Best bang for your buck! A Small Review of Portable and Standby Generators

This short review will give you a look at a few generator options that will give you the best bang for your buck, as well as offering dependability, reliability and reduced noise volume for residential use. But before we go through the basic list of recommendations let’s take a quick look at the types of home generators we will be looking at…

Generac Portable XG Series XG8000E Electric Start - Portable Generator

Generac Portable XG Series XG8000E Electric Start – Portable Generator

What is a portable generator? Portable generators are actually the most commonly used generator on the market. Because they are highly portable you can move them almost anywhere. Most often you will see them being used for camping, in an RV or as a temporary unit in a home. They are also very affordable. Portable generators run on various fuels such as gas, propane and diesel and come with a 120-volt outlet, similar to the ones in your home. With a portable generator you have the option of connecting your appliances directly to the generator or to the transfer switch, allowing you to use your home power outlets instead.

What is a standby generator? A standby generator, otherwise known as a residential generator, is a little heftier in price compared to the portable generator, but they hold enough power to take care of your entire homes electrical needs. Standby generators are installed on gravel or a cement slab outside in a permanent location. Many people like to place the generator in the same area as their air conditioner. The generator can then be wired to the home’s electrical system and connected to the local utility gas line or liquid propane. One of the great advantages of standby generators is that they can automatically sense a power outage through an automatic transfer switch (sometimes sold separately) and will start and stop the generator on its own. This switch is a very convenient add-on to have. Since standby generators connect to your home’s electrical system, you do require permits and a professional installation technician, so you should never try to hook one up yourself!

The picks- Standby Generators

The Generac Guardian Series 5870 8,000 Watt standby generator is air-cooled and can run on propane or natural gas. Not only does it have an attractive white steel enclosure but it is virtually a hands-free system. It also comes with an automatic transfer switch (ATS). This model is rugged, reliable and ultimately worries free.

Briggs & Stratton PowerNOW 7kW - Propane generator

Briggs & Stratton PowerNOW 7kW – Propane generator

This Briggs & Stratton 40248 7000 Watt standby generator has the option of a dual propane tank making your life easier and more efficient. Not only that but it is simple to operate and powered by an extended life series engine. This generator has the option of including a transfer switch and is required in order to convert it to a standby model. It is fueled by natural gas or propane and comes with some handy cold weather features.


For those with bigger homes or just bigger power needs, the Generac Guardian Series 5785 20 Kilowatt standby generator is calling your name! This is a durable, strong and dependable machine built to last. It is powered by natural gas or propane and provides fast acting protection for your home.

The picks- Portable

The Generac Portable GP series GP17500E Electric start generator has a high performance alternator and low tone muffler, making it powerful and quiet. It is a very well-known and trusted brand so you know you are getting a good price, a good product and a good warranty. As a bonus it has easy-to-grip fixed handles making it easy to maneuver.

The Winco Home Power 6000 Tri-fuel portable generator is set at a good price point given its power output. This generator operates on gasoline, propane or natural gas and can convert from one to the other very easily. This is a heavy duty portable unit that has the capabilities of starting a 2hp motor with continuous power.

I hope this article review was helping in narrowing down your choices when it comes to portable and standby generators. Please remember to consider the size of your home and the wattage you will need before making your purchase.

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