The Quietest Garage Door Opener of 2021

It might be time to consider replacing that old noisy garage door opener when:

  1. Your wife starts taking practice swings with her 9 iron when you open and close the garage door at midnight.
  2. Your kid just came home and the garage door opener sounded like Boris Karloff clanking chains while watching Tales From the Crypt.
  3. Your night-shift-working-neighbor can make it to your garage from a dead sleep before you back into the driveway.
  4. Your garage door opener drowns out AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’  on the car stereo as you pull into, or out of, the garage.

Here are 10 quiet garage door openers that can solve some, or all, of your noise issues. (Although if there is another reason for the 9 iron, a garage door opener may not help much.)

Top 6 Quietest Garage Door OpenersWhy It's BestRating
Beam Labs LLC Volta - BU850 Garage Door Opener Powerful, quiet belt drive opener with 1 1/4 HP motor. Smart Phone control including Alexa, IFTTT. Battery back up. Lifetime warranty.★★★★★
GENIE StealthDrive Connect Model 7155-TKV Powerful, ultra quiet belt drive opener with 1 1/4 HP motor. Smart Phone monitoring from anywhere. Battery back up. Lifetime warranty.★★★★★
Beam Labs LLC Centurion - BU800 Garage Door OpenerPowerful, quiet belt drive opener with 1 1/4 HP motor. Smart Phone control including Alexa, IFTTT. Lifetime warranty.★★★★★
Superior Pump Decko 24503 Garage Door Opener Powerful, quiet belt drive opener with 3/4 HP motor. HomeLink compatible. Lifetime motor warranty.★★★★★
Liftmaster 8500 Elite Series 8500 Jackshaft OperatorPowerful, ultra quiet jackshaft opener with 3/4 HP motor. Lifts up to 650 lbs. Perfect solution for garages with too much, or too little, headroom.★★★★★
Beam Labs LLC Workhorse - BU100 Garage Door OpenerPowerful, quiet chain drive opener with 3/4 HP motor. Inexpensive but with many upgrades available. ★★★★★
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Garage Door Opener Basics

Although I will expand on these later in the article, here are some of the important points you should consider when planning to buy a new garage door opener.

  • Types of Opener Drive Systems. Belt drive, chain drive, jackshaft drive, or other.
  • Noise Level. Most garage door openers are fairly quiet, but belt drives are quieter.
  • Motor Size. An undersized motor that struggles to lift the overhead door will only make more noise and wear out quicker.
  • Power Requirements. How much power the garage door opener requires.
  • Bells and Whistles. What type of Smart apps are available for garage door openers? Do I really need them?
  • Peripheral Hardware. Tracks, springs, rollers, the door itself. Technically these are not part of the opener, but quite often noises made by other parts of the door system are blamed on the opener. For more information on soundproofing the entire overhead door system, please see our article How to Quiet a Garage Door Opener.

10 Quietest Garage Door Openers 

All of the following garage door openers are quiet–some very quiet, some produce a little more noise. I have included a chain drive, belt drive, and one jackshaft drive model. I am sure that you will find the one that fits your requirements–hopefully at an acceptable price.

 

1) beamUP Volta – BU850 Garage Door Opener

beamUP Volta - BU850 - Two Car Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup, Smart Home Garage Opener - Alexa Enabled, Garage Security Sensors Included, No Subscription Fees - White

The beamUP Volta – BU850 Garage Door Opener starts life as a beamUP Centurion–then gets better. By adding Lithium Polymer battery back up. According to a Stanford University report, Lithium Polymer (Li-ion) batteries provide 3 times the cycles and over 10 times the charge cycles than lead acid batteries–without leaking. Obviously making them more environmentally friendly. At the time of this writing, only beamUP uses these batteries in their garage door openers.

It has an ultra silent belt drive opener with a 1 1/4 HP equivalent DC motor that will easily lift a double door. The Ultra Lift Power Transmission will lift 7′, 8′, or 10′ carriage doors with ease. (Note: It comes with everything required for a 7′ high door. Extensions for higher doors available at extra cost.) Quick and easy install with installation guides, product manual, videos, and telephone tech support all included with your purchase. Integrated motion activated 3000 lumen (200 watt) LED ‘edge to edge’ lighting provides security and lights the entire garage–without ever having to change a light bulb.

