The only 9 replacement Roku TV remote options you should consider

Lost your Roku TV remote? Did your Roku TV remote stop working? Here are the only replacement Roku TV remote options you should consider.

So my 2-year old daughter is a chewer. She not only chewed my Sharp Roku TV remote and broke the "OK" button but ended up swallowing it.

Shaking My Head

Suddenly, I found myself in the market for Sharp Roku TV remote replacement. [Read: My Smart Home setup – All gadgets and apps I use in my automated home]

After extensive research and looking at various types available, here is a list of what I consider as the 8 9 best replacement Roku TV remote options.

I will list the pros and cons to help you pick the right one. I will also share the one I ended up picking.

April 19, 2021: A week after I published this post, Roku announced the new Roku Voice Remote Pro. This post has been edited to reflect that.

Roku TV Remotes

There are several options for a replacement Roku TV remote. In fact, searching for one can be overwhelming. Most of them are basically identical.

But there are some that differ and offer advanced features and convenience. The list below covers almost all (if not all) types of replacement remotes for Roku TV you will find in the market.

Types of Roku TV Remotes

Officially there 5 Roku TV remote variations:

  1. Simple Remote - Basic, Infrared only remote. Requires you to point directly at the device to work reliably. No voice support or private listening options. Most third-party or after-market Roku remotes also belong to this category and are cheaper than official remotes.
  2. Voice Remote - Includes a built-in microphone for voice support. In addition, it can be pointed anywhere to control the TV.
  3. Enhanced Remote - Includes features of simple and voice remotes, plus, a headphone jack for private listening.
  4. Gaming Remote - Include all of the above features, plus, A/B gaming button and motion control.
  5. Roku Mobile App - This is the most featureful of all remotes. It is free, supports voice, point anywhere, private listening, and more. It also allows you to manage multiple devices and even browse for content.

In this article, you will find a replacement remote for Roku TV in all of the above categories.

Replacement Roku TV Remote Compatibility

Most official remotes are compatible or made to work with any Roku product. Unofficial Roku TV remotes are mostly only compatible with Roku players and TVs (HiSense, TCL, Sharp, Onn, Insignia, Westinghouse, and more), not streaming sticks.

Replacement Roku Tv Remote Compatibility
Most Third-Party/Unofficial Replacement Roku Tv Remotes Do Not Work With Roku Sticks

How to replace a Roku Remote (Pairing)?

Roku remotes are paired up to their device during manufacturing. But pairing new remotes to devices is extremely simple and one of the following methods should work:

  • Plug and Play - Most IR remotes work out of the box. This is true for all after-market/third-party replacement Roku TV remotes listed below. In fact, many of them do not even have a sync/pair button.
  • Enchanced Remotes - Put new batteries in (or remove and re-insert batteries) and place the remote near the TV. It should automatically pair.
  • Pair/Sync Button - Many enhanced remotes also have a pair/sync button inside the battery compartment. Press and hold the button for about 5 seconds. The LED pairing light should turn on and the pairing process should start. The pair/sync button also resets the Roku TV remote.
  • Mobile App - Mobile app should automatically find Roku devices connected to the same network. Connect to any Roku device using the mobile phone app. Once connected, the app can help you pair a Roku remote. Find and click Find Remote and the device should start looking for nearby remotes. This method is said to pair even enhanced remotes with unsupported/older streaming sticks.

Replacement Roku TV Remote Options

With the basic information about Roku TV remotes explained, let us look at what you actually came here for. The 8 9 best replacement remotes for Roku TV. Whether you are replacing a broken Roku TV remote like me or just looking to upgrade your Roku remote, these 8 9 options should steer you in the right direction.

1-ClickTech Roku TV Replacement Remotes

That's right, I have listed an unofficial Roku TV remote as the top option (and no I am not paid to do this). You will see why I picked this one over the official offerings.

Right off the bat, there is nothing fancy about these two remotes - no point anywhere or voice features. But there are some things I really love.

