5 Most Popular Solar Panels Chosen by Homeowners in 2018 | Solar.com

Please enter a valid zip code.

5 Most Popular Solar Panels Chosen by Homeowners in 2018


Homeowners demand a lot from the solar panels they select for their rooftop system. These panels need to look good and perform well over multiple decades!

Here are the top 5 homeowner-selected solar panel brands on Solar.com marketplace in 2018:


2018 Most Popular Solar Panel Brands on Solar.Com
 Rank Manufacturer Pick Rate
#1  – Top Pick Q CELLS 29%
#2 LG Solar 22%
#3 SunPower 21%
#4 Panasonic 16%
#5 S-Energy 4%


The Top Solar Choices of 2018

Congratulations are due to Q CELLS panels for being selected as the Top Pick by homeowners for the second year in a row! Of the multiple solar quotes presented to homeowners, Q CELLS were chosen 29% of the time.

LG Solar and Sunpower, both well known premium options for home solar projects, were neck and neck for second and third positions, at 22% and 21% pick rates respectively.


2018 Top Solar Panel Brands on Solar.com

Compared to 2017’s top solar picks, Panasonic also moved up one position, from 5th to 4th.

2017 Top Solar Brands on Solar.comNote: Q CELLS and Hanwha are the same company. The South Korean corporation acquired the German company Q CELLS in 2012.

The surprise pick, at position #5, was S-Energy. This panel maker, also South Korean, emerged as a popular pick for homeowners looking for a reliable panel at a more affordable price point.

Why do homeowners love Q CELLS panels?

Q CELLS has a great variety of panel options for homeowners, making it a suitable option for multiple roofs and home types. These include multiple wattage ratings and aesthetic designs (black panels, white back sheet, etc.).


In short, these panels are a fantastic option for many homeowners, without any premium markup.

What’s the easiest way to get quotes from top solar brands?

If you’re a homeowner looking to obtain multiple quotes from top solar brands like Q CELLS, LG Solar and SunPower, look no further than Solar.com!

We provide free solar designs, consultation, and bids from solar installers in your area. These approved installers only offer quality solar panels like the brands we covered here.

To get started going solar, the best thing to do is try our solar calculator to see if solar is suitable for your home.

Return to

Solar Panel Installation Process

⇠ Return

See how much solar panels cost in your area.

Please enter a valid zip code.

Please enter a valid zip code.

Zero Upfront Cost. Best Price Guaranteed.


How To Find the Best Solar Panels for Your Home in 2024

Trying to determine the best solar panels for your home is like trying to determine the best car – there’s no one correct answer. Everybody...

Learn More

How Does Solar Power Work on a House? Your Questions Answered

How does solar power work? A simple explanation is that solar panels convert sunlight into electricity that can be used immediately or stored in batteries....

Learn More

Solar Panel Efficiency - Pick the Most Efficient Solar Panels

You may hear the term “efficiency” thrown around a lot when reading up on solar panels. It sure sounds like a good thing, but what...

Learn More

Solar Inverters: Types, Pros and Cons

What is a solar inverter? Solar energy doesn’t provide electricity in a format that your table lamp could be powered by. Inverters change the power...

Learn More

Solar Providers Near Me

When beginning your home solar project, you might start by searching “Solar Providers Near Me.” Then, you'll be presented with dozens of different solar companies...

Learn More

Charging Your EV With Solar Panels and Using the EV Tax Credit To Lower the Cost

Ditching your gas-guzzler for an electric vehicle (EV) is a great way to lower the cost and emissions of getting from A to B. But...

Learn More

Community Solar

It’s no secret that many of us spend a large portion of our income on energy and electricity bills. In fact, in 2012 we spent...

Learn More

Solar for Condo Owners

Solar for condominium unit owners is gaining steady popularity throughout the country, as more and more states are writing legislation to promote clean energy accessibility....

Learn More

Key Solar Terms

Going solar isn't something people do everyday and unless you have an electrical engineering degree, it's likely you'll bump into some new phrases and terms....

Learn More