When seeking out the best automatic gate opener, you’ll after several things: convenience, security, and ease-of-use. Gate openers are a great way to take the hurdle out of getting in/out of a location, while providing you an extra layer of security. Whether it’s for a gated community, home, farm, workshop, or area you need to enclose, automatic openers are practical equipment choices.
But what’s the best choice? Everyone has different needs, and solar gate openers are a heavy investment. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of some of the best picks for 2020 in hopes you’ll find an option ideal for your needs.
Our criteria was based on a few factors to assure we found the top selections for you. We considered price, security features, solar charge and/or electric charge, ease of installation, and durability. We also took into account the type of gate and frame, as each opener is specified for certain lengths and weights. Some options are better suited for residential, and others business and/or security. No matter the need, you’ll find something to love!
Top Picks of 2020
Mighty Mule MM562 Gate Opener for Heavy Duty Dual Swing Gates
Our first selection is a prime do it yourself option for heavy-duty barriers. This opener is perfect for gates up to 18 feet and and 850 pounds (per leaf). It comes included with a tutorial so no expert installation is necessary.
Purchasers will get everything they need to correctly install the gate opener, and can take advantage of the equipped solar panel so the gate remains charged for use.
The included DVD also arrives with an extensive instructional booklet. The hardware received includes a hardware box with 12 volt charge, single control button remote, 5 watt solar panel,
We like this choice for its versatility and ability to support heavy gates, ideal for residence or fencing. This is a good option if you want some additional convenience and security for your residence while avoiding the hassle of expert installation. Though it’s one of the pricier options, it’s well worth the investment for its durability/weight limit.
Ghost Controls TDS2XP Heavy-Duty Solar Dual Automatic Gate Opener
The next automatic solar gate opener is better suited for smaller gate sizes, adjustable for weights of up to 350 lbs. However, this doesn’t mean it performs any less and is still useful for practical/security reasons. As with our first choice, this is an easy-installation DIY yourself option. Barring 12v batteries required for the controller, it comes with everything necessary/
It’s best suited for swing gates of up to 20 feet across (though not recommended for solid panel gates). The Ghost design gets its designation for quickness and quietness, as in, it won’t make noise when in use and is fast to respond at the signal press. And, of course, the option arrives with a solar panel, so no electric charge is required.
USAutomatic 020320 Sentry 300 Commercial Grade Automatic Gate Opener
Our next option is another heavy duty choice backed by a 3-year warranty – which is great for those who require durability or frequent usage. Like the others it’s strictly do-it-yourself, and barring the necessary tools required for installation, everything you need for said installation is included.
The device is capable of providing force for gates of up to 400 lbs and ideal for those up to 20 feet in length. Regardless of the weight specifications though, time to open gates is estimated around 16 seconds. For its specifications, it’s recommended to use with farm gates (or heavier) gates versus a traditional residential.
Despite the investment, it comes included with a variety of equipment for smooth installation and different options. Purchasers receive multiple remotes and signal buttons, solar panel accessories, exit/entry sensors and an electric gate lock. With its multiple, flexible uses, it’s a great investment for those seeking additional security and convenience for their home, business, or farm.
G.T.Master Sliding Automatic Gate Opener Kit
Here’s an automatic gate opener more suited for security purposes, and is an inexpensive choice among our current list. An accessible choice, purchasers can install so long as they have the appropriate tools and the installed signal box can support up to 25 remotes (good for small companies).
Don’t be fooled by its low price though, this selection packs quality. The security slider is capable of working with gates of up to 1300 pounds in weight (sliding), up to 27 ft. A single remote can set options from open to close for accessibility, along with an auto close format ranging from 12-36 seconds (whatever is needed).
Do note as an AC powered gate opener, this one is not compatible with solar panels, so adjust accordingly. The apparatus also has a built in safety feature against overheating if the motor is left on for over 15 minutes.
CO-Z Automatic Sliding Gate Opener Hardware Sliding Driveway Security Kit
Another low-price but powerful option for security purposes, the CO-Z gate opener is suited for heavy slide gates of around 14000 lbs and 40 feet. This is accomplished with a silent 200W motor that doubles with an auto-close feature (if needed).
Up to 23 remotes are supported with a range of 100 feet, with an automatic close timer ranging from 12-36 seconds. In order to maintain long-lasting quality and durability in the harshest conditions (and use), the base is made with aluminum and copper fixtures for an extended lifespan.
Comes with two remote controls. There are additional options for automatic gate openers supporting up to 3300 lbs as well (if needed). Of course, this is another easy DIY option, so no expert installation is required. Great for anyone looking to add convenience and security to their gate fixture. We like this one for those who need to have their gates opened at a distance, especially if you’re planning to move cargo/trailers in and out of a property.