Universal Remote Reviews For 2018

Universal Remote ReviewsAs the amount of audio/visual equipment in your entertainment package grows, so likely does the pile of remote controls on your coffee table, leaving very little room for you to put your feet up (at least when your spouse isn’t looking). The answer to this dilemma? Reading our universal remote reviews and learning about the best universal remotes and best universal remote apps on the market today.

Finding the right unit will be easier when you read through our universal remotes reviews. Some universal remote units only will control AV equipment, while others will also be able to control some smart home appliances.

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Best Universal Remote for 2019: In Depth Review and Buyers Guide

Best Universal Remote for 2019: In Depth Review and Buyers Guide

The best universal remote is easier than ever to find, thanks to the introduction of many different types of units. You can select universal remotes that feature dozens of buttons, a mixture of buttons and a touch screen, or a full size touch screen. Some even can control smart home…
How To Program a DirectTV Remote: A Guide for Universal or Genie Remotes

How To Program a DirectTV Remote: A Guide for Universal or Genie Remotes

Connect, pair or program your DirecTV remote so it works with your TV, speakers, and more! We'll show you just what to do, where to find remote codes, and how to make sure the connection works!
Best Universal Remote App

Best Universal Remote App

Finding the best universal remote app requires you to seek an app that has the right balance between powerful features and ease of use.
Bearbot Wins its Way Into Our Hearts With Ingenius Smart Home Management

Bearbot Wins its Way Into Our Hearts With Ingenius Smart Home Management

Tickle your Bearbot or use its remote to control anything in your smart home, however you prefer to use it.
Logitech Harmony Ultimate One Remote Review

Logitech Harmony Ultimate One Remote Review

We go hands on with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate remote. The best universal remote? Keep reading to find out.
The Huis Remote Controller Controls Everything To Your Exact Desires

The Huis Remote Controller Controls Everything To Your Exact Desires

Remote controls; we’ve all got at least a few of them. Maybe you’ve got a TV controller, a Roku controller, a Blu-Ray, a stereo… the list just goes on. It may feel like really, your electronics are just a vehicle for your remotes. So one man has invented a universal…
Sideclick: The Necessary Add-on To Your Streaming Remote

Sideclick: The Necessary Add-on To Your Streaming Remote

One of the biggest problems I have with my Roku 3 is that I need two remotes to use it — one to, of course, turn on the Roku 3, and another to turn on my TV and control the volume. As I sit at my desk right now, I…
The Ray Super Remote: A Universal Remote to End Them All

The Ray Super Remote: A Universal Remote to End Them All

If you’re looking for an alternative to the Logitech Harmony universal remotes that brings something new to the table, check out the Ray Super Remote, the best universal remote that has a smartphone app interface (without the necessity to use your smartphone). The Ray Super Remote actually looks very similar…
The Kymera Magic Wand Review

The Kymera Magic Wand Review

Consumer electronic devices are cool — flat panel TVs, audio receivers, portable Bluetooth speakers, you name it. But the remotes these devices come with are pretty boring. And plain. How about spicing it up with a little magic? Or to be a bit more specific, by controlling them with a…
Logitech Harmony Remote Control + Mobile App Available for Pre-Order

Logitech Harmony Remote Control + Mobile App Available for Pre-Order

Logitech wants you to toss that media set top remote control. Well sort of… Introducing the new Logitech Harmony Smart Control. This is a mutlifaceted package which includes a “Simple Remote”, Harmony hub and companion iOS/Android app. Working together, the package boasts complete unfettered control over your TV, media and…
Logitech’s Harmony Touch Remote is Their Newest and Possibly Best Yet

Logitech’s Harmony Touch Remote is Their Newest and Possibly Best Yet

Honestly, we thought the remote was dead thanks to smartphones.  Then again, if you’ve ever tried to control your TV or home theater using our iPhone or Android device then you know it can be a hair tearing experience.  There are a myriad of options that include infrared dongles that…
Samsung Speak to Command Remote

Samsung Speak to Command Remote

To be candid, the TV remote hasn’t changed all that much in the last 20 years.  At the end of the day all you really need to be able to do is dial in a channel, increase the volume and occasionally mess with the set’s settings.  But as the TV becomes increasingly…
VooMote Zapper Review

VooMote Zapper Review

When I purchased my Denon surround system, my wife was irritated that we needed yet another remote for her to make things work in the living room.  I already had resorted to getting a so called “universal” remote for our television and cable box to make things easier on her…
Bridge Universal Remote (video)

Bridge Universal Remote (video)

So the details are a bit skimp, but this universal remote, officially called the Bridge, might actually be the solution that anyone with an HTPC connected to their TV is looking for.  They haven’t told us if it will work over Bluetooth, IR or RF but we do know that they have…
Logitech Harmony Link

Logitech Harmony Link

You already know How We Choose the Best Universal Remote App, but let’s talk Logitech for a minute. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.  A gadgets walks into a living room and promises to connect your iPad to your home theater gear utilizing a small box that translates…

Learn More About Universal TV Remotes

What Is A Universal Remote?

A universal remote control offers advanced features over the basic remote control that may have shipped with your TV, allowing you to control multiple devices and replace more basic remotes. You'll be able to program the universal remote to meet the needs of your AV equipment or smart home appliances, assigning certain buttons to control certain devices or to access certain features.

What Price Should You Expect To Pay For A Universal Remote?

Universal remotes vary widely in price, depending on the types of features they offer. You may be able to pick up a very basic remote control for less than $20. But for true universal remote options and features, you can expect to pay between $75 and $350.

Which Are The Leading Universal Remote Brands?

When it comes to finding the best universal remote brands, there's one primary manufacturer that keeps jumping to the front of the list: Logitech. The company started as a manufacturer of computer mice and webcams. After purchasing Intrigue Technologies in 2004, Logitech obtaining the line of Harmony universal remotes, which are some of the best units on the market today.

Other universal remote manufacturers include Ray, RCA, Sony, and Philips. You also will have the option of downloading an app to turn your Apple or Android smartphone into a universal remote.

What Are The Key Universal Remote Features To Look For?

Finding universal remotes touch screen enabled units can be a great feature to have. The touch screen simplifies using the remote, while also allowing you to change the button functions, based on the type of device you're trying to control.

Consider whether the remote control unit can communicate with devices that are behind cabinet doors, and therefore, don't have line of sight. Infrared needs line of sight to work, but you can use WiFi, Bluetooth, or RF to make a connection without line of sight. Some remotes use a WiFi or RF hub to provide a bridge between the infrared universal remote and devices behind cabinets.

What Mistakes Should You Avoid When Buying A Universal Remote?

Although some people like the idea of using a smartphone app for a universal remote, remember that when watching TV with your family, you may end up passing the remote around a lot. And when others have your smartphone while using the remote control app, you cannot be responding to texts or playing games. For some people, the universal remote smartphone app is more of a hassle than a convenience.

Finally, avoid units that come from off-brand companies. If you don't stick with remotes from known manufacturers, you could experience unnecessary problems in accessing universal remotes codes.

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