Pros / This Chamberlain Chain Drive has a 10-year motor warranty and smartphone connectivity.
Cons / It won’t open doors weighing more than 300 pounds.
Verdict / The Chamberlain PD612EV is an affordable garage door opener with a nice feature package that includes a keyless pad.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product, the Chamberlain C410. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Chamberlain manufactures some of the best garage door openers on the market, and even its less expensive models such as the Chain Drive PD612EV offer secure, quiet operation and other nice features. For one, this affordable garage door opener includes MyQ connectivity, so you can activate its features from a smartphone. It also has all the essential safety and security features you need with a garage door opener.
This opener is designed around a rugged chain to be durable, so it runs slightly louder than your average belt-drive system, but it’s still relatively quiet. This 1/2-horsepower garage opener can handle typical residential garage doors, including sectional double-wide doors that weigh up to 300 pounds. If your door weighs more than 300 pounds, you should consider a 3/4-horsepower opener - as found in our top pick, Chamberlain Premium Whisper Drive.
This Chamberlain garage door opener has a long list of safety and security features. The garage door opener system anticipates potential dangers by detecting motion and reversing the motion of the door if anything or anyone interrupts that beam. The door also automatically reverses if it makes contact with anything or anyone while closing, whether the beam is broken or not. This opener supports two 100-watt bulbs so you can have plenty of light when you get out of your car.
The integrated manual release handle ensures that you are never left without garage access, even in an emergency. This Chamberlain garage door opener also reduces the chance of criminal activity by sending different codes from your remote to your opener each time so no one can steal your code and gain access to your home.
This garage door opener also comes with two remotes, which you would not necessarily expect in a garage door opener at this price point. The extra remote will come in handy if you have two cars or as a backup if you have one car. This garage door opener also includes a keyless entry pad as part of the package.
Chamberlain provides good customer support and service. You can contact the company by email and phone, and the support representatives are responsive and friendly. The warranty for this garage door opener includes 10-year coverage for the motor and two years for the chain and other parts.
The Chamberlain 1/2-horsepower Chain Drive garage door opener comes with bright lights, a 10-year motor warranty and a rugged chain. It also has some nice extras that you wouldn’t necessarily expect for a garage door opener at this price point, like an extra remote and a keyless entry pad. Most importantly, this unit will open and close your garage door quickly, safely and quietly.