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In this article, we take a peek at the 7 best TCL Roku Smart TV Universal Remotes. We’ll review options for every budget, plus we’ll give you some recommendations at different price points. Whether you just want to grab a quick cheap replacement for your TCL Roku TV or investigate some upgrade options, you’ve come to the right place.
Honey, Where’s the Remote?
But what do you do if you lose the remote that came with your TCL Roku Smart TV? How will you fire up Roku and watch your favorite shows? Or what if you’ve decided that you think the TCL-Roku supplied remote is a little lame and you want to upgrade to something a bit nicer?
Well, Valar Morghulis dear readers, we’re here to show you how to score that replacement remote. And because we know you deserve better, we’ll also share some other great options should you decide you want to upgrade to a real remote 😉.
After all, in addition to your TCL TV with Roku, you also have a whole bunch more devices it might be nice to control with the same remote. I’m not just talking about your Dolby surround sound set up, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc. but also things like smart blinds, smart lights, and the like.
Did we pique your interest? (It was the family pack of GOT tees, wasn’t it?)
In this post, we review the 7 best Universal Remotes for TCL Roku TVs for virtually any budget.
Of course, if you want to go the cheap route you can. Check out the first item on our list if all you want to do is replace that lost remote.
Under $10 Budget Option: TCL Roku TV Replacement Remote
OK, ok we get it. You lost the remote that came with your TCL Roku TV and just want to snatch up a replacement on the cheap.
If so, this is the puppy for you. And it’s super cheap so why don’t buy two so you have one on hand the next time you lose it, knucklehead. LOL.
This TCL Roku Smart TV Universal Remotes replacement is available on Amazon for a song and it will work with your TCL Roku TV without any fanfare. Just pop in some AAA batteries into this IR-based remote and you are back in business. It is the same remote you lost with that plastic black, purpose, green, and white design.
The best thing about this remote it that it was designed to just work with TCL Roku TV. There is no special pairing or set up required. Customers are generally satisfied with this remote on Amazon. A few customers have had issues with getting rechargeable batteries to work with the remote. 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 old TCL Roku remote. Note that 3 AAA batteries and not included, so don’t forget to buy some, but hey what do you want for less than $10!
Around $25: Logitech Harmony 350
Logitech is still the leading dominant force in the universal remote control space. There’s a good reason. Its line of Harmony remotes meets a variety of needs to control both home entertainment equipment and now smart home devices alike. While the Harmony 350 is limited to just home entertainment devices (no smart lights or blinds etc.), it remains a solid choice for a budget universal remote control. It doesn’t have the bells and whistles you get with other Harmony remotes, but it will let you control up to eight devices in your entertainment center. Since it uses radio frequently only like the TCK Roku remotes, it will require a line of sight to your devices. This basically means it will have a harder time controlling devices stored in closed cabinets. The Harmony 350 is currently available from 3rd party sellers on Amazon for around $25.
Under $60: Logitech Harmony 650
Next up in our review of the best TCL Roku TV universal remote controls is the Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control. This is a great buy if you are looking to control your TCL Roku TV AND consolidate up to to 8 existing remotes. The 650 has a bright color screen 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, however. You can read our review of the Harmony 650 [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 Hub
The Logitech Harmony Hub works with all current TCL Roku TVs and many older models as well. Moreover, it lets you consolidate remotes for up to eigtht home entertainment devices, and it also works with Alexa. It will also work with smart home devices such as Phillips Hue Lighting 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 Phillips Hue smart bulbs. The intuitive phone app lets you swipe and tap to control channels, watch movies and more. Plus, you get to set up to 50 of your Favorite channels with colorful display icons. This is a great option if you don’t need a physical remote and don’t mind controlling your TV with your phone.
Around $100: Caavo Control Center
Unlike more expensive options like the next two items on our list, Caavo won’t allow you to control your smart home tech (at least not without IFTTT). However, it is an excellent and elegant solution for home entertainment devices and a bunch of other stuff. Here’s a partial list of what you CAN control with the Caavo:
- Smart TVs
- Cable and Satellite TV Programming
- Soundbars and Sound Systems
- Audio Video Receivers (AVR)
- DVD/Blu-Ray Players and Ultra HD Players
- Streaming Media Systems like Google Chromcast, Roku, Apple TV
- Nvidia Shield
- Gaming Consoles [PS4™, PS3™, CEC Nintendo Wii, Wii-U, Switch, and Xbox One™ and Xbox 360]
- Projection Systems [Limited Support]
- OTA Antennas [Coming soon]
The Caavo Control Center also features easy guided setup, a find lost remote feature, the ability to search across multiple streaming services, and curated reviews and recommendations for what to watch. If this is your price point, the Caavo is definitely worth a look. You can read our full review here. Note that for access to full functionality Caavo charges an annual service fee. Amazon has a lifetime services plan that I would choose if I was buying the Caavo to avoid the annual fee.
Under $200: Logitech Harmony Companion
The Harmony Companion is also compatible with all TCL Roku TVs. It also includes the Harmony Hub. In addition, it ships with an excellent Harmony hard button remote. It allows you to control up to 8 devices and works with Alexa for voice control. The Companion also lets you do everything that the Hub can do. You get the smartphone app to boot! The main difference is that in addition to the smartphone capability, you also get the remote hardware.
Under $300: Logitech Harmony Elite
Rounding out our list of TCL Roku TV universal remotes and replacement options is the granddaddy of universal remote controls. 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.
The Elite also adds 7 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. Some set up is required. We recommend that you set this up using your PC and not the smartphone option.
You can read our review of the Harmony Elite here.
Also, Logitech just last week announced a new remote that has Amazon Alexa built right into it. If this interests you, check out our review of the new Harmony Express.
Prices of the Logitech Harmony have fallen dramatically in recent weeks due to increasing competition, making this a great time to buy this remote.
TCL Roku Smart TV Universal Remotes: What Do You Think?
So what do you think about our picks for the best TCL Roku TV universal remotes?
Do you plan to purchase one of these remotes?
If so, which one? Please let us know by leaving a quick Yes or No comment below.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Entrepreneur
Tim “Tec Timmy” Brennan is Founder and CEO of Writeinteractive, Inc., a technical writing consulting agency. He is also an owner of smart home technology site and blog oneSmartcrib.com. Tim became obsessed with smart home tech after purchasing Amazon Alexa. “One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that so much tech just doesn’t work the way it should. Alexa is the clear exception and hopefully a sign of things to come. From the minute you turn it on, Alexa just works consistently, and she is always there when I need her,” he said. When he’s not crushing on Alexa, Brennan is a father to two sons, and he manages the day-to-day operations of Writeinteractive. He is also an active blogger, obsessive Star Wars fan, and loves a good taco.