Best Nest Thermostats

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 5, 2019
Is your home's old thermostat feeling outdated and not very efficient with energy? The best solution to this is to buy a new Nest thermostat. Read our reviews of five of the best smart thermostats available, and choose the best one for your home! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Control Type
HVAC Compatibility
Power Supply
Display Type
Programming Type
Warranty
 
PROS

At the expense of the Furnace Heads-Up technology, the device keeps statistics on the duration of operation of heating devices, and in the case of a sharp decrease in their efficiency, notifies you of this: this function allows you to identify failures at the initial stage in order to prevent equipment breakdown.

CONS

Needs a high-quality router for a stable Wi-Fi connection.

OUR VERDICT

This 3rd generation smart thermostat is equipped with the latest developments regarding self-learning, so it will surely surprise you: it knows when you leave for work, when you come home, when you fall asleep and wake up - all this in order to make the climate in your home the most comfortable possible.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Remote: via a Wi-Fi connection, from the iOS and Android-based mobile devices (through the Nest app)

Voice control via built-in Amazon Alexa

Manual: via the mechanical ring

HVAC Compatibility

Heating and cooling systems, humidifiers / dehumidifiers, boilers

Power Supply

C-wire powered (Built-in rechargeable battery for emergency power)

Display Type

Large "Farsight" LCD-display (2.08"), adjustable brightness

Programming Type

Smart Learning Technology, Furnace Heads-Up technology, Preset energy-saving schedules, Adjustable program schedules

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to the built-in ECO mode, you can significantly reduce energy costs: its activation keeps the room temperature comfortable for a stay. Also, the device reminds you to regularly replace filters in air conditioning systems.

CONS

Relatively small screen size (1.75").

OUR VERDICT

The previous version of the revolutionary Nest thermostat differs from the latest model in its smaller screen size, has fewer sensors, and is also equipped with a less powerful Wi-Fi module. However, it has an order of magnitude lower cost, although it has all the smart functions for managing climate technology.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Remote: via a Wi-Fi connection, from the iOS and Android-based mobile devices (through the Nest app)

Voice control via built-in Amazon Alexa

Manual: via the mechanical ring

HVAC Compatibility

Heating and cooling systems, humidifiers / dehumidifiers, boilers

Power Supply

C-wire powered (Built-in rechargeable battery for emergency power)

Display Type

Medium LCD-display (1.75"), adjustable brightness

Programming Type

Smart Learning Technology, Preset energy-saving schedules, Adjustable program schedules

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Included with the device is an attached Room Sensor: it creates an additional point for reading the temperature, and provides an opportunity to get the most accurate measurement results. It is especially important if the climatic equipment heats more than 1 room or an especially large space.

CONS

The installation process of the device is very time consuming.

OUR VERDICT

Of course, today no one is surprised by the compatibility of advanced thermostats with smart home control systems. But this model itself has built-in voice control from Amazon Alexa, so its operation will be even simpler and more intuitive.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Remote: via a Wi-Fi connection, from the iOS and Android-based mobile devices (through the Ecobee app)

Voice control via built-in Amazon Alexa

Manual: via the touchscreen

HVAC Compatibility

Heating and cooling systems, humidifiers / dehumidifiers, boilers

Power Supply

C-wire powered (Built-in rechargeable battery for emergency power)

Display Type

Large LCD-display, adjustable brightness

Programming Type

Smart Learning Technology, Preset energy-saving schedules, Adjustable program schedules

Warranty

3 years

PROS

You can program the bright customizable full-color screen to match the surrounding décor. The Intelligent Alert system is highly customizable as well. The Vacation Hold and Holiday/Event modes will allow you to suspend the schedule while you're away on a holiday or set a specific schedule for this period of time.

CONS

You'll have to spend some time to figure out the model's numerous functions.

