The Best Home Generators For Power Outages

Home generators are divided into two main categories:

Standby generators and Portable generators

1. Standby generators can offer a huge wattage level but they are not as popular as portable generators because they are too expensive and need to be installed by professionals.

Standby Generators

GENERAC 7043 (22000 watts)


This is a home standby generator that works automatically once a power outage occurs. It is linked to the natural gas supply for fuel and takes just seconds to run and it continues until the power returns.

Briggs & Stratton 40346 (20000 watts)

Briggs & Stratton 40346 STANDBY GENERATOR

This home standby generator can meet all home requirements. It can supply energy to up to 12000 square feet home. It works automatically once a power outage occurs.

Portable generators

GENERAC GP (2200 watt)


This is an inverter generator that provides a 2200 watt surge power and a 1700 watt running has a 1.2 gallons tank capacity that enables it to operate for about 11 hours at a 25% load. It can be used for trips and camping purposes thanks to its lightweight.

GENERAC XD (5500 watts)


This is a conventional power generator with a 5500-watt surge power and a 5000-watt running power. Its 12 gallons tank capacity enables it to operate for about 32.4 hours at 50% load. They only disadvantage is that it weighs 252 pounds but the attached wheels worked as a solution.

DuroStar DS (4000 watts)


This is a conventional power generator with a 4-gallon tank capacity that operates for about 12.3 hours at 50% load. Its 105 pounds weight makes it difficult to carry without the help of another person. It can provide a 4000-watt surge power and a 3300-watt running power.

DuroMax XP (12000 watts)

Duro MAX XP 12000

This is more powerful than the DuroStar Ds. This generator can operate for about 20 hours. It can run off of either gasoline or propane. It can provide a 12000-watt surge power and a 9500-watt running power.

WEN (2000 watt)


This home generator can provide a 2000 watt surge power and a 1600 watt running power which is enough for home appliances such as refrigerators and air conditioners. It has a 1-gallon tank capacity that will allow the generator to run for only 6 hours at 50% load.

WESTINGHOUSE WGen (9500 watts)


This is a powerful conventional home generator with a 9500-watt surge power and a 6750-watt running power (if operated by gasoline) It has an 8550-watt power surge and 6750-watts of running power (when operated by propane). When using gasoline, it can work for 16 hours compared to 11 hours by propane. Its tank holds 6.6 gallons of fuel and that is enough to provide power for your home throughout the night.

Goal Zero Yeti 1400 (1425 watt)

Goal Zero Yeti 1400 (1425 WATTS)

This is a generator with a lithium battery that operates silently. It has 1425 watt capacity and weighs 43.7 pounds which makes it a good selection if you are going on a trip or camping.

Honda EB (10000)

Honda EB (10000) GENERATOR

This power conventional generator is better used for outside projects or it can be used for home but it should be left a little bit far from your house to reduce its noise level. The 8.1 gallons tank capacity enables this generator to operate for about 7.2 hours at 50% load. It provides 10000-watt surge power and 9000-watt running power.

A-iPower SUA (12000 watts)

A-iPower SUA (12000 watts) GENERATOR

This power generator can operate for about 9 hours at 50% load thanks to its 7 gallons tank capacity. It can be used to provide power for your home lights, refrigerator, TV and air conditioning.

Sportsman GEN (4000)

Sportsman GEN (4000) GENERATOR

This is a conventional power generator that provides a 4000-watt surge power and a 3250-watt running power. There is no attached fuel tank but a 20 gallons tank capacity could be purchased and linked to it to operate for about 10 hours at 50% load. It’s also heavy to carry, so you will be required to buy wheels for it.

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