Author: M.B. Grant

Ecobee goes for total home domination with new smart light switch

November 22, 2017 update: ecobee is now looking for “product pilots” to test the new ecobee switch+! Apply here. You’ve probably heard of Alexa by now: Amazon’s voice-activated assistant does everything from adjusting your lights to adding stuff to your shopping list. When Ecobee announced Alexa integration in its May 15 update to its flagship thermostat, we…
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ecobee3 lite vs. ecobee3 smart thermostat

The ecobee3 has been our top pick for nearly 2 years, and the family just got bigger: the ecobee3 lite Smarter Thermostat rolled out this October! Toronto-based ecobee slimmed down the feature set of its flagship thermostat and aimed at the “budget” end of the smart thermostat market with this new addition. It’s cheaper than the ecobee3 “classic”…
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Review: Vine Smart WiFi thermostat (TJ-610)

Our Vine Smart WiFi thermostat rating: Vine at a Glance A new challenger approaches! Vine Smart WiFi Thermostat from Xing Connected Corporation launched just a few months ago (summer 2016) at a reasonable price point with a robust feature set. Their motto: “Smart, yet simple” The affordable alternatives to the most expensive smart thermostats are getting better all the time.…
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Which smart thermostats are compatible with Alexa?

Once you’ve adjusted the temperature just by talking to your Amazon Echo, it’s hard to go back to the barbaric old ways of using an app or a dial. Look for the words “Works With Alexa” to find smart thermostats that you can control through a separate Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, on the same…
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Review: LUX Geo smart thermostat (GEO-WH-003 / GEO-BL-003)

Our Lux Geo rating: Lux Geo at a Glance The affordable alternatives to Nest and Ecobee just keep getting better. The Lux Geo lacks a touch screen, but that’s about the only “smart thermostat” thing missing from this affordable and slick-looking WiFi-enabled thermostat. Control it from an easy to use app, set up schedules with ease, and then take the…
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Review: Honeywell RTH6580WF WiFi 7-Day Programmable thermostat

Our Honeywell RTH6580WF WiFi 7-Day Programmable thermostat rating: Honeywell RTH6580WF at a glance The Honeywell RTH6580WF is a good, simple, affordable WiFi thermostat. It’s for those not ready or not willing to pay $200+ for a fully featured smart thermostat, but still want the convenience of controlling their home’s temperature through their phone. The screen is basic, but…
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15% off Amazon Echo and Tap – today only!

TODAY ONLY – a super rare sale on Amazon Echo and Amazon Tap! Order yours today and enjoy voice-activated control over any of these popular smart thermostats: ecobee3 – [our review] *Our top-rated smart thermostat 2 years in a row* Nest (gen. 3) – [our review] The thermostat that defined the smart thermostat category. Emerson Sensi – [our review] Our top rated budget…
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What if I don’t have a C-Wire?

The C-Wire, or “common wire” enables the continuous flow of 24 VAC power to the thermostat. It’s a wire that (if you have one) runs all the way from your furnace to your thermostat. Questions about the C-wire are by far the biggest drivers of traffic to this site, so I’ve written this article to help you…
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Now you can control your Ecobee3 with your Amazon Echo!

If you have an Amazon Echo and an ecobee3 connected thermostat, you’re gonna love this news: now you can adjust the temperature of your home by giving orders to your Echo smart speaker! The Ecobee3 is the first thermostat to join the exclusive Echo club (sure, you could control Nest through IFTTT recipes, but this integration cuts out the middleman)…
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Nest 3rd gen: what’s new, and is it worth upgrading?

Google’s third generation Nest hardware hit stores just in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at what’s new. What’s new with the 3rd generation Nest? Not a whole lot. The most noticeable updates are: The display is noticeably larger and higher resolution than previous Nest…
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