Some of the Best Medium Power Portable Generators on the Market Today

Overview

First of all, we'll be the first to agree that our classification "medium power" may be subjective to some people. And there are other generators out there made by lesser known manufacturers which we have not included, but would qualify for the classification. In time, we hope to cover some of these too. But for now, we have gathered for you here a broad selection from among the best you can buy. 

Manufacturers

The models we look at are manufactured by Briggs & Stratton, Champion Power Equipment, DuroMax, Generac, WEN, and Westinghouse.

Types of Medium Power Models

Of the generators shown here, fifteen are single (gasoline) fuel inverters and eight are dual fuel (gasoline and propane) inverter. The rest are generators built on traditional technology. Most are of the open frame type.

Power Outputs

Using gasoline, these generators range from a low of 2300 to a high of 5000 running watts, and 3000 to 6250 starting watts. On propane the outputs range from 3150 to 4275 running watts and 3600 to 5225 starting watts.  
4 stars

Briggs & Stratton Q6500

Weight: 139lbs - Sound: 66dB
Gasoline Start: 6500w - Run: 5000w
Powerful and reasonably quiet, this inverter is quite a good choice for home backup of more than just your basic and essential appliances.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100519

Weight: 121lbs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 6250w - Run: 5000w
A fairly powerful open frame inverter with a different look, this generator is a great choice to insure against a power  outage.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN GN6000

Weight: 119lbs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 6000w - Run: 5000w
Compact design with a digital display and a good level of power output for emergency backup, boasting easy maintenance.
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4 and a Half stars

DuroMax XP5500EH DF

Weight: 124lbs - Sound: 69dB
Gasoline Start: 5500w - Run: 4500w
Propane: Start: 5225w - Run: 4275w
Versatile and powerful, this dual fuel open frame generator has an electric start. It's perfect for RVs and power outages.
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0 stars

DuroMax XP5250EH DF

Weight: 124lbs - Sound: 69dB
Gasoline Start: 5250w - Run: 4200w
Propane: Start: 5000w - Run: 4000w
A DuroMax with electric start and dual fuel flexibility to deliver power to your home or on the jobsite.
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4 and a Half stars

DuroMax XP4850EH DF

Weight: 122lbs - Sound: 69dB
Gasoline Start: 4850w - Run: 3850w
Propane: Start: 4608w - Run: 3658w
Dual fuel flexibility, electric start, and enough power for home essentials during power outages or for work on jobsites.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 76533 DF

Weight: 119lbs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 4750w - Run: 3800w
Propane: Start: 4275w - Run: 3420w
Dual fuel and electric start give you ample versatility and power for home essentials and more when needed.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN DF475T DF

Weight: 105.8lbs - Sound: 69dB
Gasoline Start: 4750w - Run: 3800w
Propane: Start: 4350w - Run: 3500w
Key-operated electric start with dual fuel versatility and a choice of 120/240v to power your equipment.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56475

Weight: 112.5lbs - Sound: 67dB
Gasoline Start: 4750w - Run: 3750w
Good power from this electric start open frame with as a digital readout to help you manage oil changes and maintenance schedules.
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4 stars

Briggs & Stratton P4500

Weight: 115lbs - Sound: Not Stated
Gasoline Start: 4500w - Run: 3700w
An interesting design makes this electric start inverter stand out. It has plenty of power for your basic essentials and for other uses.
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4 and a Half stars

Westinghouse iGen4500

Weight: 98lbs - Sound: 52dB
Gasoline Start: 4500w - Run: 3700w
Remote key fob/electric start and digital readout, plus low noise and lots of power makes this inverter an excellent pick for many uses.
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4 and a Half stars

Westinghouse WGen3600

Weight: 107bs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 4650w - Run: 3600w
No electric start, but features such a 13.5 hours run time and a 30 Amp RV outlet make it ideal for camping and home backup.
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4 and a Half stars

Generac 7678 GP3600

Weight: 104.7lbs - Sound: Not Stated
Gasoline Start: 4500w - Run: 3600w
With Generac's Advanced PowerRush Technology giving 40% more starting power, this model is good for outages, work and play.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100307 DF

Weight: 104.9lbs - Sound: 68dB
Gasoline Start: 4375w - Run: 3500w
Propane: Start: 3950w - Run: 3150w
A good choice due to its dual fuel versatility to power your home or RV with up to 9 hours runtime on gas and 10.5 hours on propane.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100574 DF

Weight: 82.2lbs - Sound: 64dB
Gasoline Start: 4000w - Run: 3500w
Propane: Start: 3600w - Run: 3150w
Honda reliability, quiet operation and light weight make this inverter a top choice for limited home backup and casual use.
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4 and a Half stars

Champion 100302

Weight: 81.6lbs - Sound: 64dB
Gasoline Start: 4000w - Run: 3500w
Hybrid technology gives you a 50% quieter and 20% lighter inverter than traditional models, making it an effective power solution.
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4 and a Half stars

DuroMax XP4400E

Weight: 122lbs - Sound: 69dB
Gasoline Start: 4400w - Run: 3500w
A fully featured electric start model with 120/240v capability powerful enough for your home essentials and high amperage tools.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN GN400i

Weight: 66.1lbs - Sound: Not Stated
Gasoline Start: 4000w - Run: 3500w
Another of the more powerful inverters in an Open Frame for easier maintenance. Being very affordable makes this a tempting choice.
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4 and a Half stars

WEN 56380i

Weight: 99.2lbs - Sound: 57dB
Gasoline Start: 3800w - Run: 3400w
Compact and quiet, this inverter has an excellent control panel with digital readout, and has a decent amount of power for various uses.
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4 and a Half stars

Generac GP3500iO

Weight: 74.3lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 3500w - Run: 3000w
An open frame inverter made for people to take camping and tailgating. It's also got enough punch for light job site work.
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4 and a Half stars

Generac iQ3500

Weight: 109.1lbs - Sound: N/A
Gasoline Start: 3500w - Run: 3000w
Fully featured electric start inverter with 120/240v capability providing  enough output for home essentials and high amperage tools.
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Last updated on: 1 December 2022
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