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Best Smart Garage Door Openers

Most, if not all garage door openers have small remotes so you can open and close the door from your car. However, you can take things a step further by adding smarts to your garage door opener. Doing so will not only let you monitor and control it from your smartphone, but also link it to other smart home devices, so that your house lights will turn on when you arrive home.

Based on our extensive research, which included evaluating both product reviews across the web and user reviews, the top product in this category is the Chamberlain MYQ-G0301. It works with a large number of smart home systems and garage doors and is easy to set up. However, if you want to use it with Google Assistant or IFTTT, you'll need to sign up for a subscription plan. If you don't want to pay a recurring fee, we recommend the NEXX Garage NXG-100b, which has a little more involved set up, but works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

The models we recommend here are designed to attach to existing non-smart garage door openers. However, 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.

Latest News & Updates (August 2019)

  • Remsol, the same company that owns GoGoGate, has released a new smart garage door opener. The iSmartGate Pro ($199) can be used to control up to three garage doors, has a built-in LED light, works with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit and IFTTT. The iSmartGate Lite ($119) has similar features, but can only control one door. 
  • Amazon's Key for Garage, available in 50 cities in the U.S., allows owners of Chamberlain and Liftmaster garage door openers with myQ users to pair their garage door openers with their Amazon account, and then let Amazon Key drivers leave packages inside their garage. If owners also have an Amazon Cloud Cam, they can also watch their packages being delivered.
  • Senclo's Fi Garage Door Opener ($399) is much pricier than most other models, but also comes with a touchscreen controller, and has other features such as Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, geofencing, notifications, and guest access. The Fi Mini ($199) has all the same features, but does not include the touchscreen.

Best Overall

Chamberlain MyQ-G0301

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SPECIFICATIONS

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

Reasons to Buy
Simple physical setup requirements
Simple app interface
Can manage multiple devices
Works with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit
Reasons to Avoid
Convoluted setup instructions
Doesn't work with Alexa
Requires subscription to use Google Assistant

Chamberlain's MyQ device 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.

Chamberlain MyQ-G0301

MyQ will work with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors, according to Chamberlain. (Here is a link to compatible garage door openers.)

Currently, MyQ works with Nest, SmartThings and Xfinity Home smart home systems. Apple HomeKit compatibility requires the purchase of 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.

Chamberlain also works with Google Assistant and IFTTT, so now you can use Google Home to control your garage door, too. However, in order to use MyQ with Google Assistant or IFTTT, you have to sign up for a $1/month or $10/year plan with MyQ. That's a bummer. Also, it doesn't work with SmartThings or Alexa. 

User Reviews: What owners are saying

Chamberlain's MyQ G0301 has an average rating of 3.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon. However, its nearly 1,500 reviews get a rating of F by Fakespot, a site that looks to see if reviews are legitimate. However, the reviews of the previous version, the G0201, have a much better Fakespot rating of A.

"It's really a simple device and easy to install. I installed it and got it up and running in less than an hour," wrote one customer. "No hubs or anything else is needed -- other that a wi-fi signal. Works as expected and I will buy the second sensor, soon."

However, others complained about the extra fee to use it with Google Assistant. "I haven't heard of any other company to have subscription fee for connecting to Google or Amazon," wrote one person.

Best Alexa-Compatible Garage Door Opener

NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener

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NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener

Best Alexa-Compatible Garage Door Opener

SPECIFICATIONS

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

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

The Nexx Garage door opener works not only with Alexa, but with Google Home, too, so you can open or close the door using voice commands. And, unlike Chamberlain MyQ, there's no subscription fee. 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.

NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener

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.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

Over more than 1,700 reviews, Nexx Garage is highly regarded by Amazon users, who gave it an average review of 4.2 stars. (Fakespot gives these reviews a B, and says that more than 80 percent of these are high-quality, too.) Customers praised Nexx's customer support, but more than one reviewer noted that a little DIY know-how is needed to install the device. "You will need to build a custom bracket to mount the sensor flat and really close between the door and the wall," was a typical response.

Laser-Focused

Garadget

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Garadget

Laser-Focused

SPECIFICATIONS

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

Reasons to Buy
Simple setup
Reports real-time open/closed status
Customizable alerts
Secure
Offers web access and control
Reasons to Avoid
App sends incorrect alerts on occasion
App can time out
Elaborate installation

Garadget's smart garage door opener uses a laser to determine if the door is opened or closed, which makes setup a bit trickier than other systems we've tested. However, its app gives you alerts in real time if your door is opened, or if the door stays open for too long. It works with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

Garaget has just over 100 reviews on Amazon, who gave it an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 stars. For the most part, owners were satisfied with the product, but noted various issues with the app here and there. "There are a few bugs for the developer to work out -- for instance, in the Android app, if the opener is unplugged, Garadget "pretends" to open the door and doesn't tell you that the door never moved. This works better in the web interface."

Bluetooth-controlled

GarageMate

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GarageMate

Bluetooth-controlled

SPECIFICATIONS

Works With: Siri, Google | Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

Reasons to Buy
Simple setup
Simple one-button use
Can manage multiple openers and users
Reasons to Avoid
Doesn't provide open or closed status
Doesn't work with other smart-home systems
Incomplete activity log
No geofencing

GarageMate's system 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 when you're away from home. It also doesn't work with any other smart home systems or voice assistants. If you're looking for something simple, cheap, and secure, this is one to consider, but it's not our first choice.

GarageMate

User Reviews: What owners are saying

On Amazon, the GarageMate has been reviewed about 500 times, with an average rating of 4.7 stars. Most praised its ease of use, but there were a few dissenters. "This was easy to install in a few minutes but the app is a big disappointment," wrote one. "It’s like pushing a button on your phone to open and close the door there is no indicator to tell you whether it is currently open or closed."

Other Smart Garage Door Openers

GogoGate 2

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Gogogate 2

SPECIFICATIONS

Works With: Alexa, IFTTT | Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

Reasons to Buy
Supports multiple users
Reasons to Avoid
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; it's 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. 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.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

GoGogate has been reviewed by more than 300 customers on Amazon, who give it an average of 3.8 stars. (Fakespot gives these reviews an A, with more than 90 percent being high-quality.) However, many reviewers, even those who liked the product, said that installation was less than intuitive. "The documentation for setting up and troubleshooting this device could definitely be improved," wrote one person.

Insignia Wi-Fi Smart Garage Door Controller

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Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller

HomeKit Compatible

SPECIFICATIONS

Works With: HomeKit | Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0

Reasons to Buy
Works with HomeKit
Reasons to Avoid
Requires hub to connect remotely

The Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller is an inexpensive option for Apple HomeKit users. This Best Buy-exclusive product connects to a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi signal, and lets you use Siri to open and close your garage door. It will also let you know if you've left your garage door open. The kit includes a main unit which you connect to your garage door opener, and a second piece which you attach to the garage door itself.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

On Best Buy, the Insignia Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller has been reviewed by a little more than 300 people, who have given it an average rating of 3.8 stars (out of five). Most customers' issues revolve around Wi-Fi and connectivity issues, and compatibility with their existing garage doors.

"I have set up automations in HomeKit which work really well," wrote one. "I can have the garage door open automatically when I arrive home based on a geofence, and close automatically when I leave. I really like that it has a warning feature."

What to look for when buying a smart garage door opener

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.

Also, some 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.