OUR VERDICT

The Honeywell RTH9580 is one of the most attractive options on the market today. The sheer number of features is impressive in its own right but it is their execution that allows this product to take the room-temperature cake.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Remote: via a Wi-Fi connection, from the iOS and Android-based mobile devices (through the Honeywell app)

Voice control via built-in Amazon Alexa

Manual: via the touchscreen menu

HVAC Compatibility

Heating and cooling systems, boilers

Power Supply

C-wire powered

Display Type

Large rectangular full-color display, bright and customizable screen with the ability to match with the surrounding décor

Programming Type

Preset energy-saving schedules, Adjustable program schedules, Overriding schedules - home, overriding schedules - business

Warranty

1 year

PROS

In addition to the touch screen, the design also provides for a button dial: this method of controlling the device makes it much easier to program the device, especially when it comes to creating a 7-day schedule. Also for each of the 7 days here you can set up to 8 intervals.

CONS

Some users find the mobile app interface inconvenient.

OUR VERDICT

This budget model with built-in Wi-Fi provides the ability to configure the device in such a way as to maintain a stable temperature in the dwelling during your stay there, while achieving the best energy efficiency during your absence.

detailed parameters
Control Type

Remote: via a Wi-Fi connection, from the iOS and Android-based mobile devices (through the Vine app)

Voice control via built-in Amazon Alexa

Manual: via the touchscreen menu and button dial

HVAC Compatibility

Heating and cooling systems, boilers

Power Supply

C-wire powered

Display Type

Large LCD-display, adjustable brightness

Programming Type

Preset energy-saving schedules, Adjustable program schedules

Warranty

3 years

Nest 3rd Generation

Control Your Climate

Our home should always be our sanctuary, where we can go to rest, and to be most comfortable. Part of the comfort that our home should provide is in an ideal climate, where the temperature is just right, where we can relax how we want without being too hot or too cold. One of the best ways to make our home so comfortable is to have a climate system that we can adjust to our liking, especially one that is easy to use, but also one that is energy efficient and which doesn’t run up our electric or heating bills. This seems like a dream scenario that may not be realistic, but believe it or not, it can definitely be a reality.

The Nest Learning Thermostat gives us the ability to control our climate to our liking while still remaining energy efficient. This thermostat features a beautiful display that is easy to read and to operate, showing us the status of the home’s internal climate and allowing for easy adjustments. The thermostat displays the temperature in big letters that can be easily read from across the room, and it can also display both the weather and time, giving you instant access to climate information for both inside and outside of your home. You can even choose to have it display either a digital or anolog clock for displaying the time, whichever is your preference.

Review of Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat

A Style For Every Home

This unique thermostat gives you a choice of styles that will let you choose one to match the interior of your home, coming in your choice of one of four different colors. Whichever one you choose, it is sure to look like a natural part of your home, giving you the information and control over your climate that you need. The thermostat itself is quite easy to operate, and is even compatible with Alexa, allowing you to adjust your climate simply by voice. If voice control isn’t your preference, there is a mobile device app that lets you control the thermostat through WiFi, giving you instant access to the controls from wherever you are.

Along with the easy controls are many additional features that give you unprecedented control over your home’s environment. The Auto-Schedule function lets you set up a regular schedule for controlling the internal climate, letting it automatically adjust the temperature at specific times. This allows you to conserve energy in your home during the day, yet the thermostat can automatically adjust the climate for you in time before you get home from work, letting you come home to an instantly comfortable home. The thermostat can even be set to automatically detect you using its Farsight technology, letting it light up instantly whenever you are detected near the device so you can instantly see the climate information. With these and many other features, this thermostat can provide the ultimate in home comfort.

Nest 3rd Generation Learning Thermostat in the use

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Nest Learning Thermostat

Home Comfort

The one thing we all want to be at home is comfortable. That means that having the things we like all ready for us is important, and that includes having the climate just the way we like it. With traditional thermostats, that often involves us having to periodically adjust the temperature to how we like it, with adjustments often being necessary throughout the day depending on what time of year it is and the climate outside. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if we didn’t have to manually adjust the thermostat, and instead let it adjust itself?

Such a thing is now possible, thanks to the Nest Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation. This automated thermostat gives you a great deal of convenience in adjusting the internal climate of your home, taking away much of the guesswork that is often involved and letting you enjoy your comfort instead of always having to constantly adjust the environment. This learning thermostat features a large, bright display that always shows the temperature in large, clear characters, letting you always see what the internal temperature is like, even from across the room. Other information, including the outside weather and time, can also be displayed, as well as the status of the thermostat’s operation.

