Logitech Harmony Companion

The Logitech Harmony Companion is the best universal remote control you can buy. It's ridiculously well designed — as economic as anything you'll ever hold in your hand. And with the included Harmony Hub, you're able to control nearly any connected device in your home.

Our pick

Logitech Harmony Companion

The best universal remote for most people

The Logitech Harmony Companion doesn't just control your TV and speakers. It can control any set-top boxes like Apple TV or Roku or Android TV or whatever. It can control your smart lights. It can control smart outlets. And it can do combinations of everything. And once you've got everything set up, it'll work with Amazon Alexa for voice control.

Who should buy this remote control

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 — and no expensive touchscreen — so that it puts a strain on your wallet.

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.

Is it a good time to buy this remote control?

We don't see why not. It's an aging product, for sure. But it also works just as well as it ever has. And it's also at something like half the price it was when it debuted.

In any case, the Harmony Companion has worked well for years, and there's little indication that it won't continue to be a top pick for the foreseeable future.

7 reasons to buy

  • Consolidates all your remotes into one
  • The price is right
  • Feels great in the hand
  • Harmony Hub is included
  • Works with nearly any smart device
  • List of supported devices consistently updated
  • Relatively easy setup via smartphone app
  • Battery lasts virtually forever

2 reasons not to buy

  • Keys aren't backlit
  • Doesn't use a rechargeable battery

You won't need another remote control for whatever room this is in

One of the worst things about having so much connected stuff in these days is all the remote controls. One for the TV. One for the streaming box. Another for the stereo. Another for the lights. Or the fan. Whatever.

The Logitech Harmony Companion (along with the included Harmony Hub) takes care of all this.

But beyond that, it's also just a great remote control. It's got curves to it — unlike the shapeless slabs that come with too many other devices. This is something you'll want to leave out where people can see it, and you'll want to actually pick it up to use it.

Alternatives to the Logitech Harmony Companion

The best alternative to the Logitech Harmony Companion is ... another Logitech Harmony remote. The Logitech Harmony Elite is an upgrade, and an expensive one at that at about $250. It will control even more devices and has a touchscreen, which lets you add in things like Sonos and smart thermostats.

The Logitech Harmony Smart takes the concept of the Harmony Companion and applies it to an even simpler remote control, for about half the price.

The upgrade

Logitech Harmony Elite

It's expensive, and also not cheap

This is a great option for anyone who really wants to take control of their connected home entertainment — and doesn't mind paying a good bit more to do so. It's got a touchscreen and more buttons than you'll ever use. The Harmony Elite also is rechargeable and has an attractive dock to keep things juiced up.

With Alexa built in

Logitech Harmony Express

Finally, voice control

This is Logi's first remote with Amazon Alexa built in, which is great. But only if all the things you're using have good Alexa Skills attached to them. Otherwise you hit the wall pretty quickly.

Budget pick

Logitech Harmony Smart

Simple, inexpensive, and effective.

The Logitech Harmony Smart basically is a scaled-down Harmony Companion. You still get a Harmony Hub, but with an even simpler remote control, all for about $70.

Bottom line

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. The Harmony Elite is a great upgrade, and the Harmony Smart is an excellent budget pick.

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.

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