Pros / This garage door opener works even in a power outage by using a battery backup system.
Cons / You need to purchase an extension kit if your door is taller than 7 feet.
Verdict / The Chamberlain Premium Whisper Drive is one of the best garage openers available and operates quietly and efficiently.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
The Chamberlain Premium Whisper Drive, is a strong, reliable garage door opener. It features a rechargeable battery that can open your garage during power outages and has a superior lifetime warranty on the motor and belt. This garage door opener has a rich feature package that gives you everything you need, including a powerful motor that will lift just about any garage door and smartphone connectivity that lets you control the door remotely. It has Chamberlain’s usual solid construction that should live up to the generous warranty. It's easily one of the best on the market and worthy of our top award.
Design & Control
The Chamberlain Whisper Drive has an integrated backup battery that supplies the opener with up to 20 opening cycles in a 24-hour outage period. The battery beeps, much like a smoke detector, when it is almost out of power. Having a backup power source to lift your garage door is a nice convenience, but if you ever need to open your door and the opener is out of power, you can always employ the manual release to open your garage door the old-fashioned way.
This Chamberlain garage door opener has a reputation for quiet operation. The secret is in its belt system, which is similar to a steel-belted tire, with flexible steel cords woven into the belt. This gives the opener capacity for strength and near-silence. This system removes any potential need for the separate purchase of a noise-reduction kit.
This 3/4-horsepower opener can open heavy doors, even double-wide, carriage-house-style doors with lots of added woodwork. It is important to note that if you have an extra tall door, more than 7 feet tall, you need to get an 8- or 10-foot extension kit.
Whisper Drive Plus is compatible with the MyQ automation system, which is a transmitter and receiver that allows you to control your garage door, lighting and other related switches with your smartphone. This means you can orchestrate a chain of events from your car. If you would like a hall or office light to come on when you enter your garage door so you don’t have to come home to a dark house, you can make that happen with the included remote.
You do have to purchase the main MyQ system separately. While this opener works flawlessly with MyQ, if your car is older than 2012, you may have some problems getting the garage opener to work with HomeLink or Car2U integrated systems.
A garage door is a large entryway for your home and can be a potential security risk, especially when you leave the garage door open. Certain criminals have been known to find ways to crack your opener’s code to break into your home through the garage. The Chamberlain Whisper Drive employs a rolling code system to help thwart potential thieves. A garage door opener with a rolling code system sends a different code every time so that hackers have no chance to record your code and use it later to enter your garage. This garage opener also features a manual locking function, allowing you to prevent criminals from attempting to open it.
The best garage door openers include effective mechanisms to stop the closing process at the first hint that someone may be in its path. The Whisper Drive uses an infrared beam across the bottom of the door opening and immediately stops and reverses the closing process if the beam is crossed or if the door makes contact with anything.
The opener comes with a keyless entry system so you can enter your garage even if you lose track of your remotes. This garage door opener comes with two 3-button remotes. The wall console features an illuminated, oversized button, which is easy to hit, even if your hands are full of grocery bags.
The two 100-watt lights are connected to an automatic switch that offers security anytime you are entering the garage. The control panel has a built-in, motion-detecting light sensor with a 150-degree sensing angle. This ensures that a light comes on anytime you enter the garage, whether you get near the infrared beam by the door or not. With this opener, you will never get stuck in a dark garage. You can exchange the lights for higher or lower wattage if you want to adjust the amount of light in your garage.
One of the best things about the Chamberlain Whisper Drive is that the motor and belt are covered with a lifetime warranty and the parts are covered with a five-year limited warranty. When compared with other systems this is extremely generous. It is reassuring to know that you are protected if your belt or motor ever fails. Any problems that occur with the garage door should be covered during the warranty period, as long as the door opener is to blame and there isn’t some problem with the garage door itself. However, it isn't the logenst warranty period we saw, was in the Sommer 3/4 hp Direct Drive, which has a lifetime warranty for the motor, parts and chain.
Chamberlain support is responsive. The company website is well organized and useful. If you lose your manual, you can download one on the product page. Telephone support is available and is your best choice if you need help immediately, or, if you can wait, you can email them to receive a response to your question. They are quite responsive so you shouldn’t have to wait very long for a response. There are a number of tutorials on the website as well as YouTube. You could find answers to many of your questions through the videos.
This garage door opener exceeds expectations in virtually every category of our garage door opener reviews. It is designed to handle heavy doors with its 3/4-horsepower motor, and it lights up any garage space with 100 watts of light on either side of the door opener. It can also lift your door quietly, even when the power goes out. The infrared lighting system and motion-sensing console offer wonderful safety and security. Couple these features with its quiet operation and the Chamberlain Whisper Drive is worth the investment.