Garage Door Opener: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big garage door opener test 2020, where we present you all the garage door openers we have tested in detail. We have put together detailed background information and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best garage door opener for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a garage door opener.

The most important facts in brief

  • There are garage door openers that work universally – i.e. for almost every door drive from different manufacturers. But many handheld transmitters are only compatible with certain brands.
  • The reason for the compatibility is the receivable frequency between door opener and door operator. On the other hand, many garage drives have special coding procedures, which the remote control must also have in order to be compatible.
  • Thanks to its compact size, you can easily take the handheld transmitter with you wherever you go and move your garage door even from a distance.

Garage door opener test: Editors’ favourites

  • The garage door opener with the best price-performance ratio
  • The best garage door opener with 50 m range
  • The best all-round garage door opener
  • The best garage door opener at a low price

The garage door opener with the best price-performance ratio

This garage door opener from Hörmann is a compact handheld transmitter with 4 buttons that can be programmed as required. Thanks to its small and compact design, the opener can be easily stored anywhere, even in your trouser pocket. The transmitter has 4 channels.

The range of the transmitter is 30 metres, which means that the door can also be opened easily from a car. The required batteries are already included in the delivery of the device – so the door opener can be used immediately. The frequency of the door opener is 868.30 MHz.

The best garage door opener with 50 m range

The garage door opener from Sommer is a high-quality remote control with 4 buttons. On the one hand, the buttons are protected and protected by a button guard, on the other hand, no button can be pressed unintentionally. The frequency of the opener is 868,800 MHz.

The range of the garage door opener is up to 50 m. The housing of the opener is of very high quality and has a chic stainless steel look. The required batteries are included in the delivery.

The best all-round garage door opener

This Hörmann handheld transmitter has all the codes you need to operate your garage door. It can also be programmed very quickly and easily. The Hörmann remote control runs on a frequency of 868.0 MHz.

The device is small and handy and can be easily taken along or inserted. In addition, the handheld transmitter has a ring at the lower end for attaching to your key ring or similar. The range is almost 30 meters. The handheld transmitter also has two channels.

The best garage door opener at a low price

The JOLLY OPEN from Schartec is a suitable universal remote control with a normal coding. Therefore you can use this product for many gate operators. This gate opener runs on the common frequency of 433.92 MHz.

The garage door opener has a compact size and therefore fits in almost any pocket. Thanks to the special pendant you can easily hang it on your key ring. This remote control from Schartec has a range of almost 30 meters. In addition the hand transmitter has four channels.

Guide: Questions you should consider before buying a garage door opener

How does a gate opener work?

A handheld transmitter should remotely control the garage door drive. This only works via a certain frequency and a code.
Which frequency is the right one for you depends on the garage door drive. There are models that run on a certain frequency that is determined by the manufacturer. For most door openers this is 433.92 MHz.
You should be aware of this before buying a door opener, as many radio remote controls can only send a signal on this frequency. However, if you have a garage door opener that receives its signal on a different frequency, it is possible that only a handheld transmitter from this manufacturer is compatible. But there are also universal remote controls that can be used on several frequencies.

Before you buy a garage door opener, you should check what kind of door drive you have.

On the other hand, you should make sure that the garage door opener can decode the appropriate code for your drive. A coding serves for the security of the garage drive, so that it cannot be hacked so easily. There are simple codes, which can usually be set using the hand transmitter.
However, if this is still too uncertain for you, there are codes that change continuously. This is to make it more difficult for hackers to find out the signal. Often you can only decode them with the original gate opener of the manufacturer.

How do you program a wireless remote control?

Programming may vary from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Therefore, you should follow the steps in the user manual in particular.
However, we have noticed that many wireless remote controls (including universal remote controls) can be programmed in the same way.
This looks as follows:

Delete the code on the new transmitter
To do this, you usually have to press and hold one or two buttons for a few seconds
Copy the code
You hold the new and the old remote control next to each other. Then press the button A on the old remote control and the same on the new one. Press the buttons until you get a signal, e.g. a flashing LED light

This will be explained in more detail in the following video:

How much does a remote control cost?

