Why would you want a garage door opener? Well for starters, pulling up to your house and clicking a button on your keyfob or even better, using a smartphone app is cool. So, they are cool, what else? Well they are also practical, if it’s raining out you can pull up to your house and drive into your garage without having to fight with your garage door. OK, that’ also cool.

You would think that something like this would be too expensive or too “flashy” but you would be wrong, most of the models we have covered are just a couple of hundred dollars, we think that’s pretty reasonable.

We love decking our house in tech here at Parameter, so we thought we’d take a look at the state of garage door openers these days.

Best Garage Door Openers

As always, we have listed our top picks at the top here if you are in a hurry. We have then reviewed the top 10 options on the market in detail as well as picking apart all the pros and cons. If you need more help making up your mind, skip to the bottom where we have a complete buyer’s guide and an FAQ section so you can immerse yourself in garage door opener information!

Enjoy…

Top Picks

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Don’t feel like reading through all of the reviews? We got you covered. These 4 units are the best in their class and they should work for any type of garage door you have. We have specifically selected them for this versatility and efficiency. Here are the top 4 picks when it comes to garage door openers available on the market today:

  • NEXX Garage NXG-100 NXG Remote Compatible Door Opener: if you are looking for the best smart garage door opener, this is the way of the future. It is actually affordable and should allow you to constantly monitor your garage.
  • Chamberlain B970 Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener: A slightly more expensive option, this garage door opener is designed for heavier doors. It might not connect to Wi-Fi, but can be operated with your smartphone.
  • Chamberlain C450 Garage Dr. Opener: If you don’t like paying for a smart garage door opener, this is one of the more basic options. The opener can still lift a massive weight, but it is completely operated with a remote control.
  • Genie Aladdin Connect Wi-Fi Smart Garage Door Opener: The modern economy has many of us stuck to a tight budget. However, this garage door opener is perfect for smaller garage doors. It is probably the best budget garage door opener you can find today.

NEXX Garage NXG-100 NXG Remote Compatible Door Opener

NEXX is one of the newer brands on the market today, but they are definitely hitting the market by storm. The NEXX Garage NXG-100 NXG Remote Compatible Door Opener is somewhat unique and it comes with a stylish APP for Android devices. The APP is easy to use and shows you exactly what is happening to your garage door.

The APP is one of the best parts of this garage door openers and it is simple and effective. No unnecessary features that you need to navigate and your door can be open with the touch of a button. The APP is fully compatible with voice control and you can set it up with Alexa or Siri, making it even easier to access the garage door on the go.

The APP allows you to connect multiple users with authorization to open the garage door, removing the need for one person to continuously access it. The encryption seems to be the standard you would expect from a security device. However, you should focus on having an encrypted Wi-Fi system set up just to be sure.

Finding fault with this garage door opener is rather tough. However, the installation process does seem to be a little more complicated than it needs to be. Many people have noted that you need to make a few modifications depending on your garage. Once the installation process has been completed, you should not need to worry about further issues.

The price on this unit is a little more expensive than many of the others. However, you will note that it is hard to find one with the same top quality features. Since it takes us into the future, the APP is also compatible with your smartwatch and should notify you if you have left the garage door open. We recommend it as the best garage door opener currently available.

Pros:
  • Clean APP
  • Voice compatible with Alexa and Siri
  • Allows you to add multiple users
  • Constant notifications and updates
  • Smartwatch compatible
Cons:
  • The installation is a little complicated

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Chamberlain B970 Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener

Chamberlain is one of the top brands when it comes to garage door openers and they have a wide variety that includes the chain and belt-driven options. The Chamberlain B970 Smartphone-Controlled Garage Door Opener is a belt-driven garage door openers, but it can be operated with your mobile device if you are moving into the future.

The opener includes Tri-band technology and this will help to extend your range over a 1000-feet when you need some additional range. However, the biggest draw is the powerful motor that can lift exceptionally heavy garage doors with just a touch of a button. All of this simply sounds like a gentle whirring and keeps the noise to a minimum.

If security is one of your main concerns, the Posi-Lock System is revolutionary and it keeps the door firmly planted in the ground. These locking mechanisms will ensure that no one can enter your garage forcefully. Additionally, the MYQ App also gives you notifications and will constantly give you access to the status of your garage door.

