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7 Best Samsung Smart TV Remotes for 2023

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In this article, I’ll take a look at the seven best Samsung Smart TV remotes you can get this year.

The seven best remotes for Samsung Smart TVs are:

Let’s dive in and get you a Samsung remote!

What’s the Best Remote For Samsung?

Samsung is arguably the most popular Smart TV brand in the world.

The electronics giant’s line of top-rated, 4K and high-definition TVs adorn the walls and entertainment centers of millions of homes worldwide.

However, there is a problem that all customers of these TVs face—that is, one more not-so-intuitive remote control.

best remotes for samsung

My Samsung Smart TV Remote

Of course, this is in addition to the growing pile of remotes you already have for cable TV, audio equipment, Roku, DVR Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc.

Oh, and if it breaks—or you lose it, Ill, let’s just say you may miss the latest episode of Stranger Things.

Bummer. And not so “smart,” really.

In this post, I review the seven best Samsung Smart TV universal remotes for virtually any budget.

Some of these will allow you to control other devices in your media arsenal.  Three of them will let you control smart home devices to boot.

📚 Related: 10 Reasons Logitech Harmony Elite Still Rocks

#1 – Editor’s Choice: Sofabaton X1 Universal Remote

Now that Logitech has ghosted us, Sofabaton’s X1 Remote is the one remote to rule them all. With support for over 500,000 devices and a mobile app that can function as an additional remote, this powerful little device can help consolidate up to 15 other remotes.

This includes the one that came with your Samsung Smart TV.

You can easily create custom activities like “Watch Netflix” and control all of your devices with just a few taps using the mobile app.

The included IR blaster means you can even control devices hidden behind closed cabinets. But even more impressive is the whopping 60-days of battery life you get on a single charge. My friend liked mine so much she begged me to buy one for her and set it up. It just arrived in the box over the weekend.

best remotes for samsung sofabaton

New-In-the-Box X1

Ah, nothing like a fresh remote!

It’s not cheap but if you want an outstanding remote to control all of your devices in addition to your Samsung Smart TV, go for this remote. It’s half the price you would pay for a decent soundbar but it does so much more.

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
The advanced X1 universal remote comes with a hub that can control most of your home entertainment devices. The powerful database is compatible with up to 500,000 IR & Bluetooth devices, including your Samsung Smart TV, soundbar, gaming console, AV receiver, Blu-Ray player, and even Philips Hue lights and Sonos speakers.

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

#2 – Best Voice Control: Fire TV Cube

Amazon Fire TV Cube is probably one of my favorite remote options right now. Why, you ask?  I love controlling my TV with my voice using Alexa. The new Fire OS interface is also great and probably one of the most user-friendly streaming options.  The latest Fire TV Cube also provides support for the latest streaming standards including support for Dolby Vision, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos audio.

Here’s my Fire TV Cube perched on top of my Samsung soundbar:

samsung smart tv remote fire tv cube

My Fire TV Cube

I can just ask Alexa to show me episodes of Umbrella Academy (nerd alert) on Netflix and she will respond in kind by bringing up the last episode that I watched.

Here’s an unboxing video that I did of my Cube a while ago. Please forgive my stammering as this was one of my first-ever YouTube videos over at my channel.

You also get all of the other benefits of Alexa, such as controlling my smart home, and the “Echo Show mode” will create a giant Echo Show on my Samsung Smart TV. Very cool.

Fire TV Cube, Hands-free streaming device with Alexa, 4K Ultra HD, includes latest Alexa Voice Remote
  • The most powerful Fire TV streaming media player - the ultra-powerful hexa-core processor delivers a fast, fluid 4K streaming experience.
  • Hands-free entertainment - Put down the remote and dive right into your favorites with just your voice.

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#3 – Best Replacement: Samsung Factory Remote

Samsung Smart TV Universal Remote Controls

Next on our list of Samsung Smart TV universal remote controls is the official Samsung Factory Remote control that ships with many popular models. It will give you the same capabilities as the remote that shipped these TVs out of the box. It will not let you consolidate multiple remotes or work with your smart home devices, however.

