7 Garage Door Openers19 min read

In simple words, the door openers are motor powered devices that are designed to open and close the garage door. They can be operated manually or by remote controls and they are the best option when it comes to securing the garage. All the openers function by using a specific driving system and there are three types of such systems: chain drives, belt drives, and screw drives. The first ones use a metal chain to lift the door and they are the most common type on the market. However, the disadvantage of these systems is that they can be very noisy in comparison with the other types. The belt drives are operated by belts, which are more flexible and therefore they operate smoothly every time the door is opened or closed.

They are a great option in case your garage is placed under a bedroom. The last type, namely the screw drives, operate along a steel rod mechanism, but they can also be noisy due to the metallic nature of the rod. In what concerns the power of the openers they may have different power ranges and the strongest ones are able to lift even the heaviest doors. The main purpose is to keep your car and other valuable items in the garage safe, and this is why they come with all sorts of features that are meant to increase the security of all your valuable things. From battery backup to safety beam sensor and timer-to-close, these innovative devices are not just a convenience, but an investment in your house. Moreover, these home appliances are built to last for many years, allowing you to feel more safe and secure.

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7. Genie SilentMax 1200

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As the name clearly states it, the SilentMax 1200 is one of the quietest garage door opening systems you could opt for. In case you have a bedroom above the garage, it is ideal for you as the person using that room won’t be awakened by the noise the system makes when you come home in the middle of the night and want to park your car. It uses a steel-reinforced belt drive system which gives it the smooth operation needed to preserve silence when it lifts the door. For those who aren’t yet acquainted with door openers, it is ideal as it boasts a simple set-up, all you have to do to program it according to your preferred settings being to push a button.

As expected, it features the Safe-T-Beam system which employs an infrared beam to detect if objects are in the closing path of the door, preventing it from going down it this is the case. Another great feature it is accompanied by is the Intellicode Security tech which ensures maximum safety as the access code will be changed with each activation of the opener. Know that it should be used for garage doors up to 7 feet in height, being able to lift even 8-foot high doors if you install the optional extension kit. Furthermore, the manufacturing company backs it with a staggering lifetime warranty for the gearbox and the motor.

Pro:
  • Powerful motor enables it to lift doors up to 7 feet high
  • Steel-reinforced belt drive system ensures a smooth operation that isn’t noisy
  • Features the Safe-T-Beam system which prevents the door from closing on objects
  • Intellicode Security tech prevents unauthorized access by changing the access code with each activation
  • Easy to program – at the simple touch of a button
Cons:

Some customers reported that they encountered difficulties when installing the system

Verdict:

As it delivers an opening speed of up to 9 inches per second and has you completely covered when it comes to garage door security due to the many features it comes with, this is the opener we recommend to anyone who is on a budget yet still wants to enjoy an increased sense of security at home.


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6. Chamberlain B550

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A smart opener that uses the MyQ technology to always keep you updated with the current status of the garage door, the B550 from Chamberlain is one of the best choices you could make. Not only does it enhance the security of your home by making it impossible for intruders to enter it through the garage, at the same time keeping the valuables you have stored there safe, but it provides a convenient method to park your car and get it out whenever you need. There are two 3-button remote controls included with this garage door opening system, remotes which allow you to open and close the door from the comfort of your car.

The MED lift power system it features enables it to lift 7-foot garage doors without a problem. You can even schedule closing times for the door over the accompanying app. Another great highlight is the security +2.0 which ensures that a hacking of the opening system is impossible as over 100 billion code encryption options are employed. There is a wireless keypad on the exterior through which you can gain access inside the garage with the help of a 4-digit code known only by you. Furthermore, the manufacturing company backs it with a 10-year warranty on the motor, a 15-year warranty for the belt, and a 1-year warranty for parts and service.

Pro:
  • Unmatched security granted as there are over 100 billion code encryption options which protect against hacking
  • Can easily open and close 7-foot garage doors
  • Over the MyQ app, you can check on the door remotely, and open or close it
  • MED lift power system it features makes it one of the most reliable systems at the moment
  • Comes with two remote controls that allow you to conveniently open and close the garage door whenever you like
Cons:

Customer service could be improved

Verdict:

Silent, reliable, and able to open and close 7-foot garage doors without a problem, this Chamberlain system is one of our top recommendations. Its smart profile and the accompanying features make it a modern piece of tech on which you can truly rely for the complete safety of your home.


