The 7 Best Universal Remotes Under $30 for Roku Devices

Looking for the best universal remote for Roku for your home entertainment system?

Here are 7 of the best universal remotes for Roku devices for under $30.

What to Look for in a Roku Remote

When buying a universal remote for your Roku device, think about the following remote features:

  • How does it feel in your hand?
  • Is it easy to set up and install?
  • Is it simple to use once installed?
  • Does it work with your Roku player, smart TV, and other media players in your home theater set up like your DVD player, Blu-ray player, and game consoles?
  • Do you need it to work with smart home devices and voice control systems like Amazon Alexa?
  • Is this remote for someone who needs large buttons or isn’t a techie?

Remote with smart TV in the background.

What to Consider When Buying a Universal Remote

Remember that some remotes work with some setups and not others. So read all the specs carefully!

Also, READ CUSTOMER REVIEWS ON AMAZON. They’re super helpful for finding out that your smart TV and a specific remote may not play well together.

Finally, don’t forget to buy batteries for your new remote!

What Type of Remote Does My Roku Device Use?

Depending on the Roku model or Roku TV you own, you either have one of two kinds of remotes:

  • Roku simple remote
  • Roku voice remote

Use this product comparison chart to learn about the remotes included in many Roku devices.

What is a Roku Simple remote?

Roku simple remotes use invisible infrared (IR) light to transmit button presses a short distance.

Point it directly at your Roku streaming player for a simple IR remote to work.

What is a Roku Voice Remote?

A Roku voice remote connects over a WiFi network and doesn’t have to be pointed at the Roku player or Roku TV when you press the buttons.

The benefit of a voice remote is that you can install your Roku player behind a wall-mounted TV or another nearby, out-of-sight location.

Note: A Roku stick is considered an RF (radio frequency) streaming device controlled by a remote over a WiFi network.

But not all voice remotes are RF remotes.

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What is the Best Universal Remote for the Roku?

It was hard to choose a top pick, so we settled for two:

WHY?

1. These allow you to use almost all the features of a Roku remote, like the asterisk and voice commands.

2. They are easy to install and use.

3. You can watch your favorite streaming channels without any hassles.

4. Both are compatible with Samsung Smart TVs and Roku Sticks.

The rest? While very inexpensive, they’re not perfect but may suffice for your needs.

We especially liked the GE Big Button Universal Remote Control, a super-simple remote perfect for seniors.

The 7 Best Universal Remotes Under $30 for Roku Devices

Sideclick remote control on a bookcase next to a Roku device.

1. Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment for Roku Streaming Player

Price: $30

Customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 4 or 5 devices

Pros: The Sideclick’s attachments fit a WIDE variety of Roku remotes.

It allows you to use all the features of your Roku remote, like voice and the asterisk.

EASY TO PROGRAM: The teaching feature allows you to program any button from another remote into the Sideclick. Overall, most users found it easy to program.

NOTE: You must have your original Roku remote to use and program the Sideclick.

It’s not a replacement. AND the Roku remote isn’t included.

Compatibility: This Sideclick supports:

Cons: Many people feel it’s too expensive since it only has 8 buttons.

Others felt the IR (invisible infrared) doesn’t work as well as other remotes, and you must point it at the perfect angle to get it to work.

The side attachment makes the remote a bit bulky to hold.

Also, it may cover the headphone jack on some Roku remotes.

Customer reviews: People love this remote! They bought several for their home. One person said it saved their marriage.

SofaBaton universal roku remote.

2. SofaBaton Universal IR Remote Replacement for Roku Streaming Players

Price: $20

Customer rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars

Connects to: multiple devices and remotes

Pros: The SofaBaton R2 remote is a universal programmable IR (infrared) enabled remote for the Roku streaming player.

It’s made up of two parts. The upper section is the universal programmable part that connects to the IR signal from your TV, soundbar, receiver, and other remotes. (Make sure these devices have IR signals.)

The lower part of the remote is a universal Roku remote that supports Roku streaming players.

Easy setup: To program your R2 remote, just place it 1 inch from the device you’re trying to link. With one push on the R2 remote button, it’s ready to use.

Compatibility: This SofaBaton R2 supports:

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku streaming stick, Fire TV stick, or other RF (radio frequency) streaming devices.

Customer reviews: “The simplest to use remote control…We got this remote control to use on Roku streaming player, and it always works super well! This Sofabaton remote control learned everything super quickly, making our watching experience super pleasant.”

Note: If you like the SofaBaton brand and don’t mind paying more, check out the Sofabaton U1 Universal Remote with Mobile APP, Sofabaton All-in-One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Bluetooth and IR Devices.

GE Backlit Universal Remote Control.