This remote is compatible with the following popular SmartTV models:

  • UE40K6370SUXZG
  • UE40K6379SU
  • UE40K6379SUXZG
  • UE40KU6400
  • UE40KU6400UXZG
  • UE40KU6409UXZG
  • UE43KU6500
  • UE43KU6500UXZG
  • UE43KU6509U
  • UE43KU6509UXZG
  • UE49K6370SUXZG
  • UE49K6379
  • UE49K6379SUXZG
  • UE49KU6400
  • UE49KU6400UXZG
  • UE49KU6409UXZG
  • UE49KU6500
  • UE49KU6500UXZG
  • UE49KU6509
  • UE49KU6509UXZG
  • UE55K6379
  • UE55K6379SUXZG
  • UE55KU6400
  • UE55KU6400UXZG
  • UE55KU6409UXZG
  • UE55KU6500
  • UE55KU6500UXZG
  • UE55KU6509
  • UE55KU6509UXZG
  • UE65KU6409U
  • UE65KU6409UXZG
  • UE65KU6500
  • UE65KU6500UXZG

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

If your TV isn’t on the above list I recommend that you also check out the Samsung BN59-01266A for compatibility with additional Smart TV modelS.

#4 – Harmony Alternative: Sofabaton U1

With Logitech’s recent announcement that they will no longer make new Harmony remotes, some customers have been skittish about buying Harmony even though Logitech claims they will continue to support them. Due to what is now a shortage prices have gone up big time in recent weeks.

This has been a boon for Sofabaton and other remote companies, but I am comfortable recommending this remote after doing some testing.

A-HIT does a nice job laying it all out in this setup and review video.

SofaBaton U1 will let you replace 15 other remotes and let you control more than 500,000 devices from 6000+ brands. It can control TVs, DVD players, soundbars, your cable set-top box, streaming media players, air conditioner, and more devices at the same time.

SofaBaton has a customized smartphone APP that allows you to easily set up your remote in minutes without any complex codes or programming required. One-button settings allow you to quickly switch between different devices with one simple push of a button. The bright color OLED screen directly displays the current status and is convenient for switching different devices. While it doesn’t have as premium a feel as Harmony, functionally it works very similarly.

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
U1 will let you control up to 15 IR or RF devices. It won't let you control Bluetooth and Wi-Fi devices though. If you need Bluetooth or Wi-fi device control, check out the x1 above

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

Want to see even more Logitech Harmony alternative remote options, check out this post I wrote on the 9 Best Logitech Harmony Alternatives Right Now.

#5 – Premium Pick: Logitech Harmony Elite

samsung smart tv remote replacement

Rounding out my list of Samsung Smart TV remote replacement options is the granddaddy of universal remote controls. Despite Logitech’s announcement last year they would no longer be making these remotes, limited inventory is still available. The Logitech Harmony Elite is one of the best universal remote controls you can buy today. You get all of the functionality of the Companion and Hub, plus a beautiful color touchscreen remote that gives you swipe and tab abilities, haptic feedback, and customizable touchscreen buttons for activities.

Like the Sofabaton X1, the Harmony Elite also lets you control 15 entertainment devices. All Harmony remotes are compatible with Logitech’s database of 275,000 devices. Some setup is required and it can be tricky for the less tech savvy. I recommend that you set this up using your PC and not the smartphone option.

You can read my review of the Harmony Elite right here.

A comparison of Harmony Elite versus the Harmony Hub is available here.

Prices of the Logitech Harmony increased dramatically since Logitech announced it would stop making these.  Inventory is becoming very limited so if you want one of these you should scoop one up now. The company has said it will continue to support these remotes for “as long as our customers use them.”

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

#6 – Budget Option: Coolux Universal

A decent universal remote for under 10 bucks…really? Really. The Coolux Universal Remote Control was designed for “all Samsung LCD, LED, HDTV, and 3D smart TVs.”  It is a standard-looking remote control with a black, gray, and red design.

The best thing about this remote is that it was designed to just work with your Samsung television. There is no special pairing or setup required. In fact, the company doesn’t even include instructions in the packaging. For under $10, this might sound too good to be true. However, customers overwhelmingly support this claim and give it sold ratings and reviews on Amazon. You can see the latest Amazon customer reviews and additional specifications at the link below.

