My locality often experiences power outages. I don't enjoy living in the dark. Although I cuss every time the power goes out, I can't help it. Last year, I finally decided to get a generator for my home. Now, there's light 24 x 7 in my house. My children can study in the evening without candles and I get to cook everyone's meals without any disturbances.
I had a lengthy experience while buying my home generator. Why lengthy? Well, I went through every possible blog, reviews, and videos that talked about different types and brands of generators. And finally, I chose Kohler over other brands. I think it offers the best value-for-money brand when it comes to generators. Today, I will compare a few Kohler generators so that you don't need to go through the time-consuming research as I did.
1. Kohler Air-Cooled Standby Generator
I'll start with the generator I use at home. This is probably the best generator from Kohler according to my opinion. In fact, thousands of users consider it as the most trusted power generator in the world. Safe to say, I made the right choice. You will not only find this generator in many homes but also restaurants, offices, and hospitals. The best part about this generator is it doesn't make any noise. I didn't want my generator to make a rumbling noise all the time.
With 64 dB noise, this is one of the most silent generators from Kohler. Moreover, this is 100% corrosion-proof. It won't get a speck of rust even if you live near a sea. This 20 kW generator, with a 200 amp transfer switch, is ideal for quick operations. It lights up my house in just 10 seconds after an outage. I will say though, this generator is slightly on the heavier side. But it comes with 20,000 working hours and a 5-year manufacturing warranty.
• Quiet operation
• Heavy-duty engine
• Automatic transfer switch
Quiet operation with only 64 dB sounda
Very heavy to carry around
2. Kohler 14RESAL-200SELS 14,000-Watt Air-Cooled Standby Generator
Had I not bought the above generator, I would have surely got this one. This is an air-cooled generator with a 200 amp transfer switch. It can be your best companion for outages caused due to utility failures or severe storms. With a 14,000 watts output power, this is one of the most powerful generators from Kohler within a small budget. Unlike most generators that you need to install at home, you can keep this one outside like the outer unit of your split air conditioner.
You should connect the generator to your home's wiring panel. Make sure you have enough fuel available to keep it going. The auto-start feature forces the generator to start right after power-cuts. Like the previous model, it can light up your house in just 10 seconds. Its voltage regulation is almost 99% accurate with only 5% harmonic distortion. This combination works excellently to protect all your electronic gadgets that work because of the generator. You will, however, need to acquire 51 batters to ignite this unit.
• Quiet operation
- Silent operation with just 63 dB sound
- Doesn't require a concrete pad to fix the generator
- Unmatched after-sales service
- Has a high maintenance cost
3. KOHLER Generators 8RESVL 100 Amp Standby Indoor Generator
If you don't want to spend a lot on a big generator for a small house, you should buy this one. Strictly speaking, this is ideal for two-room apartments. It has an automatic transfer switch of 100 amp and 12 space load center with an output power capacity of 8000 watts. You won't hear anything when this generator is on. This feature is common in almost every Kohler generator. They make noiseless generators so that no one feels disturbed.
This residential generator comes with power boost technology that enables you to run various types of household appliances without risking any outbursts. Most importantly, you can run this generator both on liquid propane and natural gas. It can restore your home's power supply in just 15 seconds after an outage. This one uses a heavy-duty engine SV620 so that the generator lasts for years. With low maintenance requirements, you should definitely go for this model if you have a tight budget.
• Premium power quality
• Quiet operation
• Heavy duty engine
- Runs on two types of fuel
- 5-year limited warranty
- Has digital voltage regulation
- Slightly noisier compared to other models
4. Kohler PRO7.5E 7.5KW Generator with Electric Start
This is a 49 state model with electric start. It's easy to install and has simple controls. You can even convert this stationary generator into a portable generator by fixing wheels. It is also the most fuel-efficient generators from Kohler with auto-idle features. It slows the generator when you don't need too much power from it. Moreover, you can refill its tank easily without spilling too much fuel.
This generator also contains maintenance minders. They display total running hours and the amount of fuel left in the tank. It has a red light that blinks whenever it requires oil, new filters, or spark plug. In addition to maintenance minders, it also contains an automatic voltage regulator that safeguards your home appliances by controlling the voltage.
