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11 Best Logitech Harmony Alternatives Right Now [2022]

In Recommendations by Tim Brennan

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In this post, I explore the 11 best Logitech Harmony alternatives that you can get right now.

So as to not keep you in suspense, my top picks for Harmony alternatives are:

We’ll also take a look at a few high-end options that require a systems integrator. Plus, I’ll tell you about a promising new remote that hasn’t hit the market quite yet.

But first, let me set the stage.

The Best Replacements for Harmony

logitech harmony alternativesLet, me start by saying there is no such thing as a perfect universal remote.

I’ll say it again: there is no such thing as the perfect universal remote. It doesn’t exist, never did—like unicorns and fairy dust.

After many years of development, Logitech Harmony came close… but many customers still complained about difficulty with setup, especially for the higher-end models like Elite and Companion.

Now, since Logitech announced last year that its popular line of Harmony remotes is being discontinued, several of you have reached out asking for recommendations about alternatives.

I’ve been a bit mystified as to why Harmony discontinued the line in the first place. According to the recent Smart Remotes Segment Study by Statista, the firm expects a steady growth rate of 5.94% CAGR year over year well into the future. I can’t help but wonder if the remotes were more trouble than they are worth from a support standpoint.

Ok, enough ranting about Harmony for now.

In this article, I provide a thorough analysis of some competing remotes along with the pros and cons. I will also give you my top picks for Harmony alternatives based on ease of use, ease of setup, ratings from several sources, and functionality.


Harmony Alternates Comparison Table

The following comparison table shows my top choices for the best Logitech Harmony alternatives side by side.

Top Pick
Sofabaton X1
Broadlink RM4 Pro
Sofabaton U1
Fire TV Cube
Inteset 4-in-1
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
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
SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote
Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote for use with Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Media Center/Kodi, Nvidia Shield, Most Streamers & Other A/V Devices
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
Alexa and Google
Alexa and Google
Amazon Alexa
-
Mobile app
-
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$189.99
$44.99
$49.99
$119.99
$25.95
Top Pick
Sofabaton X1
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
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
Alexa and Google
Mobile app
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$189.99
Broadlink RM4 Pro
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
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
Alexa and Google
Mobile app
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$44.99
Sofabaton U1
SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
Mobile app
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$49.99
Fire TV Cube
Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
Amazon Alexa
Mobile app
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$119.99
Inteset 4-in-1
Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote for use with Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku, Media Center/Kodi, Nvidia Shield, Most Streamers & Other A/V Devices
Touch Screen
Controls Smart Home
Voice Control
-
Mobile app
-
Controls Home Theater Equipment
$25.95

Last update on 09/28/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


#1 – Most Harmony-Like: Sofabaton X1

logitech harmony alternatives - sofabaton x1

Brand new this year, the Sofabaton X1 Universal Remote comes closer to the Harmony paradigm than others on my list of best Logitech Harmony alternatives.

It is a powerful and easy-to-use remote control that supports IR & Bluetooth & Wireless devices. Similar to Harmony, one-click Activities let you select an activity such as “Watch Movie” to automatically turn on the power and switch the device to the correct input. While there is no docking station, the battery life is nothing short of amazing at three months. The customized APP Control with a Find Lost Remote feature makes it easy to locate your remote when it slides down into the bowels of your easy chair. Alexa integration was just added, and they are working on Google.

Here is my new-in-the-box X1.

best logitech harmony alternatives sofabaton

My Sofabaton X1 Universal Remote

I am looking forward to getting under the hood and testing this. I will report back here very soon.

*Note: Based on my research, some earlier negative reviews on the first release version of the product brought down the overall rating. Most of the serious bugs have been addressed in recent weeks, and Sofabaton is continuing to upgrade the app and Hub.

Pros

  •  Dedicated team of developers means remote will improve over time
  •  Cool LCD screen is very Harmony-esk
  •  Alexa integration
  •  Battery holds charge for three months

Cons

  •  There are some software bugs that need to be ironed out
  •  Activities are complex to figure out at first
  • Occasional app crashes require restart

Video Review

Here’s an unboxing I did of the x1 over on my YouTube channel. Please subscribe for more on all things tech.


harmony alternative broadlinkIf you don’t mind navigating your home theater and smart home using an app instead of a physical remote, then Broadlink is an inexpensive way to do just that. In effect, it gives you much of the same functionality as some of the most expensive remotes on my list at a fraction of the cost. You basically connect everything up to the Hub and then use the app to navigate your devices. Alternatively, you can use your voice with Alexa or Google Home.

