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5 Best Remotes for Philips TVs in 2021 [Universal and Replacement]

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In this review, I am proud to present you with the five best remotes for Philips TVs you can get right now. I will include universal remote options as well as OEM options to replace your existing remote in the event you are in love with it 😊.

Without further ado, here are my picks for the five best universal remotes for Philips TVs:

Let’s get you a remote!


Philips’ Remote Is OK But It’s Not Universal

I am a big fan of Philips Hue bulbs. This is despite that my fellow tech reviewers and YouTubers like Paul Hibbert say that the Philips company has thirst for “corporate greed.”

That aside, the bulbs just work more consistently than other smart bulbs I have tried. I have written several blog posts about Philips Hue smart bulbs over at my smart home blog www.oneSmartcrib.com

This got me thinking…..“I wonder if Philips’ line of TVs is as good as their bulbs.” And judging from numerous fans of these TVs, the answer seems to be a resounding yes!”

One thing, however that many Philips TV customers seem to share in common is a disdain for the remote that may have come with your Philips TV. It looks like this:

philips remote

I don’t hate it if I am being honest. The dedicated buttons for the Netflix and YouTube apps on the Philips TV are nice. Why they specifically chose Vudu and Google Play instead of more popular services probably has something to do with that “corporate greed” that Paul talks about.

But I digress.

The main problem with this remote is that it is limited to controlling your Philips TV and a few other devices, maybe.


Do Universal Remotes Work with Philips?

OK, if you made it this far, you already know that the answer to this question is yes!

Well, friends, I am here to help you replace that remote with a bonafide universal remote that will let you control all of the equipment in your home theater.

Side note: If all you want to do is replace said remote above, it will make me sad. BUT I’ll show you where you can pick up one of those babies as well.

Full disclosure: I don’t own a Philips TV, but I have written enough about universal remotes (over 120 articles!) to feel very secure in these recommendations. Let’s kick things off with a side-by-side comparison of my top 3 picks.

Ok, let’s get into


Best Remotes for Philips TVs: Comparison Chart

The following table provides a side-by-side comparison of key features of my top three picks for best remotes for Philips TVs of the universal variety. I will include a separate table near the end of this post with my OEM replacement remote picks for various popular TV models.

Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit Remote & IReTV IR Receiver Combo. for Streamers That Have no IR Receiver Built in, Including F-TV, Nvidia Shield (2nd Gen), Kodi, MCE and Many Other A/V Devices
Updated SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App
Product
Inteset Universal Remote
Sofabaton U1
Logitech Harmony Companion
Type
Universal Remote
Universal Remote
Universal Remote
Key Features
Works with Alexa for voice control, Use your Smartphone, one-touch control of your entertainment system
OLED screen and it supports 500,000+ devices from 6000+ brands
Hard button remote, Mobile App, Alexa and Google Assistant, Activities like Listen to Music
Companion app
No
Yes
Yes
#No of Devices
4
15
15
Smart Home Control
Voice Control
Dimensions
7x1.5x1 inches
7.7x1.9x1.2 inches
10x5.4x3.5 inches
$44.95
$49.99
$419.99
Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit Remote & IReTV IR Receiver Combo. for Streamers That Have no IR Receiver Built in, Including F-TV, Nvidia Shield (2nd Gen), Kodi, MCE and Many Other A/V Devices
Product
Inteset Universal Remote
Type
Universal Remote
Key Features
Works with Alexa for voice control, Use your Smartphone, one-touch control of your entertainment system
Companion app
No
#No of Devices
4
Smart Home Control
Voice Control
Dimensions
7x1.5x1 inches
$44.95
Updated SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Product
Sofabaton U1
Type
Universal Remote
Key Features
OLED screen and it supports 500,000+ devices from 6000+ brands
Companion app
Yes
#No of Devices
15
Smart Home Control
Voice Control
Dimensions
7.7x1.9x1.2 inches
$49.99
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App
Product
Logitech Harmony Companion
Type
Universal Remote
Key Features
Hard button remote, Mobile App, Alexa and Google Assistant, Activities like Listen to Music
Companion app
Yes
#No of Devices
15
Smart Home Control
Voice Control
Dimensions
10x5.4x3.5 inches
$419.99

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Note: Prices are pulled in from the Amazon API and are current as of the date and time at the bottom of this table. Click the orange button to see the latest price and get more details at Amazon.


