Product Use case Rating
Chamberlain MyQ-G0201 Best Overall N/A
GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4 Z-Wave Garage Door Opener Best for Z-Wave Smart Homes N/A
GogoGate2 Best for IFTTT N/A
NEXX GARAGE Remote Garage Door Opener Best for DIYers N/A

Our Favorite Garage 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-G0201 ($99 on Amazon). It works with a large number of smart home devices and garage doors and is easy to set up.

What to Look For

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.

Chamberlain MyQ-G0201

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.

Credit: ChamberlainCredit: ChamberlainMyQ 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 Wink, Nest, SmartThings and Xfinity Home smart home systems. Apple HomeKit compatibility is available, but current MyQ owners will 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.

Update (9/20): Chamberlain announced that MyQ now 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.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

Chamberlain's MyQ has an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. The nearly 1,400 reviews get a rating of A by Fakespot, a site that looks to see if reviews are legitimate.

"Love the fact that I can open and close the garage with my phone," said one Amazon customer. "Plus, I can see if the door is open or closed from anywhere and even open and close it."

However, others wished that the MyQ app would support multiple users. "If you want to let other people have access to a garage door, you will need to give them YOUR account," wrote one person.

GoControl/Linear GD00Z-4

Unlike the Chamberlain MyQ, which has its own app, the GoControl can be used only in conjunction with a Z-Wave-compatible smart home hub, such as the Wink 2. The GoControl consists of a sensor that attaches to the garage door and a second unit that connects to the garage door opener itself. This sensor communicates via Z-Wave to another Z-Wave device; GoControl says it has a roughly 100-foot range.

Credit: GoControlCredit: GoControlThe GoControl should work with most garage door openers; here is a link to compatible devices.

User Reviews: What owners are saying

The GoControl has an average rating of 4 stars on Amazon; Fakespot says that more than 90 percent of those are of high quality. However, a lot of owners wrote to complain that their devices stopped working after a year and that Linear's tech support (after the warranty expires) isn't cheap. "I called customer support and they want to charge $50 per hour to talk to someone!" wrote one person.

GogoGate2

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.

Credit: GogogateCredit: GogogateCleverly, 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 130 customers on Amazon, who give it an average of 4 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.

NEXX GARAGE

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. However, it doesn't work with any other smart home systems, which is a bit of a bummer.

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.

Credit: NEXXCredit: NEXXA beta feature, called Just Drive, uses geofencing to detect when you want to open or close the garage door, and will automatically do so.

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

The Nexx Garage is highly regarded by Amazon users, who gave it an average review of 4.5 stars. (Fakespot says that more than 90 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.

New and Notable

Chamberlain's newest smart garage door opener connects to your home Wi-Fi network to let you monitor your garage from afar. Using the MyQ app, you can see who's coming and going, open and close your garage door, and set your door to automatically close at a certain time. Like the older model, it's compatible with a wide range of smart home systems, including Nest, IFTTT, Xfinity Home, and Google Assistant. However, like its other garage door opener, you have to sign up for a $1/month or $10/year plan with MyQ in order to use it with Google Assistant or IFTTT.


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