Chamberlain HD400D Review
A chain-drive garage door opener with a 1/2 hp motor, this "premium" package includes the two garage door remotes and outdoor keypad that consumers long for in similar models.It comes with the same rolling security coding and motion safety sensors other openers are legally required to have. Users like the dual 200-watt total capacity lighting and have few complaints overall.
The Chamberlain PD210D chain-drive garage door opener impresses both users and experts with its cheap price and basic-yet-reliable performance, according to Chamberlain PD210D reviews. This cheap garage door opener, sold with slight modifications as the Chamberlain HD200D at Home Depot and the Chamberlain G248730 at Lowe's, earns more than four stars in reviews at both Home Depot and Lowe's. One consumer products review site notes the Chamberlain PD210D is one of its four most recommended models overall.
Fans of this cheap garage door opener, including a consumer who posted a Chamberlain PD210D review on Home Depot, say it delivers on expectations at a price that can't be beat. Do-it-yourself buyers seem to agree that installation is easy, although one Home Depot user notes that you may need to purchase a few additional brackets if you're doing a new installation. Opinions are divided on the noise level of the Chamberlain PD210D; one review on Home Depot says it's noisy in relation to screw- or belt-drive models (which in general are quieter), although reviews on the Lowe's site say it's quieter than expected.
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The Chamberlain PD210D features a 1/2 hp motor and standard safety features such as rolling security coding and sensor eyes that prevent the door from closing when obstacles are present. When sold as the Chamberlain PD210D, the unit includes a three-button wall controller and one remote control; the big-box versions, the Chamberlain HD200D and Chamberlain G248730, come with only a doorbell-style wall opener. This basic and cheap garage door opener is ideal for singles and one-car families.
Multiple-driver households may want to consider the Chamberlain HD400D (starting at $169). This cheap chain-drive garage door opener, sold at Home Depot, features the same base unit as the Chamberlain HD200D (equivalent to the Chamberlain PD210D) but includes a host of handy "extras" like two three-button remotes, an outdoor keypad, a multifunction control panel, and dual lighting capacity for a total of 200 watts. Chamberlain HD400D reviews on the big-box retailer's site say it's quieter and faster than older chain-drive garage door openers. Users also write in reviews that they appreciate the separate operation of the unit's two lights. We did note a few grumbles in reviews about the installation hardware. As with the Chamberlain PD210D, one do-it-your-selfer reports he had to buy additional mounting brackets to complete installation; another took issue with the hole spacing on the angle iron.
We like these two models for the value-to-price ratio, but if your home has large or heavy garage doors, you should investigate garage door openers with a more powerful 3/4 hp motor, such as the Chamberlain 248735 Power Drive.