What to Know About Smart Garage Door Openers

Smart garage door openers can make your life so much easier by automating your "dumb" garage door through an app or voice commands.

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Your garage door is likely one of the biggest hassles in your life. There have probably been plenty of times when you’ve had to turn around and go home to be sure you closed it.

There have also probably been times when someone needed access to your garage, but you weren’t home to open it up. Smart garage door openers alleviate those problems and even solve some you may not have known you had. Here’s how they work, and a few things you should know before buying one.

What Is a Smart Garage Door Opener?

Smart garage door openers are devices that let you open and close your garage door from just about anywhere. Once installed, you control the door with an app. You can also use the app to see if the door was left open, and close it remotely. Some devices, like NEXX Garage or the Tailwind IQ3, can also be controlled with your voice using Alexa, HomeKit or Google Assistant.

How Do They Work?

With many smart garage door openers, you just attach a couple of wires to your existing garage door. Connect the device to its app, and you’re up and running.

Features to Look For

While there are many types of smart garage door openers, always check for several key features.

First, choose an opener with encryption so that someone can’t easily hack the device. Second, the device should permit multiple users. This way your roommate, spouse or kids can operate the door, too. Third, the device must be compatible with the type of door you own. A compatibility list can be found on the smart garage door openers’ website.

Some smart garage door openers use the location of your phone, or a sensor that you can place in your car, to determine where you are. With this technology, the app can automatically open the door when it senses that you are nearing your home. It can also automatically close the door when you leave the house. This can be particularly helpful for those who are forgetful.

How Much Do Smart Garage Door Openers Cost?

Smart garage door openers come in a wide range of prices, but you don’t have to spend a lot to get a good one. The Chamberlain myQ is a great choice and retails for only $40. Some like the iSmartgate Pro cost more than $100 but come with added features, like the ability to integrate with your home security cameras.

Alina Bradford
Alina Bradford is a technology and internet safety and security expert for SafeWise.com and has contributed her insights to dozens of national publications, both in print and online. Her goal is to make gadgets less mystifying, one article at a time.