5 Best Inverter Generators of 2017

Before we begin our list of the best inverter generators, let’s look at what an inverter generator is. A generator generates power which can be useful during blackouts or instances where there is no power. An inverter generator does the same but also comes equipped with an inverter which ensures that the frequency and the voltage is controlled. Meaning there is no fluctuation in either to ensure your appliances get the desired output so they do not fuse.

Inverter generators are generally smaller in size compared to normal or standby generators. The wattage ranges from 800 to about 3,000. This allows them to be smaller in size, quieter, and provide fuel economy. Making them ideal for outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, and so on.

The cost of inverter generators vary depending on the brand and wattage. They start from a couple of hundred dollars and range to a couple of thousands.

Here is our list of the best inverter generators you can buy today:

NameOur RatingCost
1Honda EU2000i - 1600 Watt Portable Inverter Generator4.63 out of 5$$$$$
2Yamaha EF2000iS - 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator4.6 out of 5$$$$$
3Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start4.43 out of 5$$$$
4Generac iQ2000 Inverter Generator4.33 out of 5$$$$
5Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable 2200-Watt Inverter Generator with Parallel Capability
4.2 out of 5$$$

Honda EU2000i - 1600 Watt Portable Inverter Generator

Through the years, Honda has been engineering generators that are durable and the top of its class. You can ask any camping enthusiasts and they would more likely than not recommend a Honda generator for your outdoor activities. The Honda EU2000i provides you with everything you need in a generator. It is fuel-efficient, lightweight (weighs under 47 lbs), and extremely quiet making it a great companion for your fishing or camping trip.

To ensure the optimal engine speed and consumption of fuel, Honda has equipped the EU2000i with its trademarked Eco Throttle. This feature makes sure the engine only runs as fast as required and doesn’t burn extra fuel. This feature is great for longer camping trips as it ensures you get power for as long as possible. It also comes equipped with a 12V DC outlet which allow you to charge your batteries.

  • Performance: 4.7 out of 5
  • Portability: 4.6 out of 5
  • Ease of use: 4.6 out of 5

Pros

  • Quiet and reliable
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Easy to use, just one pull

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No slot to chain the generator down to prevent theft

Overall, the Honda EU2000i is a great buy. It will provide you with enough power for your camping or tailgating needs. It is however, slightly expensive as you can get generators that produce the same power at a lower price. But with Honda you know what you get as it is reliable so you shouldn’t really think twice when purchasing the EU2000i.

We now move on to another company that is known to manufacture durable and efficient generators, Yamaha.

Yamaha EF2000iS - 2000 Watt Portable Inverter Generator

If you are looking for portability and amazing performance then look no further than the Yamaha EF2000iS. It comes equipped with a 79cc engine which packs enough power to power a camping fridge, microwave, TV, an RV, along with other outdoor activities materials like lights and power tools. The generator comes equipped with a Smart Throttle which changes the engine speed according to the electrical demands. Similar to Honda’s Eco Throttle, this function ensures that you get optimal performance from the generator and fuel-efficiency.

If you feel you may need more power than what the one generator provides then with the help of parallel cables you can connect two Yamaha EF2000iS and use them as one.

Another functionality we liked on the EF2000iS was the Pulse Width Modulation which ensures the desired power output is given to appliances so they do not get damaged. If the functionalities don’t attract you then the design certainly should. It comes in different skins and weighs 46 lbs while only taking up 2.2 cubic foot space making it lightweight and compact.

  • Performance: 4.6 out of 5
  • Portability: 4.6 out of 5
  • Ease of use: 4.6 out of 5

Pros

  • High-quality, durable generator
  • Quiet
  • Fuel-efficient, good run-time

Cons

  • Limited power output
  • Expensive

Overall, the Yamaha EF2000iS will not disappoint you. The generator packs the power and functionalities that any camping enthusiast would be happy to have. It is in the same price range as the Honda EU2000i making it expensive with cheaper options in the market. However, like with Honda you get a durable and reliable generator with the Yamaha EF2000iS.

We now move on to the most powerful generator on our list which costs less than both the Yamaha EF2000iS and Honda EU2000i.

Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator with Wireless Remote Start

If you are looking for an economical generator that has enough power for all your camping needs then the Champion 75537i is right for you. Champion has manufactured generators since 2003 and unlike Yamaha and Honda, it is an American company.

The Champion 75537i is a bit on the heavy side, at 96 lbs but it is for those users that require more power for their outdoor needs. In fact, it is more common for use in mobile homes and RV’s. With the highest power output at 3100 watts, it can easily meet all your requirements for your RV. Champion uses top notch circuits in the 75537i which make sure that there is a low rate of voltage spikes to keep your appliances safe. This is great for appliances like toaster and microwave oven which can easily breakdown with voltage fluctuations.

For portability, the generator comes with wheels so it can easily be towed away. It isn’t easy carrying around a 96 lbs generator. It can easily fit in the back of your truck or SUV as it doesn’t take too much space. The Champion 75537i also comes with a wireless remote so you can easily turn it on from a distance. The range of the remote isn’t that great but it's a neat feature.

  • Performance: 4.4 out of 5
  • Portability: 4.4 out of 5
  • Ease of use: 4.5 out of 5

Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Great features, wireless remote
  • Provides plenty power

Cons

  • Slightly louder than the other generators on the list

Overall, the Champion 75537i is a bang for the buck. It packs power, probably more than you would need, and is very affordable. We highly recommend it.

Generac iQ2000 Inverter Generator

Generac 6866 iQ2000 Super Quiet

The Generac iQ2000 is all you can ask for in an inverter generator. It may not be popular as a Honda or Yamaha but it packs similar functions and exceptional power. According to independent tests, it actually turned out to be quieter than the Honda EU2000i.

With an output of 1600 watts, the iQ2000 can easily provide power for small and big appliances. On top of this it is also fuel-efficient. It comes with an LED interface which allows you to gauge different settings and things like oil level of the generator. The 79cc engine can give you power for a couple of hours on a gallon of gas. This is with 40% of the power usage, which we thought was great. For fun, we even tried testing a circular saw that typically requires about 1800 watts to run. The generator was not able to take the load but that was expected. If you want a generator that packs more power than Generac has higher end models that can easily suit your needs.Generac is well-known for its standby generator and with the iQ2000 it has also stepped up its game in terms of inverter generator. Prices slightly lower than both Honda and Yamaha, Generac is really giving the two a tough time in the generator market.

  • Performance: 4.4 out of 5
  • Portability: 4.3 out of 5
  • Ease of use: 4.3 out of 5

Pros

  • Lightweight, durable design
  • Portable, easy to store
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Couldn't really find any

We end our list with a bargain generator that performs well.

Briggs & Stratton 30651 P2200 PowerSmart Series Portable 2200-Watt Inverter Generator with Parallel Capability

Briggs & Stratton

No matter if you are at a tailgate party or camping the Briggs and Stratton P2200 is suitable for you. It doesn't pack the power to power your trailer for multiple days but it will provide you with the luxury of turning your appliances on when you are outdoors. The design of the P2200 is quite easy on the eyes with a sleek grey color combination. Keeping portability in mind, even though it weighs 54 lbs the H-handle allows anyone to carry it with ease. We really liked the fact that the generator comes with two USB ports making it a breeze to charge your phone.When it comes to performance the P2200 is not too far behind from the other generators on the list. At 40% power the generator can last for almost 8 hours on a full tank. It has a starting wattage of 2200 and produces about 1700 watts while running. It allow allows you to connect a second generator through parallel cables. Overall, the Briggs & Stratton P2200 is a bargain buy. You would think for its price it wouldn't be close to the big boys but it is. So whether you are a tailgater or camper, the P2200 will certainly meet all your requirement and make you a happy camper.

  • Performance: 4.2 out of 5
  • Portability: 4.2 out of 5
  • Ease of use: 4.2 out of 5

Pros

  • Quiet and easy set up
  • Easy to operate

Cons

  • 12 V DC outlet only gives 5 amp

No matter what your outdoor or electrical requirements are, the generators we have listed will surely be a great fit for you. All of them have a sturdy design, are fairly easy to use, quiet, and fuel-efficient. Possessing all the qualities you would want in an inverter generator on your excursion.

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