Briggs and Stratton Generator Review: Do They Stack Up?

Briggs and Stratton Generator Review: Do They Stack Up?
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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 two inverter models to see how they stack up:

Briggs & Stratton 2200w Inverter Generator (P2200i)

With a peak power output of 2200 watts, this model from Briggs & Stratton hits the sweet spot for small to 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. A 2000w generator (say a Yamaha EF2000iS) is usually more popular for camping and camper trailers because it’s lightweight and easy to transport. While a 2400w generator (like the Yamaha EF2400is or Cromtech 2400w) is the go-to for caravans as you tend to need a bit more power to run common larger caravan appliances like an A/C, microwave, washing machine and so on.

This means a 2200w inverter generator is large enough for some caravan owners, but not all. And if it is enough for your caravan set up, the Briggs & Stratton P2200i comes in at a compelling price of around $1200-$1300.

This wouldn’t be a Briggs and Stratton generator review without a few stats. So here they are:

Weighing in at only 24 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.

Briggs and Stratton Generator Review
Briggs and Stratton Generator with parallel capability

Briggs & Stratton 3000w inverter generator (P3000i)

The best way to review a Briggs & Stratton generator is to compare it to the competition. And when you line up this model with a Honda 3000w or Yamaha 3000w, you are paying around half the price for the Briggs. That’s just $1600-$1700 for a high quality 3000w inverter generator.

And it’s not just the price that’s popular; this model features ‘parallel capability’, meaning you can connect two P3000i models together to get 4800 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 44kg 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.

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.

S Reynolds

Steve Reynolds, Power Product Expert at mygenerator.com.au is a small engine specialist with particular expertise in Generators, Water Pumps, Pressure Washers and other Outdoor Power Equipment products. Outside of work; an avid caravan enthusiast who enjoys time on the road and has gained years of familiarity with Caravan & Camping products also. A passion for power products used for work, home and leisure!

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3 thoughts on “Briggs and Stratton Generator Review: Do They Stack Up?”

  1. Just wondering can if you run two different name generators together?… say a 2kva plus a 1kva through a double adapter to give u a 3kva power source?

    1. Hi Neville, good question. The short answer is no. You can only pair two generators together of the same brand and usually the same model type also. For example, you can pair two Yamaha EF2000iS models to almost double the output. You will need to do this via the Yamaha parallel kit which connects the two generators. This customer here demonstrates this in a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSoM3GODJxo
      You can do the same with the slightly larger Yamaha 2400w generators and connect 2 x EF2400iS models. However you cannot pair a Yamaha EF2000iS with a EF2400iS.

      Briggs & Stratton have two inverter generator models which have this capability also: their 2200w and 3000w can be paired via a Briggs & Stratton parallel cable. In this example, the smaller P2200i model and the larger P3000i model can be paired, however this is uncommon as the increase in power is not hugely beneficial and therefore the most popular pairing combo is two generators of the same size. We actually sell the 2 x 3000w Briggs & Stratton Generators with Paralell Kit as a Pack which delivers around 4800 watts. This has proved quite popular with people wanting power flexibility depending on different applications or jobs at the time.

      Just to reiterate however, you cannot pair two generators models from different brands, i.e. you cannot pair a Yamaha generator with a Briggs & Stratton generator. Thanks

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