3. GE Backlit Universal Remote Control

Price: Under $13

Customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 4 devices

Options: Also available in blue backlit or color select backlit (purple, green, red, or yellow) $13

Pros: Fully backlit so you can find buttons easily in dark or dimly lit rooms.

Comes pre-programmed for Roku and Samsung TVs. Works with all major brands.

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku streaming stick, Fire TV stick, or other RF (radio frequency) streaming devices.

Customer reviews: One person complained that the back button is “basically an exit button” on his Samsung TV. Hard to watch TV when your remote keeps backing you out! (Similar problem to the GE 33709 4-Device Universal Remote Control, Designer Series.)

GE 33709 4-Device Universal Remote Control.

4. GE 33709 4-Device Universal Remote Control, Designer Series

Price: Under $10

Customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 4 devices

Options: Also available in 4-device backlit, 6-device backlit, and 8-device back-lit. (All were under $20.)

Comes in a variety of finishes: brushed nickel/silver, gold, pink, black, and graphite.

Pros: Preprogrammed for Samsung TVs and Roku boxes. The master volume control allows you to control the volume for all devices.

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku streaming stick, Fire TV stick, or other RF (radio frequency) streaming devices.

For Roku users, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also doesn’t have the asterisk button or voice functionality.

Customer reviews: Several noted that the Samsung SmartTV and this remote aren’t a good fit. The back/return button doesn’t take you back to one step. Instead, it exits the app entirely and takes you to the Samsung TV home hub. Super frustrating! (Similar problem to the GE Backlit Universal Remote Control.)

Five Philips Universal Remote Controls in gold, graphite, black, pink, and blue.

5. Philips Remote Control

Price: Under $7 (black)

Customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 3 devices

Options: Available in blue, rose, gold, and graphite($9).

Also available in 4 and 6-device in various colors. Max price $12.

Pros: Perfect for anyone on a tight budget. This is a good choice since it comes preprogrammed for Roku and Samsung TVs.

Ease of use and minimal setup with an easy-to-follow online setup video, auto-scan technology, and a master volume control.

The remote includes a Blu-ray/DVD player open/close button and advanced DVR functions. The simple menu navigation, a dash button for sub-channel access, and a one-touch streaming button take you straight to media platforms on your different devices.

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku Streaming Stick, Fire TV Stick, or other RF streaming devices.

For Roku users, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also doesn’t have the asterisk button or voice functionality.

Customer reviews: “It works great with the streaming interfaces like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. It took me a while to find a back button for these interfaces, but the A button does the trick.”

Hand holding a RCA Universal Ultra Slim 4 Device Remote Control Platinum Pro.

6. RCA Universal Ultra Slim 4 Device Remote Control Platinum Pro

Price: $16

Customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 4 devices

Options: Also available in 3-device ($11) and 8-device versions ($24)

Pros: Easy set-up and programming with automatic, brand, manual and direct code search methods. Works well with many Roku streaming devices.

Ergonomic, ultra-slim (1/2″ thick) design with fully backlit keys and clearly identified labeling for simple navigation.

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku streaming stick, Fire TV stick, or other RF (radio frequency) streaming devices.

For Roku users, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also doesn’t have the asterisk button or voice functionality.

Customer reviews: “I’m using this to control my Samsung TV, Roku, and Apple TV. It’s easy to program and has codes for streaming devices (Roku, Apple TV, etc.). It’s ergonomically shaped and has the minimum number of useful buttons in a logical layout. Some buttons light up, and the illumination button glows in the dark.”

“As many Roku owners have discovered, it’s impossible to pair their remote to many audio devices. That goes for some soundbars and many more advanced standalone audio receivers. I was hoping this three-device remote with a learning mode would fix that, but it does not.”

GE Big Button Universal Remote Control.

7. GE Big Button Universal Remote Control

Price: Under $9

Customer rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Connects to: 2 devices

Options: Also available in a 4-device option ($12).

Pros: This remote is preprogrammed to use with Samsung TVs and Roku devices. It has a comprehensive code library, trouble-free auto-scan technology, and master volume control.

Large simplified keyboard: This user-friendly remote is easy to hold and has easy-to-read big buttons. The simple design is perfect for seniors or those with impaired vision.

Cons: Does NOT work with Roku streaming stick, Fire TV stick, or other RF (radio frequency) streaming devices.

For Roku users, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. It also doesn’t have the asterisk button or voice functionality.

Customer reviews: “I’m a senior, not very tech-savvy, and have poor eyesight anyway. I like the really big buttons. It took me 10 minutes to read everything and get it working. If I can do it, anyone in the world can.”

What universal remote are you going to purchase?