7 Best Remotes for Insignia TV [Smart TVs & Fire TV Edition]

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In this article, I pledge to do my very best to give you the latest scoop on the seven best remotes for Insignia TV [both Smart TV and Fire TV Edition televisions].

I’ll include some budget replacement remotes as well as universal remotes that let you combine your Insignia TV with your favorite streaming and even smart home devices.

The best remotes for Insignia TV [Smart and Fire TV Edition] are:

  1. Logitech Harmony Elite [Premium All-in-One Pick]
  2. Harmony 950 [Advanced Home Theater Remote]
  3. Harmony Companion [Streamlined All-in-One Pick]
  4. Alexa Voice Remote [Insignia Fire TV Replacement]
  5. OEM Replacement 1 [Specific Insignia TVs]
  6. OEM Replacement 2 [Specific Insignia TVs]
  7. OEM 4-Device Universal [Insignia Universal Pick]

You can click any link in the above list if you want to skip down to my mini-review for that remote.

[Though I hope you read by epic intro first! 😄]

Bigger Than Best Buy

For a long time, Insignia has been Best Buy’s in-house brand of Smart 4K and HD TVs that pack in a lot of features at a budget price.  Recently, Amazon has gotten in on the act and started promoting Insignia TVs with Fire TV built-in.

While not as popular as the top three TV manufacturers [Samsung, Vizio, and Sony] yet, Insignia is winning favor with the critics and competes well in terms of features and picture quality.

However, the remotes that come with Insignia TVs can be a bit of a letdown. They are fairly basic and they only let you control your TV [and built-in services].

What if you also wanted to control external devices like Apple TV, Roku Player, your Xbox, and maybe even smart home technology like smart lights and blinds? Or, what if you want to consolidate all those remotes sitting on your coffee table for all those things down to a single remote.

You need a universal remote control.


7 Best Remotes for Insignia TV

In this article, I present seven options to ensure you get one of the best remotes for Insignia TV [both Smart TVs and Insignia Fire TV Edition TVs]:

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First, I’ll provide you with some excellent universal remote options that let you control Insignia TV, plus other devices that include both home entertainment equipment and smart home stuff.

Second, I’ll outline some solid replacement remotes, if all you want to do is replace a lost or broken remote that came with your Insignia TV.

Ready? Let’s jump in and see if anything “clicks.” OK, that was bad.


#1. Logitech Harmony Elite [Premium Pick]

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Photo credit: Logitech

While it isn’t cheap, the Harmony Elite is Logitech’s premier remote and is one of the best remotes for Insignia TV. In fact, this is the single best remote you can buy today that lets you control both your home theater and smart devices. Period.

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It comes equipped with a cool color LCD screen, in which you can organize colorful favorite channel icons and activities like “Watch Cable” or “Movie Night.”

Joel Comm has a great video overview of the Elite out on YouTube. I’m going to embed it below for your viewing pleasure.

When it comes to having too many remotes, I agree with Joel. Aaaaaaah!

The Harmony Elite lets you set up the activities (Joel calls them sequences) to orchestrate turning on all of your relevant components for that activity.  For example, “Movie Night” could be set to:

  • Turn on your TV
  • Power up your A/V receiver, soundbar, surround sound speakers, and/or other audio components
  • Switch the input to your preferred streaming players, like Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, Nvidia Shield, and many others
  • Dim your smart lights and change their color
  • Lower your smart blinds
  • Turn on an IR controlled fireplace

It will also work with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home so you can do all this with your voice. I have the Harmony Elite and I love it.

Device Compatibility

To see if your Insignia Smart TV or Insignia Fire TV Edition TV is compatible with Harmony Remotes, do the following:

  1. Go to Harmony’s Device Compatibility Database web page.
  2. In the Manufacturer field, type Insignia.
  3. Enter the Model Number or Product Name of your TV (example below).
  4. Click Search.

You will see something similar to the following:

remotes for insignia tv

There will be a checkmark next to Harmony Hub Based Remotes if Elite can fully support your TV.

For More Information

Check out this review I wrote on the Harmony Elite here: Harmony Elite Review: 10 Reasons This Remote Still Rocks.