Pros Cons
  • Very strong IR. I did not even have to have a line of sight for this one to work.
  • Customizable shortcut buttons - 4 or 6 depending on the model.
  • Shortcut buttons can be disabled.
  • No setup required.
  • Affordable.
  • No voice support.
  • No private listening with headphones.
  • Not compatible with Roku streaming sticks.

1-clicktech offers two different models.

1. 1-clicktech Roku TV Remote with 4 Shortcuts - $10

This Roku TV replacement remote offers 4 customizable shortcuts. This is the model I picked and disabled the shortcuts I do not use. It even allows you to remap the keys to another supported service (as long as you do not mind the mismatched logo/icon on the key).

1-Clicktech Remote For Roku Tv With 4 Shortcuts
1-Clicktech Remote For Roku Tv With 4 Shortcuts

For only about $10, this one is an excellent pick and, in my opinion, a no-brainer over the official simple remote.

2. 1-clicktech Roku TV Remote with 6 Shortcuts - $12

1-clicktech also offers a model with 6 customizable shortcut buttons. This one again is fully customizable with supported services.

1-Clicktech Remote For Roku Tv With 6 Shortcuts
1-Clicktech Remote For Roku Tv With 6 Shortcuts

If you are into multiple OTP or streaming services, then this 6-shortcut Roku TV remote might be a better choice for only a couple of dollars more.

Official Roku Remotes

Official Roku remotes are of excellent quality. They are known for their minimalistic design compared to traditional remotes.

Roku Voice Remote (Official) For Roku Players And Roku Tvs
Roku Voice Remote (Official) For Roku Players And Roku Tvs

Visually, there are no major differences between the official Roku physical remotes.

The biggest drawback with official Roku remotes is that there is no way to tell which 4 shortcut buttons you will receive. This appears to be changing constantly, presumably based on which service offers more money to Roku of this premium spot.

Roku also offers a gaming remote, which also includes some gaming features (two extra A/B gaming buttons and motion control), in addition to voice support and private listening. This remote is not discussed in this post.

3. Simple Remote - $15

The official Roku simple remote, as the name suggests is the simplest of all official remotes.

It is usually bundled with inexpensive Roku streaming sticks such as the Express and Premier. It is also often included with some of the more affordable or older Roku TV models. In fact, my 2-year old TCL 55R615 model came with this simple remote.

Roku Simple Remote Compatibility
Roku Simple Remote Compatibility
Pros Cons
  • Official Roku remote
  • No way to customize or predict what 4 shortcuts the remote you purchase will have.
  • Infrared-based and therefore requires a line of sight (point directly at Roku TV) to operate effectively.
  • No voice support.
  • No private listening with headphones.

Some of the third-party replacement Roku TV remotes, especially the 1-clicktech remotes listed above, provide more advanced features than the Roku simple remote. So if you are looking for a basic Roku TV replacement remote, then I would pick one of the cheaper after-market Roku remotes.

4. Voice Remote - $20

The official Roku voice remote is the next level from the simple remote. It is usually bundled with certain model TVs and Roku media players.

Roku Voice Remote Compatibility
Roku Voice Remote Compatibility

The Roku Voice Remote, as the name suggests, adds voice command support with the built-in microphone. In addition, it also supports point anywhere feature for controlling the TV, unlike the simple IR remote.

Pros Cons
  • Official Roku remote
  • Built-in microphone and voice support.
  • Point anywhere RF remote.
  • No way to customize or predict what 4 shortcuts the remote you purchase will have.
  • No private listening with headphones.

This is one of the most common replacement Roku TV remote models. If you are a fan of the official remotes then this is a great choice.

5. Voice Remote Pro - $30

In April 2021, Roku released the all new Roku Voice Remote Pro. At this point, it does not seem to be bundled with any devices but I am sure will be part of future offerings.

Roku Voice Remote Pro Compatibility
Roku Voice Remote Pro Compatibility

It is available for purchase for just $30.

Roku Voice Remote Pro - $30
Roku Voice Remote Pro - $30

The Roku Voice Remote Pro is an upgraded version of the Voice remote. Compared to the regular voice remote, the Pro version includes an always-listening microphone and rechargeable batteries. Unlike the regular voice remote, it also includes an headphone jack for private listening.

