Top smart thermostats 2016

Smart thermostats are becoming very popular in today’s world since they ensure a comfortable environment in just about any home. However, it’s important to understand this technology before using it so that you get the most benefit out of it.

When you use a regular thermostat, you use the control panel to set the temperature in your home. With a smart thermostat, it learns your preferences and behaviors so that you don’t have to constantly change the temperature manually.

Since they use Wi-Fi technology, you’ll also get other information and capabilities:

  • Remotely control your home’s climate so that once you return home, your home is comfortable for you.
  • Due to humidity and other ambient conditions, the thermostat can self-adjust to ensure optimal comfort and temperature control.
  • Acquire real-time information about how much energy you are consuming in your home.

A Wi-Fi smart thermostat helps you better control energy consumption without keeping your home at an uncomfortable temperature. For example, you can turn down the air conditioning before leaving the house in the summer and then remotely turn it back up before leaving work, so that your home is comfortable once you arrive. You can do the same thing with heat during the winter months or during cold spells. The remote operation feature entailed with a smart thermostat is generally something that you can control from most modern smartphones after downloading the associated app.

Additionally, you can also get information about what you’re spending to cool or heat your home. This allows you to make the right adjustments to control your utility costs while also reducing your carbon footprint.

While all Wi-Fi smart thermostats have the same basic functions and features, all of them differ in some way. Because of this, you’ll want to learn more about the ones available so you can choose the one that’s best for your home heating and cooling needs.

Nest Learning Thermostat – 3rd Generation

The Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation is a user-friendly Wi-Fi smart thermostat that allows for remote control from any tablet, computer, or smartphone device. It automatically shuts itself down when you’re not home to ensure optimal energy savings, and allows for interior temperature comfort by remembering the temperatures that people use most and ensuring to maintain these temperatures all throughout the home.

This thermostat is approximately 6.5 square inches, making it small, but the screen is large enough for most people to read easily. It comes with a Lithium metal battery for an incredibly long battery life, with any easy to use, fully digital display. Additionally, it’s composed of stainless steel to ensure a solid, sturdy, and attractive appearance that can easily last decades.

The 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat goes the extra mile and ensures optimal security even though it’s constantly connected to your Wi-Fi network. Using encryption, Nest easily prevents people from being able to hack into the system and make changes that you don’t authorize. You can also prevent other people, such as curious children, from making changes because you can set a PIN. With this PIN, you have to type it in before you can make any changes.

Please keep in mind that this thermostat is not compatible with all heating and cooling systems, so those considering it should use the compatibility widget to make sure that it can be installed with their system before buying. Overall, Nest is relatively easy to install – even those with basic thermostat knowledge are usually able to install it in less than an hour.

Honeywell TH9320WF5003 Wi-Fi 9000 Color Touchscreen Thermostat

The Honeywell TH9320WF5003 Wi-Fi 9000 Color Touchscreen Thermostat allows you to completely control your home thermostat from just about any tablet, smartphone or computer.


  • Your home Wi-Fi network connects you to this thermostat.
  • Via Wi-Fi, you get automatic software updates.
  • The color of the screen can be adjusted to match the décor scheme of your home.

You can heat your home from 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the cooling range is 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 99 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a supply voltage and electrical rating of 18 to 30 Vac, and an easy to use display screen that can be operated in French, Spanish or English for multilingual of use.

The Honeywell TH9320WF5003 is a basic Wi-Fi thermostat with a good temperature range and a variety of ways to control it remotely. It allows for both manual and auto changeover and has a frequency of 50 and 60 Hz which is typical. The display is approximately eight square inches, making it smaller in size, but not too small or too large. Since this thermostat does use significant technology, please keep in mind that some people will need a professional to install it properly.

Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat with Remote Sensor

The Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat allows for a constant temperature throughout all rooms in your home because it reads the temperature throughout the house. This prevents uneven heating throughout your interior, ultimately saving money by learning your preferred automated settings.


  • Only turns on air conditioner and heat when the home requires it.
  • Allows for remote monitoring of the system via tablets, smartphones or computers.
  • Users can create a schedule with it for home temperature needs.
  • If something is not working correctly, it sends users reminders and alerts so that the problem can be immediately fixed.
  • Provides information on the local weather with a 5-day forecast.

The Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat is approximately four square inches, so it doesn’t take up a lot of wall space. Users can program it for up to seven days for easy use that will always function as expected. It’s universally compatible with modern heating and cooling systems. Additionally, this thermostate comes included with options like vacation mode so you can save on energy costs when you’re not home, plus it automatically updates for Daylight Savings Time.

The one thing homeowners should know is that if their existing HVAC is not compatible with this thermostat, they may need to pay a professional to come and install it for them. This is due to most modern HVAC systems not needing or having a C wire component. With the exception of this, the Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat is generally easy to use as it allows for optimal temperature control of any home.

Overall Thoughts

A smart thermostat can bring a new edge to living smart and comfortably by optimizing your heat and cooling system to operate as well as possible. In time, it will learn and adapt to changes in the climate, ultimately making a much more comfortable interior to any home or office.

How to find a great thermostat for just 30 bucks

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Ever since Nest introduced its $249 Learning Thermostat in 2011, pricey Wi-Fi-enabled temperature controllers have been trending in the smart-home industry. But not everyone wants a super fancy thermostat. So, how do you pick something that’s affordable and also works well?

Most people, I imagine, head to their local hardware store, grab something in their price range and hope for the best. Here in Kentucky, that means you’re pretty much guaranteed to buy a Honeywell thermostat. That’s because the vast majority of available models at stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot are all the same brand.

But you’ll find a lot more thermostat companies when you open up your search to Amazon and other online retailers. Even Lowe’s and Home Depot’s online stores offer a lot more than just the two dozen different Honeywell models you’ll see in person.

So I grabbed five different thermostats from Honeywell, Hunter, Emerson, White-Rodgers (an Emerson brand) and Lux. All of them are available online for $30 or less and all of them have basic programming capabilities. How do you find the right model for you, then? Here are some things you need to keep in mind.

Setting schedules

Let’s face it — basic thermostats can be really confusing. I moved earlier this year and still haven’t had the patience to figure out my outdated, confusing-to-use programmable model from the early ’90s. Part of this review process was selfishly driven, because I wanted to figure out if there are any affordable thermostats out there that aren’t a total pain.

While most of them are at least a little inconvenient to program, some are better than others.

That’s due in large part to the buttons available on classic thermostat displays. A lot of brands double up on buttons so that a single “Set” or “Program” button performs multiple functions. It isn’t all that difficult once you figure it out, but it might require reading a user manual.

Comparing thermostats

That’s what makes the Lux TX500U simpler to program. It actually comes with a dedicated “Next” button so you can advance from setting to setting without having to figure out which button performs that hidden function.

Type of program

In the $30 or less price range, I found two types of programmable thermostats: 5-2 and 5-1-1. 5-2 programs give you control over two different program periods — weekdays and weekends. That means you can set one program for Monday through Friday and another program for Saturday and Sunday.

This is a fine option if you stick to a regular weekend schedule, but 5-1-1 programmable thermostats give you more options. Specifically, they let you program Saturday and Sunday separately. That way, you can have three different program periods instead of just two.

The White-Rodgers P200 is available for just $26 on Amazon, but it has a 5-1-1 program. Look for this on the label or in a list of specs online if you want more control over your HVAC system.

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Display types

While all of the models I tested have digital displays, they don’t always display the same information. The Honeywell RTHL2310B and the Hunter 44157 only show the current time and temperature, so you have to press the up arrow button to see your set temperature. That isn’t especially intuitive, so I had to pull up the user manuals to figure it out.

Other thermostats, like the Emerson 1F78-151 and the White-Rodgers P200, alternate the information displayed on the main screen. The set temperature is fixed on the right side of the screen, but the current time and current ambient temperature alternate on the left side. This is a decent workaround when the screen is too small to show every detail at once, but I found the alternating information a little annoying.

Finally, the Lux TX500U simply shows everything — the current time, the current ambient temperature and the program’s set temperature on the main screen at the same time. It even labels the two temperatures “Room” and “Set” so you know what you’re looking at.

The Lux TX500U programmable thermostat.

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Wrapping it up

Here’s what you need to keep in mind when you’re shopping for a basic programmable thermostat:

  • Do the display buttons make sense to you at a glance? If not, you might want to find a different model
  • Would you rather program Saturday and Sunday separately? Search for a 5-1-1 thermostat like the White-Rodgers P200
  • Do you want to be able to visualize the current and set temps with ease? Look for a comprehensive display like the Lux TX500U

In the end, it’s pretty simple to find a good programmable thermostat on a budget. And if you don’t like what you see in your local stores, widen your search to online retailers and you’re sure to find something that suits your needs.

