What every best Garage Door Openers has:
- Low noise.
- Remote-control reliability.
- Rolling-code security technology.
As usual, Amazon 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.
Home Depot 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 hundreds of reviews and high ratings. There are fewer products here than at Amazon, however, though the number does include some garage door openers that are exclusive to Home Depot.
Sears sells a few brands of garage door openers, but most of the user reviews are for Craftsman models (made by Chamberlain for Sears). Most the Craftsman openers accumulate at least some feedback, and a handful have a hundred or more reviews. Those with the most feedback tend to rate highly -- 4 stars or better.
Lowe's is another retail site with worthwhile feedback on garage door openers. However, it has fewer models than Home Depot or Amazon, and the site design makes getting a handle on user feedback a bit more challenging. Still, most of what's here is reviewed often enough to be meaningful, and some models are Lowe's exclusives.
This three-part review shows in detail the steps Bob Jackson takes to replace an old chain-drive garage door opener with a Chamberlain belt-drive garage door opener. While the specific model is now discontinued, it's not too different from Chamberlain's current models, and Jackson does a great job walking readers through the installation steps, complete with photos and tips.
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, and this article is now rather old.
If you are happy with your garage door opener but would like to make it a bit smarter, Wirecutter offers a comparison review of add-on smart garage door controllers. The review is testing based, and includes helpful information such as how to make sure that a controller is compatible with your existing opener. The review is also helpful for those looking to buy a garage door opener with the same technology already built-in.
Wi-Fi connected garage door openers have gotten a lot of coverage on technology/smarthome sites, including CNET. However, this review of the Home Depot 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. The HD950WF is no longer available, but was very similar to some current Chamberlain openers, including the Best Reviewed Chamberlain B970.
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.