Last updated: August 9, 2021

Welcome to our big garage door opener test 2021. Here we present all garage door openers that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best garage door opener for you.

You will 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 that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a garage door opener.




Summary

    • There are garage door openers that work universally - i.e. for almost every door operator from different manufacturers. But many hand-held transmitters are only compatible with certain brands.
    • The reason for compatibility is the receivable frequency between the garage door opener and the door operator. Secondly, many garage door openers have special coding procedures that the remote control must also have in order to be compatible.
  • Thanks to its compact size, you can easily take the hand-held transmitter with you anywhere and thus move your garage door remotely.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a garage door opener

How does a garage door opener work?

A hand-held transmitter is supposed to control the garage door opener remotely. This only works via a certain frequency and coding. Which frequency is right for you depends on the garage door opener. There are models that run on a specific frequency set by the manufacturer. For most garage door openers, this frequency is 433.92 MHz.

You should be aware of this before buying a garage door opener, because 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 may be that only a hand-held transmitter from this manufacturer is compatible. However, 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 opener you have.

On the other hand, you should make sure that the garage door opener can decode the appropriate coding for your operator. A code is used for the security of the garage door opener so that it cannot be hacked so easily. There are simple codes that can usually be set via the hand-held transmitter.

But if that is still too insecure for you, there are codes that change continuously. This is to make it more difficult for hackers to find out the signal. These can often only be decoded with the original door opener from the manufacturer.

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With a garage door opener, the garage can be opened conveniently from a distance. The door opener must match the frequency and coding of the drive. (Photo: Pexels / pixabay.com)

How do you programme a radio remote control?

Programming can differ from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer. Therefore, you should especially follow the steps in the operating instructions. However, we have noticed that many radio remote controls (including universal remote controls) can be programmed in the same way. This looks like this:

  1. Deleting the coding on the new transmitter To do this, you usually have to press one or two buttons for a few seconds
  2. Copy the code To do this, hold the new and the old remote control next to each other. Then, for example, press button A on the old remote control and the same button on the new one. Keep pressing the buttons until you hear a signal, e.g. a flashing LED light

How much does a remote control cost?

You can buy many radio remote controls for very little money. They are available for between five and 40 euros. Universal remote controls in particular are in the lower range. These usually only run on the most common frequencies and have no special coding. From about 20 euros, you can get the higher-quality models.

These are usually the manufacturer's remote controls. They are often pre-programmed, which makes programming much easier. On the other hand, if the door operator also has it, these models have the special change codes.

Purchase criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate garage door openers

In the following, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to evaluate and compare garage door openers. This will make it easier for you to determine whether a device is suitable for you or not. These are the points in question:

  • Item weight and dimensions
  • Frequency
  • Channels
  • Range
  • Rolling Code System
  • Compatibility

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

Item weight and dimensions

These two values indicate how heavy and how large the remote control is. This can be one of the main reasons why you choose a garage door opener. Normally, hand-held transmitters are included with the garage door opener. But often these are too big and too bulky.

That's why many manufacturers offer smaller and lighter alternatives. These usually have a ring with which you can hang the hand transmitter on your key ring. This way, you can carry the device with you without any problems or interference.

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The frequency range for garage door openers is usually between 40 and 900 MHz. However, deviations can occur, so you should pay attention to the frequency when buying. (Photo: theredbeardagency / pixabay.com)

Frequency

Different vibrations 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 is 433.92 MHz. But there are also models with a different value.

You must pay particular attention to this purchase criterion! Many hand-held 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 hand-held transmitter can open at the same time. There are garage door openers with several buttons. You can usually assign one garage door per button. This means that you can store several doors with one radio remote control. As a rule, the garage door openers have two or four channels.

Range

This value shows you how far away from the garage door the hand-held transmitter can still open the door. In reality, however, the range may not correspond to the theoretical value. This is because many factors play a role. For one thing, the material your garage door is made of is decisive.

The more solid it is, the more difficult it is for the signal to get through, which would result in a shorter distance. It is also important from where you use the hand-held transmitter. The more walls the signal has to pass through, the shorter the range.

Rolling Code System

This is a special form of coding. The coding changes regularly. This is supposed to increase security. Every radio remote control has simple codes. But not every electric strike has these changing codes. This function is often only included in more expensive models.

In most cases, this signal can only be received by hand-held transmitters of the same brand. This means that if your gate opener has such a security function, you may only be able to use a remote control from the same manufacturer.

Compatibility

This refers to whether the garage door opener is compatible with openers from other manufacturers. It is often the case that you have a hand-held transmitter that runs on the same frequency as the operator, but they do not receive signals. One reason for this could be that the manufacturers use special coding.

This means that it should only be possible to use the drive with the original remote controls.

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

Facts worth knowing about garage door openers

What batteries does a hand-held transmitter need?

Once again, this depends 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 usually every household has them. There are also models where the "silver discs" serve as batteries. 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 repeating processes per second in a periodic signal. In each case, something different can be received in a special oscillation space. Sounds can be perceived in the kilohertz range. High tones have a frequency of about 20 kHz. In the megahertz range, there are already a million cycles per second.

The FM radio and the garage door opener are in this frequency range. X-rays are already in the petahertz range. That is one quadrillion cycles per second. Whereas gamma radiation can be life-threatening at one trillion (18 "zeros") cycles per second.

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