Smart garage door openers give you the convenience to open and close your garage doors by turning the existing WiFi network and current garage door opener into a single integrated smart device. And to top it off, these smart garage door openers can be controlled and monitored from anywhere. In other words, you can activate your garage door by simply tapping on the mobile app from your smartphone or in some cases, giving voice commands to your Alexa and Google Assistant device(s).
If you don’t feel as secure with having your garage door connected to the internet, consider the GarageMate below. It exclusively connects using Bluetooth. This makes for a more secure connection, but of course, you won’t be able to control your garage door from anywhere far from home. In effect, it turns your smartphone into a garage door remote.
These smart garage door openers offer easy-to-add functionality to upgrade your existing opener and are compatible with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993. With a multitude of other functions including multi-user access, remote monitoring and real-time activity logging, these will give you the peace of mind to know whether you have closed your door or not, and the ability to do it from anywhere in case you really did forget to close them.
1. Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Door Opener
Chamberlain’s MyQ is a wireless and WiFi-enabled garage hub that allows you to use your smartphone to open and close your garage door from anywhere using the MyQ app. This garage hub also allows you to set times for your garage to close, receive alerts when the garage opens and closes and has smart collaborations, linking your MyQ account to Google Assistant for voice control and even Nest.
Pros: Amazon Prime members in certain areas can opt-in with the MyQ Smart Garage Hub to get your packages securely delivered inside the garage.
Cons: In order to enable Alexa or IFTTT compatibility you will need to sign up for a monthly subscription.
2. NEXX Garage NXG-100b Smart WiFi Remotely Control
The Nexx Smart Garage Controller works with most existing garage door openers and allows one or more users to securely open, close and monitor their garage door from anywhere in the world. This smart device will allow you to control your garage door with your smartphone, Alexa and Google Assistant or while just driving your car. Plus, if your WiFi cuts out, you can switch to Bluetooth to open your door when you’re nearby.
Pros: You can authorize multiple people to access your garage with the multi-user access and remote monitoring feature.
Cons: It is compatible with most but not all garage door openers.
3. Genie Aladdin Connect Smart Garage Door Opener
This option from Genie allows you to control your garage door using your smartphone, and you can control it using Google Assistant or Alexa (for Alexa, you’ll need to have an Alexa device in your home). You can also monitor the garage door from anywhere. Not sure you closed the garage door? Check (and close it if necessary) using the app. You can also set it to notify you for door openings and closings. You can also set up temporary virtual keys that allow guests to park in the garage.
Pros: Alexa and Google Assistant compatible. Monitor from anywhere. Can be used to create virtual keys for guests.
Cons: While the iOs app is good, the Android app could be better.
4. Refoss Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener
Like the others on this list, this affordable option allows you to control your garage door using an app, and there are versions of the app for Apple and Android phones. You can remotely check the status of your door and open or close it from anywhere. Plus, you can set up alerts that will let you know if the garage door has been open for an extended period of time so you remember to close it. Plus, control it using Google Assistant or Alexa.
Pros: Affordable option. Various controls through the app including alerts and the ability to open or close the door from anywhere.
Cons: Requires a strong WiFi connection.
5. GarageMate Smart Garage Door Opener
This option from GarageMate has a simple app for Android and Apple phones, and you can control multiple garage doors from the app. Plus, it’s designed to be quick and easy to install for most garage doors (though some models are not compatible). You can also use your smart assistant for hands-free control of the garage door opener. It’s worth noting that this option relies on Bluetooth and not WiFi for security. However, you won’t be able to control it from far away.
Pros: Basic option that’s easy to install. Intuitive app design. Low-energy use and doesn’t require batteries.
Cons: Some may prefer an option that they can connect to WiFi.