Comparison: ecobee3 lite vs. Nest Thermostat E – budget versions sacrifice accessory support but keep almost everything else

Last year, two of the best-known brands launched budget-friendly versions of their flagship smart thermostat models. The ecobee3 lite and the Nest Thermostat E pack most of what we love about their full-featured versions into beautifully designed “lite” versions. Both models come with an MSRP of $169, which is great news for the budget-conscious shopper…
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The Google vs Amazon battle over your smart home intensifies

Google and Amazon continue to fire shots at each other in hopes of winning control over your smart home, from controversial product de-listings to funding rounds. Here’s a roundup of the latest happenings with Google, Amazon, Nest, and ecobee. Nest products no longer available on Amazon.com Many of us noticed something was amiss when the…
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Review: ecobee3 lite packs all that ecobee goodness into a wallet-friendly package

Our ecobee3 lite smart thermostat rating: The ecobee3 lite at a glance If you always wanted an ecobee but the price was just a little bit out of reach or you don’t see the point of built-in Alexa or the little room sensors, then the ecobee3 lite is for you! This stripped-down version gives you just…
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What is multistage heating and cooling and how do I tell if I have it?

Part of figuring out if your system is compatible with a smart thermostat is determining if your 24v HVAC system is single stage or multistage. (Wait a minute, how do I tell if I have a 24v HVAC system in the first place?) Single stage systems are best described as “on-off“. They’re either blowing hot…
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6 reasons why 2018 is the perfect time to buy a smart thermostat

Nobody likes buying something only to have something new and better come out a month later. Smart thermostats were a new and quickly-changing market several years ago, but things are stabilizing now in 2018. If you haven’t gotten your smart thermostat yet, 2018 is a great time to buy. Here’s why. 1. The smart thermostat…
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Is your wiring compatible with a smart thermostat? Our guide to low voltage, line voltage, and more

You’ve probably heard the term “low voltage” or “24v” while researching smart thermostats – but if you’re early in your research, you might not yet know the difference. The difference is critical: today’s best-known smart thermostats (from manufacturers like ecobee, Nest, and Honeywell) are designed only for low voltage systems. You’ll need to be sure…
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Review: Engbird Wireless Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Sensor gives clear insights into temperature and moisture levels basically anywhere

Our Engbird IBS-TH1 temperature and humidity smart sensor rating: Engbird temperature and humidity sensor at a glance The Engbird Wireless Bluetooth Temperature and Humidity Smart Data Logger is a small, battery-powered sensor that passively captures data 24/7 and displays it in a neat, easy-to-read app. It’s easy to connect to the sensor via the app (note that…
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Review: ecobee4 added Alexa to a thermostat and we’re in love

Our ecobee4 Alexa-enabled smart thermostat rating: The ecobee4 at a glance Move over, everyone else – the ecobee4 is the smart thermostat to buy right now in 2017. They took everything we loved about the ecobee3, baked Alexa right into the hardware, and lowered the price. Note to readers: this review is intended for visitors from North…
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Best Smart Thermostats of 2017 – The ultimate smart thermostat shopping guide

‘Tis the perfect season to upgrade your home with a smart thermostat! 2017’s smart thermostats are supported by polished apps, well-integrated with home automation systems and voice-assistants, and there are plenty of deals to go around. If you have a 24-volt HVAC system (often called forced air or central heat/air conditioning), there’s a smart thermostat…
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ecobee adds support for Google Assistant (Google Home, Google Home Mini)

Great news for Google Home enthusiasts: Ecobee just added support for the Google Assistant! This means you can now use your Google Home, Google Home Mini, or Google Home app to control your ecobee thermostat using simple voice commands. Ecobee makes both of our most highly recommended smart thermostats, including our budget-friendly pick for 2017,…
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