Best Home Standby Generators From Consumer Reports' Tests

You'll pay a premium, but a whole-house generator provides endless power for everything under your roof

A standby generator sitting outside a home

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. 

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"A home standby generator is the single best tool available to use as a source of backup power," says Misha Kollontai, CR's test engineer who oversees generator testing. "But because of the costs, including installation, it's also important to get a model that delivers steady, reliable power."

Our tests find crucial differences between models, even within a single brand. Start with our generator buying guide to zero in on the style that’s right for you. And browse our generator ratings, which include portable and inverter models in addition to home standby generators.

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

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