The Kipor used to be about 1/2 price of a Honda, now it's 2/3 price but has the same exact noise level, is true sine wave, and same weight. As good as a honda, probably not. Using it a couple hours a month I doubt you could wear out even the cheesiest $100 generator from harbor freight
. Kipor started out trying to copy the Honda, they were even red. My brother's got used pretty hard on his boat and he sold it when he upgraded boats and had a built it gen. He got over half of new price first day on CL. Kipor, yamaha, and honda all have 2 year warrantees, kipor's the only one without hour limitation. All three have proven reliable. A great source for comparisons is on camping forums.