COSTA MESA, Calif.: 18 Oct. 2016 — Ease of installation and usage are key contributors to overall satisfaction with remotely controlled—or smart—thermostats, a rapidly growing market, according to the inaugural J.D. Power 2016 Smart Thermostat Satisfaction Report,SM released today.

The primary benefit of smart thermostats is convenience—63% of customers indicate they adjust their thermostat remotely—followed by 53% indicating automated temperatures when not home, and saving money on monthly heating/air conditioning costs, with 51% citing this as a benefit.

While nearly two-thirds (64%) of customers installed the unit themselves vs. 36% who used a contractor/professional installer, the levels of overall satisfaction vary slightly between installation methods (873 among do-it-yourselfers vs. 883 among those using a contractor, on a 1,000-point scale). More than half (51%) of those who installed the smart thermostat themselves say it was easier than expected, while only 4% say it was more difficult than expected.

“Smart thermostat customers are taking a hands-on approach to researching, buying and installing a product that allows them to have, in effect, a hands-off experience,” said Jeff Conklin, vice president of utilities & infrastructure practice at J.D. Power. “The resulting satisfaction levels are promising, but manufacturers would be wise to focus on their customers’ ease of connectivity and the benefits of smart thermostats.”

Connectivity issues, while minimal, affect overall satisfaction. Among the 15% of customers having difficulty connecting their system to the internet and the 9% of those having difficulty connecting from their mobile app, overall satisfaction is 843. Among customers who indicate not experiencing any connectivity problems, overall satisfaction is 899.

The report also finds a high level of customer engagement before making a purchase. Nearly half (45%) of customers looked at consumer review websites, and 46% indicate those positive reviews were a reason they selected their smart thermostat.

Following are some of the loyalty findings related to delighted customers:

  • More than 9 in 10 (94%) delighted smart thermostat customers (overall satisfaction scores above 900) say they “definitely will” recommend the brand to others, compared with the report average of 82%.
  • More than half (55%) of delighted customers say they “definitely will” purchase other products/devices from the same brand, compared with the report average of 44%.
  • Delighted customers make an average of 6.8 recommendations to family and friends, compared with the report average of 5.4.

Report Rankings

  • Emerson White-Rodgers ranks highest in overall customer satisfaction (885), performing particularly well in five of the 10 factors: ease of install/setup; reliability; energy efficiency; price paid; and internet connectivity.
  • Honeywell ranks second (882), performing particularly well in effectiveness of heating/cooling and customer service.
  • Nest ranks third (878), performing particularly well in ease of use; usefulness of app; and variety of features.
  • Overall satisfaction among smart thermostat customers is 877.

About the Report

The 2016 Smart Thermostat Satisfaction Report measures overall customer satisfaction with smart thermostat brands among those who purchased a smart thermostat system within the past 12 months. Satisfaction is examined across 10 factors (listed in order of importance): ease of use; ease of install/setup; reliability; energy efficiency; price paid; effectiveness of heating/cooling; internet connectivity; usefulness of app; variety of features; and customer service. Satisfaction is calculated on a 1,000-point scale.

The report is based on responses from 2,509 customers and was fielded in September 2016.

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Today’s smart digital thermostats learn your comfort preferences and adjust as you come and go. They know when you’re home and when you’re not. You can control them from your smart phone, and you can geek out with loads of data about how you’re using energy.

What makes a thermostat smart?

Smart thermostats learn from experience. They figure out when you’re home (or not) and adjust themselves automatically without your need to intervene. They also allow remote management and programming from a mobile app or Web browser and provide energy-use data in real time. So paradoxically, they’re good both for people who never want to think about their comfort settings and for those who love to interact with their gizmos.

What are the benefits of smart thermostats?

  1. Save on your energy bill – The average household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, nearly half of which goes to heating and cooling. So cutting that bill can be a big deal – Energy Star says you can shave $180 a year simply by properly setting your thermostat.
  2. Adapt to your daily routine – Not only do smart thermostats learn your routines, but they anticipate them and adjust to them over time. Some even use sensors and your phone’s location to tell if the house is occupied or not. And you can tweak your settings anywhere with a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

  3. Turn up the heat, away from home! What if you plan to return home earlier or later than usual? With the smart thermostat’s remote-control capability, you can turn up the heat (or down in summer) from your mobile phone or tablet. The app knows how long it takes for things to heat up or cool down so that you don’t waste energy on an empty house.

