Best TV-Remotes in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 6, 2017
If you’ve got at least 5 remotes in your place, you'll definitely estimate universal remote control that will let you switch between various devices and perform different tasks. Find the review of the best TV remote controls below and choose your best pick!    ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Compatible devices
Number of controlled devices
Operating range
Wireless interfaces
Touchscreen
Features
 
PROS

This Logitech remote is compatible with various equipment of 5000 brands and is greatly adaptable. The device works via different connection standards.

CONS

The remote can capture buttons of branded models like Smart Hub of Samsung.

OUR VERDICT

This TV remote will be a wonderful assistant for controlling all equipment in your home, from TV to a game console. A combination of simplicity of use, advanced functions and cool design will be appreciated by most exacting consumers.

detailed parameters
Compatible devices

AV System, AV receiver, Audio/video components, Blu-ray player, DVR, Cable box, Game console, TV, Satellite box Compatible with over 270,000 devices

Number of controlled devices

Up to 15 IR devices

Operating range

Up to100 m (depends on a connection standard)

Wireless interfaces

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Infrared

Touchscreen

2.4"

Features
Control game consoles with Bluetooth, Harmony smartphone app, Quick and Easy setup, Customizable LCD Screen, Large code library, Favourite channel keys, Rechargeable, Backlit buttons for convenient navigation
PROS

The remote offers an amazing opportunity to control your devices from a phone wherever you are. The branded software provides simple controls.

CONS

This remote should be used close to the power outlet due to a short cord.

OUR VERDICT

The Broadlink isn't just a remote but a crucial part of a smart home. This device will help you set your home equipment for switching on and off automatically, as well as manage it being away from home.

detailed parameters
Compatible devices

TV, DVD, Air conditioner, Electric curtains, Lamps, Air purifiers, Hifi, Blu-ray player, Projector or the AC unit, RF sockets, Fans, etc

Number of controlled devices

Unlimited

Operating range

8 - 15 m

Wireless interfaces

IR, RF, Wi-Fi

Touchscreen

No

Features

Compatible system: Android / iOS iPhone, Auto Home / Auto Away, Create Scene

PROS

The remote is easy to program via the branded app. The ergonomic shape provides a comfortable handgrip.

CONS

Controlling game consoles requires buying an IR-Bluetooth adapter.

OUR VERDICT

If you don't want to mess up with programming codes, this TV remote control will be the right thing for you. With the app being installed and remote being coupled with a smartphone, you'll get it ready to work in mere seconds.

detailed parameters
Compatible devices

TV, Projector, SAT/CABLE/Freeview, IPTV, DVD, VCR, Hi-Fi, Blu-ray, Amplifier, Home Cinema, Media player, Game console

Number of controlled devices

8

Operating range

15 m

Wireless interfaces

IR, Bluetooth

Touchscreen

No

Features

5 activity modes: Watch TV, Watch Movie, Listen to Music, Play Game & Custom, Audible remote finder, Learning remote, Programmable buttons, Customisable settings, Remote finder

PROS

This model has a sturdy housing and sensitive buttons. Good ergonomics and advanced learning function. Long battery life.

CONS

Batteries are not included in the supply package.

OUR VERDICT

At an affordable price this TV remote offers great functionality allowing you to manage up to 8 AV devices at a time.

detailed parameters
Compatible devices
Audio/video devices, DVD players, Videocassette recorders, Blu-Ray players, Digital video recorders
Number of controlled devices
8
Operating range

11 m

Wireless interfaces
Radio channel N/A, Two IR LEDs
Touchscreen
No
Features
Macro function, Programming mode, Learning mode
PROS

SKY Plus remote is simple and extremely durable. Conveniently located buttons provide ease of use and handy channel hopping.

CONS

The remote has limited capabilities as it's designed for Sky+ channels and TV only.

OUR VERDICT

This remote is an excellent choice to replace the broken one from your Sky+ recorder. It comes with long-lasting Duracell batteries and will let you fully control your TV set.

detailed parameters
Compatible devices
DVD players, Videocassette recorders, Blu-Ray players, Digital video recorders
TV, Sky Box
Number of controlled devices

2

Operating range

Up to 10 m

Wireless interfaces

IR

Touchscreen

No

Features

Simple to use, Batteries and instructions included, New code checker

What is a Tv-Remote

Have you ever thought of combining all your remotes at home in one unit and program it to control all your home appliances? That’s possible with a universal remote. The device allows you to control several appliances of the same and different manufacturers by programming in specific codes so there's no need in using any others. The capabilities of a universal remote are vast and we’d like to tell you more about them in the review, so you can choose your best remote.

If you speak at presentations and lectures on a regular basis, you will probably be interested in a presentation remote, and you can also pick headphones for TV to make watching films at home unforgettable.

What Features to Compare

In this review, we will consider the key features that are worth your attention while choosing a universal remote.

Compatibility

The first point is the compatibility with equipment to be controlled, since your devices may not be recognised by a connection channel featured in the remote. Universal remotes may use an infrared, ultrasonic or radio channel to control various devices. You should consider that even universal remotes might not recognise all models of your equipment.

Рrogramming method

The next important feature of universal remotes is the programming method. There are 3 of them: programming by codes, learning, and online programming. Programming by codes is based on the "insertion" of control commands into the memory of the remote. The number of devices can amount to thousands and all you need to do is to pick the right code. Learning is the “teaching” of buttons performed by the original remote under a certain algorithm. Your remote can "learn" from several remotes as well. Online programming features a specialised software packed with a remote to set it up and get connected to your devices. The advantage of this method is the regularly updatable database allowing you to be up with the most cutting-edge appliances.

