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.
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 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.
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.