The Top 10 Portable Generators

When you are looking for the best portable generator – the first thing that comes to mind is the size and weight – which of course are important factors – but so it reliability and the value that you are getting for your purchase.  Only only as to look at Amazon for the search term portable generatorsto realize that there is a vast selection of models in all conceivable shapes and sizes – and prices.

What are Your Needs 

A person’s reasons for buying a portable generator will determine the type of model you need.   One person may be looking for generators that can be used on a construction site and by definition are portable.  Another may be wanting something small enough to carry in the trunk of their compact car when they go camping.   Both would be considered portable generators – but the reasons for buying are not the same – and neither are types of generators that are suited for these two types of needs.

In this comparison though, we are going to focus on portable generators as they relate to easily moved – the type of generator that can fit in your trunk or on the shelf in your garage but are still powerful enough to meet primary electricity needs.

The Top 10 Portable Generators for 2014

In determining the list of our top 10 for 2014 we took into account a wide variety of rating criteria including power, fuel efficiency, weight, reliability and reputation – all which boiled down to what was the best value for what you were getting with your purchase.   We also kept our list between 800 and 2200 watts to help narrow down the best small, easily portable generator units.

For the sound criteria, we rated the units on their DBA scale ( for a better understanding on how DBA works please visit our guide here. )

Power Rating
Running / Maximum
1600 / 2000 watts
( Dry )
44 lbs
Noise Level 53 dba
Engine 79 cc
Warranty 3 Years
Average Price $1099
Best Found Price $989
Value 8/10
Reliability 9/10
Amazon Review Rating 4.7 / 5
Fuel Rating 10.5 hours
per tank
Inverter Generator
Sound Output
Yamaha EF2000iS 2,000 Watt 79cc OHV 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) 2000w 989.10 51.5 dba
Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator (CARB Compliant) 2000w 568.51 53 dba
Generac 5793 iX2000 2,000 Watt 126cc 4-Stroke OHV Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator 2000w 516.96 64 dba
Honeywell 2000-6066 2,000 Watt 126cc 4-Stroke OHV Portable Gas Powered Inverter Generator 2000w 559.00 51.5 dba
ETQ IN2500I 2,500 Watt 125cc 4-Stoke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator 2500w 1335.00 60 dba

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