The Volta Smart Garage Door Opener provides smart phone access and control. Works with Alexa, IFTTT, Apple Watch, and HomeLink–all without monthly or annual subscriptions. You can share access with an unlimited number of users and get real time updates and reminders.

Note: Battery back up is require for garage door openers in California.

 

The Good

  • Ultra quiet 1 1/4 HP belt drive opener.
  • Comes c/w 2 three button remotes, wall switch, wireless keypad.
  • Comes ready to install on 7′ high door (extensions available for 8′ or 10′ at extra cost).
  • Easily lifts heavy carriage doors.
  • Battery back up.
  • Controller included to allow smart phone access to Alexa, Apple Watch, IFTTT, and HomeLink. No fees or subscription costs.
  • Customer service gets rave reviews.
  • Warranty – lifetime on motor, lifetime on belt, 5 years on parts, 2 years on accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • None

 

2) Genie StealthDrive Connect Model 7155-TKV 

Genie StealthDrive Connect Model 7155-TKV Smartphone-Controlled Ultra-Quiet Strong Belt Drive Garage Door Opener, Wi-Fi & Battery, Backup - Works with Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant

The Genie StealthDrive Connect Model 7155-TKV is a strong, ultra quiet belt drive opener with a 1 1/4 HP-equivalent DC motor. Belt is steel reinforced for smoother operation and longer life. Five Lithium metal batteries (included with the opener) provide battery back up for door operation in case of a power failure–with up to 50 opening and closing cycles after initial power failure. The opener is complete and ready to install on a 7′ high door. Extensions are available (at an extra cost) for both 8′ and 10′ high doors. The 1 1/4 HP motor should handle them with ease. Included are 2 remotes, wall mount control panel, wireless keypad, safety sensors.

The built-in Aladdin Connect system is compatible with many Smart Home apps including Alexa and Google Assistant. The opener is also compatible with HomeLink and Car2U allowing you to use your car remote instead of the included units. Aladdin Connect works with your Smart Phone to monitor, open, and close the door from anywhere.

Note: Amazon seems to have a problem with the weight. 0.039 ounces just does not seem correct.

 

The Good

  • Ultra quiet belt drive opener.
  • Strong, 1 1/4 HP motor
  • Ready to install on 7′ high door. Extension kits available for 8′ and 10′ high doors.
  • Comes with 2 remotes, wall control, wireless keypad, safety sensors.
  • Battery back up (batteries included)
  • Aladdin Connect system is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeLink, among many others.
  • Aladdin Connect enables Smart Phone monitoring, opening and closing door from anywhere.
  • Warranties – lifetime on motor, lifetime on belt, 5 years on parts, 1 year on accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • Some reported problems with Aladdin Connect and WIFI system.

 

3) beamUP Centurion – BU800 Garage Door Opener

beamUP Centurion - BU800 - Two Car Garage Door Opener, Smart Home Garage Opener - Alexa Enabled, Garage Security Sensors Included, No Subscription Fees - White

The beamUP Centurion – BU800 Garage Door Opener is a step up from the Workhorse. It has an ultra silent belt drive opener with a 1 1/4 HP equivalent DC motor that will easily lift a double door. The Ultra Lift Power Transmission will lift 7′, 8′, or 10′ carriage doors with ease. (Note: It comes with everything required for a 7′ high door. Extensions for higher doors available at extra cost.) Quick and easy install with installation guides, product manual, videos, and telephone tech support all included with your purchase. Integrated motion activated 3000 lumen (200 watt) LED ‘edge to edge’ lighting provides security and lights the entire garage–without ever having to change a light bulb.

The Centurion Smart Garage Door Opener provides smart phone access and control. Works with Alexa, IFTTT, Apple Watch, and HomeLink–all without monthly or annual subscriptions. You can share access with an unlimited number of users and get real time updates and reminders.

 

The Good

  • Ultra quiet 1 1/4 HP belt drive opener.
  • Comes c/w 2 three button remotes, wall switch, wireless keypad.
  • Comes ready to install on 7′ high door (extensions available for 8′ or 10′ at extra cost).
  • Easily lifts heavy carriage doors.
  • Controller included to allow smart phone access to Alexa, Apple Watch, IFTTT, and HomeLink. No fees or subscription costs.
  • Customer service gets rave reviews.
  • Warranty – lifetime on motor, lifetime on belt, 5 years on parts, 2 years on accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • No battery back up.

