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Buying guide: Best universal remotes in 2020

Who doesn’t love remote controls? They save you from having to jump up off the couch every time you want to flip channels or adjust the volume.

Outside of having to change the batteries on occasion, there isn’t much fault with remote controls. Except that they start multiplying like rabbits the more technology you bring into your home. Tap or click to view our buying guide for the best TVs on a budget.

What starts as a single TV controller turns into a pile of remotes cluttering up your coffee table. The answer to this disorder is a universal remote that can control a host of devices in your entertainment system, maybe even smart devices throughout your home. Here are the best universal remote options in 2020 to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Premium options

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control

With the top of the line intuitive, Alexa compatible, Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, you can control up to 15 home entertainment and connected devices. Features include a full-color touchscreen, convenient charging station, and the Harmony app for both Android and Apple, which allows you to use your smartphone as a personal universal remote control.

Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control

Although the Logitech Harmony Companion All in One Remote Control may lack a few of the Harmony Elite features, this all-in-one is still a premium remote that is easy to set up, offers Alexa voice control and the Harmony smartphone app. Included is the Harmony Hub that allows you to control devices such as game consoles that may be hidden behind cabinet doors.

Sony RMVLZ620 Universal Remote Control

If you are on the hunt for a great under $100 option from a trusted brand, check out the Sony RMVLZ620 Universal Remote Control. This universal remote features a learning function for expanded AV equipment control (up to 6 components) and has 12 one-touch system control functions.

Best budget alternatives

GE Universal Remote Control

For the budget-conscious television viewer, the GE Universal Remote Control can operate up to four different components and is compatible with a range of devices and brands including Samsung, Vizio, LG, Sony, Sharp, Roku, and Apple TV. This remote offers simple setup, auto-scan technology, and master volume control.

RCA RCR313BR Big Button Universal Remote

The RCA RCR313BR Big Button Universal Remote controls up to three devices with long-range IR and works with most major brands Samsung, Vizio, TCL, LG, Sony, Hisense, and more. It features streaming controls for Roku, Apple TV, and other streaming boxes and offers a simple set up with automatic, brand, manual and direct code search methods.

Philips Universal Remote Control

Operate up to four devices from a range of brands including Samsung, Vizio, LG, Sony, Sharp, Roku, and Apple TV with the Philips Universal Remote Control. This remote comes preprogrammed for Roku and Samsung TVs and features a simple set up, auto-scan technology and master volume control.

Regardless of the model you choose, both premium or budget universal remotes offer you the ability to control more than one device and clear up the clutter on your coffee table. We could all use a little less chaos in our lives right now, wouldn’t ya say?

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