This will not work with your smart home devices but rather it will replace your Samsung factory remote. Note that 2 AAA batteries and not included, but hey what do you want for $10!

Universal Remote Control for Most Samsung LCD LED HDTV 3D Smart Home Entertainment TVs (One pcs)
  • Coolux remote control for Samsung TV / Smart TV / 3D LED / HDTV;
  • No programming or pairing required. This Item Is Selling Without Batteries, Customers Need To Buy 2 AAA Batteries In Local Store By Themselves And Put The Batteries In Then It Works; . Instructions not included or NOT required;

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

#7 – Budget Upgrade: Gvirtue Universal

Samsung Smart TV Universal Remote Controls

Another well-rated remote a little further up the food chain is the Gvirtue Universal Remote Control. This remote works right out of the box with most Samsung TVs, and if not directly supported by your TV model, it is easy to set up and has a learning function. Here is the list of supported Smart TVs:

  • UN55HU6830F
  • UN55HU6830FXZA
  • UN60H6203AF
  • UN60H6203AFXZA
  • UN65H6203AF
  • UN65H6203AFXZA
  • and more!

Compatible Remote Models are:

  • AA59-00666A
  • BN59-01178W
  • BN59-01199F
  • AA59-00638A
  • AA59-00637A
  • AA59-00594A
  • AA59-00600A
  • AA59-00582A

Another nice thing about this remote is that it has hotkeys for many of your smart TV functions. You can map the A B D C keys for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and YouTube for example. You can also customize your own keys.  Like the Coolux, this remote won’t let you consolidate several remotes or work with smart home tech.  It was designed as a replacement for your factory remote.

A few customers have complained about the setup and pairing with a hub for TVs that are not compatible. However, most customers report that the remote “just worked” with their TV. Like with the Coolux, you need to buy your own batteries, so I suggest having them on hand before this arrives.

Gvirtue Universal Remote Control Compatible Replacement for Samsung TV/ 3D/ LCD/ LED/ HDTV/ Smart TV, AA59-00666A BN59-01178W BN59-01199F AA59-00638A AA59-00637A AA59-00594A AA59-00600A AA59-00582A
  • Gvirtue universal remote control compatible replacement for Samsung TV/ 3D/ LCD/ LED/ HDTV/Smart TV. Applicable various Samsung brand models: UN55HU6830F UN55HU6830FXZA UN60H6203AF UN60H6203AFXZA UN65H6203AF UN65H6203AFXZA and more!
  • Work right out box without any programming for 99% Samsung TV. For another 1% Samsung TV, the remote can be setup simply and easily with instruction.

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


Q: What is the best universal remote for Samsung TVs?

A: With the Harmony line being discontinued, the best universal remote for Samsung TVs is the Sofabaton X1. While it has fewer frills, the Sofabaton remote offers nearly all of the same functionality of a high-end Harmony remote at a lower cost.  If you just want to replace an existing remote that controls only your  Samsung TV, go with the Samsung Remote replacement listed above.

Q: Will any remote work with Samsung TVs?

A: No. Not all remotes will work with Samsung TVs. However, most universal remotes will work with most Samsung TVs manufactured after 2016. All of the universal remotes recommended in this post work with any modern Samsung Smart TV.

Q: Are all Samsung TV remotes the same?

A: No. Samsung generally makes incremental improvements to their remotes and the features change as TVs (and especially Smart TVs) evolve. That said, the newer Samsung factory remotes are very similar and look something like the remote shown in the introduction of this post. Universal remotes on the other hand are all very different in terms of design, functionality as well as the number and types of devices they support.

Samsung Smart TV Universal Remote Controls: What Do You Think?

So what do you think about my picks for the best Samsung Smart TV universal remote controls?

Do you plan to purchase one of these remotes?

If so, which one?  Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

I would love your feedback.

By the way, did you know you can also control your Samsung Smart TV using your smartphone? Check out this post I just wrote on the 5 Best Universal Remote Apps for Samsung TVs if you are interested in this option.

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