  4. Know your energy usage – Smart thermostats also give you plenty of information to take control of your energy use. From the remote interface on your mobile device, you can see how much energy you’re using to heat or cool your home. And you can play with settings to see the results immediately. Many devices keep track of your energy usage over time, providing reports that allow you to see your usage patterns and make adjustments.

  5. Look stylish – Finally, it must be said that some of the devices simply look cool. The Nest thermostat’s bright face, for example, lights up when you walk in the room to display either the temperature you set or the time.

Which Thermostat is Right for You?

Top 10 Reviews compared a selection of smart thermostats and chose the Nest Learning Thermostat as their top pick. Their second- and third-place honors went to the Ecobee3 and the Honeywell Lyric, respectively. All three tout do-it-yourself installation and come with set-up tutorials, email and phone support, and online forums. also rated the Nest thermostat tops, with an overall score of 8.7 out of 10. But competitors such as Ecobee and Honeywell are starting to narrow the gap.

Is it worth buying a smart thermostat?

In the end, only you can decide whether a smart thermostat is a smart investment. If you already have a programmable thermostat, regularly monitor and adjust its heating-cooling schedule, and set the thermostat to recommended levels, you probably won’t save that much more with a smart thermostat. But if you don’t have a programmable model or you want more control, interactivity and data, a smart thermostat may make sense. By using a smart thermostat properly, you can ensure you don’t spend money on wasted energy. And by using less energy, you are creating a healthier planet.

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#1 Honeywell RTH6580WF Wifi Thermostats

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#2 Honeywell TH9320WF5003 Wifi Thermostats

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Honeywell’s Wi-Fi 9000 provides remote access to the thermostat via a PC, tablet or PDA using Honeywell’s Total Connect Comfort Service. Connect – Connect to the current Wi-Fi organizer from home — applications for tablets and cell phones available. Programmed programming is updated via WLAN. Selectable up to 7 days or not programmable. Program the thermostat locally or via the web or the application. Change the screen shading to coordinate any still layout.

#3 Honeywell RCHT8610WF2006 Lyric Wifi Thermostats

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#4 Honeywell YTH6320R1001 Wifi Thermostats

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#5 Honeywell RTH9585WF1004 Wifi Thermostats

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#2 Conclusion

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These are the best programmable thermostats for the money this year. The best programmable thermostat for the money can be programmed to whatever profile you need to be comfortable, such as having one profile for the weekend and another for week days.

The best programmable thermostats are easy to use, simple to install, rarely malfunction and allow adjustment of the current conditions regardless of the profile. The ideal thermostat works with whatever means you use to heat and cool your home.

Honeywell 5-2 Programmable Thermostat

This programmable thermostat can use the same temperature profile all week or a separate one for the week day and weekends, hence the 5-2 description. It can be backlit to let you read the temperature at two in the morning without turning on a hall light.

Unfortunately, it has a small display, so it isn’t appropriate for those with limited vision. You can set it up to run off of battery power or hardwire it into the home’s electrical system. Be sure to use a professional if you do the latter. The unit is easy to use and rather simple to program.

It can calculate the time to turn on the heat or the air conditioner to have the home at the desired temperature when you get home. If you have drafts or large home, this may result in the furnace cycling on and off in spurts to keep things at the desired temperature, wearing out the HVAC system in the process. This thermostat has the highest list price but is cost competitive on sale.

LuxPro Programmable Thermostat

This is the cheapest programmable thermostat on this list at full price and often the cheapest when you find it on sale relative to the Honeywell models on sale. Like the Honeywell, it has separate week day and weekend programming.

Unlike the Honeywell, you can set it for four different times of day, such as having the temperature higher in the morning when you are getting dressed and lower during the day when temperatures aren’t as chilly. It has separate programs to control heating and cooling, improving their efficiencies.

The interface though only tells you what the current temperature is, not indicating what the program is set to make the temperature be and thus when the heater or AC will turn off. This unit is battery powered, so make sure you install the batteries that come with the unit and need to be changed periodically.