If you find that the power has been cut, you should also be happy to know that the garage door opener comes with a battery backup system. The installation process seems fairly easy and you have access to online installation videos. However, a good idea might be to have a professional assist you when it comes to the installation.

As for the price, this might be the biggest downside of this unit and it should be noted that it is rather expensive. It comes with a decent warranty of 5-years on most of the components, while the parts are only protected for a year. We would definitely recommend this garage door opener for larger and heavier garage doors.

Pros:
  • Powerful motor
  • Features an extended range
  • Smartphone compatible
  • Pry-resistant
Cons:
  • Expensive

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Chamberlain RJO20 Garage Door Opener

Sticking to the Chamberlain brand, we have the wall-mounted Chamberlain RJO20 Garage Door Openerand this opener is one of the very best when you are looking to save some space inside your garage. Since the unit itself is also rather small, you won’t need to worry about the installation process and this can be done in a couple of minutes.

As you might have noticed, most people are moving on to the smart garage door openers and this is also one of those options. It can be accessed with the MYQ APP and you can set up notifications that will notify you if anything happens. These notifications can be customized and you will constantly have access to see the status of the garage door.

With advanced encryption, there is absolutely no need to worry about someone hacking through the system either. Compared to many of the other garage door openers, this is one of the most silent options and this partly due to the wall-mounted design. It automatically reduces the vibrations that are commonly felt throughout the ceiling.

One of the downsides is that the door opener is a little slow to respond to your commands and this might be frustrating when you need to get inside quickly. It can be quite a mission to open heavier doors and you might need to invest in a more powerful motor. However, the sound reduction design does mean that no one will hear you coming in.

As for the price, it is a Chamberlain product and many of their garage door openers seem to be fairly expensive. However, the reputation of a brand like Chamberlain is definitely worth it and this means that you get value for your money. It is worth noting that the motor does come with a limited lifetime warranty included.

Pros:
  • Silent operation
  • Easy to install
  • Space-saving design
  • Compatible with the MYQ APP
  • Lifetime warranty on the motor
Cons:
  • The response is a little slow
  • It is really expensive
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LIFTMASTER 8500W 2-893MAX JACKSHAFT GARAGE DOOR

The LIFTMASTER 8500W 2-893MAX JACKSHAFT GARAGE DOOR is a powerful 8500-watt garage door opener that has been designed for heavy-duty use. It is one of the larger models and can be installed on the inside of your garage to ensure that your large garage door opens without making too much noise when lifted.

An advanced protector system has been included and this will fundamentally improve the overall security around your home. Once it has been locked, it will be like a deadbolt that needs to be pried open. According to the manufacturer, it also has the ability to lift massive doors in the range of 850-pounds with ease.

This garage door opener can also be classified as a smart option. It is fully compatible with the MYQ APP and this allows the user to constantly receive notifications. Once you log onto the APP, you will be able to see the status of the door as well. The control panel on the wall is also modern and features a stylish LED display system.

While the door opener is one of the most fundamental in its class, it has a few issues when it comes to colder weather. Unfortunately, we have seen it lag a little if the weather is too cold. This means that you might need to have some sort of heating unit installed to ensure that it does work functionally and the unit does not have any issues.

Of all the garage door openers we have seen so far, this is definitely one of the most expensive options on the market today. However, we would still recommend it if you have large garage doors that need to be opened. We also recommend having an expert help you with the installation, especially if you have heavy doors.

Pros:
  • It can lift around 850-pounds
  • Stylish display
  • Compatible with the MYQ APP
  • Pry-resistant
Cons:
  • Not the best unit to use in cold weather

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MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener Chamberlain MYQ-G0301

Back to Chamberlain, we have one of their very best smart garage door openers. The MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener is compatible with most garage doors that have been designed since 1993. It is one of the easiest to install and the small design means that it can actually be installed virtually anywhere in your garage without taking up too much space.

Since it is completely compatible with the MYQ APP, the garage door controls are in your hands. It can be connected to your Wi-Fi and this means that you can actually control it from virtually anywhere. The MYQ APP is also great when it comes to functionality and will show you exactly how the garage door is doing and the current status.

With any Wi-Fi unit, encryption is one of the most important aspects to keep in mind. This unit is fully encrypted to prevent any potential hacking and it gives you voice control when using Google Assistant. The unit allows you to set up schedule and you can simply see when the garage door is opened and closed.

