Our entertainment centers are more stuffed with gear than ever, but it’s no fun keeping a half-dozen remote controls and game controllers on your coffee table and switching between them every time you want to watch a movie, change the volume, or switch to a different device. This week, we’d like to know which universal remote you prefer to trim that stack of remote controls on your coffee table down to one, that works for all of your devices.
There are a few big names in the universal remote industry, but that doesn’t mean they’re the only good ones. Which universal remotes have you found walk the line between bang for your buck, control of as many of your devices as possible, and ease of use and programming? Leave your vote in the comments below.
Hive Five nominations take place in the comments, where you post your favorite tool for the job. We get hundreds of comments, so to make your nomination clear, please include it at the top of your comment like so: VOTE: BEST UNIVERSAL REMOTE. Please don’t include your vote in a reply to another commenter. Instead, make your vote and reply separate comments. If you don’t follow this format, we may not count your vote. To prevent tampering with the results, votes from first-time commenters may not be counted. After you’ve made your nomination, let us know what makes it stand out from the competition.
About the Hive Five: The Hive Five feature series asks readers to answer the most frequently asked question we get: “Which tool is the best?” Once a week we’ll put out a call for contenders looking for the best solution to a certain problem, then YOU tell us your favorite tools to get the job done. Every weekend, we’ll report back with the top five recommendations and give you a chance to vote on which is best. For an example, check out last week’s five best bluetooth headsets.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most Hive Five posts, if your favorite was left out, it’s not because we hate it—it’s because it didn’t get the nominations required in the call for contenders post to make the top five. We understand it’s a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite, we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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