Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 637
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by mjf27 A solid mid-level size generator for emergency use
This generator arrived 2 days after Superstorm Sandy hit and left me without power. It took 30 minutes to unwrap it and put it together (attach the wheels, fill it with oil and gas). It fired right up on the first pull.
With ease, it runs my refrigerator, a handful of lights, TV, cable box, modem, space heater and an occasional microwave use. It was averaging 12 hours of run time before needing to be refueled for the 96 straight hours of use before our power came back.
It appears to be solidly built with high quality materials. Nothing felt flimsy. Changing the oil was a breeze.
As others have noted, it is loud. For example, it is far louder than my 2 stage snow blower, and I quickly learned to wear ear protection when I am near it. But that's a small inconvenience compared with it's usefulness.
November 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ba As Advertised
This generator is capable of powering my entire home in case of emergency. Could be quieter but other than that a n excellent generator for the cost
January 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by hollywoodeskimo Good Solid Machine
My experience with the GP5500 has be very favorable. If there was an option to give the machine a 4.5 star rating, that is what I would have rated it. Because there wasn't that option, I rated it 4 stars.
I bought this generator to power essential services at my elderly mother's home in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. It performed very well in the nine days that she was without power and allowed my bedridden mother to stay in her home as she wished. I would not hesitate to by this machine again. Since Sandy, we have had a few occasions to use the machine for much shorter periods of time. It has always started with relative ease.
The only criticism I have of the unit is that it is very noisy. Obviously, quiet operation is not the primary concern during an emergency situation. But it is worth noting in that multi-day operation of the unit does impose the burden of having to deal with the noise. I've purchased an extra long cable that allows us to get the machine further away from the house.
January 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by C Excellent product for price
Shopped every portable and whole house generator. Decided on a portable due to price and installation ease. Generac comes highly recommended in all forums I looked at. Noise level is about normal for what is expected from a generator. I was impressed that it started on the first pull. Price was great for features and quality build, plus it comes with a 20 ft cable. (mine was missing but a quick call to Generac had one shipped out with no issues) Generac customer service was great and I spoke with a real person, not a recording or someone from a distant land answering the phone and reading the manual for answers. Overall Great purchase and would do it again.
November 27, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JDAZ77 Easy to operate, start, and maintain
I began my research for a portable generator that I could use at home to power several of the essential appliances in a power outage. I also wanted a generator that could used to power my travel trailer for long camping trips.
After observing and testing other generators, I decided on the Generac because of price, ease of operation, portability, and reputation.
The Generac 5500 watt generator easily filled the bill for both of the home and recreation requirements. It is simple to operate, easy to start, and maintain. I would highly recommend it for work, home, and recreation activities.
December 14, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BATMAN RAN FLAWLESSLY 24/7 FOR 10 STRAIGHT DAYS AFTER SANDY
EASY TO START. PLENTY OF POWER. HAD REFRIGERATOR, FURNACE, TV W/ CABLE BOX AND MODEM, A FEW LAMPS , TWO SUMP PUMPS AND RAN A LINE TO EACH OF MY NEIGHBORS FOR THEIR SUMP PUMPS. IT RAN 24/7 (EXCEPT TO GAS AND DO 2 OIL CHANGES) FOR 10 STRAIGHT DAYS FOLLOWING HURRICANE SANDY. GOT ABOUT 10 HRS ON A FULL TANK. SUMPS PUMPS FILLED EVERY TEN MINUTES SO I COULDN'T EVEN COOL IT DOWN FOR LONG. THIS GENERATOR SAVED 3 HOMES , BLOCKS FROM THE RARITAN BAY ON THE JERSEY SHORE FROM FLOODING. KEPT US WARM AND MY MILK COLD. I CAN'T GIVE A LONG TERM REVIEW BEING I PICKED IT UP THE DAY OF THE HURRICANE. IT ALL READY PAID FOR ITSELF AS
November 7, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Milo Easy start
I've had it almost a year, glad it was here when windstorm took out our power. It runs most of our large house, but power level decreases when microwave and auxiliary heater are on at the same time. It starts easily, but after sitting with gas for 10 months I had to spay one small shot of starter fluid into the open carb and it fired right up and has started with two quick pulls all week. Our house is about 3000 sf and I wish that I had bought a little larger general so I could use the gas furnace also - but I had opted for the portability and the 5500 was 170 lbs on easy to roll built cart.
November 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sterling Exceptional value for the price !
The features of this generator and the cost exceed my expectations. it will handle any of my power needs during our twice a year blackouts in my area.
December 22, 2015