HHoneywell 5-1-1 Day Programmable Thermostat

This thermostat is middle of the pack on price and not deeply discounted. It has a large, easy to read, backlit display. This is the best programmable thermostat for those who otherwise have trouble reading it.

This can handle heat pumps, furnaces and air conditioners. Many other programmable thermostats don’t handle heat pumps well, especially if switching from heat to AC.

Which Programmable Thermostat is the Best Deal?

The Honeywell 5-1-1 is the best choice if your home is kept comfortable with a heat pump or if you have to rely on large text phones and clocks to read their displays. The LuxPro is suitable if you are on a budget and don’t rely on a heat pump. The Honeywell 5-2 programmable thermostat is ideal if you want a temperature profile for the home that varies based on time of day, not just maintaining a constant 72 F.

Originally posted 2015-03-08 23:37:32. Updated and Republished

Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You’ve left the heat at 72º F, and won’t be home for 12 hours. With an app-connected thermostat, this “oops” will never be an issue again.


This category in the connected-home space is among the more established ones: Devices aren’t too pricey, and you can recoup your investment in the heating/cooling savings the gadgets help you earn. Smart thermostats let you change temps remotely, and one even learns your preferences and habits to efficiently heat or cool your home.


If your schedule is irregular, you won’t reap the full benefits. Installation isn’t too difficult, but setting up, scheduling, and controlling the apps (some are subpar) requires savvy.

Are they worth it?

Yes! Especially if you keep a consistent schedule. They’re also great if you’re part of a “time of use” energy plan (when members pay less during off-peak hours), or live in a state that will reimburse you for upgrading.

Top-Tested Smart Thermostats

Here are our favorites:

Honeywell Lyric Round (2nd Generation)

The Lyric Thermostat by Honeywell seems to be a direct response to the features on the Nest learning thermostat. It similarly uses an algorithm to learn your preferences, and automatically makes changes to ensure you’re comfortable and save you money. The Lyric is connected to an app for iOS and Android, so users can control the temperature setting in their home from anywhere in the world. Honeywell also offers a suite of other connected home products like leak detectors, doorbells, and programmable switches.


Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation)

This thermostat starts learning your habits in just a few days (and also relies on local weather forecasts to help set your home’s temperature). It’s quick and easy to install, and you can set schedules from its sleek dial, or its app. This third generation Nest has two major improvements: better motion detection and a bigger, easier-to-read screen. Nest can also communicate intelligently with your other smart home devices such as Philips Hue lighting.


Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Thermostat

The ecobee3 is a smart thermostat with several unique features. Most notably, the ecobee3 comes with additional satellite sensors (they are sold separately, $79 for a two-pack) that can be placed throughout your house, so it can read the temperature of multiple rooms and adjust accordingly. For example, if your kitchen is sun-soaked, but your bedroom is perpetually freezing, it knows and will maintain a comfortable environment throughout the whole house.


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When it’s time to replace your thermostat, there are many new and exciting options in thermostat technology to choose from. You can upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat and really customize your comfort.

Manual thermostats still have their benefits, but smart thermostats are the wave of the future. In the spirit of fairness, it’s worth it to weigh the pros and cons of all three types of thermostats: manual, programmable, and smart.

Manual vs Programmable vs Smart Thermostats

1. Manual (Analog) Thermostats

Also known as analog thermostats, manual thermostat models are quickly being fazed out by more energy-efficient programmable and smart thermostat technology. Manual thermostats are old school, but they work and often outlast their fancier counterparts.

It is the recommendation of most heating and cooling professionals that if you currently have a manual thermostat and are looking to replace it, that you consider upgrading to a programmable model instead of simply repurchasing another manual. It’s 2018 — let your thermostat work for you!

Things to consider: Although manual thermostats may cost less upfront to purchase and install than a programmable or smart thermostat, they are not as precise when it comes to temperature accuracy. When your thermostat isn’t accurate, you are using more energy, and thus spending more money. A good dusting and cleaning can help. Learn how to clean your electromechanical thermostat.

Additionally, every time you leave or enter the house, you will need to remember to adjust the thermostat. It’s easy to forget and spend more money on cooling than you should. Accuracy and energy savings are huge factors to consider when looking into new thermostat replacement services.

2. Programmable Thermostats

When you think about the fact that cooling is responsible for at least half of your energy costs, it’s worth it to consider how to save some coin without sacrificing comfort.

