Briggs & Stratton - How Do They Compare?

If you're searching for a new portable generator but don't want to fork out the big bucks for a top brand name set, Briggs & Stratton may be your answer. The mid-market generators are built by a trusted brand without the top dollar price tag, and without compromising on important features. They're also a great option if you're not willing to take a chance on a no-name low cost generator. 

Who are Briggs & Stratton?

In 1908, inventor Stephen F Briggs and investor Harold M Stratton formed a partnership which created Briggs & Stratton as it is known today.

Briggs & Stratton is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is focused on providing power to get work done and make people's lives better. The company is the world's largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment and is a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of power generation equipment. 

The Generators

We'll be looking at two Briggs & Stratton units and comparing them with similar sets in different price ranges - a Yamaha and a Cromtech. 

2kVA Contenders 

 Yamaha EF2000iS v Briggs & Stratton P2200 v Cromtech CTG25200i

SpecsEF2000iP2200CTG2500i
 
Price$1,799$1,299$849
Power1.6kVA Continuous
2kVA Maximum
1.7kVA Continuous
2.2kVA Maximum
2.1kVA Continuous
2.4kVA Maximum
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrol
Starting systemRecoilRecoilRecoil
EngineOHV 4 stroke with cast iron cylinderOHV 111ccOHV LH148F(G) Cromtech, forced air-cooled
Fuel Tank4.2L3.7L5L
Noise level (dB @ 7m)51.5dB58dB52-59dB
Weight20kg24kg19.9kg
Dimensions490 x 280 x 445 mm530 x 360 x 430 mm514 x 315 x 447 mm
Manufacturer's warranty4 year domestic use3 year domestic use12 months domestic use

The Briggs & Stratton P2200 is the perfect middle ground option. While it is slightly larger than the EF2000i, it's a great option for both a camper and some caravan generator users - with the extra size allowing the generator to be used on some larger applications. This set boasts easy portability as well as ease of use, with 12V, 5A outlets and an extra USB adapter for easier charging and powering of small sensitive equipment. It's also got an overload alarm, circuit breaker, and low oil protection. With a 3 year domestic use manufacturer's warranty, it has one year less than the Yamaha but still a great deal in comparison with the Cromtech.

3kVA Contenders 

 Yamaha EF3000iSE v Briggs & Stratton P3000i Cromtech CTG3000i

SpecsEF3000iSEP3000iCTG3000i
 
Price$4,019$1,799$1,276
Power3kVA Maximum
2.8kVA Continuous
3kVA Maximum
2.6kVA Continuous
3kVA Maximum
2.8kVA Continuous
Fuel TypePetrolPetrolPetrol
Starting systemRecoil/ElectricRecoilRecoil
EngineOHV 4 stroke air cooledOHV 171cc5.4HP Cromtech 205cc OHV 4 stroke air cooled
Fuel Tank13L5.7L10.5L
Weight67kg44kg40kg
Dimensions680 x 445 x 555 mm660 x 360 x 530 mm700 x 400 x 515 mm
Manufacturer's warranty4 year domestic use3 year domestic use12 months domestic use

The P3000i is the largest inverter Briggs & Stratton model. With a maximum output of 3kVA it's the same size as its competitors in the CTG3000i and the EF3000iSE. Similar to the Cromtech it's a recoil start, unlike the Yamaha model with both recoil and electric starting capabilities. It has the smallest fuel tank of the three at just 5.7L. It weighs 44kg, only slightly larger than the Cromtech and far lighter than the Yamaha. Its easy portability is added to with retractable handles and wheels, as well as a 2-person H-beam carry handle. It also comes with a 3 year warranty, longer than the Cromtech but not as protected as the Yamaha. 

The Results

Overall, the Briggs & Stratton range sits mid-tier in the market. The trusted brand has clearly built their generators with their consumers in mind - creating options that are reasonably priced without compromising on too many key features. Their sets will do the job whether you're after a small inverter for camping or a slightly larger set for your caravan, Briggs & Stratton have a diverse range suitable for all portable generator users.