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Garage Door Opener Reviews - Choosing The Right Opener

Updated on November 21, 2011

Today we are going to be doing an in depth review of all the different garage door opener manufacturers. We will review each different company and let you know exactly what they offer in terms of residential garage door openers. If you are planning on buying a new garage door opener then you should find this page very helpful. We will also give each company it’s own five star review rating, so you will be able to compare the different results.

Buying the best residential garage door opener is not an easy task. There are many different models and makes to choose from. If you type garage door openers into a search engine you are presented with a vast array of options that could easily confuse you. So that’s why we have set up this page that will simply review each different company and tell you which one is likely to suit your needs best. So let’s start the reviews and take a look at our first company.

Genie Garage Door Openers

So first of all we are going to take a look at Genie. This is a company with a rich history, they have been making industrial products since way back in 1923. They have been making openers for over 50 years now and are seen as one of the biggest names in the market. Genie were the first company to use the Screw Drive opener which is still a very popular opener today.

If you are looking for a decent range of openers then Genie is a good company to take a look at. They offer various different openers that all offer something slightly different. The three main opener designs are screw drive, belt drive and chain drive. You can buy different versions of each of these, some more powerful than others, it really depends on what kind of door you are using.

The various reviews of Genie are fairly good. The technology is easy to programme, the opener is easy to install and they are seen as fairly reliable on the whole. There can sometimes be an issue with gears wearing out and many people say that it is important to maintain the parts so they last well. Price wise they are fairly competitive, the range of openers start at around $150 and get more expensive for the better models. Overall though Genie gets a 4/5 star rating from us.


Next up it is the turn of Chamberlain. Seen as probably the market leaders when it comes to garage door openers, Chamberlain have a reputation that is growing and growing. Their worldwide headquarters are in Illinois and they have branches all over the world. This company have been producing high quality openers for many years now and they pride themselves on making simple designs that anyone is capable of installing.

The company offer a wide range of openers and there are lots of different models to choose from. Again the vast majority of the systems they sell are either belt drive, chain drive or screw drive. These are very simple to set up and the instructions seem to be far easier to follow than some of the other companies.

If you read reviews of Chamberlain you will see that they have very reliable products and if something does go wrong there is a good support network you can make use of. Spare parts are also very easy to buy online if there is something that needs replacing. When it comes to price and value Chamberlain are hard to beat, their openers are affordable and at the same time reliable. When it comes to choice and overall performance you will struggle to beat this company. Chamberlain is the only company that we give a 5/5 star rating.

Linear Openers

Linear do not have quite the same market share as either Genie or Chamberlain but they still stock some good garage door openers. They also make wireless home security devices as well as the openers they produce. This company have been in business for over 50 years and have in that time created a good reputation for themselves.

When it comes to their openers they don’t quite have as many available as some other companies and some of the technology does seem a little dated. However, they recently brought out a new model known as the 800 Newton and this is doing very well for the company. This one comes highly recommended as it is super fast and very quiet.

On the whole though when it comes to reviews of Linear they don’t quite rate as well as the previous two companies we looked at. Installing the openers can often be quite fiddly, the technology is not always that reliable and if something goes wrong it can be a little more difficult to get hold of replacement parts. Price wise Linear seem to be a little bit more expensive than some, but still offer pretty good value. This is certainly not a bad company but they have just slipped behind some of the competition, they get 3/5 stars from us.

Wayne Dalton

Wayne Dalton are what you would call a good old fashioned American company. They come from humble origins and have built their business up over time into a well respected maker of garage door openers along with other products. This company actually make garage doors so you can buy a new door with a new opener as well. Due to the fact they don’t tend to put as many of their resources into designing new openers they can’t always keep up with the competition.

If you look on their website they actually sell Genie openers more than their own make. They have obviously struck a deal with Genie so you can buy their openers and a Wayne Dalton door. However, they do have a few openers they have brought out themselves. They are the only company to offer a wall mounted opener, this goes above your garage door and eliminates the need for a rail on the ceiling which the vast majority of openers use. This means that they sell quite a few of these to people who have rather specific needs.

Due to the fact that they sell Genie products and specialise in doors it is hard to rate them. For their actual openers the reviews are generally quite positive. However they are quite tricky to install and the prices tend to be a little higher than other dealers. So for these reason we are going to give Wayne Dalton 3/5.


Another quite well known company is Skylink. This is one of the most modern companies and they only came into being back in 1990. Since then though they have expanded their empire and now have offices all over the world. Due to this being quite a modern company they offer some good technology and they are always looking for way they can enhance their openers.

If you are looking for Skylink garage door openers then you will find that they do not offer quite as much choice as some other companies. This may be due to the fact that they have not been in business as long. The products they do offer though are seen as very reliable and of a good standard. The Skylink name is one that is constantly improving and they seem to be a company on the up.

Reviews of Skylink openers are usually quite positive. They seem to offer some of the cheapest and best value garage door openers on the market. They don’t always seem to be as reliable as some openers but spare parts are easy to come by and maintenance is easy to do on the products. Overall we are going to give Skylink a 3/5 rating.


Stanley are not actually in business anymore. They ceased production of their garage door openers back in 1997. However, due to the fact that they still show up in internet search we though we should give them a mention. Back in the day they did produce some really high quality openers, but now they have been left behind by more modern technology. Many people still own Stanley openers and they are often seen as very reliable old fashioned products.

If you are considering buying a second hand one of these or maybe even getting a new one from somewhere, you should be aware that spare parts are hard to come by and the technology is starting to become obsolete. For these reasons sadly we can only give Stanley 1/5 stars. This is a shame as they were once a very good company producing very good products.

Liftmaster Openers

The last company name we are looking at is Liftmaster. Again this is a slightly dubious one as Liftmaster specialise not in residential openers but commercial ones, so really it’s wrong to compare them to other companies. Again though you may come across this company in search engine land so we thought we should mention them. Liftmaster are actually a partner business with Chamberlain, it’s basically just the commercial side of the company aimed at businesses with different needs.

The commercial openers that Liftmaster offer are very good quality and they are sold all over the world. If you are looking for residential openers though this is not a company you should really be thinking about dealing with. If you find yourself wandering onto their website it’s probably best to head back over to Chamberlain. We thought we would still give them a rating though so for what it’s worth we gave Liftmaster 2/5 stars, simply because they link to Chamberlain openers.

So there you have it. Those are the big name companies when it comes to garage door openers. For a more in depth review of each company and a look at some of the actual openers you can follow the links to those pages. As you can see from the ratings we believe that Chamberlain offer the best garage door openers and if not Chamberlain then Genie are your best bet. There are so many different openers to choose from and so this page should have given you a bit of an idea where to start and which make of garage door opener to opt for.


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