The Chamberlain PD220 is perhaps the most affordable garage door opener that is available in the market but many ask whether it is really worth the investment. Its chain drive promises to carry the weight of doors that are more than 500 pounds, thanks as well to its 1/2HP motor. In terms of features, it may not have all the functionality of higher end Chamberlain products, but it provides more than enough options. Join us as we analyze whether this product is to be trusted by everyone for every buck that they pay.
- EASE OF USE
This door opener is the most affordable of all Chamberlain devices so we didn’t expect that much from it. However, it did not disappoint us as the infrared sensors still offer the same auto-reverse option and the motors are relatively reliable. This is however, designed for sectional doors so do not mistake it for large ones.
It also features a polycarbonate housing and polypropylene light lens hence making the product build light yet compact and strong. Its housing is also small and sleek, a quick relief to the large industrial panels that is widely available nowadays. Lastly, it allows more head room to your garage due to its minimalistic engineering build.
The ½ HP DC motor provides more than enough lift to small sectional doors. This also provides a quite operation relative to larger motors in the market. This garage door opener is designed for doors up to 7 foot tall. The light that it uses only consumes 60 watts and allows LED and CFL light bulbs.
This means that it consumes much less power compared to other models. Its tri-band frequency radio and remote sports a decent range with lesser susceptibility to interference. Lastly, despite its small build, it is strong and solid- lifting doors up to 500 pounds.
The greatest strength of this product is its design. Its contemporary look provides a sleek mood to your garage. Also its light and motors consume the least amount of electricity among other garage door openers, a good thing for people who want to conserve power. Lastly, its price is the lowest compared to all other brands in the field of home improvement.
The problem however that you’ll meet with this model is that it only comes with a single remote which range isn’t as long compared to others. However, if having one remote is not a problem for you and the limited range isn’t that much of a big deal, then this product can already attend to your most basic garage door opener needs.
Overall, the PD220 is a peculiar creation of Chamberlain, in a good way. It is way cheaper compared to the manufacturer’s line of high end items yet it still offers solid functionality. Although with a limited connectivity and strength, the energy efficient system and solid build compensates more than what it lacks. In conclusion, the Chamberlain PD220 is a good choice for those who are looking for an effective but extremely affordable door opener.