Would you buy a Briggs and Stratton generator? They might be the king of mowing equipment, but when it comes to the generator market, is there any reason to choose Briggs and Stratton over Yamaha or Honda?...or a cheaper brand? Our Briggs and Stratton generator review has what you need to know.
Who are Briggs and Stratton?
In 1908, American entrepreneurs Harold M. Stratton and Stephen F. Briggs became business partners, and Briggs & Stratton was formed. The company has since become one of the most highly regarded brand names in the industry and the world's largest producer of air-cooled petrol engines for outdoor power equipment.
With renowned success in power equipment, it was only a matter of time until Briggs & Stratton moved into the generator space. Now they have a range of portable inverter generators designed for caravan/camping use, worksites, home backup power, small business & events, mobile catering and more.
What about the price? Briggs & Stratton aren't as pricey as Honda or Yamaha generators, but also not as cheap as no-name budget brands. This makes them a good option if you can't justify the spend for a premium Honda or Yamaha model, but don't want the risks of a budget 'no name' brand.
Briggs and Stratton Generator Review
Let's look at their three inverter models to see how they stack up:
With a peak power output of 2400 watts, this model from Briggs & Stratton hits the sweet spot for medium sized RV owners and has quickly become one of the more popular inverter generator options on the market.
Why? Because this generator satisfies the middle ground in both price and size. A 2000W generator (say a Yamaha EF2000iS) is usually more popular for camping and camper trailers because it's lightweight and easy to transport. A 3000W generator on the otherhand, is great for caravans that want to run a few larger appliances at once, such as a high power drawing air conditioner.
This means a 2400W inverter generator is perfect for most caravan owners! And if it is enough for your caravan set up, the Briggs & Stratton P2400 comes in at a compelling price of around $1300-$1400.
This wouldn't be a Briggs and Stratton generator review without a few stats. So here they are:
Weighing in at only 22.8 kilograms, the generator features easy starting and portability. It boasts a soft 58dB operating volume, which is quieter than a normal conversation. Other highlights include parallel capability and USB adapter. It also comes with a 3-year limited warranty for domestic use and 1-year limited for commercial use.
The best way to review a Briggs & Stratton generator is to compare it to the competition. And when you line up this model with similar models, you are paying around half the price for the Briggs. That's just for a high quality 3400W inverter generator.
And it's not just the price that's popular; this model features 'parallel capability', meaning you can connect two P3400 models together to get 5100 watts of power. The PowerSmart mode means the generator can adjust engine speed to suit your power needs and save fuel. On the on-board LCD StatStation display, you can even see your power use, output wattage of all outlets, percentage of generator load, run time and maintenance reminders telling you when it's time to change the oil, spark plug and air filter. No wonder this model is popular for bigger caravan users, home power back-up, markets and events, and more.-
There are a couple of compromises though. You don't get an electric start with the Briggs and Stratton - it's a pull start. But at just 38.6kg and with inbuilt wheel and handles (twin-cushioned, we might add), that's a small sacrifice for an inverter generator from a quality brand.
Something that might make you think twice is the fact that the generator is not made in the United States, but China. However, it's made to stringent Briggs & Stratton specifications and comes with a 3-year limited warranty (domestic), backed by a national service network.
The Briggs & Stratton P4500 fills a huge gap in the market: the gap between a 3000W generator and a 6500W generator. It surprises us too that a generator of this size had not been designed before!
This generator has a maximum output of 4500W and a continuous output of 3700W. Just like the rest of the Briggs range, this generator is a pure sine wave generator meaning it can run sensitive equipment. But that isn't why we love it - we love this generator because it has a featured called the "Co Guard Carbon Monoxide Shutdown". This patent-pending technology turns your generator off when dangerous levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the generator's operating area.
This is a game changer! Nothing is more important than ensuring the safety of your family and friends (and nice neighbours at the caravan park), so we are sure you will love this feature as much as we do!
The Briggs & Stratton Q6500 is the largest inverter generator in the Briggs range. With a maximum output of 6500W, this generator is suitable for running everything from a phone, to a laptop, caravan air conditioner, power tools, even right up to a coffee cart!
One of the things we love about this generator is although it has a huge amount of power, it doesn't compromise on quiet operation or weight. This generator operates at a soft 58dB operating volume and only weighs 64kg (which may sound like a lot, but it's similar competitor, the Yamaha 6300W Inverter Generator, weighs 91kg - a huge difference!). Plus this Yamaha generator will cost you a hefty $6,000 on average - that's more than double the Briggs Q6500 which will only set you back around $2,899!
The Briggs Q6500 has so many top selling points:
Runs for 16 hours at 1/4 load
Has a 18.9L fuel tank
Features an all steel frame enclosed in a protective shell to minimise noise
Features two 15A outlets and two USB outlets
Has a massive 32 Amp single phase outlet - no other inverter generator on the market has this!
Includes built-in wheels and handle for easy transport
Has a variable RPM engine
Comes with a 3-year warranty
Need we say anymore?!
Final Word: Briggs and Stratton Generator Review Verdict
If you want the middle ground between power, price and performance, Briggs and Stratton have it covered. You get a 3-year warranty from a long-time trusted engine brand, with lots of attractive features. Sure, if we wanted to nit-pick the features against premium brands, like Honda and Yamaha, we'll admit that Briggs isn't quite at the same level. But they're very close. And when you factor in the price, there's a lot to like about the Briggs and Stratton generators.
DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.