Having a garage door opener is a convenient and efficient way at getting inside and out of the garage without much effort on your part.
These days it’s possible to open the garage door from the comfort of your car with the touch of a button and even with your smartphone.
The convenience of these devices makes them popular in new homes and many people over the years have decided to upgrade their standard doors into one that can be opened using a garage door opener.
There are plenty of options to choose from and there are a wide range of available retail hardware stores and from online sites where you can take advantage of delivery options.
Over the years the build quality and design of garage door openers has been greatly improved with the most noticeable improvements seen in safety features and noise reduction.
I remember when I was younger the opener we had was loud and very disruptive so it was nearly impossible to get some sleep in the bedroom that was located above the garage but these days they’re very quiet, smooth, and easy to install as well.
The Best Garage Door Opener
Today I want to talk about some of what I believe are great options to check out if you’re looking for the best garage door opener.
At the end of of my list of recommendations also going to some more details on how to make the most informed choice and go over some tips on how to choose the right garage door opener for your home.
Despite there being quite a few different options to choose from when it comes to openers available the following are the ones I believe to be some of the best available and well-suited for most peoples needs.
Chamberlain WD832KEV MYQ-Enabled Whisper Belt Drive Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain WD832KEV comes equipped with a belt drive system that results in a quiet operation and it also features special system that’s designed to isolate motor vibration to prevent too much shaking or racket caused by the device vibrating too much.
For opening and closing the garage door it’s possible to do this through the Chamberlain MyQ smartphone technology (which you’ll have to pick up theMyQ Internet Gateway CIGBU to use) where you can monitor, open, and even close the door from the comfort of your smartphone.
There is even a timer function that can be used to automatically close the garage door after a set period of time (1 minute, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes) for safety reasons or just in case you forget to close it on your way out.
While it’s on standby it’s using less than 1 watt of power so it’s not sucking up too much juice while you’re not using it and just in case you’re not comfortable with using your smartphone for operating it it comes with a pair of three-button remote controls that can be left in the car and used when needed.
For even more safety and convenience there is a built-in light that can light up the interior of your garage and can even be set for motion control activation.
Chamberlain PD612EV 1/2 HP MyQ Enabled Chain Drive Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain PD612EV comes equipped with a 1/2 horsepower motor and uses a chain drive system for opening and closing the door.
Similar to the model that I just mentioned this one can also be used with a smartphone although you’ll have to pick up the Internet Gateway CIGBU separately if you want to take advantage of that feature.
Depending on the size of the garage this one can be fit onto garage doors that are 7 feet high and there are extension kits available for 8 foot and 10 foot doors as well.
For those not interested in using the smartphone capabilities this setup comes with a pair of 3-button remote controls that can be attached to a vehicle visor end it also comes with a multi-function wall control for your convenience as well.
Overall it’s quite durable, featuring a solid steel chassis and rail, and depending on your skill set it’s quite easy to install (although you might find it tricky if you don’t have the experience and you’ll want to consider having someone else install it for you).
For even further convenience there is a built-in light that offers up to 200 watts of lighting power as well as a wireless keyless entry system that you can use for opening and closing the garage.
Chamberlain WD1000WF Smartphone Controlled Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener
The Chamberlain WD1000WF comes equipped with a steel belt drive that helps with quiet performance end it even comes with a built-in battery so that it remains possible to open and close the garage door even if the power has gone out.
Being able to open the garage door during a power outage is great as having access to your vehicle during an emergency is very important and in some cases it can be difficult to open a heavy garage door on your own.
Another great feature about this is that it comes with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity so that it connects to the home Wi-Fi network that you have and you’re able to use it with your smartphone without having to buy any additional hardware.
The wall control unit is also well equipped and it comes with an LCD display screen that shows the time, temperature, as well as some diagnostic information about the opener.
Included are of course some safety sensors so that the door doesn’t shut on somebody or damage your car while they’re in the doorway and there’s also a pair of 3-button remotes if you don’t feel like using the smartphone and you just want to leave them attached to the visor in your car for quick access.
Chamberlain PD510 Chain Drive Garage Door Opener
It’s the Chamberlain PD510 that I would recommend checking out if you’re looking for the best cheap garage door opener.
Despite this being what I believe to be a basic model it’s still very well equipped for opening and closing the garage door while you’re still able to enjoy a relatively quiet operation thanks to the rugged and durable chain drive.
It comes equipped with a 1/2 horsepower motor as well as a remote that’s pre-programmed and only has one button for easy open and closing of the door.
Along with the remote it also comes with a wall control for interior use and safety sensors to prevent the door closing while someone or something is in the doorway between the two sensors.
Unfortunately while it’s not possible to use this model with a smartphone it can actually be used with a vehicle remote control system as long as it is compatible with the HomeLink bridge system.
The Types of Garage Door Openers
There are three main types of garage door openers and each one comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.
Chain Drive Opener
The chain drive opener is one of the most common options that people typically go with and it uses a chain to pull or push a small trolley that words to move the garage door up or down.
This type of opener can be found for reasonable prices and they’re very reliable as well due to their simple and straightforward design.
One of the main drawbacks when it comes to using a chain drive is that they can be quite noisy and in that case I would recommend using them for a detached garage or one that isn’t situated so close to where your family is spending a lot of time.
Belt drive garage openers work by using a belt rather than a chain to move the door up and down.
They tend to be more costly than chain drives but they’re also quite reliable and much quieter.
Since they are much quieter to use I would recommend a belt drive opener for an attached garage and especially one where someone is spending a lot of time in the living space or bedroom above (if applicable).
A screw drive opener is one of the least common and the way it works is by rotating a threaded steel rod that moves a trolley in the required direction to open or close the garage door.
This type of drive features a lot less components than some of the other models I mentioned and this means there’s the potential for less maintenance over the lifetime of the drive itself.
The main drawback with this type is that they can be quite noisy as well although this makes them well-suited for an unattached garage.
Garage Door Opener Installation Tips
Depending on your skill set and whether or not you’ve done it before installing a garage door opener can be quite easy or quite a harrowing process.
The first thing you want to do is make sure any of the models that you’re interested in are going to fit the door open to install it on and if you don’t have any experience at all and you’re not comfortable working with some tools then I would recommend contacting someone that’s able to install it for you.
After getting the door opener up it’s a good idea to make sure everything is properly installed and then you’re going to want to test all of the components to make sure they’re working the way they’re designed to.
Be sure to check the safety sensor and definitely test that it’s working so that nothing can get damaged or injured while it’s in the doorway of the garage.
You also want to test the battery backup, if you’re opener comes with one, and if not you’re going to want to test the manual release to see how it works and to make sure that you’re able to do it.
As always, make sure to follow the instructions and never hesitate to contact an expert if you need help with the installation process.