Best DuroMax Generator Reviews

It’s easier to get something once you’ve identified which brand you want to buy from, so you’re in a good position now that you’ve decided to go with a DuroMax generator.

They’re a good choice since they supply generators of virtually every size and wattage, so you’re guaranteed to find one that suits your needs.

We’ve picked five generators from the DuroMax catalog and reviewed them below.

Each one has a short writeup about the generator and what you can get from them, though we have pros and cons lists so you can see what each one offers at a glance.

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As part of our reviews, we always try to include a buyers’ guide. In the guide below you can find vital information that everyone should know when buying generators of all brands, not just DuroMax.

In a Hurry?

Getting your next generator doesn’t need to be a hassle if our first suggestion works for you.

Save yourself time by checking out the DuroMax XP4850EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator, a humble mid-level DuroMax model that most of you should find sufficient for your needs. If not, there are more options below.

For now, though, what makes this model so impressive?

  • One of DuroMax’s most popular generators that features a starting wattage of 4,850 and a running wattage of 3,850. It’s also a quieter than usual generator at just sixty-eight decibels.
  • Has a dual-fuel tank capacity, so both gasoline and propane works for this device, and its gas capacity is 3.96 gallons. That’d translate into around ten hours of power, though you can double that with a propane tank.
  • Comes with many helpful side objects like a funnel, a toolset, the required cables, and a manual from the owners that shows you how to operate and maintain your new generator.

OUR TOP PICK

When suggesting the best, we’ll be taking everyone to account. This means that our number one generator isn’t the biggest or most powerful that DuroMax offers, by any means, but it’s the best mid-level portable generator that most of our readership will be looking for.

If you want bigger, smaller, and more powerful generators than the DuroMax XP4850EH then you can find them below.

The DuroMax XP4850EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator is our top pick because it’s a great mid-level model with quite a few convenience features, making it the best all-rounder choice for many that are looking for a domestic power solution.

As the product code says, it’s a 4,850 starting watt generator that runs at 3,850, putting it squarely in the middle of the typical wattage range of commercially available generators.

This generator markets itself as being a dual fuel generator. This means that it can take both the standard gasoline fuel that most generators take as well as propane, a stronger alternative that can get you even more power out of your machine.

The native gasoline fuel tank is 3.96 gallons, which is fine for individual use, and it can support a propane tank of up to twenty gallons. The standard tank can last for over ten hours if fully loaded and can reach double that if hooked up on propane.

Once you’ve prepped and filled the tank and started the generator up, it’ll average out at approximately sixty-eight decibels. This is quite quiet for a generator, particularly of this size, so this is great for background operation since it won’t be as distracting.

This purchase also comes with a bunch of helpful side products that are great for those who are new to generators.

You’ll get more practical supplies like the necessary charging cables, an oil funnel, and a toolset including a wrench.

It has a handle kit for easier portability as well as an owner’s manual that’ll teach you how to use all of these items to maintain your generator.

Pros:

  • A popular all-rounder DuroMax generator that runs at 3,850 watts.
  • Dual-fuel allows you to use both gasoline and propane.
  • Features a 3.96-gallon gasoline tank capacity and can support a 20-gallon propane tank.
  • Is a quieter generator at only 69 dB.
  • Comes with an oil funnel, toolset, handle kit, charging cables, and an owner’s manual.

Cons:

  • Is better for interior than exterior use.

EDITORS CHOICE

For the next generator, we’ll step it up a notch. It’s not the most powerful that DuroMax has to offer, but the DuroMax XP8500E Gas Powered Portable Generator should have most of your needs covered if you need mid- to high-wattage devices.

As the code says, it runs with a starting wattage of 8,500 and a consistent running wattage of 7,000.

This is all generated by a DuroMax 16HP 420cc, a four-cycle engine that’s air-cooled to avoid any mechanical or electrical complications. That engine runs off of a 7.9-gallon gas tank that should exceed ten hours when only half-loaded. 

If any issues should arise when the engine is doing its thing, or when the gasoline levels go beneath a set limit, the engine and generator can turn off. This saves the valuable hardware inside and keeps the machine functional for longer.

Like most DuroMax generators, the brand is generous with what they throw into the purchase.

