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9 Best Universal Remotes

When you have a streaming stick (or two), a cable box, a soundbar, and a TV, it helps to have one of the best universal remotes to control everything from one device. A universal remote consolidates and automates a number of tasks—such as turning on your TV and soundbar and changing everything to the right settings—all with a single button press, so you don’t have to pick up three or four remotes just to Netflix and chill.

Some universal remotes even have smart home controls and voice search, so you can look for shows, movies, and more across multiple streaming services more easily. We’ve tested a number of models to help you pick the best universal remote.

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Suresh Choudhary

Suresh is a former writer for Lifewire who started reporting on consumer electronics in 2015. He's focused more closely on home entertainment and home theater technology like Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD players. Since studying electronics in high school, he's been a fervent electronics and audiophile hobbyist.