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Since starting this blog a couple of years back, a question I often get asked what is the difference between the Logitech Harmony Elite vs 950 universal remote controls. It’s a great question as the remotes themselves look alike but the Elite is significantly more expensive, so what gives?
The main difference between the Harmony Elite and the 950 is that the Elite ships with the Harmony Hub and the 950 does not; the remotes themselves are identical. The Hub adds support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices, so the 950 is limited to mainly controlling home theater equipment and most streaming media devices (but no smart home control).
If you want to learn more about some additional differences between the devices, read on.
Cut to the Chase: The Key Difference
OK, so we’re not going to beat around the bush here.
If you haven’t already figured it out, the key difference is that the Elite comes with a Hub and the 950 does not.
But, what does this mean exactly?
With the Hub, you can control smart home devices like smart lights, smart locks, smart appliances, smart blinds, etc. over wifi and Bluetooth.
The 950 does not support wifi and Bluetooth natively.
No smart home stuff.
Only the Elite supports Alexa. Alexa communicates with the Harmony Hub.
No hub, no Alexa. Yes, you heard that right.
The 950 will also NOT work out of the box with Amazon Alexa.
Harmony 950 vs Elite: Example
With the Elite you can program an activity, say “Netflix and Chill” to turn on your TV, turn on your cable box, set the TV to the correct input, dim the lights, turn the color of the lights to blue, lower your smart blinds, and start Netflix app.
The same activity on the 950 would turn on your TV, turn on your cable box, set the TV to the correct input, and fire up Netflix only.
Why Would I Want the 950 vs Elite?
The short answer is you probably don’t want the Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite.
The price has come down so much on the Elite in recent weeks that it simply makes it a better choice. You get more for your money, plus future compatibility with your smart home right out of the box.
IF you are looking for IR remote to control just your home entertainment devices, you don’t care about Alexa or smart home devices [at least for now], AND you can get a better deal than the Elite, the 950 may still be worth a look.
Interactive Comparison Table
The following table compares the key features of the Harmony 950 vs Elite side by side. Use the search field to see only those rows that apply to a particular term. For example, if you are interested in Sonos compatibility, type Sonos into the field.
Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite: Features Comparison Table
The colors and dimensions for these remotes are identical.
Harmony 950 vs Elite Dimensions
|Specification||Harmony 950||Harmony Elite|
|Height||7.56 in||7.56 in|
|Width||2.13 in||2.13 in|
|Depth||1.14 in||1.14 in|
|Weight||5.78 oz.||5.78 oz.|
The only real physical difference is the 950 has a few more buttons for activities.
Oh, and if you are considering purchasing the Harmony Ultimate Home over the Elite, check out Logitech Harmony Elite vs Ultimate Home: A Smart Remote Buyers Guide & FAQ].
What’s in the Box?
The Harmony Elite box contains the following:
- Harmony Remote
- Harmony Hub
- 2 IR mini blasters
- 2 AC power adapters
- USB cable
- Charging station
The Logitech Harmony 950 Box contains the following:
- Harmony Remote
- AC power adapter
- USB cable
- Charging station
Customers generally like both of these remotes.
Since you get more bang for your buck with the Logitech Harmony Elite [also links to Amazon] vs 950, this is my recommendation.
But if you ONLY have a need to control IR devices now and in the future, then the 950 is a better option.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I add a Harmony Hub Later?
Yes, you can add a Harmony Hub at any time. But again, this is cost-prohibitive. It will require configuration. Essentially, you will need to set that the IR signal comes from the Hub) instead of the remote to control your IR devices. You can set either the Elite/950 or Hub or specific IR mini blasters to control your devices. Refer to this article from Logitech.
What about the cheaper Harmony options?
There are less expensive options. You can view our comparison of several popular Harmony remotes here. Most of these have similar drawbacks to the 950 and will also not control your smart home devices out of the box.
Harmony Companion and Smart Control are good choices for no-frills universal remotes that will control your home entertainment as well as your smart home devices.
What other Harmony Devices are Compatible with Alexa?
Alexa is compatible with Logitech Harmony Elite, Companion (formally Home Control), Smart Control, Ultimate, Ultimate Home, and Harmony Hub.
Is there an even better remote than the Elite?
The Harmony Elite is Logitech’s flagship remote for both home automation and entertainment. There is also the Harmony Pro remote that includes installation by a certified installer. This option is ideal only if you have a complex setup. You can read my review comparing Elite vs Pro here.
I have lots more questions? Where should I go?
We have found the Logitech’s Remote and Smart Home Forums to be an excellent resource. You can also contact me by leaving a comment below. I will do my best to respond to all questions within one business day.
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Tim Brennan is the owner of smart home enthusiast blog oneSmartcrib.com. He is also a regular contributor to UniversalRemoteReviews.com. UniversalRemoteReviews.com is a website that specializes in reviewing smart remote controls and related technologies. Tim became obsessed with the smart home tech after purchasing Amazon Alexa. When he’s not writing about remotes or 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 an SEO fanatic. Earlier in his career, Tim worked as a technical writer for several companies and institutions including General Electric, Raytheon, Biogen, and MIT. Tim holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston.