The Whisperlite International has proven itself as the most versatile, dependable, lightweight, liquid fuel portable stove on the market. If we were to have one stove, this would be it. That is, until we tried the MSR Whisperlite Universal, which can do all that the International version can do, but can also use canister fuel. It also costs $40 more.
The International is a multi-fuel version of the original MSR Whisperlite stove, which wins our Best Buy award. Featuring self-cleaning Shaker Jet technology, it burns white gas, kerosene, and unleaded auto fuel. The standard Whisperlite only burns white gas and is $10 less expensive. We also love the original version of this stove, and generally just recommend the standard Whisperlite unless you really think you will be needing to burn kerosene or auto fuel.
Alternatively, the more stable and easier to simmer MSR Dragonfly may be better for commercial outfits or those less concerned with size and weight (its much louder, 3oz. heavier, .3L larger, and $40 more).
View our complete Best Backpacking Stove Review to see how this model stacks up against the others.