Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD
Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD

Best belt-drive garage door opener

Reviewers say the belt-driven Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD garage door opener is one of the quietest models available. It's suitable for most single and double garage doors, and it comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor, plus 10 years on the belt and one year for other parts. Installation is fairly straightforward. The few gripes we found include jerky movements and, in rare cases, opening or closing with no prompt from the owner. Features include two three-function remotes, an outside keyless entry pad, rolling-code security and a lighted wall control.
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Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D
Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D

Best chain-drive garage door opener

The chain-driven Chamberlain Power Drive PD752D's 3/4-horsepower motor has more power than most garage door openers. Owners say it lifts heavy doors easily, if not always smoothly. While chain-driven openers generally are louder than belt-driven models, complaints about noise are less common for the Power Drive than for other chain-drive openers. Despite its extra power, owners say it's not noticeably faster than other garage door openers, and it's also not the most reliable. A number of owners also report struggling with the installation in recent model years. That said, the Chamberlain is the best garage door opener in its class.
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Sommer Synoris Garage Door Opener
Sommer Synoris Garage Door Opener

Best garage door opener overall

The German-made, 3/4-horsepower Sommer Synoris Garage Door Opener doesn't use a belt drive or a chain drive. Instead, the mobile motor crawls along a stationary chain, making it exceptionally quiet. The Synoris is also available in a 1-horsepower model (*Est. $265), but the 3/4-horsepower model is strong enough to lift reinforced and insulated doors up to 550 pounds, reviewers say. The biggest complaint about the Synoris is that it's slower than other garage door openers, and most users aren't happy that the wireless keypad costs more (*Est. $50).
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