Westinghouse WH7500E Review
Last updated September, 2018
Approximately $400 cheaper than its Japanese counterpart, the Westinghouse WH7500E is an attempt at monopolizing the portable generator market with an affordable and powerful yet fuel efficient design.
This Westinghouse creation runs at 7,500 Watt and can handle a maximum of 9,000 starting watts offering the owner an LCD hour meter that measures time remaining based on fuel and usage. It features a central control panel with a 6.6-gallon gas tank, 10-inch no-flat solid tires and a front folding handle design.
While it does feature a unique muffler design to reduce noise levels, it is a tad bit noisy but not as much as you would expect a 420cc engine to be. Capable of running 12 hours non-stop on a full gas tank at 50 percent load the Westinghouse WH7500E comes with a 3-year limited warranty coverage.
About the Westinghouse WH7500E
Blue and sturdy, exactly what I expect out of Westinghouse WH7500E portable generator my first glance of this beauty suggested that it was packed with way more features than $900 would permit a Japanese company to fit in. In fact, I am amazed that in this price range, Westinghouse is able to offer up a whopping 7500 watt running and 9000 starting wattage with a decent fuel efficiency of about 0.8 gallon to the hour. Yes, it takes in just 0.8 gallons at about 75 percent load. I had almost my entire house powered up by this beauty in the last thunderstorm and it ran for a cool 13 hours before sputtering out. Waited for half an hour and refueled it late at night, waking up late next morning to still find it chugging along. But wait, this is not all. You get 5 sockets with this baby. Where others give three or four outlets, this one offers five receptacles – L-14 30R 120/240 Twists and 4 x 5-20R 120 Volt sockets. Moreover, the dual outlet plugs go straight into transfer switches with their own toggle style breaker switch while for every two 120 Volt outlets, there is a single push type reset circuit breaker.
When I had received the Westinghouse WH7500E, I got it in a sturdily packed casing with the handle, wheels, free oil and a few tools separate. Following the instructions, it took under 5 minutes to get the wheel and handles joined together, another 5 minutes fueling it up, checking oil levels and just 1 minute to start it the first time. I believe that they leave a bit of oil in the factory while testing it out and so be careful to run the generator for about 20 mins with no load to burn it off. In all honesty I simply have nothing bad to say about this generator but what good is a review if it doesn’t have any negatives at all and so here it is – This is non-CARB compliant! Well that’s not entirely a bad thing either unless you live in a state that demands CARB compliance.
|Engine HP/cc||420cc OHV 4-stroke Engine|
|Starting method||Recoil Start and Electric Start|
|Low oil shutdown||NO/Only indicator|
|Fuel tank size (gallons)||6.6 Gallon|
|Run time at 50% Load||13 Hours|
|Outlets||4 x 5-20R 120V, 1 x L14-30R 120/240 twist|
|Handle style||Front Folding|
|Wheel type||10 Inch no-flat wheels|