The perks of programmable thermostats are customization and energy savings. You can schedule and set your temperature preferences for each day of the week. No more having to adjust the temperature manually as the day heats up and cools down. A programmable thermostat knows your comfort preferences, and independently carries out the necessary temperature shifts within your home.

In this way, programmable thermostats save you money by automatically turning the thermostat up or down. They also add comfort by adjusting the thermostat while you are asleep or away from home to reach the perfect temperature when wanted.

Customizable and adaptable, programmable thermostats are the key to upgraded, just-for-you, comfort.

Things to consider: A programmable thermostat will be a higher upfront cost, as it is a more complicated piece of equipment. Additionally, you will need to speak with a professional about which programmable thermostat is compatible with your system.

Programmable thermostats are not always universal. We recommend hiring a professional HVAC technician to replace your thermostat properly.

Lastly, programmable thermostats only work when they are programmed. Unfortunately, many homeowners use their programmable thermostat just as they would a analog thermostat—by raising or lowering the temperature manually. Don’t program your thermostat incorrectly or disable the programmable function. Consult your owner’s manual for instructions. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to contact Service Champions.

3. Smart Thermostats

A modern family deserves a modern thermostat. By eliminating human error, smart thermostats are the top choice for technologically and environmentally savvy homeowners.

Like a programmable thermostat, you can use a schedule to control the temperature settings throughout the day. But that’s just the basics. Smart thermostats can also be controlled from your smartphone, provide energy reports, run times, and notify you if your air filter needs replacing.

Smart thermostats are built with today’s busy, eco-friendly, and high-tech consumers in mind. Smart thermostats not only give you unparalleled temperature control, they also run on WI-FI, enabling you to control your home’s comfort level even when you’re not at home.

The perks of smart thermostats make these models the “hottest” and “coolest” thermostat replacement on the market. Popular smart thermostats include Nest, Ecobee, and others.

Things to consider: If you already have a programmable thermostat installed in your home, then a smart thermostat may not be necessary. With a programmable thermostat, you are already saving money and energy. However, if you love data and technology, and want to switch it up, then a smart thermostat is certainly the crème de la crème.

As long as your thermostat is functioning properly, your cooling system will too. There are many fun options if you are considering a thermostat upgrade for your home. Your thermostat should work for you and your lifestyle.

Speak with a Pro

When looking to install a new thermostat, consumers should have the background information they need to make the right decision for their daily comfort concerns.

Service Champions can help you find the best thermostat to fit the needs and style of your home. We offer thermostat replacement and installation services, everyday, all summer long.

Best Smart Thermostats 2020

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You’ve probably heard of Nest thermostats, but the thought of installing a smart thermostat may be intimidating. Forget your fears because setting up most WiFi thermostats isn’t too complicated with our smart thermostat comparison. Many utility companies offer rebates for energy-saving thermostats. Smart thermostats usually pay for themselves within a few years with the savings on your monthly bill.

You can find whatever features you are looking for in our best smart thermostat comparison. Customize the highly-accurate Ecobee3 smart thermostat with sensors throughout your home, or install a minimalist Nest WiFi thermostat for a simple, less complicated piece of hardware.

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Installation is basically hooking in a few wires. Label your thermostat’s wires, remove the current thermostat, and install the wires into the new smart thermostat. If you’re still not a fan of DIY installation, check out the Amazon links below for finding a professional installer on each product page.

Once everything is plugged in, that’s where the fun starts. Control the temperature with the colorful wall control or your smartphone app. Set up alerts for air filter changes and extreme temperatures. Monitor the indoor/outdoor temperatures and humidity levels. Choose color schemes that match the tone of your home. Automatically use less energy when you are away from your home as these smart thermostats learn your home and away schedule.

Adding a smart thermostat adds convenience. Check out our article analyzing if Nest is worth it to see some examples of how it can improve your life. This will also help you decide what smart thermostat you should buy.

Our best smart thermostat comparison only includes the highest rated products on Amazon; because why waste your time with anything else? We’ll try to keep this best smart thermostat comparison accurate, but as new smart thermostats hit the market and software updates, let us know if you have any suggestions for our comparison chart.

Ecobee3 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, HomeKit-enabled review: Ecobee’s smart thermostat closes in on Nest

Editors’ note, June 10, 2016: This review has been updated with details on IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit integrations.

