Best remote for Amazon Fire TV iMore 2021
The Amazon Fire TV streaming media players come with a remote control in the box that allows you to perform all of the basic functions on your Fire TV device with ease. If you want some more functionality from your remote, or yours has broken or mysteriously disappeared into the void down the back of the couch, then we have listed the best options available to make things easy for you.
- Best overall: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)
- Previous-gen: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen)
- Motion control: WeChip W1 Fly Mouse
- The original: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen)
- Control more: Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment
- Add keys: iPazzPort Mini Wireless Keyboard
- Affordable option: Allimity CV98LM Fire TV Remote Control
- Universal controls: SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote
Best overall: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (3rd Gen)Staff Pick
Going with Amazon's latest first-party remote guarantees you a solid experience. The newest official Alexa Voice Remote has a couple of additions over the previous version including shortcut buttons for some of the most popular streaming services, a guide button for seeing channel and program listings from all your live TV apps in one place, and an Alexa-branded mic button.
Previous-gen: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (2nd Gen)
Not everyone is a fan of streaming app shortcut buttons, especially if they are for services you don't subscribe to or use. If that's you, you can skip the 3rd gen remote and go for the previous-gen model which is still available and has all of the buttons needed for controlling content, invoking Alexa, controlling volume, and more.
Motion control: WeChip W1 Fly Mouse
This remote features the usual buttons, but also adds some other unique features like a built-in gyroscope for using it similarly to the Wii controller for navigation. It also has a QWERTY keyboard on the back for text entry. It requires a USB so it won't work with all Fire TV models, however.
The original: Amazon Alexa Voice Remote (1st Gen)
This official Alexa remote is essentially the same as the 2nd gen version but lacks the dedicated volume buttons. It still has all of Alexa's voice control smarts and works with the non-4K Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, and even the original Amazon Fire TV models.
Control more: Sideclick Universal Remote Attachment
Sideclick clips onto the side of your existing Fire TV remote and adds control for the basic functions of your TV, receiver, soundbar, Blu-ray player, and more. It saves you juggling multiple remotes while allowing you to continue using features of your original Fire TV remote like Alexa voice controls.
Add keys: iPazzPort Mini Wireless Keyboard
If you're happy with your current Alexa Voice Remote but wish text entry was just a little easier, this wireless keyboard attachment is for you. It provides a backlit QWERTY keyboard with handy media controls to the back of your remote and the silicone sleeve makes it easy to attach or detach.
Affordable option: Allimity CV98LM Fire TV Remote Control
This is a no-frills remote that does the basics well. It works with the Amazon Fire TV Stick and original Fire TV Box and offers simple navigation and playback controls. Note that there's no voice control and it does not support some of the newest Fire TV devices.
Universal controls: SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote
If you want to control your Fire TV Stick and the rest of your home entertainment system, a universal remote is the best thing to pick up. SofaBaton is an affordable option and uses IR and Bluetooth to control Fire TV devices (except 1st-gen) as well as your sound system, TV, projectors, DVD players, and more.
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