Tried &Tested: Best Electric Start Generator Models

You want one thing from your generator – for it to start every time you push the button. That’s the case whether you’re on the road, on the work-site, caravanning in the outback, or at home in a blackout. An electric start generator is designed to start without any fuss.

But with so many electric start generators on the market, how do you know which to choose? Our experts have done the hard work for you. After putting them through their paces, here’s our pick of the best electric start generator models out there:

Best for small home backup, camping and caravanning: Yamaha EF3000iSE 

When it comes to recreational and small home backup generators, Yamaha has it covered. This Yamaha EF3000iSE is an electric start generator with excellent fuel efficiency. In fact, the inbuilt smart throttles with automatic sensors adjust the engine speed to match the required load. This means you can get almost 21 hours of continuous run-time at a quarter-rated output – at the push of a button. Thanks to the noise block technology and inbuilt mufflers, it has super quiet operation of only 51 decibels at quarter load. It also has an inverter system so you can safely run mobile phones, laptops and TVs without worrying about power surges. To top it off, it comes with handy extras like built-in wheels and a 4-year warranty at no added cost.

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The Yamaha EF3000iSE will comfortably run your caravan’s air conditioner and all your sensitive electronics, keeping you cool and connected whilst on the road.

Best for whole home backup:  Yamaha EF7200E

Okay, we know it’s another Yamaha – but we couldn’t go past the new Yamaha EF7200E. This beast provides a seriously impressive 11 hours of run time at quarter load on one tank. How? Because the fuel tank is a massive 28 litres. This electric start generator produces peak power of 6kVA and continuous running power of 5.5kVA, making it great for larger loads like fridges and air conditioners and other household items. No wonder the EF7200E is an increasingly popular choice for home backup power in an emergency situation, as well as farms and work-sites. Features also include a digital multi-function metre display, economy idle switch, oil level warning system and noise suppressor.


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With a 4 year warranty, backed up a national service network, you’ll have peace of mind that the EF7200E won’t let you down in times of need.

Best Electric Start Generator for trade:  Powerlite 8kVA Vanguard

Looking for a generator you can count on to power up tools as you move from job to job? This electric start generator by Powerlite is every tradie’s best mate. With a continuous output of 6800 watts, the petrol generator has enough grunt to handle portable electric tools, including 140 Amp welder (on light duty), shearing plant, and air compressor (with up to 2.2kW electric motor) – not to mention heaters, lights and appliances.

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The Powerlite 8KVA Vangaurd Electric Start Generator is a popular model for a wide range of applications on the work site.

Best for diesel home backup:  Pramac 8.8kVA Diesel

 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 Lombardini engine, the electric start generator is equipped with a control panel to give you ultimate command. You can also integrate other accessories, such as a auto transfer switch for backup to your mains switchboard automatically and wheel & handle kits for easy transportation.

This video is a tutorial for operation of the Pramac S series Generators

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

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6 thoughts on “Tried &Tested: Best Electric Start Generator Models”

  1. Hi Mike,
    I have a 8 KVA solar system on the house , no battery storage, I’m after a generator suitable for a 3 phase system, that will start the inverter in the day and power the house at night. How would I set that up .

    1. Hi Chris,

      Your solar installer is best placed to advise on specifics around setup and configuration for your particular solar system.
      In terms of an appropriate generator for your described application, I would be recommended you consider a model from our Auto Start Generator range which are designed to automatically start and stop when required as a backup to mains or solar. Specifically, the Three Phase Models to consider would be:

      Powerlite Honda 8kVA Three Phase Auto Remote Start Generator

      Pramac 10.8kVA Three Phase Silenced Auto Start Diesel Generator

  2. Great post! We are on the hunt for a new generator, and have been looking at a Yamaha and a Kawashima. Just curious do you find the Yamaha EF7200E noisy? We are hoping to find a model that is the quietest possible. Thanks for sharing your insights! 🙂

    1. Hi Matt, thanks for your question – the Yamaha EF7200E is certainly one of our more popular models, particularly for home backup power. It has a noise rating of 71 decibels (at quarter load, 7 metres). For a quieter generator of a similar size, you would need to opt for a fully enclosed model with full soundproof casing, such as:

      – Yamaha EF6300iSE 6300w Inverter Generator
      – Pramac 6kVA Super Silenced Auto Start Diesel Generator

      Please let us know if we can help further? Many thanks.

  3. This is a very nice post. It is also very helpful for us. I have been searching this type of information because I want to buy generators for my business. I learned a better knowledge about that. Thanks.

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