Best Universal Remotes CordCutters 2020
There are tons of universal remotes to choose from, so making the selection for the best may be hard. The Logitech Harmony Companion is the best universal remote control you can buy. It's ridiculously well designed, as ergonomic as anything you'll ever hold in your hand, and you'll be able to get rid of almost all your remotes. With the included Harmony Hub, you're able to control nearly any connected device in your home.
- Best Overall: Logitech Harmony Companion
- Best Value: Logitech Harmony 350
- Best High-End: Logitech Harmony Elite
- Alexa-Integration: Logitech Harmony Express
Best Overall: Logitech Harmony Companion
The Logitech Harmony Companion hits the sweet spot in features and price. You get enough buttons to do all the things, but not so many so that it puts a strain on your wallet. If you're using it in a dark room, you may have some issues since the keys aren't backlit. The battery is also not rechargeable either, which is a bit of a downer, but it has a great battery life so you may not have to worry about that.
This remote control looks good, and it feels good — allowing for no-look TV surfing — and it connects to pretty much anything you can throw at it. With the ability to integrate any and all devices, this will complete any Smart Home by controlling everything with one device.
- All remotes in one
- Great design
- Harmony Hub
- Long-lasting battery
- Keys aren't backlit
- No rechargeable battery
The best universal remote for most people
The Logitech Harmony Companion not only controls your TV and speakers: it can control your smart home devices.
Best Value: Logitech Harmony 350
If you're looking to save a few bucks on a new universal remote, the Logitech Harmony 350 is a perfect choice. It can replace up to eight remotes for any of your devices, and the compatibility is always growing. You can also easily program this device to your devices, but it can only use the programmed activity for one or two devices.
When talking about programmed activity, this means that you are only able to use the remote to say turn on your TV and Roku, but you wouldn't be able to use that same activity to turn on your DVD player. So, to get around that, you would just have to change the input on your TV to get to those certain devices.
Although this remote has more of a classic feel to it, it's a perfect device for your needs. With it being rather inexpensive as well as being compatible with almost all devices, it should be able to cover all grounds. With something as simple as this remote control, you can't go wrong with the cheaper option.
- Great price range
- Replaces eight remotes
- Incredibly compatible
- Easy to program
- Old style remote feel
- Only program activity for one device
Simple, inexpensive, and effective.
The Logitech Harmony 350 is a scaled-down Harmony remote. You still get a Harmony Hub with an even simpler remote control.
Best High-End: Logitech Harmony Elite
If you're looking for a top-notch remote, you have stumbled your way right into its arms. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the best when it comes to remotes, which is why it comes at such a high price. With a touch screen to assist with controls and voice commands through Alexa, this has truly everything you could need in a remote. It also comes with a dock for your rechargeable battery, and it's incredibly compatible with smart home devices.
It is a whole wad of cash if you want to buy this remote, and it seems a little silly to spend that much on this kind of device. It's also a bit tricky to get set up, seeing as some have had connection issues with the Harmony Hub. The Hub has had issues connecting with people's WiFi, even though it was right next to it. There is also say that setting up through the app takes some time, so set aside some of your day to set up your remote.
If you don't mind taking the time to set up the device and spending a bit of money on it, this may be the one for you. With voice commands and a touch screen for quick actions, it makes sense why this remote is so popular.
- Voice commands
- Touch screen
- Rechargeable battery
- Compatible with tons of devices
- Rough set-up
It's expensive, and also not cheap
This is a great option for anyone who wants to take control of their connected smart home and doesn't mind paying more to do so.
Best Alexa-Integration: Logitech Harmony Express
Having Alexa built-in to your devices is always a plus, so why not get a remote with that as well? With a design that displays the iconic Alexa blue ring, you can set this up for just about any device. Also, you can create voice commands that will turn on certain devices at the same time.
The remote finder is another great feature, seeing as this remote is rather tiny. You can ring your remote on your phone, and it will make a sound until you find it. You can also manage all of your devices through the app, and you can choose which ones turn on at the same time.
Although the remote is pricey and you have to purchase the Harmony Hub separately, it is a great way to include even more voice integration into your home With built-in Alexa and a nifty remote finder, this device makes the price well worth what you get out of it.
- Built-in Alexa
- Sleek design
- Remote finder
- Device management
- Must buy Hub separately
Finally, voice control
This is Logitech's first remote with Amazon Alexa built-in, which is great if all your things have Alexa attached to them.
If you have more than one smart device in your living room or bedroom, you'll want a single remote control that can handle it all. The entire Logitech Harmony line does it, but the Harmony Companion is the best match of price and features. With lots of devices included and a long-lasting battery, you can't go wrong with the Logitech Harmony Companion as your remote choice.
Even if you need something else for your needs, there are great options to choose from on this list. Whether you want to spend a pretty penny on a touch screen or you'd rather save some money on a simple design, any of these will please anyone. With a great array of options, there's something for everyone on this list. Whether it's price or features, you will be able to find the perfect remote for every lifestyle.
The team that worked on this guide
Phil Nickinson is the editor of CordCutters.com, the Head Dad behind Modern Dad and Editor Emeritus of AndroidCentral.com. He's been a journalist since starting at his hometown newspaper in 1998, and with Mobile Nations since 2009. Follow him on Twitter: @Mdrndad.
Kennedy Maring is a freelancer who loves playing games and telling you about ways to cut out cable. Although she is a nerd through and through, she is looking to complete her cosmetology certificate in the next year.
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