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In this article, I’ll give you the lowdown on the best remotes for Roku Express, Ultra & Stick you can get right now. Most of the remotes will work with other Roku devices too.
In a hurry? Here’s a summary of my top universal and replacement remote picks:
- #1 – Best Universal Remote: Sofabaton X1
- #2 – Best Replacement: Roku Official
- #3 – Budget Universal: Sofabaton U2
- #4 – Premium Option: Harmony Elite
- #5 – Budget Roku Replacement: Gvirtue
- #6 – Best for Roku Express: IKU
- #7 – Broadlink RM4 Pro
You can click on any of the links above to jump down to the specific remote you are looking for.
Now back to our regularly scheduled program…
Roku: It’s Fun To Say
Roku. Roku. Roku. It’s fun to say.
Do you know what’s not so fun?
Using the cheap little plastic remote that comes with the popular media streamer. There I said it.
I’m sorry but nothing is automated, and it just feels cheap. Worst of all? It only lets you control Roku so it’s just one more remote you’ll need to add to the pile on your coffee table.
I know this makes you as sad as it makes me.
Well, let’s our frowns upside down. I am here to help with my updated list of great Roku remote replacement ideas.
Oh, and if you just want to know the best universal remote to replace your Roku remote, it’s the new Sofabaton X1 remote. Why? The X1 lets you consolidate all of your other remotes down to one, it has activities to automate multiple functions, and it will let you control smart devices too. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Moreover, if you really just want to replace that lame remote that comes with your Roku player, I’ll provide a few budget options so you can do this as well [groan].
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#1 – Best Overall: Sofabaton X1
Compatibility: Controls all Roku sticks and players.
I have seen the future of consumer-oriented universal remotes and its name is Sofabaton. I have been using my new X1 remote for a few weeks now and I’ve got to say I am impressed! While it isn’t quite as fancy as my old Logitech Harmony Elite remote, functionality it does pretty much everything the Elite can do. And, a few thing it does better in my opinion.
Although not perfect, I found the setup process to be easier than Harmony Elite and I also like the smaller size of this remote better. Features that I like include broad support for home theater equipment, Activities like Watch Roku that can execute multiple commands and switch your devices to the correct inputs, and the fact that you can map just about any button you want to any command. All of the buttons are backlit and the battery life is just crazy at 60 hours on a single charge. The OLED display is a bit lame but you can use it in conjunction with the scroll wheel to navigate your devices and activities.
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#2 – Editor’s Choice: Roku Official Remote
Compatibility: Roku TV, Roku Express, Roku Express plus, Roku Express 4k, Roku Express 4k plus, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming Stick plus, Roku Premiere, Roku Ultra, Roku Ultra LT, Roku SE, Roku Smart Soundbar, Roku Streambar, & Roku Streambar Pro.
Ok, ok. So your Chiwawa ate your Roku remote and you just want to replace it as soon as possible. Well, although I would prefer you get a decent universal remote, I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t put this option first.
You can pick up the Roku official remote over at Amazon on the cheap. Even better, if you are a Prime member, you could potentially be back up and running in just a couple of days. On the plus side, this remote is rechargeable, and it can be used to control your TV as well as your Roku player. It is also relatively inexpensive and it will let you control some functions with your voice by saying, “Hey, Roku.” It won’t let you control other entertainment devices or your smart home stuff though.
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#3 – Budget Universal: Sofabaton U2
Compatibility: Check out the Sofabaton device compatibility database.
The Sofabaton U2 is a budget-friendly universal remote that surpasses its predecessor, the U1, in terms of features and performance. As an owner of the U1 and having tested the U2, I can confidently say that the U2 is a significant upgrade.
The U2 boasts a refined design with larger buttons that provide a satisfying click and improved ergonomics. It also features an extended infrared range and enhanced off-axis functionality, ensuring reliable control of your devices from a greater distance. Additionally, the U2 comes with an easier-to-remove battery cover, solving one of the biggest complaints about the U1.
With support for up to 15 devices, the U2 allows you to consolidate multiple remotes into one, simplifying your home theater setup. It offers a seamless user experience with its OLED display, scroll wheel, and the ability to program activities for quick and convenient access to your favorite devices and functions.
