Where to buy generators in case of a power outage this winter

Courtney Campbell
Reviewed.com
Buy a generator before a winter storm hits.

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With winter storms on the horizon, a generator can be a great investment for homeowners. In order to prepare for the impending winter months, now is a great time to purchase one—especially this year, given shipping delays to the coronavirus pandemic. We've seen generator shortages earlier this year before Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta hit the United States. If you're worried about losing power during any future storms, a generator is certainly worth its price, as not having electricity when it's cold outside is particularly painful.

The most common home generators are the standby and portable varieties, and each comes with its own pros and cons. While standby generators may be more expensive and will require onsite installation by a pro, they're wired right into you home’s electrical system and they're weatherproof, so it means less handiwork for you when the power does go out. Portable generators are less expensive and can be moved, though it's important to note that the exhaust presents a carbon monoxide poisoning hazard. This means that portable generators need to be set up outside, away from the house, and may require additional weatherproof casing.

In terms of power, the wattage you need varies from house to house and depends on how much you plan on powering (i.e. one room vs. several). Below, you'll find all the places where you can order a generator directly online and have it shipped straight to your door. Each comes highly rated and should have enough wattage to power your basic needs.

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Where to buy portable generators

The Home Depot

Amazon

Walmart

Lowe's

Where to buy standby generators

The Home Depot

Amazon

Lowe's

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Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.