iSmartGate Pro

The Best Smart Garage Door Opener Controller

Our pick

Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener

Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener

The best smart garage-door controller

Proximity sensing, wide compatibility, reliable operation, and solid hardware make this our top pick.

Buying Options

$60 from Tailwind
Buy from Amazon

The Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener is the most responsive and reliable smart garage-door controller we tested. The iQ3 also makes it easy to arrive home to an open door, thanks to precise geolocation technology that uses Bluetooth and GPS (it can automatically shut your door when you leave, too). There’s also the option of voice control with Alexa or Google (though not HomeKit). And the Tailwind, unlike other proprietary controllers, works with any brand of garage-door opener, courtesy of a free adapter.

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Runner-up

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub

The easiest to set up

The MyQ is impressively simple to set up and use, and it is compatible with all garage doors by LiftMaster, Chamberlain, and Craftsman that were manufactured after 1993.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon
$30 from Chamberlain

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

Of all the controllers we tested, the Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub was the easiest and quickest to install, and it’s also among the simplest to configure and use. The MyQ is compatible with most garage-door openers, thanks to the huge popularity of models from its parent company, Chamberlain (which also owns LiftMaster). The MyQ works with Google Assistant, IFTTT, and a few other smart platforms, but currently there’s no Alexa support. And if you want to use HomeKit, you’ll have to buy a $70 MyQ Home Bridge, but even then the MyQ doesn’t offer the useful automatic open and close feature of the Tailwind iQ3.

Upgrade pick

iSmartGate Pro

iSmartGate Pro

A feature-packed controller with lots of options

The iSmartGate Pro offers more features than the competition, including direct camera integration, geofencing, HomeKit compatibility, and local control, but those come at a relatively steep price.

Buying Options

$150 from Amazon

The iSmartGate Pro is compatible with the widest range of smart-home systems of all the controllers we tested. It has the longest list of features and is the only model that can also control automatic gates. The iSmartGate Pro integrates directly with many popular IP security cameras (including its own), for when you want visual confirmation of your garage door in real time. You can also do nifty things like check the temperature inside your garage, share access with up to 10 users for free, and automatically open and close your door using geolocation and voice, through integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit, or IFTTT. But the iSmartGate Pro is also the most expensive controller we tested. Also, all those features and options mean the software setup is complicated, and the app has issues. Most people who don’t need the iSmartGate Pro’s extra features will be better off with the Tailwind iQ3.

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Our pick

Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener

Tailwind iQ3 Smart WiFi Garage Door Opener

The best smart garage-door controller

Proximity sensing, wide compatibility, reliable operation, and solid hardware make this our top pick.

Buying Options

$60 from Tailwind
Buy from Amazon

Runner-up

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub

Chamberlain MyQ Smart Garage Hub

The easiest to set up

The MyQ is impressively simple to set up and use, and it is compatible with all garage doors by LiftMaster, Chamberlain, and Craftsman that were manufactured after 1993.

Buying Options

$40* from Amazon
$30 from Chamberlain

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

Upgrade pick

iSmartGate Pro

iSmartGate Pro

A feature-packed controller with lots of options

The iSmartGate Pro offers more features than the competition, including direct camera integration, geofencing, HomeKit compatibility, and local control, but those come at a relatively steep price.

Buying Options

$150 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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