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5. Genie 1022-TH 1/2-Horsepower

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We’ve included this model on our top because it’s one of the most reliable and popular models on the market these days. Although in comparison to other models it doesn’t have included as many features, it’s still a great option when it comes to keeping your garage out of intruders’ reach. The mechanism is very easy to operate by all the family members and when it comes to performance you can be sure that it won’t disappoint you. Also, another drawback is the short warranty which only covers 5 years for the motor and 1 year for the parts.

Smart And Innovative

An excellent feature of this product is the fact that it can handle doors that weigh up to 300 pounds. In addition to this, the features have been designed to make it impossible for intruders to hijack its system. Some notable features are:

  • Rolling Code – As previously stated, it’s impossible for the system to get hacked because every time the door comes down, the remote receives a new code for the next use. This happens automatically each time you open the door
  • Superior Safety – If you have curious children or pets that like to wonder, you should know that this item is safe for them. It features a beam that shines diagonally and if the light is broken, it will automatically reverse back up and continue when there’s nothing in the way
  • Intellitouch – This feature will allow managing how much force the motor should apply to the door. This is a unique feature that is only integrated into this model
Performance

The 1/2 horsepower motor operates the chain drive system, being able to hold doors that weight up to 350 ft, without exceeding 7 ft in height. In what concerns the family’s safety, you can rely on the safety beam sensor and the automatic reverse whenever there’s someone or something that interferes when the door closes up. Also, the rolling code will make sure that every time you use the door, the access code is changed so that no one can break the system. Although you can’t program the device for automatic closing in case you forget the door open and it doesn’t’ have a battery backup, the Genie 1022-TH will still make one of the best options on the market.

Accessories

There aren’t many accessories available for it so you won’t have plenty of choices left. What it does include is a set of remote so not only you will be able to operate the opener, but another driver in the house as well. This feature is an excellent advantage for families with more than one vehicle that benefit from having two separate remotes. For all the other family members who will want to park the car in the garage, there is wall button control that lets them insert the entrance code.

Pro:
  • Built-in safety beam sensor for more safety
  • Features rolling code technology
  • Soft start and stop
  • HomeLink and Car2U comaptibility
  • Quiet and easy to install
Cons:

You can’t purchase any kit for doors higher than 7 ft.
It doesn’t have a battery back-up
There are no motion sensors included or a timer-to-close feature

Verdict:

This system is recommended for smaller doors of maximum 7 ft. height as you don’t have the possibility to buy an extension kit. It runs smoothly and is quite silent for a chain drive system. It’s true that it lacks some features but not the most important ones that ensure safety and security. It is made of high-quality materials and requires less maintenance. We are a little bit disappointed about the warranty as it is shorter in comparison to the other models.


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4. Decko 24300 3/4 Horse Power

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Decko 24300 3/4 Horse Power is among those products that have become very popular in a very fast time, making it a reliable option for your garage security. The 3/4 horsepower motor is very strong, being capable of opening and closing doors of up to 8 ft with the extra extension kit available. In addition to this, it can handle doors that are up to 500 pounds. The chain drive system may be a little noisier than those who use a belt system, but still, you won’t have to worry about weakening up your neighbors.

Design

The greatest thing about this item is the fact that it has an excellent color scheme. It looks stylish and it’s very practical. If you are someone that pays great importance to aesthetics, you should know that this product looks good and it works nearly the same as the rest:

  • Three-buttons Remote – At no extra price, you will receive two such remotes which can be very practical if you have a large family. The remotes are easy to use as it only has 3 buttons. It doesn’t get more straightforward than that. Thus, if you have an elderly, they will find it easy to maneuver it
  • Safety Sensors– This is a feature that all great models have. This ensures the safety of your children and pets. If the door detects an obstacle, it will simply stop closing. You can also reverse it if it doesn’t detect something is in the way
  • Wireless– If you don’t find buttons practical, you should know that this item has also been designed with a wireless keypad. This means that you can manage it through the app. You can open the garage door even if you’re not at home
Performance

Among the great advantages of using this system are the keyless entry pad, the motion-activated light as well as the safety beam sensor and the automatic reverse. At the same time, the non-polarized wiring makes the entire installation process much easier and the system is able to function perfectly in extreme weather conditions. Unfortunately, the model doesn’t have a battery backup, but you can still open the door in the old-fashioned style with the help of the manual release. Also, the device doesn’t feature a rolling code or a timer-to-close that would’ve added extra convenience to all its users. In what concerns the warranty, the product comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor.

