Thinking of buying a new generator? Maybe you're finally going on that caravan trip you've been planning for the past 12 months. Perhaps you're investing in a new generator as back-up to your solar system. Or maybe this is the year you're finally getting your home extension built and you need a generator to see you through.
Whatever the reason, before you purchase a new generator, it pays to know the brands out there. Just like the rest of your camping equipment, work gear or home tools, different brands are good at different things. When you look at the best generator brands, one brand is not necessarily better than the other - but they specialise in designing generators for different purposes, be it recreational, domestic, business use, events, construction or even mining.
Here's our list of the top 9 generator brands:
1. Yamaha Generators
You only need to look at Yamaha's motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and wave runners to see how its innovation and expertise translates to world-beating technology. Yamaha has been designing some of the best generator engines in the field for the past 50 years. They are the quietest, lightest and most fuel efficient among their peers. Don't take our word for it, check out the Yamaha recreational range of Inverter Generators. You'll never go back...
BEST FOR: camping, caravans & camper trailers, food trucks & vans, mobile businesses, DIY and small trade tasks, home backup
2. Briggs & Stratton Generators
Few brands can match Briggs & Stratton's value for money range of inverter generators. Featuring the latest in silent inverter technology Briggs & Stratton takes portable power generation to the next level. All Briggs & Stratton inverters are backed with a 3-year manufacturer's warranty.
BEST FOR: DIY and small trade tasks, small home backup,camping and carvanning
BEST SELLING UNIT: Briggs & Stratton P3400
3. Honda Generators
Tough and robust, Honda has an enviable reputation in the generator world. In fact, we'll go so far to say that Honda generators are among the most popular and reliable portable generators in the Australian market. Honda engines are used in power equipment the world over and are an undisputed leader for reliability. You'll find the Honda engines in portable generators manufactured by leading Australian companies such as Gentech, Dunlite and Powerlite - which leads us nicely to...
4. Powerlite Generators
Powerlite has been manufacturing Australia's largest range of portable trade and farming generators brand for over 50 years. You can find a portable generator to suit your construction, farming, trade, mining or standby power requirements when and where you need it. All sets are powered using premium engines from Honda, Yanmar, Kohler or Vanguard and are coupled with maintenance free high performance European alternators to provide the highest regulated 240v and 415v output available in a portable compact unit. Best in class in for trade uses.
BEST FOR: trade, construction, mining, farming, industrial
5. Kubota Generators
Kubota diesel generators are powered by genuine Kubota engines, renowned worldwide for their superior reliability and long service life. They are designed to operate effectively and efficiently, and are easily maintained. With a wide range from 6kVA to 30kVA, you're sure to have your needs covered.
BEST FOR: home/small business power back up, trade uses (diesel range)
BEST SELLING UNITS: Kubota 6kVA Lowboy
6. Crommelins Generators
Building generators for more than 50 years, today Crommelins Machinery sells over 40 different petrol and diesel powered models - every one built specifically for Australian conditions and powered by Subaru Industrial Engines or other leading diesel engines such as Hatz or Kohler. Crommelins generators are the preferred supplier to the hire and rental industry and is a multiple winner of the HRIA's Supplier of the Year Award.
BEST FOR: trade, construction, mining, farming, industrial
BEST SELLING UNIT: Crommelins 6.9kVA Generator Worksite Approved
7. Pramac Generators
Pramac Generators are the world leaders for auto-start and large backup units. Manufactured in Europe to the highest of standard, these generators are suited to be connected to your mains or solar home power supply for automatic power connection during blackouts/low power reserve, or in the larger range for significant stationary standby requirements. Renowned for their state of the art genset features, these units will seamlessly kick-in to provide backup power when needed.
BEST FOR: complete home, business power back-up, auto-start requirements for solar backup.
BEST SELLING UNITS: Pramac 7.2kVA
8. Generac Generators
Generac are the largest generator manufacturer in the U.S. and specialise in backup power for your home. They've been around since 1959 and are at the cutting edge of generator technology, particularly in their auto-start gas powered generator range; these units provide seamless power to your home when there is a blackout. They are also very cost-efficient to run and and self-test automatically!
BEST FOR: gas powered auto-start generators for complete home, small business power back-up
BEST SELLING UNITS: Generac 10kVA Gas Standby Generator
9. Cromtech Generators
Cromtech are the latest release generator range from Crommelins Australia. Crommelins have been building sturdy power equipment for the Australian Hire and Construction industries for over 50 years and they've now launched a more affordable, no-fuss range of generators. The stand out generator in this new range is the budget friendly Cromtech Outback 2400w inverter generator model; very popular for camping, caravan use and domestic power back up.
The Cromtech Outback is built in China and is therefore nicely priced at under $1,000. The good thing about this Chinese-made budget generator is that it is backed by the Crommelins National Service Network - most of the budget generators on the market (i.e. many of the generators found on eBay) do not come with after-sales national support.
BEST FOR: caravan, camping, DIY, home backup power
BEST SELLING UNIT: Cromtech Outback 2400 watt inverter generator
These are just nine of best generator brands out there. So do your research and choose wisely! You can find more helpful information on different generator brands at www.mygenerator.com.au
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.