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Best Standby Generators

These are our picks for the best standby generators available at These picks are made by our in-house generator expert, Jim Baugher.

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Best Standby Generators

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Generac Guardian™ 8kW Standby Generator System (50A 10-Circuit Automatic Switch) Model 6237

Briggs & Stratton 8kW Home Standby Generator System (50A 10-Circuit Switch) Model 40445

Generac PowerPact™ 7kW Home Standby Generator System (50-Amp 8-Circuit ATS) Model 6519

Generac Guardian™ 11kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding) Model 6438

Briggs & Stratton 10kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding) Model 40450

Generac Guardian™ 11kW Standby Generator System (50A 12-Circuit Automatic Switch) Model 6437

Generac Guardian™ 16kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding) Model 6462

Briggs & Stratton 16kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding) Model 40401

Generac Guardian™ 16kW Standby Generator System (100A 16-Circuit Automatic Switch) Model 6461

Generac Guardian™ 22kW Aluminum Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding) Model 6551

The Generac QuietSource 27 kW generator includes all of the same great features in the smaller 22 kilowatt version. Plus, it features a more powerful Generac engine capable of producing an extra 5 kilowatts of electricity. An extra 5 kilowatts might not seem like much. But, think about it. Most portable generators only produce 5 kilowatts. If you get the 27 kilowatt version, you're basically combining the best liquid cooled generator and a portable emergency together into one package.

The Generac QuietSource 22kW features a high-quality automotive-style (instead of lawn-mower style) engine. Instead of running at 3600 rotations per minute, it runs at 1800 RPM. By running at half the speed, the engine is a lot quieter, consumes less fuel and lasts much longer. It also has an aluminum enclosure which is ideal for luxury homes along the coast. Salt water is notorious for eating away steel enclosures.

Generac Guardian Series 25 kW Emergency Standby Power Generator. The 25kW liquid cooled becomes a smart choice when you need a little extra power to muscle thru multiple air conditioners or if you live in a hot climate and the generator is running at or above 50% duty factor regularly. We like this 25kW model because of the smaller footprint and cost penalties compared to other liquid cooled models. It has been in production for some time and has proven itself to be a reliable.

If you live in an area where there’s lots of moisture, this model from Kohler might be just what you’re looking for. The enclosure is 100% corrosion-proof. Combine that with Kohler’s award-winning performance and reliability, you have yourself a generator that provides clean power for sensitive electronics. This package includes a transfer switch that can accommodate up to 16 breakers, so you can select the circuits that are essential to your application.

If you want to run a central air conditioner, get something stronger. We recommend at least 15 kilowatts to run a 4-5 ton central air conditioner. If you're willing to sacrifice the air conditioner, you can usually save some money by getting a 7- or 10-kilowatt generator instead. This model is very popular with larger homes in northern states. It'll run the majority of the house - minus the air conditioner.

The Generac QuietSource replaces all 200-amps of electricity supplied by the utility company. Sure, you may not use all it. But, it's there if you want it. The Generac engine runs at half the speed, resulting in less fuel consumption, less wear and less noise. Aluminum simply doesn't rust as quickly as steel. If you want your generator to last, aluminum is the way to go.

The 36 kilowatt version generates only 150-amps or roughly 75% of the 200-amps coming through your electrical panel. But, here's the bonus. You rarely use all 200-amps supplied by the utility. You use a ton during hot summer days. You barely use any at night. In reality, you can save a bunch of money by buying a smaller generator, which will still power the whole house. It just won't have massive amounts of electricity to spare.

This Generac Guardian Series 45kW home standby generator has the power to produce nearly 200-amps of electricity. It will energize every single appliance in your home with some extra electricity to spare. While it excels in strength, it lacks a few features. It's built with a steel - instead of aluminum - enclosure, which is fine as long as you live a way from the coast. Also, it comes with a 3600 RPM engine - instead of the 1800 RPM version on the QuietSource models.

This package comes with a flex fuel line and 200Amp indoor/outdoor Nema 3R Automatic Transfer Switch. You can also add in Kohler's available accessories such as: Cold Weather Carburetor Heater, Load Control Module and the new OnCue Generator Management System. OnCue gives you and/or your local dealer true remote control of your system, for 24/7 online status with the ability to start or stop your generator remotely from your computer.

Guardian's 100-Amp Distributed Load Center ensures the easiest, trouble free installation. You simply pick 16-circuits that you want to power during an outage. Most people choose this option. Guardian offers a steel and aluminum enclosure. The aluminum option is great if you live near the ocean or gulf because it simply doesn't rust. If you live inland, the steel option will serve you well. Guardian uses a powder coat painting system which keeps the enclosure well protected.

Centurion is made by Generac and basically the same as a Guardian series, just with a different logo. Centurion can be found exclusively at Lowes and now this model at Power Equipment Direct. This 16kW is a great size for people living in the Northeast or Midwest, where running your air conditioner is not a necessity. This 16kW comes with a 100 Amp automatic transfer switch with 16 circuits. 16 circuits should help you ride through the next storm comfortably.

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