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In this article, I look at the eight best Sony Smart TV Universal Remote Controls for virtually every need and budget.Did you know that Sony is second only to Samsung and LG in the SmartTV market? This is probably no surprise to you. Chances are you are here because you already own a Sony TV. Chances are also that you may have broken or lost the Sony factory remote that came with your TV. Or perhaps you are in the market for a universal remote upgrade? Either way, you have come to the right place.
But which remotes are best? Here is our take on the seven best Sony Smart TV universal remote controls:
- Under $15: Coolux Universal Remote (Budget Option)
- Under $25: Sony Factory Remote Control for LCD and Bravia TVs
- Under $30: Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote
- Under $50: Sony RMF-TX300U Smart TV LED 4K ULT
- Under $100: Logitech Harmony Smart Control
- Under $150: Logitech Harmony Companion
- Under $300: Logitech Harmony Elite (High-End Pick)
I will review each of these remotes in more detail below. First, what follows are a few buying guidelines to keep in mind as you review this list. I provide this so that you can figure out what’s most important to you.
Quick Buying Guide
Here are some key questions to consider when buying a Sony Smart TV universal remote control:
- What brand of Sony TV do you own and what is the model number? Not all universal remotes are compatible with all models.
- Would you like a single remote to control multiple devices, such as your Smart TV, Cable TV, and soundbar or audio setup?
- How many existing remotes would you like to consolidate down to one?
- Is battery type and life a concern? That is, do you prefer rechargeable batteries? How long would you like a charge to last?
- Do you want to be able to control Roku, DVR Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV?
- Is control of smart home devices, like Phillips Hue lighting, important to you?
- Would you like the ability to push a single button and have all required components required to turn Netflix on launch automatically? For example, “Watch Netflix” button automatically turns on TV, turns on soundbar, switches your TV to Netflix, and maybe even dims your smart lights?
- Do you need to control devise inside of cabinets or your entertainment center?
OK, there is some food for thought. Let’s review some remotes and get you back to binge-watching your favorite Episodes of Seinfeld in no time!
Around $10 Budget Option: Coolux Sony Smart TV Universal Remote with Netflix & You Tube Button
A decent universal remote for under 10 bucks…really? Really. The Coolux Universal Remote Control was designed for “all Sony 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 it that it was designed to just work with your Sony television. There is no special pairing or set up 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 an excellent rating at Amazon. You can see the latest Amazon customer reviews and additional specifications here.
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!
Here is list of Sony Smart TVs that will work with this remote:
For TV models: XBR-49X800C, XBR48X800C, XBR-49X830C, XBR49X830C, XBR-49X835C, XBR49X835C
KDL-50W800C, KDL50W800C, KDL-55W800C, KDL55W800C, KDL-65W850C, KDL65W850C, KDL-75W850C, KDL75W850C, XBR-43X830C, XBR43X830C, XBR-49X830C, XBR49X830C, XBR-49X835C , XBR49X835C, XBR-55X810C, XBR55X810C, XBR-55X900C, XBR55X900C, XBR-65X810C, XBR65X810C, XBR-65X900C, XBR65X900C, XBR-75X910C, XBR75X910C, XBR-49X850C, XBR49X850C, XBR-55X850C, XBR55X850C, XBR-65X850C, XBR65X850C, XBR-65X930C, XBR65X930C, XBR-75X850C, XBR75X850C, XBR-75X910C, XBR75X910C, XBR-75X940C, XBR-75X940C
Under $20: Sony Factory Remote
While this model is a bit dated, it will cover you if you own any of the older model LCD, LED, and Bravia TVs. While this remote lack hotkeys for smart TV functions like Netflix and you Tube, you can customize some of the buttons on the remote. Of course, this remote won’t work with your smart home tech. It was designed as a replacement for your factory remote.
A few customers have complained that the remote button is too small. However, most customers report that the remote “just worked.” After installing the 2 AAA batteries, they were back in business. You do need to buy your own batteries, so we suggest having them on hand before this arrives.
