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If you’re looking for an easy-to-use universal remote to control up to eight AV components and even some smart-home devices, we recommend the Logitech Harmony Companion. Harmony remotes are the easiest to set up, and the smart, activity-based system simplifies control of your whole home theater. No other remote control we found offers as much control, connectivity, and compatibility for the money.

The two-piece Logitech Harmony Companion system, which consists of a hub and a handheld remote, can control up to eight AV components, and it works with IR, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth devices, which gives it more flexibility than many budget remotes have. You can also use a smartphone/tablet app to control your system.

The Harmony Companion integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant, and several do-it-yourself home-automation hubs and smart devices, such as lights, locks, thermostats, and motorized shades. The remote lacks backlighting, and all of that functionality makes it a bit more difficult to program than some other Harmony remotes—but it’s still easier to use than anything else available.

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