Screen Shot 2022-05-17 at 4 Make your life easier with our top picks for the best universal remote controls available on Amazon. Photo: Kelly Sikkema/Unsplash (CC0)

Life has never been the same since the invention of the remote control. Being able to control a gadget or device from a distance, removing the need to get up, is a simple pleasure that can’t be beat.

But when you have a streaming stick (or two), a soundbar, TV and multiple smart devices that all have their own remote controls, things can get quite complicated and messy. The solution? Universal remote controls!

The right universal remote control consolidates and automates a number of tasks -- making it less complicated to Netflix and chill after a long day at work. So which are the best universal remote controls for your home theater? How about the best universal remote control for your Apple TV or your Samsung Smart TV? Here's a list of the best ones.

Best Universal Remote Controls for TV, Streaming and More this 2022

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One of the best universal remote controls on the market, the Harmony Elite can control up to 15 devices at the same time. It features a color touchscreen on top of the buttons and you can also customize the buttons.

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While less powerful than the elite, the Harmony 350 is still useful as it can combine up to eight remotes in one and is compatible with more than 270,000+ devices. It’s also quite affordable and this model works like new despite being renewed.

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One of the most affordable universal remote controls, the SofaBaton U1 is simple but will get the job done without burning a hole in your wallet. It can control up to 15 devices, works on both infrared and Bluetooth and comes with an app-based setup for smoother operation.

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Ergonomic, cheap and easy to use, the Philips SRP9243B is one of the best universal remotes for anyone who doesn’t want any fuss in their home set-up. It provides multi-device control and works with everything from DVD players to TVs, satellite receivers and even Roku boxes.

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Designed to work directly with popular streaming devices and letting you program 32 commands on a single button, this remote has a premium feel right down to the velvety coating of its intuitive buttons. It also comes with the capabilities of a high-end product but at a budget-friendly price.

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Perfect for simplified setups, the RCA 4 is ultra-slim and lightweight, giving it protection against breaking if it ever falls to the ground. Like most universal remotes, it can also control up to four devices and features a plug-and-play control that makes it very easy to set-up and be used right away.

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If you need an affordable companion/replacement for your remote controls, then the MYHGRC Universal Remote Control is a great option. Pre-programmed for plenty of brands like Samsung, LG, Sony, etc., this ergonomic and lightweight remote control can connect up to 16 devices and features advanced buttons for easier navigation and functionality.

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If you want something super simple and straightforward, the Flipper Remote is a great pick for families. You can also program different functions on its buttons and is also a great remote control for seniors that aren’t very tech-savvy.