best remotes with voice control

7 Best Remotes with Voice Control [2022 Update]

In Recommendations by Tim Brennan

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In this newly updated blog post, I’ll give you my recommendations for the best remotes with voice control you can get right now.

Here are my top seven picks:


Voice Control for Your TV Is Here

Alright Buck Rogers, so you want the scoop on the best remotes with voice control. I get it. Searching around in the bowels of your sofa or favorite E-Z chair among the crumbs for that ever-elusive remote does get tiresome.

best remotes with voice controlApparently, we are in good company. A recent Voice-control remote penetration study by market watchdog Statistica found that around 44 percent of surveyed U.S. households have a TV remote capable of voice control. And this was true way back in March of 2021 so I’ll bet that number is WAY higher now.

But how do you know which are the best remotes with voice control right now?

Fear not! In this post, I review seven brilliant universal remotes with voice control that are all compatible with Amazon Alexa. Oh, and most are compatible with Google Assistant, too.

Editor’s Choice

sofabaton x1

The best universal remote with voice control is the Sofabaton X1. The “Sofabaton X1” will let you consolidate up to 60 remotes, it supports Sofabaton’s vast database of 500,000 devices from 5,000 brands, and it offers plenty of commands to control both TV and smart devices using Alexa and Google Assistant.

Plus, you get a great physical remote too with a cool LCD screen. Amazon Fire TV Cube is a solid runner up, but it only works with Alexa.


Top 4 Voice Control Remotes: Side-By-Side

In the table below, you can compare my top picks for the best remotes with voice control you can get today. The table provides a summary to help to guide you through the main remote features. We provide detailed summaries and a buyer’s guide below.

Top Pick
SofaBaton X1 Universal Remote Control with Hub & APP, Smart Remote with One-Touch Activities, Compatible with Alexa for Voice Control, Control up to 50 Entertainment IR/Bluetooth Devices
Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote
BroadLink RM4 pro IR and RF Universal Remote, All in One Hub Code Learning Wi-Fi Remote Control for TV Air Conditioner STB Audio, Curtain Motor, Works with Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) with TV controls, Requires compatible Fire TV device, 2021 release
Product Name
Editor’s Choice: Sofabaton X1
Best Hands Free: Fire TV Cube
Best Hub and App: Broadlink RM4 Pro
Budget Alexa: Alexa Voice Remote
Rank
1
2
3
4
Tim's Score
100%
95%
85%
80%
Supported Voice Assistant(s)
Alexa and Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa
Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
Amazon Alexa
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Replaces this Many Remotes
60
N/A
Unlimited
1
Top Pick
SofaBaton X1 Universal Remote Control with Hub & APP, Smart Remote with One-Touch Activities, Compatible with Alexa for Voice Control, Control up to 50 Entertainment IR/Bluetooth Devices
Product Name
Editor’s Choice: Sofabaton X1
Rank
1
Tim's Score
100%
Supported Voice Assistant(s)
Alexa and Google Assistant
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Replaces this Many Remotes
60
Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote
Product Name
Best Hands Free: Fire TV Cube
Rank
2
Tim's Score
95%
Supported Voice Assistant(s)
Amazon Alexa
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Replaces this Many Remotes
N/A
BroadLink RM4 pro IR and RF Universal Remote, All in One Hub Code Learning Wi-Fi Remote Control for TV Air Conditioner STB Audio, Curtain Motor, Works with Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
Product Name
Best Hub and App: Broadlink RM4 Pro
Rank
3
Tim's Score
85%
Supported Voice Assistant(s)
Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Replaces this Many Remotes
Unlimited
Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen) with TV controls, Requires compatible Fire TV device, 2021 release
Product Name
Budget Alexa: Alexa Voice Remote
Rank
4
Tim's Score
80%
Supported Voice Assistant(s)
Amazon Alexa
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Replaces this Many Remotes
1

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#1 – Editor’s Choice: Sofabaton X1

Awesomeness Meter
100%

Supported Voice Assistants: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant.

Since Logitech announced it will no longer make new Harmony remotes, the Sofabaton X1 now tops my list of the best remotes with voice control. I have been recommending this to friends and family as well as readers like you when they ask me for a recommendation to replace their Harmony remotes.

I am currently using both the X1 and the Logitech Harmony Elite in my apartment here, and I’ve got to say there are some things that I like about the X1 better. First, the smaller size is just easier to hold in my hand. Second, while there is no charging dock for the X1, the battery life is amazing at about 60 hours on a single charge.

Third, I found the setup process for the X1 to be easier and more intuitive than Harmony. Although the touchscreen on the Elite is nicer, both remotes have backlit buttons which makes watching TV in a dark room a joy.

