Pay special attention to the features and characteristics of a power generator if you are not sure what to buy. An electric start is often overlooked, yet it represents a major necessity in portable generators. Many of them come with a pushbutton starter, so you no longer have to go through all the stress associated with pull starting the engine. The electric start requires battery changes, so unexpected situations may arise out of nowhere. From this point of view, get a model with both a pull cord and the electric start feature. Check Yamaha EF1000IS and other similar models, but do research them as well.