DuroMax has a very good reputation when it comes to portable generators. These days they have a large number of products on the market too.
Knowing which of their generators to go for can be confusing. To help orienteer the available models we have put together this in-depth review guide.
In the panel below you will see our top 3 DuroMax generators covering a range of price points and power. For a full, comprehensive review of each model, keep on reading.
When looking to buy a new portable generator there are a number of issues to think about. The most important factor is of course power.
Will you be using the machine to power tools on a busy job site? Or is it for your home? The more demands you will be making on the generator, the more powerful it will need to be.
Portability is also a consideration. If you are transporting the generator to and from a construction site, a unit with wheels is a must. A back-up generator for the home will not necessarily be moved around so much.
There is also fuel type, consumption, extra features and more to consider. With all of this in mind, here are our 3 top-rated choices from DuroMax.
DuroMax Generator Reviews
1. EDITOR’S CHOICE: DuroMax XP12000EH Dual Fuel Electric Start Portable Generator
The DuroMax XP12000EH is our Editor’s choice for 2020 due to the fact it balances premium power at a competitive price point.
When compared to other generators on the market there is a lot on offer here. We’ll go through the specifications in a moment, but essentially DuroMax has managed to squeeze in home standby level power backup, in a completely portable machine – that’s impressive.
So what kind of power are we talking about?
How does 12,000 starting watts and 9,500 running watts grab you? That’s enough to handle the load of normal household electrical consumption and then some.
For example, your home AC unit can be run using the system should a storm or emergency event occur. That’s the kind of backup and peace of mind you want when you’re investing in a high-powered generator.
So what else is under the hood? The grunt work of the XP12000EH is taken care of by the DuroMax 18HP, 457cc OHV Engine.
What’s great about these is that they are designed to run on both Propane or Gasoline, (the choice is yours).
This, of course, increases efficiency while giving you the freedom to power the unit on whatever fuel is more convenient.[Note: gasoline is obviously the more common fuel option, however a shift to liquid propane can be beneficial. Propane lasts longer, in current times costs less than gasoline and is actually kinder on the carburetor. Just saying. J]
The engine is capable of feeding full power to the panel meaning you have access to the maximum 12,000 watts when required.
On the panel, you have everything you need to power either your house or tools on the job site. The DuroMax XP12000EH includes the following:
- 2 x 120V/20AMP outlets,
- 1 x 120v/30AMP twist-lock outlet,
- 1 x 120/240V 30AMP outlet,
- And a 50-amp heavy-duty outlet (for when you need to bring out the big guns)
See what we mean when we’re talking about premium options and power.
Features & Performance
So that’s some of the major specifications covered, what about overall performance and reliability? How easy is the generator to use and what features does it have?
All valid questions if you’re thinking about paying over a grand for something.
To get the XP12000EH up and running there is a user-friendly, keyed electric start. In other words, your grandmother could get this generator going. It is also equipped with an optional recoil start that she might want to leave alone.
Other user-friendly features include a voltmeter on the panel, in-built circuit breakers, and a low oil indicator.
There is also the very handy, DuroMax MX2 switch. In an instant the generator can double up your 120-volt amperage should there be a heavy load.
All of these features ensure that the machine runs smoothly and efficiently, quietly providing power in the background as and when you need it.
Essentially, the XP12000EH is a premium, high-quality, non-complaining beast when it comes to offering power to its users.
The ever-reliable DuroMax has not shirked on the build-quality. The XP12000EH features a heavy-duty all-metal frame that includes fully-isolated motor mounts. In other words, the unit is sturdy and vibrations are kept to a minimum.
Noise reduction is taken care of via the oversized muffler. This has a built-in spark arrestor which provides both a smoother and quieter operation.
DuroMax clearly believes in the build quality too as they offer a generous 3-year warranty on all generators.
And of course, we have the subject of portability.
This is a real feather to the proverbial bow. The fact the XP12000EH is easily transported is an excellent feature, making it a top choice for the job site (or camping if you really need this much power). However, the wheels really should be better quality (see negatives below).
As with all the generators manufactured by DuroMax, this machine is fully EPA and CARB approved for use in all 50 states. You can literally use it anywhere in the USA.
Well, we should cover some of the bad points too. Nothing is perfect after all.
Our main gripe here is the wheels. While the portable aspect is great, the wheels should have pneumatic tires but they don’t, they are simply rubber rimmed. Once these are worn you can have problems moving the generator around.
In fact, it is recommended that you upgrade these to wheels with tires at your earliest convenience.
