Best Garage Door Openers

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2018
Where is the safest place to keep a car? No doubt, in a garage with a reliable door. Today, you don't need to open a garage door manually - leave it to a high-tech garage door opener. We have picked 5 best of them so that you can make the right choice! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Door Type
Drive Type
Mount Type
Maximum Door Weight
Maximum Door Dimensions
Home Automation Compatibility
Power
Controls
Security & Safety
Warranty
 
PROS

A battery backup will keep the system going even in case of a power outage so you can get in and out of your garage under any circumstances.

CONS

The instructions are poorly written and won't be much help at all.

OUR VERDICT

Although it's somewhat pricey, the Chamberlain B970 is worth the cost as it will always work, regardless of whether the power is on in your neighborhood. The powerful drive supports extra-heavy doors, a must if you're worried about your vehicle's safety. If you're willing to spare the cost, this system will guarantee security and stable operation.

detailed parameters
Door Type

Sectional

Drive Type

Belt

Mount Type

Ceiling

Maximum Door Weight

Approximately 550 lbs

Maximum Door Dimensions

7 feet high

Home Automation Compatibility

MyQ (with built-in Wi-Fi)

Power

1-1/4 HP

Controls

2 Remotes, Full Function Wall Control, Wireless Keypad, Smartphone Control

Security & Safety

Safety Sensors, Forced Openings, Secure Code

Warranty

Lifetime for belt and motor, 5 years for parts

PROS
The mounting is simple enough for any handyman to cope with. The electric motor of the drive is very quiet. You can use an additional Aladdin Connect adapter for controlling the door via the Internet.
CONS
You may need to get an extension kit if your door is over 8 feet high.
OUR VERDICT
Genie SilentMax is a modern garage door opener, which is safe and durable thanks to a GenieSense Monitoring and Diagnostic Technology.
detailed parameters
Door Type
Sectional Single- & Double-wide
Drive Type
Belt
Mount Type
Ceiling
Maximum Door Weight
500 lbs
Maximum Door Dimensions
8 x 14 feet
Home Automation Compatibility
HomeLink (Aladdin Connect optionally)
Power
3/4 HP
Controls
Remote control (2 in a package), Outdoor control panel, Internal control panel
Security & Safety
Floating code, Motion sensor, Reverse, Dual light
Warranty

Limited lifetime for motor and gearbox

PROS

Each remote has a unique secret code that prevents all other devices from opening the door, a valuable anti-theft feature. Meanwhile, the Triband technology expands the coverage range of the remote to 1500 sq. ft.

CONS

The WiFi connection gets spotty sometimes.

OUR VERDICT

Armed with several extra security features, this system is made for those who simply can't sleep soundly unless they have the best protection possible. The doors won't open for anything other than your personal remote and the operation range on them is a whopping 1500 sq. ft., more than enough to unlock the garage while you're pulling up to the house. A reliable and ultra-secure choice.

detailed parameters
Door Type

Sectional

Drive Type

Chain

Mount Type

Ceiling

Maximum Door Weight

Approximately 300 lbs

Maximum Door Dimensions

7 feet high

Home Automation Compatibility

MyQ (with built-in Wi-Fi)

Power

1/2 HP

Controls

Dual-Function Wall Control, 2 Remotes Transmitters, Keyless Entry Keypad, Smartphone Control

Security & Safety

Safety Sensors, Forced Openings, Secure Code

Warranty

10 years for motor, 1 year for parts and chain

PROS

The drive syncs with smartphones and tablets so you can control the door remotely and even check when it was opened during the day.

CONS

The setup can take up to 6 hours and is pretty difficult.

