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The best smart garage door openers in 2020

Best smart garage door openers

The best smart garage door openers let you bring what's probably the second-most used door in your house into the 21st Century. That's because a smart garage door opener let you control — and monitor — your garage door right from your smartphone, wherever you happen to be. You can also connect smart garage door openers to other smart home devices, so that when you're returning home at night, your lights will turn on when you open your garage door. Or, if you're away, but your neighbor needs to borrow your lawnmower, you can simply open your garage door from your phone—if you're feeling generous, that is.

The smart garage door openers we recommend here are designed to attach to existing non-smart garage door openers, and cost less than $100. If you're shopping for a new garage door opener, Chamberlain, Genie, Skylink, and Ryobi all make Wi-Fi-connected models ranging in price from $169 to $300, so you don't need to purchase additional accessories to control them from your smartphone. 

What are the best smart garage door openers?

After testing and reviewing a number of the top models, we think the best smart garage door opener is the Chamberlain MyQ-G0301. For starters, it's very inexpensive. It typically sells for around $35, half the price of most of the competition. The MyQ is also very easy to set up — just attach a few wires to your garage door opener (it works with a large number of models), download an app to your smartphone, and you're ready to go. 

During our testing, we also found that the MyQ-G0301 performed near-flawlessly, which is more than can be said about other smart garage door openers. The MyQ also works with Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and IFTTT (among other smart home systems), though it does not work with Alexa. 

If you're looking for a smart garage door opener that works with Alexa, we suggest the NEXX Garage Remote Garage Door Opener. While its setup was trickier than the Chamberlain, the NEXX does work with Amazon's virtual assistant, as well as Google Assistant. And, it supports multiple users. 

Liftmaster (part of Chamberlain/myQ) has announced a smart garage door opener with a built-in camera for $450, so you can see what's happening when your garage door opens. If you already have a MyQ smart garage door opener, you can purchase the camera alone for $150. The camera has 7- and 30-day video storage options, though that requires a monthly subscription.

The best smart garage door openers you can buy today

Best smart garage door openers: Chamberlain MyQ-G0301

Chamberlain MyQ-G0301 is the best smart garage door opener overall.  (Image credit: Chamberlain)

1. Chamberlain MyQ-G0301

The best smart garage door opener overall

Works With: Wink, Nest, SmartThings, Xfinity Home, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, IFTTT | Wireless: 802.11 Wi-Fi

Simple physical setup requirements
Simple app interface
Can manage multiple devices
Works with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit
Doesn't work with Alexa

If you're looking for the best smart garage door opener, look no further than the Chamberlain MyQ. It includes a sensor for your garage door as well as a hub that connects to your Wi-Fi network. When you send a command using your smartphone, it is relayed to the hub, which then goes to the sensor that activates your garage door. The MyQ app, available for Android and iOS devices, lets you check to see if your door is open, and then close — or open — it remotely. MyQ is also one of the best Google Home compatible devices, meaning you can pair it to Google Assistant and control it with your voice.

MyQ will work with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors, according to Chamberlain. Currently, MyQ works with Nest, SmartThings and Xfinity Home smart home systems. If you want it to be one of the best HomeKit devices, you need to purchase a $49 adapter. This will let you control your garage doors using Siri, and create scenes so that the lights come on when the door goes up. The one thing it doesn't do, though, is work with Alexa.

Read our full Chamberlain MyQG0301 review

Best smart garage door openers: NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener

The NEXX GARAGE is the best smart garage door opener for Alexa users. (Image credit: NEXX GARAGE)

2. NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener

The best smart garage door opener for Alexa users

Works With: Amazon Alexa, Google Home | Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11 Wi-Fi

Simple app and hardware design
Can manage multiple users
Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
Frustrating setup
Parts in the box don't match the instruction guide or website

The Nexx Garage is the best smart garage door opener for Alexa users, but it works with Google Home, too, so you can open or close the door using voice commands.  However, setup is a little trickier, as you have to run a wire from your garage door to the garage door opener. 

Similar to with GoGogate, Nexx owners can give permission to multiple users, and a calendar in the app lets you see when the door was opened, and by whom. In addition to asking Alexa or Google Assistant to open your door, a feature called Just Drive uses geofencing to detect when you're arriving home, and will automatically open the garage door of you so choose.

Nexx has a list on its site of garage door openers that won't work with its system, though it acknowledges that the list is incomplete. Nexx has a newer model, the NXG-200, which is currently available for $79.99, which we're in the process of reviewing. 

Read our full Nexx review.

Best smart garage door openers: Garadget

Garadget (Image credit: Garadget)

3. Garadget

This smart garage door opener uses frickin' lasers, but is trickier to set up.