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#4 – Premium Option: Harmony Elite
Compatibility: Refer to the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database
If you follow this site, it’s no secret that the Logitech Harmony Elite is our top pick universal remote for controlling all of your devices. Why? Logitech extensive support for both home entertainment and smart devices includes over 275,000 products from over 5,000 brands. Roku is no exception. In fact, Logitech has verified that Roku will work with all of its Hub-based remotes.
Roku Stick will not work with Harmony’s IR-based remotes but all of the Roku products, including the stick will work with Harmony Elite.
The Elite lets you control not just your Roku, but all of the devices in your entertainment center. It will also control your smart devices too. This includes devices lights smart lights, smart blinds, thermostats and more. You can then program activities like “Movie Night” or “Play Game.”
When you click Movie night on the Harmony Elite’s LCD color display, the activity can be programmed to automatically turn on not just your TV, audio setup, and Roku player, but also dim your smart lights, change lights to a different color, lower your blinds, etc. You are really limited only by your imagination. It is expensive though. If you are looking for a budget version of the Elite check out the Harmony Companion instead.
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#5 – Budget Roku Replacement: Gvirtue
Compatibility: Roku 1, LT, HD, XD, XDS, Roku N1, Roku 2 HD, XS, XD, Roku 3, Roku Express, Roku Express+.
If you are simply looking for one of the best remotes for Roku 1, 2, 3, or 4 streamer on the CHEAP, customers have reported good success with the Replacement Remote for Roku 1 2 3 4 from Gvirtue shop.
The product description on Amazon is a little confusing, but you DO NOT need to have your original Roku remote in order to get this to work.
Note that there is no headphone jack on this remote but it still a pretty good deal.
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#6 – Best for Roku Express: IKU
Compatibility: Express(3700,3900,3930), Expess+(3710, 3910, 3931), 2018 Premiere (3920), Premiere(4620), Premiere+(4630), Ultra(4640, 4660, 4662, 4670), Roku 1,SE(2710), Roku 2(2720, 3000, 3050, 4210), Roku 2 XD(3050), Roku 2 XS(3100), Roku 3(4200, 4230), Roku 4(4400), ONN/Roku Smart Soundbar(9101), Roku Streambar(9102R), and most Roku TV.
I think the design of the IKU Replacement Remote for Roku Express is a bit funky because it lacks some of the factory remote buttons. However, customers don’t seem to mind in the least and report good success with this device. Maybe that’s because this remote is a cheap, cheap, cheap way to replace your existing Roku Express remote! It has buttons for Amazon and Netflix but not for Hulu or Sling. This will ONLY work with the models listed below.
Note that this will NOT work with Roku Streaming Stick or built-in ROKU Smart TV. There is also no headphone jack, or game or voice search. But hey, it’s cheap!
#7 – Broadlink RM4 Pro
Compatibility: The following TCL Roku TV Models are supported: 55UP120, 32S4610R, 50FS3750, 32FS3700, 32FS4610R, 32S800, 32S850, 32S3850, 48FS3700, 55FS3700, 65S405, 43S405, 49S405, 40S3800, ect.
While I’m not ready to give up my physical Harmony and Sofabaton universal remotes just yet, this inexpensive Hub & App combo from Broadlink is a great and fun supplement to your existing remote.
The best thing about this product is that you can control your Roku experience using something that you likely already have (literally) on hand—your phone.
Broadlink’s hub-based products are super popular with the technie set. Many of them are designed to control your smart home but this product is designed specifically for controlling your entertainment experience.
I especially like that the app includes logos for your favorite cable channels, plus it also has shortcut buttons for Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, Vudu, Roku, Pandora, and even web browsing.
If you want more app ideas for Roku, check out this post I wrote on the Best Remote Apps for Roku.
Best Remotes for Roku: What Do You Think
So what do you think of my picks for best universal remotes for Roku 1 2 3 4, Express, Stick, and Plus?
Do you like the idea of controlling your other devices as well as your Roku player from a single remote?
This really is your best option.
How are you enjoying your Roku player in general? What do you like best about Roku?
Please leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
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