OUR VERDICT

Coming with a long warranty, this system is not only durable but also quite affordable. The system's motor runs almost silently so you can get home in the middle of the night without waking anybody. And the smartphone/tablet sync lets you schedule door openings and check if the garage has been accessed in your absence. If you're working on a budget and still want quality, this is a real bargain.

detailed parameters
Door Type

Sectional

Drive Type

Belt

Mount Type

Ceiling

Maximum Door Weight

Approximately 300 lbs

Maximum Door Dimensions

7 feet high

Home Automation Compatibility

MyQ (with built-in Wi-Fi)

Power

1/2 HP

Controls

Dual-Function Wall Control, 2 Remotes Transmitters, Keyless Entry Keypad, Smartphone Control

Security & Safety

Safety Sensors, Forced Openings, Secure Code

Warranty

15 years for belt, 10 years for motor, 1 year for parts

PROS
This is the only garage opener with a jackshaft drive. Installation is simple and requires little space in your garage. The unit has the light and you can choose where to attach it. The drive works really silently.
CONS
The lock makes quite a loud sound (when it opens and closes).
OUR VERDICT
That's one of the most secure garage door openers thanks to a bolt locking. Also, the appliance is rather easy in installation.
detailed parameters
Door Type
Sectional Single- & Double-wide
Drive Type
Jackshaft
Mount Type
Wall
Maximum Door Weight
650 lbs
Maximum Door Dimensions
12 x 14 feet
Home Automation Compatibility
MyQ
Power
1/2 HP
Controls
Remote control (1 in a package), Internal control panel
Security & Safety
Floating code, Motion sensor, Bolt lock, Reverse, Auto force adjustment, Remote light
Warranty

Lifetime for motor, 5 years for parts

Chamberlain B970

A Failsafe for Security

A garage is supposed to be the safest place for your vehicle but you still wouldn’t want to get trapped there, especially if you’re trying to get to work in the morning. Thus, a power outage can be disastrous since not every garage door opener system has a backup plan. Thankfully, the Chamberlain B970 does account for such cases.

This model uses a battery backup to provide the necessary power in case the traditional means are unavailable. Thanks to that, you can be sure that you’ll be able to get in and out of your garage even if your whole neighborhood has been left with no lights on.

But that’s not the only advantage of the B970, of course. It’s also made to support pretty heavy doors with a 550 lbs max limit. Since higher weight means more protection, when talking about garage doors, we’d call this a good choice for your vehicle’s security.

In terms of the general specs, we have to admit that the B970 is pretty much standard fare. It’s a belt drive intended for sectional doors and, like most other models from Chamberlain and its competitors, it’s a ceiling mount, so make sure your garage is high enough that the device won’t be scratching the roof of your car.

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Reliable and Convenient

Garage-opening systems are also all about convenience and the B970 accounts for that as well. The door can be controlled via one of the two remotes that come with the purchase and the whole system uses MyQ for fastest response times. It does need WiFi to work but, surprise, it comes with a built-in router so you don’t even have to worry about that.

What did disappoint us, though, is the instruction manual. Even the best garage door opener, which this may very well be, needs to have some instructions to go with it and the ones here aren’t a good match. The manual is not very clear on the system’s capabilities and the process of fitting it onto the ceiling. You’ll have to figure things out yourself but, thankfully, it’s not like the B970 is that complicated of a product.

Last but not least, we should mention that this model can also be controlled via your smartphone so you can open up the door while you’re pulling into the driveway, no need to fumble for the remote, which might be out of reach.

So if you’re not averse to paying more for quality, the Chamberlain B970 is a fine choice. It’s one of the fastest models out there, supports a pretty large weight, and the backup battery operated belt drive means that the system will always be “online” and available for use. This is the best WiFi garage door opener for those who want some guarantee that the garage doors will obey their every command.

Chamberlain B970 Strong Belt Drive Garage Door Opener in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


What customers say about this product

Key Specs

I honesty didn't know garage door openers could be so quiet! Pretty easy to install, especially if you're just swapping out an old one like I did.

Features

A little tricky to get installed, but works great, has a ton off features and power. If there is anything I'd change I'd add a bracket option for the middle of the track to attach it to the ceiling.

Security And Safety

The interior wall control panel has got all kinds of nifty settings on it - I couldn't even begin to get into it for you. Very powerful motor. Makes opening the garage door look and sound effortless.
 

Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax

Door Drive Specifications

Genie SilentMax is a rather powerful garage door opener that has a motor yielding 3/4 HP. As a result, this opener can move a door measuring up to 8 x 14 feet. This opener has a belt drive with a smooth start (the delay is about 1-2 seconds before the door starts opening). The belt makes the operation of Genie SilentMax extremely quiet and nearly all owners of this garage door opener will confirm this.