#1 – Best Value – Inteset 4-in-1

Inteset Universal Remote

With Logitech’s recent announcement that they will no longer be manufacturing new remotes, I am confident about promoting this remote from Inteset as a solid Harmony alternative.

First, it’s affordable. Second, it works as advertised: you will need to enter remote codes but once you do ease of use is the order of the day. Third, it has all the features you would expect in a multi-device remote, including backlit buttons which come in handy when using the remote in the dark. In addition to Philips TVs, you can also use this remote control to control your dvd players, Blu-ray player, sound system, as well as other televisions from major brands including Samsung TVs.

The only drawback with this remote is that you are limited to control of just four devices. It does however perform well up against more premium remotes such as the Harmony Companion. Oh, and you can’t use it to control smart home devices or game consoles. Check out these Harmony remotes if you want to do that.

Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit Remote & IReTV IR Receiver Combo. for Streamers That Have no IR Receiver Built in, Including F-TV, Nvidia Shield (2nd Gen), Kodi, MCE and Many Other A/V Devices
  • Device Codes using the IReTV IR Receiver are: Kodi-02000, Fire TV-02049 (Fire-TV devices require a "Y" Cable), Media Center-01272 & Nvidia Shield (2nd Gen)-04918. These codes only work when the IReTV...
  • Pre-programmed for Apple TV, XBox One, Media Center and Roku device codes which are easily changed. Full LED Backlighting-All buttons.
  • Macro Programming-This allows the programming of a string of commands (up to 15) within a mode or mode independent. You can also program Volume Lock, Channel Lock & ID Lock.

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

📚 Related: Logitech Harmony Elite Vs Companion

Top Ten Reviews has a decent video reviewing the Inteset remote out on YouTube.


#2 – Most Versatile: Sofabaton U1

sofabaton u1 universal remote

Next on my list of the best universal remotes for Philips TVs is the Sofabaton U1. It doesn’t just work with your Philips smart TV, but you can also use it to control other devices like a DVD player, Apple TV, Roku, Firestick, Kodi boxes, and more which makes it very versatile.

It lets you control up to 15 different devices, has a nice ergonomic design, and it’s got a smooth surface that feels good in your hand.

On top of all that, it has four customizable color remote buttons along the bottom of the remote. Devices are set up using direct code entry and those colored buttons can be programmed using macros to launch specific devices or a series of commands. The Sofabaton U1 even has a smartphone app you can run on your mobile device for another method of control. No voice controls are available via Alexa or Google as of yet though.

Sale
Updated SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
  • ✅【U1 Universal Remote & Replaces 15 Other Remotes】Our unique remote control support 500,000+ devices from 6000+ brands, the database will update as new devices come out, you don't need to worry...
  • 📲【App One-Touch Set Up】SofaBaton customized smartphone APP, one-button settings, no need to enter complex code to pair. Simple control for the whole house only by one remote, ditch all your...
  • 📺【OLED Display & Motion-Activated Function】The bright color OLED screen directly displays the current status and convenient for switching different devices. The motion-activated feature can...

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

📚 Related: Sofabaton Vs Harmony: A Solid Logitech Alternative?

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#3 – Premium Pick: Harmony Elite

Elite and Alexa

I own the Harmony Elite. I use it every day to control my Samsung TV and my smart home and I love it. While setup can be a bit involved for the non-tech set depending on what you want to do, the Elite can be programmed to control just about anything out there. Your Philips TV, DVD player, set-top box, av receiver, audio surround sound setup, streaming media players, and many smart home devices can all be controlled using this remote.

It truly has all the functionality you could need. This includes voice commands with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, automatic detection of devices, control over most media player functions, Apple and Android TV control as well as Amazon Fire TV. Unlike its universal TV control rivals, it also has a color LCD touch screen, and a nice navigation pad.

A separate smartphone application runs on iOS or Android and the mobile app in effect gives everyone in your house their own remote completely free.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub and App
  • The most powerful and intuitive Harmony remote works with Alexa for voice control. All-in-one control of up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices
  • Full color touchscreen: Simply swipe and tap to control channels, movies, volume, 50 favorite channels and smart home devices like Philips Hue lights
  • One-touch Activities: Touch an Activity like “Watch a Movie” to automatically power on and switch devices to the right settings; Compatible with Amazon’s Alexa for easy voice integration and...

