The 10 Best Garage Door Openers
The best garage door openers can make all the difference in how much you love or hate opening your garage. They can last for quite a long time, usually between 10 to 15 years, but, like any piece of hardware, they will eventually give in. Replacing one isn’t much more expensive than any other component, but it’s worth the few minutes of research.
Nowadays, there are all kinds of garage door openers out there. Many come with nifty features like voice recognition, smartphone support, and backup batteries. Which to choose?
To save you some time, we have compiled a list of the best garage door openers (in our opinion), and we listed what makes them so good.
10 Best Garage Door Openers – Overview:
- Overall best: Chamberlain B6765T
- Great value: Genie Chain Drive 500
- Silent option: Chamberlain B550
- Wall-mounted best: LiftMaster 8500 Elite Series 8500
- Great backup-battery: Chamberlain B1381T
- Excellent remote: Genie Chain Drive 550
- Best voice control: Ismartgate Pro
- Best smart option: Chamberlain MyQ
Best Garage Door Openers and Why
Chamberlain B6765T – Overall best
This model might be a bit pricey, but that’s only because it brings a bit of everything. It can be controlled with smartphones, but also comes with standard remote controllers. It comes with an HD camera to see what goes on outside your garage, and it also has a built-in backup battery. If you are looking for a “do it all” opener, this is the right choice. The only downside is that it doesn’t work with Alexa.
Genie Chain Drive 500 – Great value for your buck
This opener offers plenty of value for a reasonable price. It is fairly durable, very quiet, and comes with a pre-programmed remote. It is also compatible with Homelink and Car2U. It’s also fairly easy to install. One downside is that it doesn’t handle heavy doors well as it only has a 350 pounds’ capacity.
Chamberlain B550 – As quiet as it can be
This opener is so quiet you will barely even notice it. It uses a belt drive and is reinforced with durable steel. Not only that, but it also comes with 2 remote controls, dual-function wall control, and a wireless exterior keypad. It also has some smart functionality, but it requires a subscription to be used.
LiftMaster 8500 Elite Series – The wall-mounted option
If you don’t have space in your ceiling for the opener, you can’t go wrong with this wall-mounted option from LiftMaster. It is very quiet and has a capacity of 650 pounds. However, it is not compatible with roll-up doors and requires a front mount torsion bar system.
Chamberlain B1381T – Backup power
Like many Chamberlain models, the B1381T has plenty of smartphone features built-in and is very durable and quiet. But the real highlight is the built-in battery that will allow your opener to operate even in the event of a power outage. It even comes with three 100 lumen LED lights that will brighten up your garage like the sun. One caveat is that if your door is bigger than 7 feet, you will need an extension kit.
Genie Chain Drive 550 – Classic pre programmed remote
If you prefer the classic style remotes and don’t want to deal with programming apps or smart features, the Genie Chain Drive 550 is a great unit. It’s compatible with Homelink and Car2u. The opener includes two pre-programmed remotes.
Ismartgate Pro – Voice controlled
This opener can be operated through voice control and can be used by up to ten users. It is also compatible with smart devices like cameras, locks, and lights, and smart home systems like Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. The app isn’t super intuitive, but it is very rich in features.
Chamberlain MyQ – The smart one
This garage door opener allows you to do it all from the comfort of your phone. It has an easy-to-use app that alerts you when the door is left open, as well as allowing you full control of it. It also allows integration with Google Assistant, and Apple Homekit.
Nexx Garage NXG-200 – For easy Alexa integration
This opener is excellent for those that choose Amazon Alexa as their go-to option for smart homes. It is easy to install thanks to its wireless sensor technology and includes features like voice control and geofencing.
Genie Aladdin Connect – For more than one garage door
If you have a garage with multiple doors, this is an excellent choice. The Aladdin Connect from Genie comes with 19 virtual keys and can control up to three garages. It is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Time to Set It Up
Once you’ve decided on an opener you like, it is time to install it. Many openers can be easy to install on your own, especially if you are just replacing an older unit. However, if you find that you need assistance when setting up an opener, don’t hesitate and give us a call. You can contact us by sending a message or dialing (231) 780-2847.