Review of Nest Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation

Save Energy While You Are Away

One of the greatest features of this thermostat is that not only is it able to automate much of your comfort, but it can also save you a lot of money in energy costs as well. This is done by the Auto-Away feature, which automatically detects whenever no one is home and shuts down operation in order to save energy. This means that there is no longer a need to worry about turning it off during your work hours, the thermostat can turn itself on and off whenever necessary.

Along with the Auto-Away feature is the Auto-Schedule feature, which lets you schedule times for the thermostat’s operation. For instance, you can schedule it to keep the house cool during the day yet to turn off the cooling system at night when it’s not necessary, or have it start the cooling or heating shortly before you get home from work so you can arrive in an instantly comfortable home. You can even control the thermostat through a mobile app, or even through Alexa if you have an Alexa device in your home. Installation of the thermostat is quite simple, requiring less than 30 minutes for most people to install and setup. After that, your interaction with the device can be kept to a minimum, and it can work automatically to help give you the most comfortable environment for your home.

Nest Learning Thermostat 2nd Generation in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Installing Nest Learning Thermostat (2nd generation)
 

ecobee 4 Smart

Keep Every Room Comfortable

Just having an automated thermostat often isn’t enough for people to justify the additional expense of one. As many new thermostats are automated and include advanced features, the prices of these thermostats tend to also rise, adding a new expense if the homeowner wishes to upgrade their existing thermostat. In order to justify the new cost of one, there has to be some way for it to help reduce the cost of energy in the home. While many advanced thermostats often claim to do this, few actually live up to this claim. The ecobee4 Smart Thermostat is one model that can definitely save you a bundle in energy costs. This smart thermostat includes not only the thermostat itself, but also room sensors for each individual room that lets it closely monitor the climate in each room, automatically keeping it adjusted accordingly. The sensors work by not only monitoring the temperature, but also monitoring the presence of people, which means it can shut off the conditioning for any room that is currently not occupied. This allows the thermostat to efficiently manage energy usage, keeping the climate suitable only when necessary. This feature alone helps make the ecobee4 pay for itself within 2 years of purchase.

Review of ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa

Easy To Install And Use

While many other smart thermostats offer some of the same functions as this model, few are as easy to install or to use. Installation of this thermostat is extremely simple, as the thermostat comes with a self-installation guide with easy to follow instructions, and it should take most homeowners no more than 30 minutes to get it up and running. Once it is installed, operation of the thermostat is also a cinch, with it being controllable by a mobile app that quickly and easily interfaces with the thermostat. In fact, it can even interface with Alexa for voice operation, which makes the operation of the device as simple as humanly possible.

This smart thermostat has plenty of other features that make it one of the best models available. Along with the normal thermostat operation, this model can utilize Alexa for things such as playing music, reading the news, and many other options, making this thermostat useful for far more than just keeping the climate of your home comfortable. Despite these features, though, it excels at keeping a cozy and comfortable home, and also can help any homeowner save up to 23% of their annual energy costs by maintaining a smart watch on your home’s climate.
ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat with Built-In Alexa in the use

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Touchscreen Display

With many of the smart thermostats that are now available, there are tons of features that many of them have to offer. Along with the many different features, though, tends to come a level of complexity that leaves many users out in the cold. Some simple functions on regular thermostats can be buried within a ton of options, or many of the advanced features just have no easy way to take advantage of them. Some of the smart models will advertise abilities that users just can’t figure out how to use. How to make sense of it all?

