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Garage Door Openers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 6 Sources
1. Sears.com
As of Oct. 2012
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears sells several 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 standouts, including the 1/2-hp, belt-driven Craftsman 53915, have high ratings. There's a sharp divide between these popular garage door openers and other models, which have lower overall ratings and sometimes have only a dozen or fewer user reviews.
2. Amazon.com
As of Oct. 2012
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is usually a font of user reviews for almost any product, but its garage door opener offerings don't seem to be quite as popular as, say, hiking boots or iPod speakers. The most popular models attract only a few dozen reviews, but that's enough to get a pretty good picture of what users think. (The single exception is the standout Chamberlain Whisper Drive WD822KD 1/2-horsepower belt drive garage door opener, which has about 250 customer reviews and a 4.4-star overall rating.)
3. HomeDepot.com
As of Oct. 2012
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com is 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. For example, the Sommer 3/4-hp direct drive garage door opener has a 4.8-star (out of 5 possible) rating after more than 270 user reviews. Two Chamberlain models -- the Whisper Drive 3/4-hp with MyQ Technology and battery backup and the Whisper Drive 1/2-hp belt-driven garage door opener -- get 4.8-star ratings from about 20 reviewers.
4. Lowes.com
As of Oct. 2012
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentAs with most online retailers, Chamberlain garage door openers are very popular on Lowes.com. The best models score a 4.5-star or better rating after 50 or more user reviews; some accumulate more than 100 comments from reviewers. The only non-Chamberlain standout in this pack is the Sommer 3/4-hp direct drive garage door opener, model 1041. The Sommer opener gets a 4.7-star rating from more than 125 user reviewers.
5. YouTube.com
Oct. 7, 2009
What's the Best Garage Door Opener?
by Precision Garage Door
Our AssessmentAn expert with Precision Garage Door, which sells, installs and repairs garage doors and garage door openers, explains the differences in sound and reliability for the three main types of garage doors: screw, chain, and belt-driven. He offers a chance to listen to each type of garage door opener operating, and he notes that belt-driven models tend to be the quietest.
6. Buzzillions.com
As of Oct.2012
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com aggregates user reviews from many online retailers. Because of this, Buzzillions.com ratings are usually duplicates of those we've already taken into account from individual retailers, such as Sears.com and HomeDepot.com. However, this is an excellent website to visit if you want a quick glimpse at overall user opinion about a particular garage door opener.

Garage Door Openers Runners Up:

Chamberlain Power Drive PD210D *Est. $140

1 pick including: Amazon.com, Lowes.com…

Genie QuietLift 800 *Est. $190

1 pick including: Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com…

Genie SilentMax 1000 *Est. $220

1 pick including: HomeDepot.com, TheNotSoBlog.com…

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