Weigh costs of fuel and extras when choosing a generator
Extended power outages that followed Hurricane Sandy needn’t lead to spoiled food and nights by flashlight. Consumer Reports’ tests of 14 generators show that you can start powering a houseful of lights and appliances for less than $700. But as Consumer Reports also found, some important components cost extra. Consumer Reports focused on moderately priced portable and stationary models that deliver 5,000 to 7,000 watts, enough for most needs.