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Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener review

The feature-packed Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener is a great performer, but turning your garage door from manual to electric this way comes at a price.

Mighty Mule MM9545M
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Top Ten Reviews Verdict

The Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener is a great option if your budget stretches this far.

Pros

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    A comprehensive set of features

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    LED lighting

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    Good user reviews

Cons

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    More expensive end of the market

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    Some users found installation difficult

If you are looking for the convenience of an automatic opening function without replacing your existing garage doors, then a garage door opener could be a great option. The Mighty Mule MM9545M features on our list of the best garage door openers (opens in new tab) out there. Although it’s at the higher end of the market price-wise, it has a great range of features and performs well, making it worth the investment. 

Mighty Mule MM9545M: Key specs

Dimensions: 12 x 15.5 x 9.5 inches 

Rail length: 9.8 ft

Weight: 36.15 lbs

Type: Belt drive

Battery Type: 12 V Battery

Remote Controls: Yes – Remotes Included / Smartphone App / Alexa or Google Assistant Compatible

Warranty: 5-year warranty on parts, lifetime warranty on the LED light, and 1 year on accessories/electronics. 

This Mighty Mule garage door opener is a belt-drive model designed for a 7ft high garage door. It scores well on the noise (or lack of it) front and is Wi-Fi enabled. If you set up the Mighty Mule Smart Control App, you can open and close your garage door via smartphone, rather than remembering, or hunting around for remote control.

Inside your package, you will find everything you need to set up and install your garage door opener. The box contains an LED light, sensors, a rail and wall panel, and two remotes if needed.

We’ve looked further into the comprehensive features of the Mighty Mule MM9545M, its specifications, and user reviews, so here’s everything you need to know.

Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener: Features

The MM9545M has got all the features that you'd want from a garage door opener, and more. 

It comes with Wi-Fi, and to make best use of it you'll find it has its own app, called the Mighty Mule Smart Control App. Once downloaded, this app enables you to open and close your garage door from your smartphone.

There's a built-in LED light with the Mighty Mule too, which is handy, and the LED has a lifetime warranty. The light actually has 3 banks, so it will light up your garage well and the brightness can be adjusted to make it exactly as light as you want it to be.

The other vital feature that the MM9545M has is a backup battery. This will keep you going in the event of a power cut and is probably vital if you live in an area that suffers from frequent power outages.

(Image credit: Image source: Home Depot)

Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener: Performance

When it comes to performance, the MM9545M seems to have gone down a storm with the public. It's quiet, it has all the features people want and it's very reliable. 

Like the other garage door openers we looked at, it's designed for a 7 foot high garage door. You'll need a different model for a bigger door.

A decent warranty on the motor, belt and LED light mean that you don't have to worry about anything wearing out.

Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener: User reviews

The customer reviews of the Mighty Mule MM9545M are very positive. People seem to have found it fairly straightforward to install and there have been relatively few problems reported. 

On the Home Depot website, the MM9545M scored a staggering 5/5 stars with a healthy 100% recommendation rate. That's the highest customer rating of all the garage door openers we looked at in our buying guide. 

Should you buy the Mighty Mule MM9545M garage door opener?

If you are looking for a quieter, belt-drive model that has all you need in the box to install and use your garage door opener, then the Mighty Mule MM9545M would make a great investment. With a backup battery for peace of mind, and the bonus of smartphone capability and LED lighting, Mighty Mule has covered all bases with this product.

This garage door opener also scores highly in customer reviews, with a 5-star recommendation on Home Depot’s website, and very few issues reported across the board. Although at the higher end of the market in price, it does compete with and sits nicely in between, the Chamberlain B970 and Chamberlain B1381 price-wise. If the Mighty Mule brand has already caught your eye, then the 5-year warranty on parts could sway you towards this garage door opener.

If this product isn't for you

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Mighty Mule brand, perhaps one that won’t break the bank or can cope with heavier garage doors, then check out these suggestions below:

The Genie 1035-V (opens in new tab) is our budget-friendly choice and is widely regarded for its reliability. It’s a basic chain drive model, but does come with a push-button wall control, car remote control, and a SAFE-T Beam system. This is a very handy feature that reverses the closing action of the door if anything crosses the infrared beam.

For heavier garage doors we have included the Ryobi GD201 (opens in new tab), which has a strong 2 horsepower motor, with the bonus of being a quieter belt drive model. Built-in/included features include Wi-Fi, an outdoor keypad, and safety sensors, with the option of adding a ONE+ backup battery system, or futuristic extras such as laser lighting to help you park.

Our final suggestion is for anyone familiar with the Chamberlain brand, but looking for a cost-effective garage door opener. The Chamberlain B510 (opens in new tab) is a belt-drive product, with a hefty warranty of 10 years on the motor and 15 on the drive, with 1 year on parts and accessories. Designed for a 7-foot garage door, the B510 also has a remote that works from 1,500 feet away, safety sensors, and the same 100 billion code encryption for safety and security as its more expensive counterparts.

Graham usually works in home computer journalism for his day job, and has been at Future Plc for many years, mostly employed across our print titles. He has a keen interest in all things gardening, and has written extensively about lawn mowers and other garden care products while in his freelance capacity at Top Ten Reviews.

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