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Best Overall: iSmartGate Pro at Amazon
"Stands out for its video capabilities, wide range of functions, and waterproof sensors."
Runner-up, Best Overall: Chamberlain MyQ Garage at Amazon
"Wins points for its quick and painless installation as well as its universal compatibility."
Best for Amazon Alexa Users: NEXX Garage at Amazon
"Ask Alexa to open the garage when the kids get home or close it once you’re inside with your hands full of groceries."
Best Bluetooth Opener: GarageMate at Amazon
"Although incompatible with smart home systems like Apple’s HomeKit, its simplicity is otherwise appreciated."
Best Budget: Genie Aladdin Connect at Amazon
"Includes remote access, so you can control your garage door from anywhere in the world."
Best for Smart Home Integration: Garadget at Amazon
"Uses a laser to guarantee the accuracy of the garage door’s positioning."
Best for Extra Security: Alcidae Garager 2 at Amazon
"Takes garage security to the next level, with features like motion, sound sensors, and video recording (even at night)."
Best for Apple Fans: Insignia Garage Door Controller for Apple HomeKit at Amazon
"Made for Apple aficionados, who will love its seamless integration with HomeKit."
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The iSmartGate Pro, the latest rendition of the Gogogate2, stands out for its video capabilities, wide range of functions, and waterproof sensors. It also packs a big punch with its user management — up to ten people can use the app at once, with additional user packages available for purchase. Each device purchased can control up to three garage doors and/or gates. This makes the iSmartGate Pro a great choice for large families or businesses. You can also restrict time and access to specific users.
The device is compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, Google Assistant, and iFTTT, in case smart home integration is important to you. The live video feed streams and records into an easy-to-use app, allowing you to view your property in real-time (up to 1GB of video recording can be stored). Combined with automatic open and close settings, voice control, and remote access via the app, the iSmartGate Pro is a formidable option for tech lovers who will appreciate all the extra features of the product.
The Chamberlain brand is well known and established in the garage door opener market, and its entry into the smart home market doesn’t disappoint. In fact, Chamberlain MyQ Garage is a user-friendly product sold at an affordable price point.
The MyQ wins points for its quick and painless installation as well as its universal compatibility with major garage door brands installed from 1993 and beyond. Once installed, control your door remotely via the MyQ app, available for Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. Through the app, you can set up notifications whenever your door opens or closes, useful for families with children.
This opener also doubles down on security. In the app, you can set up optional fingerprint and passcode security restrictions. Keep in mind that, while the MyQ can be used with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, a subscription is required to use it with the latter. It is not compatible with Amazon Alexa.
NEXX Garage is a worthy contender for fans of Amazon Alexa, as the NEXX can fully integrate with Alexa (as well as with Google Assistant and SmartThings). For example, you can ask Alexa to open the garage when the kids get home or close it once you’re inside with your hands full of groceries, which comes in handy more than you're likely to admit. It is also able to integrate with both Apple and Android smartwatches.
Installation is quick and simple. You can use the app to remotely open or close the door from anywhere, and set up reminders if you’re prone to forgetting to close the door. NEXX is ideal for parents as well since you can set up real-time notifications whenever your door is opened or closed. It can also record the history of garage door activity.
GarageMate is a budget-friendly, reliable, and easy-to-use product, making it a perfect option for those venturing into the smart garage door opener field for the first time. Although incompatible with smart home systems like Apple’s HomeKit, its simplicity is otherwise appreciated.
One advantage of the GarageMate over competing garage door openers is its support for Bluetooth 4.0, instead of Wi-Fi. This can be useful if you're worried about the vulnerabilities of your Wi-Fi connection, but it does mean you’ll need to be within close range to open or close the door.
Family and friends can be added on as users at no additional cost, and the GarageMate has a shallow learning curve, offering one-touch open and close. You can control multiple garage doors in the app, but you’ll have to set up an additional receiver for each door. Double-check compatibility before purchasing, as some newer garage door openers may not work with GarageMate.
The Genie Aladdin Connect uses Wi-Fi to deliver an inexpensive garage door opener that is both reliable and effective. It includes remote access, so you can control your garage door from anywhere in the world using the accompanying mobile app. Up to three doors can be monitored at a time, but only one door sensor is included, so you’ll need to purchase additional sensors separately.
You can create custom settings through the app to open or close the door at certain times, and you can also grant additional users access using a Virtual Key. Virtual keys can be set to expire within hours, days, or months, ensuing you’re in full control of everyone coming and going from the property. This is especially useful for short-term property rentals.
If you’re concerned about potential break-ins, the Aladdin Connect includes a sensor which attaches to the actual garage door. Therefore, if your system is disabled and an intruder tries to open the door manually, you will still be notified of a door opening via an app notification.
A garage door opener with a laser? Yep, Garadget uses a laser to guarantee the accuracy of the garage door’s positioning. As opposed to the wireless sensors most Wi-Fi garage door openers use, the Garadget does not use batteries in need of regular replacement. You can quickly install it in under 15 minutes.
It offers some cool features, too, such as voice control and remote access, at an affordable price. Garadget was created by an engineer who saw a need in the market for the product, and the company is independently owned. It was also created as an open-source product, meaning it can be used with iPhone, Apple, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Pebble, and HomeSeer, to name a few.
Multiple users can have access, qualifying it as a family-friendly option. And your door can be opened or closed from anywhere in the world via the Garadget app.
The Alcidae Garager 2 takes garage security to the next level, with features like motion, sound sensors, and video recording (even at night). The sensors can send an automatic notification every time sound or motion is detected. Because the Garager 2 includes a video camera and microphone, in the app you can view Live color video at the 960p HD resolution and sound.
The microphone works both ways, allowing you to talk to someone in the garage through the app, a neat added bonus. If you want to record the activity in your garage, an optional cloud storage subscription is required for storing video. Still, for many users, video is a key feature for home security, and the Garager 2 is one of the best smart openers to include video. Video footage can also be shared with other users of the app, so long as permission is given.
It’s compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa and installation is simple.
This product will only work in conjunction with Apple HomeKit and is not compatible with Android.
Insignia's garage door controller is made for Apple aficionados, who will love its seamless integration with HomeKit. It’s an easy-to-install device that pairs well with Siri voice command, HomeKit, and the Apple Home app, handy if you prefer to centralize all of your smart home products in one place. It’s one of the first garage door openers designed to pair with HomeKit and is one of the most affordable products to do so.
As long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, indicated by an LED light on the device, the product offers a reliable and simple smart replacement for your traditional garage door opener.