The remote replaces: 1-489-990-11
The following TVs are compatible
RMFTX200U RMTTX100U RMTTX102U RMY1000 RMY912 RMY914 RMYD038 RMYD040 RMYD041 RMYD042 RMYD043 RMYD044 RMYD047 RMYD051 RMYD053 RMYD055 RMYD056 RMYD058 RMYD059 RMYD063 RMYD065 RMYD067 RMYD071 RMYD073 RMYD075 RMYD075 RMYD079 RMYD080 RMYD087 RMYD089 RMYD093 RMYD094 RMYD095 RMYD096 RMYD097 RMYD099 RMYD101 RMYD102 RMYD103 RMYD103 RMYD104
Compatible with the following Televisions: KDE42XBR950 KDE42XBR950OL KDE50XBR950 KDE50XBR950OL KDE55XBR950 KDE61XBR950 KDE61XBR950OL KDF60XBR910 KDF60XBR950 KDF70XBR910 KDF70XBR95 KDF70XBR950 KDL22BX320 KDL22BX321 KDL22EX350 KDL22EX355 KDL22EX357 KDL24R400A KDL24R405A KDL24R407A KDL24R425A KDL26EX555 KDL32BX305 KDL32BX320 KDL32BX321 KDL32BX353 KDL32BX354 KDL32BX355 KDL32BX356 KDL32BX359 KDL32BX420 KDL32BX421 KDL32CX520 KDL32EX305 KDL32EX306 KDL32EX340 KDL32EX355 KDL32EX356 KDL32EX357 KDL32EX358
KDL32EX358 KDL32EX405 KDL32EX40B KDL32EX421 KDL32EX423 KDL32EX520 KDL32EX521 KDL32EX523 KDL32EX555 KDL32EX557 KDL32EX605 KDL32EX607 KDL32EX655 KDL32EX657 KDL32EX705 KDL32EX707 KDL32EX715 KDL32EX717 KDL32NX655 KDL32R300B KDL32R300C KDL32R305B KDL32R330B KDL32R400 KDL32R400A KDL32R405A KDL32R407A KDL32R420B KDL32R421A KDL32R424A KDL32R434A KDL32R435A KDL32R500C KDL32W600A KDL32W600D KDL32W650A KDL32W650D KDL32W700B KDL32XBR950 KDL39R475A KDL40BX405 KDL40BX420 KDL40BX420B KDL40BX421 KDL40BX450
KDL40BX451 KDL40BX453 KDL40BX455 KDL40CX520 KDL40EX405 KDL40EX406 KDL40EX40B KDL40EX455 KDL40EX456 KDL40EX457 KDL40EX458 KDL40EX505 KDL40EX520 KDL40EX521 KDL40EX523 KDL40EX605 KDL40EX607 KDL40EX620 KDL40EX621 KDL40EX640 KDL40EX645 KDL40EX655 KDL40EX657 KDL40EX705 KDL40EX707 KDL40EX715 KDL40EX717 KDL40HX800 KDL40NX655 KDL40NX710 KDL40NX717 KDL40R350B KDL40R350D KDL40R355B KDL40R380B KDL40R450 KDL40R450A KDL40R455A KDL40R457A KDL40R470B KDL40R471A KDL40R475A KDL40R485A KDL40R510C KDL40R530C
KDL40R550C KDL40W580B KDL40W590B KDL40W600B KDL40W600D KDL40W605B KDL40W607B KDL40W609B KDL40W650D KDL42EX440 KDL42EX441 KDL42R474A KDL42R475A KDL42R505A KDL42R507A KDL42W650A KDL42W651A KDL42W700B KDL42W800A KDL42W801A KDL42W805B KDL42XBR950 KDL46BX420 KDL46BX421 KDL46BX450 KDL46BX451 KDL46BX453 KDL46BX455 KDL46EX405 KDL46EX505 KDL46EX520 KDL46EX521 KDL46EX523 KDL46EX605 KDL46EX607 KDL46EX620 KDL46EX621 KDL46EX640 KDL46EX641 KDL46EX645 KDL46EX655 KDL46EX657 KDL46EX705 KDL46EX707 and many more.
Under $50: Sony Smart TV Universal Factory Remote – Sony RMF-TX300U
Next on our list of Sony Smart TV universal remote controls is another official Sony Factory Remote control that ships with many popular models. This is currently Amazon’s Choice for an OEM replacement remote. It will give you the same capabilities as the remote that shipped these TVs out of the box. Like the previous remote, it will not let you consolidate multiple remotes or work with your smart home devices, however.IMPORTANT: Netflix, Google Play and Voice feature only work on TVs with those features.
