Who likes to open their garage doors and create a loud noise that disturbs everyone in their house and neighbors? No one!
You don’t want to become the center of everyone’s (uncalled for) attention, right? I know! But how do you avoid that?
You do that by using a quiet garage door opener to quietly enter and leave.
I researched the best stealthy garage-openers on the market so you don’t have to. And I shortlisted six of the best ones designed to minimize noise-levels while opening and closing garage doors.
I’ll run you through everything you need to know to choose the most suitable ninja garage opener.
If that sounds like something you can use (I’m sure you can), read on!
Why are garage door openers so noisy?
Garage door openers are usually noisy due to the door’s pulling trolley action.
The trolley pulls the door up and down the track (belt or chain), making noise when the metal door vibrates and creates friction against the track.
Another source of noise could be the motor running to actually pull the trolley.
Can you make a garage door opener quieter?
Is your garage door particularly noisy and/or has become noisier? It might be due to a lack of maintenance.
A number of problems can arise from this:
- Improper installation
- Misaligned nuts or bolts
- Lack of lubrication
- Wearing out of the belt due to humidity
- Rollers or hinges coming undone
If you suspect any of the above, try fixing the problems to see if it helps the noise.
If it doesn’t, you may have to replace your garage door opener with one that’s designed to be quieter.
Which type of garage door openers is the quietest?
There are two main types that we’ll consider for our comparison: Chain and Belt Garage door openers.
The chain garage door opener is the oldest kind there is. And it’s still popular thanks to its strength and durability.
While these are robust and reliable, they’re not as quiet as you’d like.
On the other hand, belt garage door openers are not as resilient, but are much smoother. And hence, much quieter.
This is a chain type of garage door opener. But it uses a powerful half HPF motor that reduces the amount of friction while pulling the door, making less noise.
It also has an automatic soft-start and soft-stop mechanism. This gradually increases the speed when opening the door, and gradually decreases it while closing the door. The result – less noise.
What makes it unique is the built-in 12W LED feature that provides illumination in the absence of any other light source. LED lights means less frequent changing or repairs, making it a more durable option.
You can operate it conveniently through the push button on the unit or the one-button remote control. The remote is encrypted with a better code-system to prevent anyone else from opening your garage with a similar remote.
|Built-in LED promises long-lasting illumination||The noise lowering feature may not be as great as some others|
|Powerful motor that makes less noise||May not be very long-lasting|
|Not too expensive compared to other brands|
|Easy to install|
If you’re on a budget and still can’t do without a quiet garage door opener, get this one. Yes, the noise cancellation isn’t spot-on. But it’s quite affordable and works with far lower noise levels compared to other chain garage door openers.
The LED light is a convenient feature, really helpful at night or during a power outage. Thank its backup battery for that! A great affordable option.
This Chamberlain B970T garage door opener uses belt-driven technology for quieter operation. It also featured reinforced stability using high-grade materials so it performs better than most other belt garage door openers.
You also get better performance thanks to its powerful motor system, equal to 1 ¼ HP systems. This minimizes vibration and also efficiently lifts and closes the door, no matter how heavy.
Even better – this garage door opener uses smart-technology. Just download the MyQ app to easily open, close, and know the status of your garage door from your phone. You can even invite two other people to control the door.
And don’t worry about forced entries or people accidentally opening your garage door. The Chamberlain B970T uses a strong encryption system to maximize security and prevent such breaches.
Need more to be impressed? It even works in a power outage! Thanks to its battery back-up that’ll open your garage even if the power’s out.
|Noise-reducing belt technology with a powerful motor||No manual way to control the door in case your Wi-Fi isn’t working|
|Smart control||The MYQ app only allows one master user, no guest accounts|
|Strong security encryption|
In terms of noise-free operation, this is the best garage door opener. From a powerful trolley system to a backup battery, it covers everything you’d expect a quiet door garage door opener to have.
The only thing it lacks is multi-user support and a manual control option. That doesn’t cover instances where your Wi-Fi isn’t working. Or when you need to allow multiple users to control the door.
But if these issues aren’t deal breakers, you’ll just love this super-silent garage door opener.
If you’re tired of people complaining about your loud garage door, you’ll love this door opener. Especially if you have a room above your garage. This Genie SteathDrive garage door opener lives up to its name.
It uses a 1 1/4 HPC DC Motor and a steel-reinforced belt drive. In addition to being resilient and effective, it minimizes noise by reducing vibration and friction.
You can also control this quiet garage door opener with Alexa and Google Home! Open or close the door from wherever you are, with your smartphone or smart home device.
Of course there’s also the good old remote-controlled option if you like to keep things old school. You also get a wireless pin-controlled keypad and a wall console with a vacation lock and light control button.
In case of a power outage, this door opener features a backup battery that’s good for up to 50 cycles of the door opening and closing.
|Alexa and Google Home Integration||The Aladdin connect may not be very smooth|
|Manual control options||The customer service could be better|
|Backup battery for a power outage|
|Powerful motor and construction for noise-free operation|
If you’re a fan of the whole smart home life, this garage door opener is for you. The Alexa and Google home control gives you Wi-Fi-control for added convenience.
