Consumer Reports has been around in various forms since the 1950’s. They have led the way with many improvements for the consumer in terms of safety and functionality. Therefore, it is no surprise that portable generators would attract the worthy attention of the Consumer Reports folks in terms of reviews and testing.
While the exact review and testing results are subscription only, the generators tested seemingly ranked well.
This is based on the fact that review content has been mentioned on various sites across the web. However, they are collected here as five generators reviewed and tested by Consumer Reports.
Testing and Reviewed
The rankings produced by Consumer Reports is proprietary information and can only be accessed by a subscription to Consumer Reports. However, the generators presented here are all reported as being well liked and well ranked by other sites that are generator specific.
Characteristics such as power delivery, power quality, ease of use, noise generated and the run time range were all ranked and then amalgamated into an overall score and then subscribed in Consumer Reports unique reporting method.
The generators tested cover a range of wattage and features with the ones with the better features getting a better ranking. All the generators presented here did well in the rankings, depending on the personal preferences of the individual features.
Overall, these are quality generators that are dependable and versatile enough to handle a wide range of circumstances and situations including emergency back up generation and job site use. All of these generators are from top brands and are widely recognized in the power equipment market. Without further ado, here are five great generators reviewed by Consumer Reports.
Five Top Generators
Best Portable Gas Powered Generator
Producing 6,875 surge watts and a continuous generation of 5,500 Watts, the Generac Model #5939 GP Series Generator is suited for a range of applications. It has 4 standard outlets and a switchable twistlock, all covered by a rubber flap to protect them from the elements. In addition, it has a low oil shutdown to protect the engine and it has a run time of 10 hours at half load.
It is easy to see why Generac is a leading manufacturer of power generation equipment and the GP series comes in CARB compliant models and CSA Certified models as well. This generator is great for any power demand.
Top Rated Gas Powered Portable Generator
A recognized name in outdoor power equipment for generations, Briggs and Stratton produce some quality generators, including the Briggs & Stratton Model #30468 Portable Generator.
With a surge capacity of 6,875 Watts, this unit can handle multiple large appliances such as sump pumps and freezers. The continuous generation of 5,500 Watts are produced with a clean sine wave at 60 hertz and the unit will run for 10 hours at half load.
It has four standard AC outlets and a switchable twistlock, all circuit breaker protected and covered to prevent exposure to the elements. It also has a hour meter and it comes with a two year warranty. This is an great generator for use around the home, for emergency power or to use at the construction site to handle large power tools.
Best Portable Generator on the Market
Another recognized name in power generation, the Westinghouse Model #WH7500E Portable Generator produces a surge capacity of 9,000 Watts and a continuous generation of 7,500 Watts.
All this power is enough to handle a medium size home during an outage with no problems. The engine has a run time of 12 hours at half load and it is electrically started. The control panel has four standard AC outlets and a switchable twistlock all covered by the main breaker for protection.
It also has a multi function LCD panel and the unit is covered by a three year warranty. This is a great generator for any application including RV use.
Best Propane Powered Generator
This generator – All Power America Model # APG3560 Propane Generator supplies 6,000 Watts of surge capacity and continuous generation of 5,000 Watts. While this is less than other generators in the list, this unit is propane powered and is highly ranked. It is electric and recoil start and it has a hour meter for keeping track of maintenance.
It also has a volt meter for power regulation. There are two standard outlets and one 120 twistlock and a switchable twistlock. This generator is great for hunting, fishing, camping or even emergency backup.
Best Portable Generators for the Price
This fully CARB compliant generator produces 9,375 Watts of surge capacity and 7,500 Watts of continuous power. The Champion Power Equipment Model #41537 Portable Generator has a low oil sensor, overcharge protection and is also complaint with EPA guidelines. The electric start engine uses a cast iron sleeve for reliability and the unit as a multi function meter for monitoring the generator. It has a run time of 9 hours at half load.
It has four standard outlets and one switchable twistlock and a standard 120 Volt twistlock. Each circuit is breaker protected and the unit is relatively quiet. This is an excellent, all around generator for emergency backup, RV camping, using at the job site or wherever power is needed.
All generators require a measure of safety to protect both the unit and operator. Be sure to read and follow all safety guidelines as presented in the operator’s manual. Never attempt to refuel a hot or running generator, allowing at least 30 minutes before fueling. Never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling generator and never use in an enclosed space, including an open garage.
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