By now you know the power and advantages of the almighty generator. The power goes out, what do you do? You rip on the pull start of your favorite generator and go back to business as usual. The thing about traditional generators is they are loud sons of beasts, best suited for construction sites and kept FAR away from house and home. Try firing up one of those bad boys at the house and count the seconds before the wife begins to complain – then kiss your back goodbye as you attempt to relocate the 10 ton monster to another location.
The solution here is quite simple. What you need is the quietest portable generator possible. Something lightweight. Something that kicks out a good amount of power without a hell fire of noise complaints lobbed from the Jones’s next door. Whether you’re out in the RV or at the house holding down the fort during a storm, you don’t want the excess noise on top of all the other crazy stuff that’s going on around you.
In this post we explore 8 of the quietest portable generators on the market today. Without further ado and in no particular order…
1.) Champion 3100 Watt Portable Generator
Ever heard of Champion? Me neither until I started digging deep into the reviews. They offer a plethora of great generators and their 3100 Watt portable generator is one of the best in the business. The thing is, this thing is light weight and nearly kicks off the same amount of power as a traditional generator. It comes 3 power ports, (2) 120 AC ports and (1) RV receptacle. It supplies enough power for a small fridge, an AC unit, and a couple lights. The best part is the almost complete silence as you listen to the inverter charge up all your electrical devices. This is thanks to inverter technology which provides clean efficient powder without sounding like you just bought a wood chipper.
2.) Westinghouse iGen2200
This generator is picked up by the portable handle and easily dragged to whatever remote corner of the house or campsite you need it at. Westinghouse has long provided some of the highest quality generators in the business and now they’re in the inverter market – making high tech portable generators that are silent but deliver the power you need at a moments notice. This gas powered portable generator is one of the quietest on the market and supplies a clean 2200 watts for all your electrical equipment. And if you don’t know your power requirements I recommend reading my post on the best generators for SHTF situations.
3.) Generac IQ2000 Super Quiet Generator
This company has the balls to say their generator is even quieter than a Honda. If you don’t know, Hondas make the absolute quitest generators on the market and that goes for their traditional bulky generators as well. The Generac IQ2000 supplies a clean load of 1600 running watts and 2000 starting watts. It’s gotten some decent feedback and it’s carb complian meaning even Californians can use this bad boy. Many generators will not ship to California because of the carb laws but this generator pass all the tests. It’s also very light and easily picked up by even a string bean school boy.
4.) Briggs and Stratton P2200 Power Smart Generator
Time to go beefy. Time to go TOTAL VALUE. This is perhaps the most bang for the buck portable generator on this list. And it just so happens to be one of the quietest despite the attractive price tag. Briggs and Stratton have been on the power tools game for a long time and have taken their time tested commitment to quality into the generator market. 1 gallon of fuel is enough to run the unit for an entire 8 hours on a 25% load. If you want to save a couple hundred bucks but still want quality this is the generator to spring for.
5.) Pulsar PG2000iS Portable Generator
This bad boy is even cheaper than anything I’ve listed above and product owners are absolutely raving about it. Granted, at 1600 running watts it’s also the weakest of anything on the list so far. You have to do the math and decide how much power you need. Once again, in this post I have a handy chart about how much each of your appliances will pull from the generator. This is certainly enough to run a fridge and some lights if that’s all you need. It’s also very lightweight and quiet as a church mouse. In fact, all these portable generators I’m talking about are pretty much on par with each for being the quietest out there.
6.) Powerbuilt 2000 Watt Portable Generator
Not as many features as the other generators on the list but packs a punch. Pound for pound, the Powerbuilt portable generator delivers the most bang for the buck hands down. The thing is, at 61 decibels it’s also the loudest on the list. With that said, the difference is hardly negligible and you’d need a well trained ear to even notice the fluctuation in sound. An overall great generator for the price point.
7.) WEN 56125i Portable Generator
Probably one of my favorite on this list for features and raw value. Lot’s of people really like this portable generator. Best of all, the noise it generates is comparable to the decibels measured in a regular conversation. That’s very quiet especially for something powerful enough to run many of your favorite appliances. This unit is perfect for tailgates, RV’s, or even good for your house for the occasional power outage. Plus it’s extremely portable so you can take it wherever power is needed with little hassle at all. It’s easy to win with WEN.
8.) Honda EU2000I Super Quiet 2000 Watt Portable Generator
And last but certainly not least we have the top seller and THE hands down quietest portable generator on the market today. This is the Honda EU2000I. Honda has been the leader in generators since the dawn of the technology, providing the best most efficient power for homes, job sites, camping trips, and many other scenarios. Honda technology is the best in the business. Not only do you have the quietest unit possible but the most fuel efficient as well. It’s well known that Hondas make the best generators and while the EU2000I is expensive, it so for good reasons. Check out the reviews for yourself to see why other portable generators simply don’t compare.
There you have it. Some seriously quiet generators you can take a look at. Remember, it comes down to knowing your power output requirements and then choosing a portable generator that can handle the load. For the most part, many of these generators are about the same as far as sound levels go. That’s what you get with inverter style generators – good clean energy and low decibels of sound.
Any questions? Let me know in the comments below.