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Westinghouse WGen9500DF - 9500/12500W Dual Fuel Generator With Remote Start

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Description

Zoom on the Westinghouse WGen9500DF

In a nutshell, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF is a powerful portable generator mostly geared towards:

  • Small homeowners in search of a full power backup solution
  • Professionals in need of safely powering high-intensity work or lighting equipment
  • Homeowners who want to be able to use the most necessary devices in their household, even during a blackout
  • RV travellers who wish to upgrade their experience to another level

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics, the different outlets it offers, its overall portability, and the extra features it benefits from.

Power & Run Time

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF in use

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF

With its dual-fuel technology, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF delivers 120/240V, and offers power and flexibility. Running on gasoline, it boasts a running wattage of 9,500W and a peak wattage of 12,500W. When powered by propane, it delivers 8,500 running watts and 11,200 peak watts.

Enjoying a noise rating of 74 dBA (just slightly more noisy than a vacuum cleaner), this generator can be started thanks to a standard recoil pull-rope starting mechanism, but also to a simple and elegant electric starter (battery included). Additionally, the WGen9500DF may be remotely started, enhancing user convenience (key fob included).

Regarding its running time, the WGen9500DF, with a 6.6 gallons fuel capacity, can operate for up to 12 hours with a full tank of gasoline (fuel consumption around 0.55 GPH). When using propane, it can run for around 7 hours (on a 20 lbs tank - propane consumption around 0.67 GPH).

Given the WGen9500DF's high Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) of less than 23%, it is advisable to avoid using it to power sensitive electronic devices.

Outlets

The control panel provides the upcoming 6 AC outlets:

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

For RV owners with a 50-amp service, this Westinghouse unit is RV-ready, boasting a 14-50R outlet. In addition, since it boasts a twist-lock L14-30R receptacle, the WGen9500DF is engineered to be transfer switch ready, ensuring easy integration with your breaker box to provide backup power to your home during outages.

Westinghouse's ST Switch Outlet

Picture of the ST Switch outlet

The ST Switch outlet

The WGen9500DF 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 WGen9500DF 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

At L27.2 x W26.1 x H26.5 in, the standard open frame design of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF delivers stability alongside easy maintenance access to components and good air cooling. The featured design is ideal for the outdoors and all tough environments.

Though weighing 211 lbs, the generator remains classified as 'portable,' indicating its capability to be moved, though its weight could pose transport challenges. However, the lack of maneuverability can be offset with its wheel kit (⌀10") and its folding handle, which allows for convenient shifting once the generator is placed on the ground.

Features

Panel of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF

The WGen9500DF's control panel

For convenient monitoring of its status and activity, the control panel of the WGen9500DF includes a convenient meter, showing voltage, frequency, and lifetime hours metrics.

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

As far as security is concerned, the generator can be used with a peace of mind, as it features an overload protection (circuit breaker) and an automatic low oil shut-off.

Apart from the standard documentation and an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) to facilitate setup, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF features extra accessories: key fob, funnel, battery charger, oil, tool kit and propane hose. The official storage cover and running cover are also available, as separate purchases.

Product Videos

The Westinghouse WGen9500DF versus other generators

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how some of the key specs of the Westinghouse WGen9500DF compare to dual fuel generators of similar power (between 9000 and 10000 W).

  • As its weight is 211 pounds, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF falls in the expected weight range of the dual fuel devices in the 9000-10000 rated wattage category. If weight is a key factor for your needs, the Westinghouse iGen11000DFc is noteworthy for being one of the top contenders in this power range, with a dry weight of 187.4 pounds.
  • If compared to generators capable of producing a similar running wattage, this generator with a lowest emitted noise of 74 dBA can be considered somewhat noisy. 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.
  • In terms of its autonomy, the WGen9500DF can operate for up to 12 hours at a 25% load, placing it within the lower bracket among generators of similar type and power range. If wyou wish to prioritize autonomy, the DuroMax XP11500EH shines as one of the top contenders, offering one of the highest run times among generators with similar power output, totaling up to 20 hours.
  • The run time is important, but also hugely depends on the capacity of the fuel tank and doesn't mean much if we don't talk about fuel consumption as well. When it comes to fuel efficiency among generators with similar wattage, this generator lags behind, with a consumption rate of 0.55 GPH at a 25% load. If fuel consumption is your top priority, we suggest to check out the DuroMax XP11000iH, which has a fuel consumption of only 0.39 GPH and thus, is one of the most efficient devices in our database.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other 9000-10000W dual fuel generators, the Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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
  • Dual Fuel
  • Several accessories included
  • GFCI Outlets
  • Remote start
  • Smart Switch Ready
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (211 lbs)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the noisy side (74 dBA)
  • Relatively low run time
  • Low fuel efficiency

