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The Best Portable Generators

Updated Dec 11, 2022
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For the first hour or so, there can be a certain romance to a power outage. You move through your home, light some candles, and settle into the silence, envisioning a simpler, old-fashioned way of life. Then dinnertime rolls around, you’re freezing, and the kids are completely over your “let’s turn this into a game” efforts. To get things up and running again, you need a portable generator.

Honda EU2200i, the best generator

Honda EU2200i

The best generator
The quietest, lightest, and most powerful 2,200-watt generator we tested is easy to start, and the Bluetooth app makes monitoring its power output simple.
We recommend
Ryobi RYi2322VNM, less powerful, more features

Ryobi RYi2322VNM

Less powerful, more features
The RYi2322VNM can’t match the EU2200i’s power output, but it’s as good as any non-Honda option, distinguished by intuitive Bluetooth connectivity and a convenient user interface.
Another good choice
DeWalt DXGNI2200, solid but minimalist

DeWalt DXGNI2200

Solid but minimalist
The DeWalt works well and includes key safety features, but it ranks a bit below the Honda in performance and noise, and it lacks the app support that sets both the Honda and Ryobi apart.
Another good choice
Ego Power+ Nexus Portable Power Station PST3042, gas-free convenience

Ego Power+ Nexus Portable Power Station PST3042

Gas-free convenience
The battery-powered Ego works indoors and eliminates a gas engine’s noise and hassles. It’s as strong as our gas-powered picks in power output, but it can’t match their run time, and its hours-long recharge times aren’t practical in a long-term outage.
Another good choice

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