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Sofabaton vs Harmony: Is U1 A Solid Logitech Alternative?

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In this post, I give a deep dive review of Sofabaton vs Harmony universal remote controls.

I’ll compare the Sofabaton U1 vs Harmony Elite, 950, Companion, Harmony Hub, and 650/665 to help you decide if Sofabaton is a worthy alternative to the world’s most famous remotes from Logitech.

Full Disclosure: Big Harmony Guy

Ok let me get something out of the way right up front. Anyone who knows me knows what a big fan I am of Harmony remotes.

As a frequent contributor to this universal remote review blog, I have tested, researched, and blogged about nearly every Harmony remote there is.  I think I have written somewhere in the neighborhood of 40-50 blogs posts on Harmony.

With a few exceptions, no one comes close to the quality and overall user experience that Harmony remotes afford to control your home theater and smart devices. The exceptions include Caavo Control Center, Neeo [Control4], and Sevenhugs,

Now new kid on the block Sofabaton wants to get in on the action with a somewhat Harmony-esk looking universal remote at a budget price point.

But how does this remote measure up to Harmony really in the area of setup, usability, features, and functionality as well as price?

Let’s take a closer look.

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Sofabaton Vs Harmony Comparison

I’ll start out with a side-by-side comparison of Sofabaton vs five popular Harmony remotes:

NOTE: To see the whole table you may need to scroll horizontally scroll bar at the bottom on desktop or swipe left/right if on mobile].

Sofabaton
Harmony Elite
Harmony 950
Harmony Companion
Harmony Hub
Harmony 650/ 665
Technology
IR, Bluetooth
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
IR
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
IR
Display
OLED Black and White
Color LCD
Color LCD
Mobile only
Color LCD
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
15 Home Theater, unlimited smart devices
15 Home Theater
15 Home Theater
8 Home Theater, Unlimited Smart devices
8 Home Theater, unlimited smart devices
8 Home Theater
Voice control
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
500,000 [or so they claim]
475,000
475,000
475,000
475,000
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
All buttons backlit
Alll buttons backlit
Sofabaton
Technology
IR, Bluetooth
Display
OLED Black and White
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
15 Home Theater, unlimited smart devices
Voice control
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
500,000 [or so they claim]
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
Harmony Elite
Technology
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
Display
Color LCD
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
15 Home Theater
Voice control
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
All buttons backlit
Harmony 950
Technology
IR
Display
Color LCD
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
15 Home Theater
Voice control
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
Alll buttons backlit
Harmony Companion
Technology
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
Display
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
8 Home Theater, Unlimited Smart devices
Voice control
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
Harmony Hub
Technology
IR, Bluetooth, Wifi
Display
Mobile only
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
8 Home Theater, unlimited smart devices
Voice control
Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple Homekit/Siri Yes
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote
Harmony 650/ 665
Technology
IR
Display
Color LCD
Companion Remote App
No of Remotes You can Replace
8 Home Theater
Voice control
Includes Smarthome Hub
One Touch Macro Powers Multiple Devices
Devices Supported
475,000
Haptic feedback
Backlit Buttons on Remote

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Sofabaton vs Harmony Elite

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From the usability and functional perspectives, there is no contest here. The Harmony Elite is the best universal remote that you can buy today, bar none.  The Harmony Elite wins hands down if budget is not a major concern. As the name implies, it is not—nor was it ever intended to be—a budget device so there is that. You can read my full review of the Harmony Elite here.

Harmony Elite Pluses Over Sofabaton

  • All around higher-end remote
  • Superior LCD color touchscreen over Sofabaton’s black and white OLED display
  • Ability to control devices through walls and cabinets
  • Sofabaton won’t support Wi-Fi devices like Roku Stick and most smart home tech
  • Elite has voice control with Alexa, Google, Siri; Sofabaton does not.

Sofabaton Pluses Over Harmony Elite

  • It’s cheaper.

Where They Are About the Same

  • Both include a smartphone app option.
  • Both let you power on multiple devices with a single button push.
  • Both remotes have a motion-activated wake-up mode.
  • Both let you replace up to 15 remotes
  • The approach to setup is different but each method has its quirks
  • Broad device support [hundreds of thousands]

🏆WINNER: Harmony Elite

See Sofabaton at Amazon ▶ | See Harmony Elite at Amazon ▶


Sofabaton vs Harmony Companion

sofabaton vs harmony companion

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The Companion is functionally a lot like the Harmony Elite sans the touchscreen and the number of devices you can control is limited to eight instead of 15. Again, the remote itself is superior to SofaBaton in my opinion. But guess what? It also costs almost double.

