When at Costco, I like to see which Generators they are now selling. Today at the Woodinville Costco, I ran across this:
The Generac GP8000e. They are ‘clearing them out’ for $750. This unit has been discontinued by Generac, but it has good ratings.
Remember, if your house has gas, you can usually get by with 5500 watts. (I say usually ;))
Also, if you buy this generator, give us a call to show you how to hook it up to your house panel.