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Westinghouse WGen9500 - 9500/12500W Portable Generator With Remote Start

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Description

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In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen9500 is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Homeowners who wish to power almost all appliances in their house under any circumstances
  • Professionals who want to be able to deliver results, even during a power failure
  • Homeowners who want to be sure of their ability to power their fridges, cooking tools, heating and lighting equipment during power failures
  • RV travellers wishing to enhance their freedom and nomad lifestyle

In the following paragraphs, we shall explore the power characteristics, available outlets, portability, and any additional features of the device.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen9500 in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500

The Westinghouse WGen9500's engine, 457 cc (13.5 hp) Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke, fueled by gasoline, can deliver 120/240V. It provides a running wattage of 9,500W and reaches a peak wattage of 12,500W.

At a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a dishwasher), this generator can be started via a conventional pull-start mechanism, or a user-friendly and hassle-free electric starter (battery included). In addition, the WGen9500 also supports remote starting, enhancing user convenience (key fob included).

The WGen9500's fuel tank, boasting 6.6 gallons, allows it to operate for up to 12 hours with a full tank (with an estimated fuel consumption of 0.55 GPH).

Since the WGen9500 has a high THD (<23%), it is advisable to not use it for the powering of sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel is equipped with the following 6 AC outlets:

Two Duplexes 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
120/240V 30A (L14-30R) receptacle
120/240V 50A (14-50R) receptacle

Furthermore, it has 2 DC outlets: there's two 5V USB ports ensuring convenient charging of devices like mobile phones and tablets, for connectivity on the go.

If your RV requires a 50-amp service, consider this Westinghouse unit RV-ready, as it includes a 14-50R outlet. In addition, because the WGen9500 is equipped with a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, it is transfer switch ready: it can power your home during a power outage, as it can be easily connected to your breaker box to power your household.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen9500 is what Westinghouse calls Smart Switch Ready. This means that it features a special outlet that allows for an automatic transfer of power in case of a power outage.

To benefit from this feature, you'll need the Westinghouse ST Switch (opens in a new tab), which is not included with the generator.

Simply put, the ST Switch is a cost-effective and versatile portable automatic transfer switch, which can be installed quickly and easily, without an electrician.

Plug the ST Switch into one of your household 120V outlets, plug your appliances to the ST Switch, and connect the WGen9500 to the ST Switch via the special outlet and a 120V cord. The generator will automatically turn on when the power goes out, and automatically turn off when the power returns.

Portability

Measuring L27.2 x W26.5 x H26.5 in, the classic open frame construction of the Westinghouse WGen9500 provides stability while enabling convenient maintenance access to components and adequate air cooling. The device has been designed for tough environments and demanding outdoor use.

Although this generator is technically considered 'portable' (in the sense that it can be moved), its 208 lbs make it incredibly difficult to manually lift and transport. Despite the restricted maneuverability, its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle provides a solution, allowing for convenient shifting once the generator is positioned on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen9500

The WGen9500's control panel

The control panel of the WGen9500 is equipped with a convenient meter, which displays voltage, frequency and lifetime hours, aiding in monitoring its status and activity.

The generator includes a built-in fuel gauge, a quick, easy and convenient method of checking the device’s gas level.

Considering security aspects, the generator boasts an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off, offering peace of mind throughout operation.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Westinghouse WGen9500 features extra accessories: funnel, tool kit, battery charger, key fob and oil. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Product Videos

