As of May 2017, Ecobee has moved on from the ecobee3 thermostat, and has released the all-new ecobee4 thermostat. And now that Nest has become a household name, we felt the need to compare these three smart thermostats to find out the differences between them. So, let’s compare ecobee3 vs. ecobee4 vs. Nest to help you choose the right smart thermostat for your smart home.
Note: As of March 2017, ecobee updated the ecobee3 lite to work with room sensors, leaving very few differences between the ecobee3 and the ecobee3 lite. Yet, there are a few key features that separate them. Basically, the ecobee3 lite is just a lighter version of ecobee3; it supports almost all the features the ecobee3 does and costs a little bit less than ecobee3. The two versions of the smart thermostat are nearly identical, so let’s go over the features that separate the ecobee3 lite vs. ecobee3.
Note: before you even read this article, you might want to make sure that an Ecobee3 thermostat is compatible with your current thermostat setup; check Ecobee’s compatibility checker (takes about 3 minutes).
Ecobee3 Review: The Good
Room sensors: The Ecobee3 brings a whole new dimension to energy efficiency and control with its room sensors. The Ecobee3 room sensors let you tailor your needs based on the amount of people in the room. If nobody is in the room, focus energy elsewhere and save your wallet. And based on this feature alone, we’d recommend purchasing the Ecobee3. The downside? The thermostat/sensor package comes only one sensor; you’ll have to buy Ecobee3 room sensor packs seperately.