Works With: Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, IFTTT | Wireless: 802.11 (2.4GHz)

Simple setup
Reports real-time open/closed status
Customizable alerts
App sends incorrect alerts on occasion
Elaborate installation

Whereas many smart garage door openers will use a sensor that detects movement to tell if your garage door is open or closed, the Garadget smart garage door opener uses a laser that shines on a reflective tab that you mount to your door. That means there's one less piece of equipment with a battery that can run out, but it also makes setup a bit tricker than other smart garage door openers, as you have to align the laser precisely.

Garagdet's app gives you alerts in real time if your door is opened, or if the door stays open for too long. We did get the occasional false alert, though. Still, we also liked the fact that Garadget works with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT, so you've no lack of options if you want to connect it with other smart home assistants and devices. 

Read our full Garadget review.

Best smart garage door openers: GarageMate

GarageMate (Image credit: GarageMate)

4. GarageMate

A simple—perhaps too simple—smart garage door opener

Works With: Siri, Google | Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

Simple setup
Can manage multiple openers and users
Doesn't provide open or closed status
Doesn't work with other smart-home systems

GarageMate's smart garage door opener is very simple; almost too much so. Unlike the other smart garage door openers we've reviewed, which connect to your Wi-Fi, GarageMate connects to your phone via Bluetooth. This means that you can't check on its status, nor operate it, when you're away from home. That's a bit of a bummer, which is why it's further down our list of the best smart garage door openers.

The GarageMate smart garage door opener also doesn't work with any other smart home systems. However, using your smartphone, you can use Siri or Google Assistant to voice launch the app and automatically open the door. GarageMat's Activity Log lets you monitor who opened your garage for added security, and it works with up to eight users. If you're looking for something simple, cheap, and secure, this is one to consider, but it's not our first choice.

Read our full GarageMate review.

Best smart garage door openers: GogoGate 2

(Image credit: GogoGate 2)

5. Gogogate 2

A good, but not great smart garage door opener

Works With: Alexa, IFTTT | Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

Supports multiple users
Doesn't natively support many smart home systems

Unlike most other smart garage door controllers, Gogogate has an app that lets you create additional users, so that you don't have to share a single account among family members. This feature is also helpful for providing temporary access to guests.

While it isn't natively compatible with as many smart home systems as MyQ and GoControl, GoGogate does work with IFTTT, which means you can have it automatically open or close your door using geofencing if you set up a recipe. Also through IFTTT, you can link it to Alexa, as well as other smart home systems.

Cleverly, Gogogate's app can display feeds from a variety of security cameras. A video plug-in subscription ($29.95 for three years) is required, but it also comes with 1GB of storage per month and 1GB of real-time video monitoring per month.

Best smart garage door openers

(Image credit: Genie)

6. Genie Aladdin Connect

Controls up to three garage doors

Works With: Alexa, Google Assistant | Wireless: Wi-Fi

Works with Alexa and Google Assistant 
Pricier than MyQ

We have yet to test the Genie Aladdin Connect, so we can't vouch for its effectiveness. However, it looks to be a capable smart garage door opener. The Aladdin Connect attaches via two wires to your garage door opener, and then connects wirelessly to your home Wi-Fi network, letting you control your garage door via an app.

The Aladdin Connect works with a variety of garage door openers made after 1993, and not just those from Genie. It's compatible with some Chamberlain, Liftmaster, and Craftsman garage door openers, too. The Aladdin Connect can be controlled via Alexa and Google Assistant, too. While the Aladdin Connect only comes with one door sensor, it can control up to three garage doors. In addition, you can add up to 19 virtual keys to give others access, and control the garage door from your smartwatch. 

Best garage door openers: Roost

(Image credit: Roost)

6. Roost Smart Garage Door Sensor

This smart Wi-Fi battery lets you know if your garage door is open or closed.

Works With: n/a | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n

Inexpensive
Doesn't let you open or close your garage door
Doesn't work with other smart home devices

Roost Smart Garage Door Sensor: $39.99 @getroost.comView Deal

We haven't yet tested the Roost Smart Garage Door Sensor, but if it's anything like the Roost Smart Battery on our best smart smoke detectors page, it should be a simple, yet effective way to know if your garage door is open or closed. Also, unlike the best smart garage door openers on this page, you can't actually control your garage door via Roost.

The Roost Smart Garage Door Sensor has a small Wi-Fi chip, as well as a sensor that knows when your garage door is moving. Installation is as simple as attaching the battery clip to your garage door, and connecting the Roost to your home Wi-Fi network. 

The other drawback to Roost's batteries is that they don't work with any other smart home systems. But if all you're looking for is a simple way to know if your garage door is open or closed, this could be it.

How to choose the best smart garage door opener for you

If you're don't have one already, you can purchase a garage door opener that already has smart home compatibility built in. However, if you have an older garage door opener, you can make it "smart" by purchasing a kit that will let you connect it to the Internet, thereby allowing you to control it remotely using your smartphone.

