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6 Best Vizio Universal Remote Controls for Smart TVs [P/M/V/D/E Series]

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In this article, we look at the 7 best Vizio universal remote controls for LCD & LED Smart TVs [and a few dumb ones too] for 2019.

You’ve probably arrived here because of the fact that you already the proud owner of a Vizio TV. Maybe you own the new P-Series Quantum model, or maybe it’s a P, M, V, D, or E series.  [Darn, we were hoping that would spell something interesting, but no dice.]
Best Vizio Universal Remote

Vizio P75-F1 75″ Class 4K HDR Smart TV

But did you know that Vizio is among the top 5 TV manufacturers in the world?

It’s true.

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, we review the 7 best Vizio universal remotes for LCD and LED “Smart TVs” for virtually any budget.

One of these will only let you Vizio TV. A couple of options will let you control additional devices in your media arsenal.  Three of them will also let you control smart home devices to boot.


Under $10 Budget Option: Vizio XRT122 Replacement RemoteBest Vizio Universal Remote

Sometimes, you just want something cheap. 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, this may be just the droid your looking for.

However, this is not an option for consolidating down multiple remotes into one.  It also won’t control 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 Netflix, and iHeartRadio “easy buttons” are there. As are the standard Guide, Menu, Info, Exit, Back, etc. buttons.

While we would be sad to see you buy this remote over some of the better options listed here, we get it. Sometimes, a quick fix is the best thing for now.

This remote is super cheap and it will control the following models:

D Series

  • D24-D1
  • D24H-E1
  • D28H-D1
  • D32-D1
  • D32F-E1
  • D32H-D1
  • D32X-D1
  • D39F-E1
  • D39H-D0
  • D40-D1
  • D40F-E1
  • D40U-D1
  • D43-D1
  • D43-D2
  • D43-E2
  • D43F-E1
  • D43F-E2
  • D48-D0
  • D48F-E0
  • D48F-EL
  • D50-D1
  • D50-E1
  • D50F-E1
  • D50U-D1
  • D55-D2
  • D55-E0
  • D55F-E0
  • D55F-E2
  • D55U-D1
  • D58U-D3
  • D60-D3
  • D65-D2
  • D65-E0
  • D65U-D2
  • D70-D3

E Series

  • E48-C2
  • E50-C1
  • E55-C1
  • E55-C2
  • E60-C3
  • E65-C3
  • E65X-C2
  • E70-C3
  • E32-C1
  • E32H-C1
  • E40-C2
  • E40X-C2
  • E43-C2

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Under $20: Gvirtue Remote for Vizio

Best Vizio Universal Remote

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 table below shows the supported Smart TV models:

E SeriesM Series
  • E420i-A0
  • E320i-A0
  • E320i-A2
  • E322AR
  • E422AR
  • E502AR
  • E241I-A1W
  • E291I-A1
  • E420d-A0
  • E401i-A2
  • E241i-A1
  • E390i-A1
  • E420i-A1
  • E420i-A1
  • E551D-A0
  • E500D-A0
  • E420D-A0
  • E551i-A2
  • E500d-A0
  • E551d-A0
  • E500i-A0
  • E470i-A0
  • E502AR
  • E500i-A1
  • E551VA
  • E422VL
  • E472VL
  • E552VL
  • M501-A2R 423SV
  • M420SV
  • M470SV
  • M550SV
  • M420SL
  • M470SL
  • M550SL
  • M420SV
  • M470SV
  • M370SR
  • M420SR
  • M420KD
  • M370SR
  • M420SR
  • M420SV
  • M470SV
  • M550SV
  • and More!

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.

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Under $60: Logitech Harmony 650

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Next up in our review of the best Vizio universal remote controls is the Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control. This is a great buy if you are looking to control your Samsung Smart TV AND consolidate up to eight existing remotes.  The 650 has a bright color screen shows your channel favorite icons plus commands for easy navigation.  It also allows for one-touch activity buttons like “Watch a DVD” to automatically switch the right devices to the right settings.  It will not allow you to control your smart home devices, however.  You can read our full review of the Harmony 650 vs 700 [discontinued] here. For smart TV control that will let you consolidate remotes, control entertainment devices, plus smart home stuff, see the last three items on our list.

