Skylink ATOMS AT-1611 Screw-In Long-Lasting Garage Door Opener

Last updated: June 1, 2023

Skylink ATOMS AT-1611 Screw-In Long-Lasting Garage Door Opener

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We looked at the top Garage Door Openers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Garage Door Opener you should buy.

Overall Take

This garage door opener uses a DC motor instead of an AC motor, which allows it to operate without all the noise. It can be installed on both single and double garage doors. You will also appreciate the built-in LED light, especially when opening the garage at night.

In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the Skylink ATOMS Screw-In Long-Lasting Garage Door Opener placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Powerful DC motor provides extremely quiet operations, deal for homes with living space above the garage. Patented Anti-Break-in Chain Drive protects against external access or tampering to open the door. Built-in LED light to the garage door opener for long-lasting illumination, without the need to replace light bulbs. Do-it-yourself friendly with sectional rail for up to 7-foot garage door. LCD numeric display guides you through all programming steps.

Expert Reviews


What experts liked

ATOMS AT-1611 garage door opener has a powerful DC motor, which provides extremely quiet operations compared to traditional garage door Openers with AC motors. It is easy to install; it has an LCD numeric display, which guides you through all programming steps and a sectional rail that fits up to a 7-foot garage door.
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ATOMS AT-1611 is the most quiet garage door opener with a powerful ½ HP motor. The opener contains a built-in 12 W LED bulb for long-lasting illumination. Also, it works on rolling code technology with a single buttoned remote.

What experts didn't like

Needs loads of improvement in door opener system.

Our Expert Consultant

Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Overview

Without a garage door opener, you’d have to manually lift the door every time you needed access, which would be especially annoying if you parked your car in there. A garage door opener is a modern convenience many people take for granted. If your home has an opener already, chances are it was already there when you bought the house. But you don’t have to wait until it malfunctions to replace it. In fact, you may find that you can upgrade to a quieter, more efficient model that offers capabilities you don’t currently have.

If you’ve decided you need a new garage door opener, though, where do you start?

“Determining horsepower (HP) should be the first step in picking out a garage door opener,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and the host of “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning show with unique project tutorials. “Too much HP and you are wasting a lot of money. Too little and you run the risk of tearing up the motor. The goal is to find the right balance.”

She suggests that you may need just 1/3 HP for lightweight single-car garage doors. Light-weight double-car garage doors work most efficiently with 1/2 HP. If you have a door made with a heavier material such as wood, try 3/4, 1 or even 1 1/4 HP or HPc (Horse Power Comparable). Basically, the weight and size of your door determine your power needs.

Once you’ve figured out your HP needs, think about what else is most important to you. Factors can include price, noise level, or long-term reliability and maintenance requirements. Your personal preferences here will help you determine which drive type you should get.

Liston explains that chain drives are cheap and reliable, and can be easiest to fix — but they’re noisy. Meanwhile, screw drives are quieter and need less maintenance, but you pay for that privilege. Belt drives are even quieter than screw drives but are expensive, difficult to repair and can’t be used on larger, heavier doors. Direct drives are the quietest opener on the market. They are also reliable, pricey and less common.

Once you’ve decided about drive type, it’s time to delve into the optional features, which make buying a garage door opener a bit more fun.

“There are plenty of bells and whistles that can come with today’s units, depending on your price point,” Liston explains. “From the basics, like overhead lights and a battery back-up to more advanced options, like rolling code security technology for keypads and remotes, internet connectivity, and control via a smartphone app, there’s a spectrum to pick from. Simply combine your HP requirements with your drive preference and any additional features you need for your lifestyle, security and peace of mind.”

One feature found with many modern garage door openers that you may wish to consider is battery backup. This means instead of dragging out a ladder and trying to find the cord to release the door during a blackout, you’ll be able to continue to use the garage door until the power comes back on. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll be limited in the number of times you can open and close your garage door before the backup runs out.

If you’re reluctant to get a whole new garage door opener, though, there are some garage door problems you can fix with a few less-expensive, less time-consuming upgrades.

You’ve likely noticed that some garage door openers are noisier than others. You can actually purchase a noise reduction kit for a fraction of the price of a new garage door opener. You’ll also save yourself the trouble of switching out your existing garage door opener if noise is your only concern.

You also don’t have to buy a new garage door opener if you simply want mobile connectivity. The Chamberlain MyQ Smart Hub works with most garage door openers and gives you control over your remote from wherever you are. If you leave for work in the morning and can’t remember if you closed your garage door, you’ll no longer have to turn around and go back to check. Just open the app on your smartphone and, if you forgot, close it and go on with your day. You can also set notifications to alert you if you leave the door open.

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