If you park in yourThen you know the feeling. You leave home, cross the street and wonder if you remembered to close the garage door. But what if I could verify an application on your smartphone and see if the door is open or closed? And if not, do you use your smartphone (and application) as a control to remotely close (or open) the garage door?
We have seen many, Y for our front doors, but what about the smart door devices that many of us use more? It turns out that there are more than a few good and easy options for your garage. Let's take a look at the best smart garage door opener to meet your needs.
Garage smarts 101
If you already have a motorized garage door opener, even one with a belt drive opener or chain drive, you can use one of the easy accessory accessories below. If you are looking for a completely new opening mechanism, you can find smart options from manufacturers like Chamberlain,and Ryobi
Smart garage door controllers come in some variations. In general, a control adheres to its existing opener with a double-sided adhesive strip. In most cases, you will need to connect two small wires to the opening and closing command nodes in your existing garage door opener. Smart garage kits also usually include some type of sensor to connect to your garage door. This sensor detects and transmits the position of your garage door, so the control knows precisely if the door is open, closed or somewhere in between.
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On the smart side, an additional controller connects to your Wi-Fi network, which is quite easy. You will need a strong 2.4GHz Internet connection to reach your garage. Usually, a corresponding application will guide you through the addition of your device to the network, as well as the general installation.
The functions and intelligence of the application differ from one brand to another. An application can offer geofencing, programming, remote access and voice control, while another application can make your smartphone a duplicate of the remote control of your garage opener. Deciding which control is the best smart garage door opener for you comes down to the control functions you most want and which smart home platforms you use in your home. Regardless of your requirements, there is likely to be an intelligent garage door opener and an application to meet your needs.
Chamberlain's MyQ Smart Garage Hub is a $ 20 system to add intelligence to a wide variety of garage door openers. With MyQ installed, you can check the status of your garage door and open or close the door remotely from the MyQ application on your iOS or Android smartphone. Installing Chamberlain's MyQ system is easy, without wires to connect to your existing door opener. It requires screwing a support to your ceiling instead of the most common adhesive tape approach used by other manufacturers.
MyQ works with a variety of smart home products such as Nest, Wink and Xfinity Home to control and automate multiple smart home devices from a single platform. Chamberlain is not compatible with SmartThings or Amazon Alexa, but there is compatibility with Google Assistant and IFTTT. Chamberlain offers HomeKit users compatibility that no other manufacturer in our tests did, although it requires the MyQ Home Bridge adapter. Chamberlain's MyQ system comes with the quality of a reliable garage brand and must be at the top of your list to get a well-done garage intelligence.
Read our full review of the Chamberlain Hub MyQ Smart Garage.
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The $ 89 Garadget adds voice control and remote access to your existing garage door. The Garadget sensor system consists of a reflective label placed on the top panel of a garage door and a laser integrated in the Garadget device. When the laser hits the reflective tag, Garadget knows that the garage door is closed. Easy right? Like many garage controllers we tested, the Garadget requires some wiring.
The Garadget has its own Amazon Alexa skill, and IFTTT integration means that you can create custom commands for the Google Assistant. The Garadget application for smartphones (iOS and Android) does not include programming, but if you are only looking for simple commands and remote access to the mobile application garage, Garadget will do the job at a reasonable price.
Read our full Garadget review.
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By far, one of the most striking and interesting garage devices we have tested, the Garager 2 is a two-in-one camera and easy door control. This $ 150 surveillance camera connects to the bottom of your garage door opener through a magnet and controls your garage door from the Alcidae app for smartphones (Android and iOS). The camera includes 1080p color video and night vision and bi-directional audio, although clip storage requires a $ 5 subscription per month.
The control works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, through its wi-fi connection, for commands to open and close your garage. An update on the previous model adds a magnetic base to stabilize the camera's power when the garage door is moving. If you really want to be able to add video monitoring and be able to watch and talk with your garage space, this device is for you. You can also receive notifications and control it remotely or through voice assistants, Garager works fine.
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The Nexx Garage is a $ 60 smart garage control that adds skills to your normal garage door to easily open and close. You will get voice commands, remote access and automatic opening through the Nexx Garage application for smartphones (iOS and Android) without involving the IFTTT applets. Although Nexx Garage is not as widely integrable as Chamberlain's MyQ system, there are no fees for voice support from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
The biggest negative of Nexx Garage are the sensors you will need to detect the state of the door. Two sensors are connected to your garage door and the wall above it and should be placed at a distance of 1/4 inch from each other for best results. The upper sensor of this pair is connected, and adding more cables to any room is something I do not prefer. The Nexx Garage is ideal for anyone who wants simple, hassle-free intelligence and compatibility with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice activated assistants.
Read our full review of the Nexx Garage.
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Garageio was one of the first garage cleaning devices we tested. It is mounted on the side of the garage door opener with adhesive strips and is connected to the opening and closing command nodes of the opener. The system includes a wired sensor and an activator, mounted close to each other on the side of the garage door and the door frame. As with the Nexx Garage, you must reconnect the wired sensor cable to the Garageio device to connect everything.
Garageio works with Amazon Alexa and offers IFTTT applets for customizable intelligence. The Garageio application for smartphones (iOS and Android) provides remote access, multiple users and alerts when the doors are left open. The integration with Amazon Echo is not intuitive enough, and the price of $ 129 feels quite high. You can get more for your money with Nexx Garage or Chamberlain's MyQ system.
Read our full Garageio review.
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The Tailwind iQ3 is a reliable way to add Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa intelligence to your garage. It also stands out for security, since it requires more than just your smartphone to allow automatic opening or closing. The cable configuration makes it reliable, and at $ 50 for a standard kit and $ 60 for one with a vehicle sensor, it's a good value.
You will not get HomeKit compatibility with the Tailwind iQ3, and anyone using an iPhone will have to buy the vehicle sensor package. Even so, you can control up to three doors with one controller, and the Tailwind iQ3 checks all the boxes for basic information about garage doors.
Read our full review of the Tailwind iQ3.
Originally published in 2018 and updated regularly.