While Alexa commands are limited to turning the TV on and off, controlling the volume, and launching activities right now, I’m sure that the Alexa integration is just going to get better over time. Using X1 Activities, you can tell Alexa to launch “Movie Night” and all required components turn on and switch to the proper inputs for that activity.

For example, “Movie Night” could power on your TV, audio receiver, or soundbar, dim your smart lights, change the color of your bulbs, and tune your TV to your favorite streaming device (like Apple TV, Amazon Prime, or Roku).

Harmony did this, sure, but it was more complex to set up than Sofabaton, which can even learn from my existing remotes.

All in all, this is my top recommendation for a universal remote with voice control built in.

Pros

  • Compatible with 500,000 devices from 5,000 brands.
  • Supports both Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control.
  • Can control your home theater devices plus smart devices like Hue lights and Sonos speakers.
  • Can ask Alexa or Google to launch a custom activity that turns on multiple devices with one command.
  • Streamlined remote with LCD screen is super easy to navigate.
  • Backlit buttons and great battery life.

Cons

  • Set up takes awhile and requires that you spend time mapping your devices to the remote.
  • Google Assistant commands are limited but the company is working on it.
  • LCD screen is display only and not a touchscreen.

Video Review

  Video Credit: Kedrick Foster


#2 – Best Hands Free: Fire TV Cube

Awesomeness Meter
95%

Supported Voice Assistants: Amazon Alexa

I have a Fire TV Cube and use it almost daily to control my TV with my voice. While I also can leverage Alexa using my Sofabaton X1 and Harmony remotes, I love the fact that I get “everything Alexa” with my Fire TV Cube in addition to being able to control my television.

If you want a simple voice control solution that works right out of the box, this is probably the most intuitive option for controlling your TV with Alexa.

While you can use the Fire TV stick to do much of what the Cube does more cheaply, I like my Amazon Fire TV Cube better. Why? The Cube was designed for the sole purpose of controlling your television with your voice. Check out the following excellent video review from Smarter Home Life.

Pros

  • Great all-around voice control with Alexa is inherent to the device.
  • Supports a variety of commands.
  • Can control AV equipment as well as TV.
  • Set up is automated using your TV screen and takes just minutes.
  • Includes the remote.
  • Cool cube design looks good on entertainment center.

Cons

  • The remote does not include volume buttons.
  • There is no support for YouTube.
  • There is no support for Dolby Vision yet.
  • Response time can seem a bit laggy (as you wait for commands to execute).

You can also read my review about FireTV and see a detailed FireTV Cube Specifications sheet here.

Video Review

  Video Credit: landpet

📚 Related: Best Smart TVs With Google Assistant


Awesomeness Meter
85%

Supported Voice Assistants: Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri

The Broadlink RM4 Pro is one of the most advanced smart remote control devices on the market. It works with Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT to allow you to control all your home entertainment systems from anywhere in the world using only your phone or tablet. The RM4 Pro can also be used as a learning remote that can learn IR signals from existing remotes so you don’t have to worry about compatibility issues.

You can even use it behind closed cabinets and doors, making it ideal for situations where other remotes cannot reach. With the Broadlink RM4 Pro, you will have complete control over your home entertainment at your fingertips.

The product footprint is also tiny as the product dimensions are 3.35 x 3.35 x 1.22 inches and it weighs just 5.2 ounces. It uses RF 433MHz and 315MHz frequencies. While line of sight to devices is preferred, it has a range of up to 100 meters. I was able to successfully get the device to penetrate some walls, doors, and other obstacles in my testing.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Can control smart devices as well as home theater
  • Works with Alexa and Google Home
  • Can voice control older devices like ceiling fans and air conditioners and even electric fireplaces and christmas lights
  • Works with IFTTT (If This Then That) to create custom environment specific recipies (e.g., turn on the lights after sunset)

Cons

  • No physical remote
  • Requires 2.4 GHz network
  • Takes some time to set up
  • Requires line of sight (LOS) with devices for them to work

Video Review

  Video Credit: Broadlink UAE


#4 – Budget Alexa: Alexa Voice Remote

Awesomeness Meter
80%

Supported Voice Assistants: Alexa and Google Assistant

While the Fire TV Cube works hands-free when you use the Alexa wake word, the Alexa voice remote requires that you push a button on the remote in order for you to control your home theater with your voice.

This can be beneficial since you are right on the top of the remote, Alexa rarely misses the commands you utter. I would say with the Fire TV Cube she probably gets it right 7 out of 10 times. Otherwise, I typically end up having to repeat the commands. This happens only rarely with the Alexa voice remote. Another benefit is that it is super cheap.