Broadlink even provides support for IFTTT (if this then that ) recipes allowing you to truly automate certain tasks, like turning on the lights at dusk, arming an alarm when you leave home, turning on an A/C unit when a room reaches a certain temperature or turning on the morning news shortly after you get out of bed. This is a bit tricky to set up for the less technical set but offers a lot of value for very little money.

Pros

  •  Controls smart home and home theater devices.
  •  Supports both Amazon Alexa and Google Home for voice control.
  •  IFTTT support.
  •  Can create sophisticated routines to automate key functions.

Cons

  •  Limited support for RF chip sets (315 MHz or 433 MHz only) so check your devices before you buy.
  •  App can be a bit clunky.
  •  Customers report issues with Android Go compatibility.
  •  Learning curve, especially for those less technically inclined.

Paul Hibbert gives his usual bang-up review of this hub. Ooh, the Zigbee!!


#3 – Highly Rated: Sofabaton U1

harmony alternative sofabaton u1

Next on my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives is the Sofabaton U1. Softabaton provides an affordable universal remote that lets you replace your remotes for up to 15 home theater /entertainment devices. This is a great value, albeit the design isn’t going to blow anyone away. There is no haptic feedback, and the remote buttons are not backlit, making it somewhat hard to see in the dark.

However, you can control both IR and Bluetooth devices with Sofabaton, and the device support is quite broad as well. The company claims its remote is compatible with 350,000 devices. I’m not wild about the look of the LCD compared to the others here, but it is also less money.

If you are looking for a well-rated functional universal remote and have a limited budget, the Sofabaton may be worth a look.

Pros

  •  Support for 350,00 devices from 6000 brands.
  •  Macro key lets you execute up to 10 commands on a single click.
  •  Scroll between devices to get to the one you want quickly.
  •  Control up to 15 devices, including TV, DVD, Blue-ray, Cable and streaming media players like Apple TV and Roku

Cons

  •  Does not control smart home devices, such as lights and blinds.
  •  Digitized OLED screen not as nice as others reviewed here.
  •  No voice control support.

 

📚 RelatedSofabaton X1 vs U1: How They Measure Up


#4 – Best Voice Control: Fire TV Cube

amazon fire tv cube

I absolutely love my Fire TV Cube and I use my Harmony Elite remote far less since I bought this. Fire TV has become my go-to streaming service because of this device. I am currently using it as my launchpad for Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. Can literally just say to Alexa “Watch Mr. Beast on YouTube, and she opens up YouTube to Mr. Beast’s channel. If I say, “Alexa, Show me, Agents of Shield on Netflix,” she will open to the last episode I left off on in my Netflix account.

Very cool.

You can also use many of the smart home features of Alexa using the Cube. For example, you can dim lights and lower blinds, get news and weather updates right on the TV screen, and a whole lot more. It will be interesting to see if devices like this will ultimately replace physical remotes in the long term.

Not a substitute for a traditional remote, yet, but close….real close.

Pros

  •  Completely control your home entertainment experience using Alexa.
  •  Adjust volume, access content, pause/rewind fast forward your favorite shows using your voice.
  •  Functions as an Echo smart speaker with limited commands (link to commands list below).

Cons

  •  Alexa only, does not work with Google Home or Siri.
  •  Requires its own HDMI cable – sold separately.
  •  Can sometimes become laggy (restarting usually fixes this).

Video Review

Here is an unboxing that I did of my Fire TV Cube over on my YouTube channel.


#5 – Budget Option: Inteset 4-in-1

harmony alternative inteset

The Inteset 4-in-1 universal remote is a great budget remote if you looking to primarily control your entertainment experience. It will only do IR, but it does it well. All of the buttons are backlit (LED), and you can use it to control your favorite streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku, and Nvidia Shield, as well as many other A/V devices.

It will not control your smart home, however. And there is no voice control support with Alexa or Google Assistant.