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Note: Smart home integration requires that you put the remote on the same wifi network as your other devices.

📚 Related: Harmony Elite: 10 Reasons This Remote Rocks

TeQreation has one of my favorite Harmony Elite reviews out on YouTube.


#4 – Hub and App: Broadlink

broadlink rm4 universal remote

You might be wondering: can I just use my smartphone as a Philips TV remote. The answer is yes, thanks to Broadlink’s universal remote hub and app.

The best thing about this remote control is that you can control almost any device from almost anywhere with your smartphone as long as you have a data connection (e.g., via your home network). The only drawback compared to something like the Harmony Hub is that it won’t learn IR commands directly from your remote, so setup takes a little more effort to set up and it won’t work for every device.

However, the virtual remote control application will run on iOS and Android and it has a super intuitive interface with a ton of functions.

Broadlink RM4 pro IR RF WiFi Universal Remote Smart Home Automation Compatible with Alexa and Google Home…
  • Support RF (433MHz+315MHz) controlled devices such as curtain/shades motor, projector and light switch; Support 50,000+ IR controlled devices such as TV, STB, Air conditioner, Fan, Video Recorder, DVD...
  • NEW BROADLINK APP CONTROL - New App named BroadLink is available now in Apple App Store and Google Play. New App has better user experiences in configuration and creating scene than IHC. Besides, if...
  • VOICE CONTROL AND IFTTT - Compatible with Alexa to voice control your TV, STB, Air Conditioner and Fans, compatible with Google Home to voice control your Air Conditioner. Make sure the devices can be...

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


#5 – Budget Choice: Philips OEM

Last on my list of best remotes for Philips TVs is the budget OEM “replacement” option. These remotes essentially mimick the same remote that came with your TV.

I realize that some of you may just be looking to replace your existing Philips remote control. While your smart TV functions (for example, changing channels, adjusting the volume control, etc.) will be nearly identical to the standard remote control. You won’t be able to control other devices or your smart home though with this option.

The following table provides links to official Philips product OEM replacement remote controls:

Product
Smartby Philips OEM Remote
AULCMEET Philips OEM Remote
Feitian Shop Philips OEM Remote
Uyibii
New Remote for Philips TV 19PFL3504D 22PFL3504D 26PFL4507 32PFL3504D 32PFL4507 32HFL4663S 32PFL4505D 32PFL3506 40PFL3505D 40PFL4707 42PFL3704D 46PFL3705D 46PFL3505D 46PFL3706 47PFL7603 50PFL3707
NH500UP New Replaced Remote Control Compatible with PHILIPS TV 55PFL5601/F7 55PFL5901 55PFL5901/F7 55PFL6900 55PFL6900/F7 65PFL8900 65PFL8900/F7 50PFL5601 50PFL5601/F7 50PFL5901 50PFL5901/F7 55PFL5601
NH500UP Replace Remote Compatible with Philips Remote 55PFL5602/F7 65PFL5602/F7 65PFL5602 55PFL5402/F7 50PFL5602/F7 TV 40PFL4901 32PFL4902 43PFL5602 (with Red case)
New Universal Remote Control for Philips TV Remote Replacement for LCD LED 4K UHD Smart TV NH500UP
Compatible with
19PFL3504D
19PFL3504D/F7
19PFL3505D
19PFL4505D
22PFL3504D
22PFL3504D/F7
22PFL3505D
22PFL4505D
22PFL4507
32HFL4663S
32PFL3504D
32PFL3504D/F7
32PFL3505D
32PFL3506
32PFL3514D
32PFL3514D/F7
32PFL3515D
32PFL4505D
32PFL4507
40PFL3505D
40PFL3705D
40PFL3706
40PFL4707
42PFL3704D
42PFL3704D/F7
42PFL7603
42PFL7603D/27
42PFL7603D/F7
46PFL3505D
46PFL3705D
46PFL3706
47PFL7603
47PFL7603D/27
47PFL7603D/F7
47PFL7603D27
47PFL7603DF7
50PFL3707
NH500UP
55PFL5601/F7
55PFL5901
55PFL5901/F7
55PFL6900
55PFL6900/F7
65PFL8900
65PFL8900/F7
50PFL5601
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL5901
50PFL5901/F7
55PFL5601
32PFL4902/F7
40PFL4901/F7
43PFL4901/F7
50PFL4901/F7
43PFL4902/F7
32PFL4902
40PFL4901
43PFL4901
50PFL4901
43PFL4902
50PFL5601
65PFL5602
55PFL5602
50PFL5602
43PFL5602
65PFL6902
55PFL6902
50PFL6902
50PFL6602
55PFL5402
50PFL5601/F7
65PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602/F7
43PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902/F7
55PFL6902/F7
50PFL6902/F7
50PFL6602/F7
55PFL5402/F7
50pfl5602/f7a
55pfl5601/f7
43pfl
4902
f7
43pfl5603/f7
65pfl5504/f7
32PFL4902
40PFL4901
40PFL4901/F7B
43PFL4901
43PFL4902
43PFL5602
50PFL4901
50PFL5601
50PFL5602
50PFL660
55PFL5602
65PFL5602
65PFL6902
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL5601/F7B
65PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7A
50PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602/F7A
43PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902/F7
55PFL5402
55PFL5402/F7
55PFL5402/F7A
50PFL4909
50PFL4909/F7
55PFL4609
55PFL4609/F7
YKF340001
URMT39JHG003
YKF340-001
NH500UP
NH500
RTNH500UP
32PFL4902F7
50PFL5601
50PFL5601F7
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL6602
50PFL6602F7
50PFL6602/F7
50PFL6902
50PFL6902F7
50PFL6902/F7
43PFL5602
43PFL5602F7
43PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602
50PFL5602F7
50PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602
55PFL5602F7
55PFL5602/F7
55FPL6902
55PFL6902F7
55PFL6902/F7
65PFL5602
65PFL5602F7
65PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902
65PFL6902F7
55PFL6902/F7
65PFL5602
65PFL5602F7
65PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902
65PFL6902F7
65PFL6902/F7

