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7 Best Universal Remotes for Amazon Fire TV [Stick & Cube] in 2020

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In this article, I’ll review what I feel are the seven best remotes for Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube in 2020. I’ll also include a handy price comparison table so you can get a sense of your pricing options at a glance.

In a rush? If you simply want to know the best remotes for your Fire TV devices, here is a summary of my picks and favorites for each model:


Love Your Fire Stick?

Do you love your Fire Stick?

I know, I know. I sound like that bad IP Vanish YouTube infomercial advertising virtual private network software.

So, I won’t go there. However, I do love my Fire TV Cube. And apparently I am in good company. Jen Prenner, general manager and global head of marketing of growth and engagement for Amazon Fire TV, recently reported that Amazon Fire TV now claims more than 34 million active users. Whoa.

I do NOT love the Amazon remote that comes with Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick, FireTV Stick 4K though.

I’m not really even a big fan of the newer Alexa one.

Why?

Because the remote just ads yet ANOTHER remote to the others piling up on your coffee table.

In this post, I’ll introduce you to some better remotes that you can use to control Fire TV.  Contrary to popular belief, you do have options.

And, if you just want to replace the Alexa remote, I’ll include an option for that too [sigh].

Let’s go get em!


Quick Comparison Chart: Best Universal Remotes for Amazon Fire TV

The following table lists all of the best Fire TV remotes describe in this article, along with the latest price at Amazon.

Note: Prices are current as of the date and time at the bottom of this table.  Click SEE IT to get the up-to-the-minute price at Amazon.


#7. Alexa Voice Remote [2nd Gen]

best universal remotes amazon fire tvComing in at number 7 on my list of best remotes for Fire TV is the latest-generation Alexa Voice Remote. While I don’t love it because it won’t replace all of your other remotes, it will let you control your Fire TV device with your voice using Alexa. Oh, and it’s cheap.  It also has some basic controls that include power, volume, and mute buttons that you can use to control your TV. You can also use it to control your soundbar and AV receiver. Did I mention it’s cheap?

Mike O’Brien does a nice job in this video review of the Fire TV Stick and the Alexa voice remote:

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), and Amazon Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design). Not compatible with Amazon Fire TV (1st and 2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (1st Gen), or Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

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#6. Harmony Express

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If you want a better Alexa voice remote on steroids, look no further than Logitech’s latest remote, the Harmony Express. The Express was designed from the bottom up to work with Alexa, and you can use it to control your other entertainment devices and smart home stuff too. You can also use it to automate your entire Fire TV entertainment experience. For example, after you complete Harmony’s simple setup using the Harmony app, you can say things like “Watch Netflix” to power on your TV, switch it the right input, and tune to Netflix. You can also tune to your favorite apps and channels by name without remembering the channel number. This remote shines in its integration with Fire TV as it lets you look up individual shows directly [again using your voice with Alexa].  The only thing I don’t love about this remote is that you need to press a button on the remote in order to execute the voice commands, rather than just talking to Alexa. Still, this is an all-around innovative remote that makes streaming your favorite shows super easy and fun.

TWiT Tech Podcast Network gives a thorough review of the Express in the following video.

Compatibility: Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube (1st Gen), and Amazon Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design).

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5. Sevenhugs Smart Remote

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While Sevenhugs’ Alexa commands are a bit limited, you can use Sevenhugs to control newer models of Fire TV and Fire TV Stick and all models of the Fire TV Cube. Sevenhugs will also let you consolidate your other entertainment remotes (audio/video, cable and satellite, game consoles, and surround sound) down to just one, and you can even control many brands of smart lights and plugs.  You can’t use it to control smart thermostats or blinds at this time though.  The coolest thing about Sevenhugs is that it will automatically detect devices in its crosshairs and adjust the interface accordingly.  For example, point it at Fire TV and it will show you Fire TV navigation functionality on the remote’s UI. Point it at your smart lights and it will give you the option to adjust brightness, set colors, and more.

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Fire TV 2nd generation and later, Fire TV Stick 2nd generation and later, and Fire TV Cube 1st generation and later via Bluetooth (BLE). Includes trackpad navigation and keyboard functionality on Smart Remote.