The Westinghouse WGen9500 versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500 compare to generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • As for its weight, the Westinghouse WGen9500 weighs only 208 pounds, making it one of the lighter generators in the 9000-10000 rated wattage category. If you are mindful of weight, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc is among the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 187.4 pounds.
  • The generator can be considered average in its noise for its power category, as it is rated at 74 dBA. If you value reduced noise levels, the DuroMax XP11000iH could be worth considering. It's one of the quietest generators in its power range, rated at 61 dBA.
  • Regarding its runtime, the WGen9500 operates for up to 12 hours at a 25% load, positioning it at the lower spectrum among comparable products. For those prioritizing autonomy, the DuroMax XP11500EH could be considered, as it offers one of the longest run times among generators with similar power output, reaching up to 20 hours.
  • While run time matters, it's heavily influenced by the fuel tank's capacity. Hence, it's important to consider fuel efficiency alongside. This generator is rather wasteful, compared to other devices within the aforementioned output range, when it comes to gasoline consumption, as it reaches roughly 0.55 GPH at a 25% load. If you're placing a high priority on fuel consumption, the DuroMax XP11000iH, with a low fuel consumption rate of 0.39 GPH, could be an option to consider.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this generator nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Remote start
  • Smart Switch Ready
  • Lightweight for its kind (208 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (74 dBA)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Westinghouse WGen9500 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
InverterNo
Parallel capableNo
RV readyNo
FuelGasoline
Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
Power
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz, DC: 5V
Running watts9,500 W
Starting watts12,500 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps
Run time @50% load8 h
Run time @25% load12 h
Features
GFCI outletsYes
Covered outletsYes
Automatic Voltage RegulationYes
AC outlets
  • 2x Duplex 120V 20A (5-20R) GFCI
  • 1x 120/240V 30A (L14-30R)
  • 1x 120/240V 50A (14-50R)
DC outlets2x 5V USB port
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight208 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 26.5 x 26.5 in
Noise (lower limit)74 dBA
THD< 23%
ComplianceCARB, EPA
SecurityLow oil and overload protection
Spark arrestorYes
NeutralBonded to frame
Accessories includedOil, funnel, tool kit, key fob, battery charger, battery, and wheel kit
UPC853544008199

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About Westinghouse

The US based Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment is a legacy subsidiary of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, founded in 1886. While the company has been acquired and merged into the American CBS, the Westinghouse name remains as the brand name for many of their electrical solutions, which stretch across the scale from power plants to portable generators. Portable generators – the main product of the Outdoor Power Equipment branch of Westinghouse – used to be manufactured by Westpro Power Systems, which was bought in 2016 by Midwest Equipment. Lawn equipment, such as trimmers and blowers, is also sold under the Westinghouse brand name. All of their products are designed in the US. However, they are in many cases manufactured in China.

Warranty Information

The Westinghouse WGen9500 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the generator.
For more information about the warranty of Westinghouse generators, please consult Westinghouse's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-855-944-3571.

Questions & Answers

What can it power?
Examples of items that can be simultaneously powered.
The examples below are based on a maximum load of 80% and estimated wattages. For a more accurate estimation, use our generator sizer.
ItemRunning WattsStarting Watts
At homeMicrowave (1000 watts)15001500
Electric fry pan15001500
AC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Dish washer15003000
Sump pump (1/2 hp)10502150
Refrigerator (energy star)1921192
Slow cooker270270
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7567 W9067 W
For campingRV AC (11,000 BTU)10101600
RV refrigerator180600
Hair dryer18001900
Electric grill16501650
Electric fry pan15001500
Radiant heater13001300
Radio100100
Set of 5 LED light bulbs5555
Total7595 W8185 W
For workTable saw18004500
Air compressor (1 hp)16006100
Grinder14002500
Demolition hammer12601260
Disc sander12001200
Electric fence (25 miles)250250
Bug zapper8080
Total7590 W12090 W
Does it come with wheels and the battery. Does the battery charge as you run it. (Asked May 27, 2020)

The wheel kit and the battery are included. The generator does charge the battery when it runs. However, to ensure that the battery remains charged, the WGen9500 should be started every 2 to 3 months and run for a minimum of 15 minutes. Otherwise, you'll have to use a charger.

Westinghouse w gen9500 have propane hook up capability? (Asked August 08, 2020)

For propane operation, you'd be looking at the WGen9500DF, which is the dual fuel version.

Can you both Start AND Shut Off the generator with the remote (key FOB)? (Asked September 30, 2020)

Absolutely. The key fob has 2 buttons. One to start the unit, and one to stop it.

