The 4 best smart home remote controls


What’s the best smart home remote? I’m glad you asked. It’s early enough, still, that there are really only a few options to choose from. That said, the existing options are all REALLY cool! In this article I’ll discuss the three best physical smart home remotes (each of which has a touchscreen, by the way) and the best app remote for smart homes (actually, a couple of the remotes I talk about here also have accompanying apps). But first, let’s briefly talk about the smart home landscape.

Wondering what you can control in your smart home? The most popular smart home applications include controlling lighting and temperature. But that’s really just the tip of the smart home iceberg. You can also control cameras and security systems, locks, sensors, window shades, your home theater and entertainment setup and even your sprinkler system. In the coming months and years this list will continue to expand (fairly rapidly, I would guess).

More specifically (but don’t consider this a comprehensive list), you can control: Nest products, Ecobee products, Sonos products, the new Apple TV, Roku products, Philips Hue products, cable boxes and satellite systems, the Xbox One and Xbox 360, Playstation 4 (and 3) and the Nintendo Wii. There are so many smart home devices I actually don’t fee like listing them all here (ha).

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