Best Garage Door and Opener Combos

Which garage door opener should you choose when buying a new garage door? Do you go for a big motor just for the sake of it? Or will the economy opener still work on a heavy gauge steel door? Let's narrow down the choices with our suggested best garage door and opener pairings. 

Economy Pairing: SELECT opener with FUTURA garage door

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The SELECT is our entry-level garage door opener, offering all the features a garage door needs at an economical price. Select is designed for Tilt or Sectional domestic single or double garage doors up to 15m2.

Here's a quick look at the main features of SELECT:

• 700N DC motor • soft start soft stop • Tri-Tran+™128 technology • safety reversing system • Intelligent Sensitivity System (ISS) reacts to door obstructions • courtesy LED lights • super quiet belt C-Rail • anti-tamper technology • customisable operating modes • audible and visual service reminders • optional smartphone control

FUTURA is a cost-effective, versatile garage door making it the go-to for investment properties and rentals. You'll have the choice of smooth or woodgrain finish and options to add insulation or windows. The 0.55 BMT gauge steel blows some other brands' entry-level products out of the water and strong horizontal ribs contribute to rigidity even across double garages.

The Select opener comes with a 5-year, 10,000-cycle Warranty and Futura also comes with a 5-year standard warranty. Upgrade to a SECURE opener and you'll qualify for our 10-year, Total Confidence Warranty!

Mid-range garage door & opener pairing: SECURE opener with MILANO, MONTANA, VALERO, SOMERSET, GEORGIAN

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Above, clockwise from top left: Dominator's Secure Garage Door Opener; Dominator Valero; Dominator Montana; Dominator Milano.

The next step up in our opener range has all the essential features and quality accessories you'd expect from Dominator, yet still offers exceptional value. The SECURE DSO-2 Opener is compatible with single and double-sized sectional, Flex-A-Door and Tilt garage doors up to 18m2. Secure is super-fast, reliably lifts larger doors and comes with two premium Tri-TranTM 128 remote controls and a wireless wall-mounted remote control.

Here's a quick look at the other main features of SECURE:

• 1,100N DC motor • soft start soft stop • Tri-Tran+™128 technology • safety reversing system • Intelligent Sensitivity System (ISS) reacts to door obstructions • courtesy LED lights • exceptionally quiet belt C-Rail • anti-tamper technology • customisable operating modes • audible and visual service reminders • optional smartphone control

MILANO'S smooth horizontal ribs create a subtle linear effect that pairs nicely with modern cladding while being right at home alongside bricks and weatherboard. Once again 0.55 BMT steel gives the longevity every homeowner looks for and optional windows add to the appeal. 

MONTANA is a recent addition to the Dominator Sectional family, with a single horizontal rib on each panel creating a medium width flat panel effect. Made from 0.55 BMT medium gauge steel, Montana is strong and subtle with a versatile design well suited to modern homes. Add optional windows and/or insulation - boom!

VALERO is an excellent choice for those seeking a wide panel at a mid-range price point. 0.55 BMT medium gauge steel with a smooth finish creates the minimalist appeal that really does compliment all architectural styles. You'll have versatility with Valero too, as windows and insulation are optional with this design.

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Above, top left: Dominator's Secure Garage Door Opener; Bottom left: Dominator Somerset; Right: Dominator Georgian

The most notable feature of SOMERSET is rectangular, (370mm H x 990mm W) raised pressings that add drama and further strength to the already tough 0.6 BMT medium/heavy gauge steel. This style of door screams traditional aesthetic that enhances older homes but can also work to add detail to a simple brick or weatherboard house. Available in smooth or woodgrain finish, windows available too.

GEORGIAN has a similar look to Somerset but with almost square (370mm H x 535mm W) pressings in 0.6 BMT medium/heavy gauge steel. The detail will be spaced out evenly across the overall width of your door, working beautifully with traditional and colonial homes. Available in smooth or woodgrain finish, windows available too.

The SECURE opener comes with a 7-year, 20,000-cycle Warranty and MILANO, MONTANA, VALERO, SOMERSET and GEORGIAN each come with a 5-year standard warranty. With these combos, you also qualify for our 10-year, Total Confidence Warranty!

Top of the range opener & garage door pairing: SMART PREMIUM opener with SIERRA or NEVADA

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Above, top: Dominator's Smart Premium Garage Door Opener; Bottom left: Dominator Sierra; Right: Dominator Nevada

Dominator’s fastest, smartest and most secure opener with Smart Phone Control as standard! The SMART DSO-3 opener is compatible with single and double-sized sectional, Flex-A-Door and Tilt garage doors up to 18m2. SMART is super-fast, reliably lifts larger doors and comes with two premium Tri-TranTM 128 remote controls and a wireless wall-mounted remote control. Control your garage door with your Android or Apple smartphone wherever you are in the world* via our easy to use App. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with secure home access – with real-time alerts, 24/7 monitoring and activity logs.*

Here's a quick look at the other main features of SMART PREMIUM:

• 1,100N DC motor • built-in smartphone control • soft start soft-close • Tri-Tran+™128 technology • safety reversing system • Intelligent Sensitivity System (ISS) reacts to door obstructions • automatic LED lights • exceptionally quiet belt drive • anti-tamper technology • customisable operating modes • alerts and notifications via smartphone* • audible and visual service reminders

*Subject to cellular WIFI connection and availability. Phone not included.

SIERRA is a premium, flat panelled garage door made from folded, 0.75 BMT heavy gauge steel. Available in a smooth finish with the option of Premium FlaxPod® Matte to further enhance the crisp, minimalist aesthetic. Insulation is an optional addition, recommended for the total quality package.

Our next top-of-the-range door, NEVADA also features flat panels folded from 0.75 BMT heavy gauge steel in a smooth finish. See the difference with Nevada when you read between the lines - folds between each panel create negative detail and further strengthen this seriously bold and durable door. Insulation is an optional addition, recommended for the total quality package.

The SMART PREMIUM opener comes with a 7-year, 20,000-cycle Warranty and SIERRA and NEVADA each come with a 5-year standard warranty. With these combos, you also qualify for our 10-year, Total Confidence Warranty!

We hope this guide has been helpful in choosing the best pairing for your garage door. The next step is to talk to your local Dominator dealer who can help you choose the right fit for your needs. Be sure to make use of our free measure and quote offer, you'll get expert advice along with it.

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