How To Choose a Generator

Written by: Erica Spangler
Design Specialist
(800) 375-3403

Choose Your Generator Type

You will want to choose the type of generator based on your power needs.

Do You Need a Portable Power Solution?

Portable Generators

  • Need to power larger equipment
  • Great for locations without power

Inverter Generators

  • Also known as campsite or recreational generators
  • Great for powering small appliances

Do You Need a Permanent Power Solution?

Standby Generators

  • Permanent backup option
  • Meant to support homes and businesses when power goes out
  • Typically turns on once the power goes out without manually activating the generator

You Chose Portable Generators

Make sure you get the right size portable generator for your needs.

Small Wattage

  • If you only need to power survival appliances
  • Wattage 3000 - 5000
  • 3.5 gallons of gas
  • Recoil start – 208cc engine
Shop Small Wattage Generators

Medium Wattage

  • If you need to power multiple rooms
  • Watage 6000 - 9000
  • 8 gallons of gas
  • Recoil or electric start – 420cc engine
Shop Medium Wattage Generators

High Wattage

  • If you need to power an entire home that is relatively small
  • Wattage 10,000 - 17,500
  • 16 gallons of gas
  • Electric start – 992cc engine
Shop High Wattage Generators

You Chose Inverters

You will want to choose an inverter generator based on the amount of wattage you need.

1000 Watt Inverter

  • Run 1 - 2 appliances simultaneously
  • Example: coffee maker
  • Example: toaster and crockpot at the same time
Shop All 1000 Watt Inverters

2000 Watt Inverter

  • Run multiple appliances simultaneously
  • Example: TV, DVD, crockpot, mini-fridge at the same time
  • Example: coffee maker, toaster, blender use as needed
Shop All 2000 Watt Inverters

3000+ Watt Inverter

  • Run travel trailer or camper
  • Example: run the air conditioner on your trailer or RV
  • Example: laptop, radio, 20" fan while running other major appliances in your trailer's camper
Shop All 3000+ Watts

You Chose Standby Generators

Choose your standby generator based on your home's size or needs of your business.

Home Standby

  • Great for minimal energy use when power is out
  • 7 - 20 kilowatts
  • Air-cooled engine
  • Natural gas or liquid propane
Shop Home Standby Generators

Whole House

  • Great for running most of your home's energy needs
  • 22 - 48 kilowatts
  • Liquid-cooled engine
  • Natural gas or liquid propane
Shop Whole House Generators
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