Best Smart Garage Door Opener Overall (Without Motor)
The app is well-designed and offers full remote control access and operation to your garage door, and it's compatible with a broad range of platforms. It's beautifully simple, easy to set up, and compatible with more doors than any other solution on our list.
The learning curve on the app can be a bit steep, and this opener is prone to software and connectivity issues.
This system is designed to control a single door, but boy does it offer a lot of different options! Not only is it compatible with the broadest range of garage door and controller brands on the market, but it can be integrated with just about every automation and smart home system around.
It's designed to be installed on an existing garage door, turning your simple lift unit into a smart device that can be controlled via your smartphone, Alexa, Apple Home, or IFTTT. There is a fee to link the MyQ controller to Google or IFTTT ($1 per month or $10 per year), but it's worth it to fully automate your garage along with the rest of your house.
The app offers a broad range of features—real-time alerts, the ability to open or close the door from anywhere around the world, 100 Billion code encryption, scheduling options, and so much more. It can help you improve your home security, all from your smartphone.
Some users have reported a number of software problems (the updates prove surprisingly glitchy), and there are a lot of complaints about connectivity issues with routers that turned out to be incompatible. However, for the most part, the system is fairly easy to set up and use. If you're having trouble with the included manual, there are also a lot of YouTube tutorials to walk you through the process.
Max doors: Just 1; if you have more doors, you’ll need more units.
Integrates with: Alexa Echo, Apple Home, Google Home Assistant, Wink, IFTTT, Nest, and Nest Cam.
Garage door compatibility: The Amazon page has a long list of all the garage doors it's compatible with. Basically, it's most doors built after 1993 by all the leading brands, including Chamberlain, Genie, Craftsman, Raynor, Stanley, and Wayne Dalton. It's compatible with more doors than any other device on our list!
Connects via: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
Home automation hub required: No
Compatible devices: Smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Geofencing: Not available
Number of users: You can set up the app on multiple phones, but each user connected to the unit will have the same settings.
Video capability: None, but you can link this up with Nest Cam or use Google Home Assistant to connect you to your home video system.
Additional features: You can schedule the door to close at a certain time every day, switch on your outside house lights, and access your home automation settings via the app.
Alerts: Alerts are easy to set up, and they'll let you know if the garage door is left open, if someone is entering your home without your knowledge, or if a key/smartphone is being used to access the garage door. Alerts are sent in real-time to your mobile device.
Installation: Installation is usually fairly straightforward, but some users have struggled to connect to the WiFi hub. Thankfully, there are lots of YouTube tutorials to walk you through it.
What’s included in starter pack: Controller, power adapter, 1 x lithium metal battery, control wire, and 2 x adhesive tags.
What else will you need: Nothing if you use the standard wall button installation. That said, you may need to grab another unit for your second door.
Costs and warranties: The device costs just $100, plus the $1 monthly/$10 yearly fee if you want to integrate it with Google Home Assistant or IFTTT.