Generator Ratings

    Keep your house fully powered and your family safe during emergencies with a portable or stationary generator you can rely on.

    View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best generators.

    Portable Generators (31)

    These units tend to cost less than home standby generators. They typically run on gasoline that you may need to store in large quantities. Stabilizer must be added to your fuel for prolonged storage.

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    Inverter Generators (24)

    Because their engines are more complex, these models generally cost more than portable generators of a comparable output.

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    Home Standby Generators (9)

    These units cost more money and should be installed by a pro (so factor in labor costs). An experienced electrician can help with town or municipal permits, noise restrictions, and proper location.

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    Portable Power Stations (2)

    These don't use gas or propane, they're powered by a battery that you can charge by plugging into an electrical outlet or sometimes an included solar panel.

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    All Ratings

    When the power goes out, a generator can keep your house warm (or cool), your kitchen cooking, and your computers and phones charging. Sales spike around major storms—just before and a few weeks after—which means that too many buyers shop when the power’s out, randomly choosing a generator that looks up to the task, and then have no idea what to do with it when they get it home.