Updated February 27, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Generators For Food Trucks

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in January of 2019. An economical way to turn your culinary aspirations into reality, food trucks are more popular than ever. However, without AC power available to run important appliances and gadgets, like refrigerators, lights, and POS systems, you are going to need one of these generators. Be certain to always provide appropriate ventilation and follow all manufacturer's safety guidelines. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best generators for food truck on Amazon.

10. Generac GP2200I

9. Cummins Onan QG 5500

8. Ford FG-PB Series

7. Green-Power America GPG3500IE

6. Champion 100263

5. Honda EU7000IS

4. Westinghouse WH2200IXLT

3. Generac GP8000E

2. Pulsar PG Series

1. Westinghouse WGen7500

Editor's Notes

February 26, 2019:

First of all, we cannot stress safety enough, when it comes to generators. By their very nature, they suck the oxygen out of the surrounding area, and if they aren't properly maintained, can even produce toxic carbon monoxide. Any generator that comes, from the factory, without an enclosure, IS NOT SUITABLE for placement within an enclosure, no matter what. So if you're concerned about operational noise, make an effort to choose one designed to run quietly. Also, the majority of generators are not weatherproof, so if you're under any threat of rain, you'll need an open-sided canopy to cover the unit. Again, we cannot stress safety enough: ensure that you've thoroughly gone over the guidelines for your specific model, and be absolutely certain you've taken all required and recommended precautions. Furthermore, total power output also demands attention. While many of these selections feature circuit breakers than can prevent possible disaster, remember, you're still working with a whole lot of wattage, so treat the current with respect. Moisture, grime, and poor practice can all lead to ignition, and few fires are as daunting as electrical and chemical fires. With all that out of the way, your purchase should be dictated mostly by your total capacity needs. The Westinghouse 7500 is strong enough for just about any food truck, as are the Generac 8000 and the Honda. The Honda is commonly regarded as one of the best in the business, but you'll pay a massive premium for it, as compared to others of similar power. The Ford is even more massive.The Cummins, for what it's worth, is a diesel model that some locales will require by law, and if you're in one of those areas, that is definitely the brand for you. For slightly smaller operations, the Pulsar, Champion, and Green-Power America are tough to beat, and a lot of culinary travelers will find them perfectly sufficient. On the low end of output, and generally the high end of efficiency, the Westinghouse 2200 and Generac 2200 are perfect if you don't need to worry about a refrigerator, but do need to keep lights and a cash register up and running. Whichever you end choosing, again, remember that ventilation and all other safety precautions are gospel; because nobody can eat your delicious food if the truck's going up in flames, or if you've passed out from the fumes. Always be safe.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on February 27, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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