Replacing your old thermostat with something digital (that doesn't look like an LED clock from the '80s) shouldn't be hard. But it is. Every manufacturer boasts about the same features—but which product is ultimately best for your household and lifestyle?
If you're looking for something that looks futuristic, the Glas Smart Thermostat is a great first choice. It looks like nothing else on the market and the transparent touchscreen practically disappears when the display is inactive, blending with your walls. It also does the digital thermostat things you'd expect, like keeping schedules and working with an app for programming. And it even has Microsoft Cortana built in, so you can speak to it for changing settings. Plus, Glas has an air quality sensor, something most other smart thermostats lack.
Glas can even sense if you're home or away, so don't have to rely on manual scheduling or programming.
Google Nest redefined the concept of a digital thermostat. It's basically like having a tiny computer on your wall, monitoring your house's temperature. Setting up a Nest is easy. You answer questions, hook it up to your WiFi network, and let it figure out your schedule.
Nest knows when you're away, so it won't cool or heat an empty house. If you tell it when you usually go to bed, Nest will also make sure the house is at your preferred target temp by the time you hit the hay. It figures out not just your schedule, but how long it takes to make your house comfortable.
You can use the Nest app to set the temperature remotely or easily create a manual schedule. Of all features, I find the exterior dial charming with its retro-chic design. It also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.
Honeywell pioneered the original idea of a digital thermostat back when the term referred to the ditching of needles and mercury. Now they're aiming to become leading innovators in the field of digital thermostats. Their latest T9 thermostat is WiFi ready, app-enabled, and pairs with smart sensors to monitor temperatures around your home.
It doesn't have the learning capacity of the Nest; it instead uses optional sensors to follow you around the house (like ecobee). It also uses geofencing via the Honeywell Home app to sense when you're out of the house. So make sure the kids' phones have the app too.
The T9 works with all voice assistants and features a muted white exterior, kind of like the Nest Thermostat E, but for $20 less.
Why just get a thermostat that can work with an Alexa device, when it is an Alexa device? The latest ecobee Smart Thermostat has an impressive speaker and a powerful microphone to hear you from practically anywhere.
In addition to voice control, you can use the app, or the user-friendly glass touchscreen to set your target temperatures for each time of day. It may not learn your schedule, like the Nest, but having you set Sleep/Wake/Away target temperatures makes it super easy to create a one.
Ecobee also comes packed with a newly-designed remote sensor that keeps track of temperatures throughout your house. Those sensors also help the ecobee see where you are in the house, or if you're in the house, so it's not running your system when you're not around.
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