Pros

  •  Super affordable budget option
  •  Can program all buttons with a string of up to 15 custom commands
  •  Documentation is good (B+)
  •  Can “learn” from other remotes
  •  Includes self-adhesive labels for custom macro buttons

Cons

  •  Limited to control of four-five devices
  •  It may take a few tries to get it to “learn” existing remotes properly
  •  Flat buttons makes to hard to know what you are pressing
  •  Macros can be a bit difficult to learn


#6 – Best Add-On: Side-Click Remote

sideclick remote - logitech harmony alternatives

The model of the Sideclick remote you buy is going to depend on your streaming media player. The name of this remote gives away what it does in terms of functionality. Sideclick was designed as an add-on to your existing remotes, giving them added functionality. Currently, there are models for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV.

While this is not a direct universal remote, I still wanted it on my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives as you can use it to upgrade your existing streaming remotes.

Pros

  •  Extends functionality of existing streaming remotes.
  •  Easy to attach.
  •  Very inexpensive way to upgrade existing remotes.

Cons

  •  Limited to control of the player for which they were designed.
  •  Will not let you consolidate multiple remotes down to one.
  •  No smart home control other than what you get with your streaming player.
  •  Sideclick will cover the headphone jack on Roku remotes.

Sideclick Remotes By Streaming Device

Top Pick
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Roku Streaming Player (New Model)
Sideclick Remotes SC2-FT16K Universal Remote Attachment for Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player
Sideclick Remotes Universal Remote Attachment for Apple TV
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Chromecast with Google TV
Roku
Fire TV
Apple TV
Chromecast
$26.99
$24.99
$24.99
$21.99
Attaches to Existing Remote
Top Pick
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Roku Streaming Player (New Model)
Roku
$26.99
Attaches to Existing Remote
Sideclick Remotes SC2-FT16K Universal Remote Attachment for Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player
Fire TV
$24.99
Attaches to Existing Remote
Sideclick Remotes Universal Remote Attachment for Apple TV
Apple TV
$24.99
Attaches to Existing Remote
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Chromecast with Google TV
Chromecast
$21.99
Attaches to Existing Remote

Last update on 09/28/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


#7 – Best for Gearheads: MX-990

logitech harmony alternatives - mx 990Since Logitech announced that it will cease manufacturing Harmony remotes, the MX-990 universal remote control has become one of the more popular Logitech Harmony alternatives. This is for good reason. The MX-990 was designed to be the one remote that can control all of your electronics while looking sleek and modern in your living room. It has tons of features, including a large color LCD screen that lets you control your entertainment experience.

The MX-990 also boasts compatibility with over 220,000 devices from 5,000 brands and six unique programmable buttons to make switching between modes easy. The remote feels solid in the hand, and the button layout is probably the best among all of the remotes that I have tested, including Harmony. The only drawback to this remote is that it requires a technical versed in the MX-990’S proprietary software in order to program the remote for your devices. This is not a DIY option, and that is not really clear from Amazon’s sales page.

Pros

  •  People who own this remote love it.
  •  Wakes up when motion is detected saving battery life.
  •  Excellent button layout, functionality, and usability.
  •  Feels solid and strong in the hand.
  •  Customizable home screen for all your key activities.

Cons

  •  Requires custom a URC certified tech installer to get it to work.
  •  Feels for the custom installer run around $100 plus you will need to hire them to make any changes.


#8 – Best Luxury Remote: Creston TSR-310

Harmony alternatives - Creston TSR-310

The TSR-310 Universal Remote Control from Creston is a sleek universal remote for the tech-savvy set looking for whole-home control.

The remote itself features a beautiful color LCD touchscreen. It also has integrated AV control, and customizable favorites, and it will even control your smart thermostat, lighting, and shades.  So what’s the catch? This is not a DIY solution. The company requires that you subscribe to the Creston smart home ecosystem in order to fully leverage this remote.  This includes having to pay a custom installer to set it up. If you’re looking for an advanced but expensive universal remote, the TSR-310 may be worth a look.

