Cut your electric bill down to size with some of the best home wind turbines on the market today. No longer requiring extensive technical or engineering know-how, today’s wind turbine generator kits cost less and provide more power than ever before.
Have you been wondering if there are ways to reduce your energy consumption, help the environment, and save some money? These environmentally friendly power generators are fantastic options for reliably windy areas.
Read more to find out where to find the best value for your hard-earned dollar, which home wind turbine kits pack the biggest electrical punch and what you should be looking for when deciding whether to add one of these versatile units to your home electrical grid.
What Are the Best Home Wind Turbine Kits in 2020?
A home wind turbine generator must be reliable, durable, quiet, and deliver a large amount of power. It’s also got to look good while doing all of this. So, what are some of your best options in 2020? What products deliver the goods without breaking the bank? We look at five of the best options available to the consumer today and tell you what sets them apart. (Click this link to find out more about wind energy!)
Happybuy Wind Turbine 400W White Lantern
Happybuy is a market leader in delivering home wind turbine generators at unbelievable prices. Coming in just shy of $195, this vertical, lantern-style home generator packs a 400-watt punch without leaving your wallet so light you find yourself eating only ramen until your next paycheck.
This home generator’s unique selling point, aside from its superlative value, is its unique form factor. Its lantern shape requires relatively little space and catches the eye (in a good way). The lantern shape is functional as well, as it lowers the amount of wind speed required to begin generating power. In fact, some users report that this turbine kit can generate power at wind speeds as low as two to three knots (2.3 to 3.4 mph)
This brand sells several home turbines, but we chose this one because of its outstanding combination of value and performance. You should be aware though that some users were surprised by its size. For some reason, something about the form factor and design communicate the idea of small size even though this is not the case. The blades’ wingspan is almost three feet wide and they’re almost two feet high.
Users also report that this machine is easy to put together and install, a huge consideration for those who are uncomfortable with the more technical aspects of home turbine kit installations.
Finally, Happybuy wind turbines are coated to prevent oxidation and corrosion, keep out sand and rain, and last for ages. Unlike some other models, the blades contain 30% carbon fiber to add strength, flexibility, and toughness. Considering all the foregoing, it’s no surprise that it wins both our Best Value Award and Most Popular Award. We usually don’t give both to a single product, but there was no doubt in this case that Happybuy had earned both kudos.
- Beautiful shape and design
- Rust-proof, rain-proof, sand-proof
- Unbeatable price
- Lacks some features existing on more expensive products
- Some users may prefer a traditional “fan-design” to the lantern shape
EOLO 3000 Small Wind Turbine Generator
The Eolo 3000 is the Maserati of home turbine generator kits. With a peak power output of 3000 watts (although you may only see that during hurricane-level wind speeds), this turbine kit produces less than 40 decibels of noise and its vertical blades take up very little space.
Be prepared to shell out a significant sum of money though, as this generator comes in at exactly $4,000, over 20 times more expensive than our value pick. To be fair, it also capable of generating over 7 times as much energy as the Happybuy 400W model.
This is the home generator kit you buy when you’re tired of spending money on gold-flaked caviar and diamond tiaras, and when you absolutely need the best of the best. However, consumers would be wise to keep in mind that, even if they have a lot of disposable income to burn, this turbine kit may not be the best choice for them.
This unit requires high wind speeds to reach those upper levels of power generation. Additionally, while 40 decibels are reasonably quiet, they’re not silent. If you have fussy neighbors who live very nearby, this may not be the home generator for you.
Durable and reliable, the Eolo 3000 comes standard with a 2-year warranty.
- Unmatched peak power output
- Attractive design
- Might require you to take out a second mortgage on your house
- Requires high wind speeds to reach the highest power generation levels
AutoMaxx Windmill 1200W 48V 21A Generator Kit
An excellent mix of features, value, durability, and power-generation, the AutoMaxx 1200W Generator will satisfy even the fussiest consumer.
It is weather resistant, durable, and can be used in conjunction with solar panels. It’s polypropylene and glass fiber construction is coated with a UV resistant layer to further protect the instrument from environmental decay and damage. Most importantly, the unit includes manual and automatic braking features. In the event of sudden wind gusts, this turbine will brake, rather than break, to ensure you don’t need to make use of its 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The price point is a very reasonable $1200 and, compared to the Eolo 3000, seems like a downright bargain. Considering the rich feature set, $1200 is an excellent price for this versatile wind turbine kit. Additionally, the AutoMaxx Windmill 1200W boasts a relatively simple do-it-yourself installation process.
There’s no one specific thing that stands out about this generator kit. Rather, it is the combination of features and power-generation that pushed this product over the top and rendered it worthy of our Editor’s Choice award. It’s above-average performances in so many areas create a truly well-rounded product, capable of doing most, if not all, of what the typical consumer desires from a home turbine kit. And the addition of the automatic braking features is a tremendous boon to those living in unpredictably gusty areas.
- A rich balance of value, features, and quality
- Loads of features, including automatic braking
- Durable construction
- It’s attempt to please everyone may leave performance seekers as well as budget hunters underwhelmed
Ista Breeze i-1000 Watt 48 Volt Wind generator Wind Turbine
Durable and stable, the Ista Breeze is made of a reliable aluminum housing and hard plastic and glass fiber blades. These materials make for a reasonably light home turbine kit, weighing in at 48.5 pounds. It can generate a very respectable 1000 watts at reasonably obtainable wind speeds.
Compared to its vertically bladed cousins, this turbine requires a little bit more space and may not turn as many heads with its design. However, we would be remiss if we failed to point out that, of the fan-designed turbines, this one is the most pleasing to the eye. Its interesting black-and-white colour scheme is quite modern and fetching, and likely to withstand the test of time.
It should also be noted that, unlike the other products on this list, this is not a full kit. Rather, $645 will buy you this generator and you will need to assemble the other necessary components. Luckily, the manufacturer has indicated that they make those components and are willing to supply them upon request.
Keep in mind that Ista Breeze makes several similar products with different voltage levels and number of blades. So, if this version is not quite your cup of tea but you like this price and power range, play with the options on their Amazon page to see if they offer something that’s up your alley.
- Light and durable materials
- For a fan-design turbine, it’s quite pretty
- Some may not like its traditional fan design
- Not a full kit. Just a generator
Wonderful Online’s Wind Turbine Generator Orange and White Mini
We had to throw in this beautifully constructed oddity. Shaped in a fashion reminiscent of Japanese lanterns, the delicately curved vertical blades are as pretty as they are tough. The generator is made of hard plastic reinforced with glass fibers and designed to withstand the rigours of all sorts of weather.
Its unique construction doesn’t just serve aesthetic purposes though. Like some other vertical-blade “lantern-style” generators, this unit has a very low wind speed activation threshold. Only two metres per second will start this generator kit spinning and creating electricity. And because of the magnetic levitation technology contained within, it’s also as close to silent as is humanly possible. All these features combined serve to make this one of the most popular generator kits available.
It produces between 100 and 400 watts, depending on which of its three phases is active, which places it at the lower end of the power-producing spectrum found in this article. And at $600 dollars a piece, one could certainly find a generator capable of doing more, with respect to sheer power generation, for less. But people aren’t buying this unit for its performance. The lure comes from the elegant and distinguished design.
Finally, using just a couple of tools and the included installation video, this generator kit is a snap to install.
- Stunning and unique construction
- Low start-up threshold
- Reasonably priced
- Generates relatively little energy per dollar spent, compared to the other home generators on this list