This remote is compatible with the following popular SmartTV models:
XBR-43X800E, XBR-49X800E, XBR49X800E, XBR-55X800E, XBR55X800E, XBR-55X806E, XBR55X806E, XBR-65X850E, XBR65X850E, XBR-75X850E, XBR75X850E, XBR-43X800D, XBR-49X800D, XBR-55X850D, XBR-55X850S, XBR-55X930D, XBR-65X850D, XBR-65X930D, , XBR-75X850D, XBR-75X940D, XBR-85X850D, XBR-43X800D, XBR-43X800E, XBR-49X800D, XBR-49X900E, XBR-55X850D, XBR-55X850DS, XBR-55X850S, XBR-55X855D, XBR-55X900E, XBR-55X930D, XBR-55X930E, XBR-65X850D, XBR-65X900E, XBR-65X930D, XBR-65X930E,
XBR-75X850D, XBR-75X900E, XBR-75X930D, XBR-75X940D, XBR-75X940E, XBR-85X850D, XBR43X800D, XBR43X800E, XBR49X800D, XBR49X900E, XBR55X850D, XBR55X850DS, XBR55X850S, XBR55X900E, XBR55X930D, XBR55X930E, XBR65X850D, XBR65X900E, XBR65X930D, XBR65X930E, XBR75X930D, XBR75X940D, XBR75X940E, XBR85X850D, XBR-55X55DS, XBR-55X855D, XBR-55X857D, XBR-55X857DS, XBR-65X855D, XBR-65X857D, XBR-65X935D, XBR-65X937D, XBR-75X850D, XBR-75X855D, XBR-75X857D, XBR-85X855D, XBR55X55DS, XBR55X855D, XBR55X857D,
XBR55X857DS, XBR65X855D, XBR65X857D, XBR65X935D, XBR65X937D, XBR75X850D, XBR75X855D, XBR75X857D, XBR85X855D, :, KDL-50W800C, KDL50W800C, KDL-50W850C, KDL50W850C, KDL-55W800C, KDL55W800C, KDL-55W850C, KDL55W850C, KDL-65W800C, KDL65W800C, KDL-65W850C, KDL65W850C, KDL-75W800C, KDL75W800C, KDL-75W850C, KDL75W850C, XBR-43X830C, XBR43X830C, XBR-49X800C, XBR49X800C, XBR-49X830C, XBR49X830C, XBR-49X835C, XBR49X835C, XBR-55X810C, XBR55X810C, XBR-55X850C, XBR55X850C,
XBR-55X890C, XBR55X890C, XBR-55X900C, XBR55X900C, XBR-65X810C, XBR65X810C, XBR-65X850C, XBR65X850C, XBR-65X890C, XBR65X890C, XBR-65X900C, XBR65X900C, XBR-65X930C, XBR65X930C, XBR-75X850C, XBR75X850C, XBR-75X900C, XBR75X900C, XBR-75X900E, XBR75X900E, XBR-75X910C, XBR75X910C, XBR-75X930C, XBR75X930C, XBR-75X940C, XBR75X940C, and more!
Under $60: Logitech Harmony 650
Next up in our review of the best Sony Smart TV universal remote controls is the Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control. This is a great buy if you are looking to control your Samsung Smart TV AND consolidate up to eight existing remotes. The 650 has a bright color screen that shows your channel favorite icons plus commands for easy navigation. It also allows for one-touch activity buttons like “Watch a DVD” to automatically switch the right devices to the right settings. It will not allow you to control your smart home devices, though. You can read our full review of the Harmony 650 vs 700 [discontinued] here. For smart TV control that will let you consolidate remotes, control entertainment devices, plus smart home stuff, see the last three items on our list.
Under $100: Logitech Harmony Smart Control
The Logitech Harmony Smart Control works with most current Samsung Smart TVs and many older models as well. Moreover, it lets you consolidate remotes for up to eight devices, and it also works with Alexa. It will also let you control your smart home devices such as Phillips Hue Lighting, smart blinds, smart thermostats, locks, and Sonos smart speakers.
Best of all, you can program activities like “Movie Night.” When you press the Movie Night button on your smartphone the Harmony Hub goes to work and fires up all required devices. This might include turning on the TV and soundbar, tuning to Netflix, and dimming your smart lights. As an added bonus, you can also download the Harmony smartphone app and also control your setup with your favorite mobile device. You can swipe and tap to control channels, watch movies and more.
Under $150: Logitech Harmony Companion
The Harmony Companion is also compatible with nearly all Sony Smart TVs. It also includes the Harmony Hub. In addition, it ships with an excellent Harmony hard button remote. This allows you to consolidate up to remotes, and it works with Alexa for voice control too. The Companion also lets you do everything that the Smart Control can do, with a superior physical remote. Read our review of Companion vs Smart Control ehre. You get the smartphone app to boot! The main difference is that in addition to the smartphone capability, you also get nicer remote hardware.
Under $350: Logitech Harmony Elite
Rounding out our list of Samsung Smart TV remote replacement options is the Cadillac of universal remote controls. The Logitech Harmony Elite is the best universal remote control 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.
The Elite also adds seven additional devices for a total of 15 devices that you can control. All Harmony remotes are compatible with Logitech’s database of 275,000 [and growing] devices. Like with all Harmony remotes, some set up is required, BUT you won’t have to deal with remote control codes. 😊 You just connect the remote to your PC using the USB cable provided and then follow the instructions using Logitech’s set up program. I recommend that you set this up using your PC and not the smartphone option.
You can also read our full review of the Harmony Elite.
Amazon often runs sales on this remote. Prices of the Logitech Harmony have also fallen dramatically in recent weeks due to increasing competition, making this a great time to buy this remote.See It at Amazon
Sony Smart TV Universal Remote Controls: What Do You Think?
So, what do you think about our picks for your 7 Best Sony Smart TV Universal Remote Controls?
Do you plan to purchase one of these remotes?
If so, which one? Please let us know by leaving a comment below.
I would love to get your feedback.
I’m thinking Neil Patrick Harris is definitely a Harmony Elite owner (although sadly “The Force” doesn’t work for TV control – yet).
About the Author
Tim 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 about universal remotes, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, 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.