Accessories

The accessories included with the main unit are a three-function wall panel with options for lighting, locking, and opening/closing the opener, a wireless keyless entry pad and two remote controls with three buttons for increased convenience. Also, it comes with optical safety sensors and a 200-watt lighting system. Furthermore, the model has included a detailed user manual that will guide you through the installation process, so you won’t need the help of a professional. All the accessories can be found in the box, the only exception being the light bulbs.

Pro:
  • Rigorously tested for delivering great performance
  • Comes with a keyless entry pad
  • Whenever it detects motion the lights automatically turn on
  • Built-in safety beam sensor for more safety
  • Runs smoothly and quietly
Cons:

No rolling code technology or battery back-up
Lacks a soft start and stop

Verdict:

We recommend this system as it works well and quietly. It is lightweight and easy to install, so you can perform the installation by yourself. We like the fact that it has been thoroughly tested before being available for purchase. The system comes with nice safety and security features but it lacks the rolling code feature. Also, it has no timer-to-close or a battery to ensure its operation in case there’s a power outage.


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3. LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series

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Another great option for securing your door with one of the top-rated models is LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series. This device will totally impress you with a complete package of features and performance at an affordable price. The 3/4 Horsepower motor will operate doors that weight up to 550 lbs and have a maximum height of 7 ft. The belt drive system is very quiet, making it the perfect choice if you live in a crowded neighborhood. The battery backup will allow you to open the garage up to 40 times in case you have a power shortage, and it recharges automatically when the power is back on.

Just as the other models, this one has most of the features included and in addition it comes with a maintenance alert system feature. Therefore, you can rely on the timer-to-close function that will automatically close the garage door in case you forget and on the motion sensor that will turn the lights on whenever it senses motion, so you don’t have to turn it on manually. Also, the great news is that you can purchase this innovative system at a very reasonable price, being one of the most popular choices among the customers. In case you’re still not convinced about the quality of this product, you’ll surely like the lifetime warranty on motor and lift system and the 5-year warranty on parts and 1-year warranty on battery.

Safety and Security

Operating this system will be as safe as possible thanks to the safety infrared beam that projects across the base of the door and opens it if anything crosses the beam. You can relax knowing that no child or pet will get trapped under the garage door. Thanks to the Security+ 2.0 system that uses a series of over a billion rolling codes, no one will manage to crack your code and enter the garage while you are away. The control panel of the device has a built-in sensor that turns the lights on the moment you arrive home so you won’t have to wander in the dark.

Smart Features

Once the power is back on, the battery automatically recharges, so you don’t have to worry about the next power failure. The 8550 opener is compatible with the MyQ home automation system that lets you control the lights at home and it works with HomeLink if you have a vehicle newer than 2012. You will also enjoy the fact that:

  • Battery Backup – The battery backup will allow you to open the garage up to 40 times in case you have a power shortage, and it recharges automatically when the power is back on
  • It Detects Obstacles – The device is sensitive to pressure, so if it detects anything before reaching the ground, it will automatically stop closing. Therefore, if you have a pet or child, they will be safe from any dangers
  • Timer-to-Close – This feature will allow you to set the time when the door will close. You can set it from a few minutes all the way up to 99 minutes. This is excellent for the people that want to clean out their garage or simply do not want the door to close within a few seconds from opening
Accessories

The door opener comes with a 3-button remote for convenient control from a distance, and a digital Smart Control Panel that allows you to program the timer and the light duration. This panel also shows the time and temperature, so you can enjoy many other benefits. The product has two 100-watts light bulbs on each side of the main unit for maximum visibility every time you enter your house. The lights stay on for 4.5 minutes before automatically shutting off in order to save energy. What this device lacks is a key-less entry pad, but you can purchase one separately, as well as you can purchase an extra remote control.

Pro:
  • Totally safe as it features a safety beam sensor and soft start and stop technology
  • For more safety it includes the rolling code technology and motion sensors
  • Compatible with HomeLink and MyQ technology
  • It comes with a built-in battery that provides backup in case there’s a power outage
  • Convenient timer for ease of mind in case you forget to close the door
Cons:

There’s no door height extension kit available in case your door is higher than 7 ft.
No keyless entry pad available for this system
You will have to purchase a Gateway if you want to use it with the MyQ home automation system

Verdict:

Great quality and includes all the safety and security settings you’ll need for enjoying the best performance. Besides the control panel you will also receive a remote control but unfortunately, you won’t be able to use it with a keyless entry pad. It comes with a long warranty and is compatible with both HomeLink and MyQ technology. However, you will have to buy a Gateway for using it with MyQ technology. One of the major drawbacks is that there is no kit available for door higher than 7 ft.