While it won’t control your non-Fire TV devices or smart home stuff, it does offer a simple solution to get voice control with your Fire OS devices and Firesticks.

Pros

  • Inexpensive.
  • Solid performance.
  • Press button to ask Alexa to find and navigate through your favorite programs and movies
  • Dedicated buttons for popular streaming sevices Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, and (oddly) Hulu.
  • A great replacement for older Fire Sticks and Fire TV Edition Smart TVs that did not include the Alexa voice remote.

Cons

  • Works only with compatible Fire TV devices: Fire TV Stick Lite, Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen and later), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube (1st Gen and later), and Fire TV (3rd Gen, Pendant Design).
  • Remote is missing some popular streaming services.
  • Won’t control other devices in your home theater or smart home not already assigned to Alexa.


#5 – Premium Pick: Logitech Harmony Elite

Awesomeness Meter
80%

Supported Voice Assistants: Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri

The Logitech Harmony Elite is Logitech’s top-of-the-line remote control that will let you control your home entertainment devices and smart home technology. It includes the Harmony Hub which was designed to control both home theater equipment and smart devices supported by Harmony’s vast device database.

While the company recently announced it will no longer make new Harmony remotes, it has said it will continue to support the existing Harmony line indefinitely. Prices have gone up dramatically as the remaining inventory is dwindling though. As of this writing, the remote is still available for purchase at Amazon (at a premium price). The new prohibitive price point for most consumers has caused me to lower my rating and recommendation status for this remote.

I have tested the voice control with Alexa in my apartment, and it works consistently after the remote is configured. Like the X1, Harmony includes IR mini blasters that will let you control of devices behind closed cabinets.

Check out my detailed review of the Harmony Elite if you want to know more.

Pros

  • Includes Harmony’s top of the line color LCD remote control.
  • Full range of Alexa commands for voice control.
  • Lets you consolidate remotes for up to 15 devices
  • Supports for over 275,000 devices from 5000 brands.
  • Able to control many smart home devices as well as home entertainment.
  • Activities like “Watch a Movie” turn on all required components.
  • Turns your family members’ smartphones into smart remotes.
  • Controls devices behind cabinets and through walls.

Cons

  • It’s expensive.
  • Set up of devices is a bit more complex than other options here. I recommend PC-based set up on a Mac or Windows computer over trying to set this up using your smartphone.


#6 – Premium Integration Option: Neeo

Awesomeness Meter
85%

neeo from control4

Supported Voice Assistants: Alexa and Google Assistant

While I am not an affiliate for Control or am in any way compensated by the company for recommending this remote, I thought I would throw this in for anyone out there who wants a turn-key done-for-you solution for whole home automation.

I owned an early version of the Neeo remote prior to Control 4’s acquisition of the company and I was super impressed by the “potential” of this remote at that time.

While I do not own the newer Control 4 version, my understanding is that company has made several improvements to the remote since including it as part of its

Pros

  • Turnkey done-for-you solution by Control 4 installers and consultants.
  • Controls your entire smart home as well as home theater
  • Sleek aluminum remote has a beautiful high resolution glass touchscreen interface and will be sure to impress at your next dinner party or movie night.
  • Integrates with your favorite audio streaming services in addition to smart home control.

Cons

  • Expensive, requires that you buy in to Control 4’s mostly proprietary smart home OS


#7 – One to Watch: YIO Remote Two

Awesomeness Meter
85%

yio remote 2

Supported Voice Assistants: Alexa and Google Assistant

Last on my list of the best remotes with voice control happens to be a remote that you can’t get your hands on yet.

Formerly named the YIO remote, Remote Two was created by engineer Marton Borzakand in Denmark. It is currently in the development stage, but it is a well-funded Kickstarter project supported by over 1000 backers and over $400K in funding so far. It is one of a few soon-to-be-released remotes that I am probably the most excited about.

The remote looks and works like the much more expensive system integration remotes—like the one I just mentioned from Control 4 as well as similar options from companies like Savant and Creston.

It also has a slick-looking touchscreen, and it will control all your smart home devices as well as your home theater. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the remote is that it won’t require yet another smart home hub like Sofabaton and Harmony; the company claims it will work with your existing network.

However, the price point, which is expensive, is more affordable and it looks like this remote will be offered to the mass market.

Pros

  • New well-funded remote looks promising.
  • Everything about this remote looks and feels premium.
  • Web browser-based configuration looks intuitive.

Cons

  • There are just too many unknowns as this product is not available yet.


Buying Guide

So why would you want to use a voice control TV remote anyhow? Well, for starters, you won’t have to use the multiple remotes that it takes to get from that blank screen to Netflix. For me, that number used to be three. I used to have one remote for the TV, another that controls cable, and yet another that powered up my soundbar. Being able to control everything using a single voice command is super liberating.

