Test results for 15 universal remote controls priced from $89 to $699
The idea behind a universal remote control is to allow you to reduce the number of remotes in your lounge room to one easy-to-use device.
We tested them to see if they can control a whole room’s worth of equipment. That could be just a TV and DVD player, or as many as 16 devices. However, 'teaching' that many functions to some of these universal remote controls could try the patience of a saint.
A few make a pretty good attempt at dealing with a complex task, but most have one or more failings that are likely to render them just another remote on the coffee table.
Please note: this information was current as of May 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
Brands we tested
- Avico ARC8850
- Logitech Harmony 1000i
- Logitech Harmony 525
- Logitech Harmony 785
- Marmitek Easytouch35
- One For All Kameleon 3 URC 8203
- One For All Kameleon 4 URC 8204
- One For All Kameleon 6 URC 8206
- Philips Prestigo SRU9600
- Philips SRU9400
- Remotec iRemote 500
- Sunwave SRC-1600
- Sunwave SRC-3060
- Sunwave SRC-3200
- Sunwave SRC-3820