The Honda EU7000is is probably the most expensive 7,000W generator you’ll find anywhere. I’m sure a lot of people might be asking if this generator is worth all that money. This review of the Honda EU7000is should help answer that question. I’m of the opinion that Honda generators are the best there is. Even if you agree with me on this, you might still be wondering why this model is one of the most expensive from this prestigious brand.
The Most Powerful Inverter Generator on the Market
Few inverter generators produce more than 4,000 watts, leaving them fairly limited if you want to provide backup power to your home or use the generator on a busy jobsite. With a 7,000W peak capacity and a rated (continuous) output of 5,500W, the Honda EU7000is has the power to supply refrigerators, air conditioners, along with most generally used household appliances, and power tools. You also have the benefit of a highly sophisticated true sine wave inverter. By now, most people are familiar with inverter generators, but I’ll provide a quick list of the major benefits.
Built Honda Tough
By now Honda reliability and durable build quality is the stuff of legends. The Honda GX390 EFI, fitted the EU7000is, is arguably the best generator engine ever built. Not only will this engine outlast just about any other, it has the most advanced technology and electronic fuel injection. This engine has an electric starter, as well as a recoil system for emergencies.
Honda are renowned for superb and trustworthy dealership service, with an extensive network of certified dealerships across the US. They also offer one of the best warranties, 3-years for both residential and commercial use.
The ultra-heavy-duty frame and metal sound insulation panels are as strong as it gets. Most modern inverter generators have lightweight plastic enclosures that look cool, but don’t offer the same level of protection when transporting the machine. Though, this does make it quite a heavy beast. The Honda EU7000is weighs 261-pounds. The inclusion of great fold down handles and a heavy-duty wheel kit makes it possible to move the generator across fairly rough terrain with ease.
One of the Quietest Generators
Large generators are notoriously noisy, making them problematic in campsites and residential neighborhoods with noise level restrictions. Well, the Honda EU7000is certainly bucks the trend, it is quieter than most generators half the size.
Thanks to the superb engine design, advanced muffler (with USDA approved spark arrestor), and dense sound insulation panels, it is quieter than a normal speaking voice. Even at maximum rated power output (5,500W), the EU7000is is barely audible at 58dBA. At 25% of the rated load, it is a whisper quiet 52dBA.
Outstanding Fuel Economy
The Honda EU7000is has a large 5.1 gallon steel gas tank, with a fuel gauge. On a full tank, the EU7000i will run for up to 18-hours at 25% load and 6.5-hours at full rated load.
Comprehensive User Panel
The Honda EU7000is has a well laid out user interface, recessed to protect it from damage. This has a all your LED warning lights in plain sight: output indicator, overload alarm, and oil check warning. Below these is a wonderful iMonitor digital data center providing vital information:
It has a selector switch for 120V or 120V/240V operation and a push button for easy electric starting. The Honda EU7000iS also offers remote controlled starting and shutoff.
The circuits have simple push to reset circuit breakers and GFCI protection on two of the 120V 20A outlets, making this an OSHA compliant jobsite generator. There’s a switch for economy mode and a 30A main overload circuit breaker, when this breaker trips an alarm will sound and an overload warning light will ignite.
Quality Worth Paying For
Perhaps not everyone will be convinced that the Honda EU7000is is worth the price. But I, for one, think it is. Not only does the brand have a reputation for building some of the best power equipment in the world, but this is their most advanced generator yet. It is the only 7,000 Watt generator to offer inverter technology and this also means the option to double the power output using the parallel kit (sold separately).
The EU7000is is built to last with a great warranty. In addition to all this, it is one of the most fuel efficient and quietest generators on the market. These are certainly compelling reasons to rank this as the ultimate 7,000W generator.