Best Portable Generators based on customer reviews- Buying Guide

[Last Updated: November 2017] With a portable generator, you need to be able to rely on it to perform when you need it most. To find the portable generators to include in our buying guide, we researched actual customer reviews and ratings from a variety of sources.  Read on for our breakdown of our best bets from each source.

Best portable generators based on Amazon customer reviews

Looking at what customers had to say at Amazon, we gave the highest rating to a generator from Champion. Next we chose a Durostar model, followed by another from Champion.  A Westinghouse and a Yamaha follow up next. After that comes a portable generator from Powerland, and another Yamaha unit.  A Generac unit appears about halfway down our list. Appearing next is another Champion generator, and one from Smarter Tools. The rest of the list from Amazon includes two models from Westinghouse, a DuroMax unit, a generator from WEN, and another Champion generator.

Rank Model
1 Champion Power Equipment 4750 Watt Portable Generator
2 DuroStar DS4400 4,400 Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator
3 Champion Power Equipment 4,000 Watt Portable Gas Generator
4 Westinghouse WH7500E Portable Generator
5 Yamaha EF2000iS 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Portable Inverter Generator
6 Powerland PD4000 4000-watt Portable Gas Generator, 7.5 HP
7 Yamaha EF2400iSHC Portable Generator
8 Generac 6500 Watt Portable Gas Powered Generator
9 Champion Power Equipment Gas Powered Portable Generator
10 Smarter Tools STAP-2000iQ Parallel Capable Inverter Generator
11 Westinghouse WH6500E Portable Generator 6500 Running Watts
12 DuroMax 4400 Watt 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator
13 Westinghouse WH5500 Portable Generator
14 WEN 2000-Watt Gas-Powered Portable Inverter Generator
15 Champion Power Equipment 1500-Watt Portable Generator

Best portable generators based on Newegg customer reviews

After analyzing what customers at Newegg had to say, we gave the top ranking to a generator from DuroMax. Two portable generators from Powerland appear closely behind. A model from DuroStar follows. A Champion generator holds on to the middle spot, along with another unit from DuroMax. The rest of our list based on Newegg customer reviews and ratings includes units from Hyundai, Generac, and DuroMax.

Rank Model
1 DuroMax 10000 Watt Portable Gas Electric Start Generator
2 Powerland Portable 1500 Watt, 2.4 HP Gas Electric Generator
3 POWERLAND Portable Tri-Fuel Generator 10000 Watt 16 HP
4 DuroStar DS4400E Watt Quiet Portable Electric Start Generator
5 Champion 2800/3100 Watt Remote Start Inverter Generator
6 DuroMax 8500 Portable Gas Powered Electric Start Generator
7 Hyundai HHD7250 7250W 13HP Portable Generator
8 Generac 5982 Portable Generator
9 Generac 5943 7500W Portable Generator
10 DuroMax XP4400 Portable Gas Powered Recoil Start Generator

Best portable generators based on customer ratings from Wal-Mart

Taking a look at what Wal-Mart customers had to say, we gave the highest rating to a portable generator from DuroMax. After that is a model from DuroStar. A Honeywell unit comes up next, followed by a Generac. Two models from WEN and three from Champion follow. A generator from Allpower rounds out the middle of our list. Finalizing the list are three more units from Champion, a Sportsman, and a Briggs Stratton.

Sportsman Gasoline 4000W Portable Generator

Rank Model
1 DuroMax Dual Fuel Hybrid Propane/Gasoline Generator
2 DuroStar 4000/3300W Portable Recoil Start Generator
3 Honeywell OHV Portable Gas Powered Generator
4 Generac GP7500E Portable Gas Powered Generator
5 WEN Generator with Wheel Kit, CARB Compliant
6 WEN 4050W Gas Powered Portable Generator
7 Champion Power Equipment Portable Generator
8 Champion Power Equipment Gas-Powered Generator
9 Champion Power Equipment Portable CARB Generator
10 Allpower 3500W Portable Generator Deluxe Side Panel
12 Champion Power Equipment 1200/1500 Watt
13 Champion Power Equipment Portable Generator
14 Champion Model 46597 Gas-Powered Generator
16 Briggs & Stratton 3500W Portable Generator


Looking at the overall picture across the various sources, there were a few standout brands. However, the individual models did vary quite a bit. Because we covered such a broad range of models, your final decision will weigh heavily on how much power and what type of features you need in a portable generator.  Be sure to verify whether the generator you are looking at has features you may need such as electric start, amount of horsepower, etc. It is also helpful to read individual reviews for the model you are reviewing to see if there are any recurring themes.

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