The Honeywell RTH9580WF Smart Wi-Fi 7 Day Programmable Color Touch Thermostat gives you an easy way to deal with many of the advanced features that it has to offer: just customize your thermostat display to take advantage of them! This smart thermostat includes many of the latest features found in smart thermostats, but also gives you the option to customize what information is given to you. This model features a large touchscreen display that gives you all of the necessary information that it carries, but it also lets you customize which information to display. This lets you easily check all of the necessary information at just a glace, instead of having to hunt through complex menus to find it.
Review of Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Customizable and Efficient

The large display lets you customize even the look of the readout, letting you set it to a color to match your home’s interior, giving you an attractive touchscreen that is easy to use. The touchscreen itself can even be locked, just like with most mobile devices, which ensures that only those who have permission to adjust the settings can do so. Of course, just like with many other smart thermostats, you can use a mobile app for adjusting the settings, or even connect it to Alexa to let you control it using voice commands.

Many of the standard features of smart thermostats can be found here, including the ability to schedule your thermostat to heat or cool the home at certain times, letting you easily control the comfort of your home while saving a bundle on energy costs. The thermostat can even automatically sense the humidity level inside your home and adjust the climate accordingly, ensuring that you’re never left feeling uncomfortable. What’s more, this thermostat can learn from your settings about how to automatically adjust itself for your comfort, saving you time from constantly having to program it. For anyone who wants an easy to use and customizable smart thermostat with all of the needed advanced features, this model is certain to please.
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat in the use

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New Honeywell Wifi Smart Thermostat
 

Vine TJ610W

Affordable Smart Thermostat

Although smart thermostats are all over the place now, many of them are still rather expensive. Despite the claims that many make of being able to pay for themselves through helping you save on energy costs, they can still be expensive enough to dissuade budget-conscious buyers from making the initial purchase. However, not all smart thermostats are so expensive, and here we review a model that is both fully-featured and budget friendly.

The Vine Wi-Fi Programmable Smart Thermostat is an affordable smart thermostat that is easy to use and affordable enough for anyone. This budget-friendly smart thermostat features an easy-to-use touchscreen control panel that lets you easily adjust the climate controls as well as view any other information that it can give you, such as the time, date, weather, etc. The touchscreen is 3.5 inches and gives you a bright, clear display that lets you view the climate information at a simple glance instead of making you hunt through menus just to find what you need. Installation of this model is also quite simple, as it is compatible with most HVAC systems and comes with easy to follow instructions for setting it up and getting it going. Once it is initially set up, it is easy to program and to maintain your home’s comfort.
Review of Vine TJ610W Smart Thermostat

Everything You Need

Despite the fact that this is a very affordable smart thermostat, it is not missing any of the features found on much more expensive models. The thermostat includes the standard 7 day scheduling along with 8 time periods, letting you easily schedule the climate controls of your home to keep it comfortable when you are there and to save on energy costs when you are not. It also includes informative weather forecasting, letting you schedule ahead for hotter or colder days so that you don’t have to constantly adjust the climate.

Operating the smart thermostat is just as easy as with any other model, as it includes a mobile app that lets you schedule and adjust the thermostat from anywhere. There is even compatibility with Alexa that lets you control your thermostat with voice commands, aiding in its ease of use. This model also includes an energy savings mode that keeps your home comfortable while using a minimum of energy, ensuring that you get the best of both a comfortable home and low utility bills. With the features this model offers combined with its affordable price, this model is a most affordable unit that lets anyone take advantage of the benefits provided by a smart thermostat.
Vine TJ610W Smart Thermostat in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

What Is a Nest thermostat?

Thermostats have come a long way since they first started appearing in homes a few decades ago. The regular electric thermostats that most homes have had have been useful, but they have always lacked in certain features. However, newer thermostats have moved along with the advances in technology and have given us many useful functions that simply weren't possible with older thermostats.

Nest thermostats are among these new types of smart thermostats, giving us capabilities that not only make their use more convenient, but at the same time giving us the ability to save money on our energy costs. For instance, many of the Nest thermostats have the ability to schedule your heating and cooling times, ensuring that the thermostat is only active during the times when it is necessary, and shut down or saving energy when it is not. Along with this function, many other options are often included, such as providing weather updates, displaying the time, date, and many other useful functions. Many are even controllable through mobile apps or even through voice assistants like Amazon's Alexa, making them easier than ever to use.