Besides the generator itself, you’ll also get a toolset that includes a spark plug wrench, an oil funnel to refill the tank, DC charging cables, and the DuroMax manual explaining how everything works.

Pros:

  • A more powerful domestic generator with 8,500 peak watts and 7,000 running watts.
  • Powered by a steady, air-cooled DuroMax 16HP 420cc 4-cycle engine. 
  • Its 7.9-gallon gas tank can run for more than 10 hours when only filled halfway.
  • Low-oil shutoff and surge arrest technologies keep the generator safe.
  • Comes with an oil funnel, a toolset including a spark plug wrench, charging cables, and the DuroMax manual.

Cons:

  • The oil changing process can be a bit tricky.

BEST VALUE

At the midpoint of our list is the largest and most powerful DuroMax generator here, the DuroMax XP15000E Portable Generator.

You may have noticed that the last two generators have increased in wattage, and this is the payoff. The other generators after this one are smaller variants of other generators that DuroMax offers.

Once again, read the code, this generator will get you a crazy 15,000 watts at its peak and a highly respectable 12,000 watts when running normally.

This heavy-lifter generator isn’t quite as large as you may think, so it may be worth giving it a chance even if you’re short of room. It isn’t that much bigger than the previous generator. 

That said, it’s a powerhouse, so you really only want to get this if you’re expecting it to do a lot of heavy lifting, you don’t want all that spare wattage to go to waste, after all.

Inside this generator is the DuroMax 23HP engine, a V-twin engine that runs at 713ccs.

This powerful engine is how this generator can achieve such a high peak wattage, making it perfect for use with power tools and other applications that require short bursts of high power. 

Most of this generator’s volume is taken by its large fuel tank. Its 10.5-gallon fuel tank will last over twelve hours when only half full.

Say you leave the generator alone while it’s running, after a certain amount of time the idle control will kick in. What does this do?

It lowers the RPM of this generator’s engine, in turn becoming quieter and saving fuel. If the fuel runs out, it has that feature we’ve seen already, the automatic shutdown that avoids potential damage if it runs dry.

Though it’s not as big as other generators that boast a wattage of this size, the XP15000E has a robust protective casing that can make it heavy.

This is especially the case when that ten-gallon gas tank is nearly full. As you can imagine, it gets heavy, and that 713cc engine is pretty loud.

Though heavy, this can be solved with the wheel attachment kit that comes with the purchase. By strapping wheels to the casing, you can easily roll it around.

Pros:

  • Your best option for a heavy-lifting generator that provides 15,000 starting and 12,000 running watts to your home or workplace.
  • It’s powered by DuroMax’s powerful 23HP 713cc V-twin engine that works great with power tools.
  • 10.5 gallons of fuel storage will easily last half the day, if not longer.
  • Idle control and low-oil shutoff keep you and the generator safe when not in use.
  • Comes with an attachable wheel kit that allows you to shift this heavy generator.

Cons:

  • The heaviest and loudest generator here.

RUNNER UP

Coming down from the massive power of number three’s generator, here we have the DuroMax XP2000EH Dual Fuel Inverter Generator.

As you can see with its product number, we’ve gone right back down to 2,000 watts of peak power and 1,600 watts of consistent running power.

This is the one for those of you who want a small, highly portable generator for humbler needs while staying within the DuroMax brand.

The generator has enough room to store almost one gallon of fuel safely to burn it all for power. From a half-loaded gallon, this surprisingly efficient generator can reach up to five or six hours.

This is because the Eco Mode this generator has is great for getting the most out of this generator.

Many DuroMax models have a similar feature, but in this small and portable generator, it’s more appreciated since you didn’t have much fuel to work with in the first place.

What this generator has that other DuroMax models don’t is its parallel feature. With this feature, you can connect two of the same XP2000EH generators to effectively double the wattage you get out of them.

You could potentially get a 4,000+ wattage generator for much less, especially if you catch the 2,000-watt models on sale.

Each model of the XP2000EH is also pretty lightweight at only 47 pounds when empty and barely exceeding fifty when loaded.

Pros:

  • A smaller and humbler DuroMax generator with 2,000 peak watts and 1,600 running watts.
  • Has an almost 1-gallon capacity fuel tank that can run for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Its Eco-mode feature minimizes fuel consumption, extending this generator’s lifespan.
  • Its parallel feature allows you to connect two of these generators and double the wattage.
  • Very lightweight weighs only 47 pounds.

Cons:

  • The smaller size of this model means you have fewer outlets to use.

RUNNER UP

For our last generator suggestion, we have an alternative to the first generator we showed you, though it has slightly less capacity.

The DuroMax XP4400EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator is different in that it features an electric start system that’s much more convenient for users.

It starts with 4,400 watts of peak power coming from it, though it’ll more often than not give out about 3,500 watts. This is great for appliances or power tools, whichever you prefer.

This power comes from DuroMax’s 7HP 208cc OHV engine that’s capable of running with either gasoline or propane.

Gasoline will go into its four-gallon tank and you can get slightly less than ten hours from half of that.

If you want to hook some propane up to the tank instead, we’d suggest a twenty-pound tank that’s capable of achieving double that.

As is standard with DuroMax, you’ll get some of the cool tools that you’ll need to keep the generator spry.

This includes a wrench and DC cables that you’d need when you change the battery, as well as a wheel kit so you can add portability to this generator by attaching wheels.

Pros:

  • A mid-powered electric start generator with a starting wattage of 4,400 and a running wattage of 3,500.
  • Powered by DuroMax’s own 7HP 208cc OHV engine.
  • Capable of taking both gasoline and propane for several energy solutions.
  • Comes with the tools, cables, and a wheel kit to modify your generator.

Cons:

  • Isn’t RV ready, so it’ll require some work if that’s what you want.

Best DuroMax Generator Reviews Buying Guide

We wrote this buyers’ guide to help some of you find the best generator for yourselves, whether that’s a DuroMax one or not.

We’ve done this by including a breakdown of what everybody should be looking for in a generator.

By knowing these basics, you can make sure you get a satisfactory generator that’s worth your time and money.

Those basics are separated into different sections below, making them easier to read and understand.

Types of Generator

To put it broadly, you’ll need to decide on which type of generator you want to get.

Since you’re shopping inside a brand and not for a specific type of generator, you have a lot of options. You could get a conventional gas-powered generator, a dual-fuel generator, or an inverter generator all under the DuroMax brand.

The standard gas generators tend to have more kick than inverters, having higher wattages and larger fuel tanks, but this does mean they’re heavier and the power they provide isn’t as clean. Most of the opposite can be said for inverters too, and inverters are great for more sensitive electronic items.

We’d suggest a gas-powered generator in the home or workplace and an inverter generator if you need a more portable, efficient, and clean power solution that you can take with you camping.

Wattage

The wattage is the power of your generator, so it’s pretty important. Work out the wattage you need by adding up the wattages of all your household appliances, or just the ones you want to run off the generator.

If that figure is higher than a generator’s wattage, that generator isn’t up to the task, so make sure you get one that has enough watts to handle your home while having some wiggle room there too.

Make sure to measure and consider both starting and running watts, especially if you want to work with power tools.

Fuel Capacity and Run Time

These two are linked, so you can’t talk about one without talking about the other. On this list alone we have DuroMax generators that pack one to ten gallons of fuel storage, and there are much larger generators out there too.

You won’t be surprised to learn that the larger a fuel tank is, the longer that generator will last before needing a refill. It’ll also make it heavier though, so if portability is a concern, you’ll want to balance longevity and generator weight.

Noise

This one is pretty simple, how loud of a generator can you tolerate?

Some won’t mind or care, so this isn’t such a consideration, but those using generators in their own homes may want them to be quieter.

We know we’d prefer a quieter generator over a noisier one if two generators have the same or similar specs.

Additional Features

The two main added features with DuroMax generators are their power- and hardware-saving capabilities and the fact they’ll give you a bunch of stuff to work on your generator with.

Between idle control and eco-mode, your generator will run at less capacity if you aren’t using it to its full potential.

This means your generator lasts longer, meaning you get more gas for your cash. Your generator should preferably have an automatic stop too so that it won’t try running when empty.

Refueling and maintenance gear can come with the generator, from an oil funnel to spark plug wrenches and other tools that you’d need to manage the electrical components of your purchase.

Some brands, including DuroMax, will also send guides of their own that teach you how to prepare and maintain the generator once you’ve bought it.

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