Silent generators are especially suitable in situations where the noise of a standard power generator would cause a disturbance for the users or those nearby.
With the many different models of Silent Generators available, it is important to consider how quiet the generator needs to be, what it will be used to power, where it will be located, and how expensive it is to purchase and operate. Depending on the answers to these questions, choosing the best Silent Generators will involve weighing the trade-offs in generation capacity, design features, and price.
Some of the quietest Silent Generators operate at about 50 decibels, which is comparable to the noise produced by a running refrigerator.
If the noise level of a generator is one of the main concerns, it can be helpful to decide exactly how quiet the generator must be to meet the users’ needs. While not completely silent, a silent generators operate at a noise level of about 65 decibels or less, which is similar to the noise produced by two people having a conversation. In contrast, a standard generator can operate at noise levels of 100 decibels or more — about as loud as a power saw.
It is also important to consider the location where the generator will be used. In a remote location without access to commercially-generated power, silent generators may be used as the main source of power for a cabin or a home. Some models are more convenient for this purpose because they are able to be hard-wired into a residential electric system.
In addition to noise level, power output and location, cost usually factors in when choosing the best silent generators. Both the purchase price and the cost of fuel — usually gasoline or diesel fuel — should be weighed against the noise level, power output, and other design features that make the generator more or less suitable for how it will be used. When comparing models by price, be sure to consider the value of any available warranties or extended service plans.