A garage door opener is a device that you probably don’t think about as long as it works properly. However, it’s impossible not to think about one that’s loud, slow, or that works sporadically.
The best garage door opener brands provide smooth door movement at the touch of a button or sensor detection and come in a price range to fit most people’s budgets.
I’ve created this complete list of garage door opener brands filled with information about each company and its products to help you find the right one for your garage.
I hope the information here helps you choose between the garage door opener brands available in your area to find the best one for your lifestyle.
Overhead Door Company
The founder of Overhead Door, C.J. Johnson, invented the first garage door that lifted straight up instead of swinging up and out in 1921. In 1926, he created the first electric garage door opener. His invention lifted the new door style automatically.
Since the company was the first to sell the original design of upward-lifting garage doors over 100 years ago, it’s a natural choice for a top-quality product.
This company sells seven garage door opener brands underneath the Overhead Door umbrella with different lifting speeds and maximum garage door weights. Users can control the doors with the OHD Anywhere® app that allows remote operation and monitoring through a smartphone.
Their products include a combination of safety features like their Safe-T-Beam® system that reverses the door if anything passes through the infrared beam and The DoorDetect™ system that stops the door if it detects changes.
Some products also include the CodeDodger® access security system that prevents someone from pirating the signal and opening your garage door.
Most openers have battery backups, motion-detecting lights, and frequency scanning to make sure the doors open even if there’s interference in the area.
All the garage door openers work with the HomeLink® and Car2U®systems.
Overhead Door purchased Genie in 1994 to expand its reach into the garage door opener market.
Genie has been a well-known, trusted name in garage door openers since the late 1950s. The company started as the Alliance Manufacturing Company in 1923 and created its first garage door opener named Genie in 1954.
The company created the first direct-drive screw opener in 1958 and changed its name to Genie in 1985.
Like the garage door opener brand Overhead Door that owns Genie, these openers use the self-diagnostic Safe-T-Beam® system. This safety system puts an invisible infrared beam in front of the door and reverses it if anything passes through it.
The GenieSense™ technology monitors the door operation and diagnoses problems. If changes occur in the door, this system stops it immediately, providing extra safety. The average lift times for Genie garage door openers range from 9-12 seconds.
The Intellicode® system prevents unauthorized access and piracy of your signal so intruders can’t open your garage door. These openers are also compatible with the HomeLink® and Car2U®systems.
The company also sells two models of side-mount openers for garages with low headroom and space restrictions and accessories like keypads and remotes.
Standard features on most of Genie’s garage door openers are motion-detecting lights, frequency scanning to ensure the door opens even with interference that could stop other brands, wi-fi monitoring and operation, and ultra-quiet performance.
Some doors use the Aladdin Connect® feature that uses your router to monitor and report on your garage door movement. You don’t need a separate smart-home system to use the feature.
Genie offers a helpful product selector on its site to help people choose the right garage door for their needs, whether it’s one professionally installed or DIY.
The Chamberlain Group owns the garage door opener brands Chamberlain, LiftMaster, and Craftsman. The Group owns other companies, including the Australian garage door opener brand Merlin, and Grifco, its commercial garage door opener company.
Chamberlain sells over two dozen garage door openers. They manufacture belt and chain drive openers, wall-mount models, and openers compatible with the Chamberlain Group’s myQ® Smart Home System.
Their most full-featured and most expensive garage door opener is the RJ070. The RJ070 is a wall-mount design that’s quiet and vibration-free. It has built-in wi-fi, integrated myQ® app, automatic locking, battery backup, safety sensors, and an ultra-bright LED light.
Like many of Chamberlain’s models, this device works with Amazon Key. Users can get in-garage delivery with Amazon Key by granting delivery workers access to put packages safely out of sight. It’s also compatible with the vehicle HomeLink® system.
Other Chamberlain garage door opener lines come with your choice of features like battery backup, LED lighting, and wireless keypads. The product lines include:
- Ultra-Quiet Wi-Fi®
- Secure View™ Camera
- Corner To Corner Lighting™
- Chain Drive MAX
Chamberlain sells every type of opener you could want or need with several options available for most models.
Liftmaster is a company that sells 20 openers with varying features and benefits and is another of the garage door opener brands owned by the Chamberlain Group.
Liftmaster’s flagship product is the Secure View™ Ultra-Quiet Belt Drive Smart Opener with a camera and corner-to-corner LED lighting. The LED light ring brightens up even the darkest garage. You can purchase the same opener with non-ring LED lights if you prefer.
Most of Liftmaster’s garage door openers work with the Chamberlain Group’s myQ® app that lets you monitor and control the door through your smartphone. The garage door openers with cameras offer full video via your phone and two-way audio communication with anyone inside the garage.
This company offers a wall-mount opener, your choice of chain or belt drive in most models, and openers that range in horsepower so you can choose one powerful enough for your needs without overspending.
Battery backup, smooth start and stop, safety sensors, HomeLink® compatibility, and Amazon Key compatibility are standard features in Liftmaster’s garage door openers.
The Craftsman brand of tools and equipment has been a trusted American brand for almost 100 years. The company launched in 1927 by selling hand tools and expanded into electric drills in 1929.
Later, Craftsman sold lawn mowers and equipment. The company sold two million radial saws and one million of its WeedWacker™ brand weed trimmers by 1978. Sears owned the name for almost 90 years but sold to Stanley Black & Decker in 2017.
Chamberlain Group manufactures and sells the Craftsman brand garage door openers. The products range in horsepower (hp) and come in belt or chain drive. Their models are:
- ½ hp chain drive opener with myQ compatibility
- ½ hp chain drive opener without myQ access
- Four belt drive openers with your choice of ½, ¾, 1, or 1-¼ hp, all with myQ integration
Like all the garage door opener brands manufactured by Chamberlain, Craftsman openers come with safety sensors, HomeLink® and Amazon Key compatibility, and battery backup, so you’ll always be able to open the garage door in a power outage.
