One of the most fundamental parts of a smart home is a thermostat. It keeps your home at the right temperature without wasting energy. (Why keep the heat on while you’re at work or running errands, right?). However, there are so many options to choose from that it can be hard to know which one is best for you.
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We’ve divided the products into two categories to make your choice easier. If you’re looking for the best smart thermostats without any caveats, check out all of these options. If you want the best smart thermostats on a budget (around or under $150), skip ahead to our second section.
Best high-end smart thermostats
The Ecobee4 thermostat can easily slot into any smart home system with its compatibility with Apple Homekit, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, and more. In fact, it has Alexa built-in to the thermostat, so you don’t need an external device like the Echo to use voice commands to control the Ecobee4.
That probably shouldn’t be your only priority when picking out a smart thermostat, and luckily the Ecobee4 also has plenty of other features. It deserves a spot on any list of the best smart thermostats. The thermostat is best utilized when combined with room sensors that lets you prioritize which rooms need heating or cooling, and you can control it remotely from your phone whether you’re home or not.
You can pick one up for $199.
Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen
One of the first pieces of smart home tech to hit the mainstream, the Nest Learning Thermostat made almost every list of essential devices you needed to get started on your smart home journey. Now in its third generation, it remains one of the best smart thermostats you can buy.
The Nest device can be plugged in anywhere you have a traditional thermostat and offers current temperature, heating and cooling modes, and other statistics on a large screen. In addition to the easy-to-use dial on the unit itself, you can control your home’s temperature remotely with an app. Nest works with Amazon Echo and Google Home, so you can use your voice to change the temperature of your house whenever you like.
The smart thermostat also aims to learn your routines and preferences well enough to handle everything on its own, saving you energy when you’re at work and making sure you’re always comfortable while you’re home.
The Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Gen is currently priced starting at $205.
Introduced at CES 2019, the GLAS thermostat comes with a modern design that is sure to catch the eye. You can control the thermostat by using the translucent OLED touchscreen, with the mobile app, or by using voice control. The thermostat works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.
Apart from temperature control, you also get indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring and reporting. You can program your own schedule or let the device do it for you with its built-in occupancy sensor. You can also control a group of GLAS thermostats using a single mobile app.
The GLAS thermostat is priced at $235.
Best smart thermostats on a budget
Nest Thermostat E
A solid alternative to the Nest Learning Thermostat is the more budget-friendly Nest Thermostat E. The plastic frame (versus metal) is a clear hint you’re in some cheaper territory, but the Nest Thermostat E retains a lot of what we’ve come to expect from a higher end smart thermostat. It doesn’t have the remote sensing or many of the HVAC components you’ll find in the Learning Thermostat, but it also doesn’t have the price tag. Buy it for $169 today.
Honeywell Lyric T5 Plus Thermostat
The Lyric T5 Plus is a new version of the standard Honeywell Lyric T5 device. Using its smartphone app, owners can program the thermostat up to seven days in advance. It can even use your phone for geofencing technology to know when you leave or arrive at home and offers indoor air quality reporting. The Lyric T5 Plus is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. It’s also one of the cheapest on this list of best thermostats, with a price point of just $106.
Emerson Sensi Touch thermostat
The Emerson Sensi range of thermostats all have an old-school look to them, but the Sensi Touch geta a modern twist with its HD color touchscreen. It helps you save on your energy bill with various features like 7-day advanced scheduling, geofencing, remote access, and energy usage reports. It also works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and Wink smart home systems. The Emerson Sensi Touch thermostat is priced at around $135.
Those are our picks of the best smart thermostats you can get your hands on today, ranging in price to fit your budget.
Have you tried any of these? Have we missed a smart thermostat worth mentioning? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll update this post as better options become available.