TV Accessories:

Best universal remotes of 2016


It's long been known that the remedy for a common case of remote clutter is the universal remote. However, when it comes to turning five remotes--or even more--into a single ubercontroller for all that equipment stacked beneath your TV or in your towering audio rack, you have a lot of choices. Yes, they're supposed to do the same thing, yet they all seem to go about it slightly differently and offer a variety of interfaces and designs. These remotes represent the best of the bunch, so you can find the perfect remote that lets you banish all those clickers to a drawer--forever.

Logitech Harmony Elite

The Logitech Harmony Elite adds a useful touchscreen to the best universal remote system around, but it's not worth the high price for most buyers.

4 stars Excellent

Logitech Harmony Smart Control

The Logitech Harmony Smart Control combines RF functionality and smartphone control in an affordable universal-remote package, but the complexity of the initial setup will burden some buyers.

3.5 stars Very good

Logitech Harmony Ultimate

Despite its high price and a handful of drawbacks, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is an impressive, feature-rich universal remote that's well worth the investment, particularly if you have a lot of components in your system.

3.5 stars Very good

Logitech Harmony 650 Remote - universal remote control

The Logitech Harmony 650 is one of the best universal remotes you can buy for less than $100.

3.5 stars Very good