This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. After spending over 20 hours wiring and rewiring garage-door openers, opening and closing the doors with our smartphones and our voices, and controlling them through smartphone apps and home-automation routines, we found that the Chamberlain MyQ Garage (MYQ-G0301) is the best smart garage-door controller for most people. It was the easiest and quickest to install of all the controllers we tested, it's among the simplest to set up and use, and it's compatible with the most garage doors, thanks to the huge popularity of Chamberlain and LiftMaster products in homes across the country. A smart garage-door controller is an add-on that works with your existing garage-door opener, letting you control the door from anywhere through an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Ever have a delivery arrive at the house and wish you could open the garage door so your Trump Steaks don't bake in the sun? Ever find yourself locked out and in need of an easy backdoor inside? The Internet of Things offers many solutions to such problems, but smart garage door openers provide a particularly promising fix to many of life's little inconveniences. Skylink, best known for its DIY home security system, recently expanded into smart garage door openers (GDO in the company's parlance). If you're a hardcore DIYer, such a system might be compelling.
No one's asked for a Nest-like overhaul of a garage-door opener, but Ryobi did it anyway. The Ryobi Ultra-Quiet Garage Door Opener opens a door to the future and to new frontiers of human existence. But first, it will open your garage. The 45-pound belt-drive unit is designed for 7-foot aluminum garage doors. It's billed as "ultra-quiet" and sports a big ol' bank of LEDs.
Garage door automation virtuoso Chamberlain is making the scene at CES 2017 with its new HomeKit compatible Smart Garage Hub. While it won't be available to buy in-store or line until July 2017, Chamberlain promises that the Smart Garage Hub will allow users to open, close, or check on the status of their garage door; turn MyQ connected lighting on and off; and fiddle with their home's thermostat using their iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. And thanks to Siri's HomeKit integration, you'll be able to do all of this with nothing more than a few words--provided the A.I. is in the mood to understand what you're asking for. For homeowners who have already installed MyQ hardware in their garage, Chamberlain will roll out the MyQ HomeBridge in April 2017. The HomeBridge will provide consumers with the ability to retrofit HomeKit compatibility into an existing MyQ control setup.