 

4) Decko 24503 Garage Door Opener

Decko 24503 3/4 Horse Power Heavy Duty Quiet Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with 3 Function Locking Wall Control, Two - 3 Button Remotes and Wireless Key Pad

The Decko 24503 Garage Door Opener is manufactured by a company headquartered in Minneapolis, and has been family owned since 1853. This 3/4 horsepower-equivalent opener is a heavy duty, quiet, belt drive machine. It easily handle 7′ high x 18′ wide doors and has an extension available for 8′ doors. Decko garage door openers were designed with the consumer installer in mind. They claim ease of installation is the number one reason the product will exceed expectations. (And from the reviews, it appears they have succeeded.)

Comes with 3 function wall panel, two 3 button remotes, wireless wall button, and wireless keypad. It is compatible with HomeLink if your vehicle is equipped with it. The optical safety sensors and an auto reverse function ensure a safe closing door.

 

The Good

  • Quiet 3/4 HP belt drive opener.
  • Comes c/w 3 function wall panel, 2 remotes, wireless wall button, wireless keypad.
  • Comes ready to install on 7′ high door with extension available for 8′ high door.
  • HomeLink compatible.
  • Customer service gets rave reviews.
  • Warranty – lifetime on motor, 1 year on parts.

 

The Not so Good

  • No battery back up.

 

5) Liftmaster 8500 Elite Ultra Quiet Garage Door Opener

LiftMaster 8500 Elite Series 8500 Jackshaft Operator, Factory Direct

 

The Liftmaster 8500 Elite could be renamed the ‘No Headroom’ garage door opener. This opener does not hang from the middle of your garage ceiling, but attaches to the jackshaft (located on the wall above the door with the tension spring wrapped around it), and is screwed onto the wall beside the door. It is ultra quiet, at least in part, because it is not attached to the ceiling, eliminating sound and vibrations in that area. The Liftmaster 8500 will lift up to 650 lbs. 

The opener comes c/w one remote, a wireless light, and a wall mount control panel that allows adjusting door closing time. The protector system will stop the door closing if something breaks its invisible light beam. It is also myQ Smartphone compatible (monitor, open and close door remotely). Extra purchase required. This unit has a bolt locking system for added security.

Note: Liftmaster is owned by the same company as Chamberlain, so the myQ system is identical. There are some suggestions that this opener requires professional installation, but from what I have seen, a little common sense, patience, and a few tools will get the job done in fairly short time.

 

The Good

  • Ultra quiet operation.
  • 3/4 HP-equivalent DC motor.
  • Will lift up to 650 lbs.
  • Online and downloadable installation and programming videos.
  • Available accessories include Smartphone app, wireless keypad, remote – purchased separately.
  • Comes with one remote, wireless light, wall mount control panel.
  • Warranty – lifetime on motor, 5 years on parts, 1 year on accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • A bit of a stripped down model with only one remote and no wireless keypad.
  • A bit pricier than some other garage door openers.

 

6) beamUP Workhorse – BU100 Garage Door Opener

beamUP Workhorse - BU100 - Sectional Garage Door Opener, Heavy-Duty Chain Drive, Wall Mount and Remote Garage Opener Included - White

The beamUP Workhorse – BU100 Garage Door Opener boasts an ultra quiet 24 volt DC motor that is 3/4 horsepower-equivalent. The Workhorse is a stripped down opener with a durable, heavy duty chain drive that provides great bang for your buck. It also can be upgraded with all kinds of bells and whistles (all sold separately). Kit comes ready for 7′ high doors, but mast extensions can be purchased for taller doors. 1500 lumen integrated LED light standard. Manufactured by a company that has been supplying the garage door industry for over 30 years.

The Workhorse comes with one remote and a one-button wall mount switch, and a photo eye safety system. Compatible with all generations or HomeLink; it can also be converted into a Smart Garage Door Opener by purchasing the beamUP controller. Also works with Alexa, Apple Watch, IFTTT with Zero Subscription Fee for any of it. Installation manual, video tutorials, and tech support by phone along with the not needing any special tools make installing the opener quite easy. Downloadable PDF  owners manual available on Amazon site.

Note: Amazon has the weight listed as .01 lbs. or .16 ounces. I would certainly not bet a lot of money on those numbers being correct.