Functionality

The functionality of any remote is the last but not the least feature to draw your attention to. Take the function of code reading into account. The code reading is catching and memorising infrared signals sent from other remotes. This function comes in handy when the codes of devices are not included in a universal remote database and these codes can be simply read from the original remote. The number of control buttons is essential for the convenience of use, in particular, if you need to control a lot of devices at the same time. It should be noted that every remote has got its own connection range and the number of supported devices. The function of macro commands allows you to give several commands by pressing a single button. The pre-recorded chain of commands can be performed in any operation mode. The backlighting of the keypad is also relevant. The shining buttons will let you quickly find your remote in the dark. It should be noted that some universal remotes are equipped with touch-sensitive LCD displays which simplify the assignment of functions, distribution of controls, and switching between the controlled devices.

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Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote Control

Up-to-date Solution for Modern Widgets

This versatile Harmony TV remote control by Logitech is a cutting-edge unified solution for a wide range of devices that most people have in their homes. This remote will let you control not just your telly but many other electronic devices such as a soundbar, Blu-ray player, XBox, Sony Playstation, and more. We should note that this remote can be paired with 270,000 devices of 5000 brands. Furthermore, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate features IR, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi interfaces for greater compatibility and applicability. We should note that a 2.4” colour touchscreen display nicely fits a classic design of this remote and will let you switch between the controlled devices, and offers many other useful functions. What is more to say, the remote has backlit keys and comes with a charging station. In addition, this TV remote control has a vibration feedback, tilt sensors and an option of programming buttons for a long or short push so that two different commands could be performed at a click of the same button.

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Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote Control
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote Control
 

Broadlink RM Pro Wi-Fi Smart Home Automation Learning Universal Remote Control

Not Just a TV Remote

The Broadlink RM Pro can't be called a simple TV remote control. Without exaggeration, it's a part of a smart home. Small in size and with no keys at all it can easily control all digital appliances which are capable of understanding remote commands. The operating principle of this remote is simple and ingenious at the same time. Download the app on your Android or iOS-operated smartphone and connect the Broadlink RM Pro to your gadgets. This TV remote control transmits the commands via an IR port, as well as broadcasts signals through the radio waves at 315 and 433 MHz. Thanks to this, you'll be able to control all devices within the range of the Broadlink remote and even create scenarios for turning them on and off automatically.

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Broadlink RM Pro Wi-Fi Smart Home Automation Learning Universal Remote Control
Broadlink RM Pro Wi-Fi Smart Home Automation Learning Universal Remote Control
 

One For All Smart 8 Device Remote Control

Elegancy and Versatility

The versatility of use and ease of setting the One For All remote control offers can bring consumers a lot of joy and comfort. It's enough to look into the setup procedure and see how easy and straightforward the remote is. For a start, install the One For ALL official application available for Android and iOS-operated smartphones. Once the app is installed on your phone, connect it to the remote control via Bluetooth. Choose your device, whether a TV set, a Hi-Fi system or a Blu-ray player, select the brand and run a compatibility test. The remote can be set to manage 5 devices simultaneously, and you'll be able to switch easily between them. We liked a remote finder feature a lot that produces alerts and alarms to notify a user of the place where the remote's been left. The remote boasts a peculiar design in an ergonomic shape and with a convenient-to-use layout of keys. It fits a hand of any size snugly and doesn't cause any feeling of discomfort. 

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One For All Smart 8 Device Remote Control
One For All Smart 8 Device Remote Control
 

Sony RM-VLZ620

Compatibility

RM-VLZ620 provides centralized control of all your audio and video devices so you don't need to use other remotes. You can easily manage your TV, stereo system and DVD player at the same time through the IN/A radio channel. This remote features two infrared LEDs providing the stable connection within the range of up to 36 feet.
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Programming methods

Sony RMVLX620 can be programmed to control most AV equipment. All you need to do is to set a specific code. Due to the learning function, it’s also easy to assign different Sony and non-Sony appliances to one of the 8 buttons, and control all of them with a single remote. The only fuss you’ll face is the necessity to set the given manufacturer’s code to each device. It’s only then when centralized control can be achieved and switching between the appliances becomes a snap.
Sony RM-VLZ620 in the use

Functionality

This programming TV remote features 12 macros to perform the sequence of control commands with just a single pressing a button. Learning of this remote is an important and usable feature allowing you to get the enhanced control over your audio and video equipment. Sony RMVLZ620 is able to keep up to 8 appliances controlled at the same time, so you will get convenient and smart assistant to manage your digital friends.
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Sony RM-VLZ620
Sony RM-VLZ620
 

SKY Plus Remote Control

Additional Device

If you're a Sky subscriber and use a Sky+ receiver, you might wonder what to do if the included remote control becomes inoperative. The Sky Plus Remote Control was designed for such cases. It allows controlling both your receiver and TV set. This remote includes everything for setting your telly up and getting started working with a recorder. A customary arrangement of keys will allow you to quickly master this programming TV remote control without any hassle. In conclusion, we can say that this Sky Plus remote will be an excellent solution for Sky+ owners. The gadget is known for its great quality and durability in comparison with cheaper multifunctional remote controls. Manage your television set and receiver at the same time with a single device - the SKY Plus Remote Control!

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SKY Plus Remote Control
SKY Plus Remote Control
 

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