Where to Buy It

You can check the price of the Elite over at Amazon here.


#2. Logitech Harmony 950 [Best IR Remote]

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Photo Credit: Logitech

Coming in at #2 on my list of remotes for Insignia TV is the Logitech Harmony 950.

The Harmony 950 is basically the same remote as the Elite with one notable exception.  It is limited to controlling IR devices only.  This means that devices like relying on a Bluetooth or a wireless connection can’t be controlled using this remote.  It works with most Insignia TVs as well as most home theater equipment, including:

  • Video projectors
  • Streaming devices like those mentioned above
  • A/V receivers
  • TV soundbars and surround sound equipment that doesn’t rely on Bluetooth
  • Other devices that use an IR connection [generally this means that they have an existing remote]

You can also set up activities like those mentioned above to control your TV and home theater components together.

In short, the 950 will let you save a little money over the Elite if you don’t care about integrating your smart devices into the mix.

Device Compatibility

To see if your Insignia Smart TV or Insignia Fire TV Edition TV is compatible with Harmony Remotes, do the following:

  1. Go to the Harmony Device Compatibility Database web page.
  2. In the Manufacturer field, enter Insignia.
  3. Enter the Model Number or Product Name of your TV.
  4. Click Search.

You will see something similar to the following:

remotes for insignia tv

There will be a checkmark next to Harmony Infrared Remotes if 950 can fully support your TV.

Where to Buy It

You can check the price of the Logitech Harmony 950 over at Amazon. I regularly see deals of up to 20% off the list price.

More Information

You can check out this review I wrote on the Harmony 950 I wrote and updated not long ago.

Where To Buy It

You can pick up the Harmony 950 here at Amazon.


#3. Harmony Companion  [Streamlined All-in-One]

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Photo credit: Logitech

The Harmony Companion is very similar to the Elite functionally.  You can use it to control your home theater and smart home devices, you can set custom activities, and it will even work with Alexa, Google, and Siri for voice control. However, there are a few notable exceptions:

First, there is no LCD touchscreen on the Companion, which relies on physical buttons for control.

Second, you can control more devices with the Harmony Elite [15 compared to eight with Companion].

Finally, the Companion is less money. This makes sense considering the first and second exception noted here.

Babbling Boolean has a nice review of Harmony Companion out on YouTube. I’ll embed it below if you want to take a closer look.

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All in all, the Companion is a great deal if you want both home theater and smart device control but on are more of a limited budget.

Device Compatibility

To see if your Insignia Smart TV or Insignia Fire TV Edition TV is compatible with Harmony Remotes, do the following:

  1. Go to Harmony’s Device Compatibility Database web page.
  2. In the Manufacturer field, type Insignia.
  3. Enter the Model Number or Product Name of your TV (example below).
  4. Click Search.

You will see something similar to the following:

remotes for insignia tv

There will be a checkmark next to Harmony Hub Based Remotes if Elite can fully support your TV.

More Information

For more information about the Harmony Companion and how it measures up again the Harmony Elite, check out this blog post I wrote.

Where To Buy It

You can get the Harmony Companion over at Amazon here. As of this writing, it is Prime-eligible.


#4. Alexa Voice Remote [Fire TV Replacement]

insignia tv remotesThe Insignia Alexa Remote is essentially the same remote that came with your Insignia Fire TV Edition Television. As an aside, it will also work with Toshiba Fire TV Edition TVs too.

If you lost your existing remote [or your dog chewed it up], this will make a suitable replacement at a budget price.

While it will let you continue enjoying your favorite shows on your Insignia Fire TV, it is not a universal remote. This means you can’t use it to control multiple devices or smart home tech. It was simply intended to be a substitute for the original equipment, which may be fine for your needs.

More Info and Where to Buy It

You can snag this remote over at Amazon here.


#5. Insignia OEM NS-RC03A-13 TV

The Insignia NS-RC03A-13 TV remote is a budget option for controlling specific model Insignia TVs. Like the Alexa replacement remote for Insignia Fire TVs, this one too is limited to just controlling your TV [and any services you may have installed on it]. It won’t let you control external streaming devices, audio components, or smart home stuff.