 

The Good

  • Inexpensive, ultra quiet 3/4 HP garage door opener.
  • Comes with one remote and wall switch.
  • Wireless keypad available separately.
  • Claims the fastest open/close response time–under 1 second.
  • beamUP controller provides conversion to Smart Garage Door Opener with access to Alexa, Apple Watch IFTTT, and more. No subscription fee. Controller sold separately.
  • Customer service gets rave reviews.
  • Warranty – 5 years on motor, 1 year on parts.

 

The Not so Good

  • No battery back up.

 

7) Genie QuietLift Connect Garage Door Opener  Model 3053-TKV

Genie QuietLift Connect – WiFi Smart Garage Door Opener with Added Wireless Keypad, ¾ HPC Smart Belt Drive – Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, Model 3053-TKV

 

The Genie QuietLift Connect Garage Door Opener Model 3053-TKV features a strong, ultra quiet 3/4 HP belt drive motor. Genie claims it only produces 50 decibels of noise–less then normal conversation. This quiet operation makes it ideal for garages attached to living spaces–either beside or below. The steel reinforced belt drive will lift up to a 500 lb. 7′ high door. Genie also offers a mast extension kit (sold separately) for 8′ high doors. The opener, with its snap together mast,  is easy to install without requiring any extra hardware–assuming you are replacing an existing opener where the hangar already exists.

Accessories include two pre-programmed 3-button remotes, a wireless exterior keypad, and a multi-function wall console. With the Integrated Aladdin Connect technology, it is possible to monitor, open, and close your garage door from anywhere using your Smart Phone. The Smart Garage System is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant allowing you to have voice control of garage door operation.

 

The Good

  • Ultra quiet 50 decibel operation.
  • 3/4 HP belt drive motor.
  • Steel reinforced belt.
  • Will lift door up to 500 lbs.
  • 3D interactive installation instructions.
  • Comes c/w 2 remotes, wireless keypad, wall console.
  • Can monitor, open, and close garage door from anywhere using Smart Phone.
  • Voice control using Alexa or Google Assistant.
  • Warranties – limited lifetime on motor, 15 year belt, 5 year on parts, 1 year on accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • No battery back-up.
  • Reports of Alexa and Google Assistant not being very user-friendly.

 

8) Chamberlain B4545T Smart Garage Door Opener

Chamberlain B4545T Smart Garage Door Opener w/Built in HD Camera, Two way audio - myQ Smartphone Control- Ultra Quiet, Strong Belt Drive and MED Lifting Power, Wireless Keypad Incl, Blue

The Chamberlain B4545T Smart Garage Door Opener comes with even more bells and whistles than the other Chamberlain models listed here. Including longer warranties. This is a quiet steel reinforced 1/2 horsepower-equivalent DC belt drive opener. It comes ready to set up for a 7′ high door. Extensions for 8′ and 10′ doors sold separately. Chamberlain technology enables the remote controls to operate up to 1500 feet from the door to ensure it will be fully open when you get to it.

Comes with two 3-button remotes, multi-function control panel including motion sensor, wireless keypad, and safety sensors. It also includes the downloadable myQ app, which allows you to monitor your garage on a Smart Phone. Applications include monitoring the status of your door, opening and closing the door remotely, and real time alerts when motion is detected in the garage. Because this opener includes a camera with 2 way voice capabilities, it provides a live video feed or a recorded video of your garage. You also have 2-way voice communication between your phone and garage. 

Some of the other myQ technology includes Google Assistant (free for a limited time–followed by subscription fee), IFTTT (free for a limited time–followed by subscription fee), and myQ Guest which allows 3 additional people to have access to your garage.

 

The Good

  • Quiet 1/2 HP belt drive opener
  • Comes with multi-function wall panel, 2 remotes (with up to 1500′ range), wireless keypad, safety sensors.
  • Motion sensor sends alert when someone in garage.
  • Comes ready to install on 7′ high door with extensions available for 8′ and 10′ high doors.
  • Camera included.
  • myQ app allows Smart Phone monitoring of garage, opening and closing door remotely, real time alerts, live or recorded video feeds, and 2-way voice communication between garage and phone.
  • myQ app also accesses Google Assistant, IFTTT, myQ Guest (allows garage access for up to 3 people). 
  • Warranty – lifetime on motor, lifetime on belt, 5 years on parts, 1 year on accessories, 1 year on camera.

 

The Not so Good

  • Some questions about camera quality.
  • Some apps require subscription after introductory period.