Now, I just ask my FireTV to turn on Netflix, and Alexa fires her right up. I can even tune to the latest episode of Game of Thrones by uttering a few words. It really is the ultimate in convenience. And no more hunting around for those silly remotes!

However, there are several key factors that you want to keep in mind when shopping for a universal remote with voice control. We’ll review each of the major ones below.

Smart Speaker Compatibility

The single most important question you should ask when choosing a universal remote with voice control is whether you want it to be compatible with your smart speaker ecosystem. Do you already have an Alexa or Google Voice device? If so, then you can control the devices you configure for your universal remote with your favorite assistant.

However, this is not necessarily a prerequisite. For example, the new Harmony Express remote has Alexa built into it. You do not need to purchase a separate smart speaker. The same goes for FireTV Cube. There are of course pros and cons to each option. We reviewed many of the above.

Smart Home Control

The second question you want to ask is whether you want to use your universal remote with smart home devices. Now why the heck would I want to do that, you may be wondering. Well, controlling your lights with your remote is cool, sure. But the real magic happens when you combine devices with your entertainment experience.

For example, using any of the Harmony Hub-based remotes, you can create activities like “Watch a Movie.” Then, when you push a single button on the remote or say, Alexa, I Want to Watch a Movie, the lights dim, blinds get lowered, and your TV, Dolby surround sound system, and favorite streaming media device all power up in 0rcestration. It’s magical!

Convenience Features

The next thing you are going to want to think about is what type of convenience features are important to you. I’ll list most of the major ones below and then you can compare with the products you are considering.

  • LCD touchscreen vs no touchscreen
  • Haptic feedback on screen
  • Backlit buttons
  • Smart speaker compatibility
  • Limitations on the number of devices you can control
  • Ability to control gaming consoles
  • Ability to control smart devices, such as lights, locks, thermostats, blinds, and more
  • Activities like “Watch a Movie” to turn on all related components
  • Search across streaming media services
  • Broad device support
  • Mobile app
  • Ease of set up
  • Ability to control devices behind closed cabinets and through walls
  • Battery type – rechargeable vs not
  • Physical buttons for smart home devices
  • Battery life on a full charge
  • Programmable Favorite channels
  • Ability to control smart speakers like Sonos and HEOS
  • Control of your favorite streaming players and services like Apple TV, Roku, Tivo, FireTV, Netflix, etc.
  • If This Then That (IFTTT) Compatibility
  • TiVo support
  • Support and Warranty
  • Z-Wave & Zigbee device compatibility

For a comparison of all Harmony Remotes, check out our Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart.

Number of Existing Remotes To Consolidate

If you have a ton of entertainment equipment and devices, this may be a concern for you. The Sofabaton X1 will let you replace up to 60 remotes and the Harmony Elite will allow for the consolidation of up to 15 devices. This is a good number for even those who have a lot of components.

However, other remotes allow for control of fewer devices, so you may need to make a choice about the number of devices that you want to control.

Connectivity

All of the universal remotes I recommend require at minimum a Wi-Fi connection. If you have a slow connection, your experience might not be as good. Signals are IR, RF, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi depending on the remote and the devices you want to control.


How To Use Remotes with Voice Control (Basic Steps)

The basic steps for controlling your TV with your voice.

  1. Purchase any of the remotes recommended above.
  2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to configure the device. There are a ton of helpful videos tutorials out on YouTube if you find you need some handholding (like me).
  3. Issue the appropriate command to Alexa to watch TV, raise and lower the volume, change a channel, tune to a specific movie or program, etc.

Wala! It’s that simple! If you get stuck at any step along the way and want some help, contact me or leave a comment below. I have experience with all of these products except the last two, so don’t hesitate to ask. I try to get back to everyone within a few business days.


Conclusion

If you can afford it, I recommend the Sofabaton X1, because it includes a beautiful remote, lets you control a mix of home theater and smart devices, and has solid support for a variety of Alexa commands. And it will work with Google Assistant too.

The biggest benefit of this voice control TV remote is that it is compatible with Sofabaton’s massive device database of 500,000 devices from 5,000 brands. This means that it will support the stuff you buy in the future as well as what you own today.

If you just simply want to control your TV using your voice without a lot of fuss, the Amazon Fire TV Cube is another great option.


Best Remotes with Voice Control: Your Turn

I hope you enjoyed my review of the seven best remotes with voice control.

Do you agree that these products are the best on the market today? Perhaps you have heard about another remote that didn’t make my list?

Do you plan on buying any of these remotes to control your TV with your voice? If so, can you leave a comment below and let me know? I would love to hear from you.

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