****Plus many more - click the link to Amazon for the full list***
No of Devices
1 (Philips TV only)
1 (Philips TV only)
1 (Philips TV only)
1 (Philips TV only)
Dimensions
7.5 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches
9 x 2 x 0.55 inches
3.94 x 1.57 x 0.39 inches
4.8 x 4.8 x 5.2 inches
No of Batteries
2
2
2
2
Battery Type
AAA
AAA
AAA
AAA
$9.48
$6.98
$12.99
$13.99
Product
Smartby Philips OEM Remote
New Remote for Philips TV 19PFL3504D 22PFL3504D 26PFL4507 32PFL3504D 32PFL4507 32HFL4663S 32PFL4505D 32PFL3506 40PFL3505D 40PFL4707 42PFL3704D 46PFL3705D 46PFL3505D 46PFL3706 47PFL7603 50PFL3707
Compatible with
19PFL3504D
19PFL3504D/F7
19PFL3505D
19PFL4505D
22PFL3504D
22PFL3504D/F7
22PFL3505D
22PFL4505D
22PFL4507
32HFL4663S
32PFL3504D
32PFL3504D/F7
32PFL3505D
32PFL3506
32PFL3514D
32PFL3514D/F7
32PFL3515D
32PFL4505D
32PFL4507
40PFL3505D
40PFL3705D
40PFL3706
40PFL4707
42PFL3704D
42PFL3704D/F7
42PFL7603
42PFL7603D/27
42PFL7603D/F7
46PFL3505D
46PFL3705D
46PFL3706
47PFL7603
47PFL7603D/27
47PFL7603D/F7
47PFL7603D27
47PFL7603DF7
50PFL3707
No of Devices
1 (Philips TV only)
Dimensions
7.5 x 2.6 x 1.1 inches
No of Batteries
2
Battery Type
AAA
$9.48
Product
AULCMEET Philips OEM Remote
NH500UP New Replaced Remote Control Compatible with PHILIPS TV 55PFL5601/F7 55PFL5901 55PFL5901/F7 55PFL6900 55PFL6900/F7 65PFL8900 65PFL8900/F7 50PFL5601 50PFL5601/F7 50PFL5901 50PFL5901/F7 55PFL5601
Compatible with
NH500UP
55PFL5601/F7
55PFL5901
55PFL5901/F7
55PFL6900
55PFL6900/F7
65PFL8900
65PFL8900/F7
50PFL5601
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL5901
50PFL5901/F7
55PFL5601
32PFL4902/F7
40PFL4901/F7
43PFL4901/F7
50PFL4901/F7
43PFL4902/F7
32PFL4902
40PFL4901
43PFL4901
50PFL4901
43PFL4902
50PFL5601
65PFL5602
55PFL5602
50PFL5602
43PFL5602
65PFL6902
55PFL6902
50PFL6902
50PFL6602
55PFL5402
50PFL5601/F7
65PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602/F7
43PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902/F7
55PFL6902/F7
50PFL6902/F7
50PFL6602/F7
55PFL5402/F7
No of Devices
1 (Philips TV only)
Dimensions
9 x 2 x 0.55 inches
No of Batteries
2
Battery Type
AAA
$6.98
Product
Feitian Shop Philips OEM Remote
NH500UP Replace Remote Compatible with Philips Remote 55PFL5602/F7 65PFL5602/F7 65PFL5602 55PFL5402/F7 50PFL5602/F7 TV 40PFL4901 32PFL4902 43PFL5602 (with Red case)
Compatible with
50pfl5602/f7a
55pfl5601/f7
43pfl
4902
f7
43pfl5603/f7
65pfl5504/f7
32PFL4902
40PFL4901
40PFL4901/F7B
43PFL4901
43PFL4902
43PFL5602
50PFL4901
50PFL5601
50PFL5602
50PFL660
55PFL5602
65PFL5602
65PFL6902
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL5601/F7B
65PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602/F7A
50PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602/F7A
43PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902/F7
55PFL5402
55PFL5402/F7
55PFL5402/F7A
50PFL4909
50PFL4909/F7
55PFL4609
55PFL4609/F7
YKF340001
URMT39JHG003
YKF340-001
No of Devices
1 (Philips TV only)
Dimensions
3.94 x 1.57 x 0.39 inches
No of Batteries
2
Battery Type
AAA
$12.99
Product
Uyibii
New Universal Remote Control for Philips TV Remote Replacement for LCD LED 4K UHD Smart TV NH500UP
Compatible with
NH500UP
NH500
RTNH500UP
32PFL4902F7
50PFL5601
50PFL5601F7
50PFL5601/F7
50PFL6602
50PFL6602F7
50PFL6602/F7
50PFL6902
50PFL6902F7
50PFL6902/F7
43PFL5602
43PFL5602F7
43PFL5602/F7
50PFL5602
50PFL5602F7
50PFL5602/F7
55PFL5602
55PFL5602F7
55PFL5602/F7
55FPL6902
55PFL6902F7
55PFL6902/F7
65PFL5602
65PFL5602F7
65PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902
65PFL6902F7
55PFL6902/F7
65PFL5602
65PFL5602F7
65PFL5602/F7
65PFL6902
65PFL6902F7
65PFL6902/F7

