Let’s take a look at your Smart Garage

  • The myQ works with a variety of smart home systems — Google Assistant, IFTTT, Vivint Smart Home, XFINITY Home, Alpine Audio Connect, Eve for Tesla, Resideo Total Connect and Key by Amazon
  • Wireless: Wifi
  • Quick setup and easy to use well-designed mobile app (iOS and Android). Clear, easy to understand directions for set up and help. Works with Amazon Key.
  • Doesn’t work with Alexa and two-factor authentication not on by default
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, IFTTT
  • Wireless: Wifi, Bluetooth — If you have an Android phone, it can use your car’s Bluetooth connection to trigger your garage door to open and close automatically when you arrive or leave home. (iPhone owners have to use a separate dongle). It’s clever and works well, but you can’t adjust the range at which it activates.
  • Alexa and Google Home integration and can sense when you arrive or leave. Many customizable features.
  • Installation isn’t very intuitive, but once set up, it works nearly flawlessly. It has a simple app, notifications and compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT. You can also buy versions that work with one, two, or three garage doors. Some openers require an additional adapter. IPhone users need a car sensor
  • Works with Wink, Nest, SmartThings, Xfinity Home, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, IFTTT. The MyQ app, available for Android and iOS devices, lets you check to see if your door is open, and then close or open it remotely. MyQ also pairs to Google Assistant to control it with your voice. If you want it to be one of the best HomeKit devices, you need to purchase a $49 adapter. This will let you control your garage doors using Siri, and create scenes so that the lights come on when the door goes up.
  • Wireless: Wifi. It includes a sensor for your garage door as well as a hub that connects to your Wi-Fi network. When you send a command using your smartphone, it is relayed to the hub, which then goes to the sensor that activates your garage door.
  • Simple physical setup requirement. Simple app interface. Can manage multiple devices.
  • Doesn’t work with Alexa
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home. The Nexx Garage is the best smart garage door opener for Alexa users, but works with Google Home too, so you can open or close the door using voice commands.
  • Wireless: 2.4GHz 802.11 wifi
  • Simple app and hardware design. Can manage multiple users. Setup is a little tricky as you have to run a wire from your garage door to the garage door opener.
  • Nexx owners can give permission to multiple users, and a calendar in the app lets you see when the door was opened, and by whom. In addition to asking Alexa or Google Assistant to open your door, a feature called Just Drive uses geofencing to detect when you’re arriving home, and will automatically open the garage door of you so choose.
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, IFTTT
  • Wireless: 802.11 (2.4GHz)
  • The Garadget smart garage door opener uses a laser that shines on a reflective tab that you mount to your door. That means there’s one less piece of equipment with a battery that can run out, but it also makes setup a bit tricker than other smart garage door openers, as you have to align the laser precisely.
  • Garagdet’s app gives you alerts in real time if your door is opened or if the door stays open for too long. Though occasionally it will send false alerts.
  • It doesn’t work with many other smart home systems. However, using your smartphone, you can use Siri or Google Assistant to voice launch the app and automatically open the door.
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0. This means that you can’t check on its status, nor operate it, when you’re away from home.
  • Simple to set up.
  • The GarageMate smart garage door opener also has GarageMat’s Activity Log that lets you monitor who opened your garage for added security, and it works with up to eight users. If you’re looking for something simple, cheap, and secure, this is one to consider.
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings. The Aladdin Connect works with a variety of garage door openers made after 1993, and not just those from Genie. It’s compatible with some Chamberlain, Liftmaster, and Craftsman garage door openers, too. You can program your doors to open automatically if smoke is detected on a smart smoke detector, or if CO2 levels get too high. You can also set up geofencing, so that it’ll open your doors when you get home.
  • Wireless: Wifi
  • Pricier than MyQ
  • The Genie Aladdin Connect attaches via two wires to your garage door opener, and then connects wirelessly to your home wifi network, letting you control your garage door via an app. While the Aladdin Connect only comes with one door sensor, it can control up to three garage doors. In addition, you can add up to 19 virtual keys to give others access, and control the garage door from your smartwatch.
  • Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, SmartThings. It connects directly to your wifi though you’ll need a HomeKit hub (such as an Apple TV or HomePod mini) in order to use it with Siri.
  • Wireless: Wifi
  • The Refoss Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door controller is a fairly simple device that attaches to your existing garage door opener and lets you control it remotely from your smartphone. Unlike other smart garage door openers, the Refoss relies on your existing garage door sensors to know whether the door is open or shut.
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