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Find the Best Remotes for Your Smart Home in 2022
Best Buy Guide

Find the Best Remotes for Your Smart Home in 2022

A smart remote is a a simple device that can control your smart home devices. Smart remotes come in many shapes and sizes, featuring a wide range of functions. Plenty of manufacturers offer smart buttons, remotes, and keyfobs these days, and it’s easy to get lost in all the options. That’s why we’ve covered six products that you should consider in 2022. Take a look!

How Do Smart Remotes Work?

Like conventional remotes or switches, smart remotes can turn your devices on and off and control them in various ways. However, they offer plenty of additional features compared to their dumb counterparts. 

Smart remotes usually pair with a smart home hub like Homey, providing access through a wireless protocol like Zigbee, Z-Wave, 433 MHz, or Bluetooth. Once installed, you’ll be able to use the remote control with end devices like lights, speakers, garage doors, or fans while retaining the capability to manage these devices via your smartphone or tablet. 

Smart buttons, remotes, and keyfobs all work in a similar way, but there are some notable differences between them. 

Smart remotes and buttons normally come with an outer plastic or metallic case. Some offer holders that you can wall-mount with screws or a double-sided tape, but of course, you can just leave the remote on your coffee table or nightstand. 

On the other hand, smart keyfobs have a slightly different form factor. As their name suggests, they are primarily portable and easy to attach to your keys.

While some of these devices only feature a single button, they recognize double or triple-tap gestures and long presses. The specific actions are assigned by the user, and home automation can thus be customized in many interesting ways.

In a similar fashion, multi-button smart remotes and keyfobs can be used for dimming, color selection, volume control, or running home automation with Homey Flows. The choice is yours.

Top Smart Remotes You Should Consider

Here are our top picks featuring a comparison table with the tech specs. Below it, you'll find a comprehensive guide for each product.

BrandModelPriceSizeButtonsProtocolBatteryBattery LifetimeHomey Pro SupportHomey Beta Support
XiaomiAqara Wireless Mini Switch€1745 x 45 x 12 cm1ZigbeeCR20322 yearsYesYes
PhilipsHue Dimmer Switch€25125 x 15 x 80 mm 4ZigbeeCR24503 yearsYesNo
IKEAStyrbar€1318 x 72 x 72 mm4Zigbee2x AAA2 yearsYesYes
KlikAanKlikUit Remote AYCT-102€19130 x 35 x 16 mm10433 MHzCR20322 yearsYesYes
AeotecWallMote€5576 x 76 x 10 mm4Z-WaveInternal2 yearsYesYes
FibaroKeyfob€5970 x 38 x 15 mm6Z-WaveCR24502 yearsYesYes
Neo CoolcamZ-Wave SOS/Remote Control€2950 x 45 x 12 mm4Z-WaveCR20322 yearsYesNo

Aqara Wireless Mini Switch

Available at EUR 17

Aqara Wireless Mini Switch
  • Minimalist design
  • Supports various gestures
  • Easy to install

The Aqara Wireless Mini Switch is a versatile smart button that works as an auxiliary remote control for smart home devices. The button's design adheres to the aesthetics of other Aqara products, given its minimalist white casing with rounded corners.

The Mini Switch supports single, double, and triple tap, and long press, too! Each of these can trigger a unique action in Homey.

The device connects via Zigbee to Homey Pro or Homey Bridge, and afterwards, its button can be paired with any other smart home accessories. For example, you can use it as a doorbell that plays a specific sound on your Sonos speakers and sends a notification to your phone. This switch can also act as an emergency button, triggering an alarm sound.

The Mini Switch uses only one CR2032 battery, estimated to last around two years. The button itself is quite sturdy and can survive up to 50,000 presses.

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch

Available at EUR 25

Philips Hue Dimmer Switch
  • Wireless
  • Detachable from the magnetic wall mount
  • Long battery life
  • Expensive
  • No Homey Bridge support

The Philips Hue Dimmer Switch is the golden standard of smart home remote control. Its controller part can be detached from the magnetic wall mount and used as any other remote control. Of course, you can simply leave it lying around.

Its design resembles a North American wall switch, but because it’s completely wireless, it only allows you to manage devices that are already smart – so no, you can’t use this switch to simply retrofit your old dumb lights. Also, keep in mind that Hue devices require the purchase of the Hue Bridge to enable advanced features of the Hue ecosystem. That represents an additional investment.

Initially, it takes some time to get used to the device’s unique button layout, but that shouldn't be a deal-breaker. 

Once paired with Homey Pro, the Philips Hue App for Homey gives you additional options over the regular Hue application. For instance, you can get creative with assigning preferred actions to whichever button you want. The dimmer button can thus serve not only for dimming smart lights but also for triggering Flows or smart blind control.

IKEA Styrbar

Available at EUR 13

IKEA Styrbar
  • Wireless
  • Affordable
  • Brushed metallic case
  • Bulky

The IKEA Styrbar remote control allows you to control diverse devices with a few clicks, setting up a cozy home environment.

When paired with Homey Pro or Homey Bridge, you can assign whichever actions you want to the remote's four buttons. For example, you can use them for opening and closing the blinds or dimming and changing the color of your smart lights. With Homey Flows, it's even possible to trigger multiple actions at once or make them happen in whichever sequence you desire.

