Craftsman Garage Door Openers

Reviews and Comparisons of Craftsman Garage Openers

As a brand, Craftsman has been around since 1927 when Sears registered the name. Since its inception, the Craftsman brand has been synonymous with quality, and has consistently maintained that image in the minds of the public.

At the outset, Craftsman did not offer garage door openers; they specialized in hand tools. However, today, Craftsman garage door openers are among the most popular in the U.S.

Sears garage door openers come in several different types and styles. You will also find that Sears/Craftsman openers are similar to Chamberlain garage door openers, as Chamberlain actually manufacturers these for Sears (and other companies, as well). Sears also carries Chamberlain branded garage door openers in many of the same designs as their Craftsman line.

Despite their generally high quality, you still get what you pay for with Craftsman openers. Features vary significantly from model to model, so you must first consider your specific needs and then choose a model that suits your requirements.

Belt Driven Craftsman Garage Door Openers

Craftsman garage door openers Model 53918
Craftsman 3/4 HP Belt Drive, Battery Backup, Model 53918

Belt driven garage door openers are some of the most cost effective on the market. They offer quiet performance, and relatively long life.

Modern belts are manufactured with steel belted radial technology (like tires), ensuring they will last for a very long time. Craftsman offers affordable belt driven options, with varying features including keyless entry, Die Hard battery backup and more.

If you have living space above or adjacent to your garage, a quiet belt drive garage door opener is a good choice.

Chain Drive Craftsman Garage Door Openers

Craftsman garage door openers Model 53990
Craftsman 3/4 HP Chain Drive, Model 53990

Chain driven garage door openers are likely the most popular for a variety of reasons. First, there is a very wide price range for chain drive models. Whatever your budget, there is a chain drive model to fit.

Second, chain drive openers are a very powerful option for heavy, solid wood carriage house garage doors. TheCraftsman 53990 3/4 HP model, for example, is highly rated in garage door opener reviews and is powerful enough to lift the heaviest of garage doors.

Third, chain drive models have been around for a very long time and people are familiar with their performance and longevity. Just be certain the power and features fit your specific needs. It’s also a good idea to read garage door opener reviews before making a final purchase decision.

Screw Drive Craftsman Garage Door Openers

Screw driven garage door openers are a popular item with many consumers and are priced similarly to chain drive models. Genie garage door openers are the most popular in this category as they invented the screw drive opener.

In the screw drive category, Sears garage door openers receive mixed reviews from homeowners. Some love them and some don’t. As with most models, the number of features on each model is driven by price. The Craftsman 53993 is a 1/2 HP model loaded with features, including two 3-function remotes, premium illuminated control panel and more.

Craftsman Features & Warranties

The key feature with Craftsman products is that Sears is dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction. This not only extends to quality in the finished product, but also to convenience features and accessories.

For instance, Craftsman offers a wide range of different access technologies and devices in addition to the standard garage door remote control. Keyless entry pads are available, as are fingerprint pads, garage door monitors for inside the home and a number of other options.

Because they are manufactured by Chamberlain, the world’s largest maker of garage door openers, the Craftsman line is very broad and offers something for everyone. Following are a few of the more popular models.

The Craftsman Model 53939 is a belt drive garage door opener with very high consumer ratings and a long list of features. A steel-reinforced belt drive, Die Hard battery backup and a powerful 3/4 HPS® motor (model uses a quiet DC powered motor with the equivalent of 3/4 HP) make this a very strong and popular option.

The Craftsman Model 53918 is a “best buy” in Craftsman’s belt drive line. Nearly identical to the Model 53939, this model offers the same 3/4 HPS® motor with Die Hard battery backup, quiet belt drive system and a very nice set of included accessories. Consumer ratings are also very high for the Craftsman Model 53918.

The Craftsman Model 53990 is a favorite in the chain drive garage door opener line. With a powerful 3/4 horsepower motor, ruggedly built chain drive system and a nice set of included accessories, including keyless entry, this is a great choice. To date, more than 130 of 160 consumer reviews on gave this model either 4 or 5 stars.

The Craftsman Model 53930 is a mid-range 1/2 HP chain drive model with an industrial strength chain and a decent set of accessories, including 2 remote controls and an illuminated control console. Most reviews are in the 4 star range.

The Craftsman Model 53920 is a basic and very affordable 1/2 HP chain drive garage door opener. The Model 53920 has a solid 1/2 HP motor and is a great value for the money if you only need one remote and accessories are not too important. In the comments department, about 70% of more than 70 reviews on were 4 or 5 stars.

Buying a Craftsman Garage Door Opener

For around $200 you can buy one of Craftsman’s better garage door opener models with a nice set of accessories. Craftsman openers are made by The Chamberlain Group, which also makes Chamberlain garage door openers as well as the Liftmaster professionally installed line.

Because Chamberlain is a company with a long and solid history in the garage door opener market, Craftsman garage door openers are a very solid choice. Just be sure to do your homework as every model is not a stellar performer.

For example, the Model 53993 screw drive model has very mixed reviews with an average of 3 stars on Complaints included comments about too many plastic parts and the use of a 3 piece screw drive. That said, there are also a lot of people who like this model.

The Model 53985 is another model with mixed reviews. More than 130 commenters rated this 1/2 HP chain drive model and nearly 40% of those gave this opener 3 stars or less with more than 30 rating it with only 1 star. With so many good Craftsman garage door opener models available, this is probably one to avoid.

Craftsman is a trusted brand and makes an extensive line of garage door openers. As with anything these days, do your homework, find a model that suits your specific needs and check the reviews. Sears also offers professional installation if you are not the do-it-yourself type or you don’t have time to install it yourself.

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