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Never Worry About Your Garage Again - The LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series

Read on to find out why I'm in love with my new LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series garage door opener.

How many times have you left your home only to wonder "Did I forget to close the garage door?". I know I have, numerous times. I leave the house on an almost daily basis. When I'm not traveling, I'm taking the kids to and from school, I'm running errands and the list goes on. While I live in a very safe neighborhood, I actually live in a cul-de-sac, with a neighborhood watch and amazing neighbors who would call if I left my garage door open, the new LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series garage door opener has made my life worry free.

I am very forgetful! I have left my garage door open for hours while out. I would back out of my garage and just keep going. While I mentioned that I live in a very safe neighborhood, you can never be too safe. Since my old garage door opener was controlled via an in-car remote, the only way to close it would be to go back to the house taking up valuable time. If I'm far away from home, I'd then have to wait until my oldest got home from school, or my husband got home from work. Not anymore. I was sent the LiftMaster 8550W Elite Series Garage Door Opener, and it has totally changed my life. Let's get into my review.

I had a professional come in to install the LiftMaster 8550W garage door opener to make sure that everything was done correctly the first time. Installation took roughly 45 minutes to an hour, and with no issues.

Once installed we had one of the quietest garage door opener that we've ever had. Our old opener was noisy and you could hear when someone entered while inside the house. With this you no longer hear it. While some may consider that a not so good thing, because they might want to hear the coming and going, I personally love it. There is also another way to find out when your garage door opens and I'll get to that shortly.


Battery Back-Up
Your garage door opener is fully functional in the event of a power outage and will operate your garage for at least 2 days. The battery continually charges while plugged into an AC outlet, so there is now no need to worry that you won't be able to get into your garage if there's no electricity. There's no worse feeling than knowing you're stuck at home with no way out.

Motion Detector Settings
The built in motion detector automatically turns the light on whenever motion is detected in the garage, so now you'll never be in the dark again. This unit comes with 2 replaceable bulbs on each end so that you have maximum illumination.

Timer to Close
My favorite feature! If you generally forget to close your garage door, this feature allows you to close your garage door automatically after it's been opened for a set number of minutes, that you program. Mine is currently set to close after 5 minutes and it's been a lifesaver. No more worrying about whether or not my garage door is closed.

HomeLink Compatible
For those with vehicles with HomeLink technology you'll be happy to know that it is compatible. You can now connect to your garage with your car's built-in remote once programmed.

3 Button Visor Remote Control
This is the only remote that comes with the LiftMaster 8550W and is attached to the visor of your car. It can control up to 3 garage door openers and comes with Security+ 2.0® which sends a new code every time you click your remote control. It is also compatible with all LiftMaster garage door openers that has been manufactured since January 1993. The range is also pretty good on this remote and I have been known to open my garage door from the end of the block, which is more than 50ft away.

Smart Control Panel
The control panel comes with a big LCD screen, that big and easy display can be used to program your remote and MyQ accessories, and also displays time and temperature. Since this is installed on the inside of your garage, it is used to open/close and light up your garage from the inside. The smart control panel comes with a built in sensing motion detector which lights up your garage upon sensing motion. The menu is easy to navigate and errors can be diagnosed via the menu. Menu language is available in English, Spanish and French.

(I should mention that this does not come with an outside keypad which would have been nice.)

MyQ Technology
Another favorite! The MyQ feature allows you to use the garage door opener directly from your mobile phone using the app, which is totally FREE. All that is required is that you register your equipment. I am also able to use it via my Apple Watch. The app not only opens and closes your garage door opener but also notifies you whenever it opens/close so you know whenever someone comes or goes. The great thing about the MyQ App is that, even if you did not set up the Timer to Close feature, you can control your garage from anywhere in the world.

Additional Accessories Available
We received 2 Universal Mini Remotes which is an added bonus if you have more than one vehicle. Since the LiftMaster 8550W comes with only one visor remote, we needed additional remotes. The Universal Mini Remotes are amazing! They are portable and can be attached to your keys or kept in your bag, whichever you prefer, and makes it easy to open/close your garage no matter where you are. Set up is easy, and I was able to program them both myself after the technician had left. These are great to give to your kids and perfect if you're just going for a walk/jog/bike ride and want to get in your garage. They are small enough to fit in your pocket and so far we've had no problems with them. The range on these are just as good as the visor remote. 


Strong motor
Silent operation
Battery backup
Strong range for remotes
Security+ 2.0® feature which changes the code every time the remote is clicked
MyQ App which is free
Universal Mini Remotes

Comes with only 1 remote so you will have to buy an additional if more than 1 is needed


We have been using the LiftMaster 8550W for the past 3 months and so far the only issue that we've had was with the sensors. The garage door would not close and it was because someone, probably one of the kids when putting their bike back into the garage, accidentally knocked it out of place. The remote panel indicated that there was a problem and since I couldn't fix it myself, I had to have the technician come out and get it put back in place.  I love the silent operation, it's no longer noisy and the mini universal remotes are a must! The motion sensors that turns on/off the lights are also an added bonus. This is definitely one garage door opener that I can say, you should certainly get.

With homes becoming "smarter", isn't it time you upgraded to a smarter Garage Door Opener? Not only will you have peace of mind, but you'll no longer have to worry about whether your garage door is closed once leaving home ever again. I couldn't begin to tell you how much safer I now feel, and I was already safe. It was definitely a big home improvement and we LOVE it.

What would be your favorite feature? 

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  1. We have an architect over RIGHT NOW to see if we could possibly get a garage. A New England winter will really mess with ya..
    This is my dream!