Editors’ note, November 19, 2014: Ecobee recently released version 1.1.1 of its Ecobee3 app and adjusted the sensitivity of its touchscreen. I have since retested the thermostat and the text and overall score have been updated accordingly.

Toronto-based Ecobee may not have the name recognition of Honeywell or Nest, but it was actually the first company to come out with an app-enabled thermostat. Its initial line of smart thermostats was funneled through dealers though, which limited the brand’s ability to compete in the do-it-yourself arena.

To satisfy this new market, the company has rolled out the $249 Ecobee3 (£155/AU$285), a DIY climate kit comprised of a Wi-Fi thermostat and a remote temperature sensor that work with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and more. It doesn’t quite have the same design appeal as Nest, but the Ecobee3 is a thermostat I can wholeheartedly recommend.

Getting started

Your installation success will vary a lot depending on your HVAC system and your level of electrical wiring savvy. The ideal will have a five-wire system, in which case you can literally just swap out your old thermostat for your new Ecobee3.

If your HVAC unit only has four wires running to your thermostat, you’re not out of luck, but you will have an extra step to deal with. The Ecobee3 requires a C (or Common) wire connection, which you won’t find on a four-wire HVAC system. To get around this problem, Ecobee includes something called a Power Extender Kit with your purchase free of charge that does the work of the C wire without you actually having to add that pesky fifth wire yourself (or having to call an electrician to do it for you).

You will need to know your way around your HVAC system to install the Extender Kit, since you need to connect it directly to the controller board on your HVAC unit, provided yours is new enough to have one. If not, you can still reconfigure the wiring, but budding DIYers will likely want to call in some experienced help. Whether you use the Extender Kit or not, this all seems unnecessary given that the competing Honeywell Lyric and Nest Learning Thermostat will both work fine on a four-wire system.

For my own installation, I had to go with the rewire option given my near 20-year old HVAC unit. I had help from Steve Conaway, one of our technical editors, who rewired my unit to give it a C wire. It worked, but it certainly wasn’t convenient.

Once the Ecobee3 was installed, it recognized the wires I connected and walked me through the configuration process. This included adding my home Wi-Fi details, selecting Fahrenheit or Celsius — all of the stuff you’d expect from an initial thermostat setup. I also paired the included remote sensor to the thermostat, which took about a minute. The remote sensor is a handy extra that comes with the Ecobee3. It essentially acts as a standalone ambient indoor temperature monitor you can put in another room. It can also tell the thermostat whether you’re home or away.

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The registration process.

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Registration is the final hurdle between connecting your thermostat to the Web and mobile apps and enjoying the full functionality of your Ecobee3. The early production versions of both were extremely glitchy, but I revisited them about 6 weeks after the original review date. The displays looks the same, but the wonky usability issues are gone. That means that you can expect a much breezier registration process and interaction with the apps overall.

5 Best Smart Thermostat Models of 2019

Last Updated on December 20, 2019

If you could choose to make your home smarter, would you? Last year, Money magazine reported that smart home technology was a $60 billion industry. And while the best smart thermostat may be just a small device, it can make a very big – and brainy – option.

Let us show you why the best smart thermostat is the one that you control. But we don’t just mean pushing a little lever til you hear your air conditioner click on. Smart technology is developing every day.

Crank up your heat or air conditioner and enjoy this read.

5 Best Smart Thermostats for Your Home

1. Ecobee3

Home Sweet Home Kit

Our pick for the best smart thermostat for Apple Home Kit

When you’re searching for the best home kit thermostat, check out the Ecobee3 with Sensor. The Ecobee3 is actually the very first home kit thermostat in the world, and it actually evolved from the traditional smart home thermostat.

Ecobee3 Features:

  • Ecobee3 installers often save up to 23% annually on their energy bills
  • This thermostat monitors use, detecting which rooms are (or are not) occupied and mix it with the weather outside to provide perfect temperatures inside
  • You can link up to 32 sensors together, placed throughout your home, to “talk back” to the thermostat (this was a new development and product refinement from previous models and customer input!)
  • You can revert back to using the thermostat in “standard” mode, which lets you set scheduled and preset temperatures. This is useful if you have someone come to visit or housesit and don’t want to explain how to use the thermostat.

