Best TV-Remotes

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 30, 2016
If you’ve got at least 5 remotes in your place, you'll definitely estimate universal remote control that will let you switch between various devices and perform different tasks. Find the review of the best TV remote controls below and choose your best pick!    ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compatible devices
Number of controlled devices
Range, feet
Number of buttons
Wireless interfaces
Touchscreen
Features
 
PROS
Easy setup and compatibility with all types of devices. Music streaming and controlling within the range of up to 150 feet. Regularly updatable software.
CONS
The bright LED backlight may dazzle you when you are in a dark room.
OUR VERDICT
This digital TV remote is the best choice for those who want to forget about remotes at all and manage all home appliances from a smartphone or tablet.
detailed parameters
Compatible devices
TV, Stereo receiver, DVD and Blu-ray players, CD players, Cable boxes, iOS, Android and Apple Watch
Number of controlled devices
48
Range, feet
150
Number of buttons
No buttons
Wireless interfaces
Bluetooth receiver to connect to smartphones and tablets
Touchscreen
Yes
Features
Programming mode, Backlighting, Macro function
PROS
Simplicity in use. High-quality build. The macro function is able to prerecord 32 commands.
CONS
Incompatible with some Anthem® receivers. The buttons are backlit only when pressed.
OUR VERDICT
This programming TV remote will be perfect for data streaming appliances and over 100,000 devices.
detailed parameters
Compatible devices
TVs, Sound Bars, Windows Media Center, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Kodi, Media Center, Nvidia Shield, Matricom Roku, Apple TV and more
Number of controlled devices
4
Range, feet
30
Number of buttons
54
Wireless interfaces
IR signal
Touchscreen
No
Features
Programming mode, Learning mode, Backlighting, Macro function
PROS
Versatile and comfortable to hold in the arm. Wear-resistant body. Easy programming through free Logitech database.
CONS
Quite a short battery life - from 3 to 4 months. No driver to connect the remote to USB 3.0 when programming.
OUR VERDICT
This very easy-to-use universal TV remote can be set up from PC or Mac and is compatible with more than 225 000 devices of 5 000 brands.
detailed parameters
Compatible devices
AV receivers, TVs, Satellite receivers, Media players, Blu-ray players
Number of controlled devices
8
Range, feet
< 30
Number of buttons
55
Wireless interfaces
IR signal, Radio channel
Touchscreen
No
Features
Macro function, LCD display, USB Programming mode, Learning mode, Backlighting
PROS
Sturdy body and sensitive buttons. Good ergonomics and advanced learning function. Long battery life.
CONS
Batteries are not included. No backlight.
OUR VERDICT
This is the great and cheap programming TV remote with good functionality allowing you to manage up to 8 AV devices at the same time.
detailed parameters
Compatible devices
Audio/video devices, DVD players, Videocassette recorders, Blu-Ray players, Digital video recorders
Number of controlled devices
8
Range, feet
36
Number of buttons
65
Wireless interfaces
Radio channel N/A, Two IR LEDs
Touchscreen
No
Features
Macro function, Programming mode, Learning mode
PROS
Compact size and light weight provide the easy and comfortable use. Multicolor keypad.
CONS
Only 3 devices can be controlled concurrently.
OUR VERDICT
This universal TV remote will be good to control devices of the well-known brands with 3 coding modes available.
detailed parameters
Compatible devices
TVs, Satellite receivers, Cable converter boxes, Digital TV converters, DVD players, Videocassette recorders
Number of controlled devices
3
Range, feet
< 30
Number of buttons
31
Wireless interfaces
IR signal
Touchscreen
No
Features
Programming mode

What Is It

Have you ever thought of combining all your remotes at home in one unit and program it to control all your home appliances? That’s possible with universal remote. The device has been designed to control a few appliances of the same and different manufacturers by programming in specific codes so there's no need in use of any others. The abilities of universal remote are vast and we’d like to tell you more about them in the review, so you can choose your best remote.

