The Craftsman 53920 (starting at $140, Amazon) is a chain-drive garage door opener manufactured by Chamberlain and offered exclusively through Sears. Craftsman 53920 reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and award this cheap garage door opener four out of five stars for its affordable price, relatively quiet operation, and easy install process, especially when purchased as a replacement for an existing garage opener. Expert reviews are nonexistent, but a popular consumer products review site ranks a similar Chamberlain-built unit, the Chamberlain PD210D, as a best budget garage door opener.
Though customer satisfaction is high, some Craftsman 53920 reviews on MySears.com complain about flimsy plastic gears; other reviews, however, say replacement gears are cheap and an easy fix. Consumers who replace older-model Craftsman garage door openers also gripe in Craftsman 53920 reviews that old remotes won't work with newer models. Note, however, that this is an inconvenience frugal shoppers will likely encounter with any garage door opener upgrade because of security coding and frequency changes made in the mid-1990s for all garage door openers.
The 1/2 hp motor on the Craftsman 53920 is sufficient for lifting most standard garage doors. But as one of the cheapest garage door openers on the market, it comes with few extra features. What you do get is the usual safety sensor and lighting capacity for a 75W bulb that automatically goes on/off when the garage door opens/closes. The Craftsman 53920 also comes with an illuminated doorbell-style wall opener and one single-button remote, which makes it suitable for people who live alone, households with only one car, or those with a programmable remote built into their vehicles. You can also buy an extension kit for garage doors that are taller than the standard seven feet.