Updated November 30, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Standby Generators

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in October of 2018. If you've ever suffered a days-long power outage, you know how uncomfortable and inconvenient it can be. Installing a standby generator just outside your home or business can keep the juice flowing for as long as you've got fuel running to it. There are models suited for any size of space, and we've ranked them here by their kilowatt output, noise level, durability, and special features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best standby generator on Amazon.

10. Kohler 20RESCL-200SELS

9. Briggs & Stratton 40336

8. Briggs & Stratton 40531 12kW

7. Generac Commercial Series QT15068KVAC

6. Generac 6998 Guardian Series 7.5kW

5. Champion Power Equipment 100294 Home

4. Generac 70361 Home

3. Generac 7042

2. Champion 8.5-kW Home Automatic

1. Briggs & Stratton 76180 25kW

Editor's Notes

November 29, 2018:

Generac and Briggs & Stratton appear to be the big names in this category, with subtle differences among each company's lineup at different kilowatt levels. For its size and output, the Briggs & Stratton 76180 is one of the best.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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