IKEA almost hit the jackpot with the design. With its clean lines and brushed stainless steel finish, it’s a surprisingly stylish device fit for any interior, modern or traditional. Unfortunately, the device is quite thick and sticks out from its wall mount.

Like the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch, IKEA’s remote control has a maximum range of about 10 meters indoors. On top of that, you can create a mesh network with Zigbee routing devices to extend the range and cover a more sizable household.

KlikAanKlikUit Remote AYCT-102

Available at EUR 19

KlikAanKlikUit Remote AYCT-102
  • Controls up to 40 devices or Flows
  • Affordable
  • The case is a bit plasticky

KlikAanKlikUit is a Dutch brand that tries to make smart home more accessible. With a wide range of affordable accessories, the company offers various ways to automate your home, from lighting to curtains to security.

Thanks to its 10 programmable buttons and 4 channels, KlikAanKlikUit’s smart remote control has the ability to control up to 40 other smart devices, or run 40 Homey Flows.

The only thing to keep in mind is that since this device runs on the 433 MHz protocol, a physical hub like Homey Pro or Homey Bridge is required to make it work. That way, the remote will work with smart light bulbs, smart sockets, smart thermostat, and many other accessories. 

KlikAanKlikUit's remote can be especially helpful for people who want complete control over their smart home, and they want it at their fingertips. Based on our own experience, we feel inclined to say: go get yourself one of these devices.

Aeotec WallMote

Available at EUR 55

Aeotec WallMote
  • Multiple gestures supported
  • Rechargeable battery
  • LED light feedback
  • Expensive

The Aeotec WallMote is a unique device in this category. Of course, you can use it to control other devices or activate Homey Flows with just a touch of your finger. However, the WallMote supports single-press, long-press, and swipes per square, allowing for plenty of control combinations.

It's also interactive and its LED lights will blink blue when you successfully send out commands and receive responses from other devices. Moreover, the remote includes a haptic engine provides a physical reaction for every action.

It can be wall-mounted anywhere in your home. Its an antenna has the ability to communicate over 100 meters away from your Homey Pro or Homey Bridge, since it utilizes a cutting edge Z-Wave Plus chip for maximum efficiency.

Generally speaking, Aeotec's remote never misses any button presses, and the delay between executing commands like turning the lights on or off is almost non-existent. By using the WallMote, you'll be able to make all of your home automation more responsive.

The remote's internal battery lasts for up to 2 years, and it's rechargeable via microUSB.

Fibaro Keyfob

Available at EUR 59

Fibaro Keyfob
  • Portable
  • Great design
  • Z-Wave range and security
  • Pricey

The Fibaro Keyfob is a Z-Wave device that gives you the power to manage various smart home devices in your house with just one push of a button. The first thing you'll notice about Fibaro's smart remote is its size. It's small enough to fit on your keychain without taking too much space. It also has a sleek design plus 6 programmable buttons that give it an elegant look.

Get complete control of your smart home by pairing the keyfob with smart lighting, smart plugs, or your sound system. This tiny gadget can also be used as an additional remote for your smart TV or any other device supported by Homey Pro or Homey Bridge

The keyfob’s battery can last up to 2 years. And when the time comes, you’ll be informed – Homey Energy offers a battery status overview for all your battery-powered devices, the Fibaro Keyfob included.

Neo Coolcam Z-Wave SOS / Remote Control

Available at EUR 29

Neo Coolcam Z-Wave SOS / Remote Control
  • Portable
  • Z-Wave range and security
  • No Homey Bridge support

The smart home market is seeing a lot of new technology and innovative devices as companies look for new use cases. That's why Neo Coolcam has recently introduced its Z-Wave SOS / Remote Control – a smart home remote control that can help you automate your smart home with the power of Z-Wave, while also functioning as a panic button.

The remote control is easy to program and convenient to use. Its 3 regular buttons can trigger 6 actions, and thanks to its small size, the controller is convenient to carry around. Made of sturdy ABS plastic, the housing is not easy to break nor to crack.

As mentioned, the keyfob also features a dedicated SOS button. It can be used to activate the alarm, call for help, or send a notification to all family members using your Homey Pro. This is especially useful for the elderly and children, as the button is always easy to see and quickly press.

The Best Smart Remote in 2022

There’s something for everyone on our list, and we’d hardly make a better decision than you would. However, if you’re looking for the most versatile product, the Philips Hue Dimmer Switch offers many things in a single package, since it's portable but you can mount it on a wall, too.

As for high-end solutions, Fibaro's Z-Wave keyfob allows you to control your devices while giving you a functional accessory to add to your keys. The Aeotec WallMote provides a luxurious, feature-packed solution for wall-mounted remote control.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Aqara button is a no-brainer when you just need an affordable single-button control. And when it comes to multi-button functionality, we highly recommend the KlikAanKlikUit Remote AYCT-102.

Please note that all of the devices here require a physical Homey hub to be integrated with Homey.

Conclusion

When looking for the best smart remote, the first thing people normally consider is its compatibility with their smart home system. Fortunately, with Homey, you don’t have to worry about a thing, since Homey Pro and Homey Bridge cover standards like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave, and many others, connecting to various brands and devices.

There are many options, so to make things simpler for you, we’ve compiled this list of the top smart remotes. We hope it simplifies your shopping experience. And don’t forget – all of the switches listed here work flawlessly with Homey!

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