I was doing a little research and came across inverter generators that were between $700 and $1,000 and thought it would make a very interesting article because there are so many great models to choose from and I really wanted to find five of the best inverter generators under $1000 and post them into a short, helpful article.
Below are the five different generators that made the list, after sorting through nearly 50 different models that fit the criteria. Each one has very positive feedback from people who have used them and all of the best features and functionality compared to the other generators in the category.
The Champion Power Equipment 75537i RV Ready Portable Generator is a convenient and reliable unit that can power your RV air conditioner.
For household use, it is also capable of handling indispendsable appliances in case of outages.
There's no pulling involved when starting the unit and can even be started from 80 feet away using included key fob. The 171cc Champion single-cylinder OHV engine generates 3100 starting watts and 2800 running watts.
The power produced is clean and safe for sensitive devices such as laptops or smartphones.
The fuel tank is not too big and only needs 1.6 gallons of gas. At 25% load, it can run for up to 8 hours on one full tank. The built-in handles and wheels combined with its compact design make transporting and storing the unit effortless. Most of all, it's very quiet with a noise level of only 58 dbA, making it as loud as normal conversations.
The Champion Power Equipment 75537i is available in all 50 states and is covered with by a 3-year limited warranty plus lifetime of free technical support.
The Honda EU2000I Super Quiet 2000 Watt portable generator is one of the best portable generators in the market.
Because of Honda's well-established reputation, a lot of people choose to pay premium pricing for a reliable and dependable brand. This is not to say that the price is expensive, in fact, it's quite affordable for the quality of the product you're getting.
With just a gallon of fuel, this portable generator can already run for up to 8 hours. That's already great fuel efficiency, other generators would easily need double the amount of fuel for the same run-time.
The Honda GX100 is able to produce 2000 starting watts and 1600 running watts. This would be enough for small AC units, refrigerators, microwaves, or other essential household appliances. True to its portability, it only weighs 46 pounds and can be easily carried by a single adult. If you need more power, its parallel capability will allow you to connect a similar model to produce up to 4000 watts of running power. It's really quiet with noise levels going as low as 53 dbA when in economy mode and not running at full load.
To make it an even better investment, this includes a 3-year warranty for both residential and commercial use.
The Powerhorse Inverter Generator LC3500i produces 3500 starting watts and 3000 running watts. If you're looking for a generator for commercial use, you may want to consider a different brand as this one only has a 90-day warranty and is best suited for residential use which is covered by a 2-year warranty.
This portable generator is geared towards camping, tailgating, and home use providing just enough power for multiple appliances. With its quiet 57 dbA noise level, you can confidently bring this to campsites or national parks.
If you're running it at only 25% load, you can expect up to 11 hours of run-time with only 2.6 gallons of fuel. In case you'll need more power, you can simply buy cables and pick another Powerhouse unit for more power which is always a good option if you plan on running multiple appliances concurrently for long periods of time. The electric start means no yanking or pulling to get it started, all it takes is a simple press of a button.
The Powerhorse Inverter Generator LC3500i is EPA and CARB compliant making it available for purchase in all 50 states.
The Ryobi RYI2200 is a good alternative to a Honda portable generator. Price wise they're almost the same with this Ryobi model able to produce 200 watts more at 2200 starting watts and 1800 running watts.
It's very compact and the design even includes two carrying handles if you prefer to carry the unit but it can also be easily wheeled via the telescoping luggage-style handle.
It is not equipped with an electronic start and may need a few pulls to get started especially during the initial start.
If you want more power, just purchase the parallel connection kit and connect another similar unit to get twice the power. It's very quiet and is rated to be quieter than a normal conversation. To maximize run-time, run it at 25% load and you can expect it to provide power for around eight hours on one full tank of gas.
The Ryobi RYI2200 is a less expensive alternative to Yamaha or Honda models that perform as expected with drawbacks focusing mainly on the paper funnel supplied for filling the oil and limited fuel capacity.
The Honda Power Equipment EB2800i is ideal for job sites and is job site grade with GFCI protection, OSHA & LA-ETL compliant. It has been rated #1 by builders for multiple years assuring dependability and durability.
Since it's powered by a Honda engine, you can expect long years of reliable service. The best part about this portable gas generator is its long run-time. With only 2.1 gallons of fuel, it can operate for up to 12 hours straight.
This is due to Honda's Eco throttle system which allows the engine to automatically adjust based on the required power.
Even if it's designed for job site use, it's relatively quiet producing only 61 dbA which is always a good feature. Even with a rugged full frame protection, it only weighs 67 lbs. Even though it doesn't have an electric start, most users have reported that it starts with only one pull.
Safety wise, each outlet has its own circuit protector which protects from overloading and in cases of low oil, the engine will automatically shut down. For residential use, the warranty is 3 years, while commercial use limits it to 1 year.