If you are planning to change your old thermostat, one of these smart models might just fit your needs.
When Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers exposed their first-gen Nest Learning Thermostat in the year 2011, they ignited interest in a previously overlooked part of the home. All of a sudden, folks were paying attention to more than thermostat functionality — they were looking at design and the possibility of integrating their heating and cooling systems into their app-centric connected worlds.
But, Nest (better Google’s Nest) did more than just showcase smart design and offer an outlet for tech savvy consumers; it also inspired other companies (ecobee, honeywell, etc.) to create their own versions of the DIY smart thermostat.
The innovative heat and AC incubators that have emerged are all slight variations on the same energy-efficient, customization-focused theme. Still, each one did something a bit different in terms of features and final execution. Take a look a the five smart thermostats we’ve reviewed so far to see if you might be ready for an upgrade.
All the listed thermostats below are the same price tag range (~ 250 USD); so the price won’t be a criteria for your decision. Look into the functionality, and the customer reviews.
Ecobee’s Ecobee3 Smart Thermostat
The $249 Ecobee3 (as of October 2014) is a Wi-Fi and mobile app enabled thermostat that relies on its sensors to detect whether you’re home or away. You can still schedule the thermostat the old-fashioned way, but this thermostat’s adaptive sensors know that your routine can be unpredictable. So, it will automatically cancel Away mode if the motion and proximity sensors sense that you’ve come back home unexpectedly — all so that you can be as comfortable as possible. Isn’t this feature nice? And also, the researches show us that almost 75% of the programmable thermostat owners never program their thermostats (Unbelievable)! Ecobee’s thermostat does the work itself.
You can read more on Ecobee3 Smart thermostat here: A completely new design from Ecobee (which may disturb Nest)
Google’s Nest Learning Thermostat
The $249 (October 2014) Nest Learning Thermostat wasn’t the first smart or mobile app supported model for the customers, but its unique design definitely changed the game in programmable thermostat market. Its radial dial takes cues from retro thermostats, but some clever tweaks gave it modern appeal. And, its learning algorithm adapts to your comings and goings so you don’t have to worry about setting fixed Home and Away schedules (very helpful – especially for non-tech-savy people). Your Nest will also send you energy reports based on your usage patterns to gently guide you toward a more efficient, economical heating and cooling routine (go green ).
You can read our detailed review through this link: Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation
Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat
The $250 (October 2014) Lyric thermostat was designed to compete directly with the Nest – as you can see easily from its design. But, instead of a Nest-style learning algorithm or Ecobee3-esque adaptive sensors, the Lyric relies heavily on geofencing. You can set either a 500-foot or 7-mile range and when it senses that you’re out of range, it will auto-set to Away mode. When it detects that you’re back within range, it will kick Home mode back on so it’s nice and cozy by the time you reach your front door. The initial feedback from the customers are not good and the overall rating of the product is in the middle (2.8 stars out of 5)
Here is some reviews from the real customers: Honeywell Lyric Wi-fi enabled thermostat reviews
Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
The $180 (October 2014) Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat take more of a traditional approach to smart heating and cooling. It has a rectangular design (like the first digital thermostats) that mimics a lot of the programmable thermostats on the market today. But, it also offers a similar learning algorithm functionality as Nest’s (a big plus for me). If you like the traditional thermostat look but want something smart and adaptable, Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat will be your choice.
Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control
The $282 (October 2014) Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control is nearly identical to the brand’s standard Wi-Fi Smart version, but it has a ‘cooler’ black finish and voice command capabilities. That means that you can make temperature adjustments totally hands-free. The list of questions and commands is ever-expanding and has already grown significantly, and continuing to grow. So, if you’d rather not leave the comfort of your couch and don’t want to mess with an app all the time, Honeywell’s Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control might make a lot of sense.
Have you decided which one is the best for your needs? Or you need to take a look to our updated programmable thermostat list?