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What Features to Compare

Finding the right Nest thermostat for your home can be a challenge, but it is by no means impossible. Many of the recent smart thermostats available share many of the same features, so finding one with the feature set that you want most likely won't be a problem. However, not all of the smart thermostat models are the same, and there may be some compatibility issues that arise, so it is always best to be aware of the features and requirements of whichever thermostat model that you decide to purchase.

Control Type

One of the first aspects of a smart thermostat to pay attention to is the control type. This shows exactly how the smart thermostat is used. Thankfully, most of the models featured here share many of the same features, including manual controls on the thermostat itself, along with remote controls through a mobile app. All of the smart thermostats in this review share these as well as compatibility with Alexa, which means that whichever model you choose, you will have multiple ways of interfacing with it.

HVAC Compatibility

Another very important concern is the HVAC compatibility of the thermostat. Most homes tend to use similar thermostat connections, including for air conditioning and heaters, and you will want to make sure that your own home contains these same features to ensure maximum compatibility.

Power Supply

The power supply of your thermostat is a necessary consideration for making sure that the thermostat of your choosing can actually use the same power as the existing thermostat. Almost all home thermostats rely on C-wire power, and many office thermostats do as well, and all of the models featured here utilize this power source. Regardless, this is something that you will definitely want to check before you settle on a model.

Display Type

It goes without saying that the display type is one more important consideration regarding your new smart thermostat. Many of the models here feature some type of LCD display, with some providing a typical dial control whereas others provide a touchscreen interface. Almost all of them will also display certain information that is readable at a glance. For whichever model you choose, you will want to make sure that it has the display type that you want.

Features

Last but certainly not least are the features of the model that you want. Many of these models share similar features, such as the ability to display the current weather, the ability to program on certain days, and some even features learning abilities where the thermostat can automatically learn what times to keep the climate controlled and work on its own. Whichever features that you want, you will want to make sure that the model of your choice supports them.

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Smart Thermostats: Automate Your Home

Smart thermostats are far advanced compared to many of the thermostats typically found in homes. Many of the features that they now contain are ones that simply weren't possible before the Internet came along. However, now that we have access to virtually any information at our fingertips, why can't our home thermostat have access to the same? In many cases, they do have access to information that is quite helpful to us, especially information regarding the date, time, and updated weather conditions.

Many smart thermostats also have some advanced automation abilities that many users aren't aware of, though. For instance. the ability to program your thermostat to only work at specific times is an extremely important feature, as not only does it give you the convenience of not having to manually set the conditions how we want, but it can also help save you a bundle on energy costs by not working during the times where its not needed. Here we will give you some tips to get the most out of the programming feature of your new smart thermostat so you can partake in the tremendous value that it offers.

Programming Your Thermostat

Almost all smart thermostats let you program your conditions for up to seven days in advance, or even to work on an automatic weekly schedule. This is a great feature that can help you make life more convenient as well as save you a lot of money on your energy bill. The key to getting the most out of it, though, is to stick with a consistent schedule. During the day, most people are working, and thus, with an empty home the thermostat usually doesn't need to operate. Of course, this can leave the house either hot or cold at times during the day, but if no one is there, what difference does it make? Programming the thermostat to keep all energy use at an absolute minimum during the day is a great way to help cut down on that electric bill during the summer. Unless you have pets or children at home during that time, consider programming it to not operate at all while you are at work.

It's also a good idea to take advantage of night conditions. For example, during the summer, the outside climate is usually at its nicest at night, where it is not so hot. Consider programming your thermostat to either use a minimum of cooling or turn off completely while you are sleeping. Take advantage of the ability to open windows if you can if it leaves your home still feeling a little stuffy. After all, clean, fresh air is free, and it doesn't cost any money to maintain it if you can get it through an open window.

Stay Warm During the Winter

The above tips are great for during the summer months, but what about the winter? Heating costs can be just as much if not more than electricity costs, so of course it makes sense to save on your heating costs when you can. One of the best ways to do this is to rely on more natural methods of staying warm. If you have a fireplace, then perhaps you can try taking advantage of it in order to keep the heating costs down. Not only does it help with that, but it can help create a nice, cozy atmosphere that helps make your home feel a bit more comfortable for you and your family.

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Publish Date: 2018-12-28 08:09:42