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4. Harmony Companion

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I have written a ton of reviews on Harmony remotes over the past two years, and the Harmony Companion is an excellent value.  I have referred to it before as the “poor man’s Elite,” and I am going to stick with this analogy.  It gives you nearly all of the same functionality as Logitech’s flagship Harmony Elite remote, sans the color LCD touchscreen and a few other features.  If you are looking for an excellent remote that will let you control nearly all of your devices as well as Fire TV, this is an excellent choice.  While it is isn’t as cheap as some of the other options here you do get a lot for the money. This includes voice control with Alexa, smartphone control using the Harmony app, the ability to program activities like “Watch a Movie” or “Date Night” and much more.

If you are interested in comparing the Companion to the Elite remote I just mentioned, check out this review I wrote.

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Same as Harmony Express (see above).

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3. Caavo Control Center

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Until recently, it wasn’t possible to control Fire TV with Caavo. However, this is no longer true thanks to the new Caavo Companion App from Amazon.  You can just simply download the app and follow the instructions to hook up Caavo to Fire TV.  While I own several Harmony remotes and prefer them over Caavo, I have tested this extensively and it does a nice job in controlling your home entertainment devices. It works especially well if you have multiple streaming devices as it indexes content from multiple streaming services in addition to Fire TV. If you run a media server at home like Plex, it might prioritize Amazon and other paid service over movies you own, so you’ll need to decide if this is a dealbreaker for you if this is the case.

Caavo has a nice video that shows how to connect Caavo to Fire TV.

The Hook Up does a nice job explaining some of the shortcomings of the remote, and like me, favors Harmony over the Control Center.

To be fair, the Hook Up has a more complex set up than most and I have had good success it using the device across Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Fire TV 2nd generation and later, Fire TV Stick 2nd generation and later, and Fire TV Cube 1st generation and later via Bluetooth (BLE).

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2. Logitech Harmony Smart Control

best universal remote amazon fire tvThe Logitech Harmony Smart Control universal remote is a lot like Harmony Companion. It will do an equally good job in controlling your Fire TV Stick, Stick 4K, or Cube.  They both come with the Hub, they let you control home entertainment devices as well as smart home gear, and you can voice your devices with Alexa or Google Home.  The design of the remote is slightly different than the Companion. The Smart Control comes with a smaller, lighter remote that is liked by some customers. However, other customers complain the buttons are too small.  You can read my detailed comparison of Harmony Companion vs Smart Control here.

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Same as other Harmony remotes featured here.

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1. Logitech Harmony Elite

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If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you no doubt know what a big fan I am of the Logitech Harmony Elite (linkes to Logitech). This remains the best universal remote that money can buy today, period. It isn’t cheap, but it is the best.  I can’t think of any other remote I would want to control my Fire TV, Fire TV Sick 4K or Fire TV Cube than the Harmony Elite. It does everything the Harmony Express, Smart Control, and Companion will do. So what makes it better? It has an amazing color LCD panel remote from which you can access your favorite channels, fire off activities like Watch a Movie and Play Music, and you can also use Harmony’s integration with Alexa and Google Assistant to control pretty much your entire home entertainment experience using your voice. The remote feels really good in your hands, sports backlit buttons and even delivers haptic feedback on the tactile screen so you know you are pressing buttons even in the dark.  This really is the best of the best universal remotes that you can buy to control your Fire TV devices.

If you want to learn more, check out this review I just updated a few weeks back:

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Same as other remotes featured here [see above].

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Bonus Idea: iPazzport Add-On

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If You Are Wedded to the Existing Alexa Remote, check out this add-on keyboard from iPazzport. The keyboard and additional buttons iPazzport provides might just make you not miss having a “true” universal remote control.

Also, if you are interested in learning more, check out the user manual here.

Compatibility with Fire TV:

Any device that uses the new Alexa Voice Remote.

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Best Universal Remotes for Amazon Fire TV – What’s Your Take?

So what do you think about my picks for the best universal remotes for Amazon Fire TV?

Which Fire TV device do you own?  Do you plan to upgrade your Alexa remote to control more devices in addition to Fire TV?

Also, do you have questions about Fire TV remotes? Leave a question and I will reply here as well.

Please leave a comment below and let me know.


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