Compare Smart Home Thermostats

Compare Smart Home Thermostats

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What Makes a Thermostat a Smart Home Thermostat?

With a smart home thermostat, you get way more than just total remote control over your thermostat — you get peace of mind that only a smart thermostat can offer. Over the last few decades, thermostats have gotten smarter and smarter. A standard thermostat was upgraded to a programmable thermostat, and now it’s been transformed into a smart thermostat. And while programmable thermostats made your energy consumption more efficient, they still don’t offer nearly as much as smart thermostats can offer.

Smart thermostats adapt to change. Staying late at work, meeting friends for a night out, or having an impromptu weekend trip to the lake — whatever you do, your smart thermostat can work with you to help you save money on energy bills. Just open your smart thermostat app and adjust the “away” mode remotely. It’s that simple.

Smart thermostats also bring comfort to your life. Turn the thermostat on in advance from the app to come back to a warm and welcoming home during those cold winter days, or a nice and cool home on humid summer days.

What Makes a Good Thermostat?

All smart thermostats offer remote control, and each smart thermostat has their own unique features that make them stand out from others. For example, the Nest Learning Thermostat automatically adapts to your lifestyle. It’ll analyze and learn your temperature habits for a week and then will create a custom schedule based on your preferences — The future has arrived, a little scary, but very smart at the same time. Another example is the ecobee4, which has Amazon Alexa already built in. This is the only thermostat (as of now) that features Amazon Alexa voice control. So, you can save on not buying the Echo separately.

But what really makes a good smart home thermostat? The answer to this question will vary from person to person. And whether it’s lower price, built-in Alexa, or smart custom scheduling that makes a thermostat “good,” you’ll definitely find the one that will have what you’re looking for. Check out our chart below for a quick comparison overview.

Our Favorite Thermostat

We love ecobee thermostats. Why ecobee? They give you the choice of picking the right thermostat for your needs, no matter the situation:

• Want a solid budget option? — ecobee3 lite
• Want even heating/cooling distribution? — ecobee3
• Want for Amazon Alexa (voice control) built-in? — ecobee4.

All three thermostats offer smart home temperature control at your fingertips. They integrate easily with other smart home products and work with Smartthings and Wink hubs. Plus, all three ecobee thermostats work with ecobee room sensors that help the thermostats distribute heat/cold air evenly between rooms that matter. And, you’ll get monthly reports with recommendations on how to make your ecobee thermostat use more efficient.

Compare Smart Home Thermostats

ecobee4ecobee3ecobee3 liteNest
Dimensions4.29” x 4.29”3.93” x 3.93”4.05” x 4.05”3.3” x 3.3”
Hardware colorBlackBlackBlackCopper, stainless steel, black or white
Bluetooth LENoNoNoYes
Works with sensorsYesYesYesYes
Comes with a sensorYesYesNoNo
Type of sensorsecobee room sensorsecobee room sensorsecobee room sensorsNest Protect Smoke Detector
Power (if no C-wire present)Power Extender KitPower Extender KitPower Extender KitHeating/Cooling Wires + Battery
Voice & audioYesNoNoNo
Works with Amazon AlexaYesYesYesYes
Google Assistant supportYesYesYesYes
Works with WinkYesYesYesYes
Works with SmartThingsYesYesYesNo