Best Electric Start Generator Models: 2022

Silencing, USB sockets, wheel kits - these features are all great. But if there's one thing you want from your electric start generator it's for it to start every time you turn the ignition.

Every single time.

Whether you're on the road, at the work-site, camping in the outback, or at home dealing with a blackout, you want to know your generator will start without any fuss.

And that's exactly what an electric start generator is designed to do.

In 2022, there's a huge range of electric start generators on the market, so how do you know which one is right for you?

Here at My Generator, our team has done the hard work for you. We've put them through their paces, our customers have tested them out, and we've narrowed down our pick of the best electric start generator models out there.


Best For Small Home Backup:

When it comes to backing up your home power in an emergency or outage, you can't go past MaxWatt.

The MaxWatt 4500W is an electric start generator that offers the best in portable power. This digital inverter generator is light to carry, fuel efficient and super silent - what more could you want?

It has the electrical output you need to power all sensitive electronic equipment, without worrying about power surges. At 4500W maximum output, it's one of the highest in its class. It will run for 9 hours at 50% load and 6.5 hours at 100% load, thanks to the 10 litre fuel tank.

If you're not using it at home, this electric start generator is a great pick for caravanning and camping too.

To top it off, it comes with handy extras like a quick release telescopic handle and wheels and a 2-year warranty at no added cost.

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Best For Whole Home Backup:

You can't go past a Yamaha when it comes to electric start generators. The Yamaha EF7200E petrol AVR generator has a lot to offer.

This electric start generator provides an impressive 11 hours of run time at quarter load on one tank. That's because the fuel tank holds a massive 28 litres! You get a peak power of 6kVA and continuous running power of 5.5kVA, which means it easily powers larger loads like fridges and air conditioners and other household items.

Other features we love are the digital multi-function metre display, economy idle switch, oil level warning system and noise suppressor.

No doubt about it - when you need a reliable electric start generator for home backup power in an emergency situation, this is a top pick.

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Best Auto-Start For Backup:

When you're buying a generator for home mains power backup, you want an electric start generator with auto start capability and Automatic Mains Failure. That's where the Pramac S8000 comes in.

This 7.2kVA AVR petrol generator comes with an Automatic Mains Failure (AMF) Panel (AKA an 'Automatic Transfer Switch'). The AMF detects when there is a mains power failure and signals to the generator to automatically start up (that's where the auto start capability comes in). As soon as the AMF detects that mains power has returned, it stops the generator.

Add to that the reliable Honda engine (with 3 year Honda Australia warranty), long-run 26.5L fuel tank and control panel, and it's no wonder this is one of our most popular units for back up to mains power.

The other option offered by Pramac is a 2-wire controller for backup to offgrid solar power. For both options you need a qualified electrician to install and connect the generator.


Best For Trade Applications:

Trade jobs demand a different class of electric start generator compared to home backup. It needs to be a generator you can count on to power up tools as you move from job to job. A generator that will withstand some tough love and being left in the elements all day. It needs to be portable and safe to run.

This electric start generator by MaxWatt ticks all the boxes. With a powerful, economical, quality 459cc 4 stroke air cooled engine and superior alternator with built-in Pure Sine Wave technology, this 9kVA petrol generator is perfect for powering tools as well as sensitive electronics.

This easy start generator produces 7000 watts of continuous power and 7500 watts of maximum power at approximately 82db sound. Plus, it boasts a huge 40 litre long range fuel tank for up to 16 hours of run time at 50% load or 11 hours at 100% load.

That's more than a whole day on the job site covered!

Transportation is easy thanks to the never-run-flat heavy-duty wheels and U-shaped handle.


Best For Diesel Home Backup:

We couldn't help adding another Pramac to this list. After all, if there's one thing you need from a home backup generator, it's reliability under pressure. And this Pramac 8.8kVA diesel generator delivers every time.

Powered by an economical, air-cooled Lombardini engine, the electric start generator is equipped with a control panel to give you ultimate command. It delivers 6.8kVA continuous output with a 24-litre fuel tank for long running. In fact, it will keep going for 11 hours at 75% load.

You can also integrate other accessories, such as an auto transfer switch for backup to your mains power automatically. And why not add a wheel and handle kit for easy transportation too.

Check out the full range of electric start generators at My Generator. Can't find what you're looking for? Seeking advice on the best generator for your budget and needs? Speak to our team: 1300 400 122


DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.

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