Do you own the Westinghouse WGen9500DF 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
FuelDual Fuel (gasoline/propane)
Engine457 cc Westinghouse OHV 4-stroke
Starting systemRecoil, Electric, Remote
Warranty3 years
VoltageAC: 120/240V 60 Hz
Power
GasolinePropane
Running watts9,500 W8,500 W
Starting watts12,500 W11,200 W
Running amps (@120/240V)79.2/39.6 amps70.8/35.4 amps
Peak amps (@120/240V)104.2/52.1 amps93.3/46.7 amps
Run time @50% load8 h7 h
Run time @25% load12 hUnknown
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 outletsNo
Data centerVFT
IndicatorsNo
Fuel tankSteel, 6.6 gal
Fuel gaugeYes
Misc
Weight211 lbs
Approx. dimensions (L x W x H)27.2 x 26.1 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, propane hose, battery, and wheel kit
Country of originChina
UPC853544008298

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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 WGen9500DF 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 homeAC (10,000 BTU)15002200
Electric fry pan15001500
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
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
Microwave (1000 watts)15001500
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
Drain cleaner250250
Bug zapper8080
Total7590 W12090 W
Is it safe to charge/run delicate equipment such as TV, computers, cell phones? (Asked June 15, 2020)

THD should be under 5% to safely run devices that contain sensitive electronics. This unit's THD is <23%, and thus, too high.

does this gen have idel control? (Asked September 06, 2020)

This unit does not have an idle control feature.

Can it also be converted to natural gas? (Asked September 21, 2020)

There are no official conversion kits.

I understand that you can’t run computers etc. But, is it okay to charge a battery powered laptop since the charger is plugged in to just charge the battery as long as you don’t use the laptop while its charging? (Asked October 21, 2020)

Not if you value the circuitry of your charger. Your laptop works on DC, not on AC.

If run through a 50 amp transfer switch and breakers can you safely use tv, charge cell phones, computers? (Asked November 03, 2020)

A transfer switch does not clean power, it just transfers it.

Does the Westinghouse 9500 have an oil filter? An oil filter I can change when I change oil? (Asked November 03, 2020)

The WGen9500DF does not have an oil filter.

Is it safe to use with computers, laptops, cell phones, etc. if those items are plugged into a high end APC UPS unit in between this source? (Asked November 08, 2020)

It would have to be a double-conversion online UPS (opens in a new tab), which will first convert AC to DC, then DC back to AC.

how to remove bonded neutral (Asked December 10, 2020)

You can follow Westinghouse's guidelines (opens in a new tab) or refer to our article on neutral conversion.

Can this generator be outside during winter snow storms, How low the temperature can be in order to be outside? to storage can be in a non heated garage in winter time? (Asked December 17, 2020)

The unit is rated for operation between 5°F and 104°F. In case of exposure outside of this range during storage, it should be brought back within this range before operation. You may also read our article on rain and snow operation.

What is THD ? (Asked September 07, 2021)

THD stands for Total Harmonic Distortion. The lower the THD, the closer you get to a proper sinewave. You can read more about it in this article.

What size is the propane hose delivered with the generator? can you add an extension hose to the existing hose? What size fittings would the esxtension hose have? (Asked September 15, 2021)

The included propane hose is about 3 ft long. Fittings would have to be 3/8".

If hooking this up to a 250 gallon propane tank at the house supply line, what pressure does the hook up need to be? Or what pressure range does the generator need for supply? (Asked December 10, 2021)

The pressure as measured at the regulator mounted to the generator must be 7” to 14” of water column.