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Controls

This quiet garage door opener is controlled by 2 remotes that are rather compact and, therefore, take little space in your pocket or wallet. If you happen to forget a remote, the garage door can be controlled from an outdoor wireless panel. You need to input a password to open the door. No need to say, the unit has a fully functional control panel inside a garage. Due to the HomeLink compatibility, it’s possible to remotely control the garage door right from the car while approaching the garage. Though, make sure that you have a special wireless transmitter integrated into your car’s electronics. This garage door opener is also compatible with a new, smart connection option - Aladdin Connect. So, if you ever decide to control the door remotely from your smartphone, get Aladdin Connect transmitter and download the app on your phone.

Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax Belt Garage Door Opener in the use

Security & Safety

This garage door opener boasts Genie's proper Intellicode 2 technology which embodies a new generation of encryption. Every time you use the garage door, Intellicode 2 changes the code and, thus, prevents any unauthorized access. Thanks to Intellicode 2, piracy of the radio signal won't be possible and, therefore, your car will be safe even if you leave for a 2-week beach holiday in Hawaii. Genie SilentMax garage opener includes a handy Safe-T-Beam system, which means there are invisible beams in the doorway and if an obstacle is detected, the door stops moving and goes back. Also, this garage door opener boasts GenieSense Monitoring and Diagnostic technology - it controls the force required to open and close the door, making little noise and vibrations. No need to say, Genie SilentMax has a couple of lights (100W each) that turn on when the door is activated. Don't forget that a built-in motion sensor turns on the light in case it detects some motion in your garage.

Detailed review of Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax Belt Garage Door Opener

 

Chamberlain C450

Uniqueness and Security

Cheap garage-opening systems usually try to copy better models and, as a result, you sometimes end up with a remote that opens not only your garage door but everyone else’s on your block. This might be funny the first couple of times but still, wouldn’t you rather pay a bit more and get good quality and a secure system? If you said yes, the Chamberlain C450 may just be the best garage door opener for you.

This reasonably priced system comes with 2 remote transmitters that may seem similar to the ones provided by competitors. However, each remote actually has a safety code that’s completely unique and prevents the door from being opened by any other remote. This way you can be sure that a thief won’t be able to break into your garage by simply using any remote from a similar system.

We do have to admit that the remotes, while good, aren’t flawless. We’ve had several cases where they failed to pick up the WiFi signal. A bit strange, considering that the system comes with built-in Wi-Fi, used by the MyQ technology. Still, it’s a rare issue and, most of the time, you’ll see one of the fastest reaction times from the C450’s remotes. Oh, and by the way, even if the remotes fail, there’s always the keypad that lets you get in without them, just make sure you set a secure code.

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Extend Your Reach

It’s also pretty common to drive up to your garage, press the remote button, and end up waiting for half a minute while the door opens. Sure, that’s just a mild nuisance but the wait feels like eternity specifically because of that. So we are very happy to report that the Chamberlain C450 can be used even when you’re 1500 feet away from the garage, ensuring that the door will be open and waiting for your arrival. This is all thanks to the Triband technology that ups the system’s range without sacrificing speed or security.

Last but not least, we do want to praise the system’s ease of mounting. It’s a standard ceiling model but the assembly and installation take relatively little time, which is always nice. The setup is quick as well and the system itself can be transferred to another door easily. Just make sure it’s under 300 lbs as that’s the C450’s max supported weight. A bit on the lower side for sure but not that far behind most other models.

So if you’re focused on security and like things efficient, the Chamberlain C450 is the best garage door opener for your needs. It has excellent safety features, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and provides a good WiFi-based system to control your garage door.

Chamberlain C450 Chain Drive Garage Door Opener in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Chamberlain B550

A Watchful Eye

Worry about your vehicle’s safety since there’s no way to know what’s happening in your garage while you’re away from home? It’s a reasonable concern but there actually is a way to make sure your garage door isn’t being accessed by anyone else. All you have to do is get the Chamberlain B550 and take advantage of its security capabilities.

