Best Smart Garage Door Openers: Genie Aladdin Connect vs Chamberlain MyQ & More

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Are you always worried that you or someone in your family has forgotten to close your garage door? If so, you may want to consider getting a smart garage door opener to keep tabs on your door from anywhere using a simple smartphone app. How do they work? And which ones are the most reliable? We’ll give you the lowdown on these affordable and easy-to-install devices.

Article Overview

How Do They Work?

The smart, WiFi-enabled gadgets we review below allow you to transform your existing garage door drive, whether it’s a belt or chain, into a smart garage door opener. In most cases, all you have to do is attach a sensor to your drive (some require minimal wiring, while others are wireless). Then you set up the configuration on the mobile app.

These devices allow you to open, close, and monitor your garage door through your smartphone, and they also integrate with voice assistants (this varies by product). These devices don’t interfere with your existing remotes, so you can still use those if you choose.

If you’re considering upgrading your entire drive, you have lots of smart options. We recommend the Chamberlain B970 Belt Drive. It’s smartphone-controlled, ultra-quiet, and has a battery backup. The Genie StealthDrive Connect 7155-TKV is also another great option, especially if you want Alexa integration.

Best Smart Garage Door Opener

We’ve chosen our winners based on compatibility with existing door opener drives, device and app performance, features, customer reviews, and more.

Chamberlain MyQ-G0301 Review

Chamberlain MyQ-G0301 Smart Garage Door Opener#1
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The Chamberlain MyQ smart device is one of the easiest to install and configure. It’s compatible with the Chamberlain, Craftsman, LiftMaster, and Stanley openers and most other brands that have standard safety sensors (as long as they’re made after 1993). It includes a wireless sensor you attach to your existing unit and a hub that connects to your WiFi network.

Once installed, you can open or close the door remotely and check your garage door’s status from the smartphone app. It works with Google Assistant, Xfinity Home, Alarm.com, IFTTT, Vivint, Residio, Clare, and Apple HomeKit (HomeKit compatibility requires a bridge device). It’s also the only garage door opener that’s compatible with Amazon Key, so you can have your packages delivered and safely secured in your garage.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy wireless installation and simple to configure
  • Works with most garage door opener brands made after 1993
  • Get real-time alerts when your garage door opens or closes
  • Can set an alert when your garage door has been left open for a specified amount of time
  • Compatible with Google Assistant, Alarm.com, Vivint, IFTT, Amazon Key, and more
  • Can add up to three other users
  • Mobile apps (Android | iOS) get good user reviews
  • Tech support via phone and email
  • One-year warranty
  • No direct Alexa integration (requires a third-party skill configuration like IFTTT)
  • Monthly subscription fee to use MyQ with Google Assistant, IFTTT
  • No auto-opening feature

Price

Installation (Video)

This video gives you a quick overview of how to set up the Chamberlain MyQ system.

Nexx Garage NXG-200 Review

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If you don’t like the lack of Alexa compatibility or the monthly fees you incur with our number one pick, this Nexx device could be a better alternative. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and SmartThings with no fees. You can remotely open and close your door and monitor your door’s activity using the smartphone app via either WiFi or Bluetooth.

It also has a cool Just Drive geofencing feature that detects when you’re arriving home and automatically opens the garage door. But this Nexx device isn’t as widely compatible with openers as the MyQ. And according to some users, installation and syncing can be a bit tricky depending on the type of opener you currently have.

Pros

Cons

  • Wireless sensor and strong WiFi connection
  • Get real-time alerts when your garage door opens or closes (and who’s using it)
  • Automatic door opening feature
  • Can schedule when your door opens and closes
  • Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and SmartThings
  • Bluetooth connectivity so you can use it when WiFi is out
  • Can add multiple users
  • Tech support via phone, live chat, and email
  • One-year warranty
  • Not as widely compatible with existing openers as Chamberlain MyQ (you can check compatibility on their site)
  • Installation and configuration can be tricky
  • Smartphone apps (Android | iOS) get mediocre reviews for glitches, alert delays, etc.

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Genie ALKT1-R Aladdin Connect Review

Genie ALKT1-R Aladdin Connect Smart Garage Door Opener #3
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The Genie Aladdin Connect is compatible with most garage door openers, and most say installation is easy. It has some features that our top two picks don’t — you can schedule when your door opens and closes, and you can assign temporary virtual keys for others to access your garage. The main complaint with this device is that it’s slow to respond when opening and closing the garage door.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy installation and configuration
  • Works with most major door opener brands
  • Get real-time alerts when your garage door opens or closes
  • Scheduling
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Can add multiple users
  • Tech support via live chat, phone, and email
  • One-year warranty
  • Users say it’s slower to respond to open and close door compared to the Chamberlain MyQ
  • Mobile apps (Android | iOS) get mixed user reviews
  • No IFTT

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What Are My Other Options?

Alcidae Garager 2 | Garadget | Meross MSG100

Alcidae Garager 2 Review

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Alcidae Garager 2 is a two-in-one camera and WiFi garage door opener that lets you remotely open, close, and monitor your garage door and view live or recorded video through your smartphone. The 1080p HD camera has two-way audio, night vision, and motion detection.

Motion and sound detection alerts and live video streaming are free, but if you want video recording, you’ll have to sign up for their cloud subscription. They offer a free 30-day trial; then it’s $5 per month. The camera wires to your existing door drive and has a magnetic mount.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy installation
  • Real-time alerts for motion and sound detection
  • Camera has two-way audio and night vision
  • Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Can add multiple users
  • Users report good tech support
  • One-year warranty
  • Limited compatibility with garage door opener brands and models
  • Some complaints that the apps (Android | iOS) are slow to load video
  • No local video storage – requires a $5/month cloud subscription
  • No IFTTT

Price

The cloud subscription is $5 per month for 24-hour daily recording and seven-day continuous playback.

Garadget Review

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Unlike the other devices we review here that use sensors to detect movement, Garadget uses a laser that shines on a reflective tab that you mount to the top panel of your garage door. It’s compatible with a lot of garage door opener brands, and device installation is easy. The main issue with this device is the many reports we’ve seen about false alerts telling you your door is open when it’s actually not.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy device installation
  • Works with most garage door opener brands
  • Get real-time alerts when your garage door opens or closes
  • Compatible with Alexa, SmartThings, and IFTTT
  • Can configure automatic door opening via IFTTT
  • Mobile apps (Android | iOS) get good reviews
  • Can add multiple users
  • One-year warranty
  • Initial configuration with app and Alexa can be tricky
  • Prone to false alerts
  • No direct Google Assistant integration (requires a third-party skill configuration with IFTTT)
  • Several users report poor customer service

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Meross MSG100 Review

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Meross has a solid reputation for manufacturing high-quality smart gadgets, and the MSG100 WiFi garage door opener remote meets these standards. With no hub, all this device requires is a simple wired connection from the sensor to your drive unit. Most users say it’s easy to install and set up.

This device is compatible right out of the box with a large number of makes and models of garage door openers. Meross also has accessories to work around compatibility issues — all you have to do is contact the company with your make and model, and they’ll send you the necessary accessory.

Pros

Cons

  • Easy installation and configuration
  • Works with most major garage door openers
  • Get real-time alerts when your garage door opens or closes
  • Apps (AndroidiOS) get generally good reviews
  • Compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and IFTTT
  • Can add multiple users
  • One-year warranty
  • Pretty basic features – doesn’t have scheduling, auto door opening, or other added features

Price

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