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Here are the supported models for this original equipment manufactured [OEM] remote

Replaces these remote models:

  • NSRC03A13 remotes: 118020397 601120020A 158141 601120020B 49.31S39.003 398GRABDANEBYJ 398GRABDANEBYH) 2419290024T-01 601120020B 601120020A 49.31S39.003 398GRABDANEBYH 158141 398GRABDANEBYJ NS-RC03A-13 118020397

For these Smart TVs

  • NS-19E310A13 NS-19E320A13 NS-22E340A13 NS-24E340A13 NS-24L120A13 NS-24L240A13 NS-26E340A13 NS-29L120A13 NS-32D120A13 NS-32E320A13 NS-32E320A13A NS-32E321A13 NS-32E440A13 NS-32L120A13 NS-32L121A13 NS-32L240A13 NS-39D240A13 NS-39E340A13 NS-39E480A13 NS-39L240A13 NS-40L240A13 NS-40L240A13A NS-42D240A13 NS-42E440A13 NS-42E470A13 NS-42E470A13A NS-42E480A13 NS-42L260A13 NS-42L260A13A
  • NS-46E340A13 NS-46E480A13 NS-46E480A13A NS-46E481A13 NS-46L240A13 NS-50L240A13 NS-50L260A13 NS-55E480A13 NS-55E480A13A NS-55L260A13 NS-55L260A13A NS-65D260A13

If you own any of the above Insignia TVs, you should be fine with using this remote. Any hey, it’s dirt cheap so really don’t have much to lose! LOL.

More Info and Where To Buy It

While I encourage to consider a universal remove over a standalone, you can grab this replacement remove over at Amazon at an affordable price.


#6. Insignia OEM Remote [Specific TV Models]

best remotes insignia tvHere is another budget remote replacement for specific Insignia TV models.  Similar to the one above, this will limit control to your TV but might be a suitable budget replacement if this is all you are looking to do.

Here are the support TV models for this Insignia remote:

Nsrc4na16 LED Tv Remote Control for Ns-55d420na16 Ns-60e440na16 Ns-60e440mx16 Ns-28dd220na16 Ns-24d420na16

New Remote Ns-rc4na-16 for Insignia Tv Remote Control Insignia Nsrc4na16 LED Tv Remote Control for Ns-55d420na16 Ns-60e440na16 Ns-60e440mx16 Ns-28dd220na16 Ns-24d420na16

More Info and Where To Buy

You can read customers reviews and also get a good deal on this remote over at Amazon 👍🏻👍🏻.


#7. Insignia 4-Device Universal Remote

best remotes insignia tvThis is Insignia’s take on a universal remote, and it will work with some Insignia TVs to let you control both your TV, cable/satellite box, DVD or Blu-ray Player, and some streaming devices that include Apple TV, Roku, and Google Chromecast.

The remote features red, green, yellow and blue keys that you can use to program-specific cable, satellite or Blu-ray disc functions. It also features special keys for picture-in-picture, swap, and sleep mode.

The remote also has a decent 23-foot operating range, perfect for a large living room or den.

While it will only control four devices, it is one of the best remotes for Insignia TV if harmony is not an option.

More Info and Where To Buy It

You can get one of these babies over at Amazon here.


Best Remotes for Insignia TV – Over to You

So what do you think about my picks for best remotes Insignia TV?

Do you own a traditional Insignia TV or do you have one of Amazon’s custom Fire TV Edition jobbers?

Are you familiar with Harmony universal remotes?  While they are more expensive than the simple replacement remotes featured here, they do offer more value by letting you controlling multiple components at the same time.

What I like most about Harmony is I only have one remote on my coffee table.

I would love to get your thoughts on this article, Harmony remotes, or just how are you enjoying your Insignia TV experience in general.

Please leave a comment below and let me know.


Related Reading

If you liked this article on the best remotes for Insignia TV, you might also like some of these posts:

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7 Best Universal Remotes for Amazon Fire TV

What are the Best Universal Remote Apps in 2020? [iPhone & Android]


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About the Author

best insignia tv remoteTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. “Tec Timmy”] is a senior technical writer with over 25 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this site, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. When he is not writing about best remotes for Insignia TV, Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.

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