Garage Door Openers Review

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Why Use Garage Door Openers?

Garage door openers were invented in the 1920s and have been available since the 1950s, but they’ve really only been widely used for the last 20 or 30 years. Now they’re a very common site in suburbia, almost as common as the garage itself. Garage door openers have changed so much over the years, becoming so convenient and capable it is difficult for many folks to imagine living without them.

One of the most important ways garage door openers have advanced over the years is in noise reduction. There was a time when the room above the garage was a no-sleep zone. Garage door openers were so noisy and clunky they disrupted everything around them. The latest units, highlighted in many belt drive and chain drive opener reviews, are smooth operators – practically silent – and very easy to install and use. Add in some serious horsepower and some useful safety features and you’ll have a good idea of what our favorite garage door openers have to offer. The Chamberlain Premium Whisper Drive Plus, Craftsman ¾ hp Chain Drive and Genie PowerLift Excelerator offer solid combinations of the best features for garage door openers. We examined the differences between them and the rest of the products in our lineup for the best garage door opener comparisons and reviews. For even more information, refer to our articles about garage door openers. At TopTenREVIEWS We Do the Research So You Don't Have To.™

Garage Door Openers: What to Look For

The best garage door opener is the one you install and then never think about again. It is so easy to use and so convenient in every way that you think about it only when you are purchasing it. After that, it fades into the background of your life, offering years and years of hassle-free service. Here are the criteria we used to rank the best garage door openers:

Features
The best garage door openers have plenty of horsepower so they can easily handle even heavy doors. We loved the openers that are forward-looking, designed to integrate seamlessly with home automation systems. The finest garage door openers also offer an alternate power source so you are never stuck with an inoperable door if you experience an outage. We like garage door openers that are designed to keep noise at a minimum, too.

Safety & Security
Most garage doors are heavy enough to cause serious injury and even death, so safety features on garage door openers are very important. Security features also are valuable considering the fact that the garage door not only secures vehicles and anything else stored in a garage, but also offers indirect access to your home in most layouts. We looked for things like automatic lights, reverse-opening capabilities and strong locking mechanisms on all garage door openers in our lineup.

Ease of Use
You might not think it could get easier than pushing a big button to open a door, but some garage door openers make things even easier by offering keyless entry and multiple remotes. We also looked at features that make ownership easier from the very first day, allowing you to easily install and maintain the system yourself.

Help & Support
Good customer service is important for any product. It is especially important for the class of garage door openers we considered. We looked primarily at products designed to be installed by a homeowner, not a professional door company, so it's vital the product you choose offers its own layer of customer support and guarantees. Even if you are fairly handy you are sure to have questions at some point along the way. We looked for the companies that will be there to respond to any inquiries and those that offer wonderful warranties.

Your next garage door opener will likely last for years. Whether those years are carefree or plagued by calls to your favorite handyman depends on the choice you make now. Our in-depth reviews will help you find the best garage door openers on the market.

 
 
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Features
Alternate Power Source
         
Good Housekeeping Seal
  
 
 
 
Home Automation Integration
Maximum Capability Gatehouse-style, double-wide Double-wide, wood Most doors up to 7.5 feet Average double-wide Double-wide aluminum or single-wide wood Average double-wide Average double-wide Most doors up to 7.5 feet Average double-wide Most doors up to 7.5 feet
Lift System Belt Chain Screw Chain Belt Chain Chain Screw Chain Belt
Total Horsepower 3/4 3/4 1/2 3/4 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2
Light Wattage 200 200 120 200 200 100 200 120 75 75
Safety & Security
Lock Mode
Manual Release
Infrared Beam
Automatic Interrruption
Rolling Code
Motion Detector Light
 
   
Ease of Use
Keyless Entry
  
  
Multiple Remotes
 
  
Lighted Console
 
Help & Support
Motor Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 10 years 6 years 6 years Lifetime 4 year 5 years
Email
Telephone
FAQs
Online Manual
 
 
Parts Warranty 10 years 5 years Lifetime 1 year 3 years 1 year 1 year 3 years 1 year 1 year