 

9) Chamberlain B550 Smart Garage Door Opener 

Chamberlain B550 Smart Garage Door Opener- myQ Smartphone Controlled - Ultra Quiet & Strong Belt Drive with MED Lifting Power, Wireless Keypad Included, Blue

 

The Chamberlain B550 Smart Garage Door Opener is a strong, ultra-quiet steel reinforced belt drive opener. This opener comes complete for installation on a 7′ high door. Mast extension kits are available for both 8′ high and 10′ high doors for an extra cost. The powerful 1/2 horsepower-equivalent DC motor is more than capable of lifting the bigger doors. Included are two 3-button openers (with up to 1500′ range), wall control panel, remote keyless entry, and safety sensors to prevent door closing on things it is not supposed to.

The Smart Garage Door Opener comes with Chamberlain’s myQ app built into it to allow Smart Phone control. You can monitor, open, and close the garage door from anywhere. Set up access for up to 3 additional people. myQ will also link to Google Assistant and IFTTT. Both these apps have a free introductory period–followed by a subscription service.

 

The Good

  • Quiet, strong 1/2 HP belt drive opener.
  • Steel reinforced belt
  • Comes with 2 remotes (up to 1500′ range), wall control, wireless keypad, safety sensors.
  • Ready to install on 7′ high door. Mast extension kits available for 8′ and 10′ doors.
  • myQ app included to allow Smart Phone door control–monitor, open, and close door from anywhere, and allow 3 additional people to have access.
  • myQ links to Google Assistant and IFTTT.
  • Warranties – 10 years on motor, 15 years on belt, 1 year on parts and accessories.

 

The Not so Good

  • Google Assistant and IFTTT become paid subscription service after introductory offer.

 

SKYLINK ATR-1622BK ATOMS 1/2 HPF Garage Door Opener with Extremely Quiet DC Motor, Belt Drive, Built-In LED light, Remote Controls, Keypad Keyless Entry, Deluxe Wall Console, White

 

The Atoms ATR-1622CK by Skylink Garage Door Opener is a belt drive unit with a powerful 1/2 HP DC motor that provides very quiet operation. Soft start and stop automatically adjust the speeds to help provide quieter operation, less vibration, and longer machine life. Built in LED light eliminates replacement concerns. User-friendly display panel and online installation and programming videos make setting up the opener quite easy. Display panel also shows diagnostic codes to help with trouble shooting. Comes c/w a 7′ rail for 7′ high overhead doors with extensions sold separately for 8′ high doors and 10′ high doors. A battery back-up unit is also available and sold separately.

This Skylink garage door opener comes c/w two 1-button remotes, a wireless keypad, and a Deluxe? wall control. Can be synchronized with your car.

 

 

The Good

  • Very quiet belt drive garage door opener.
  • 1/2 HP-equivalent DC motor
  • Online installation and programming videos.
  • Available accessories include mast extensions for 8′ and 10′ high doors and back-up battery (all sold separately).
  • Comes with two remotes, wireless keypad, wall control.
  • In-car remote compatible.
  • 1 year warranty.

 

The Not so Good

  • Warranty is only 1 year.
  • Some questions about customer service. Also some raves about customer service.

 

How We Chose the Quietest Garage Door Openers – The Basics

The list of 10 quiet garage door openers above includes quite a wide variation of options. All are quiet. All will get the job done. The following basic types of information factored into our considerations along with warranties and price. All but one of the openers have warranties in excess of one year with some of them offering limited lifetime warranties. The cost of most garage door openers is not excessive, but there is a fairly wide range here. It usually depends on the extras and motor size and, in one case, the type of operator.

Hopefully, I have provide a large enough list with enough types of openers for you to make an informed decision on a quiet garage door opener.

 

Types of Garage Door Opener Drive Systems

There are 5 drive systems used in overhead door openers. By far, the 2 most popular are belt drive and chain drive. The other 3 are jackshaft drive, screw drive, and direct drive. I did not include either the screw drive or direct drive units. Here is why.

  • Screw Drive. Although they are very quiet and powerful, they seem to have a problem with locations where hot summer is followed by cold winter. They work well on one piece doors or high doors (over 10′). Some reviews suggest that they are not made as well as they were at one time.
  • Direct Drive. These openers operate by having the motor move along a stationery rail. Although quiet, they are very uncommon and might be difficult to find or to get parts for. Can also be a little on the pricey side.

