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In this article, I’ll look at the best remotes for Vizio TVs, including a few replacement options as well as some universal remotes.
So as to not keep you in suspense, here are my top seven picks:
- #1 – Tim’s Top Pick: Sofabaton X1
- #2 – Solid Runner Up: Sofabaton U1
- #3 – Premium Pick: Logitech Harmony Elite
- #4 – Best Voice Control: Fire TV Cube
- #5 – Budget Universal: EWO’S XRT140
- #6 – Budget Replacement: Vizio XRT122
- #7 – Replacement Alternate: Gvirtue
What Are the Best Remotes for Vizio?
You’ve probably arrived here because you are already the proud owner of a Vizio TV. Maybe you own the a P-Series Quantum model, or maybe it’s a P, M, V, D, or E series. [Dang-it, I was hoping that would spell something interesting, but no dice.]
But did you know that Vizio is among the top five TV manufacturers in the world?
However, there is a common problem that all customers of Smart TVs face. What is it? There’s one more no-so-intuitive remote control to add to the growing pile of remotes you already have for cable TV, audio equipment, Roku, DVR, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc.
Oh, and if it breaks—or the cat runs off with it, well, let’s just say NFL Sunday isn’t going to be quite as fun.
Wat, wah, wah…..
But fear not!
In this post, I’ll review the only best Vizio universal remotes for your TV for virtually any budget.
One of these will only let you control your Vizio TV. A few of my picks will let you control additional devices in your media arsenal. Two of them will also let you control smart home devices to boot.
Without further ado, let’s get into my list of the best remotes for Vizio.
#1 – Tim’s Top Pick: Sofabaton X1
I’ve been using my new Sofabaton X1 universal remote for about a month now, and I’ve got to say I’m impressed! Not only will this thing control pretty much any Vizio TV out there, it will also control all of your other home theater equipment and some smart devices too. So, get ready to say goodbye to all of those ugly remotes on your coffee table and get ready to make your life a little easier with the X one.
Where the X really marks the spot is its compatibility with over 600,000 devices from 6,000 brands. You can also use it to set up “Activities” like Watch Apple TV that will automatically turn on your Vizio TV, fire up your soundbar, switch over to the right input for Apple TV and even dim your smart lights. Very cool. Oh, and it works with Alexa and Google too for voice control.
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#2 – Solid Runner Up: Sofabaton U1
Next on my list of the best remotes for Vizio TVs is the Sofabaton U1.
If the Sofabaton X1 is the Tesla of remotes, the Sofabaton U1 is like a Ford F150. It won’t control your smart devices or work with Alexa but it will let you control up to 15 home theater devices in addition to your Vizio TV.
You can also program Activities like the X1, it has decent battery life, and set up is relatively straightforward using the Sofabaton app. Have a remote for a device that isn’t listed in Sofabaton’s database. Not a problem. The U1 is a learning remote, so it can learn basic commands from any existing RF remote. Pretty neat.
Like the X1, the U1 is also supported by Sofabaton’s device database so you should have no trouble hooking it up your entire entertainment center.
#3 – Premium Pick: Logitech Harmony Elite
Next on my list of the best remotes for Vizio TVs is the granddaddy of universal remote controls: the Logitech Harmony Elite. While Logitech said the company will no longer make new remotes, the Harmony Elite remains one of the best universal remote controls you can buy today. You get all of the functionality of the X1 and U1 remotes, plus a beautiful color touchscreen remote that gives you swipe and tab abilities, haptic feedback, and customizable touchscreen buttons for activities.
Like the U1, the Elite also has a total of 15 devices that you can control. All Harmony remotes are compatible with Logitech’s database of 400,000 [and growing] devices. Some setup is required. I recommend that you set this up using your PC and not the smartphone option.
You can read my review of the Harmony Elite here.
The one caveat – prices of the Logitech Harmony have increased dramatically in recent weeks due to dwindling inventory, making this a bit of a collector’s item as the moment. The good news is, if you can find one, Logitech has said it will pretty much continue to support the Harmony line indefinitely.
You can check with your Vizio TV is compatible with Harmony remotes by searching the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database.
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#4 – Best Voice Control: Fire TV Cube
I absolutely love my Amazon Fire TV Cube and controlling my TV with my voice using Alexa. While I don’t want to put down my physical remote just yet, I have seen the future and it is voice control. I simply tell Alexa to Watch Netflix or Open YouTube or Disney+ and it “just works” – just like Disney magic.
Alexa automatically launches the application and then I can control the whole experience using my voice as well. I can adjust the volume, play, pause, rewind, and fast forward through my favorite movies and shows. Very cool. Oh, and you will love being able to say “Alexa turn on/off the TV” to power up /down your Vizio TV.
#5 – Budget Universal: EWO’S XRT140
This next product on my list of best remotes for Vizio TVs is the EWO’S XRT140 budget option. It instantly pairs with many Vizio TV models without programming, and it will work from 40 feet away. It also has well-designed soft silicon buttons and is super affordable.
Dedicated buttons are provided for Netflix and Prime Video as well as (oddly) VUDO, XUMO, and Redbox with customizable shortcuts. It requires two AA batteries (not included). If you want a simple plug-and-play remote that will work with your Vizio TV and you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles, I don’t think you will be disappointed with this remote.
It will work with virtually all Vizio Smart TV models. These include:
#6 – Budget Replacement: Vizio XRT122
Sometimes, you just want something cheap. As in – a cheap replacement for what was working before will do just fine. If your cat ran off with your existing Vizio LCD or LED TV remote, or you happened to leave it overnight in a highball glass, the Vizio XRT122 may be just the droid your looking for.
However, this is not an option for consolidating multiple remotes into one. It also won’t control your other home theater equipment or your smart home stuff. It does have buttons to launch the apps you’re most familiar with as an owner of a Vizio LCD TV. Yes, the Amazon, Netflix, and (oddly) iHeartRadio “easy buttons” are there. As are the standard Guide, Menu, Info, Exit, Back, etc. buttons.
While I would be sad to see you buy this remote over some of the better options listed here, I get it. Sometimes, a quick fix is the best thing for now.
This remote can be used to control the following Vizio TV models:
#7 – Replacement Alternative: Gvirtue
Another well-rated remote a little further up the food chain (but not too far) is the Gvirtue Universal Remote Control. This remote works right out of the box with most Vizio TVs, and if not, it is easy to set up and has a learning function.
The nice thing about this remote is that it has hotkeys for many of your smart TV functions. These include keys for Netflix, Amazon, and M-GO. You can customize your own keys. Like the Coolux this won’t let you consolidate several remotes or work with smart home tech. It was designed as a replacement for your factory remote.
A few customers have complained about the setup and pairing with a hub for TVs that are not compatible. However, most customers report that the remote “just worked” with their TV. Like with the Coolux, you need to buy your own batteries, so we suggest having them on hand before this arrives.
The following are the supported Smart TV models:
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What do you think about my picks for the best remotes for your Vizio TVs?
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