Need to keep the noise down? Find out what quiet generator models will keep the neighbours happy.
There are times when you need a quiet generator. You might be camping, running a food van or working in a residential area. Quiet generators are also a good choice for home and business standby power – the last thing you want during a power outage is a noisy generator.
First, let’s look at how generator noise is measured.
As with any noise level, the intensity of sound from a generator is measured in decibels, which is abbreviated to dBA. For generators, the sound is measured from a distance of 7 metres. When comparing generator models, it’s worth bearing in mind that an increase of 10 decibels is equivalent to a double of the increase in the noise you hear.
Here are some comparisons, just to put the noise level into context:
The good news is you don’t necessarily need to sacrifice grunt to get the quiet genset you need.
Take a look at our pick of the quietest generators on the market:
Yamaha are famous for making the quietest camping generators in the market, and the 1000W inverter model is one of the best around. In fact, it’s one of the most popular models amongst caravanners, campers and 4WD enthusiasts – especially for charging your camping batteries. So just how quiet is this generator? Super silent – at a normal running output, it produces a whisper-quiet 50 decibels of noise. This feat comes down to Yamaha’s acoustically engineered sound reduction system and newly designed mufflers. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it also weighs just 12.7 kilograms, making it the lightest 1000W portable generator you can buy. It’s slightly bigger brother, the Yamaha 2000w Inverter Generator is also a very popular camping and general purpose generator, which only produces a mere 52dBA.
If you need a little more power but still don’t want to compromise on sound levels, go for the Yamaha EF2400iS. Delivering a maximum output of 2400W and continuous of 2000W, it’s got the power you need for larger appliances on the road (air-con, microwaves or even washing machines). But it’s still the quietest in its class, producing a measly 54 decibels at a quarter load. Even at full load, it comes in at just 59 decibels. Your neighbours will love you. This is the number 1 selling generator for caravans, as it will run your caravan air conditioner in the hot environments when you need it most.
When you’re looking for a standby generator for your home or business, a low noise level should be at the top of the wishlist. And the Generac HSG10KVA Evolution 2016 model ticks the box. At normal operating load, this gas standby generator gives out only 60 dBA. The Generac model also delivers clean power with less than 5% total harmonic distortion, which makes it ideal for powering sensitive electronics (like laptops) and appliances. It is an automatic start generator, meaning it will automatically start to restore power to your home when there is a mains blackout. And again, because it is a very quiet generator, you’ll hardly notice it automatically kick in to save you fro being in the dark.
When it comes to home backup or power for trade sites, it doesn’t get much quieter than the Pramac 6kVA Super Silenced diesel generator. The clue is in the name! Boasting a diesel Yanmar engine, this Pramac generator is a market leader in the super-silenced class with a noise rating of just 56db at 7 metres. So there’s no danger of the whole street complaining about your generator. In fact, they’ll hardly know it’s there with its soundproof insulated casing making it a popular whole-of-home backup power option when you want a quiet generator. And thanks to the long-range 19-litre fuel tank, it will keep going and going undetected. Another auto start generator that will automatically start up and provide power to your home when there is a mains failure, this unit is also very popular for backup to off-grid solar set-ups.
It might have an enormous output of 6300W, but the Yamaha EF6300iSE inverter generator is a surprisingly quiet generator. In fact, the advanced noise block technology and inbuilt mufflers mean it gives out only 58 decibels at quarter load. This makes it a popular choice for mobile business owners and event organisers – especially coffee cart/van operators and for food trucks. Other features include the smart throttle for maximum fuel efficiency, a sleek compact design, and the inverter system for clean, pure power. Perfect!
Don’t be fooled by this generator’s tough look, for a commercial genset, its easy on the ears! The Himoinsa 5kVA diesel generator features a soundproofed casing so that the noise output is just 70dBA at 7 metres. This makes it ideal when noise restrictions are in place, such as roadworks, night works, event hire and remote locations. Other highlights of this Himoinsa generator include the water-cooled Yanmar diesel engine with an electric start, a 14.5-litre fuel tank providing over 8 hours of continuous power, and easy transportability.
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