The drive of this model can be synced with your smartphone or tablet, which not only opens up the ability to control the door but also get all kinds of information about its operations. For example, you can check the daily schedule and either set times when the door has to open or check the actual list of times when it opened. That way you’ll know if someone accessed your garage (or tried to). And, of course, you can open and close the door while you’re pulling into the driveway by simply tapping your gadget’s screen.

All of that makes the Chamberlain B550 system sound easy and it is indeed quite simple in use. However, the installation is a difficult process and can take up to 4-6 hours. We advise entrusting this to professionals to save time and make sure everything’s done correctly. But once the system is mounted and ready to go, you’re in for smooth sailing as it works without any bugs or hitches, a reliable door opener for your garage.

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Quiet as a Mouse

Despite being one of the more affordable systems in the Chamberlain line-up, the B550 is still quite powerful, capable of raising doors up to 300 lbs. While it does have just 1/2 HP, this is more than enough for fast operation. What’s more valuable, though, and pretty much exclusive for less powerful systems, is the silent motor running. There won’t be any annoying whirring or clicking as the B550 is as quiet as they get.

Plus, the belt drive moves the door smoothly without any sudden jerks or stops so your door doesn’t get damaged and the system itself isn’t worn out as fast. Even if you do end up needing replacements for the belt or the motor, the warranty is a whopping 15 and 10 years respectively. That’s a surefire sign of a good product that the manufacturer is confident in.

Couple all this with the ability to use a keypad for entry, special safety sensors that prevent the door from closing if something’s in the way, and security measures, and you get a truly excellent garage door opener system that’s both budget-friendly and convenient to use. Although you’ll likely have to spend some money on a professional to install the system, it’ll be worth it and cheaper in the long run, especially since the device is under warranty for more than a decade. A durable choice for a thrifty shopper.

Chamberlain B550 Belt Drive Garage Door Opener in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

LiftMaster 8500

Door Drive Specifications

LiftMaster garage opener is the only jackshaft model. This means the drive turns the wide shaft which, in its turn, opens and closes the sectional garage door. The DC electric motor yields 1/2 HP - that's enough for lifting a garage door measuring up to 12 x 14 feet and weighing up to 650 lbs. Actually, this remote-controlled garage door opener can be used not only for home garages but for industrial facilities as well. For example, LiftMaster is very often used at car wash services, service stations. etc.

Review of LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener

Controls

From inside, this garage door opener is configured by means of a wall-mounted control panel that also shows the time and current temperature. Additionally, the unit is supplied with a 3-button remote control that operates over a wide range. Furthermore, if you need additional remotes, you can buy them separately. Unlike many other remote garage door openers, this one comes with no outdoor control panel (but it's available optionally). The reason is simple: this appliance is unnecessary for industrial use. If you want to control your garage door from any part of the world, just use MyQ Home Control option. The only requirement is a round-the-clock Internet access.

LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener in the use

Security & Safety

LiftMaster provides top security thanks to the Security+ 2.0 rolling code technology. To be more precise, each time you use the garage door a new code is generated (100 billion codes are available), so even if a burgling radar reads the code, it will be absolutely useless. There's also a bolt-like lock that prevents the door from being opened manually from outside. No need to say, this superb garage door opener has an emergency release handle, so you can open the door even if there's no electricity in your house (power failures do occur sometimes). LiftMaster 8500 has a 200W light that turns on when the garage door is moving. Moreover, a motion sensor turns the light on automatically every time it detects any movements. Unlike ceiling-mounted garage door openers, LiftMaster allows you to choose the place on a ceiling to install the light. That's a major advantage because you can pick the most convenient place (near a door leading to a house, for example). Finally, the garage opener prevents any accidents in case an obstacle is detected in the doorway.

Detailed review of LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener

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Liftmaster 8500 Jackshaft Complete Install

What customers say about this product

Features

Super fast install (about 1-1/2 hours with 2 toddlers "helping").

Security And Safety

Fantastic! Install was pretty straight forward. I have never installed a garage door opener before, and the instructions made it easy....took only a few hours. The electric deadbolt is an awesome security feature too.

