Best Home Standby Generators From Consumer Reports' Tests

These are top-rated whole-house models

A lightbulb that's being powered by a home standby generator.

When the power goes out, a generator is the best tool to help you keep the lights on—and your fridge running and your phone charged. A home standby generator, also known as a stationary generator, is the gold standard in backup power.

The luxury of uninterrupted power doesn’t come cheap. The home standby generators in our ratings range from $2,000 to $4,400, and you could easily spend that much or more on installation. That makes it all the more important to get the purchase right. Start with our generator buying guide to zero in on the style that’s right for you. And browse our generator ratings, which in addition to home standby models include portable and inverter generators.

CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of the five best home standby generators in our ratings.

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Champion 100174

Price: $2,350

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