Pros

  •  Controls smart home, home theater, and more
  •  Beautiful design with 3” color LCD touchscreen
  •  Colorful buttons for all functions including favorite channels
  •  Fits in palm of your hand
  •  Backlighting on buttons adjust to light in room
  •  Screen remains dark until pressed

Cons

  •  It’s expensive
  •  Requires system integrator to install it
  •  No support for Alexa or Google Assistant


#9 – Luxury Runner Up: Savant Pro Remote X2

savant pro remote x2 - harmony alternatives

Next on my list of Harmony alternatives is this gem from Savant. The Savant Pro Remote X2 is the ultimate home automation control. Intelligent and beautiful, this is luxury control at its finest – just make sure you pick your favorite color! The remote is available in Space Gray, Jet Black, and Rose Gold.

I absolutely love the design of this remote. Unfortunately, it also falls into a similar class as Creston, requiring you to subscribe to Savant’s smart home system. Like Creston, it also requires a tech to come to your home to install the remote.

Key features include a color Apple Homekit-enabled LCD touch screen, voice commands via Siri, and the ability to create personalized remotes for household members. The X2s snazzy full-screen layouts can be customized as needed. And don’t worry about kids getting into mischief because there’s an optional pin protection feature that you use to childproof the remote. This is the ultimate solution for anyone subscribing to the Apple smart home.

Pros

  •  Beautiful aluminum design.
  •  Large touchscreen.
  •  Solid buttons with satisfying click/feel.
  •  Fast response time.
  •  Two programmable buttons.

Cons

  •  Expensive.
  •  Proprietary designed to be used as part of a Savant system only.
  •  May be ongoing costs associated with upgrades.
  •  Poor battery life at around 2.5 days without recharging.
  •  No DVR button.

 

TYM Smart Homes & Home Theaters does a nice job with this video review and demo of the Savant Pro X2 in under three minutes:


#10 – Another High-End Runner-Up: Neeo

neeo from control4 - logitech harmony alternates

I first tested the Neeo DIY remote a couple of years back, shortly after it just came out of Kickstarter funding. At the time, the remote really wasn’t ready for prime time. The setup process was overly complex and I don’t think I ever managed to get it working, so I reverted back to my Harmony Elite remote. Fast forward to today, and Control 4’s not-to-long ago acquisition of Neeo means that there is no longer a DIY option for this remote.

Like Creston and Savant, Control 4 requires that you subscribe to their smart home ecosystem in order to for the remote to work with your devices. This means that Control 4 handles the setup and configuration of your devices for you. It also means that this is a pricey option as well.

Pros

  •  Designed to control smart home as well home theater.
  •  Sleek award-winning design with win over gadget nerds.
  •  Colorful LCD screen works with your smartphone.
  •  Works with Alexa and Google for voice control.

Cons

  •  Expensive and proprietary.
  •  Requires Control 4 smart home system integration and integrator.


#11 – Bonus – One to Watch: Yio Remote 2

yio remote 2

Rounding out my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives is a remote that is not yet available to the general public. However, the company does claim that it will be available this summer.

Kickstarter upstart Yio has plans to release a remote later this summer that is based on its “build it yourself” kit that it was selling through the Kickstarter website in return for donations. While not yet available, I wanted to include it on my list as this looks like a very promising product. No word yet as to exact availability and pricing, but there is a bit more info on the Yio sales page here.

This is a pretty slick-looking remote that seems to have all of the bells and whistles of the larger players. Hopefully, the company will make it available as an affordable DIY option that the market needs so badly right now with the departure of Harmony.

I plan to buy this and do a full review as soon as it is released.


Best Logitech Harmony Alternatives – Over to You

So what do you think about my picks for the best Logitech Harmony alternatives?

Were you as sad as I was when Logitech announced it is going to stop manufacturing Harmony remotes?

While the custom high-end systems listed here are pricey, it is pretty amazing what they can do to control your smart home as well as your entertainment devices.

There are still some neat DIY options too. My favorite new toy right now is the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Please let me a comment below and let me know your thoughts about your favorites or the future of universal remotes. Until next time, live long and prosper.

Also, if you are looking for a remote for your specific brand of TV, check out these posts I wrote on the best remotes for Emerson TVs, the best remotes for Element TVs, and the best remotes for Philips TVs.  I cover just about every TV brand in this blog, so you can always use the search function in the header to locate recommendations for your specific TV brand. Cheers.