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Westinghouse WGen9500DF
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  1. 3.4
    Price
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    Quality
    40
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    Ran on propane for 50 hours. Very noisy front end. Choke stopped working. Would not start. Westinghouse directed me to a repair center where I, 77 year old man, had to deliver this 315 pound generator. A week, bad genset, replaced. New one is working OK at 10 hours. This generator is a rebranded Chinese unit that was once known as Powerlift. I know this because I have a powerlift and this Westinghouse, apart from the auto choke and remote start is identical in every detail. Motor, gas tank, vibration mounts, frame design, generator attachment and rear cover, valve cover, number of visible engine cooling fins and color. No significant differences. And while I have not torn into it, I’ll bet the internals are the same as well. So, is this an average deal for $1,000? Hard to say. My Generac ran 2700 hours and cost me $3000. This one has some work to do to get to that price point. We will see.

    + PROS:
    • Great price point and Westinghouse is good on the warranty work so far.
    - CONS:
    • Advertised as something special (cast iron cylinder sleeve) but is anything but. The Wright flyer engine had cast iron cylinder sleeves in 1901.
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  2. 3.75
    Price
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    80
    Quality
    60
    Performance
    80

    I’ve liked everything about the generator so far. I’ve used it maybe 5 times in 2 years for a total of 25 hours run time. I tested it on both fuels when I first purchased it but under real conditions, I’ve only run it on propane. Didn’t want to end up with gas left in the tank. This was purchased to run the entire house, except for the central air conditioning so I use the 50 AMP outlet. I purchased a Conntek GIB1450-025 Duo-Rain Seal 50Amp Power Inlet Box and Temp Power Cord Combo Kit, 25 Feet. Installed a lock out in my main breaker box and a 50 AMP breaker. No problems with the installation. The power cord is STW 6/3 + 8/1. In the process of getting 2-100 lbs. propane tanks and setting them up with quick disconnects to be able to quickly get the generator up and running when needed.

    Now for the dislike. This is more of an inconvenience than anything. If you look at the location of the 50 AMP outlet on the generator, you’ll notice it is right above the wheel. The 50 AMP power cord I purchased is at a 90 Degree angle which is fine with me, less strain on the cord. The cord is so stiff that in order for the plug to stay attached to the generator I have to take the wheel off so the power cord hangs free. If you’re going to use the 50 AMP outlet and can find a power cord that is 45 Degrees on the male end, you’ll save yourself time when hooking up the generator. I haven’t found one. Not sure if it’s even made. Other than that, the generator is everything it was advertised as.

    + PROS:
    • The generator is everything it was advertised as
    - CONS:
    • This is more of an inconvenience than anything. If you look at the location of the 50 AMP outlet on the generator, you’ll notice it is right above the wheel.
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  3. 4.9
    Price
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    Quality
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    Performance
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    After Houston, TX experienced a freeze in February that left my house without power for two full days, I did some quick research and when demand eased a bit, I bought the WGen9500DF. Very pleased that it runs my central A/C (3 tons) and everything else in my house.

    I’ve seen a couple of reviews with complaints about starting issues, etc. Mine started the very first time, and has started easily every time. I’d guess I’ve fired it up a dozen times, maybe more.

    Actually needed it about 2 weeks ago when a thunderstorm cut power to my neighborhood for a couple of hours. Gives great peace of mind knowing I can depend on this generator in times when I cannot depend on the grid.

    + PROS:
    • Competitively priced. Electric start: Started quickly the 1st time I connected propane, started every time since. Runs my 3 ton central A/C and the rest of my house.
    - CONS:
    • Wheels are plastic and a bit cheap.
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  4. 2.25
    Price
    80
    Value
    80
    Quality
    10
    Performance
    10

    It dies does not want to start up! Right out of the box did not start up. tied 10 times. took it to an authorized dealer they said it was fixed and I had to PAY! Still new? They said carb was dirty and not enough oil. I put exactly what was in the box! Drove 30 minutes did not start up. was called again ready to pick up. Again it did not work! Want my money back! There are issues with this machine per the repair place! DO NOT BUY

