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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 $100), skip ahead to our second section.

Best high-end smart thermostats

Ecobee4

Ecobee4

If you’re a fan of the Amazon Echo, you’ll be happy to learn the Ecobee4 has Alexa built in for easy integration into your smart home. It’s also compatible with Apple Homekit, IFTTT, Samsung Smart Things, and more.

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.

With room sensors, the Ecobee4 can 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 at Amazon for $249.

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See also – Amazon Echo commands list

Schneider Electric Wiser Air

Schneider Electric Wiser Air

This system features special built-in LEDs to let you know whether it’s cooling or heating at a quick glance. Its sensors register your approach and switch from general temperature monitoring mode to a manipulation mode when you walk up to it for easy setting adjustments.

With the “comfort boost” feature, you can heat or cool rooms faster, with a 15-minutes burst of hot or cold air to regulate a room’s temperature quickly, rather than wasting energy on heating or cooling empty rooms before you wake up or in preparation for guests.

The Wiser also keeps track of weather forecasts to predict changes in temperature that might affect your home, so you can sleep soundly knowing your smart thermostat will make sure you wake up comfortable.

Download the app and get started. Get it now on Amazon for just over $200.

Hive Thermostat with Hive Hub

The Hive Thermostat is a very affordable way to add not just a smart thermostat, but also a hub device for linking a number of other smart home devices made by the same company. You can set up the Hive Thermostat to store up to six different daily schedules to heat or cool your home. You can use the Hive app to quickly heat or cool your home with just the touch of a smartphone button.

You can also control the Hive Thermostat to your Google Home or Amazon Echo speaker and give it voice commands. You can even program it to heat or cool your home only while you’re there. Hive says this thermostat is also easy to install and should work with most heating and air conditioning systems. You can purchase the Hive Thermostat, bundled with the Hive Hub, for $229.99, although you can currently buy it for the much lower price of $114.99.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Nest Learning Thermostat

One of the first pieces of smart home tech to hit the mainstream, the Nest Learning Thermostat remains one of the best smart thermostats around.

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.

Get yours on Amazon now for $214.80.

Nest Thermostat E

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 to control the heating or cooling of a home up to seven days in advance. It can even use your phone for geofencing technology. In other words, if you are away from home, the Lyric T5 Plus will notice and adjust the temperature accordingly to save money. If it senses you getting closer, via your phone’s location, it automatically starts adjusting the temperature so when you arrive, the home is at just the right level of comfort.

The Lyric T5 Plus is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit so you can use voice commands to make changes to the temperature. It also offers alerts to let you know to change the air filter, or if there are some extreme indoor temperatures. It’s available on Amazon for $118.87

Best smart thermostats on a budget

Honeywell Lyric Round

Honeywell Lyric Round

The Honeywell Lyric Round monitors not only temperature throughout your home, but also humidity and, importantly, where you and your family are within your home at any given time. It’s great for avoiding waste and means your round dial control wakes up when it senses you nearby.

One major advantage of humidity tracking is that the thermostat also offers “feels like” readings, taking into account how temperature and humidity interact.

The Lyric Round also tracks usage, so that it eventually learns your routines and preferences and can regulate temperatures to predict your needs and preferences.

One of the best smart thermostats on the market, the Lyric Round works with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit, IFTTT, and Samsung Smart Things, and you can pick one up for just over $100 on Amazon.

Lux Kono

Lux Kono

This thrifty smart thermostat works with several voice platforms. It’s easy to install, compatible with Apple Homekit, and also has a convenient, easy-to-use app.

Unfortunately, the Lux Kono doesn’t integrate with other smart home devices. That’s not a great feature, but then again, it only costs $85 on Amazon, which may be a good enough deal to make it worth it.

 

 

Elgato Eve Degree

Elgato Eve Degree

For $60, the Elgato Eve Degree is about as cheap as it gets, making it one of the best smart thermostats on a budget.

Having said that, expect to get what you pay for. It tracks temperature, humidity, and air pressure, and it’s compatible with HomeKit, but it doesn’t do too much else.


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.

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