If a reduced noise level is more important to you than sheer power then our selection here should have you off to a good start.
But before we get into it, let's remind ourselves about how noise can be a very subjective issue. To some extent, a lot depends on how good or bad our hearing is, and it's hard to find two people who can agree on how loud anything is. We've added a bit more information on noise
and what effects it can have on you.
We've seen a wide variety of review opinions relating to all kinds of portable generators. Some say a generator is really quiet, while others will swear it's louder than advertised. This goes to prove our point.
So we guess the only way to make up your mind is to listen physically to any generator that interests you as it revs through its paces. But we also know how impractical that is nowadays.