It meets all OSHA requirements but isn't California-compliant. The tank holds as much as 8 gallons of gas and ignites with the help of an electric spark. With 7500 watts of output power, it is one of the most reliable Kohler generators.
High arch spout
- Meets OSHA requirements
- Has red light to display fuel needs
- Not California-compliant
5. KOHLER 2,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Inverter Generator
Wouldn't it be wonderful if your generator is smart enough to switch on and switch off automatically only when you need it? Or maybe reduce its output when there are only a couple of lights switched inside your house? Well, that's KOHLER 2,800-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Inverter Generator for you. This gasoline-powered generator provides smart clean power that only produces the amount of power you require, thus saving energy and fuel. Its sixth sense technology minimizes wear and tear over time and also reduces the amount of exhaust gases.
This generator also contains inverter technology so that it can supply power to sensitive electronic devices without any hindrance. With a 2.9-gallon gas tank, this generator, with its fuel-saving capacity has a significantly high runtime. Its Ground- Fault circuit interrupter protects the unit from false current. Also, it works silently. You won't understand whether there is a generator around if you buy this thing of beauty.
• Easy to install
• High arch spout
- Has long runtime
- Rare inverter generator from Kohler
- Gas tank could have been bigger
- Suitable only for small houses
6. Kohler PA-PRO37E-2001-MX 5.0Kw Generator
This is one of the few portable generators from Kohler that you can use in your home and also carry it for camping trips. My friend has this generator and he says it is one of the best generators ever. His camping trips with his children never get dark at night. Its 3700-watt power output is ideal for small homes and also for charging mobile phones and using power tools during hiking trips. It lasts for hours without requiring frequent fuel refills.
This generator has an automatic voltage regulation so that there isn't any fluctuation in providing electricity to the appliances in your house. It has other features also like maintenance minder and auto-idle down to save fuel. This is the only portable generator from Kohler that has folding handles, an all-terrain tire kit, and a cold wrap kit for enhanced portability. It works for 9 hours straight at full capacity. With a fuel-efficient motor, you can expect it to last longer if you use it at 25% power.
• Automatic voltage regulation
• Easy refilling
- Utilizes less than 50% fuel than other brands
- Auto-idle technology not only increases fuel efficiency but also reduces noise levels
- Command PRO engine offers clean power for heavy appliances
- Has a 3700-watt output which is suitable only for a small or medium-sized house
- Expensive compared to other Kohler generators
7. Kohler Liquid Cooled Generator Natural Gas or Propane Single Phase 240V | 38RCL
This liquid-cooled generator works both on propane and natural gas. It is a single phase unit that provides 240 Volts of current. This generator is a powerhouse. It produces a maximum of 38,000 watts of output power which is more than enough for even large houses. You can not only use your computer, laptops, and other smaller appliances on this generator but also heavier appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners. It starts working in 10 seconds right after an outage.
This generator has a high-quality corrosion-free metal body. This protects the engine from any possible damage. But if you are from California, you may not be able to buy it. I feel this is a significant drawback. Apart from Californians, the rest can enjoy 300 hours of running warranty and 5 years of manufacturing warranty on this generator.
• High output power
• Quiet operation
• Three fans
- Dual fuel system as it runs on liquid propane and natural gas
- Produces a whopping 38,000 watts of output power
- Automotive-style and three fans are patent innovations from Kohler
- Not for sale in California
- Quite expensive
Things to keep in mind while buying a Kohler generator
After locking Kohler as my go-to brand for generators, I made a checklist to ensure that my generator meets all my requirements. Here are some of those factors that you too should keep in mind.
1. Output power
The generator should at least produce 3500 watts of output power. It's the bare minimum that a small house needs.
The generator should start automatically whenever there is a power outage.
3. Transfer switch
Your generator should be able to run running both 100 amps and 200 amps transfer switches.
4. Fuel consumption
Look for a generator that has high fuel-efficiency features like auto-idle down to save fuel.
With such excellent generators to choose from, you shouldn't have difficulties picking one for your home or office. Just keep these factors and your pocket in mind before buying.