LiftMaster WLED Belt Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener Review

Shortly after moving into our first non-apartment home, my husband’s bicycle was swiped from our garage. Besides realizing that not all of suburbia is like Mayberry, we learned that keeping the garage door closed when we’re not in it is key. Many a night, snug in my bed, I’ve wondered if we remembered to shut the door, which is two long flights down. Living in a moderately smart home, I’ve also wondered why we haven’t installed a Wi-Fi-enabled garage door opener so I could check the status of the door remotely, from my phone.

LiftMaster’s new WLED DC Battery Backup Belt Drive Wi-Fi Garage Door Opener is a well-equipped belt-drive model. It’s pin-drop quiet compared with the chain-driven garage door openers of yore, includes DC battery backup so you can access your garage (and your car) in a power outage, and bright LEDs that bring light to every nook and cranny of the space. Most important, integrated Wi-Fi and the MyQ app let you view the state of the door (closed or open and for how long), and control it from your phone so you’ll never have to trudge outside in your PJs.

Part of the Chamberlain Group, LiftMaster only sells its garage door openers through dealers paired with professional installation. The Chamberlain brand of openers are typically less expensive, available direct to consumers, and can be self-installed. The list price for the WLED itself is $448.99, and the installation price varies by dealer; you should expect to pay an additional $100 to $150. If…

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