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2. SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 3/4 HP

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This unit is among the best products you can find on the market and although it doesn’t feature a keyless entry pad or a motion-activated light, it’s still very impressive to convince us to take the second place. What is different about the SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 3/4 HP, in comparison to other chain drive models, is the fact that it has only one moving part along the rail, making it less noisy than the traditional ones. Also, the model is strong enough to lift door that weight up to 550 pounds, being powered by a 3/4-horsepower motor. Another great thing that makes this model a very powerful one is the fact that the motor is placed at the door and not on the opener’s back like most openers. Last, but not least, we have to mention that the manufacturer offers for this product a lifetime warranty on motor, lift system and parts, making it the most generous one on the market.

Safety Features

When it comes to choosing a door opener, you should make sure that it comes with plenty of safety features, such as sensor motion detectors or a rolling code system. Luckily for you, this device features all of the above, to ensure that you feel secure and safe when you are home and have a piece of mind knowing that intruders won’t break in your garage while you are away from home. With it, you can rest assured knowing that your garage is guarded at all times. This model comes with a sensor system that stops the moment it senses movement while closing. If the light beam is being crossed, the door will open automatically. The rolling code system is a great addition here because it makes it impossible for hackers to learn your code. To ensure that the code is not hacked by burglars, the system will use a different code each time the door is closed or opened.

Design

The product is suitable for common doors of 7 foot-high, but it also has included a 8 ft. extension kit in case your door is higher. As this model ranks to be one of the best models on the market, you will be pleased to know that it has also been designed with:

  • Safety Beam Sensor – It detects a person or objects it automatically stops and lifts the door. This feature is very important because the system will be able to protect all your beloved ones
  • Automatic Reverse – This means that if it does detect something, the door will go back up rather than remain in the same position. This is excellent in case of the occurrence of freak accidents
  • Rolling Code – It will keep the intruders away because every time the door is used, it uses a different code. Therefore, it will be impossible for them to get inside of the house if they guessed the previous code
Accessories

The SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 comes with a wall control panel, a pair of infrared light sensors and two thin remotes which give you the option to open and close the door from a distance. We like that you can use the touchpad control system and the remote control to control the garage door from a distance, which makes it highly convenient. The control panel is very easy to use because it doesn’t feature an intricate design. It has only three buttons to open, lock the door or turns on the lights so you won’t even need to read the user manual in order to learn how to use the display panel.

Pro:
  • Features a rolling code system and a safety beam sensor for increased security and safety
  • Comes with the longest warranty
  • It comes with a built-in battery
  • HomeLink compatible
Cons:

Lacks some features like motion activated light or timer
A little bit slower and louder than other models
It doesn’t work with a keyless entry pad

Verdict:

Well-made and durable. You can control it remotely with the included remote control or from the control panel. The battery back-up is a really helpful addition in case there’s a power outage. Also, it has the longest warranty on the market, the motor, the lift system, and the parts being covered by a lifetime warranty. However, it is not as silent as the other models and it moves slowly. At the same time, there are some features that are not included.


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1. Chamberlain WD962KEV Whisper Drive

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Chamberlain WD962KEV Whisper Drive is our first recommendation for all those who want to secure their garage by using the latest technology. The 3/4 horsepower is strong enough to handle doors up to 550 pounds and this without disturbing your neighbors. This is possible due to the belt drive system that is similar to a steel-belted tire, making it very silent, just like a whisper. This durable and easy to use device comes with motion sensors, backup lights and almost anything you could have wished from a system like this.

Performance

The integrated backup battery allows you to perform up to 20 opening cycles in 24 hours and whenever the battery runs low it will announce you with a beep. However, you can always use the manual release in case you have no other option available. Also, in case your door is higher than 7 ft, you have the possibility to buy the additional 8- or 10-foot extension kit. In addition, you will surely like the timer-to-close feature that will allow you to set a certain timer that will close up the door, or the motion-activated light and the keyless entry pad. Furthermore, the lifetime warranty on motor and lift system and the 5-year warranty on parts will let you enjoy this amazing product for a long period of time.

