Find the Best Quiet Portable Generator: A Super Quiet Guide

Find the Best Quiet Portable Generator: A Super Quiet Guide

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Portable generators are not born equal, especially in today’s day and age. If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of different portable generators, that’s not exactly surprising – there’s a portable generator for every need, every person. We’re talking small generators, diesel generators, propane generators, inverter portable generators, and today we’re specifically talking about quiet portable generators.

Today, I’ve written this comparison to clear up some of the confusion. What is the quietest portable generator? Although that’s clearly a matter of opinion, the best models tend to share a few common denominators. In this buyers guide, I focus on this topic so you can make an informed purchase.​

1. Honda EU2000I Super Quiet 2000 Watt Portable Generator with Inverter

First up is the Honda EU2000I. The EU2000I boasts some respectable specifications: a noise level of 59 dB at a rated load, 53 dB at ¼ load, an AC output of 120V 2000W Max and 1600W Rated, and the run time per tankful is 3.4 hours at a rate load and 8.1 hours at ¼ load. Bottom line? This is a super quiet inverter, offering stable power for appliances like computers and much more.

The model enjoys popularity due to the sheer variety of appliances it can power. Use it on the jobsite, camping, even at home. At 53 to 59 dBA, the generator produces less noise than a normal conversation. Other great features of the EU20001 are it’s portability and lightweight design. A single tank will run 3.4 – 8.1 hours so you can use this for overnight power if need be. All told, this super quiet portable generator brings clean, stable power to the table in a lighter, smaller package.

Here's an unboxing and startup video of our top generator pick:​

2. WEN 56200i Portable Inverter Generator

Designed to produce power that will prevent damage to more sensitive electronics like tablets, televisions, phones and computers, the box includes one 12V DC receptacle, two 3-prong 120V receptacles, and one 5V USB port.

An interesting feature is Eco-mode, which allows this generator to adjust its consumption of fuel – automatically. Weighing in at only forty eight pounds, the WEN 2000 is built for portability.​

3. PowerPro 56101 Gas Powered Portable Generator

Next up is the PowerPro 56101. This generator weighs less than thirty six pounds with a carrying handle built in. As if these features don’t make the PowerPro portable enough, the generator is stabilized with four rubber pads, lending even more to the convenience of use. The PowerPro uses a mix of oil and gas for fuel so you won’t need oil changes, while the 1 gallon tank easily runs for five hours at half load.

If you’re looking to add some power into your life whether you’re camping or at the big game, the PowerPro might be the best portable generator for you.

4. Champion Power Equipment 100302 RV Ready Portable Generator with Quiet Technology

The Champion Power Equipment 100302 is one quiet generator. It’s an improvement on the traditional 3500W Champion generator – 20% lighter and 50% more quiet. Champion had the ability to cut the noise level of the generator in half by working digital components into the appliance.

Cost effective and convenient, it still has enough power to start and run a 15,000 BTU air conditioner, and makes a great standby for emergencies. Although I could go on and on about this one, I’ll mention my favorite feature and move on: the smart economy mode figures out exactly how much power is needed and slows down the engine accordingly, extending engine life, fuel economy and allowing quiet operation.

5. Atima SD1000i Gas-Powered Quiet Portable Inverter Generator

Let’s wrap things up with a short discussion on the Atima SD100i. Light weight and portable, the Atima holds a good charge reliably, if not a bit louder than the other generators reviewed here. What’s great about the Atima is that it is heavy duty. The plastidc can definitely take some abuse and the hoses are quality rubber that you know won’t crack and dry out next season. Idles, well runs perfectly. If you’re OK with a little more noise, what more could you want?

Final Thoughts

What makes portable generators quiet? A portable generator sound enclosure for one, coupled with light weight and other noise adjustments. Whatever you need a portable generator that is quiet for, whether it be camping, boating, RV use, power outages or on the job, any of these products I’ve mentioned will fit the bill. Choose which specs are most important for you, and you’re good to go.

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Bob Campbell

By day Robert "Bob" Campbell is a residential carpenter but by night (and on the weekends) he is a non-stop DIY tinkerer. As the lead editor of Bob is able to share his passion for DIY projects and buying all the latest gear with the online world.