Key Specs

So car this is the best garage door opener that I have ever had. It's real quiet. I mean that except for the creaking of the roller s on the door it's almost silent. It also gives you more room on the ceiling and is less complicated.
 

What Is a Garage Door Opener?

Nowadays, there are scores of different devices, gadgets, and tools that make our lives easier and safer. In this review, we'd like to draw the attention of car owners to a super-convenient tool - a garage door opener, a small and durable appliance that quickly and easily opens and closes a garage door. Having read our informative review, you will be able to make a reasonable choice of a garage door opening system which will be extremely convenient and reliable. Automatic garage door openers are not only useful but they also provide the maximum level of security of your car. A sectional garage door is opened and closed by a special drive that moves it along the rails inside a garage. It's only the owner who can activate the whole system, so no burglars can get into your garage.

However, if you don't have a garage and park your car on a small parking lot in the vicinity of your house, you should use a car cover; whereas a jump starter will save you in case of engine failure.

What Features to Compare

Door Drive Specifications

Basically, there are several types of garage doors: swinging (also called hinged), sliding, and rollover. We would like to mention that most people prefer using sectional rollover garage doors; they are reliable, simple in installation, and rather affordable. Sectional doors are different in size and weight, so when choosing the door opener, start with analyzing the door drive specifications. First of all, check the maximum door weight each appliance can lift - if your sectional door is too heavy, the drive might be useless. 

Next, find out the power of an electric motor each door opener has: it's measured in horsepower (HP). If your garage door has the size of 7 x 8 feet, the necessary power of the door drive should be around 1/2 HP. If your garage door is bigger - 12 x 14 feet - the electric motor of the drive has to yield the power of at least 3/4 HP. Moreover, pay attention to a drive type (belt, chain, or jackshaft) and mount type (wall or ceiling). There are several types of garage door openers used with sectional doors. Note that wall-mounted jackshaft door openers are the most popular. Attached to the door, their moving force relies on a jackshaft rotation applied by the drive. Such a system is used with big and heavy doors and, therefore, has a rather powerful motor. Another widespread mount type is the one attached to a ceiling. This one is used for smaller garage doors; the drive moves a belt or a chain, moving the door up or down. Some garage door openers have a drive that moves along a chain, making very little noise. This type of drives is mounted on a ceiling too. 

Of course, no matter what garage door opener you choose, you will need special rails so that a garage door can move along. Individual installation mightn't be easy, so if you are unsure of your own skills, we recommend you to invite a team of professional workers who will cope with the task within a day.

Controls

The next step you should make is to check the controls. All modern garage openers are remote-controlled, so you can simply push a button and the door will lift up or go down. The best garage openers are programmable: you can set a schedule and the door will be open at the time you need to drive out in the morning. Also, most of these appliances have a timer, which you can set to automatically close the door every time you leave the garage (usually, from 1.5 to 10 minutes). You might be wondering what will happen if you forget a remote, but most garage door openers come with a special wall console (it's installed outside the garage), so you can just enter a password and open (or close) the door. But that's not all - even if a long-term power outage occurs, you can still open or close a sectional garage door manually (though, it happens really once in a blue moon). If your vehicle is HomeLink compatible, you'll have the option to control the door remotely via a special transmitter from your car. The newest and most sophisticated garage door openers support WiFi connectivity by means of MyQ function, hence, you can control them right from your smartphone (via a special app).

Security and Safety

Never forget about security and safety when it comes to your property and car is no exception here. A sectional garage door opener must provide the highest possible level of security. The best appliances use a floating code that changes after each use. This way, burglars can't grab (and then use) the code. Of course, any decent garage opener has a reliable lock that doesn't allow anyone to open it manually from outside. Also, the door opener you choose must be safe for you and members of your family. For example, most door opening systems come with a light that turns on automatically when the door is opened and shuts off when it's closed. Some door opening systems even have light sensors that turn the garage lights on/off when they detect some movements. Imagine the situation when your car engine stalls while the door is already moving down... In this case, a garage door opener with the special safety sensors is what you need. These sensors will detect the hurdle and reverse the door to its initial position.

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