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What Features to Compare

In this review we will consider the key peculiarities worth your attention when choosing a universal remote. The first point is Сompatibility with equipment to be controlled, since your devices may not be recognized by a connection channel featured in a remote. Universal remotes may use infrared, ultrasonic or radio channel to control various devices. You should consider that even universal remotes may not recognize all models of equipment.

The next important feature of universal remote is Рrogramming method. There are three programming methods: programming by codes, learning and online programming. Programming by codes is based on "insertion" of control commands into the memory of the remote. The number of devices can be estimated at thousands and all you need to do is to pick the right code. Learning is the “teaching” of buttons performed by the original remote under certain algorithm. Your remote can "learn" from several remotes as well. Online programming features a specialized software packed with a remote to set it up and get connected to your devices. The advantage of this method is the regularly updatable database allowing you to be up with the latest appliances.

Functionality of remote is the last but not least feature to draw your attention to. Take into account the function of code reading. The code reading is catching and memorizing infrared signals sent from other remotes. This function is useful when the codes of devices are not included in a universal remote database and these codes can be simply read from the original remote. The number of control buttons is essential for convenience of use, in particular if you need to control a lot of devices at the same time. It should be noted that every remote has got its own connection range and the number of supported devices. The function of macro commands allows you to give several commands by pressing a single button. The pre-recorded chain of commands can be performed in any operation mode. The backlighting of the keypad is also relevant. The shining buttons will let you quickly find your remote in the dark. It should be noted that some universal remotes are equipped with touch-sensitive LCD displays which simplify the assignment of functions, distribution of controls and switching between the controlled devices.

Review of Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote

Compatibility

Blumoo Universal Remote will turn your smartphone or tablet into remote control compatible with TV, stereo receivers, DVD and Blu-ray players, CD players, cable boxes, iOS, Android, and Apple Watch. The remote will be set up within a few minutes and requires Bluetooth, IOS 4.0 or Android 4.0 or higher to establish the connection. This universal TV remote is compatible with more than 250 000 devices.

Programming methods

This digital TV remote is super easy to set up and operate. Put Blumoo on the table, turn it on and download the Blumoo app from Google or Apple store. The user-friendly interface of the app will help you to get connected to all the devices. Specify your zip code to get the list of local TV providers, then choose the brand and model of your TV. You may add the other devices after as well and to take control over your home entertainment center.

Functionality

Blumoo will allow you to set and give the commands with one touch thanks to macro command function and has the buttons for simplified equipment setup. TV Guide installed on your smartphone will help to find the needed show, help to organize the channels and mark as your favorites. Blumoo will synchronize and control all the devices via cloud technology and can be customized by each member of your family.

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Blumoo Bluetooth Universal Remote
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Review of Inteset Technologies INT-422 Universal 4-in-1 Learning Remote

Inteset Technologies INT-422 Universal 4-in-1 Learning Remote

Inteset Technologies INT-422 Universal 4-in-1 Learning Remote

Compatibility

Inteset Technologies INT-422 is universal TV remote intended to control the well-known data streaming platforms like Apple, TV, Xbox ONE, Windows Media Center and Roku. The remote contains the huge code database, so it can be connected to plenty of devices. The remote features 4 buttons at the top to pre-program several appliances, so you can control all of them at the same time conveniently and effortlessly.

Programming methods

This programming TV remote is programmed by selection of the proper code from the available database. If your device is not recognized by remote, you can program all functions through the learning function. You can also assign the previously unused buttons to control your TV or stereo system. The self-adhesive labels can be placed under the buttons and will help you to find the right keys with ease.

Functionality

This universal TV remote contains 54 buttons for easy control of multiple devices. Red, green, yellow and blue button of this remote act as standard control buttons of Xbox (B, A, Y, X). When you use Media Center, these buttons provide the access to TV broadcasting and movies, images and videos. For Roku, they open Netflix®, Pandora® and Crackle® apps. The Volume Lock function helps to fix the volume in different modes and macro support allows you to program the chain of commands (up to 15).