 

Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Belt drive openers are the quietest operat0rs on the market. And with the newer belts being steel reinforced, some manufacturers are coming out with lifetime limited warranties not only on their motors, but also on the belts themselves. They are a little easier to install, and have fewer moving parts than chain drives so less maintenance cost. (Although most garage door openers, if adjusted properly, are relatively maintenance-free.) At one time they were more expensive than chain drive operators, but now the prices are very close.

 

Chain Driven Garage Door Opener

As belt technology improves and pricing becomes more competitive, chain drive openers are slowly losing their position as the most popular and durable garage door opener. They have already lost out in the quiet department because chain and gears and bad adjustment and lack of maintenance adds up to more noise. They are also a bit slower than belt drives, and do not operate quite as smoothly. (It is a little more difficult to properly tension a chain than a belt.) But having said all that, they are still very popular because of strength of the chain compared to a belt, price, and dependability.

 

Jackshaft Driven Garage Door Opener

This is a specialized garage door opener–usually used when the garage ceiling is too low or too high to make a mast opener practical. They attach to the jackshaft attached to the wall above the door. A bit louder than a belt drive opener, they provide added security with a bolt lock. For anyone wanting, or needing, an unobstructed ceiling, this is the unit you need. More expensive than most other openers. They only work on sectional doors and on doors with a maximum size of 180 square feet–unless you get 2 units. One for each end of the shaft. 

 

Noise Level

Generally, garage door opener manufacturers do not provide decibel levels for their products. Because there is no ratings baseline to use for noise level, I had to rely on manufacturers information, consumer reviews, and maybe the full moon when considering noise levels of the openers I picked. Something else that will add to the noise level is vibration. It will be specially noticeable if the garage is beneath a living space because generally the motor is mounted to the garage ceiling. 

If the motor has too little horsepower to raise and lower the door smoothly, it can start vibrating. Which transfers into the framing members of the ceiling. And through the floor into living areas. A half horsepower motor, or bigger–depending on door size–should eliminate the problem.

 

Motor Size

Motor size is rated by horsepower. Most garage door openers will be 1/2 HP, 3/4 HP, or 1 HP. (Note: There are some garage door opener manufacturers that still use 1/3 HP motor, and even 1/4 HP–both of which will struggle lifting anything larger than a single car door.) None of the openers on this list are less than 1/2 HP, which will generally handle most residential overhead doors. Unless they are solid wood or have a lot of glass–specially dual glazed laminated. 

I included 3/4 horsepower motors and 1 1/4 horsepower motors in the list for a few reasons.

  1. It does not cost very much more to get a more powerful motor.
  2. Most overhead doors are not used much more than 2 or 3 times a day, so the extra electricity a bigger motor uses is negligible.
  3. If, at some point, you decide on a heavier door you already have an opener with the horsepower to handle it. 

 

Power Requirements

Overhead door openers use 2 types of power–alternating current (AC), which is standard in North American homes, and direct current (DC), which is the type of current produced by a battery. Most door openers now use DC power because DC powered motors are quieter, quicker, and smoother. It is easier and less expensive to provide battery back up for a DC motor than an AC motor. Many DC openers offer soft-start/soft-stop technology to reduce wear and tear on the motor and the entire door system.

No need to panic. The overhead door opener is plugged into a regular 115 volt wall receptacle just like the one you are replacing and the incoming AC current is converted to DC current to run the motor. 

 

Bells and Whistles

You can buy overhead door openers that offer quite a wide array of technological options–such as Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Phone monitoring, opening, and closing the door, video, access to extra people, and a whole host of other apps and uses. This is a personal choice. Anyone who uses a Smart Phone to run their daily lives will probably want to add the garage door apps for convenience and security. Anyone who just wants the door to open and close at the touch of a button will not be interested in paying the extra for things they will not use.

Being a charter member of the Technological Dinosaur Club, I am not qualified to comment on apps. The information I have listed is from the manufacturers and/or the product reviews. Because if I am talking to my computer, it is not because it is voice activated. I will be explaining to it–loudly, and in no uncertain terms–what a piece of garbage it is.

