Westinghouse iGen4500 vs Champion Power Equipment 100573
The Westinghouse iGen4500 and Champion 100573 are two inverter generators with quite a bit of power to offer. The iGen4500 boasts 4,500 watts of surge power – one of the highest outputs of any inverter generators – and 3,700 watts of continuous power. The Champion 100573 is close behind, with 4,000 watts of surge power and 3,500 watts of running power. Both generators are powered by large 224cc four-stroke engines.
One of the nice things about each of these generators is that you can run them for a full day of work without having to stop and refuel. Both can run for nearly 10 hours at a 50% load, although the Westinghouse model will guzzle slightly more fuel in the process.
The outlet panels and ease of use features are also extremely closely matched. Both generators offer a 120-volt duplex and a 120-volt RV-ready twist-lock outlet, which makes either option suitable for RV owners. One notable difference is that the Westinghouse generator offers a pair of USB outlets for charging small electronics, while the Champion generator has a more versatile 12-volt DC outlet. However, the Westinghouse generator has an LED multimeter while the Champion model does not.
Both of these models are equipped with remote electric start functions in addition to a traditional recoil starter. That’s great if you want to start your generator without leaving your home or RV.
The two generators are about equal in weight and both are mounted on wheels. However, you may have an easier time rolling and lifting the Champion model, since the wheels are larger and it’s mounted on a steel frame.
The biggest difference between these generators is the amount of noise they produce. The Westinghouse model is impressively quiet, making just 52 dB of noise at a 25% load. By contrast, the Champion generator, at 64 dB, is more than 10 times louder. That difference, along with the added power, is more than enough to justify the extra cost of the Westinghouse iGen4500 compared to the Champion 100573.