Garageio

The Good Garageio works well and is more customizable than competitors, integrating with IFTTT and Amazon Echo.

The Bad Integration with Amazon Echo isn't intuitive enough, the app is simplistic, and the price feels just a little steep.

The Bottom Line If you want integration, Garageio is one of the best retrofit controllers on the market. It's just a little pricey at this point, and the Echo integration needs sharpening.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 7.0
  • Usability 8.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Performance 9.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

Garageio is the smartest garage door opener yet

When you hear the phrase "garage door opener," you probably think of the little black-and-gray remote clipped to the sun visor in your car -- that thing that controls your garage door opener. But over the last few years, major developers like Chamberlain, and smaller ones like Garageio in Columbus, Ohio, have begun to market app-connected garage door openers.

Garageio's self-named device is a relatively simple black box that hardwires into your current garage door opener. From there it integrates with platforms like Amazon Echo and IFTTT -- the app that builds triggers between normally unconnected apps and devices. Despite its clever integrations, Garageio still doesn't feel quite slick enough to pull off its $199 base price (not to mention an extra $10 for each additional garage door, up to three).

For anyone ready to get their garage into the smart-home mix, Garageio is a pretty solid buy. But until its app gets a little deeper and its integration smooths out, this product isn't ready for everyone.

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