The newest garage door models offer a lot more functionality than years prior.
Brands such as Chamberlain, Genie, and Liftmaster include mobile app control, realtime alerts, anti-theft motion detectors, and long range remote controls.
To help you find the best garage door opener we reviewed ten of the most popular.
Our review takes into account price, durability, buyer reviews, and overall features/functions.
Garage door prices on my list range, $199 – $489.
1. Chamberlain B980
The new Chamberlain 980 garage door opener includes the latest security features.
It comes with smartphone control — by downloading the Chamberlain you can adjust all the settings and receive realtime alerts and status updates.
Chamberlain 980 is their quietest garage door opener.
It’s powered w/ the new MAX Lift Power System – includes a smooth track belt drive that’s made of reinforced steel to minimize vibrations.
The mobile lets you control the garage remotely — you’ll also get real-time status updates or alerts if there’s an obstruction or tampering.
safety sensors, wireless keypad, garage door deadbolt
Lots of positive buyer reviews!
2. LiftMaster 3265
The LiftMaster 3265 garage door opener is part of their Premium Series.
Includes the newest security and safety features — like the best Chamberlain garage door openers it’s a WiFi, smart garage door opener.
Using the mobile app you can easily open or close from anywhere, receive updates, or set alerts.
Includes LiftMaster’s PosiLock (to prevent forced openings) + Protector. Light Beam which detects obstructions.
Affordable price and very good buyer reviews!
3. Chamberlain B1381
The Chamberlain B1381 is an ultra quiet smart garage door opener.
It includes 100 LED light system for 3,100 lumen brightness — enough to fill your entire garage for added layer of security.
Designed with MAX lift power for heavier garage doors — force equivalent to 1.25 horsepower. Buyers confirm that the extra-strong belt drive makes it silent when opening or closing.
Like the chamberlain B980 the Chamberlain B1381 includes mobile app control.
You can also check an activity log to see exact times that your garage door is opened or closed.
Medium price w/ lots of positive reviews from buyers.
4. Genie 4042-TKH SilentMax 1200
The Genie SilentMax 1200 garage door opener uses a traditional chain drive system.
Buyers say it’s incredibly smooth and fast — it opens and closes at a rate of 9-inches per second.
Genie SilentMax 1200 comes w/ 140V DC motor for smooth, quiet operation.
For durability, the Genie SilentMax garage door opener is designed with reinforced c-channel rails — helps to prevent accumulation of dust and dirt over long periods of time.
** FYI: accumulation of grime is what ultimately causes malfunctions.
Genie SilentMax includes an infrared, safety beam to detect anything in its path.
If there’s an obstruction, the door will auto open (instead of closing).
5. Chamberlain B550 Review
Chamberlain B550 is an affordable garage door opener w/ mobile app functionality.
It’s very similar to the Chamberlain B980 — designed w/ a high-grade steel framing + smooth belt track, making it a very durable.
Buyers love how quietly it opens/closes.
Chamberlain B550 controllers have good range — using the remote control, you can open/close from 1,500 ft. (455 meters).
The Chamberlain B550 is expensive, but comes w/ top buyer reviews + high-end security system.
6. Chamberlain B730 Review
The Chamberlain B730/WD962 is battery powered — very handy if there’s a power outage!
It includes mobile app functionality giving you control to open/close from anywhere — the distance on the remotes is good too, 1500 ft. (455 meters).
The new DC belt drive is steel reinforced offering a very quiet open and close.
Also comes w/ “Vibration Isolation System” which allows for consistent open/close speed.
Like the B550 model, the Chamberlain B730 includes a motion detector system w/ mobile app alerts + activity log.
There’s also a timer-to-close function (in case you forget to close it).
Buyers like its affordable price + say it’s fairly easy to install.
7. Genie ChainMax Door Opener
The Genie ChainMax is built for quiet operation and durability.
Users have been impressed by the smoothness and speed at which it operates at — opens/closes at a rate of 7.5″ per second.
The 140V DC motor is the main reason for the smooth operation.
And to make the garage door opener more durable, they’ve used high-quality reinforced c-channel rails. This prevents the accumulation of dirt and dust over the years of use
Genie ChainMax includes an infrared, safety beam to detect anything in its path. If there’s an obstruction, the door will auto open (instead of closing).
8. Chamberlain B970 Review
The Chamberlain B970 is often overlooked, but don’t let that fool you!
In terms of safety, the B970 is one of the best garage door openers for alerts and hack-prevention.
Ideal for areas that are prone to power outages, the Chamberlain B970 includes a built-in battery for power outages or emergencies.
Buyer reviews say it operates very smoothly + quietly.
The upgraded belt drive is what allows for decrease in noise – made with reinforced steel the structure holds well and allows for a smooth track.
To prevent hacking, the Chamberlain B970 uses coded encryption and Posi-Lock anti-theft features.
In case of emergency, you can close the garage door and it will stay locked, no matter what — and if there’s issues, it will alert you via mobile app.
9. Chamberlain C870 Review
The Chamberlain C870 comes is built for durability.
Using the mobile app you can see a log of all garage door activity.
It includes a backup battery system so you can open/close during power outages.
Chamberlain C870 is built with a reinforced steel chain drive — buyers say it’s the best Chamberlain garage door opener for durability.
And to prevent the system from being hacked, there’s encryption protection w/ mobile notifications.
Very good buyer reviews.
10. Chamberlain WD832KEV Review
The Chamberlain WD832KEV is an ultra quiet garage opener that includes mobile app functionality.
Users can open and close their garage doors remotely with the app, as well as monitor garage activity.
The steel reinforced belt minimizes vibrations and noise and is built to last for years – it comes with a lifetime warranty!
Protector System offers motion detection lights and safety sensors that are important safety features to have.
Chamberlain WD832KEV includes two remotes w/ 1500 ft. range and keyless entry-pad.
Buyers also like the timer feature which can be set to auto open or close after 1-10 minutes.