Overall, the DuroMax XP12000EH is a quality portable generator for the money. High power, lots of features and the excellent dual fuel option all help to make this our top pick DuroMax generator for 2020.
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2. BEST BUDGET: DuroMax XP4400E Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit
If the power of the XP12000EH is complete overkill for your needs and you would prefer something at a lower price point, this budget offering from DuroMax could well be the answer for you.
With 4,400 starting watts and 3,500 running watts, you are clearly getting a lot less power than what you would when using our top pick above.
However, this level is still more than adequate to power your home during back-up emergency scenarios. (You should just avoid having everything turned on at the same time)
And for those that want a generator for the job site, high amperage power tools will run with no problems at all, using the XP4400E.
Providing the power is a 196cc, 7HP DuroMax engine. This is run on gasoline rather than the duel fuel option provide by the XP12000EH.
There are some good user-friendly features with the XP4400E. The one-touch electric start is simplicity itself, and to make sure there’s no damage should you forget to top up the oil, the low oil shut-off will save the day.
For reliable, consistent running the machine has a built-in autothrottle. This also helps to reduce noise and increase efficiency as the motor will run at the revolutions required to meet the power drain.
A surge protector helps to protect the generator from power surges. There’s also a Built-in spark arrestor on the muffler to reduce noise output further.
The lower cost compared to the XP12000EH does mean that you get fewer options on the panel. Here, four, 120V 20A 3-prong outlets are provided.
It does feature the same DuroMax MX2 technology, however. As we talked about in the review above, this enables you to access maximum power from each of the 120 Volt receptacles. In other words, you can choose to use both 120 V and 240 V simultaneously, or simply at 120 with full power.
Portability is a great plus point here too. With the wheel kit and front handle, you can maneuver the XP4400E onto the job or campsite without breaking into a sweat.
Another universal benefit when buying a DuroMax generator is the fact they are EPA and CARB approved for use in all 50 states. That and the fact they provide a 3-year warranty.
Essentially, you’ll have peace of mind and the ability to use your XP4400E anywhere in the United States.
If you’re on a budget it is hard to fault the DuroMax XP4400E. Yes, there is less power on offer here, however, at the low price point this has to be expected.
The unit will still adeqautely power the home during emergencies, and if you work on a small job site your tools will be in safe hands. Highly recommended for the price.
3. MOST POWERFUL: DuroMax XP15000E Portable Generator
We’ve left the most powerful beast from DuroMax for last. The XP15000E is a monster when it comes to portable power generator output.
Packing an impressive 23HP, 713cc V-Twin DuroMax engine under the hood, this offering from DuroMax is capable of providing up to 15,000 starting watts and 12,000 running watts. That’s over 3 times the power output of the budget XP4400E reviewed above.
It is clear that the target audience here is homeowners or contractors that need the highest, uninterrupted power source available.
Needless to say, all your home appliances and even the largest power tools at the job site will be in safe hands with the DuroMax XP15000E.
The power panel on this generator is one of DuroMax’s most versatile. The following sockets include:
- 4 x 120V household GFCI outlets
- 1 x 120V 30A twist-lock outlet
- 1 x 240V 30A outlet
- 1 x 240V 50A outlet.
With this generator, multiple power tools and crew can be accommodated on site. The panel also features a digital voltmeter. This allows users to track output levels, power consumption and maintenance hours.
Unlike our Editor’s choice XP12000EH, this machine does not offer the versatility of dual-fuel options. I found this a negative, however considering the demands of the extra power on offer, gasoline is a natural choice; hence the limitation.
Portability is a key feature of course. As with the other generators in our top 3, the XP15000E has wheels for moving over rough terrain.
It also has two large, easy to grip stow-away handles. An extra feature on this generator, (included due to the heavier weight and the fact this will often need to be moved on and off the work truck) is the removable lifting brace. This makes raising the XP12000EH off the ground far easier.
Being a machine that will see a fair share of job site use, it also features a heavy-duty steel frame roll cage. It will take a lot to put this generator out of action we can tell you.
Another great feature that lends itself to onsite work is the high-capacity fuel tank. The XP15000E has been designed to operate for extended periods, meaning that on half-load it can run up to 9hrs continuously.
If you are after maximum power, there is no denying that the XP15000E is one of the best machines DuroMax has to offer. With its 23HP engine and ability to provide 12,000 running watts, your electrical needs will be well taken care of.
The price is indictive of this however, with the unit being substantially more expensive than the other 2 models reviewed here.
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