LiftMaster 8550 Elite Series Ratings
Features - 86%
Ease of use - 87%
Security - 83%
Safety - 87%
The LiftMaster 8550 Elite Series is an average garage door opener that includes some security measures that turn out to be quite impressive. The warranty was another aspect that caught our attention and made us have a look at it.
Get in and out of your garage the easy way with the LiftMaster 8550 Elite Series, a device that minimizes your effort and keeps your house safe at the same time. A device like this will help you increase the security of your home while providing maximum comfort for your entire family. Forget about the inconvenience of power failures with the Battery Backup feature and count on it to close the door when you forget to close it thanks to the timer-to-close, all for the price of $244. Keep reading to see how efficient this garage door opener can be.
If we were to consider the reviews of the customers who have purchased this item, the performance is disappointing and there are considerable issues that keep this garage door opener from being useful. Some people state that the roller wheels fail to operate shortly after the installation while others have had problems with the sensors that make it operate. However, there have also been customers who were very satisfied with their device, so we can’t label this device as completely faulty.
The device uses a ¾ horsepower motor that makes it powerful enough to lift both standard sectional doors and heavy wood gatehouse-style doors that require more power. It has a belt-drive system with a quiet and smooth operating that makes less noise than a chain-drive device, which is great if you are annoyed by noisy devices or you want to use it in houses with rooms above the garage. You can sleep peacefully in a room close top the garage without hearing loud screeching and clanking noises every time you operate the door opener.
You will appreciate the timer-to-close feature that can be set to 1, 5 or 10 minutes by simply pressing a button, or you can set it as you like for up to 99 minutes. But, most of all, you will appreciate the Battery Backup feature that helps the device open the garage door up to 40 times in case the power goes off at home. Once the power is back on, the battery automatically recharges, so you don’t have to worry about the next power failure.
The 8550 opener is compatible with the MyQ home automation system that lets you control the lights at home and it works with HomeLink if you have a vehicle newer than 2012.
Safety and Security Features
Operating this system will be as safe as possible thanks to the safety infrared beam that projects across the base of the door and opens it if anything crosses the beam. Also, the device is sensitive to pressure, so if it detects anything before reaching the ground, it will automatically stop closing. You can relax knowing that no child or pet will get trapped under the garage door.
Thanks to the Security+ 2.0 system that uses a series of over a billion rolling codes, no one will manage to crack your code and enter the garage while you are away. The control panel of the device has a built-in sensor that turns the lights on the moment you arrive home so you won’t have to wander in the dark.
The LiftMaster 8550 also includes a timer-to-close feature that makes sure it closes the garage door in case you forgot to close it on your way out. For $50 more, the MyQ gateway will confirm you closed the door from anywhere using an app on your smartphone.
The door opener comes with a 3-button remote for convenient control from a distance, and a digital Smart Control Panel that allows you to program the timer and the light duration. This panel also shows the time and temperature, so you can enjoy many other benefits. The product has two 100-watts light bulbs on each side of the main unit for maximum visibility every time you enter your house. The lights stay on for 4.5 minutes before automatically shutting off in order to save energy. What this device lacks is a key-less entry pad, but you can purchase one separately, as well as you can purchase an extra remote control.
Warranty and Support
It comes with a nice warranty package that ensures many years of security and comfort. It includes a generous lifetime warranty on the motor and belt while parts like the circuit board and the railing are covered by a 5-years warranty. The backup battery is covered for only one year, which is usually the standard warranty. What customers have complained about is the customer support which hardly clarifies any problems related to the functioning of the device.
As many other top-of-the-line door openers, this device is compatible with the MyQ home automation system, which is good news for those who want to be able to remotely control the device. But what really sets it apart from its competitors are the other many features that it comes with, such as the timer-to-close feature that ensures the door will close even when you forget to do it yourself. It’s made with complete safety in mind, not endangering your pets or children due to the fact that it automatically retracts the closing action when it encounters objects in its path. All in all, this top of the line model offers everything you need from such a security device, ensuring that your garage won’t ever be broken into as long as it’s installed.
- Generous lifetime warranty
- Battery backup
- Timer-to-close feature
- Rolling code technology
- Sensor lights
- The MyQ connectivity requires purchasing a Gateway