Smart And Innovative

Some notable features are the safety beam sensor and the automatic reverse, as well as the rolling code and the soft start and stop technology. As well as, you will be pleased to know that this model has:

  • Internet Connectivity – This means that you will be able to control the door and lights even if you are not at home. Thus, if someone forgets their key, you will be able to let them inside even if you are very far away
  • Posilock – This excellent feature ensures that the door remains firmly shut even if you experience a power cut. In case thieves want to grant themselves access by cutting the power source to your house, the garage door will simply not open regardless how hard they hit it or how much they fiddle with its electricity
  • Safe For Children – The door has also been designed with IR beams. This will prevent children and pets from getting squashed by the closing door. Once the beams detect an obstacle, it will stop from closing. Thus, it ensures superior safety.
Accessories

This powerful door opener can open all kinds of garage doors but what’s important mentioning here is that you will want to buy an 8 or 10-foot extension kit if you have very tall doors that are more than 7 feet tall. This specific model is compatible with the MyQ automation system, which consists of a receiver and transmitter that control mainly your garage door and lighting, but keep in mind that you have to buy the MyQ system separately. Once you have purchased the MyQ automation system, you use the included remote control to control the switches, lighting and so on. With this smart system, you will never find yourself in a dark place because this model features two 100-watt lights that are connected to a switch. Furthermore, the control panel has a motion-detection light sensor to ensure that when you get close to the infrared beam, the light will immediately come on.

Pro:
  • One of the most silent systems on the market
  • You can set it to automatically close after several minutes
  • Great safety features like the motion activated lights, the rolling code system and the infrared beam
  • Comes with a battery backup feature
  • Requires little maintenance and you can perform the installation by yourself
Cons:

The specifications and details for the installation are rather unclear
A little bit slower and louder than other models
It doesn’t work with a keyless entry pad

Verdict:

Well-made and packed with pretty much all the features you need. It can handle heavy doors and it eliminates the hassle of high-maintenance. Extremely quiet and compact. It is easy to use and comes with 2 remote controls and a keyless entry pad. In our opinion this is one of the most versatile and advanced system you can buy at this moment.


Top 5 Products Comparison

  1. Chamberlain WD962KEV 2.SOMMER Direct Drive 1042V001 3. LiftMaster 8550W 4. Decko 24300 3/4 Horse Power 5. Genie 1022-TH 1/2-Horsepower
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Product Specifications
Manufacturer Chamberlain Sommer Chamberlain Decko Products Genie
Weight 36.9 pounds 40.1 lbs N/A 32 lbs 38.1 pounds
Size 27.2 x 9.7 x 13.1 inches 42 x 10 x 6.5 inches N/A 26.1 x 12.1 x 9 inches 41 x 11.3 x 7.7 inches
Functionality
Drive System Belt Chain Belt Chain Chain
Horse Power 3/4 Horsepower 3/4 Horsepower 3/4 Horsepower 3/4 Horsepower 1/2 Horsepower
Door Height 7 ft 7 ft 7 ft 7 ft 7 ft
Door Height Extension Kit Available
Lifting Capacity 550 lbs 550 lbs 550 lbs N/A 350 lbs
Lighting 2×100 Watts 2×60 Watts 2×100 Watts 2×100 Watts 1×75 Watts
Remote Control
Control Panel
Features
Battery Backup
Keyless Entry Pad
Motion-Activated Light
Safety Beam Sensor
Automatic Reverse
Rolling Code
Compatibility HomeLink, MyQ Technology HomeLink HomeLink, MyQ Technology HomeLink HomeLink, Car2U
Timer-to-Close
Manual Release N/A
Soft Start and Stop Technology
Warranty&Support
Warranty Lifetime Warranty on Motor and Lift System; 5-Year Warranty on Parts Lifetime Warranty on Motor, Lift System and Parts Lifetime Warranty on Motor and Lift System; 5-Year Warranty on Parts; 1-Year Warranty on Battery Lifetime Warranty on Motor 5-Year Warranty on Motor; 1-Year Warranty on Parts
Customer Support
User Manual
Garage Door Opener

Buying Guide

When you look for a reliable garage door opener, there are certain things you have to consider, so in this section, we’ll present you some tips that will help you buy the best model for your needs.

