Some of the quietest generators on the market today include the following listed models, each one produced by WEN, Champion, and Atima, respectively. The generators are all similarly priced, or all fall in the $400 price range, with the first two generators only separated by a $3.00 difference in price.
All the machines feature a low THD, or total harmonic distortion rating, which makes them ideal choices for powering sensitive electronics, including personal computers, laptops. mobile phones, tablets, and TVs.
The Atima generator, which is the highest priced of the units, features an award-winning design, and received high marks for its easy start and low noise. Because all the generators run quietly, your ultimate selection will hinge on your preferred brand and the reputation, looks, convenience, and amenities of the machine.
Best Gas-Powered Portable Inverter Generator
This extremely quiet operating generator – WEN 2000 Gas Powered Portable Generator (Model 56200i) – CARB Compliant runs at a mere 51 decibels at a 25% load, which is quieter than the sound of a window air conditioner. Therefore, this adaptable generator is ideal to use for camping out in peaceful locations. The device, which is CARB compliant, also produces clean energy free of voltage drops and spikes. Total harmonic distortion is slight as well, thereby making the device the ideal unit to use to power sensitive electronics, including tablets, cellphones, laptops and monitors.
This generator features a 4-stroke 79.7cc OHV engine with 1,600 running watts and 2,000 staring watts of power. Displaying one 12V DC receptacle and two three-prong 120V receptacles, the generator features one 5V USB port as well.
This WEN generator permits you to optimize fuel economy with its in-built Eco-Mode feature, thereby permitting the motor of the device to adjust fuel consumption automatically. A parallel connection is available if you wish to connect two generators for power. Weighing just 48 pounds, the WEN inverter model features a convenient carrying handle. This WEN product is backed by a 2-year warranty.
Most consumers who used the generator liked the machine’s quietness and easy-start feature. Users also commented on the generator’s light weight and simple portability. Users said the generator can run a full eight hours on a tank of gas.
Top 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Inverter Generator
This lightweight and quiet stackable generator – Champion 2000 Watt Stackable Inverter Generator (Model 73536i) weighs under 50 pounds and emits 53 dB of noise, making it ideal for camping. Featuring 1,700 running watts and 2,000 starting watts of power, this generator can run up to 9.5 hours on a tank of gas. The 80cc Champion engine and parallel connect feature make this device a popular choice among consumers seeking an extra reliable machine.
The generator displays one 12V DC outlet and two 120V 20A household outlets, all of which produce clean power with under 3% total harmonic distortion (THD). Because of its low distortion rating, this Champion generator is ideal for powering sensitive electronics. A two-year limited warranty comes with the machine.
The unit features a low oil shut-off sensor as well as overload protection. With its parallel connection feature, you can stack two Champion generators seamlessly—one on top of the other—and provide enough power for an RV air conditioner. The device’s low weight and in-built handle also provides for easy transport and storage.
Customers noted the quiet and smooth operation of the machine as well as its easy start and portability. Most of the users said that the machine ran great.
Top Rated Quiet Generator
This Red Star design award winner – Atima 2,000-watt Gas-powered 4-Stroke Quiet Inverter Generator, 2,000 Watt and CARB Compliant (Model SD2000i) features parallel capability and a noise level that is lower than similar model generators. The advanced inverter design of this device features a THD (total harmonic distortion) under three percent. This generator is therefore ideal for powering sensitive electronics. Featuring a fuel tank capacity of 0.98 gallons, the unit runs 8 hours on a 25% load.
Weighing 59 pounds, the generator features 1,600 running watts and 2,000 starting watts of power. Branded for its quiet operation, this Atima emits 54 dB at 7 meters at a 25% load. Operating on an air-cooled 4-stoke single cylinder engine, the generator can be used at work venues or camping facilities. The smart throttle system on the machine maintains a clean power output and maintains the engine speed, all which results in lower fuel consumption, vibration, and noise.
Customers had nothing but good things about this quiet portable inverter generator. They liked the easy start (the generator started on the first pull) and low level of noise. Users were impressed with both the looks and operation of the machine.