Updated: December 22, 2020

Champion Power Equipment 100294 Home Standby Generator Review

by Charles Jasper

Product Overview

The Champion Power Equipment 100294 claims to be the quietest home generator on the market. Thanks to noise dampening technology and a muffler that is installed in the product, this generator is best for residences that prioritize peace and quiet. This generator is reasonably priced and is one of the best standby generators for the whole house.

The item is about 494 pounds and 120 volts. The dimensions are 50 x 30.1 x 40.2 inches, which is larger than some of its competitors, but not significantly. The Champion Power Equipment 100294 is the perfect size to fit comfortably in nearly any residence. Additionally, the generator costs about $4,000. This generator is more moderately priced, but still seems to maintain the same level of reliability as some of its more expensive competitors. The lower price is a large factor that has influenced and persuaded many of its buyers.

Champion Power 100294 Home Standby Generator

Champion Power 100294 Home Standby Generator
  • 24-volt starting system
  • 14, 000 watts of continuous power
  • 12, 500 watts on natural gas
  • 494 pounds weight
  • 10-year limited warranty

Main Features

The Champion Power Equipment 100294’s main power source is natural gas, so there’s no need to worry about charging a battery between uses. Many other models have issues in using battery powered energy source, and usually they run out of charge much quicker. This way you will have to worry less about when the external power will turn back on and can rely more on your backup generator.

In addition, the unit also tests itself every week to detect any issues. This ensures that you’ll find out about any issues before the power goes out. You’ll have time to fix the generator before you need it, instead of realizing the error when you find you don’t have any electricity. This is a huge plus. Most generators would require a regular check up to make sure that they’re running properly so that nothing goes wrong when the electricity cuts out.

This generator also automatically turns on, with no action necessary. There’s no need to fumble around in the dark for a flashlight to head outside and turn in on; it does all the work for you. Aside from a few seconds in the dark, there’s almost no inconvenience of the power going out at all.

The main advertised feature of this model is the lack of loud noises. With the use of a low-tone muffler and a lining that dampens the usual bangs and whirring that come from most generators, this generator is said to be the quietest in its class. This is a huge plus, as many of the complaints that come from other generators often mention the loud noise as a huge inconvenience.

Despite these claims, some people have still stated that they were slightly disappointed by the noise. Although this product is quieter than most, don’t expect that it will be entirely silent. You will probably still hear a small hum and whir, even from inside the house.

Tips for Installation

As with any generator, it’s not a good idea to skimp on the installation to save costs. The installation is one of the most vital parts of how the generator does its job. A bad or even a mediocre installation can lead to many issues down the road.

To get the most out of the money you are paying for the product, make sure to hire a reputable company for installation. This generator is not incredibly difficult to install compared to other models, so hopefully the costs will reflect that.

Also make sure that you’re installing the generator in a space that will cause minimal noise interference. As previously mentioned, this model is quieter than most, but still not silent. It’s best to choose location based on where you would want to avoid noise when necessary (for example, not right outside the bedroom window if it will keep you awake at night).

Customer Service

If the Champion Power Equipment 100294 doesn’t quite live up to your expectations, the manufacturer does offer a warrantee that last ten years. In addition, they offer free support for technical issues for life. The warrantee helps to provide a fail safe and eases the conscience in making such a large purchase. You have peace on mind knowing that if worse comes to worse and the generator fails, you will not be losing thousands of dollars for taking a chance on this product.

The free technical support allows for simple issues to be fixed easily without large bills from hiring a technician. In addition to the technical support and easy installation, there tend to be less issues with this generator than most, and you don’t need to worry about getting it checked on regularly became it self-diagnoses any issues that come up.

Pros:

  • Generally reliable service
  • Operates under extreme temperatures (-22 degrees F to 104 degrees F)
  • Reasonably priced
  • Warrantee available and tech support for life
  • Much quieter than most of its competitors
  • Self-diagnosis and detection of issues that may crop up

Cons:

  • Still noisy enough to be heard inside the house
  • Potentially less reliable than other models

Conclusion

The Champion Power Equipment 100294 is an excellent choice for an affordable generator. Although it doesn’t have as many rankings and reviews as many other models, it has many features that are a huge bonus. Aside from the lower upfront costs, many of its perks can save you money in the long run as well, which is an important factor to consider. This should be an obvious contender in the search to find an affordable solution to installing a home generator.