Updated: December 22, 2020

Westinghouse WGen3600DF Dual Fuel Generator Review

by Charles Jasper

Product Overview

At 3600 rated watts and 4650 peak watts, the Westinghouse WGen3600DF Dual Fuel Generator is a powerhouse that combines portability and dual fuel versatility in a compact package. It’s an exceptional combination of convenience and performance.

You don’t need to be an expert to get this user-friendly little generator going, thanks to its key fob remote and electric pushbutton start. It’s a perfect emergency backup for any homeowner, DIY fans will love how portable it is for projects, and RV enthusiasts will be on board, too, thanks to its TT-30R 120V 30A outlet.

This wonderfully versatile and dependable unit also comes with peace of mind. Westinghouse has a lasting legacy when it comes to power. For over a century, the company has consistently proven its ability to innovate and engineer products that improve the quality of life of their users.

Westinghouse WGen3600DF Dual Fuel Generator

Westinghouse WGen3600DF Dual Fuel (Gas and Propane) Electric Start Portable Generator
  • 3600 Rated Watts 
  • 4650 Peak Watts 
  • 4 Gallon Fuel Tank
  • 212cc Westinghouse 4-Stroke OHV Engine
  • 109.00 lbs weight

Specifications

The Westinghouse WGen3600DF is designed for ease of use and versatility, and is packed with features that support these goals.

Its pushbutton electric start is as simple as it gets, and you don’t have to worry about the starter’s battery life, thanks to a convenient onboard battery charging port. As if this wasn’t enough of a draw, the key fob remote start allows the user to start their generator from anywhere within the fob’s range. There’s no need to run back and forth between your project and the generator—just click the fob, and you’re up and running.

Unlike some less full-featured portable generators, you won’t need an adapter to power your RV with this generator. It has a built in, plug-and-play outlet that makes it a perfect companion for your RV or camper.

Having a dual fuel source generator already provides you with a great deal of versatility, but this Westinghouse model takes that up a notch by offering you “on the fly” fuel change. Not only can you power this model with either gasoline or propane, but you can actually switch which type of fuel you’re using while the generator is operating.

In keeping with the Westinghouse commitment to making human-friendly products, you’ll also find this unit to be very easy to maintain. The generator is built around one of the company’s most robust engines, a 212cc 4-stroke OHV Westinghouse engine that features both an automatic shutoff in the event of low oil and a built-in fuel gauge. These features help to ensure that you are always getting optimal performance.

Is Dual Fuel Right for You?

There are many reasons to choose a dual fuel generator—and yet people sometimes opt for a traditional, single-source generator for various reasons. We’ll go over the differences between the two types, so that you can decide for yourself.

Simplicity versus Versatility

One of the advantages of traditional single-source fuel generators is that they are, by definition, simpler. Simplicity has its benefits. Less complexity means that there are less parts that can fail, which means they may have a longer lifespan than more complex, dual fuel generators. This is especially true for the simplest generators of all—diesel generators.

Simplicity also generally comes with a lower price tag. It’s worth noting, however, that thanks to innovative advances in generator production, that the discrepancy in price point between single fuel source and dual fuel generators is narrowing.

While simplicity certainly has notable benefits, the versatility that dual fuel generators offer has made them an increasingly popular choice.

Having the option of using two different fuel sources can save money, due to fluctuating fuel prices. Perhaps even more helpful, you aren’t tied to a single fuel source in the event of an emergency or fuel shortage. We often think of gasoline as being ubiquitously available, but what about a long-term power outage? It requires electricity for your local station to pump gas, whereas you can simply pick up a prefilled LP cylinder at any number of places.

Also, if you are planning to use your generator in the event of an emergency, you’ll probably want to store fuel for it. While gasoline might be cheaper and more available for projects around the house or the occasional camping trip, it also has a short shelf life and is difficult to store safely in large quantities.

Pros

  • Powerful yet portable: under 110 pounds
  • Easy to get started: Minimal assembly
  • Plenty of extras: Comes with appropriate oil, an oil funnel, comprehensive user manual, and tool kit
  • Great customer service via the Westinghouse Nationwide Customer Service and Support number
  • Numerous outlet options: Two 120 volt AC 20a 5-20R outlets, a 120 V 30A L5-30R outlet, and a 120v AC 30A TT-30R outlet

Cons

  • Pushbutton starts are very convenient, and this one is easy to charge—but it does require a charge to get going. Recoil start generators are more reliable in the event that you don’t have the ability to charge the starter
  • More expensive than gas-only generators, and more complex (and therefore somewhat less reliable) than a diesel generator

Summary

If you’re looking for an easy to use, dependable generator from a name you can trust, Westinghouse is an excellent brand. If you are also seeking a portable, versatile, dual fuel generator, you can’t go wrong with the Westinghouse WGen3600DF model. This fusion of power and convenience is one of the best units of its kind, at a very reasonable price point. It lives up to the company’s high standards, and is suitable for almost any purpose that requires a generator.