Another Sears exclusive, the Craftsman 53990 garage door opener is priced slightly above the Cheapism ceiling but offers consumers plenty of power and extra accessories. This chain-drive unit garners 4.5 out of 5 stars in Craftsman 53990 reviews at Sears, where it is commended for quiet operation, reliability, and easy installation. Craftsman 52990 reviews also report it runs fast, but some gripes occasionally surface. One review notes that compact fluorescent light bulbs don't work with this model, another expresses a preference for a sturdier mounting structure, and a third laments that the remotes have a more limited range than those of older models.
The Craftsman 52990 (starting at $180, Amazon) boasts a 3/4 hp motor, perfect for opening large or heavy garage doors, as well as two three-button remotes, a keyless entry system, capacity for two 100-watt bulbs, and a motion-detecting sensor that turns on/off the light when you enter/leave the garage. The garage door can also be controlled from vehicles with built-in remotes on the visor.
Despite some complaints, purchasers of the Craftsman 53990 seem satisfied overall with their purchase and the conveniences it affords. For those who need a higher horsepower unit and multiple remote or keypad options, it may be worth investing a little more for this garage door opener.