Best Smart Garage Door Opener 2018

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Model
Features
GogoGate 2 Wireless



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  • Control your garage door with your smartphone, computer ot tablet
  • Setup alerts that get sent to your phone whenever your garage door is open or closed
  • Simple to install and operate
  • Grant access to others with the app
Asante 99-00900-UK with Camera


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  • Instantly open your garage door from your phone
  • Night vision camera which you can turn on and off
  • Very easy to install
  • Setup push notifications to your phone whenever the door is open and closed
Chamberlain CIGCWC


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  • Open and close your garage door from anywhere
Schellenberg 60999 Garage Door Opener



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  • Open the garage door using your phone
  • You can setup to 5 iphones to use the device
  • Easy to install
Skylink HU-100GBGS


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  • Open your garage door from anywhere in the world
  • Will work with most brands of garage door openers
  • Easy to setup and install

Security is of paramount importance in our homes these days. There are always persons who are less than trustworthy and will exploit an easy opportunity to break in and take what is not theirs. This is why you likely have an alarm system, and possibly even CCTV, covering your home. It’s an unfortunate fact of life, but burglary is commonplace, and we all need to do everything we can to guard against it.

Why are we talking about security when we are about to look at the best smart garage door openers? The garage is, believe it or not, one of the most popular routes into a property by people who shouldn’t be there. All too often we forget that the garage door is unsecured and leave it vulnerable. Getting the car out for a quick trip to the shops can leave it open for access, and there is often a door into the house within, or one into the back garden.

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Of course, there are other benefits to smart garage door openers, not least convenience. What is worse than, on a cold and rainy day, having to get out of your car and open the door to put it away? It’s so much easier if, from the comfort of your car, you can open and close the door remotely. These are the reasons why garage door openers that operate without you needing to physically touch the door are popular, and there are many different types that you can choose from.

Before we go on to tell you more about the very latest models, and there are many to choose from that have interesting features, let’s talk a bit more about what these great devices do, how they work, and why you need one.

Best Smart Garage Door Openers (Our Top 10 Picks)

1: GogoGate 2 Wireless


Our first example is typical of the smartphone compatible type, and is a very neat design that is also surprisingly easy to fit. With some of the models, such as this one, what you are getting is a sensor that you operate via an app on your smartphone. There is no, and this is worth noting with most on this list, physical motor that actually opens the door. That is expected to come as part of the door itself, so you have to factor in this element when budgeting for the device. Nevertheless, this is a good example, and one worth looking at.

You get a very easy to fit sensor that responds to your phone signal. It can also tell you, from afar, if someone has opened your door – or if it has been left open. You can also accept or deny requests from other users to open the door when you are not there – notifications can be sent automatically. You can set restrictions by time, too, so nobody can open the door between set times of the day. Sync this to your phone, and you have an excellent security device that will protect everything in your garage, at a sensible but not budget price.

Key Features
  • Smartphone operated
  • One sensor included
  • Remote monitoring
  • Tilt and swivel

2: Asante 99-00900-UK with Camera


This is another of the smartphone-operated models, and one that has some very neat additions you won’t find with all of these. This comes with the usual sensor that you add to your garage door, and that can operate the motor remotely so you can drive straight in when you get home. It comes with a free app that you download to control all the functions, and unlimited cloud access so you never have to worry about memory. It’s easy to use and versatile, and also has infra-night vision lights for added performance.

Where this package is particularly clever is that it comes with a camera system. This transmits to your mobile so you can monitor the status of your garage door – great for if you forgot to shut it or are not sure – and you can also receive push alerts that inform you when someone has opened or accessed the door. It’s a neat package that is easy to install, and one that means you have added security at all times, and we reckon that – at the price, which is comparable with the above – it is certainly for your shortlist.