Pros Cons
  • Official Roku remote
  • Built-in always-on microphone and voice support.
  • Point anywhere RF remote.
  • Rechargeable batteries that supposedly last up to 2 months.
  • Private listening with headphones.
  • No way to customize or predict what 4 shortcuts the remote you purchase will have.

With this new release, the Roku Voice Remote Pro is the most featureful remote you will find.

6. Enhanced Voice Remote - $30

The Roku enhanced voice remote offers everything that the simple and voice remotes offer, plus, built-in headphone jack for private listening.

In my opinion, the private listening option is one of the best features of Roku devices. This is used very commonly in our household to watch stuff without disturbing the other members, especially during sleep.

Roku Enhanced Remote With Voice Comparability
Roku Enhanced Remote With Voice Comparability

Although the device compatibility is quite stringent, it is possible to pair an enhanced remote with older devices. Connect to the device using the mobile Roku app and select find remote. Using this method, you should be able to pair an older Roku device, including streaming sticks, to the enhanced remote.

Pros Cons
  • Official Roku remote
  • Built-in microphone and voice support.
  • Point anywhere RF remote.
  • Built-in headphone jack for private listening.
  • No way to customize or predict what 4 shortcuts the remote you purchase will have.

With the release of the Voice Remote Pro for exactly the same price, I am not sure if the Enhanced remote is a good value for the money anymore. Unless you hate rechargeable batteries and always-on microphones (for privacy concerns), in my opinion, there is no reason to consider the enhanced remote over the new Voice Remote Pro at the same price point.

7. Roku Mobile App and Remote - Free

The last official replacement remote for Roku TV is probably one of the best, in my opinion: Roku Mobile App. It is versatile, feature-rich, and more importantly free.

The Official Roku Mobile App
The Official Roku Mobile App
Pros Cons
  • Official Roku remote
  • Voice commands via mobile device.
  • Point anywhere - sort of as remote commands are sent via network.
  • Private listening - all Roku models and devices supported.
  • Multi-device support.
  • Ability to browse and stream content.
  • A phone or mobile device is always needed to control the TV. This can be an inconvenience or a benefit depending on your personal preference.

Honestly, if you are a minimalist and don't like gadgets lying around, then the Roku app is a great option as one almost always has a smartphone around them these days.

Other Third-Party Remotes

In addition to the 1-clicktech after-market remote listed above, I am listing two more replacement Roku TV remotes here, each for a specific reason.

8. OEM Standard Replacement Remote for Roku TV - $12

This is an OEM standard replacement remote for Roku TVs (including Onn, Sharp, Hisense, TCL, and more) and is slightly cheaper.

Oem Standard Replacement Remote For Roku Tv
Oem Standard Replacement Remote For Roku Tv

Other than it being slightly cheaper, I do not see any other reason to go for this one. If you prefer the official look but prefer the unofficial price then go for this one.

9. Gvirtue Universal Replacement Remote Control - $10

There is hardly any difference between the hundreds of Roku TV replacement remotes available online. Therefore, the main reason I listed one below is for: can you guess it based on the picture?

Gvirtue Universal Replacement Remote Control For Roku Tv
Gvirtue Universal Replacement Remote Control For Roku Tv

Yes, the shape of the remote. If you hate the typical Roku remote shape and prefer a more traditional remote shape then pick this one. Other than that, there is nothing special about this replacement remote for Roku Televisions.

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Final Thoughts on Replacement Remotes for Roku TVs

When my Sharp Roku TV remote broke, I almost freaked out thinking it was going to cost a lot (around $50) to replace the remote. After my research, I was pleasantly surprised with the number of replacement Roku TV remote options.

I could find remotes for as low as $7. But understanding the types of available remotes and picking the right one took a bit of work.

I am extremely satisfied with my 1-clicktech remote. I have disabled the unused shortcut channels - no more accidentally starting a channel. However, I wish there was a way to reprogram the shortcuts to any channel I want (eg. Plex) rather than a set of specified channels.

My hope was to share my learnings with you and simplify your search for a replacement remote for Roku TV. If you have other options that worked great for you, please share them with the rest of the readers in the comment section.

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