Champion is a relative newcomer to the generator industry. The company was founded in 2003, but has since become a major player for both residential and commercial uses – in just over 15 years, Champion has sold more than 2.5 million generators.
Predator, which is a subdivision of the well-known tool company Harbor Freight, has been around since 1988. Its generators are certainly no less popular than Champion’s have been over the past few decades.
What’s so interesting about comparing Champion vs Predator generators is that so many aspects about their respective generators compete. Each company seems to watch the other’s pricing closely, and then aims to either match or just slightly undercut it. Of the generators we’ll compare head-to-head, the price difference between the two brands for each pairing is less than $100.
In addition, while Predator and Champion each build their own generator engines, the basic architecture is the same. Both companies build their machines around highly efficient and reliable four-stroke OHV engines. You’ll see that the displacement volume between the engines is also highly similar between their competing models.
That said, there are a few key differences that might push your towards either Champion or Predator. First, Champion generators, whether inverter or conventional, are almost universally dual fuel models. That means that can run on either gasoline or propane depending on what you have on hand. The dual-fuel nature of Champion generators is a major selling point, since it increases the versatility of your unit – for example, you can leave propane at home as your fuel source for a blackout, but use gasoline when you take your generator out for a road trip. Normally, dual fuel generators are significantly more expensive than their gasoline-only counterparts, so the fact that Champion is able to match Predator on pricing is pretty impressive.
Predator does have an advantage when it comes to run time, however, especially when it comes to larger portable generator models. Since Predator’s generators don’t have to make room for a propane intake, their fuel tanks tend to be larger. If you’re planning to primarily use gasoline to power your generator, that can make a major difference in the length of time you can run your generator without having to stop and refuel.
Another important difference between the two companies can be found in their warranty policies. Which policy is better depends on whether you plan to use your generator for recreational purposes or commercial purposes. Champion offers the longer residential warranty – three years on all of its models, versus two years for Predator’s generators. However, Champion drops the warranty to just 270 days – less than a year – if you’re a commercial user. Predator’s warranty policy doesn’t distinguish between commercial and residential users.