Key Features
  • Smartphone link
  • Camera included
  • Infra-red
  • Free app

3: Chamberlain CIGCWC


Chamberlain is a major name in the world of garage door opening mechanisms, so it is no surprise that they should also play the game when it comes to sensors and remote devices. This device is a ‘connectivity kit’ – that means it links with your smartphone to give you full control over your garage door, wherever you are, whenever you want. It also comes with a panel that you mount on your wall so that you can use the device and alter settings when you are on location.

What does it do? Everything one of these should do, and very well indeed. It is designed primarily to upgrade earlier Chamberlain systems into the 21st century, so you get full smartphone access and operation, including remote opening and closing, plus notifications of tampering or opening of the door when you are not present. It is very simple to install, and very easy to use once installed, and the app is easy to download with no monthly charges. If you have a Chamberlain system in place, this may well be the one for you.

Key Features
  • Chamberlain brand
  • Wall panel
  • Remote control
  • Free app

4: Schellenberg 60999 Garage Door Opener


When you take a moment to think about it, the mobile smartphone has taken on some unexpected tasks: who would have thought you would be using one to open and close your garage door? The great thing is that systems such as this one are simple to use and – in the case of this model particularly – not expensive to buy. This is a very basic garage door opening kit, if you like, that comes at a very sensible price, and is one that you should look at if you are on any kind of budget yet want added security.

You get the usual: connectivity to the operating panel via your smartphone and an app, a simple to fit sensor with an antenna, and a system that can be used by as many as five smartphones, so is great for family use. Unlike some others we have featured, this one will not inform you when someone opens the door or if it is left open, and there is no camera included. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you should not consider it: if all you want is remote opening, so you don’t get cold and wet, then this very simple to install and use kit is well worth looking at, and at around half the price of those above on our list.

Key Features
  • Simple installation
  • Remote opening

5: Skylink HU-100GBGS


There are many different brands of garage door mechanisms on the market, so it is always worth checking that the one you are interested in is compatible with the system you have on your door. This one, from Skylink, is guaranteed compatible with most such systems; they make a specific exception in that it will not work with those from MyQ, which is a very popular brand, so if that is what you have you need to look elsewhere. This is a nice model, if at the top end of the price range.

You get the usual wall-mounted panel, the app link to your smartphone, and the ability for the system to inform you of when the door is being opened or has been left open. This model can be expanded with more receivers added, so that you can control and secure other areas in the home. It’s easy to install and there are no monthly charges, and it is very effective at the job it is designed to do. If you want a versatile, impressive piece of kit that does the job – and are willing to pay a little more than some others on the list – this is a possible choice for your shortlist.

Key Features
  • Easy to install
  • Network can be expanded

6: Schellenberg 60562


Another from the Schellenberg range, this one is a twin-transmitter version of the one we have already listed. That means you can operate two doors with one remote. The great thing is that systems such as this one are simple to use and – in the case of this model particularly – not expensive to buy. This is a very basic garage door opening kit, if you like, that comes at a very sensible price, and is one that you should look at if you are on any kind of budget yet want added security.

You get the usual: connectivity to the operating panel via your smartphone and an app, a simple to fit sensor with an antenna, and a system that can be used by as many as five smartphones, so is great for family use. Unlike some others we have featured, this one will not inform you when someone opens the door or if it is left open, and there is no camera included. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you should not consider it: if all you want is remote opening, so you don’t get cold and wet, then this very simple to install and use kit is well worth looking at.

Key Features
  • Simple installation
  • Remote opening
  • Two door system

7: Schellenberg 60912


The Schellenberg range includes a good selection of garage door openers with various features and functions. This one is similar to the first we featured from them and is a decent model, although it does come with the notification option and a quick emergency release button – a nice touch that is very handy. This is a very basic garage door opening kit, if you like, that comes at a very sensible price, and is one that you should look at if you are on any kind of budget yet want added security.

You get the usual: connectivity to the operating panel via your smartphone and an app, a simple to fit sensor with an antenna, and a system that can be used by as many as five smartphones, so is great for family use. This one will also inform you when the garage door is opened or left so, although there is no camera included. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean you should not consider it: if all you want is remote opening, so you don’t get cold and wet, and want to know if someone is trying to open your garage, then this very simple to install and use kit is well worth looking at.

