Over the last few months I’ve been going full-steam ahead upgrading the gadgets in my home. Slowly but surely my smart home dream is coming together. I’ve got a smart home security system, a smart sprinkler system, smart lights, a great home entertainment setup which can talk to my smart appliances. I’m a user of IFTTT, Workflow and Stringify to tie everything together and I can’t wait for iOS 10 to become official so I can start using Apple’s new Home app. I’ve even got an IoT (Internet of Things) security device (the Cujo, which I’ll be reviewing soon). But one big thing is currently missing from my smart home setup: a smart garage door opener.
Like all of my list posts these days, this article was born out of personal research into a product I really want. In my case, I bought a house a couple years ago and ended up with a standard garage door opener. And, like most Americans up until now, I’ve been plagued with a burning question almost every time I leave the house: “Did I remember to shut the garage door?”
So right off the bat I like the fact that a smart garage door opener can let me know the answer to that question no matter where I am (just down the street, at the store, in another state or even in another country).
But I love the idea of home automation. I’d like to have my garage door open automatically for me when I get home. I’d love to have it shut automatically when I leave.
And then there’s security. For people with kids, it’s great to be able to grant access to the garage with different privileges for different family members. And if the garage opens when it shouldn’t, you can get an alert, see a camera view of what is happening in real-time and even set off an alarm.
In this article I concentrated my efforts on researching the best smart garage door openers that will work with “old” non-smart garage door openers. Kind of like a smart add-on. Essentially, the devices I’ve featured here can retrofit your current setup to bring it into the connected age. But if you’re buying a new home and need a brand new garage door opener with internet smarts built right in, I’d recommend checking out Chamberlain’s smart garage ...