 

Quietest Garage Door Opener 2021 – Best of the Best

beamUP Volta - BU850 - Two Car Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup, Smart Home Garage Opener - Alexa Enabled, Garage Security Sensors Included, No Subscription Fees - White

Although all of these openers are either quiet, or very quiet, and many offer much the same type of product, choosing the best of the best was fairly easy for me. The beamUP Volta – BU850 Garage Door Opener will provide everything a person could want, or need, when buying a new opener. There is really nothing I can find for the ‘Not so Good‘ list. Manufactured by a company that has made and supplied openers and parts to the overhead door industry for over 30 years, here is what you get.

  • 1 1/4 horsepower-equivalent DC motor.
  • Steel reinforced belt drive.
  • Comes with two 3-button remotes, wireless keypad, wall mount control.
  • Fits 7′ high door ‘out of the box’.
  • Mast extensions available for 8′ and 10′ high doors.
  • Will lift most any residential door.
  • Lithium Polymer battery back up.
  • Included controller allows access to Alexa, Apple Watch, IFTTT, HomeLink, and more. Absolutely NO subscription fees.
  • Great warranties – Lifetime on motor, lifetime on belt, 5 years on parts, 2 years on accessories.
  • Rave reviews.

 

Quietest Garage Door Opener 2021 – Honorable Mentions

These two were also pretty easy. They are the other  beamUP products on the list. Everything I read about the product and company along with the reviews makes these products easy to recommend.

The beamUP Centurion – BU800 Garage Door Opener is essentially the same product as the beamUP Volta. The only real difference is that it comes without a battery back up. Therefore, as long as you do not live in California where battery back up is the law, you can get the same high quality product for less money.

The beamUP Workhorse – BU100 Garage Door Opener is an inexpensive basic chain drive model that can be upgraded (at extra cost) with many of the bells and whistles that the Volta and Centurion have. (Note: This would be my personal choice because I am a technological dinosaur and could not figure out how to talk to my garage door opener. And the garage is in the back yard with no neighbors, so the little extra noise of a chain drive means nothing.)

 

FAQs About Quietest Garage Door Opener

Here are a few of the questions that come up when people are contemplating a new garage door opener.

 

Are there any Smart Quiet Garage Door Openers?

Yes, there are quite a few. Some listed above include the beamUP Volta, the Genie Model 7155, and the Chamberlain Model B550. They all are capable of monitoring, opening, and closing the garage door from a Smart Phone. Most also have many other apps that provide convenience and security. One even comes with a built-in camera.

 

How can I make my garage door opener quieter?

See our article How to Quiet a Garage Door Opener. Not only does it deal with quieting the opener, but provides tips on quieting all of the peripheral parts such as track, rollers, motor mounting, and more.

 

Which Garage Door Opener is Quieter – Chain Drive or Belt Drive?

Belt drive openers are quieter. Chain drive openers have metal to metal contact between the chain and drive sprocket. There is also the potential of the metal chain slapping in the pan as it gets older and worn. Belt drives do not have either of these problems.

 

Do Garage Door Openers Come With Quiet Garage Door Rollers?

No. Garage door openers usually only come with motor, drive, mast, and controls. Rollers, springs, weatherstrip, etc. are sold separately.

 

End Notes 

Where I sometimes go off on a tangent.

 

Quiet Garage Door Openers – Observations and Questions

While reading through the reviews about the garage door openers on this list–and many others that did not make the cut–by far the most consistently recurring complaints are about the zippy technology that companies are including with the product and using as a sales gimmick. I am not sure if there is any kind of lesson there. But if I ran the company, I would make the best quiet garage door opener possible. And maybe skip the bells and whistles, and beads and trinkets, while refining them until they actually worked consistently. Why provide something for people to complain about? I would much rather someone whine about no Alexa, than give my product and company a one-star review because Alexa does not speak to her/him. As a manufacturer of garage door openers, I would also much rather make a door that opens and closes when, and how, my customers want it to.

As one of the reviewers of a garage door opener said: “I should have known better than to trust a door company to develop wireless technology”. As with air compressors (see Best Quiet Air Compressor of 2021), I prefer equipment that works–even if I have to change oil. And why do some companies provide all of the apps free and some charge a subscription fee?

 


Terry Schutz

I have worked as a contractor, sales person, and business owner in the construction industry for over three decades--mostly in home renovations and also as a home builder. I have been married to the same wife for 46 years. We have 3 children and 4 granddaughters. I have also been writing semi-professionally for about 20 years--construction articles, personal stories, and politically incorrect social commentary.


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