Peace of mind is one major benefit of smart home technology, and no device demonstrates that more than a good smart garage door opener — something you know all too well if you’ve ever had to turn the car around because you couldn’t remember if you closed the garage door. Upgrade to a smart garage door opener, and whenever that next memory lapse occurs, you can simply open up an app on your phone to check. And should you forget that you forgot, the app can even send you an alert that the door is still open. Pretty smart, indeed!
The tech experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute regularly test all kinds of smart home WiFi technology, so they know which devices are actually worth your money and will truly make your life safer, simpler and more convenient. To find the best smart garage door openers, our engineers considered factors like ease of installation, feature set, and integration capabilities with other smart home devices (for example, if you want to program the driveway flood lights to also turn on when the garage door opens at night).
Keep in mind that the smart control you choose will need to be compatible with your existing garage door system, and installations vary; some require basic wiring and some are wireless. Also, if you’re looking to replace an old-school, manually-operated garage door with an automatic one, take note that there are new systems available with the smart technology already baked in.
Our top picks will help you find the best smart garage door opener for your needs. The winners here are based upon our experts’ comprehensive categorical testing, road testing of newer models and reviewing updates to past favorites. These are the smart garage door opener devices that the Good Housekeeping Institute recommends:
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Best Overall Smart Garage Door Opener
MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
Chamberlain is a big name in automatic garage door openers — in addition to its own openers, the manufacturer also carries the LiftMaster and Craftsman brands. It’s taken a lead role in bringing connected technology to the category. If you have a Chamberlain-made garage door opener, adding MyQ is plug-and-play easy. Within minutes, you’ll be able to open and close the garage door through the intuitive app, set daily schedules, and even share access to your garage to up to five users, which is especially helpful if you’re having work done on the house. Eligible Amazon Prime members can also arrange to have packages dropped safely inside their garages. Surprisingly, MyQ doesn’t work with Alexa yet, but voice control is possible through Google Assistant.
- Relatively easy installation
- In-garage package delivery option
- Intuitive app
Best Smart Garage Door Opener For Multi-Car Garages
Aladdin Connect Smart Garage Door Opener
If you have a three-car garage, you want to be able to control all three of them with your smartphone. That’s a big reason to consider the Aladdin Connect — though it’s important to note that if your garage opener is made by another brand, there’s a decent chance it won’t be compatible. Genie clearly had big, busy households in mind when it designed the Aladdin, since the device allows you share up to 19 virtual keys to access the garage. Another unique feature is the door-mounted sensor, which means you’ll be alerted even if the garage door is opened manually, providing an extra layer of security. Though Aladdin Connect doesn’t integrate with very many other smart home devices, it does work with Alexa and Google Assistant, so you can use voice commands to open and close your garage.
- Controls up to 3 garage doors
- Up to 19 virtual keys can be shared
- Doesn’t support much home automation
Most Universal Smart Garage Door Opener
iQ3 Premium Featured Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener
Tailwind did a smart thing when it designed the iQ3: The brand included a free adapter in the kit so that the device compatible with any automatic garage door opener. Our Lab experts also liked the geofencing feature, which means you can program your garage to open and close when you’re a certain distance from home via the onboard Bluetooth and GPS technology. iQ3 also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, though not Apple HomeKit. And the multi-wired installation is more involved than what we encountered with other top picks.
Editor’s note: Tailwind is currently completely sold out of inventory, but is taking pre-orders for mid-January delivery.
- Compatible with all garage openers
- Works with Amazon and Google
- Geofencing capability
- Installation a bit trickier
Most Feature-Rich Smart Garage Door Opener
PRO Garage Door Opener
If your home is loaded with a lot of other smart devices, including cameras, locks, and lights, consider the iSmartGatePro opener, since it will fit seamlessly into established connected home ecosystems. It works particularly well with security cameras, allowing you to keep visual tabs on the garage (or, more likely, any pricey roadsters inside). Plus it integrates with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, and IFTTT, so maintaining full control won’t be an issue. The iSmartGatePro is also loaded with features, including geofencing capabilities and the ability to share access with up to ten users. All that functionality makes the app a little less intuitive than our tech experts would like, and it doesn’t come cheap either, with iSmartGatePro costing two or three times as much as other top-rated openers.
- Compatible with many smart home devices
- Geofencing capabilities
- App not as intuitive as others
- Relatively pricey
Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Full Replacement
Looking for a whole new automatic garage door opener with lots of built-in connectivity? The Chamberlain B6765 is your answer. Not only will you be able to control the opener remotely, the system’s built-in HD camera means you can also check in visually from anywhere and the two-way audio allows you to communicate with visitors. Onboard LED lights provide enhanced safety and security. As with other Chamberlain smart garage door openers, the B6765 integrates with a wide range of smart home products, plus eligible Prime members in select cities can use Key by Amazon for in-garage delivery.
- Built-in HD camera
- Two-way audio
- LED lights
- Doesn’t support Alexa integrations
Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Alexa Users
Smart Wi-Fi Controller NXG-200
Alexa users will find a lot to like about the NXG-200, and it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and SmartThings. On the other hand, if you run your smart home through Apple HomeKit, Nexx is not for you. The NXG-200 works with a wide range automatic garage door openers and the installation is relatively simple and streamlined, thanks to the wireless sensor technology. Our tech experts also like the variety of features, including geofencing capability, voice control, and the fact that it’s easy to share access to the garage with multiple approved visitors.
- Supports multiple users
- Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
- Geofencing capabilities
- Doesn’t support HomeKit
What to look for when buying a smart garage door opener
While feature set might help you decide between a few possible picks, the key to choosing the best smart garage door opener for your needs is finding a model that will work with your existing equipment. That boils down to these two factors:
✔️Compatibility: Some smart devices only work with certain automatic garage door openers. Check the device manufacturer’s website to see if the opener will work with your opener. Also, if you want to control multiple garage doors, make the sure the opener has that capability.
✔️Integration: To get the most out of your smart garage door opener, you’ll want it to communicate with other connected devices in the home — for example, programming certain lights to turn on and off when the garage door opens and closes. To do that, it’s important to check that your smart garage door opener works your smart home ecosystem, be it Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.
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