Before you buy a smart garage door opener, you should make sure it will work with your existing garage door. Usually, you can find out which doors an opener is compatible with on the manufacturer's site.

The best smart garage door openers have Wi-Fi, while others use Bluetooth to connect to your phone. We recommend sticking with Wi-Fi models, as they'll allow you to remotely monitor your garage door; Bluetooth models will work only when you're within about 20 feet of the garage.

You also want to find out how many smart home systems each garage door opener is compatible with — the more, the better, because you'll have more options when building out your smart home.

If you're buying a completely new garage door opener, there are many models from Chamberlain and Genie with this technology built in. For example, the Chamberlain B550 ($193) comes with MyQ baked in, so you don't need to purchase a third-party accessory.

How we test smart garage door openers

To determine what's the best smart garage door opener, we install them in a garage on an existing non-smart garage door opener. We look to see how easy it is to physically install and how easily it connects to our home Wi-Fi network. 

As with any smart home product, the best smart garage door opener should have an intuitive app that makes it easy to operate, receive notifications, and troubleshoot issues. A good smart garage door opener should also be compatible with the leading virtual assistants (Alexa, Google Assistant, and HomeKit), and be easy to link to them.

  • dylanellistonn
    Wow Amazing idea! easy and simple way to re-align the garage door opener. Thank you sharing this wonderful idea. thumbs up!
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  • jim_g52
    From what I've been able to discover, Chamberlain has pulled support for SmartThings, and their MyQ openers are no longer compatible with that system. Getting MyQ openers to work with Alexa takes some effort.
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  • mburke121
    From my experience, you cannot use Alexa to open MyQ-equipped garage doors, even with the IFTTT app/link and the Chamberlain subscription. It will only work to close the garage door. From researching this, Chamberlain will apparently not allow door opening without a pin, and their is currently no pin support with IFTTT. If someone knows something I don't know, I'm all ears.
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  • roboninjacowboypirate
    I was an early adopter of the Chamberlain, and was initially disappointed that, while it could pair with IFTTT (free of charge at that time), they refused to let the system be used as a "Then" action, only as "If" triggers...for "safety reasons" (the example given was that closing the door could crush a child, insert eye roll here). I gave up on integrating it with anything other than my security system, which essentially just groups it with my Nest thermostat into a one-stop dashboard on my phone that I almost never use.
    When I was setting up my new Google Home Minis, and saw that Chamberlain was available, I got SO EXCITED, and was even more disappointed that they'd gone back on their "safety concerns" BS in favor of trying to swindle users for subscriptions for each. individual. service. Wanna pair with Google Assistant, which would let you voice operate your door? That'll be $10/year (at the discounted bulk rate). Double that if you also want to pair it with IFTTT. I'd love to find the person responsible for this and punch them in the throat, twice a month. But I'll do it at a discounted rate so they only get 20 punches per year instead of 24. Jerks.
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  • jthiggins
    Before you purchase a smart garage door controller, check out the Tailwind iQ3 at gotailwind.com. The Tailwind iQ3 Smart Automatic Garage Door Controller used with the Tailwind Smart app (iPhone & Android) is the most feature rich and secure garage door controller available today. The Tailwind iQ3 is easy to install and can open, close, and monitor up to three garage doors. It works with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT. Tailwind iQ3 senses you coming and automatically opens the correct garage door. It also has a night mode to make sure your door is closed. Go to gotailwind.com and see for yourself. I know first hand because I purchased one and use it every day. It is really cool to watch my garage door open automatically as I pull into my driveway.
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  • falconx69
    When will garage doors with HomeKit built in be released? Have 3 garage doors aging and would be more beneficial to just replace whole unit then to buy these adding, plus a cleaner setup
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  • HLWjr
    Your December 2019 version of this article notes that Best Buy Insignia model has had its smart functionality discontinued. Is this a risk with all brands? Will they cease to operate if the company folds or if they decide to discontinue the product? Will the products loose all functionality or just some? Isn't this information that is worth knowing? Shouldn't it have been mentioned?
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  • mprospero
    HLWjr said:
    Your December 2019 version of this article notes that Best Buy Insignia model has had its smart functionality discontinued. Is this a risk with all brands? Will they cease to operate if the company folds or if they decide to discontinue the product? Will the products loose all functionality or just some? Isn't this information that is worth knowing? Shouldn't it have been mentioned?

    It's a potential issue with any connected device—even Amazon and Google—so it's a risk you take when purchasing any smart home product.
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  • Randal@UPR
    Your March 3rd(?) 2020 update to this article states that one no longer needs to register a subscription in order for the Chamberlain MYQ-G0301 to function with Google. Is that the paid subscription ($1/MO / $10/yr) fee that they are describing?

    I've also found it a bit confusing about the "it works with Google Assistant, but not Google Home" comments I've read in various product reviews. Can you shed some light on these issues for clarity? Much appreciated!
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