I’m a huge fan of Logitech Harmony remotes. They are my single strongest recommendation for anyone looking to make their home entertainment center easier to use. If you routinely juggle two or more remotes, the company’s latest hub-based models are far superior to standard universal clickers.
I’ve been using the latest high-end version, dubbed Elite, at home as my main clicker for the last couple months. It’s Logitech’s best remote yet, but unless you have money to burn, or really want its extras like a touchscreen, fully-backlit keys and control of up to 15 devices, get the Home Control instead.
Both offer Harmony’s most important features, including a two-piece design with a separate hub that hides among your gear, allowing seamless control of all of your home entertainment devices, and many smart-home devices, from a single remote — or the Harmony app on your phone or tablet. In my experience Harmony’s hub-based systems are designed so well, my 4-year-old uses one with no problems.
And me and my kids really like the Elite’s screen. They can easily recognize and engage the “Watch Roku” activity, then click the Nick Jr. icon, and be watching the latest “Mutt and Stuff” in no time. Once I trained the munchkins to always return the clicker to its cradle for recharging (upon pain of no dessert!), it’s been smooth sailing. I especially love being able to pull out my phone to turn off the living room TV from afar, once kiddie TV time is over.
As long as your family’s cradle-return discipline is solid, the only major downside to the Elite is price. It retails for $349 in the US and Canada, £279.99 in the UK, and $549.95 in Australia. That’s more than twice the cost of the Home Control, which happens to have a battery that lasts for months (seriously).