[email protected] allocate some personal time and go to Evangelista Street in Quiapo (near the church). Many vendors there. Good brands? Robin, Honda or Kubota. What to get? Less than 3000 watt should suffice. Gasoline or diesel? Diesel gensets will cost more and are less noisy than petrol-fed units. Avoid mall-based stores as they sell theirs at premium prices. Water-cooled or air-cooled? I prefer water-cooled, if available. Manual start or battery start? I prefer battery, with manual option. You also need to add a double throw switch (consult a competent electrician). @soloworx, 6.5 KVA bare minimum, 10 KVA for some headroom. Meralco has an Appliance Calculator (iOS, Android and Windows) App. This will help you calculate total usage. For example, 19 cubic ref, no-frost, consumes 800 watts of electricity. However, since refs are equipped with electric motors that switches on and off, the starting current is times 3. The same goes for water pumps. Also, compute not on the maximum output of the genset. The actual output is about 80% of rated output. The headroom is to protect the dynamo from malfunction (rewinding is expensive). You are right: using rubber to mitigate vibration-caused noise helps. I've used old truck tires (properly secured) just for that purpose.