Garage Door Openers: Ratings of Sources
As usual, Amazon.com is a good destination for reviews of garage door openers. While some models only get a little feedback, others get dozens of reviews, and some get hundreds. One plus is that feedback is often longer and more detailed than what's typically seen at other user review sites.
HomeDepot.com is also one of the better sources of user reviews for garage door openers. Most models for sale draw at least a few comments, and some draw more than 100 reviews and high ratings. There are fewer products here than at Amazon.com, however, though the number does include some garage door openers that are exclusive to HomeDepot.com.
Sears sells a few brands of garage door openers, but most of the user reviews are for Craftsman models (made by Chamberlain for Sears). Several of the Craftsman openers accumulate 100 or more user reviews, and some have hundreds. Those with the most feedback tend to rate highly -- 4 stars or better. However, some models garner just a few reviews, or none at all.
Lowes.com is another retail site with worthwhile feedback on garage door openers. However, it has fewer models than the sites above, and finding them on the site is sometimes a bit of a hunt. Still, what's here gets a bit of feedback, and some models are Lowes exclusives.
Wi-Fi connected garage door openers have gotten a lot of coverage on technology/smarthome sites, including CNET. However, this review of the HomeDepot.com exclusive Chamberlain HD950WF goes a step beyond by looking at more than the technical pros and cons, but also at practical considerations and installation challenges.
This review of the Chamberlain HD950WF is less detailed than the one from CNET, but is hands-on nonetheless. John R. Delaney spends the bulk of the review discussing features, but weighs in on operation of both the opener and the on-line/internet functions.
This article recommends getting a garage door opener with a battery back-up in case of a power outage. Stacy Genovese notes that both Chamberlain and Liftmaster garage door openers have earned a Good Housekeeping seal, and both sell models with a battery backup. She recommends Chamberlain for hardcore do-it yourselfers, but Liftmaster gets an edge because their products are professionally installed. No specific garage door openers are recommended, however.
This three-part review shows in detail the steps Bob Jackson takes to replace an old chain-drive garage door opener with the Chamberlain WD962KEV belt-drive garage door opener. He explains why chose this particular model, and does a great job walking readers through the installation steps, complete with photos and tips.
If you are considering installing a garage door opener yourself, this article offers some helpful tips. Everyone can benefit from some of the pointers on finding the right opener for your garage door.
Top Ten Reviews provides a list of what it considers to be the 10 best garage door openers. While there is good discussion of features and what to look for, there's no sign of any kind of testing. Some discussions of individual garage door openers lack model numbers, making it tough to tell whether a current or discontinued opener is being addressed.