What Are The Best Generators Under $2000

What Are The Best Generators Under $2000?

​There is no doubt in my mind that if you are planning on spending anywhere from $1700-$2000 on a generator you are going to want the best of the best. So I decided to put together this list of some of the best generators under the $2000 mark to give you a better idea of what's out there and kind of highlight some of the top performers in the category.

The list I have is kind of a mixed bag, so to speak and I really tried to appeal to a wider audience by offering different types of generators to fit specific needs of people but all of these models are highly rated and the best of the best when it comes to other generators in their category.

​​The Briggs & Stratton 2200-Watt Inverter Generator

​The Briggs & Stratton 2200-Watt Inverter Generator, 3000-Watt Inverter Generator, and Parallel Cable Connector Kit bundle already contain two inverter generators and a parallel cable connector kit. Combining the two generators allows for a double power output.

The first generator included is the Briggs & Stratton 30651 that provides 1,700 running watts and 2,200 starting watts.

With only a gallon of fuel running at 25% load, it can last for up to 8 hours.

The Briggs & Stratton 2200-Watt Inverter Generator, 3000-Watt Inverter Generator, and Parallel Cable Connector Kit bundle already contain two inverter generators and a parallel cable connector kit. Combining the two generators allows for a double power output.

The first generator included is the Briggs & Stratton 30651 that provides 1,700 running watts and 2,200 starting watts. With only a gallon of fuel running at 25% load, it can last for up to 8 hours. It's also very quiet with a noise level of only 59 dbA. In terms of portability,  at almost 55 lbs it can be carried by one person but can also be carried by two thanks to the H-handle design. Apart from the two 120V 20A and one 12V-20A DC outlets, it also comes with a USB adapter.

The second generator included in the bundle is the Briggs & Stratton 30545 which provides a higher power output of 3000 starting watts and 2600 running watts. It's also bigger and heavier at 85 lbs but includes 6-inch wheels for effortless mobility. Runtime is slightly longer at 10 hours with 25% load but will require 1.5 gallons of gasoline.
Both generators are covered by 2 years warranty for home use and 1-year warranty for commercial use. Both are also quiet and unfortunately, both are also not available for sale in California.

The bundle already includes the Briggs & Stratton 6278 parallel cable connector kit which will allow both generators to be connected to produce a bigger power output. It comes built-in with a 120V 30A twist lock and 120V 30A RV outlet.

Briggs & Stratton 2200-Watt

​It's also very quiet with a noise level of only 59 dbA. In terms of portability,  at almost 55 lbs it can be carried by one person but can also be carried by two thanks to the H-handle design. Apart from the two 120V 20A and one 12V-20A DC outlets, it also comes with a USB adapter.

The second generator included in the bundle is the Briggs & Stratton 30545 which provides a higher power output of 3000 starting watts and 2600 running watts. It's also bigger and heavier at 85 lbs but includes 6-inch wheels for effortless mobility. Runtime is slightly longer at 10 hours with 25% load but will require 1.5 gallons of gasoline.
Both generators are covered by 2 years warranty for home use and 1-year warranty for commercial use. Both are also quiet and unfortunately, both are also not available for sale in California.

The bundle already includes the Briggs & Stratton 6278 parallel cable connector kit which will allow both generators to be connected to produce a bigger power output. It comes built-in with a 120V 30A twist lock and 120V 30A RV outlet.

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​The WEN 5613KK Gas Powered Portable Generator

The WEN 5613KK Gas Powered Portable Generator has the biggest power output for this specific portable generator line. With 13000 starting watts and 11000 running watts, almost all your appliances can be powered by this portable generator. 

At 50% load, it can run for almost 8 hours given that the 8-gallon fuel tank is filled.

It has a total of eight outlets - four 120V 20A outlets, one 120V 30A RV outlet, one 240V outlet, one 12V DC outlet, and one 120/240V 30A twist lock outlet.

WEN 5613K

​It's heavy at 344 lbs but comes with a wheel handle kit which makes it easy to move around.  For a generator this size, you can expect a higher noise level at 82 dB. You also won't have to worry about your sensitive devices since it provides clean stable power good enough for cellphones and laptops. If you're planning to use it as a backup power supply for your home or building, connecting it to a transfer switch would be easier but will need to be purchased separately.

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​The DeWalt PD532MHI005

The DeWalt PD532MHI005 Gas Powered Portable Generator is geared towards commercial use or for use in bigger homes. It has been tested for use in job sites and is made with steel frames with a lifting hook. It offers 6000 starting watts and 5300 running watts.

Because it's equipped with a premium alternator, it's considered safe to use for sensitive electronics. It also provides a very long run time of 14 hours at 50% load thanks to its Honda GX340 OHV engine.

Safety features are also in place in case of overloading or low oil.

DeWalt PD532MHI005

The hydraulic/magnetic circuit breaker protects from overloading while the low-oil shut-off system automatically shuts off the engine in case of low oil levels.

It's also important to highlight that it comes with a full power switch that allows  three possible operation modes - 120V, 240V or simultaneous 120/240V. It's a tough generator covered by a 3-year limited warranty and is EPA, CSA and Carb compliant. 

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​The Energy Storm, Electric Start Inverter Generator

The Energy Storm, Electric Start Inverter Generator is a quiet generator that delivers a lot of power. With 4000-watt peak and 3,800-watt running power, it's amazing that the noise level is only at 59 dbA.​

Another feature that should be highlighted its low pure sine wave distortion which is only at 2%, this is much lower than most generators which means it's safe to use with sensitive equipment. You can expect clean power delivered to your electronics such as cell phones, game consoles, sensitive power tools, laptops, and computers.

Lifan Energy Storm

There's also no need to yank or pull anything to get this unit started, all it takes is a push of a button using the remote key. For backup, a recoil start option is still available. For protection, it comes equipped with AC overload protection and low oil engine shutdown.

In total, it has four power outlets including two 120V 20A, one 12V DC, and one 3 prong RV receptacle. Its total weight is almost 113 lbs but since it comes with a foldable handle and 4 lock down casters, it's not too hard to pull it around.

You are also free to use this generator legally in national parks thanks to its exhaust spark arrestor. And being CARB certified means it can be used in all 50 states plus Canada. 

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​The Generac XG8000E Portable Generator

The Generac XG8000E Portable Generator is a US made generator. It is powered by a Generac OHVI engine specifically designed for powering generators which equates to longer engine life even when running for longer periods of time.

Delivering 8,000 running watts and 10,000 starting watts, powering up most of your appliances won't be an issue. It has a 9-gallon steel gas tank which when filled can have the unit running for up to 10 hours at 50% load.

Genrac XG8000E

To start the unit, just conveniently press a button involving no physical effort on your part. But just in case the battery dies, the manual recoil start is available as a backup option. Despite being on the larger scale, it only produces a noise level of 70-75 dbA.

The only drawback of this unit is it's not CARB compliant which makes it unavailable to California residents. Otherwise, you can expect a reliable generator that is covered with a two-year warranty for residential use. 

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