****Plus many more - click the link to Amazon for the full list***
No of Devices
1 (Philips TV only)
Dimensions
4.8 x 4.8 x 5.2 inches
No of Batteries
2
Battery Type
AAA
$13.99

Last update on 10/20/2021 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Can I Download a Virtual Remote Control for a Philips TV?

Yes, in addition to Broadlink there are many other universal remote app options. These include Logitech Harmony Hub and many other remote control apps.

PhilRemote is another virtual remote control app that allows you to control a Philips television. The application works on any TV with an “intelligent screen display“ technology. The TV must also be connected to your Wi-Fi/ Ethernet network.

After you get the remote control app set up on your home network, the remote control interface has an intuitive design and the most useful commands have been installed. You can adjust the volume and change channels using the app, of course, and the button navigation control is also well done.


Conclusion

While the remote that comes with Philips TVs isn’t all that bad in my opinion, it is limiting in that it only lets you control your TV. This adds one more remote to the remotes cluttering up your coffee table.

By choosing a universal remote, you can consolidate down multiple remotes into just one and potentially even control your smart devices as well as a home theater. One option here, the Harmony Elite, will also let you control your TV with your voice.

If you want a solid universal remote for your Philips TV at an affordable price, both Inteset and Sofabaton are good options.

I hope you found this article about the best remotes for Philips TVs helpful. Please leave me a comment below if you have any questions on anything here. Enjoy your Philips TV!

📚 Related: 8 Best Remotes for Emerson TVs

best remotes for Philips tvs

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Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 25 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing about universal remotes, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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