A wireless keypad and three-button remote with a 1500-foot access range come standard with all but the ½ hp chain drive opener that doesn’t have smart-system access. This opener includes the remote but has a single-function wall controller instead.
Marantec is a German company that has manufactured and sold quality garage door openers since 1989. The company pushes for innovation in drive-system design and partners with several other companies like Key Automation and Nymea to help create new products.
Marantec creates garage door openers in four different series.
The Comfort 300 line uses Marantec’s patented blueline technology that keeps the opener from consuming electricity when it’s not operating. You can choose their 360, 370, or 380 models depending on the size and weight of your garage door.
Each has an LED light that’s about as bright as a 160-watt light bulb and a lift speed of nearly 9.25 inches per second.
The Comfort 200 line is available in models 260, 270, or 280 for various door sizes and weights. Each has a bright LED light and the option of a battery backup.
The Comfort 260 Accu garage door opener is suitable for garages without a power hookup. This AC-powered opener can lift doors to 200 pounds and give users without an electric option in their garage the convenience of a door opener.
The high-powered battery lets you know when you need to plug it into a standard home outlet for a recharge. You can also charge the battery by hooking it to a solar panel.
The Comfort Speed line offers models 260 for doors up to 360 pounds and 270 for doors up to about 411 pounds. These speed-focused door openers take only 9 to 9.5 seconds to lift a door.
Ryobi is a Japanese company that manufactured die-cast components for Mitsubishi in the 1940s. The company eventually expanded and began manufacturing consumer end-products like cameras, tools, and garage door openers.
In 1985, Ryobi founded a die-casting plant in the United States. The company also has operations in the UK, Asia, and Mexico. Today, the Techtronic Industries Company (TTI) owns the Ryobi brand.
Ryobi has one garage door opener model, their Ultra-Quiet Garage Door Opener. This opener features a 2-hp motor, a lithium-ion battery backup good for 100 openings in a power outage, an LED light, wireless indoor and outdoor keypads, and two remotes.
Ryobi is a brand exclusively sold in Home Depot stores, so you won’t be able to purchase this garage door opener anywhere else. Currently, you can’t find this product at Home Depot, either.
Chamberlain sued TTI because they claimed TTI used two of the garage door opener patents it held. In 2018, the court found that TTI did violate the patents and banned them from selling the Ryobi garage door opener in Home Depot stores until at least 2023.
SkyLink is a Vietnam-based company with offices in the US and Canada that sells the SkyLinkNet home alarm system, garage and gate control devices, and wireless home automation products.
SkyLink’s garage door opener is the ATOMS™ opener they market as compact, powerful, and quiet. This opener is a chain-drive device that uses the company’s Quite-Drive Technology to minimize noise and vibration.
Features include battery backup compatibility, in-car remote compatibility, a passcode-protected remote, an anti-break-in system, a diagnostic display, and LED lighting.
You can control this opener with voice commands through your Alexa or Google Assistant device or use their Orbit Home App to monitor and control your garage door.
BeamUP is the garage door opener brand sold by Beamlabs, a company that has manufactured garage door openers for 30 years.
The BeamUP line of openers are single-door control openers that come in six models:
- The Volta, their premier 1-¼ hp belt drive opener
- The Everlift, a ¾ hp chain drive system
- The Centurion, a 1-¼ hp belt drive opener with a wireless, keyless entry keypad
- The Sentry, a ¾ hp chain drive opener without wireless, keyless entry
- The Workhouse, a ¾ hp chain drive opener without bells or whistles
The BeamUP Smart Controller system converts your garage into a smart garage with a photo eye safety system. These garage door openers work with Alexa, Apple Watch, IFTTT, and HomeLink®.
Sommer USA, Inc. is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and sells garage door openers made in Germany. Established in 1980, Sommer also owns Direct Drive, another of the garage door opener brands on this list.
Sommer’s garage door opener is the evo+ with Direct Drive technology that has only one moving part for long-lasting performance. Battery backup and a magnetic lock or the motor are optional.
This quiet, vibration-free system attaches directly to doors up to eight feet tall and comes with a lifetime warranty on the motor. Available accessories include an alarm, a wireless keypad, and a two-button transmitter.
The device has 128-bit encryption, advanced object force detection, automatic locking, and counter pressure to prevent break-ins. Users can communicate with the garage door opener with their smartphone, tablet, or web app via the SOMlink service module.
Direct Drive, one of the garage door opener brands sold by Sommer USA, uses the innovative Direct Drive technology. One moving part limits wear and tear and eliminates sound and vibration.
Like the evo+, this opener can handle doors up to eight feet tall, is attached to the door, and has a lifetime warranty.
The Direct Drive garage door opener is HomeLink® compatible and built for easy DIY installation. If you already have one of the other garage door opener brands installed, replacing it with the Direct Drive opener is even easier.
Direct Drive sells separate accessories and systems like the ismartgatePRO garage kits with wireless sensors, cameras, and lights that let you access your garage door opener with your smartphone.
Originally called Performance Products, Performax sold sanders and woodworking tools when it began in 1986. Jet purchased the company in 1999, and in 2002, the WMH Tool Group, a company that also owns brands like the Wilton cake decorating company, took it over.
Performax sells three garage door opener models: a ½ hp belt drive, a ½ hp chain drive, and a ¾ hp smart chain-drive model that comes with an app that works with Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and the Apple Watch.
All three models are HomeLink® compatible, but only the smart chain-drive model works with smartphones and smart home assistants. You can only buy Performax garage door openers at Menards home improvement stores.