You can check with your Smart TV is compatible with Harmony remotes by searching the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database.

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Under $100: Logitech Harmony Hub

Best Vizio Universal Remote

The Logitech Harmony Hub works with all current Vizio Smart TVs and many older models as well. Moreover, it lets you consolidate remotes for up to eight home entertainment devices, and it also works with Alexa.  It will also work with smart home devices such as Phillips Hue Lighting and Sonos smart speakers.  Best of all, you can program activities like Movie Night.

When you press the Movie Night button on your smartphone the Harmony Hub goes to work and fires up all required devices. This might include turning on the TV and soundbar, tuning to Netflix, and dimming your Phillips Hue smart bulbs.  The intuitive phone app lets you swipe and tap to control channels, watch movies and more.  Plus, you get to set up to 50 of your Favorite channels with colorful display icons.  This is a great option if you don’t need a physical remote and don’t mind controlling your TV with your phone.

You can check with your Smart TV is compatible with Harmony remotes by searching the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database.

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Under $200: Logitech Harmony Companion

Best Vizio Universal Remote

The Harmony Companion is also compatible with all Vizio Smart TVs. It also includes the Harmony Hub. In addition, it ships with an excellent Harmony hard button remote.  It allows you to control up to eight devices and works with Alexa for voice control.  The Companion also lets you do everything that the Hub can do. You get the smartphone app to boot!  The main difference is that in addition to the smartphone capability, you also get the remote hardware. You do not get an LCD screen on the remote that our next best Vizio universal remote control has, however.

You can check with your Smart TV is compatible with Harmony remotes by searching the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database.

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Under $300: Logitech Harmony Elite

Best Vizio Universal Remote

Rounding out our list of Vizio Smart TV remote replacement options is the granddaddy of universal remote controls. The Logitech Harmony Elite is one of the best universal remote controls you can buy today.  You get all of the functionality of the Companion and Hub, plus a beautiful color touchscreen remote that gives you swipe and tab abilities, haptic feedback, and customizable touchscreen buttons for activities.

The Elite also adds seven additional devices for a total of 15 devices that you can control. All Harmony remotes are compatible with Logitech’s database of 275,000 [and growing] devices.  Some set up is required. We recommend that you set this up using your PC and not the smartphone option.

You can read our review of the Harmony Elite here.

A comparison of Harmony Elite versus the Harmony Hub is available here.

Prices of the Logitech Harmony have fallen dramatically in recent weeks due to increasing competition, making this a great time to buy this remote.

You can check with your Smart TV is compatible with Harmony remotes by searching the Logitech Harmony Device Compatibility Database.

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Best Vizio Universal Remote Controls for Smart LED & LCD TVs: Sound Off

So what do you think about our picks for your 6 Best Vizio Universal Remote Controls for Smart LED & LCD TVs for 2019?

Do you plan to purchase one of these remotes?

If so, which one?  Please let us know by leaving a comment below.

We love to get your feedback.


About the Author

Best Vizio Universal RemoteTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Entrepreneur

Tim Brennan is Founder and CEO of Writeinteractive, Inc., a technical writing consulting agency.  He is also an owner of smart home technology site and blog Onesmartcrib.com Tim became obsessed with smart home tech after purchasing Amazon Alexa. “One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that so much tech just doesn’t work the way it should. Alexa is the clear exception and hopefully a sign of things to come. From the minute you turn it on, Alexa just works consistently, and she is always there when I need her,” he said.  When he’s not crushing on Alexa, Brennan is a father to two sons, and he manages the day-to-day operations of Writeinteractive. He is also an active blogger, obsessive Star Wars fan, and loves a good taco.

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