CNET: These devices will boost your garage’s IQ

Wish your garage door would open to greet you as you pull into the driveway? Or maybe you’d like it to keep an eye on things, or remind you if you forget to close it when you leave? Each of these CNET reviewed devices can do some or all that for you.


Chamberlain MyQ Garage

Product Review:

CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Chamberlain MyQ Garage is one of the most affordable smart garage-door openers, and also one of the easiest to install.

The bad: It works with a growing list of other smart home products, but notables like SmartThings and Revolv still don’t have official support.

The cost: $75.00 to $99.99

The bottom line: Chamberlain’s MyQ Garage should be the first on your list if you want to add some smarts to your garage door. Just prepare your wallet for the urge to link it to other devices.


Nexx Garage

Product Review:

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: The Nexx Garage works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant without needing IFTTT and has good auto-opening performance.

The bad: The sensors for the door require a long wire strung across your garage space and can be tricky to align just right.

The cost: $99.90

The bottom line: It performs well, costs less than $100, and offers a simple setup with native voice-assistant integration.



Product Review:

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very good)

The good: The Gogogate2 is a capable garage controller that supports up to three doors at once and works with third-party cameras for live images in the Gogogate app.

The bad: Setup is a bit tedious on the app and connectivity side, and you’ll need If This Then That applets to use voice assistants or to set up geofencing.

The cost: $138.48 to $139.00

The bottom line: The reasonably priced Gogogate2 supports nearly every function you’d want in a smart garage, though several rely on IFTTT applets.



Product Review:

CNET rating: 3.0 stars out of 5 (Good)

The good: The Garadget adds voice control and remote access to your existing garage door.

The bad: The Amazon Alexa skill proved difficult to initiate, many features require IFTTT and the Garadget doesn’t include scheduling.

The cost: $89.00

The bottom line: If you’re just looking for simple voice command and remote access capability, the Garadget will get the job done for less than $100.


The following CNET staff contributed to this story: Executive Editor Rich Brown, Associate Editor Molly Price and Senior Editor Laura K. Cucullu. For more reviews of personal technology products, please visit

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