All-In-One: A Guide to the Best Universal Remotes
With all of the new smart TVs, Bluetooth speakers, streaming media players, and other devices taking over our homes it can be tough to keep track of every remote control. This multitude of controllers or downloadable apps can often be counterproductive due to the fact that if one remote is misplaced, your whole experience can be stymied. A universal remote control can help you tie all of those devices together with one easy-to-use remote. That means less clutter and less confusion. Let’s take a look at some of things to consider when you’re looking for a universal remote…
Which components do you want to consolidate?
Once you know which components you want to run from a universal remote, you’ll have a better idea of what type of remote you’ll need. If you’re looking for a remote that is easy to program and will control your TV and Blu-ray player, there are basic options that you can find for less than $20. If you have a huge home theater system with a lot of devices, a basic universal remote simply won’t do. You should look for a high-end model capable of handling multiple components.
Are there display options that you want?
Universal remotes come with a variety of display options you might enjoy. For instance, some of them feature glow-in-the-dark buttons and are larger than ordinary remotes so that they’re easier to locate in a darkened viewing room. Several of the models we carry also have LCD screens that make choosing the system you wish to engage easier to select. You’ll also find remotes with rechargeable batteries that can power up when you’re not using them. There are even waterproof remotes that you can use for outdoor living spaces!
Do you want a multi-room universal remote?
Universal remotes have different ways of communicating with your gadgets, primarily through either radio-frequency (RF) or Wi-Fi. An RF remotes signal can potentially be blocked by obstacles like walls and cabinets, whereas Wi-Fi remotes can be run from any place in your home that receives a signal from your router. Because of the constant connection to the internet, Wi-Fi remotes often have other features like home-automation controls or instant news and sports updates.
Once you’ve decided on the best universal remote control for your needs, the toughest part of your home theater experience will be agreeing on what to watch!