Besides the smart control, this garage door opener is quiet and has specs that you’ll appreciate in the long run. Overall, a great option for anyone looking for a quiet, smart-control garage door opener.
If you value quality above all, consider the Chamberlain B1381 garage door opener. It’s a belt drive garage opener, powered with a 1 ¼ HP motor. The strong motor system allows for smooth functioning without much turbulence, hence lower noise.
A useful feature I noticed was the 3 LED (100 lumens) lights that claim to illuminate most of your garage. Especially useful at night. It has a backup battery too.
Safety sensors on the door opener also detect any obstruction or obstacles, automatically stopping the door’s opening or closing.
You can set it up with the MYQ app to control the door with your smartphone. Or use the remote control provided. You also get a wireless keypad with security 2.0 encryption. Don’t worry, it’s easy to set up.
You can also use this garage door with Alexa or Google Home. You’ll need a separate subscription for it though.
|Superior illumination with the LED lights||Smart home integration isn’t available by default and needs a separate subscription fee|
|Less noise, more efficiency||The provided kit only works for installation in standard 7-foot doors|
|Multiple control options|
|Smart home integration option|
|Easy to install|
This just might be one of the quietest garage door openers I came across. It’s also great in the quality department and pretty much everything else like manual control, security and smart-control.
However, I feel you may be able to get similar specs at a lower price point. So it depends on your budget whether or not this qualifies as the best deal.
Need help parking in your garage? The laser assist feature on this Chamberlain B6765 makes it your new best friend.
It comes with a laser beam that activates whenever you open the door. The beam detects your car’s hood as it moves in and tells you when to stop the car.
A strong belt-drive in the garage door opener minimizes noise. You can trust the strong steel construction and high-grade materials used to keep things quiet.
Another unique feature I noticed was the 2-way audio. This lets you have a conversation with someone in your garage over your phone.
The unit has a built-in camera that provides a 1080 HD view and is motion-activated with an anti-glare lens for more clarity. So more security!
Like other models in its class, this one also offers corner-to-corner illumination with the three 100-lumen LED lights. It’s easy to install the laser device.
|Built-in camera and audio device||Wi-Fi integration may be a but glitchy|
|Laser-assisted parking prevents any bumps and accidents||You need a separate subscription to view the video recordings|
|Ultra-quiet door-opening and closing|
|Easy installation and setup|
If you have an eye for advanced features – you’ll like this garage door opener. Not many garage door openers have a camera and audio for live-communication. So if you want a little extra something along with a quiet garage door opener, and have the money to spare, get this one.
Not a fan of the usual ceiling-mounted garage door openers? Want to free up ceiling space? Here you go – a wall-mounted garage door opener that installs on the side of your garage door.
The wall-mounted feature also eliminates noise that’s otherwise created due to vibrations through the ceiling. The strong P3 motor system improves performance and further reduces noise.
You can control the door with your smartphone through the MyQ app. Or through the remote control provided. It also has a cool feature where you get audiovisual warnings on your phone whenever the door is about to close.
The model is equipped with a safety motion sensor which casts a light through the door opening. This prevents it from closing if the light beam is being interrupted. A great way to avoid accidents.
The device has a backup battery too. And you get a lifetime warranty with the motor.
|Sleek, wall-mountable design||The door might slack a little on its way up, so you’ll have to get pusher strings to prevent that|
|Easy installation||The wiring might take you a while to figure out since you can’t use the usual garage door opener wire placement|
|Smart controls via the MyQ app gateway|
|Eliminates noise during door closing/opening|
Strictly in terms of low noise levels, this garage door opener is the best in the game. Some reviews claim it to be whisper quiet and unmatched in its ability to stay quiet. You’re also getting a smart monitoring and safety sensor. Both are actually useful features.
A lot of people simply love this garage door opener because it’s wall-mountable. So there’s no ugly, bulky garage door opener hanging from your ceiling. How do you like that?
At the end of the day (literally and figuratively), you need a quiet way to get in and out of your garage.
Now you know the best garage door openers that let you do that.
Which one will you go for? Look at awards and see if there’s a particular feature that speaks to you.
My top recommendation would be the Chamberlain B970. It nails the basic features of being quiet and secure. A great choice if you don’t need all those added features.
If you fancy a little something extra, I think the Chamberlain B6765 Secure View could be the one. I mean who wouldn’t benefit from a little laser-assisted parking? Plus you’re getting a low-noise door opener AND audio-visual integration.
But if you’re only after the stealthiest entries and exits, the uber-quiet LiftMaster 8500 is the winner. This well-designed door opener eliminates ceiling-transmitted vibration, significantly lowering the noise.
I hope you found this article helpful (your neighbors may also be hoping for the same!). If you liked this post, feel free to check out similar articles on our site.
Thanks for reading, and have a great day!