    + PROS:
    • it looked good powerful and good price.
    - CONS:
    • It dies does not want to start up! Right out of the box did not start up. tied 10 times. took it to an authorized dealer they said it was fixed and I had to PAY! Still new? They said carb was dirty and not enough oil. I put exactly what was in the box! Drove 30 minutes did not start up. was called again ready to pick up. Again it did not work! Want my money back! There are issues with this machine per the repair place!
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    Noel C Hastings March 5, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    3.5
    Price
    90
    Value
    60
    Quality
    50
    Performance
    80

    Initially bought this about 1.5 years ago. Arrived in good shape and would not start. Turns out the start switch on the panel was faulty based on my testing because it would pull start AND the remote start worked just fine. I called customer service and they offered to send me a new switch. When it arrived I realized pulling that panel out was a pain and I did not want to mess up the wiring in any way so they authorized repair center to do work. I have to haul it there (in my city) which was a pain because this is heavy. They repaired switch and it worked fine. Always easy to start, worked on both fuels. Was happy. Up until then I only used 20A outlets and the 30A outlet. I wired in backup to my house and switched to the 50A outlet and only one side was hot. The outlet was not functioning! I did not find this out until about 1 year into ownership and customer service said “tough luck”. I told them it had just been serviced and perhaps the service center damaged the wiring? Still no help. I decided to tear apart panel myself and sure enough found a connecter was disconnected for a logic board.I put it together an now works fine. So, overall this is a lot of power and seems to work well but only after I diagnosed it and messed with it myself. Quality control and customer support could be better. Test EVERYTHING when you buy it thoroughly and I bet they will stand by it, but after 1 year even probelms that they created they will not help with.

    + PROS:
    • Apparent nice build quality, useful outlets, initially had good customer service, reliable start
    - CONS:
    • Poor quality control, service centers with questionable quality, and then abandoned by customer service.
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  6. 4.75
    Price
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    Value
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    Quality
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    Performance
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    FANTASTIC GENERATOR. ALL PRO’S

    + PROS:
    • FANTASTIC GENERATOR FOR THE PRICE
    - CONS:
    • NONE THAT I CAN TELL
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  7. 5
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    WGen9500DF (Dual Fuel)

    This is an outstanding generator. First, it was difficult to find it in stock at any of the big-box stores over the course of a couple months, let alone Amazon or other smaller vendors. Most of the reviews I read were overwhelmingly positive, and clearly this is an extremely popular generator. Now that I have tested and proven it – – I understand why.

    I ordered it mid-April and it arrived first week of June. The generator was in its original cardboard packaging secured by two typical plastic straps and was without any damage or perforations. Upon opening and visual inspection, the contents were present and securely packaged as described by Westinghouse (oil, tool kit, propane hose/regulator, remote FOB, etc.). The manufacturing and serial number information states “Made in Vietnam”.

    I hired a local, reputable electric company to install a 50-amp generator receptacle outlet, circuit, and interlock kit on my main breaker panel (required by city code) the day after the generator’s arrival. I prepped the genny prior to the install by following the Owner’s Manual instructions and had no problems (feet, wheels, battery, or oil). It did need just a bit more oil (maybe 3-4 oz.) to top off the oil fill-line. I selected propane for its first fuel, ran it for 5 minutes and then switched to gas. Both were flawless. My wife is able to easily move it as well. I was now ready for the electricians to install the designated outdoor receptacle/circuits/breaker and interlock kit the following day.

    Fantastic! Even my electricians were impressed with the features and performance of this generator. It powered my 3.5 ton central A/C and a few other nominal circuits. However, the A/C is not my primary intent, as that was only to see if it could…and it did. I have a portable A/C & heater that I will plug if needed, rather than using central A/C. I also researched each of my circuits to ascertain their wattage usage in order to designate the circuits I would power on for the generator. I printed that spec-sheet and it is affixed to the inside breaker panel for reference when using the generator power. With proper maintenance, I expect to get many years of reliable service from this beast. My previous generator was a 6500-watt electric start which I gave to a friend, and it is still performing well after 12 years. I am very pleased with this WGen9500DF and highly recommend it. Best wishes!

    + PROS:
    • Outstanding Performance and Power. Generous features with great quality.
    - CONS:
    • What's not to like?
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