  • Decide Upon the Drive System
    As we’ve already mentioned, there are three types of driving systems: chain drives, belt drives, and screw drives. They all offer great performance, but usually, the most common and accessible ones are the chain drives. At the same time, if you want to use the system without making too much noise and disturb your neighbors, you may want to choose a belt drive. So, make sure that you know what each of the driving systems involves before actually deciding upon a certain model.
  • Consider the Power of the Motor
    By doing this, you will be able to buy an adequate device for your door. Usually, a 1/2-horsepower motor is capable of handling common doors that weigh no more than 300-350 lbs. Moreover, in case your door is heavier, you will definitely need a 3/4-horsepower motor that will be able to operate the door with less strain. Also, another aspect to consider is how often you use the door because in this case, you may want to opt for a more powerful motor that will enable a smoother operation for a longer period of time.
  • Measure the Height of the Door
    It’s highly significant that you know the height of the door before you choose a certain model. Usually, most of them are designed for a 7-foot garage door, but in case your door is higher you have to buy an additional extension kit that will work for your door.
  • Consider the Features
    When it comes to garage door openers, is very important to consider the features of each model. These features are meant to ease your work and they add more convenience and security to your system. Among the best features are the battery backup, the motion-activated light, the safety beam sensor, the rolling code and the timer-to-close. So, read the specifications of each product and see which are the features that will suit your needs. In this way, you will be able to choose a model much easier.
  • Don’t Forget About the Warranty
    Always check the warranty of a product before you buy it because it’s highly important to make sure that your device will be covered by a generous warranty. Such is the case with garage door openers because although they use intelligent systems, they might fail from time to time. This is why you should be careful and always check the warranty of a product.
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The Advantages of Using One

  • It Protects Your Garage
    One of the main advantages is the fact that it protects your garage. This is also among the most common reasons why people opt for this system. We all have valuable things that we store in our garage, so it’s an act of responsibility to make sure that our personal values are well protected.
  • It’s very Convenient
    Due to the latest innovations used in this industry, a door opener for your garage will simplify your life more than you think. The various features available will allow you to operate the door using a remote control, to program the system for automatically closing the door after a certain time, or to connect your car to your system in order to operate it. All these conveniences are very helpful and they surely are a big advantage when looking for a great product.
  • It’s Very Safe
    The latest models on the market are very safe to use for the entire family and they are designed to keep you away from any accidents or injuries. Due to the infrared beam sensor, these systems are able to detect if there’s someone or something on the path, making them to automatically stop and avoid any unpleasant incidents. Therefore, you don’t need to worry anymore about the safety of your kids and family.
  • It’s Easy to Maintain
    This is a strong construction that is meant to last for a long period of time. For this reason, it doesn’t require too much money for all sorts of little repairs that may occur in time. At the same time, most models are covered by a very generous warranty, so in case the product comes with a manufacturing defect, it will be repaired or replaced by the company.
  • It’s Energy Efficient
    You may not think so, but an electric door opener doesn’t consume a significant amount of power. It only operates for 15-20 seconds to open or close the door and this happens only several times per day. Also, you should know that when the system is not used, it consumes little power, thus being totally safe for the environment.

Top 3 Brands You Can Trust

1. Chamberlain Group

The Chamberlain Group products are designed to offer safe and stable home control products and they are among the best in this industry. Besides the fact that the company manufactures and sells cost-efficient products, it also uses some of the most innovative systems that are meant to simplify the lives of all those who want to feel safe in their own homes. Their brands of openers, Chamberlain and LiftMaster, are very popular and efficient, being delivered all over the world. Chamberlain is the brand used for selling residential door openers that are designed for do-it-yourself installation, while the LiftMaster brand is known for both residential and commercial door operators that are professionally installed by specialists.

2. Sommer

Sommer has been already a well-known brand that is present in more than 90 countries worldwide. The company is located in Europe, but they offer full customer support to all their clients, making sure that all their products are the best choice for their customers. Besides openers, the company is also manufacturing wireless control systems and their high-quality products are always on top due to the fact that they use the latest technology in this industry. Furthermore, all their openers are manufactured in Germany and they all comply with the highest standards.

3. Decko

There are many reasons why the Decko Products company has been present in this industry since 1932. Besides the fact that they invest time and high-quality materials in their products, they provide outstanding services for people all over the world. The company is among the most reliable ones, the proof being the fact that they always stand behind their products and offer support to all their clients.


