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7 Best Logitech Harmony Alternatives Right Now [2023]

In Recommendations by Tim Brennan

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

To not keep you in suspense, my top picks for Harmony alternatives are:

A few of these remotes will control your home theater system as well as your smart devices, and three of them support voice commands using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers. They will all control your smart TV, favorite streaming service, set-top boxes, cable box, sound systems, Blu-Ray player, AV receiver, DVD player, and more.

My top pick is on par with Logitech Harmony Elite, and it is the best Harmony Hub alternative you can get right now.


The Best Replacements for Harmony

logitech harmony alternatives

Let 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.

After 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 of each. I will also give you my top picks for Harmony remote alternatives based on ease of use, setup, ratings from several sources, and functionality.

Let’s get a better remote for your connected devices to replace that Harmony remote sitting on your living room coffee table.


Logitech Harmony Alternatives Comparison Table

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

Editor's Choice
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
Best Smartphone App
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
Best Voice Control
All-new Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, Wi-Fi 6E, 4K Ultra HD
Sofabaton X1
Broadlink RM4 Pro
Fire TV Cube
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Number of Devices
60
Unlimited
N/A
Voice Assistant Support
Alexa and Google Asssitant
Alexa, Google Assitant, and Siri
Alexa Only
Mobile app
$189.99
$44.99
$124.99
Editor's Choice
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
Sofabaton X1
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Number of Devices
60
Voice Assistant Support
Alexa and Google Asssitant
Mobile app
$189.99
Best Smartphone App
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
Broadlink RM4 Pro
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Number of Devices
Unlimited
Voice Assistant Support
Alexa, Google Assitant, and Siri
Mobile app
$44.99
Best Voice Control
All-new Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, Wi-Fi 6E, 4K Ultra HD
Fire TV Cube
Controls Home Theater
Controls Smart Home
Number of Devices
N/A
Voice Assistant Support
Alexa Only
Mobile app
$124.99

Last update on 02/06/2023 / 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. Like 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 customizable app setup is better than the Harmony app. And the Sofabaton companion app that runs on your mobile devices is super initutive. 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. This is the best universal remote control you can get today in my opinion.

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

logitech harmony alternatives sofabaton

My Sofabaton X1 Universal Remote

Video Review

Here’s an unboxing I did of the x1 over on my YouTube channel. Please subscribe!

Pros

  •  Dedicated team of developers means remote will improve over time
  •  Cool LCD screen is very Harmony-esk
  •  Alexa integration to Works with Alexa and Google Assistant for Voice Control
  •  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


harmony alternative broadlink RM4 Pro

If 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 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.

Video Review

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

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.


#3 – Best Voice Control: Fire TV Cube

fire tv cube voice remotes

I love my Fire TV Cube, and I have used my Harmony Elite remote far less since I bought this. Fire TV has become my go-to streaming service because of this device. I currently use it as my launchpad for Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. You 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.

Video Review

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

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).


#4 – Budget Sofabaton: Sofabaton U1

harmony alternative sofabaton u1

Next on my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives is the Sofabaton U1. Softabaton U1 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. The remote buttons are not backlit, making it hard to see in the dark.

However, you can control both IR and Bluetooth devices with Sofabaton U1, and the device support is quite broad as well. The company claims its remote is compatible with 500,000 devices. I’m not wild about the LCD look compared to the others here, but it is also less money.

If you are looking for a well-rated functional universal remote and you have a limited budget, the Sofabaton U1 may be worth a look.

📚 RelatedSofabaton X1 vs U1

Pros

  • Support for 500,000 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.

Video Review

Video Credit: A-HIT


#5 – Budget Universal: Inteset 4-in-1

harmony alternative inteset

The Inteset 4-in-1 universal remote is a great budget option on my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives if you are 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 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

sideclick logitech harmony alternatives remote

The model of the Sideclick remote you buy will 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. 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

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
Streaming Device
Roku
Fire TV
Apple TV
Chromecast
Controls Apple TV, TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray
Range
10 meters
10 meters
10 meters
10 meters
Attaches to Existing Remote
Batteries Required
2 AAA
2 AAA
2 AAA
2 AAA
Dimensions
4.76 x 2.5 x 0.79 inches
7.2 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
5.67 x 5.59 x 1.73 inches
2.5 x 4.57 x 2.56 inches
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Roku Streaming Player (New Model)
Streaming Device
Roku
Controls Apple TV, TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray
Range
10 meters
Attaches to Existing Remote
Batteries Required
2 AAA
Dimensions
4.76 x 2.5 x 0.79 inches
Sideclick Remotes SC2-FT16K Universal Remote Attachment for Amazon Fire TV Streaming Player
Streaming Device
Fire TV
Controls Apple TV, TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray
Range
10 meters
Attaches to Existing Remote
Batteries Required
2 AAA
Dimensions
7.2 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches
Sideclick Remotes Universal Remote Attachment for Apple TV
Streaming Device
Apple TV
Controls Apple TV, TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray
Range
10 meters
Attaches to Existing Remote
Batteries Required
2 AAA
Dimensions
5.67 x 5.59 x 1.73 inches
Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Chromecast with Google TV
Streaming Device
Chromecast
Controls Apple TV, TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray
Range
10 meters
Attaches to Existing Remote
Batteries Required
2 AAA
Dimensions
2.5 x 4.57 x 2.56 inches

Last update on 02/06/2023 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


#7 – Best for Gearheads: MX-990

logitech harmony alternatives mx 990

Next on my list of Logitech Harmony alternatives is this space age looking remote from MX-990.

Since Logitech announced that it would cease manufacturing Harmony remotes, the MX-990 universal remote control has become one of the more popular Logitech Harmony alternatives. This is for a 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 many 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 hand, and the button layout is probably the best among all the remotes 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 to program the remote for your devices. This is not a DIY option, which is not clear from Amazon’s sales page.

📚 Related: Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart

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


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 would stop manufacturing Harmony remotes?

I like the Sofabaton X1 for its versality and ability to consolidate up to 60 remotes and crazy-good battery life. My favorite new toy right now is the Amazon Fire TV Cube. Please comment below and let me know your thoughts about your favorites or the future of universal remotes.

Until next time, live long and prosper.