Key Features
  • Remote opening
  • Two door system
  • Notifications

8: GogoGate2 3-Door


This is the most sophisticated, and most expensive, kit among our list, and is worth looking at as it can be used to control as many as three doors. It comes with only one sensor, however, so you need to buy extra if you want it for multiple use. It is a very neat model, and can power doors that have been installed after 1993 so covers just about all the eventualities. Its very capable, sends you notifications when you need them, and will keep you up to date about home security when you are not there.

You get a very easy to fit sensor that responds to your phone signal. It can also tell you, from afar, if someone has opened your door – or if it has been left open. You can also accept or deny requests from other users to open the door when you are not there – notifications can be sent automatically. You can set restrictions by time, too, so nobody can open the door between set times of the day. Sync this to your phone, and you have an excellent security device that will protect everything in your garage, at a sensible but not budget price.

Key Features
  • One sensor included
  • Remote monitoring

How It Works

The remotely-controlled garage door is not a new thing, but the modern, up to date versions can be very sophisticated indeed. There are, to keep things simple, two main types of this device. The first is the one you may be familiar with that works via radio frequency signals; you have a key fob in your car and click it, and it opens the door and activates the motor. A bit like central locking in your car.

The more sophisticated models are operated via your smartphone. These are very clever devices that you can open from anywhere as long as you have your phone. They work via wireless broadband and can send you alerts telling you when you have left the door open – or if it has been opened in your absence – and as such are not just convenient, but are excellent security devices. You will find these are more costly – although far from expensive – but they are certainly worth considering.

Which type is for you? If you keep other valuable items in your garage – bicycles, a motorbike, garden machinery and tools, for example – you might want to look very seriously at one of the more up to date types, the smartphone-linked models, as they give you greater security. If you want a simple opening and closing garage door, and all that goes in is your car, then a cheaper and simpler design may suffice.

That’s our list of the best smart garage door openers that you can buy right now, but which is for you? There are major differences in some of the models on offer here so we need to look at the features you should consider before we try and give you a verdict.

Important Features

So, what should you look for when you are choosing the best smart garage door opening system? There are a few factors you should take note of, each of which can add to the usefulness of your chosen device, so let’s make a quick list:

Smartphone Compatible – each of those on our list is for use with a smartphone, so you are safe there. Make sure, however, that it is compatible with the phone you use, as some might not be usable with certain operating system.

Notifications – most – but not all – of the above models send you a notification when your garage door is opened, and will also tell you if you have left it open. This is a very useful, although not essential, feature that you should consider.

Ease of Installation – look for one that is easy to install, preferably without additional tools, and you have the simplest method of getting up and running.

Camera – if you need a model that also has a camera – which can transmit to your smartphone so you can check what is going on – then you should choose carefully as most do not have this feature.

Multiples – some of those we have featured can be added to, so you can include additional sensors in different parts of the home for added security. We think this is a very important consideration.

Compatibility – you already have garage door opening mechanisms installed, so make sure that you buy a remote control system that is compatible – not all are with mechanisms beyond a certain age.

That’s about it from us, so all that we need to do now is sum things up!

Let’s Sum It Up!

Which one of the best smart garage door opening gadgets is for you? That depends on two things – what you want from it, and how much you can afford to spend.

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If you need a device that you can operate using your smartphone, from your car, to open and close the garage door, and you are on a budget then we recommend you check out the Schellenberg 60999, number 4 on this list. It is simple, does the job – although does not send you notifications and there is no camera – easy to install and by far the least expensive of the group.

If you want a fully-functioning system that sends you alerts, and has a camera, then the one for you is certainly the Asante, number 2 on the list. This is the most comprehensive of all the systems on the list and also not the most expensive, so will do the job for you. All of those on the list have their merits, so check them out again and add security and convenience to your garage.