I was using 3 separate remote controls for my TV, DVD player and Roku box and decided that I had to find a universal remote that could handle all three devices. I wasn’t looking for anything flashy. The Roku is a simple device, so I wanted a simple remote that didn’t cost too much money.
Option #1 – RCA RCR323BZ
This is the one I chose personally for myself. The RCA RCR323BZ 3-Device Universal Remote works great with my Roku Premier. At only $7, the remote is cheaper than purchasing the original remote control from Roku.com and has all Roku button functionality. The Roku Code is “53061”.
Option #2 – Sony RM-VZ220
If a 3-device remote doesn’t work for you, The Sony RM-VZ220 remote is only $4 more, supports up to 7 devices, and works with the Roku as well. At first I was a bit disappointed with the Sony remote because I couldn’t figure out which button took you back to the previous menu. After some research, I found the “Up” button on the remote functions as “Back”. However, the remote is missing an asterisk/star (*) button. Personally, I am getting by fine without it as there are often other ways to reach any menu that requires pressing that button.
Option #3 – Third Party Replacement
If you’re not a fan of a universal remote for your Roku and want a cheap solution, there is a third-party Roku remote made by Aigen that works with Roku 1, 2, and 3. it looks and feels just like the true Roku remote.
For me, the two universal remotes provide a wonderful solution. I’m down to one remote in each room and loving it.
Thanks to Travis K. for the tip on the RCA remote.