Whole-Home Generators Versus Portable Generators

Find out which generator is right for you with this side-by-side comparison.


Portable Generators

A temporary solution for power whenever and wherever you need it. 

Standby Generators

A permanent power solution for all the conveniences of life uninterrupted.

  • Portable; proper storage required
  • No installation needed; must be operated outside
  • Permanently installed outside your home
  • Professionally installed by a certified Briggs & Stratton dealer or licensed electrician
  • Manual (recoil or electric start)
  • Automatic when power goes out
Fuel Type
  • Gasoline
  • Refueling needed
  • Natural gas or liquid propane 
  • No refueling needed
What It Can Power
  • Outdoor items plugged directly into the generator
  • Indoor items through a manual transfer switch
  • Home appliances including overhead lights, water heater, refrigerator, air conditioner, and more
  • Automatically manages high wattage appliance priority with Symphony® II power management system for automatic load management

Featured Briggs & Stratton Generators

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