Have you ever lost your garage door opener or came home to find your kids left the garage open all day? If you’ve ever run into these problems, you might want to consider installing a smart garage opener. With some smart garage door openers, you can control your garage door with your smartphone, while others will alert you whenever someone else opens your garage door. Installation is fairly user-friendly, or you can get same-day professional smart garage installation from HelloTech. If you’re interested in upgrading your garage, here are the best garage door openers for 2020.
Chamberlain MyQ – The Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Smart Homes
The Chamberlain MyQ G0301 is compatible with most garage door openers made after 1993, and it’s easy to install and use. With the Chamberlain MyQ, you can open or close your garage door from anywhere in the world with the companion app. The Chamberlain MyQ will also send you real-time notifications whenever someone else opens or closes your garage door.
For added security, the Chamberlain MyQ G0301 also has a live camera option that stores footage for 7 to 30 days (for additional fees). If you buy the Cloud Cam, you’ll get 1080p video with night vision and two-way audio, so you can see, hear, and speak to visitors.
It even has a special Amazon Prime opt-in that allows Amazon delivery personnel to open your garage door, so they can put your packages in your garage instead of leaving them on the front step or hidden in bushes.
This smart garage door opener also connects to a host of smart home services, including the Google Assistant, Nest, Xfinity Home, Alpine, Wink, and EVE (the app for Tesla cars). It works on iPhone and Android phones, and it can be set-up for multiple users.
Alcidae Garager 2 – The Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Security
The Alcidae Garager 2 is a smart garage door opener and a surveillance camera wrapped up in one device. This smart garage door opener lets you control your garage door from anywhere. The companion app works on phones running Android 5 and up and iOS 8 and up. And, it works with Alexa and the Google Assistant, so you can open your garage door with voice commands.
It also lets you monitor your garage from anywhere in the world, and sends you live updates of your garage door status. It even has a built-in mic and speaker, which means you can talk to whoever is in your garage. Plus, it has crystal-clear night vision, sharp images in color, a wide-angle camera lens, and optional cloud storage (for an additional subscription fee).
This neat and streamlined smart garage door opener attaches to the base of the door opener with a magnet (no screws or double-sided tape needed). It needs to be plugged into a power source, but there are no fussy wires or lasers to fiddle with during set-up.
Nexx Garage NXG100 – The Best Smart Garage Door Opener with Geofencing
The Nexx Garage NXG100 lets you drive into your garage without lifting another finger. Thanks to Nexx’s JustDrive geofencing feature, this smart garage door opener can detect when your car is approaching (as long as your phone is in your vehicle).
Nexx lets you control your garage doors from anywhere in the world with the companion app. It also provides real-time notifications and a log that shows each time your garage door was opened or closed.
It supports multiple users, so you don’t have to worry about which family members asking you for access. Nexx works with Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Samsung’s SmartThings. And, while the Nexx Garage NXG100 doesn’t work with the Apple HomeKit, you can still operate it using the Apple app on your iPhone.
This smart garage door opener requires you to input a pre-set PIN every time you use voice commands to open and close the garage door. This security feature makes it so not just anyone can control the door with voice commands. Plus, Nexx offers security encryption, a method of scrambling the information it handles, so unauthorized users cannot take control of your garage door.
GarageMate – The Best Smart Garage Door Opener for Bluetooth
The GarageMate uses Bluetooth technology, so you don’t need a strong WiFi connection in your garage. This tiny device is compatible with almost every garage door opener made in the last 50 years. Plus, setting it up is so simple, it should only take you a few minutes to install.
This smart garage door opener can be paired with up to eight phones (iPhones and Android phones), so it’s excellent for people coming and going at different times. It also generates a log that lets you see who has been using it. And, since it doesn’t use WiFi, it can’t be hacked as easily.
The GarageMate also has a very good energy efficiency rating, and it works at extreme temperatures, which means it only costs pennies a year to operate.
No matter which unit you choose, you should check the installation specifics before you purchase one. Some wired connections need extra lengths of wire, while wireless connections usually require a strong, steady WiFi signal to work properly. If you’re wondering how strong your WiFi signal is in your garage, check out our article on how to test your WiFi speed.