The top three generators for general home use are the Generac 5982 GP3250, the Generac XG8000E and the Yamaha EF2000iS, according to TopGeneratorReviews.com. Standby generators provide back-up electrical power during utility outages.
The Generac 5982 GP3250 is a 3,750-watt gas-powered portable generator with good power-to-weight ratio, compact design, splash lubrication and low-oil shutdown. It is ideal for homeowners who use their generators infrequently. Its 3.5-gallon fuel tank can power a home for nearly 10 hours at half load, making it ideal for home emergencies.
The Generac XG8000E is a 10,000-watt gas-powered portable generator that has four times the engine life of Generac's GP series. Its larger fuel tank makes it ideal for extended use when the generator runs all day for most days. It is strong enough to power many home appliances such as electric stoves, air conditioners, heaters, power tools and sump pumps, with a power panel that includes six outlets.
The Yamaha EF2000iS is a 2,000-watt gas-powered inverter generator that is quiet, fuel efficient and safe for sensitive appliances. However, it requires maintenance every 100 hours of use or every six months.