Small Generators are one of the most popular types of generators available and this is not because they are often going to be the cheapest option available. A small generator is going to be a more portable power source that you can take with you from place to place.
They are often called portable generators and while they are not often marketed as generators solely for home use, they can certainly be used in your house. If there is a power cut or you simply don’t have enough plug sockets for everything, a small portable generator is definitely going to be incredibly useful.
But if you want to buy a small generator, prepare yourself for a difficult task. There are a lot of things to consider when buying a small generator which can make knowing which model to purchase difficult. Below, I’ve outlined all the important things to think about before you make a decision on what to buy.
Which fuel type should you opt for?
Generators can take different fuel types each has its own advantages and potential disadvantages to consider. Petrol/ natural gas are going to be your most easily available fuels, however, while these are relatively easy to find they are not the most fuel efficient option.
Diesel powered generators will often be more efficient but they are again not an eco-friendly choice. Propane is not as readily available but they often run more quietly. Solar-powered small generators are more expensive but they run more quietly and are very eco-friendly. Some generators are dual or even tri-fuel which means they can run on many different types of fuel as well.
What brand should you buy?
You will find small generators under many different brand names. Some you might recognize while others might be completely new to you. But which one should you choose? Do you go with a manufacturer like Honda that is well-known although not typically for generators?
Or a brand like Generac who you might not have heard of but have a wide array of different generator types available? The best way to get more in-depth information about which generator brand/ model to buy is to read reviews. Best Generators.org is a great resource for this as it offers in-depth generator news and reviews.
How much should you spend?
Well, this is hardly ever going to be a question many people want to face but it’s important you get a budget worked out before you start deciding what to buy. Small generators can be found to match all kinds of budgets from around £100 to £500 plus at the upper end. You might get more features with expensive models but be sure you are paying for something you actually need.
What features should you look out for?
Speaking of features, what should you look out for when it comes to buying a small generator? While there are plenty of features available some important ones to consider are inverter technology, electric/ automatic start-ups, dual/ tri-fuel capabilities and quiet running.