Securing the best replacement remote for your electronic devices is a process that requires a little time and effort. In order to find the remote that will control all your devices, require little maintenance, and come with a decent price tag, you may need to do some comparison shopping. Fortunately, there are several ways to accomplish this task.
One of the first approaches to consider is contacting the manufacturer of your electronic devices. Assuming your warranty covers a replacement remote, you may not have to do any comparison shopping at all. However, since many people do not buy televisions, sound systems, and DVD players from the same manufacturer, it is doubtful that you can secure a universal remote control by contacting the manufacturer. At best, you can get some recommendations for universal remotes that are configured to work with your devices.
Another strategy is to conduct an online search. There are many retailers that sell replacement remote controls via the Internet. One advantage to this approach is that you can limit your search by using the names of the companies that manufactured your electronic devices, and specifying how many devices you want to control with a single universal remote. If you simply need a TV remote, there will be plenty of options. Even if you want a replacement remote that will control your television, DVD player, and music system, you’ll still find a number of remote control devices to select from.
Don’t overlook auction sites as you search for a replacement remote. Today, many sellers purchase items in bulk from retailers that go out of business, and offer their products at discounted prices. You can often bid on a replacement remote for a fraction of the retail cost, and still get a quality product that is covered by a manufacturer warranty.
If nothing turns up online, try your local electronics shops and discount retailers. Make sure to read the packaging carefully to confirm that the remote you are considering will work with all the devices you have in mind. Also pay close attention to the programming instructions. While many replacement remote controls can be programmed with little trouble, some do require several steps to set up each individual device. Go for one that offers a simple solution, rather than a remote that requires multiple steps to lock in each device.
In all cases, consider the cost of the replacement remote you select. Some are very cheap in price, but work just as well as other models that carry a bigger price tag. Keep in mind that a higher price is not necessarily a guarantee of superior quality. Go with a name brand you know and trust, as long as the price is within your budget. The remote will last longer and you’ll be happier with your purchase over the long-term.