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Garage Door Openers: Ratings of Sources

Total of 10 Sources
As of August 2014
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentSears 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.
As of August 2014
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to
Our 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, a Sommer/Direct Drive 3/4-hp direct drive garage door opener has a 4.8-star (out of 5 possible) rating after more than 500 user reviews, making it an obvious top choice among this site's users. Three Chamberlain and one Genie garage door opener also draw good -- though not quite as stellar -- feedback following 100 or more reviews.
As of August 2014
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to
Our AssessmentAs with most online retailers, Chamberlain garage door openers are very popular on The best models score a 4.5-star or better rating and more than 100 comments from reviewers. The Sommer/Direct Drive 1042V001 also scores well here, but that's based on fewer reviews.
As of August 2014
Garage Door Openers
by Contributors to
Our 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. Still, the most popular models attract 100 or more reviews, more than enough to get a pretty good picture of what users think.
5. Good Housekeeping
Dec. 15, 2011
LiftMaster Garage Door Openers for Peace of Mind in Power Outages
by Stacy Genovese
Our AssessmentThis 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.
May 7, 2014
The Chamberlain MyQ review: Connected garage doors are more fun when they're open
by Stacey Higginbotham
Our AssessmentStacey Higginbotham reviews the Chamberlain MYQ-G0201, a kit that will add Chamberlain's MyQ smartphone control to a garage door opener. Installation and use are addressed. Some functions and features that Higginbotham would have liked to see are missing, but overall, it's called "a well done product for people who are prone to forget about closing their garage door or worry about leaving it open."
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Chamberlain Belt Drive Garage Door Opener Review – Part 1
by Bob Jackson
Our AssessmentThis 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.
8. Family Handyman
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How to Install a Garage Door Opener
by Editors of the Family Handyman
Our AssessmentIf 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.
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.
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2014 Best Garage Door Opener Comparisons and Reviews
by Grant Morgan
Our AssessmentTop 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.

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