Is the width dimension of 26.5” i with the wheels on? If not, what is that dimension? (Asked February 01, 2021)

This is the assembled width, so with the wheels.

Can the 30amp outlet be wired to one transfer switch and the 50amp outlet wired to a second transfer switch. (Asked May 22, 2021)

There's no reason why this should not be possible, as long as NEC is respected.

Does this really run up to 17.5hrs at 25% as stated on this page? All I see, even on the MFG website is 12 hours. Anyone successfully have it run that long? How was this calculated? (Asked June 15, 2021)

This was not calculated, since these are the official manufacturer specs at 25% load. The 12 hours mentioned on the MFG website are at 50% load. This information is also available in the spec table above.

Is there a dual fuel model like this that has the DC ports like the WGEN9500, even a different brand? (Asked July 15, 2022)

Please have a look at this list of dual fuel units with DC output and at least 9000 running watts.

Can I run two of the Westinghouse 9500df generators in parallel? (Asked December 28, 2022)

The unit is not parallel capable.

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    Fredrick Moultrie January 12, 2024 at 5:01 pm
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    Received this generator a few months ago, the directions and assembly guides were easy to follow and setup was a breeze. The generator started right up in all three functions, instructions were very simple. Using propane to operate this unit is very safe and less of pain to use the fuel tank. Dual fuel operation makes it way easier to use. Had a transfer switch professionally installed on the house and connected the generator to ensure it would run essential appliances during a power outage, and it was successful. Both the house and the generator performed as expected. I feel confident that this unit will provide the power needed to keep us safe for future storms to come. I would definitely recommend this unit to all of my friends and family members .

    + PROS:
    • The generator performed well with no problems. Started up with little to no issues. House appliances operated efficiently with zero to no affects on the generator. Start up and assembly guides were easy to follow and setup. Overall, we are very satisfied with this purchase
    - CONS:
    • Did not attempt to turn on the house HVAC system due to concerns that it may put unnecessary loads on the generator.
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  2. 2.15
    Price
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    Value
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    Performance
    10

    This generator is not a good generator for real world use…would not Last a few months before the fixing starts…wildfire surviver.

    + PROS:
    • Well I have been running this generator in real world..we lost our home in a wildfire. We are in a 5th wheel..we been on generator for 2 years now..we have gone through genrac.westinghouse. the one that has not let us down yet is the DeWalt I have not yet changed anything on the DeWalt now for the westinghouse w9500 has been a problem all ways fixing..and for the genrac I thought that was a good one. Our old one got burned up in the wildfire..so I'm really not going to say I would buy another westinghouse..they are junk...in real world we need to run well 5th wheel. And stand the weather..and fuel efficiency..we run 24/7 7 days a week.
    - CONS:
    • Just plain junk....do not waste your time and money on this generator..it doesn't stand up...it says 50 amps it's not..we can only run one ac in 104 degrees the DeWalt can run both..it's only 30 amps..granted we can't run the well at the same time but the westinghouse can't ether..and it's big..so do your self a favor..don't waist your $$$$$
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  3. 4.9
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    90

    Very nice generator especially for the price. Super easy to set up and test. Quieter than expected. Cannot find a flaw on it. The only thing keeping me from going with 5 stars on the performance was the inability to source a Westinghouse Smart Switch which I specifically purchased this generator to work with. Home Depot, Amazon, Lowes, E-bay all sold out, no word on when it will come back in stock. Also created a case with Westinghouse January 3rd (10 days ago) regarding this issue and sent 2 more emails and haven’t heard a response yet.

    + PROS:
    • Very nice generator especially for the price. Super easy to set up and test. Quieter than expected. Set up for simple use with a 20A Westinghouse automatic transfer switch. Remote start. Comes with battery, charger, oil, funnel, full documentation.
    - CONS:
    • Cannot find a flaw with it anywhere except one big one: Cannot buy a Smart switch for it anywhere and still waiting for an answer from the Westinghouse Service Team after 10 days.
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