[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.
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.
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.
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.