Best Backup Generators

Top-Rated & Best-Selling Emergency Backup Generators

By  | Portable Generator Product Expert

What if you could ensure security during an emergency, crises, extreme conditions, or blackouts? Emergency generators are a smart investment to make.

To help you cut through the clutter and variable reviews, this year we compiled a list of the best-selling, top-rated and expert-recommended models.

Browse the lists below, or take a look at our Emergency Generator Buyer's Guide first.

Top 10 Selling Backup Generators

Top 10 Rated Backup Generators

Recommended Backup Generators

Top Medium Emergency Generators
Generac RS5500 - 5500 Watt Rapid Start Portable Generator w/ Convenience Cord
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Generac RS5500 – 5500 Watts comes with PowerDial. This convenient feature streamlines the start-up process by not having separate run, fuel or choke controls. This eliminates the search for separate controls during an emergency. This model comes with...
Generac 5940 GP6500 - 6500 Watt Portable Generator
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
These GP6500 generators run like a champs. Very solidly built at an affordable cost. You can find cheaper generators, but no where near the quality of Generac. This is our biggest seller during national disasters such as hurricanes as it will keep al...
CAT® RP6500E - 6500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
This generator has enough power to back up your refrigerator and sump pump and a few lights. If you are looking for a generator to be there in an emergency when you need, this CAT model can give you peace of mind that your most important appliances a...
Top Large Portable Emergency Generators
Champion 100110 - 9200 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
This is a very good sized generator for emergency backup power. It also comes with electric start which is a huge plus so anyone can start it during an emergency without having to try to use a recoil start. It's affordable and will power your fridge,...
Briggs & Stratton 30664 - 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator w/ (4) 120V Outlets
The Briggs & Stratton 30664 is stylish and stout, with plenty of available power for larger appliances. It comes nicely equipped with an electric start Briggs & Stratton Elite 2100 Series™ OHV Engine. Plus, it features an extra-large, 7-gallon metal ...
Generac 6954 - GP8000E 8000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
We like the Generac 8000 watt portable generator for four reasons. 1. Electric Start Generators are often hard to start with a recoil rope. This Generac generator comes conveniently equipped with an electric start button and a battery. Simply press t...
Top X-Large Emergency Generators
Generac GP17500E - 17,500 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5
An extremely popular generator in Florida. Most homes in Hurricane country are powered entirely by electricity -- no natural gas or propane fuel source. Standby generators simply don't work in these situations because they need natural gas or pro...
CAT® RP12000 E - 12,000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
One workhorse of a generator. Is it an emergency generator? Is it a professional generator? Actually, it's both. Homeowners love it because it generates enough electricity to power a small home. Contractors love it because it can power an en...
Champion 100111 - 12,000 Watt Electric Start Portable Generator
If you were considering a 7000-8000 watt portable, but you still wanted to power a few more items at the same time, this 12,000 Watt Portable from Champion is your answer. This tough generator meets any of the needs you throw at it- that's why we...

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