2. Honeywell

For the Fashionista

Our pick for the best thermostat for Alexa

Everything in your house matches, right? So what would make this the best smart thermostat? If you could get it to go with the rest of your décor. Well, the Honeywell Smart Programmable offers you the ability to do just that through its touch screen. Match your current or desired décor, change for the holidays, and keep up with your favorite sports team colors at your fingertips.

Honeywell Smart Thermostat Features:

  • Locking and password protection lets you child-proof (or spouse-proof, guest-proof, etc) the device
  • You can control the thermostat from many devices
  • The device monitors external temperatures (this model uses and self-updates its knowledge of the outdoor temperature every hour

3. Nest

Your Thermostat Can Make Friends

Our pick for the best smart thermostat that works with Google home

If you’re already on board with smart technology, why not purchase the best smart thermostat for interfacing with other smart devices? The Nest Learning Thermostat interfaces with your Amazon Alexa device, which means you can talk to either! (Note: You’ll need to buy the Alexa separately from this Next thermostat.)

Nest Features:

  • It “learns” from you and your preferences, so after about a week or so, you won’t need to bump up your A/C after a long day at work – it’ll do it for you.
  • Check your past energy history at any time, keep track of your use, compare to past months/years.
  • Energy Star approval means you’ve got the most eco-conscious device on the market.
  • Control the Next with your laptop or another device when you enable its WIFI features.

4. Ventamatic

No More Attic Static

Our pick for the best thermostat for attics

Smart thermostats work mainly for the area/room in which they’re installed (yes, you will need separate thermostats for your upstairs and downstairs, for example). If you’re searching for the best smart thermostat for your attic, search no more. The Ventamatic 10-amp Adjustable with Firestat is made just for attics!

Ventamatic Features:

  • This smart thermostat can sense and adjust temperature all the way from 50 degrees up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, something your attic may indeed see on a hot day, especially in Southern regions
  • Gives power attic ventilators a spike in energy efficiency
  • Unlike regular thermostats, this is the best smart thermostat for when you want a device to automatically turn on when a temperature gets too low or too high (you set the degrees).
  • The Firestat is a safety feature that actually melts – which you can see – in the case of an attic fire. The melting causes the thermostat to shut off power to the fan in the attic ventilator, which then stops the air supply to the fire itself.

5. Vine

Our pick for the best thermostat for SmartThings

The last smart thermostat making our list is extremely high tech and features multi-layered security and connection. The Vine will not only control your indoor climate, but it will cue you in on the coming forecast so you can plan ahead.

Vine Features:

  • The Vine includes a programmable night light feature so that you can easily find the temperature without fumbling in the dark.
  • Multi device access is a breeze, so anyone in your family (or parents only!) can adjust the temperature and check on your home climate from anywhere in the world.
  • The extremely compact size of this device means that it won’t distract from your homes decor or atmosphere.
  • The energy savings mode is equipped with 7 days of programming so that your smart thermostat can be on the same schedule as you.

Smart Thermostat & Sensing Maximum Occupancy

Even if you’ve never heard of smart thermostat technology, you’re probably much smarter on the topic than you already think.

If you’ve ever gotten into an elevator, you’ve no doubt seen the posted signs about maximum occupancy. Smart thermostats are also called “occupancy sensors” and for good reason. This fairly new technology senses when your home is empty (they are finely crafted to pick up on even the tiniest disturbance of air) and scales down your temperature to compensate.

Have you ever left the house, gotten to your destination, and realized you left your air conditioning cranked, with the windows open? Cool does not come cheap. Or maybe you’ve dreaded getting out of bed on an icy morning, wishing you could crank up the home’s heat without having to actually brave the lower temperatures?

With smart thermostats, your home does all of this for you.

Smart, Not Spooky

If you’re feeling a hint of Big Brother, take a deep breath and then don’t. Technological advances in the home should be revered not feared. We are already moving in the direction of smart technology with irrigation, wearable devices, kitchen knives we can program, and yes, those self-piloting cars we keep hearing about.

Smart tech and the proliferation of each new best smart thermostat on the market are here to help, not spy. Think of them as ways to be more efficient with your heating bills, feel more comfortable in your home, and embrace new developments. Then think of which one you’re going to get!

Benjamin is a gadgeteer and homebody who loves writing about the latest smart home technology. He is particularly interested in covering smart home products that automate (or make more efficient) mundane tasks that every home owner and apartment dweller face on a daily basis.

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