easily.
While 2000 watts is certainly not a huge amount of power, you can double this by connecting two inverter generators together. (REMEMBER: they should preferably be the same models or at least have the exact same wattage!)
6. A Powerful Choice- DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt
At 10000 running watts Duromax Xp10000E is the most powerful generator on this list.
It has more than enough wattage to handle multiple large household appliances and high amperage electric tools.
Thanks to a dual fuel technology it can operate both on gas and propane. The choice is yours which one you prefer to use.
Worrying that such powerful portable generator might not necessarily be the most environmental choice? No reasons for concerns at all. Duromax XP10000E is both EPA and CARB compliant meaning that even the residents of California – the state (in)famous for its strict environmental protection laws can use this generator.
An interesting feature of this model is an Idle Control mechanism. It will automatically detect whenever the generator is not used and lower its engine’s RPM (revolutions per minute). This feature alone can mean huge potential savings in the amount of fuel consumed.
If you are looking for a whole house backup power solution, XP10000E is as close as it gets to be a viable alternative for much more expensive and less flexible standby generators. 10000 running watts will give you piece of mind in emergencies and provide enough power for most of the large appliances in your home.
7. Champion Power Equipment 41135 6800-watt 338CC
Champion Power Equipment 41135 generator is indeed a very well designed solid portable generator.
It comes highly recommended for those who are looking for a generator for a jobsite. General contractors and construction workers are going to like this model a lot.
That’s because with its 6800 rated watts it is definitely strong enough to power multiple large work tools such as welders, air compressors, circular saws and so on. At the same time it still maintains the best feature of portable generators – you can move it from one place to another without major hassle.
While I generally like Westinghouse Wgen7500 more, Champion 41135 makes a good alternative for a slightly lower price tag.
This particularly applies to Californians – this generator is fully CARB compliant.
You can read the detailed Champion 41135 review here.
8. An Affordable Option – DuroStar DS4000S
In these portable generator reviews we’ve already had a look at some of the best models with 3000 – 5000 rated watts. Durostar DS4000S is another contender for the title of the top generator in this range.
What sets it apart from some of its competitors is its price tag. You will struggle to find a cheaper decent quality generator than this.
The engine runs very smoothly and is not too noisy – 69 decibels is an acceptable level.
It has all the useful features you would expect from a good quality generator such as auto low-oil shutdown mechanisms, electronic control and so on.
This model has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency – EPA. Unfortunately, it does not comply with CARB norms – California residents won’t be legally able to use it.
9. A Highly Efficient Dual Fuel (Propane/Gas) Generator – Duromax XP4850EH
Hybrid fuel generators are a viable alternative to gas-only models. Not only they are often less costly to operate but also pose less environmental damage.
Thus if you are looking for a slightly more eco-friendly solution than ordinary gasoline portable generators, you should check out Duromax XP4850EH.
This generator gives you a choice between propane and gas. On top of that is is also fuel efficient which means that no matter which type of fuel you decide to use – you can rest assured it won’t burn too much of it.
It features a 4 stroke 210cc 7HP engine equipped with air cooling mechanism.
The built in silencer helps reduce the noise emitted by this generator (however don’t expect to be it as quiet as inverter generators).
Its output panel has got multiple types of sockets suitable for various types of devices and appliances.
All in all it is a quite interesting choice for construction, workshops or even boats and RV.
10. A Reliable Option – Generac 5982 GP3250
Generac is one of the most trusted manufacturers of portable generators on the market. This American company has already established its position as one of the industry leaders.
Even though in my personal opinion Westinghouse, Champion or Briggs & Stratton offer generators which sometimes outperform their rivals manufactured by Generac – you can’t really go wrong with purchasing their products.
Generac 5982 is no exception. It has all the characteristics you would expect from a top notch product such as sturdy design, easiness of use, long running time and other useful built-in features considered to be an industry standard by now.
Low-oil shutdown, electronic start, OHV engine are some of these.
The circuit breaker is a great important addition, preventing the connected appliances from possible overheating.