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Top 5 Universal TV Remotes

written by: Bobby Ivie•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 4/25/2011

If you are tired of trying to find and operate all of your remote controls, these universal TV remotes are just what you need to control your entire home theater system with just one controller.

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    Elexa LZ6100 La-Z-Boy Mega Universal Remote Control

    universal remote control lazboy For the features, this remote is a steal. It controls eight preprogrammed devices. The backlit, extra-large buttons are smartly placed where the thumb naturally rests. This eliminates shuffling the controller to find the most commonly used keys. A unique feature at the front of the controller provides the right lift to allow the controller's signal to reach the TV.

    The Elexa LZ6100 La-Z-Boy Mega Universal Remote Control is available at Amazon for $8.99

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    Universal Remote Control URC-WR7 7 Device Remote Control

    Universal-Remote-Control-URC-WR7 The URC-WR7 controls seven components. An attractive backlight makes the controller easy to see. It learns commands from other remotes, so you don't have to worry whether it works with your system. It turns all your components on and off with one push of a button instead of pressing the power button for each device. The SimpleSound feature controls the volume, even on components that don't have their own volume control, such as a cable box. Four favorite channel buttons store five favorites each, allowing you to have themed favorites such as movie channels, news and music.

    The Universal Remote Control URC-WR7 7 Device Remote Control is available at Amazon for $19.99

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    Acoustic Research ARRX18G XSight 18-Device Universal Learning Remote Control

    Acoustic-Research-ARRX18G The backlit Acoustic Research ARRX18G is a powerful remote that controls 18 components and has thousands preprogrammed. It is a learning remote, so it learns the functions of all your other controllers. The colorful LCD touch screen gets you started using it without wading through a tedious manual. Six customizable profiles allow every family member their own settings. The battery is rechargeable and has a charging cradle.

    The Acoustic Research ARRX18G XSight 18-Device Universal Learning Remote Control is available at Amazon for $69.99

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    Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control

    universal-remote-Logitech-Harmony-650 The sleekly designed Harmony 650 fits nicely into the hand and controls five home theater components. Navigation is easy with the colorful screen and backlit buttons. The screen displays commonly used features like favorite channels. Activity buttons allow one-click changing to components. Setup is easy by connecting the remote to a computer. The online database of nearly a quarter-of-a-million devices allows you to easily program in your entertainment equipment.

    The Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote Control is available at Amazon for $99

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    Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote with Color Touch Screen

    universal-tv-remote-logitech-harmony-1100 If you like electronic gadgets, you will love this unique universal TV remote. It is not very friendly for one-hand use; but it is, well, let's say cool. Personalized icons on the customizable 3.5-inch touch screen allow for control of 15 devices. Connecting the remote to your computer for easy software setup saves entering codes from your components. RF wireless saves from having to point directly at your components. The Harmony 1100 comes with a stylish charging stand.

    The Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote with Color Touch Screen is available at Amazon for $270.73

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