1.25 HPS Belt Drive Battery Backup Smartphone Ready Garage Door Opener with MyQ Technology HD930EV
This garage door opener has it all. To start, it's the most powerful home garage door opener you can find, with a 1-1/4 HP motor. The drive mechanism is a steel-reinforced belt, providing both strength to keep it from breaking and quiet operation, so you don't disturb sleeping family members. The opener comes with two remote controllers, as well as wireless keypad. Chamberlain goes one step further though, allowing you to open this unit from your smartphone, via your home's internet connection. The onboard lights have a motion sensor, so they'll turn on if you go into your garage while sensors are easily accessed for replacement, easing the most common maintenance task.
Genie PowerMax 1500 Garage Door Opener
Genie is one of the oldest and most trusted names in the garage door opener business. This is their most powerful homeowner unit, with a 1 HP motor. The drive system on this opener is a screw drive, making it quiet and maintenance free. There's no reason why the drive won't last the lifetime of your home, allowing you to concentrate on matters other than repairing your garage door opener. It's also fast, raising the door at 12 inches per minute. That's only seven seconds to raise the average garage door.
A motion sensor illuminates the lights if you enter the garage and the system also comes with a Safe-T-Beam system, which senses if anything crosses under the garage door while it is closing. Should anything be sensed underneath, it will reverse immediately. Superior encryption technology using rolling codes helps prevent piracy of your radio signal and keeps your home secure.
ListMaster and Chamberlain are actually the same company, although they do market two separate lines of garage door openers. This is LiftMaster's top of the line unit, packed with features, as they say in the product's name. The DC motor is backed up by an onboard battery, allowing you to use the unit, even when the power goes out. It's belt drive, making it a quiet unit that won't disturb your family.
An on-board timer closes the door a pre-programmed number of minutes after it is opened for those times when you forget to close it yourself. Like the Genie unit, it has a lighted safety system, to reverse the motor is anything passes under the door while it is closing. It also comes with the same access system as the Chamberlain, allowing you to access the unit from your computer, tablet or smartphone. Additionally, both the motor and belt carry a lifetime warranty.
The Sommer unit is unique in that the motor and drive mount to the garage door, not to the track, producing much more force as the gear pulls the motor and door along the chain. In fact, this unit is rated as being able to lift doors that weigh as much as 1,000 pounds. The unit requires very little space and can be installed with only 1.5 inches of clearance and the motor is self-locking, preventing people from forcing it open. Rolling code technology keeps others from stealing your code and getting into your home. This unit is HomeLink compatible, allowing it to be controlled by your home's central controller.
Craftsman 54985, 1/2 HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener
This unit is a little smaller than the others, with a 1/2 HP motor, limiting it for use with single-wide garage doors. It is a simpler unit, but also carries a lower price tag than the others we've looked at. Two wireless controllers come with the unit for use in your cars, as well as a wireless keypad for opening the garage door securely from outside your garage. The rail system is designed to be quick and easy to install, requiring minimal tools. A light beam protects your family and pets from having the garage door close on them. Like the other units, rolling codes are used to prevent others from picking up your code and getting into your home.