If budget is not the largest concern, and you want a super quiet opener that will work when the power is out, then the Liftmaster 8550 is the cat’s meow. It has a battery back up, DC power and a solid one piece belt rail system. This opener generally sells for under $400, including professional installation. One slight step below the 8550 is Liftmaster’s 8355, AC powered opener. It still has most of the advantages of the 8550, but you lose the battery back up. This opener is also very reasonably priced at about $50-$60 less than the 8550. For homeowners that want reliability and you have a double car garage door or a heavier single car door then a Liftmaster 3255 will work out well. These openers are very reasonably priced. Many dealers often run specials on these openers at less than $300 with professional installation. Other than the one piece rail system, you will get a control station with more functionality than most entry level retail models offered at a similar price.
To close, I would like to stress the importance of a thorough door service and tune up when installing a new door opener. Contrary to the belief of many laymen, the door opener is not built to lift the garage door. The opener is merely there to assist the door and tell it when to open and close. It’s more for convenience and security than anything else. No matter who you purchase your opener from, just be sure that your doors’ springs are properly adjusted and all parts are tight, aligned and lubricated. In many cases, the old opener died as a result of a door not in good working order.