Buyer's Guide: 6 Best Garage Door Openers

It’s the little things in life that can make or break your day. Take, for instance, the garage door opener, an appliance most people never give a second thought…until it doesn’t work, that is. But a good garage door opener doesn't simply let your car in and out. It can also protect your home from intruders, let in kids, maintenance personal, or house sitters, and keep you and your family safe—even when you're not paying attention. Garage openers have improved substantially over the past few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when buying yours. Whether you choose a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive model, a high-end model or an affordable mid-range product, you want quality and performance. We've cherry picked some of the best garage door models on the market, according to real consumers. Take a look to help determine your next garage door opener.

Chamberlain Whisper Drive

Chamberlain Garage Door Opener

Praised by Amazon shoppers, the extremely quiet Chamberlain WD962KEV has been called “the best garage door opener I have ever seen and not heard.” The unique belt drive allows this model to be quieter than either chain or direct-drive models. Additionally the unit comes with safety features like an advanced object sensor that immediately stops the door on contact, external keypad, and sensor-activated lighting. This model is compatible with HomeLink systems and can be controlled via smart phone. Available from Amazon; $254. 

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Decko Heavy Duty

Decko Garage Door Opener

The high performing and competitively priced Decko 24300 received the “Best Bang for Your Buck” designation from Best Reviews. The unit features a chain drive and a powerful ¾-horsepower motor, two remote controls, an internal panel for controlling the lighting and opening or closing the door, a wireless external keypad with a security code, and a rolling code access system for enhanced security. Available from Amazon.

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Craftsman Chain Drive

Craftsman Garage Door Opener

Highly rated by Sears shoppers, the Craftsman 53930 comes with a ½-horsepower motor to lift your garage doors gently. Safety is never an issue thanks to advanced sensors designed to reverse the closing doors if they detect motion. The unit is HomeLink-compatible and incorporates state-of-the-art anti-burglary technology to keep the bad guys out. Available at Craftsman; $136. 

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Genie Revolution Series

Genie Garage Door Opener

The Genie Chain Max 1000 combines reliable performance with superior design and convenience. The Genie boasts quiet operation with soft starts and stops. Set up is a breeze to DIY, thanks to the Smartset push-button programming feature. Available from Amazon; $200. 

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Sommer Direct Drive

Sommer Direct Drive Garage Door Opener

This garage door opener glides silently along a fixed chain, embedded in a sturdy steel rail, earning it high praise from Home Depot shoppers. This model features a 3/4 horsepower motor to provide maximum lifting force, as well as safety beam sensors that constantly monitor door movement. This is the perfect choice for small garages without a lot head room because the product needs just 1.5 inches of clearance. Available at Home Depot; $228. 

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Marantec Synergy

Marantec Garage Door Opener

The Marantec Synergy is well loved by shoppers for its bells and whistles like LED lighting, and an integrated battery backup system that allows you to open and close the garage door—even if the power goes out. Quiet and easy to assemble, this model is also powerful enough to lift even heavy garage doors. The unit is HomeLink-compatible and features a multi-function wall control station to keep you connected. Available at Home Depot; $318.

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