You can buy many wireless remote controls for very little money. They are available between five and 40 euros.
The universal remote controls in particular are located in the lower range. These usually only run on the most common frequencies and have no special coding.
From about 20 Euro you can get the higher quality models. These are mostly the manufacturer’s remote controls. These are often pre-programmed, which makes programming drastically easier. On the other hand, if the door operator also has it, these models have the special change codes.

Where can you buy a handheld transmitter?

In principle at the same place as the garage door openers. This could be an electrical store, a construction site or even a supermarket. But more and more often you can find the handheld transmitters online. Especially the manufacturers try to sell the radio remote controls via their websites.
You can find them at these retailers:

Amazon
Ebay
toom
DIY store
hornbach

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate garage door openers based on these factors

In the following we would like to show you which criteria you can use to evaluate and compare garage door openers. This makes it easier for you to determine whether a device is suitable for you or not.

These are the points in question:

  • Article weight and dimensions
  • Frequenz
  • Channels
  • Reach
  • rolling code system
  • Compatibility

In the following paragraphs you can read what the individual purchase criteria are and how you can classify them.

Article weight and dimensions

These two values indicate how heavy and how large the wireless remote control is.

Because this can be one of the main reasons why you choose a garage door opener. Normally, the garage door opener comes with handheld transmitters. But often these are too large and too bulky.

This is why many manufacturers offer smaller and lighter alternatives. These usually have a ring with which you can hang the handheld transmitter on your key ring. So you can carry the device with you without any problems and without any interference.

Frequenz

Different oscillations can be received in a certain frequency range. For garage door openers it is in the megahertz range. Usually between 40 and 900 MHz.

The “most popular” frequency here is 433.92 MHz. But there are also models with a different value. You must pay special attention to this purchase criterion!

This is because many handheld transmitters are only pre-programmed for one or perhaps two frequencies and cannot receive any others. On the other hand, there are gate openers that can receive almost any frequency.

Channels

This shows you how many garage doors the handheld transmitter can open at the same time.

There are garage door openers with several buttons. You can usually assign a garage door to each button. This means that you can save several doors with one radio remote control. Usually the garage door openers have two or four channels.

Reach

This value shows you up to which distance from the garage door the handheld transmitter can still open the door.

But in reality, the range may not correspond to the theoretical value. Because many factors play a role. For one thing, it is decisive what material your garage door is made of. Because the more massive it is, the worse the signal gets through, which would result in a shorter distance.

It is equally important from where you use the handheld transmitter. Because the more walls the signal has to pass through, the smaller the range.

rolling code system

This is a special form of coding. The coding changes regularly. This should increase security.

Every radio remote control has simple codes. But not every gate opener has these changing codes. This function is often only included in more expensive models.

In most cases this signal can only be received by handheld transmitters of the same brand. This means that if your door operator has such a safety function, you may only be able to use a remote control from the same manufacturer.

Compatibility

This means whether the garage door opener is compatible with drives from other manufacturers.

Because it is often the case that you have a handheld transmitter that runs at the same frequency as the drive, but they do not receive any signals. One reason for this could be that the manufacturers use special codes. This means that it should only be possible to use the drive with the original remote controls.

The best thing to do is to seek advice or do a lot of research to help you find the right garage door opener.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about garage door openers

What batteries does a handheld transmitter need?

That depends again on the model and the manufacturer.

But with many remote controls it is the “normal” batteries. So the A27 12V batteries. These are already available for a reasonable price and most of the time every household owns them. There are also models where the “silver discs” serve as a battery. Such batteries are also used for wristwatches.

What is a Mega-Hertz (MHz)?

The SI unit for frequency is Hertz. Basically it indicates the number of repetitive processes per second in a periodic signal.

Thereby, something different can be received in a special oscillation space. Sounds can be perceived in the kilohertz range. High tones have about 20 kHz. In the megahertz range it is already one million cycles per second. In the frequency range lies the FM radio, as well as the garage door openers.

X-ray radiation is already in the petahertz range. That’s a quadrillion cycles per second. Whereas at one trillion (18 “zeros”) cycles per second, gamma radiation can be life-threatening.