  2. If we ever decide to add on a garage (we've talked about it), I will keep this in mind. It sounds awesome.

  3. SO nice not to worry about it malfunctioning. Having a safe and secure garage door will really keep your mind at ease too when youre away!

  4. Well that certainly is a fancy garage door opener. We've lived in our house for 17 years and these garage door opener things certainly don't last long I think we're on our fourth or fifth one

  5. Looks like you found a really great garage door opener with lots of fancy extras! I also always wonder if I closed the garage door! Those things that we do all the time are often the ones I have no memory of completing! haha!

  6. Liftmaster is the best. We've had one of their models for years, and it's never let us down.

  7. I'll have to show this to my husband. Our garage door opener has just about had it, and we need to replace it.

  8. Well, you just saved me a ton of time. Our garage door opener is on its last legs, and this sounds like the one to replace it.

  9. Luckily, we have an automatic garage door opener and it really does come in handy especially in the winter and colder weather for all sorts of reasons. :)

  10. We don't have a garage, but we plan on building soon and will need an opener for our shop building when it gets set up. This is great to know about. Thank you for the information.

  11. We have a Liftmaster and it is amazing. We have had it for years and it works perfectly.

  12. I don't have a garage...yet! When I do I'll definitely look into Liftmaster, I've heard so many great things about the brand.

  13. We rarely forget to shut the garage but we always worry about whether we did or not so that feature would be such a benefit to us. The recharging nature is also a great feature. I will remember this one when ours breaks down and it might be soon.

  14. We don't have a garage, although I'd love to have one for many many reasons! I love how they've grown with technology, this one looks fancy!

  15. I actually need a garage door opener. We just moved here in December and getting out of the car to open and close the door in this weather is not fun at all. Thanks for sharing!

  16. You know, I think this might actually be the garage door that we have. We love it!

  17. God, if I had a garage I think I would be paranoid that I have left it open as well. The lifemaster sounds like a lifesaver!

  18. This definitely sounds like a winning door opener to me. The MyQ feature is awesome and would save me a lot of worry!

  19. Wow, that is pretty neat. I might have to consider this for my garage down the road. I'd have to say that my favorite feature is the timer. I can be pretty forgetful at times, too!

  20. I have left mine open all day before and you always worry after doing that the first time. This would really give peace of mind. And, I love that it is quiet since my girl's bedrooms are right above our garage and the door opening always wakes them up.

  21. I can't count how many times I back up to see if I shut the garage door. This is something we need! Who knew all the benefits to this, I have to check it out

  22. ooo this looks sturdy and definitely a great safety option too! I love things like this that make life easier

  23. This looks like a fine unit.
    I really search for dependability when it comes to this area especially.

  24. Silent operation would probably be my favourite feature. I have heard so many loud and super noisy ones and it gets pretty annoying! - Jeanine

  25. Oh wow! That's so cool! I want this for my garage door! :D

  26. When I had a condo, I had a garage door opener for my 2-car garage. Timers are useful. There are a few times I'd come home and I'd forgotten to close it.

  27. This looks really cool, i am going to look into this. I love that it has a keyfab instead of a remote. It would be nice to have a pad for outside and an extra set to open the door.

  28. This is amazing! I honestly am always thinking, did i close the garage? lol Must be my mom brain

  29. This sounds like a really neat home product. I could use one myself!

  30. As someone who often worries that she left her garage door open, this sounds like a real find. I love the technology that would let me know when the door has been open or closed on my phone. So cool!

  31. I need to share this with my parents. We don't have a garage, so this would be perfect for them.

  32. I have had a hard time with my garage door, I could use a new one. I always like hearing of a company you can trust too!

  33. That looks amazing! We don't have a garage but I will be sharing this to my friends and family who have one. I'm sure they'll love this.

    Belle |

  34. this has some really cool features. when our home was new the garage door wasn't noisy but now it is pretty loud

  35. Boy, it's good you live in a safe neighborhood! We live in a big city and we would be wiped clean if we left ours open. I love the timer feature!

  36. Did it cost any money for the professional to come install it? Is that something that's included without an extra fee? We need a quieter one too lol

    1. Hi Louise, since the company sent it to us, they also provided installation, but when you purchase it for yourself, you'll need to have a professional install it for you, which is preferred, unless of course, you know how to do it yourself.

  37. I LOVE that it comes with more than just the visor remotes. Those things can be too gaudy to carry somewhere other than your car.

  38. I absolutely love our Liftmaster. I never knew a garage door could be so quiet. And the motion sensor is a life saver especially when getting home late with little ones.

  39. I think this is the exact garage opener that my mother-in-law has at her house. It is pretty cool, if that is the one. We don't have a garage so we don't really need one.

  40. Hurrah that you have neighbors who would call if you let the door open. Double hurrah though, for being able to know for sure yourself. I think it sounds perfect for anyone who has a garage.

  41. We have had so many problems with our builder installed garage door over the past five years. We just replaced the actual door but maybe we should be thinking about the lift. This looks awesome.

  42. This sounds like a great set up if you have a garage. The technology blows me away!

  43. This garage door opener sounds like a winner to me! I loved all the features especially the timer to close. What a genius idea. Thanks for sharing!

  44. I'm pretty good at remembering to close the garage door, but every once in awhile it doesn't close. I've come back and seen that my remote didn't do it's job. Having a timer would be helpful. I also really like the motion detector so that when I open the garage or door to garage the light comes on.

  45. Wow! This is great! I always worry about forgetting to close the garage but this is somethign that seems like it would really help!


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