Harmony Companion Pluses Over Sofabaton

  • Better remote design based on years of customer feedback
  • Sofabaton can’t control Wi-Fi devices
  • Harmony Companion can control devices through walls and cabinets

Sofabaton Pluses Over Harmony Companion

  • It’s cheaper.
  • Sofabaton can control 15 home theater devices as opposed to eight with Companion.

Where They Are About the Same

  • Both include a smartphone app option.
  • Both let you power on multiple devices with a single button push.
  • The approach to setup is different but each method has its quirks
  • Broad device support [hundreds of thousands]

🏆WINNER: Harmony Companion

See Sofabaton at Amazon ▶See Harmony Companion at Amazon ▶


Harmony 950 vs Sofabaton

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Where the Companion is like the Elite without a screen, the 950 remote itself is almost identical to the Elite in every way, including the touchscreen. However, it doesn’t have the ability to control smart home tech. It is limited to controlling IR devices only. When comparing the 950 to Softabaton, it’s like apples and oranges. The 950 remote is just way better.

Harmony 950 Pluses Over Sofabaton

  • Better all-around remote [Elite minus smart home tech]
  • 950 has backlit buttons and haptic feedback on the touchscreen

Sofabaton Pluses Over 950

  • It’s cheaper
  • 950 can only control IR devices, Sofabaton can control both IR and Bluetooth
  • 950 doesn’t have a smartphone app option

Where They Are About the Same

  • Neither one will let you control Wi-Fi devices
  • Both can control your home theater
  • Both allow for single-button push macros
  • The approach to setup is different but each method has its quirks
  • Broad device support [hundreds of thousands]

🏆WINNER: Harmony 950
[unless you want to control Bluetooth devices]

See Sofabaton at Amazon | See Harmony 950 at Amazon


Sofabaton vs Harmony Hub

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sofabaton vs harmony


I recently wrote HUGE blog post about the 21 best universal remote apps, and the Harmony Hub came out on top. The Harmony Hub will do pretty much everything Companion will do. The main difference is that there is no physical remote. Instead, you can navigate both your home entertainment and smart devices using your phone or tablet.  Since there is not remote with the Hub, we are pretty much comparing apples and oranges where Sofabaton is concerned.

Harmony Hub Pluses Over Sofabaton

  • The app is more stable has a cleaner interface than Sofabaton’s
  • Controls Wi-Fi devices as well as RF and Bluetooth devices
  • Works with Alexa, Siri, and Google Home

Sofabaton Pluses Over Harmony Hub

  • It includes the remote, where the Hub is the app only

Where They Are About the Same

  • Both will let you control your home theater
  • Apps run on iPad and other tablets which can make a nice device for controlling your smart home tech
  • Both allow for single-button push macros
  • The approach to setup is different but each method has its quirks
  • Broad device support [hundreds of thousands]

🏆WINNER: Sofabaton

See Harmony Hub at Amazon | See Sofabaton at Amazon


Sofabaton vs Hamony 650 & 665


The 650 and 665 are basically the same remote so I’ll lump them together here. Comparing the 650 / 665 Harmony vs Sofabaton is closer to apples and apples than the others. At the time of this writing, the price point is about the same, they both contain less-cool-screens than the Elite and 950 (lol), and they will also both allow one-touch activities for multiple devices. However, I like the Sofabaton over Harmony in this instance for its ability to control Bluetooth devices in addition to infrared.

Harmony 665 Pluses Over Sofabaton

  • Colorful LCD screen compared to Sofabaton’s black and white

Sofabaton Pluses Over 650 /665

  • Softabaton will let you control Bluetooth in addition to IR devices
  • Softbaton will let you control more home theater devices [11 vs 8]
  • 650 /665 don’t have a smartphone app option

Where They Are About the Same

  • They are about the same price
  • They both contain display screens
  • Neither one will let you control Wi-Fi devices
  • Both can control your home theater
  • Both allow for single-button push macros
  • The approach to setup is different but each method has its quirks
  • Broad device support [hundreds of thousands]

🏆WINNER: Sofabaton

See Harmony 650 at Amazon | See Sofabaton at Amazon


Sofabaton Setup

Tony from HighTechCheck [great name!] does a great job with stepping users through the setup of the sofa baton remote.


Logitech Harmony Setup

Tech With Brett has probably one of the best Harmony setup videos on the web. The process is essentially the same for all of the Hub based remotes [Elite, Companion, and Hub].

…..And Techno Dad has the same for the Harmony 650 -665 process is also very similar:

Yeah, I used to have all those remotes too. Now they are in storage which is awesome.


Sofabaton vs Harmony: Over to You

So what do you think about this post comparing Sofabaton vs Harmony?

Did you find it helpful?

Do you agree that the high-end Harmony remotes are better all-around options to Sofabaton?  Or do you like the Sofabaton price point better?

Please leave me a comment below and let me know. I would love to hear from you.

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