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Honda or RATO

Who wins for reliability and dependability?

HONDA Generators have been the benchmark of reliability, efficiency and innovation in Australia for a very long time.

However, over the last few years, several other brands have earned their position as being just as reliable and dependable as Honda inverter generators.

If you remember, the Honda EU22i generator was even subject to a number of recalls, which has significantly impacted the brand’s reputation. That Honda reputation for reliability had grown over a number of years with their EU20i (which was without dispute a fantastic generator and market leader).

Honda has been known for advanced technology, quiet operation, and compact portability, but now, they are not the only generators you should consider. Some new innovations, like Bluetooth connectivity and remote starting, have not come from Honda in the Australian market.

At Generator Place, we were exclusively a Honda Generator Dealer from 2005 to 2023. We know Honda Generators as well as anyone in Australia, but we no longer sell or support them.

We have found that RATO generators are just as good as Honda’s, and they are better value at current Recommended Retail Pricing. RATO also has a great support network, and their units come equipped with features that are very comparable with, and in many cases superior to, market-leading benchmarks.

The comparison table below tells the story. Rato leads on power and price each time.

*RRP correct at time of publishing

Honda Model RRP (AUD)Rato ModelRRP (AUD)The Verdict
EU10i (1kW)$1599R2000iS-6 (2kW)$1,079Rato offers higher power at a lower price.
EU22i (2.2kW)$2349R2500iS (2.5kW)$1,489Rato provides slightly more power and is more affordable.
EU30iS (3kW)$4499R3100iE (3.3kW)$1,799Rato has a higher output and is significantly cheaper.
EU32i (3.2kW)$4199R3100iE (3.3kW)$1,899Comparable power output, but Rato is much more cost-effective.
EU70iS (7kW)$6999R8000iE (7.5kW)$4,069Rato offers more power at a significantly lower price.

Value Summary:

Rato inverter generators consistently offer better value for money. They provide equal or higher power output, and are priced lower than their Honda counterparts. This combination of cost-effectiveness, power efficiency makes Rato a more attractive option for customers seeking value.

For further information on any of the Rato inverter generators or to see one of the units in action, head down to your nearest Generator Place (Or Mower Place) Store in Brisbane or catch up with the team at one of the local Caravan and Camping Shows across Australia.

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