What’s Behind Our Ratings

There are many aspects to consider when selecting the best garage door openers and this is why here below we will present you which are the most important ones and why they are always worth to consider when it comes to differentiating the many models.

  • Drive System
    The drive system is highly important when it comes to such systems because it ensures that the door opens appropriately, without any inconveniences. Our products use either chain or belt drive systems and we can say that both of them offer high-performance because they are very similar. The main difference between them is the noise level and since the chain drives use a metal chain along a metal trolley, they are much noisier. On the other hand, the chain drives are less expensive and very popular among those who want a reliable garage door opener. The belt drives may be a little more expensive, but they are less noisy, making them a perfect solution for those who want to avoid disturbing their neighbors.
  • Horsepower
    The horsepower of an opener represents its capacity to lift the garage door. In general, the 1/2 HP is adequate for most garage doors that weigh up to 350 lbs, while the 3/4-horsepower motor is designed for heavier doors, such as solid wood or metal doors that weight up to 500 lbs.
  • Door Height
    Another important aspect is the door height. Usually, most doors have maximum 7 ft and this is why our products are capable of opening common garage doors that don’t exceed this height. However, there are situations in which the door may be a little higher, so some of the models have a door height extension kit available in order to satisfy all the clients’ needs.
  • Remote Control
    A remote control will add more convenience in using an opener because you won’t have to get out of the car and open the door to drive the car inside. Therefore, a remote control will help you get into and out of the garage with little effort. Usually, a remote control comes with two or three buttons for opening and closing the door, as well as for controlling the lights.
  • Safety Beam Sensor
    One of the most common types of sensors used for garage door openers is the infrared beam sensor that comes in two pieces and it’s installed on each side of the door. The result is that every time the beam is crossed by a moving person or object, the opening process stops immediately and automatically reverses in order to avoid any injuries. This feature is very important when it comes to the safety of the entire family.
  • Rolling Code
    The rolling code is an important security feature that will stop the intruders breaking your garage. Therefore, every time you use the remote to open or close the door the system sends a different code so the chances to record the code are almost impossible.
  • Warranty
    The warranty is basically an assurance that offers you comfort when using a product. Some manufacturers will offer you a warranty for the entire package, while others only for parts or motor. Therefore, we consider this aspect highly important when it comes to such products.

F.A.Q.

Q: Is it easy to install?
A: This depends on the specific model at hand. Some door openers, like the ones produced by Chamberlain, which you can install yourself with ease. Just follow the instructions provided in the user manual that accompanies the door opener and you will be done with the procedure in a few hours, depending on how savvy you are. However, there are door openers which specifically require professional installation, the ones produced by LiftMaster being a perfect example.

Q: How can I make sure will not be a nuisance?
A: In case one of the bedrooms is located above the garage, we recommend you go for a belt drive garage door opener as this type produces the least amount of noise when it opens and closes the door. The belts it operates are very flexible and they operate smoothly during these actions, not presenting a nuisance for the inhabitants of the room above.

Q: How does the device help enhance home security?
A: Top tier openers are accompanied by features that make them ideal installations to make if you want to enhance home security as they block the access of thieves inside your house through the garage. This is a common method for burglars to get in, so you have to consider putting a safety measure in place if you care for your belongings and overall safety as well. some of the innovative features which participate in enhancing home security are – the automatic closing of the door when your car leaves the garage, the remote control you can use to open and close the door while sitting in the car or inside the house, and the rolling code system that generates a different code each time you open or close the door of the garage, thus making it impossible for burglars to crack it.

Q: How does the motor horsepower influence the performance ?
A: The horsepower rating is important and you must look into it when choosing the right door opener for your garage as it indicates the device’s capacity to lift. If your garage door weighs up to 500 pounds, for example, you will need an opener which features a more powerful motor that provides at least 3/4HP, while if your garage door is lighter, you can obviously go lower than this.

Q: Is it an investment worth making?
A: Not only does the garage door opener enhance home security by ensuring break-ins will not occur, especially if you go with a rolling code model, but it provides other advantages that make this purchase quite tempting for all homeowners. First of all, it takes worry off of your hands as you do not have to think whether you closed the garage door properly before leaving home or not as with a push of a button, the system will handle this task for you. Secondly, it presents a big advantage in terms of convenience. When the bad weather arrives, you do not have to get out of the car and mess up your clothes to open and close the door of the garage when taking the car out, but simply sit in the vehicle and do these tasks with the simple touch of a button.