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Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite: New 2024 Update

In Comparisons by Tim Brennan

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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 Hub adds support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices, where 950 is limited to controlling home theater equipment and streaming devices (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 I’m 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.

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The 950 does not support wifi and Bluetooth natively.


No smart home stuff.

Only the Elite supports Alexa. Alexa communicates with the Harmony Hub. logitech harmony elite vs 950 alexa


No hub, no Alexa. Yes, you heard that right.

The 950 will also NOT work out of the box with Amazon Alexa.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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<tr”>Motion SensorYesYes<tr”>Go to Sleep TimerYesYes

Harmony 950
Harmony Elite
Technology Infrared IR and Bluetooth
Harmony Hub No Yes
Touchscreen Yes Yes
LCD Display 1.5 inches (diagonal), 65,000 colour screen, 128 x 128 pixels 1.5 inches (diagonal), 65,000 colour screen, 128 x 128 pixels
Rechargeable Yes Yes
Voice Control No Yes
IR Device Control Yes Yes
Requires Line of Sight to Devices Yes No
Bluetooth Device Control No Yes
Wi-fi Device Control No Yes
Backlit Buttons Yes Yes
Haptic Vibration Feedback Yes Yes
OS Support Windows 10, Windows 8, MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.7 or later Windows 10, Windows 8, MS Windows 7, Apple Mac OS X 10.7 or later
Number of Controlled Devices 15 15
Number of Supported Devices 270,000 270,000
Number of Favorite Channels 50 50
Replaceable Rechargeable Battery Yes Yes
Harmony App for Smartphone or Tablet No Yes
One Touch Activities Yes Yes
FireTV, AppleTV, Roku No Yes
Sonos Speakers No Yes
Smart lights, smart blinds, smart thermostat, smart locks, smart plugs No Yes
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year, 90 days of email and phone support, unlimited forum support 1 Year, 90 days of email and phone support, unlimited forum support


The colors and dimensions for these remotes are identical.

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Specification Harmony 950 Harmony Elite
Color Black Black
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.

Key Features

You can read my full review of the Logitech Harmony Elite vs 950 [full review] here. Each review goes into detail about the features at length.

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?

Harmony Elite

Logitech Harmony Elite Box

The Harmony Elite box contains the following:

  • Harmony Remote
  • Harmony Hub
  • 2 IR mini blasters
  • 2 AC power adapters
  • USB cable
  • Charging station

Harmony 950

logitech harmony 950 box

The Logitech Harmony 950 Box contains the following:

  • Harmony Remote
  • AC power adapter
  • USB cable
  • Charging station

Customer Impressions

Customers generally like both of these remotes.

You can read the Harmony Elite reviews at Amazon here and the Harmony 950 reviews here.


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?

I have found 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.

Related Links

If you enjoyed this review comparing Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite, you may also like some of my other posts:

11 Best Smart Remotes [for TV, Home Theater & Smart Device Control]

Logitech Harmony 950 Review – Updated Buyer’s Guide

Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart: Epic Guide/Infographic

Harmony Pro vs Elite: Logitech Universal Remote Review & Comparison

Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite Review and Comparison: Your Turn

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Tim Brennan

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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