Originally Posted by Bassdogs
Never a better item to get the best rather than the cheaper one. There are many would who have had good luck with some of the middle priced brands but no one who was dissatisfied with a H or Y. This is one of those "you get what you pay for" items.
I respectfully disagree. If you do your research, you can find that there are several 2000 watt inverter generators which cost far less than the so-called "gold standard", but which get equally impressive reviews by users. I can buy 2 2000 watt units with the parallel connectors included for the price of a single Honda (and I have even read complaints about the Honda and Yamaha).
The 2 brands I researched were Champion and Powerhorse. I ultimately bought the Powerhorse because it was rated slightly quieter (52-61 db) than the Champion. Champion had 100 more watts running power (which probably accounts for the slightly higher decibel rating), but that really didn't impact my choice... it still won't run my AC, and the Powerhorse runs everything else, so I picked the pretty blue one.