A high quality power generator can be like gold dust around the house, particularly in an era of ever more extreme climate weather events that can cause outages for several hours at a time, and cause havoc in households.
This is an age where almost everything we do is either controlled or administered by electrically powered IT devices, and being without electric power is simply not an option for extended periods of time.
That is why our team have compiled this review of the best home generator appliances. The units below are all suitable for the home, with their decent power capabilities, running times and portability and ease of storage. We have looked across a broad price range to find units that will be suitable for a range of budgets.
Here is our review team's pick of the 10 best home generators from leading brands available on the market currently. Regardless of your specific power needs, you are certain to find at least one generator appliance on this list of the best home generator units to meet your requirements.
Powermate has been an industry leader for the past four decades, and they don't disappoint with the Powermate PM0601258. Heading up our list of the best home generator units, this unit is a 12,500W powerhouse that is ideal for home backup or even on smaller jobsites.
The 8 gallon gas tank with keep your running for up to six hours on a 50% load. There's an easy to use control panel, and there is idling functionality that will reduce fuel consumption at times when power is not being drawn from the unit. A great generator, that lives up to its promise of superior performance, reliability and durability.
The DuroStar DS4400 is a byword for backup reliability, and is a great investment for anyone who wants to have a failsafe backup solution to emergency situations, whether caused by climate or otherwise, that will keep your power running.
This versatility of this appliance makes it a dead cert for our roundup of the best home generator units. It is an extremely robust and rugged performer, known for its ability to keep appliances and power tools well juiced while on holidays or remote work sites, so there is nothing in your home that this reliable and affordable generator cannot handle.
Next up in our best home generator roundup is the familiar brand name of Briggs & Stratton with their 30664 model generator. This 30664 8000-watt gas-powered unit produces clean and instant power for your home during power outages or weather incidents that cause crisis situations.
This generator can run a multiplicity of large appliances and even power tools simultaneously and provides up to 9 hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load on a full tank.
It's also extremely portable with its 12-inch never-go-flat wheels. It's rated in accordance with CSA and rated in accordance with PGMA standards and comes with a 3-year limited warranty to protect against defects in materials and workmanship.
Sheer user-friendliness, with the ability to run off gas or propane straight out of the box, brings the Champion Power Equipment 100165 7500 Watt Dual Fuel Portable Generator to our reviewers' attention.
On gas, the generator produces 9375 starting watts and 7500 running watts, and on propane 8400 starting watts and 6750 running watts. This generator is supplied with a battery for push-button electric start, and includes an internal charger that keeps charging the battery as the generator runs.
This is fantastic for home power backup during an emergency and will power everything you may need in a power outage. The generator can also handle multiple power tools and comes with a standard 30A outlet.
The Sportsman is, as the brand will suggest, just as comfortable in the great outdoors as it is closer to home, but the advantage of this incredibly powerful and rugged, robust power generator is that there is nothing in your home that it will not be able to power during an outage or weather emergency.
The generator runs on either unleaded gas or propane, and comes with four 120 volt outlets, a single 120V RV outlet, a 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging, and a 120/240 volt outlet.
The Sportsman can run right out of the box, and is very easy to start. It's also incredibly quiet, making it even more suitable for household use.
The DuroMax Portable Dual Fuel Generator is one of the most flexible of our list of best home generator units, giving you the choice of gas or propane when in use during emergencies and crises, or as a power source for large-scale projects.
It's easy to use and get going thanks to its electric start option, while its 10.5in pneumatic solid fill tires and flip-up handles make for easy portability.
This generator has a running time of 10 at half load, and its ultra-quiet exhaust has a built-in spark arrestor. A very powerful yet compact little generator for the home, all in all.
The Westinghouse WGen7500 is one of the best home generator units in its price range, especially for use in the home, but it's equally suitable on the road for a campsite, or to use in conjunction with major power tools for a home improvement project.
This dependable and easy-to-use generator has a variety of premium, innovative features, including an intuitive control panel with conveniently located controls; rubber-covered GFCI power outlets for additional protection from the environment; and a sturdy hardened-steel frame with roll bars to protect the 6.6 gallon gas tank.
The Westinghouse engine runs at lower temperatures and uses less fuel than conventional side valve engines, while the automatic low oil shutdown will switch off the unit if the oil level becomes dangerously low or if the oil overheats and loses viscosity.
The Westinghouse WGen7500 is also backed by a three-year warranty and the company's nationwide service and support network.
The Generac 5734 is a great solution for your home during power outages, providing the homeowner with a user-friendly automatic standby generator that's primed to kick into gear.
This generator has sufficient power to run up to a 5-ton air conditioner, and so it is also an ideal generator for situations, such as major home improvement projects, that have high power requirements. This generator is driven by Generac's OHVI engine, with extended run times and longer life.
Other features include a compact, wheeled frame which makes the unit easily portable, and a sturdy steel-tube protective frame.
There are also circuit-breaker outlets to prevent power overloads, and the quiet operation of the unit is the cherry on the cake for anyone seeking an ideal home generator appliance.
Duromax's XP4400E is a compact but powerful gas-powered generator that packs a solid punch in terms of the power it can provide for your home during emergencies, and also for high-power intensive jobs such as home improvement projects and other outdoor activities.
The generator has an output of 3500W (max 4400W) that's sufficient to fully power a small house. This model has a powerful powerful 7.0 HP air-cooled OHV engine, while its muffler emits only 69dB of noise, ensuring that this is a nuisance-free power generator solution for your home.
Its 4-gallon tank delivers up to 8 hours of continuous power at 50% load. Other enticing features include the heavy duty frame, solid tyres and automatic low-oil shutoff. And for outdoorsy users, you may be interested to know that the EPA and CARB approvals permit this generator to be used in national parks.
Sportsman's GEN4000LP power generator, while possibly most comfortable out on the road powering your various electrical devices during a camping expedition, is also an ideal power generator for the home, thanks to its portability and power.
The GEN4000LP can run on either gas or propane, and with 4000 peak watts and 3500 rated watts, can handle almost anyone's requirements, be they a householder, contractor or holidaymaker.
With a 50 percent load, the unit can run for 10 hours on a full tank of gas (3.6 gallons) and 12 hours with a full 20 lbs LP cylinder (the common gas grill type, but not included).
However, there is a 5-foot propane fuel hose with regulator included with purchase. This generator has a 7HP engine that is pleasantly and surprisingly quiet in operation, running at under 69dB.