Best 4000 Watt Generator For 2015

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A 4000 watt generator packs the power needed for recreational activities, such as camping and tailgating, and is the minimum recommended wattage for an extended use situation in the home. A 4000 watt generator is typically portable. Versatility of use combined with its portable nature make a 4000 watt generator a great value for someone looking for a multi-use generator at a bargain price.

Here are our top picks:


Overall Best 4000 Watt Generator

DuroStar DS4000S 4,000 Watt 7.0 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator

The DuroStar DS4000S is our choice for best 4000 watt generator in 2015.  We like the DS4000S  because it is affordable, reliable, portable, and can be used for home or recreational use. An added bonus we observed during use is the generator is very quiet. The DS4000S was recorded with a noise level rating of just 69 dBA.



With 4000 starting watts, the DuroStar 4000S is able to handle many different devices, including refrigerators, microwaves, electrical ranges, security systems, home power tools, televisions and more. Every item listed may not be able to run at the same time, but the DS4000S is able to provide the power needed for multiple applications during an extended power outage. The generator has an 8 hour run time at half load, or 50% output capacity.

The DuroStar DS4000S generator is a great choice for emergency preparedness. The stainless steel construction and protected electrical connections mean the device is safe to run in tough outdoor conditions, including blizzards and hurricanes.

Other features include, a 4-gallon fuel tank with an easily readable gauge. The heavy duty steel frame has four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. The DS4000S is equipped with recoil start, and automatic low-oil shut off to protect the engine. The DS4000S weights 92.4 pounds. A tool-kit is also included with the generator.

Note that this generator is not CARB compliant, which means it can’t be sold in California. The Champion 46539 generator reviewed below is authorized for sale and use in California.

We were very impressed with the high performance, quiet nature, and relatively low price of the DS4000S. Customer reviews were similarly favorable, with many online reviewers telling personal stories of satisfaction with the DS4000S through blizzards and snow storms.



Best Wireless Remote Electric Start 4000 Watt Generator

Champion Power Equipment 46539 4,000 Watt 196cc 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wireless Remote Electric Start (CARB Compliant)

We found the Champion 46539 to be the best 4000 watt wireless start generator on the market. The wireless start feature is remote control operated and works up to 80 feet. Remote start is a nice feature during storms, blizzards, and hurricanes.

Weighing in at 140 pounds, the Champion 46539 includes a portability kit w/8-inch wheels for easy transport to construction job sites, camp sites, or a tailgate.

The Champion 46539  allows for twelve hours of operation at a 50% capacity. This is the standard unit of measure; 50% capacity is usually enough to power a refrigerator, lights, and a sump pump at the same time.  Engine oil is included. Champion also offers free lifetime technical support and two year limited warranty.

This 4000 watt generator includes one 120V Duplex Outlet, one 120V Twistlock outlet, and one RV Receptacle (TT-30R).



Best 4000 Watt Dual Fuel Gas and Propane Generator

DuroMax XP4400EH 7 HP Dual Fuel Propane/Gas Powered Portable Electric Start Generator, 4400-Watt

The DuroMax XP4400EH can run on propane or gas – a big advantage for emergency preparedness. The design of the XP4000EH makes it simple to switch from gas to propane. The flexible line makes it easy to hook up any size propane tank – including the one from your backyard grill.

Click here for our review of the best duel fuel generators.

The unit is easily portable. It’s 23.8” long by 20” wide by 18” high. At 128 pounds, with a durable frame which includes never-flat wheels, the 4400 watt generator can easily go wherever you need.

Note that this generator is not for sale to California residents.



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