10 Best Quiet Generators 2017

So you finally got to the perfect camping site. The tent is up, the fire made, and dinner is cooking. You think to yourself; this would make a great photo. You grab your camera and turn it on, only to discover that the battery is dead.

You forgot to charge the battery, and now you are stuck without being able to capture this idyllic moment. If only you had a generator to plug all of your electronics in.

Since they’re so loud, however, it would wreck the serene quiet that you have come to expect from being out in nature. While it would be great to have power, you don’t want it to come at the expense of this serene scene.

Look no further than the following list! Here, we will highlight ten of the quietest generators on the market. We have tested them all, and will give you a review of top three so that you can find the best quiet generator for your outdoor needs.

Top 10 Quiet Generators Ultimate Table

PictureNameWattagePriceRating (1-5)
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1. Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator2000 watts$$$$4.7
2. WEN 56200i, 1600 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator1600 watts$$4.5
3. Champion Power Equipment 75537i 3100 Watt RV Ready Portable Inverter Generator2800 watts$$$4.5
4. WEN 56310i CARB Compliant Inverter Generator with Built-in Wheels and Handle, 3100W 3100 watts$$$4.5
5. DuroStar DS4000S, 3300 Running Watts/4000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator 3300 watts$$4.3
6. Westinghouse WH2400i Portable Inverter Generator - 2100 Running Watts and 2400 Starting Watts 2100 watts$$$4.3
7. Yamaha EF2000iSv2, 1600 Running Watts/2000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Inverter, CARB Compliant1600 watts$$$$4.3
8. Champion Power Equipment 73536i 2000 Watt Stackable Portable Inverter Generator 1700 watts$$4.2
9. DuroMax XP4400E 4,400 Watt 7.0 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start3500 watts$$4.2
10. WEN PowerPro 56101, 900 Running Watts/1000 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator 1000 watts$3.9

Buying Information

When you are trying to find the best quiet generator, you need to take into account several key factors.

  • Portability. You obviously will want a generator that isn’t too heavy if you are thinking of taking it camping with you, whether that will be in a tent or an RV. If it is on the heavier side, be sure that you find one that has wheels for easier transportation.
  • Power Output. While the main goal here is to find a generator that won’t wake or even bother the neighbors, you also want to make sure that it has plenty of power for all of your needs.

You should always try to compare what types of wattage your electronics require and the output of the generator to make sure you get one that can handle the jobs you have in mind.

  • Decibel Level. The more decibels produced by a generator, the louder it will be. Each of the models that we tested had a decibel range of 60-75 decibels, depending upon the amount of power that we were using. The more things you have plugged in, the louder the generator will be.

The general rule of thumb in campgrounds is that a generator should be no louder than 68 decibels at a distance of 50 feet.

Top 3 Best Quiet Generator Reviews

1. Honda EU2000I 2000 Watt Inverter Generator

This generator is, we found, the best quiet generator on the market. It is very lightweight, weighing only 46 pounds (gas not included).

It also gives off an impressive amount of power for its size, running at a maximum of 2000 watts at full capacity; this is more than enough to charge cell phones, camera batteries, computers, and other small electric devices and could even be used to run something as big as a small refrigerator.

The most impressive thing about this particular model is its decibel level. Most of the time when it is running, it will run at 53 dB, and only go up to 59 dB at full output; this is very quiet. To put it in context, this is the same volume level of a normal conversation between two people. Honestly, after we had it running for a little while, we forgot that it was on.

Summary: This generator is extremely quiet, but gives off plenty of power for your electronics. It also extremely lightweight, and would not be a burden to bring along when camping in a tent or an RV.

2. WEN 56200i Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator

This generator has many of the same features as our number one pick, but it is not quite as powerful. While it is extremely quiet, only 51 dB at ¼ load, it would not be a good choice to power bigger electronics, since it only runs at 1600 watts; this is still plenty of power for charging smaller electronics but would not be enough for bigger items.

What might make this an attractive buy, however, is the price. It is about half the price as the Honda generator, and therefore might make more sense for someone who is not looking for lots of power, but just enough to keep their smaller electronics going.

Summary: This is a very quiet generator that doesn’t produce quite as much power as others that we tested. However, its portability and price might make it a good buy for the right consumer.

3. Champion Power Equipment Portable Generator

Of our top three, this generator puts off the most power, which means that it can give you the most output and allow you to power more of your electronics; this makes it great for use with an RV or for camping. The remote start is also a nice touch since it allows you to start it up in the morning without having to go out to it.

However, this extra power does not come without a price. The decibel level on this generator is the highest of our top three. Its lowest output is 58 dB and will only get louder the more electronics that you hook up to it.

This generator is also the heaviest, weighing in at 95 pounds. While it is still portable, this is not a generator that you can fit in the back of your car with ease, which might make it less than ideal for tent camping or tailgating.

Summary: This generator gives off plenty of power, but is also the loudest of our top three; this would be a good choice for RV camping but might be a bit too cumbersome for other outdoor activities.

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