Having a smart hub is something that you need to keep in mind with this device, especially if you are transforming your entire home into a smart home. You also need to keep in mind that you will have to pay a subscription fee of $1 per month if you are connecting your unit to Google Assistant and IFFFT as per smart home requirements.

Fortunately, it one of the more affordable options on the market today and if you don’t have a massive garage door that will need lifting, this will be one of the best options for you. If you already have a smart hub and you understand how to convert your home into a smart home, this will be a piece of cake for your install.

Pros:
  • Smart Garage Door Opener
  • Compatible with MYQ APP
  • Easy to set up
  • Reasonably priced
  • Voice control enabled
Cons:
  • Voice control requires a monthly fee
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Chamberlain C450 Garage Dr. Opener

Another Chamberlain garage door opener is what we have come up with next and theChamberlain C450 Garage Dr. Opener is a slightly less expensive option that has been designed for those with large and heavy garage doors. It is designed with the Chamberlain MED lift technology and this will ensure that you have the best possible lifting force.

Once again, Tri-Band Technology has been incorporated and this is specifically made for larger yards. Thanks to this technology, your remote control will reach a massive 1,500-feet when you are opening or closing the garage door. The rugged steel construction also gives you the best in terms of overall durability for the unit.

Much like many of the other Chamberlain garage door openers, this one also connects to the MYQ APP. The app allows you to be on the ball when it comes to the status of your garage door. You also receive notifications if someone is opening it up. Additionally, the advanced encryption makes it practically impossible to hack this unit.

If you have basic mechanical skills, it should not take you much effort to actually have this unit installed. However, those without any mechanical skills might need to have an expert assist them when it comes to the installation process. Chamberlain does have numerous videos that can also help with the installation process for many beginners.

Since this is one of the smaller models from the Chamberlain brand, it is also one of the more affordable options that you could consider. Once you have the installation down, the unit should last you multiple years. It comes with a 10-year warranty on the motor and multiple smaller warranties on the other parts and components.

Pros:
  • Compatible with MYQ APP
  • Massive range of 1500-feet
  • Reasonably priced
  • Includes a 10-year warranty on the motor
Cons:
  • Installation can be tricky
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Chamberlain C410 Durable Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Once again, we look at the Chamberlain brand and we have the Chamberlain C410 Durable Chain Drive Garage Door Opener. It is one of their smaller models but still packs an enormous punch with the advanced MED technology used in the motor. This allows you to actually lift many of those heavier door systems.

Constructed from extremely durable materials, the unit has been designed with a lot of attention to detail. The rugged design will resist potential water damage and this gives you all-weather functionality. Once again, the Tri-Band technology will give the user some extended range when it comes to operating the door.

Chamberlain is widely regarded as one of the top brands when it comes to encryption and it is no different when looking at this door. The encryption means that it cannot easily be opened and you won’t need to deal with people trying to pry it open. Once it is shut, it will stay locked until you open it with the remote.

The downside is that it is not a smart garage door and this might be frustrating if you need remote access. You won’t be able to connect it to different apps and check the current status of the door. However, the lack of APPs, might even make the door more secure and ensure that you won’t ever be hacked when using it.

Since this is one of the smaller doors from Chamberlain, it is also one of their more affordable options. The door offers a lot of functionality and should be easy to install. Chamberlain offers numerous videos that could help you when you need to install it. The motor is backed by a decent 10-year limited warranty as well.

Pros:
  • Easy setup
  • Reliable brand
  • Reasonably priced
  • Can lift heavy doors
  • Decent warranty
Cons:
  • Not smart device compatible
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Garadget Garage Door Opener

If you are looking for a small but effective smart garage door opener, the Garadget Garage Door Opener could be the one that you have been looking for. It is compatible with most new and existing garage doors and since it is actually small, it won’t take too much space. The installation is also a little easier with this garage door opener.

Once again, this is a smart garage door opener and it means that you can connect it to your smart hub that might already be installed in your home. Since it works with IFFFT and Google Assistance, you also have access to voice control and this enables you to remotely operate the garage door without actually touching it.

As for the encryption, the unit is one of the best when it comes to overall encryption and this means you can easily trust the system when you have closed the door to remain shut. It comes with a revolutionary APP that includes a smooth interface. This interface will ensure you can actually use the app without having to deal with frustrating other features.