Inteset Technologies INT-422 Universal 4-in-1 Learning Remote
Inteset Technologies INT-422 Universal 4-in-1 Learning Remote
 
Review of Logitech Harmony 650 Universal 8-in-1 Remote

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal 8-in-1 Remote

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal 8-in-1 Remote

Compatibility

Logitech Harmony 650 features the constantly updatable database supporting more than 225 000 devices of 5000 brands. With this TV remote, you will be able to control not just the devices you currently have but those you will get in the future since all of them will be included in the database automatically. Therefore, you won't have to look for another remote and program it over and over again to control the new devices.

Programming methods

Logitech Harmony 650 is programmed through the online setup with PC or Mac compatible with Windows 8, 7, Vista, Windows XP and Intel powered by Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. You just have to connect your remote to computer or laptop and pick the devices you will control. The software will guide you through the setup online, just make sure your Internet connection is stable and good. Once you complete, you can enjoy the easy controlling!

Functionality

Logitech Harmony 650 is equipped with a color display for easy navigation showing the icons of favorite channels. This remote is able to control up to eight devices at the same time. The buttons are grouped so you won't be in a maze and the backlight will let you see your remote in the dark. You can turn any device on and change the settings with a single hit of a button.

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Logitech Harmony 650 Universal 8-in-1 Remote
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Review of Sony RM-VLZ620 Universal Remote Control

Sony RM-VLZ620 Universal Remote Control

Sony RM-VLZ620 Universal Remote Control

Compatibility

RM-VLZ620 provides centralized control of all your audio and video devices so you don't need to use other remotes. You can easily manage your TV, stereo system and DVD player at the same time through the IN/A radio channel. This remote features two infrared LEDs providing the stable connection within the range of up to 36 feet.

Programming methods

Sony RMVLX620 can be programmed to control most AV equipment. All you need to do is to set a specific code. Due to the learning function, it’s also easy to assign different Sony and non-Sony appliances to one of the 8 buttons, and control all of them with a single remote. The only fuss you’ll face is the necessity to set the given manufacturer’s code to each device. It’s only then when centralized control can be achieved and switching between the appliances becomes a snap.

Functionality

This programming TV remote features 12 macros to perform the sequence of control commands with just a single pressing a button. Learning of this remote is an important and usable feature allowing you to get the enhanced control over your audio and video equipment. Sony RMVLZ620 is able to keep up to 8 appliances controlled at the same time, so you will get convenient and smart assistant to manage your digital friends.

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Sony RM-VLZ620 Universal Remote Control
Sony RM-VLZ620 Universal Remote Control
 
Review of RCA RCR503BR Palm-Sized Universal Remote

RCA RCR503BR Palm-Sized Universal Remote

RCA RCR503BR Palm-Sized Universal Remote

Compatibility

RCA RCR503BR is able to control TV, SAT, CBL, DTC, DVD and VCR equipment and will replace most of the remotes you have used before. This universal TV remote is very easy to set up and it is compatible with the majority of brands of electronics. The compact size, light weight and large buttons make this remote very convenient and can be easily used by each member of your family including children.

Programming methods

RCA RCR503BR is programmed by finding the right codes and the remote can search for them in an automatic, manual and direct mode. These search modes will help you to quickly set the remote up and take under control all your home appliances. The list of codes that can be used for programming is normally supplied with the remote and is also available for download on the website of manufacturer of your device.

Functionality

This remote features the multicolor keypad providing convenience during control and allowing to operate up to 3 devices at the same time. You may control each device separately or manage all them at once. This universal TV remote features the buttons dedicated to television broadcasting which will provide you with the direct access to digital subchannels (for example, 59.1). Automatic, manual and direct code search method will make setup simple and quick.

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