Product Comparison: LiftMaster 8500 vs LiftMaster 3800

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General Specifications
About the Product
This sleek, space saving design mounts on the wall beside the garage door, freeing up ceiling space and is equipped with Security+ 2.0®, MyQ® Technology and the Timer-to-Close System and is Battery Backup capable. Works with MyQ which provides included core features, including controlling your garage door from anywhere and subscription-based partner integrations.
This high-tech garage door opening system can confidently boast of high consumer ratings and reviews. The reason for this is obvious. This garage door opener combines many striking benefits that are bound to make the buyers satisfied.
Key Specs
Door Type
Sectional single and Double wide
Sectional single and Double wide
Maximum Door Width
12 ft.
16 ft.
Drive Type
Internal Chain and Sprocket
Maximum Door Height
14 ft.
14 ft.
Maximum Door Weight
650 lbs.
290 lbs.
What customers say about "Key Specs"
LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener
  • Very quiet operation compared to the belt drive lift it replaced.
  • The opener range is fantastic, paired immediately with my vehicle.
  • I bought this because I increased my garage ceiling from 9' to 14' and as a result my older garage door opener (chain drive) would no longer function due to the change in the track geometry (shortened distance of pull on power track). it is very nice unit.
  • 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.
  • Ridiculously, this unit has no option to tell the motor to run in the correct direction if your door springs/cables are considered "reverse wound."
LiftMaster 3800 Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener
  • t's quieter and much smoother on my 18 x 10 door than the belt or screw drives, which struggle with the weight. Great design.
  • It is much quieter than either a belt drive or screw drive conventional opener (had both of those before).
  • The garage has 11-foot ceilings, and I didn't want a traditional belt- or chain-drive unit hanging more than three feet down in the middle of the garage. So I looked into the jack shaft openers.his one deserves the ratings. It is easy to set up, easy to program, super-quiet, and it just works.
  • I highly recommend this jackshaft style verses the space eating cumbersome overhead type openers !!! This really is a one person install unit .
  • This opener was fine initially but now I constantly need to reprogram the "move/down" switch so that door remains shut when it hits the ground.
Size & Weight
24 in.
24 in.
10 in.
10 in.
12 in.
12 in.
31 lbs.
31 lbs.
Mount Type
Rotational Torque
255 in-lb
255 in-lb
Travel Rate
7.6 in./sec.
7.6 in./sec.
Home Automation
Included With Unit
MyQ® Control Panel, 895MAX Premium Remote Contro, Garage Door Opener Head, Power Door Lock, Cable Tension Monitor, Remote Light, The Protector System® Safety Reversing Sensors
Remote Light, Power Door Lock, Cable Tension Monitor, Photo-eyes, 3-button remote control, Control panel, Garage Door Opener Head, 895MAX Premium Remote Contro
MyQ mobile app lets you receive alerts and control the opener from anywhere, Wall mount design and quiet DC motor, Lifting Power operates doors up to 650 lbs, Ventilation / Pet Opening, Door Open/Beam Obstructed / Lights On, Slow Start Soft Stop
Slow Start Soft Stop, Door Open/Beam Obstructed / Lights On, Ventilation / Pet Opening
What customers say about "Features"
LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener
  • Super quiet, no noise transmitted through house.
  • Added head room in garage where old opener was located.
  • Wireless light - locate anywhere there is an outlet.
  • Super fast install (about 1-1/2 hours with 2 toddlers "helping").
  • Door opens slower than traditional overhead opener (negligible, and worth the trade-off for quiet).
  • It moves slow - both directions. The accessories that were included were pretty lame (one opener? no key-pad device? I think that a little more wire for the controller would be helpful, as well as more staple - wire retainers).
LiftMaster 3800 Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener
  • I also like that it came with the ceiling light and the automatic deadbolt. I used a bulb adapter to wire the ceiling light controller into the existing lights (slightly less wattage) but other than that followed the instructions.
  • VERY QUIET operation which is really nice late at night. The automatic light when stepping a the dark garage from the house is another great feature.
  • The programming was easy, two steps, really! The opener is quite and when I say the door opens and closes gracefully, I mean gracefully as in slow.
  • I love the features on the opener. The motion-sensor light is great, the temperature reading is useful, and the lock on the opener for vacation is great.
  • The auto-deadbolt on the track makes me feel much more secure about the door.
  • The overhead light attachment goes through light bulbs like they are fuses. I have had the product for less then 2 years and have replaced the light bulbs 5 times.
  • The interior lights: I would have thought these were individually controlled by each respective opener. Turns out both come on and off at the same time-- not really needed.
Security And Safety
Operating Range
200 ft.
200 ft.
Receiver Frequency
Frequency Agile on 310, 315 & 390 MHz Security+ 2.0 Anti-Burglary Coding
315 MHz
Remote Control Frequency
315 MHZ / 390 MHZ Dual Band
315 MHz
Wall Control
MyQ and Security+ 2.0 Radio, Timer-to-Close, Motion Detecting: Hands free opener lights on, Light Control: Turns opener lights on/off, Lock Mode: Locks out remote controls, Program remote controls, keypads and MyQ
Light Control: Turns opener lights on/off, Lock Mode: Locks out remote controls
Security Features
Timer-to-Close, Program Remote Controls, Keypads and MyQ Accessories, Maintenance Alert System, Security+ 2.0® sends a new code with every remote control click
Coding system: smart receiver, Code button and indicator light, Power door lock, Sensing technology
Safety Features
Motion detector automatically turns on the light, The Protector System® auto reverses the garage door if there’s an obstruction, Hands Free Work Lights On, Down Safety Reverse, Up Safety Stop
Down Safety Reverse, Up Safety Stop, Emergency/Quick Release
What customers say about "Security And Safety"
LiftMaster 8500 Cable Lifted Garage Door Opener
  • Love the security lock. Easy to setup.
  • 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.
  • This unit is super quiet compared to my belt drive opener and has great options like the automatic door closer after 1/5/10 minutes. This is a great security option.
  • Wire connections are not well labeled.
  • I was thinking it would make the garage less cluttered but with all the wires it doesn't too 3-4 hours to hide all the wires. Safety monitors are at the bottom of the doors and are venerable. If someone or things bumps one monitor the door won't close.
  • I would have given it 5 stars if the description made you aware that because of the “security+ 2.0” most people will additionally need to purchase the repeater to make it functional with Homelink buttons in cars.
LiftMaster 3800 Residential Jackshaft Garage Door Opener
  • The deadbolt security feature is nice and I don't have to worry about burglars opening the centerline opener with a wire clothes hanger.
  • There is the power lock. Wow, they really thought of everything on this opener.
  • All the security features, like the Protector System and Auto Reverse work great. The auto lock is a plus feature.
  • I like lock feature that gives a level of security.
  • Extra security provided with automatic dead bolt. Wall button with temp and time, remote control and mount anywhere ceiling / wall light. Everything is top quality.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year(s)
5 year(s)
FCC, cUL Listed
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