While it is one of the top options when you are looking for a great APP, the downsides are that we have found it lagging from time to time, especially when opening closing. The monitoring aspect is really great and this will ensure that the APP does allow you to see if anyone is close or has been tampering with your garage door.

As for the price, since it is really affordable, many people might not be ready to trust it when it comes to security. However, we believe that it offers a lot of value for money and should be great for smaller garage doors. If you are strapped to a budget, this might be the perfect option for all your needs and to ensure your garage door can be accessed remotely.

Pros:
  • Smart garage door
  • Easy to install
  • Affordable
  • Clean and easy to use APP
Cons:
  • Might lag from time to time
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Genie Aladdin Connect Wi-Fi Smart Garage Door Opener

If you have a small motor home and your garage door does not need a strong motor to lift it, the Genie Aladdin Connect Wi-Fi Smart Garage Door Opener should be one of the top options that you could consider. Much like the others, it is also considered a smart garage door opener and includes everything you need to monitor the door.

With an advanced application and a clean interface, this garage door is one of the very best when you need something sophisticated. The APP allows users to control up to 3 different garage doors and it has an automated feature added. This feature will enable you to set up schedules, whilst notifying you if the door has been left open.

The setup is actually quite simple, but you will need a HUB if you want numerous appliances connected to your smartphone. The application will alert you if someone is tampering and if anyone else is entering through the garage door. You also have the ability to give users their own access codes if someone needs to get inside.

One of the downsides is that the door opener and the design seem rather cheap. Yes, the APP is state of the art and constantly updated, but this door opener is not made for heavy-duty use. The upside is that if the Wi-Fi is down, you can still use the normal remote to access the door. This will ensure that you always have override access.

It is the cheapest model we have on the list so far and this means that anyone should buy it, even if you are strapped to a tight budget. The door opener also includes a backup battery that will be charged. The battery life is a massive 2-years. We would certainly recommend it as one of the best budget garage door openers.

Pros:
  • Easy to install
  • Manual remote and APP to open
  • Includes a decent backup battery
  • Really affordable
Cons:
  • The materials are not the most durable
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Craftsman ½ HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

Last but certainly not least, we have a completely different brand making an entrance on this list. The Craftsman ½ HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener is a durable opener that includes a ½ HP motor and this is more than enough for larger garage doors. It can definitely help you lift some of those heavier metal doors.

The rail system might seem like a difficult thing to install. However, you can have it installed in just a matter of minutes if you have enough basic skills. The control panel is really efficient and it works with a pin from the inside. However, the remotes are designed to access the garage door from the outside if you need to get in.

The display monitor can be considered a smart monitor and while it cannot be connected to Wi-Fi, it automatically adjusts depending on the force that is needed to open the door. This means you no longer need to worry about the cold winter months slowing down your garage door. With an energy efficient sleep mode, the door will only use around 1-watt.

The door might not have any real downsides, but since it does not come with the smart features as many of the others, one can suggest that it is an older model. However, the simplicity of the design will save you a lot of time and you no longer need to worry about Wi-Fi issues. It also does not force you to sign up for any APPS.

As for the price, it is p[rice in the same range as many of the entry-level Chamberlain garage door openers. However, this is a really durable option and it can actually lift quite a heavy weight if need be. We would certainly recommend it for older homes that do not have a Wi-Fi system installed already to ensure they have access to there garage.

Pros:
  • Simple but effective design
  • Easy to setup
  • Reasonably priced
  • Decent range
Cons:
  • It is not a smart device
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Buyer's Guide

Still not sure which one is the best for you? Don’t worry, we have worked with a couple of experts to understand some of the basic features when it comes to a garage door opener. These features will help you make sure which one is right for you. Here are a couple of the most important features when it comes to your next garage door opener:

  • Drive Type: Garage door openers have different methods that will actually open the garage door. You need to decide which method actually works the best for you. There are 3 different drive types that you can choose from and each of them works a little different. Here is a small breakdown of the different drive mechanisms:
  • Chain Drive: If you have a standard aluminum garage door, the chain drive operating system should be the best. It is one of the oldest and most affordable methods of opening your garage door. The rugged design should last you a couple of years before you need to consider replacing it.
  • Belt Drive: The belt drive garage door features a steel reinforced belt that will be used for operating the door. This garage door opener is generally the quietest on the market today and ideal for motor homes close to living areas.
  • Screw Drive: if you are looking for something that will open your garage door with a little more speed, the screw drive system should be one of the best options to consider. It might not be as reliable, but your garage door will open faster.
  • No matter which type you choose, they have all be tried and tested to ensure reliability. You might need to look at your current garage door before you choose the drive system and determine whether it has the ability to open the door effectively. We can’t really say that one is better than the other when it comes to drive systems.
  • Control Method: Garage doors can be controlled by various methods with the remote being one of the obvious choices for many people. However, technology has allowed us to connect the garage door to our smart devices and this gives you the ability to control it with an APP. It is much more efficient and will allow you to actually control it remotely.
  • The smart garage door openers also allow users to set up schedules and monitor the status of the garage door. This will timestamp whenever someone enters or accesses the unit. If you are looking for more control, we recommend a smart garage door opener. You should note that many of these smart garage door openers might require the installation of a HUB.
  • Motor: The motor you choose will depend on the size and the weight of your garage door. Most brands will indicate how much horsepower a garage door opener has and you can decide whether it will be able to open up your door. However, most of the garage door openers that we have reviewed can open up units that have been made after 1993.
  • Battery Backups: You might be prone to power shortages, even if it is only for a couple of minutes and this could leave you stranded on the outside of your home. However, a backup battery is one of the most efficient ways to ensure that you always have access to the garage. You won’t need to wait for the power to come on or access it manually.
  • When looking at battery backups, you should try to look at how long the battery will remain active after the power has gone off. Most modern batteries can last you around 24-hours on a single charge. However, we have seen advanced batteries that will last much longer.
  • Installation: If you have basic mechanical skills, you should be able to efficiently install the garage door opener on your own. This will allow you to save a couple of bucks and not have an expert come and assist you. However, we do recommend having an expert help you with the installation if you don’t know how it works. Brands like Chamberlain have excellent DIY videos that will help you when it comes to the installation process.
  • Security Lights: We might not have covered this in the reviews, but you should look for security lights in your garage door openers. The security lights are designed to help you when it comes to seeing what is around you and you won’t get trapped by someone waiting for you in front or inside of your garage.
  • The security lights are generally on the inside and they are attached to the motor of the unit. This means that once you open the garage door, the security lights should automatically come on. They generally remain on for some time and will automatically shut down when you are done.
  • Warranty: Last but certainly not least, we also need to give a look at the warranty. If you are going to use the garage door opener a lot, having a warranty can protect you from any manufacturer warranties. While the parts might be cheap, the motor is one of the most expensive components. It is worth keeping in mind that many brands will force you to get an expert to help with the installation.
Frequently Asked Questions

Now that you have seen all the top garage door openers and some of the many features that make them so great, we have also come across a couple of questions that many people might have. Even if you don’t have any questions, we recommend giving this section a quick look. You might find out something you don’t know already:

  • Can My Smart Garage Door Opener Be Hacked? While the chances are there for people to hack the encryption, it is highly unlikely. Most of these garage door openers have some of the best encryption and when you combine that with the encryption of your Wi-Fi system, you should be fine.
  • Should I Buy The Door First Or The Opener? If you don’t already have a door installed and you have a new garage, it is much better to actually buy the door first. The garage door opener is much easier to find afterward and you can then decide which opener is the best for you.
  • Is It Easy To Install These Garage Door Openers? Garage door openers are actually quite easy to install and most of the time, you only need basic mechanical skill to have it installed correctly. Brands like Chamberlain make it easy for individuals to install the garage doors themselves and they have a couple of excellent videos that can actually help you.
  • Which Garage Door Brand Is The Best? Chamberlain is one of the leading brands when it comes to garage doors and they have a proven reputation for quality in their units. We highly recommend Chamberlain and as you might have seen, they also have the most products on the market today.

Conclusion

Simply stating that one is the best is not that simple as many of these garage door openers have a different purpose and they work well for different types of doors. While we can’t say one is better than the other, Chamberlain is one of the leading brands and they have an excellent reputation and various different options for every door.

We would like to thank you for reading this article and encourage you to share some of your thoughts. Let us know in the comment section which of these garage door openers you prefer and if we might have missed any of the door openers that you have used before. We look forward to reading some of your comments and adding even more products.

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