Inverter Generator Buyer's Guide
How to Pick the Perfect Inverter Generator
Inverter generators are portable generators that offer cleaner power for sensitive electronics and create less noise while doing it.
They're generally smaller than other generators, making them easier to carry where you go. And if you need to, you can actually invest in a second one and connect them together for twice the power output.
How to Size a Portable Inverter Generator
Using the chart below, you can quickly see the differences in use and wattage. Choose between 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 watts.
You can also use our generator wattage calculator to figure out your power needs. Just choose which appliances you want to power, and the calculator will automatically recommend a range of generators.
Compact Inverter Generators
Compact inverter generators produce 800 - 1,000 watts of power -- just enough electricity to power one or two appliances simultaneously.
The keyword is "simultaneously." If you simply want to brew a cup of coffee in the morning, a compact generator will suffice. You can always unplug the coffee maker then plug in the toaster to toast your bagel.
Small Inverter Generators
On the other hand, you may not want to hear the angry roar of fellow tailgaters when you unplug the television in order to start the blender.
Small inverter generators generate 1,600-2,000 watts of electricity and are designed to power multiple appliances simultaneously.
If you need to power multiple appliances at once or a high-demand appliance, these larger - yet, still relatively small - inverter generators will do the trick.
Medium Inverter Generators
Sometimes, the great outdoors get the best of us, and we demand the creature comforts of home.
Double the Power by Connecting Two Generators
If you're worried that you may need to step up to a larger emergency-style generator to get the power you need, rest assured; you can simply invest in another inverter generator and connect them together for twice the power.