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In this article, I provide a thorough review of the five best remotes for Sling TV.
Sling TV is cool. Unfortunately, navigating it using a subpar remote is just no fun.
So what are the best remotes for Sling TV? Well, that depends on the platform you are using to control your devices. Here are the 5 best remotes for Sling TV, organized by streaming device:
- For Amazon Fire TV: Fosmon Mini Keyboard
- For Roku and Apple TV: Harmony Elite
- For nVidia and Xbox One: Inteset
- For Smart TVs: Sofabaton U2
- For Xbox One: Harmony Companion
Cutting the Cord?Thinking about cutting the cord? Or maybe you already cut it?
Go, team, you!
While replacing Cable with a streaming service hasn’t really been a viable option until recently, a few companies have emerged that can make the benefits worthwhile. Sling TV is among them with an impressive 9.5% of market share out of the big six pay services, including Netflix and Prime.
However, none of these services comes with a remote control that truly enhances the entertainment experience.
Can you use the remote that comes with the device you use to navigate Sling TV? Sure, but with these five best remotes for Sling TV, why would you?
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Quick Comparison Table
Here is a quick price comparison table that shows my top three picks side-by-side [they will appear stacked on mobile].
Tip: On a desktop computer, you may need to expand your browser window to see all five products. Read until the end for two additional great options.
Last update on 12/11/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API
5 Best Remotes for Sling TV
For Amazon Fire TV and YouTube: Fosmon Mini Keyboard
I don’t know about you, but I find I do a lot of typing when I watch Fire TV and YouTube. For this reason, my pick for Fire TV is this affordably awesome mini keyboard that features a trackpad, directional pad, media controls, and even backlit buttons. It won’t let you consolidate other remotes or control smart devices (see Harmony remotes here for that), but it will let you navigate Fire TV like a champ. Love using this to watch my favorite YouTuber on the big screen.
For Roku & Apple TV: Harmony Elite
The Harmony Elite is the creme de la creme of universal remotes. It will let you combine up to 15 remotes into one. It will also let you control both home theater and smart devices. Best of all? You do it using the Elite’s cool color LCD screen that supports swipe and tap gestures and even has haptic feedback. Oh, and you get to voice control your devices with Alexa and Google Assistant to boot.
For nVidia and Xbox 1: Inteset 4-in-1
The Inteset 4-in-1 Remote is a great budget universal remote that looks and feels like a more traditional remote in the hand. It’s rugged and it comes pre-programmed with Apple TV, Xbox One & X, Media Center, Kodi, and Roku device codes (excluding Roku Stick). These are all easily changed to customize it for your set up. It also has full LED backlighting for all the buttons which makes it easy to navigate your favorites in the dark.
For Smart TVs: Sofabaton U2
The Sofabaton U2 Universal Remote, coupled with its intuitive Sofabaton App, offers control over up to 15 devices ranging from your TV, DVD player, Apple TV, Roku, TiVo, to Blu-ray players and more. It boasts compatibility with over 500,000 devices from more than 6,000 brands, setting a high bar for home entertainment control.
Improved features from its predecessor include an extended IR control range of up to 35 feet, larger, more satisfying buttons, and a dimmer OLED display designed for better battery life. It also comes with a smoother-edged remote case and an easier-to-remove battery cover, providing user comfort. Note, though, that despite the extended Wi-Fi range, it does not support wireless & Wi-Fi devices, limiting smart home integration.
For Xbox One: Harmony Companion
I also like and recommend the Harmony Elite for controlling your streaming experience on the Xbox One. However, it’s expensive. I get it. The Harmony Companion has most of the same features of the Elite and it will let you consolidate remotes for up to eight devices. You get support for Harmony’s famous multi-device Activities and also voice control with Alexa and Google. What you don’t get is the color LCD screen. Sorry about that.
Best Remotes for Sling TV: Final Analysis
If you can afford it, go all in and get the Logitech Harmony Elite, regardless of the streaming service you are using.
It really is the best universal remote you can buy today. Despite having purchased more than two dozen remotes for testing purposes, the Elite is my go-to, and I love it.
Here is a cool video from MJ’s HTG demonstrating how Harmony works with Philips Hue lights.
However, it is expensive and will cost you about as much or more than some home theater components. If you don’t care about smart home devices, go with the 950. The next best remote up there is the Harmony Companion – as it will let you control both entertainment and smart things. However, you don’t get a cool LCD screen.
Lastly, if you watch a lot of YouTube or do a ton of typing on your big screen, the Fosman Mini keyboard is worth a look. My buddy has one and he loves the thing.
I’ll leave you with Unbox Therapy’s YouTube video review of the mini keyboard, which has since been rebranded but it is essentially the same.
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Tim Brennan is a technology blogger and hosts the @TecTimmy YouTube channel. He writes about smart homes at oneSmartcrib, home theaters at UniversalRemoteReviews, and AI in writing at Writeinteractive. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Journalism, he has written about technology for 30 years. Tim lives on the ocean in Nahant, Massachusetts.
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