Amazon Thermostats

Amazon Smart Thermostat Review: the budget thermostat of our dreams

Our Amazon Smart Thermostat rating: Brand new for 2021, it’s Amazon’s very own smart thermostat! For the past half-decade or so Amazon’s been busy building a smart home/home automation platform of their own so this new thermostat isn’t exactly a surprise. What is surprising is how low they priced this thing – this is most inexpensive […]

Honeywell Thermostats

Review: Honeywell T9 thermostat is capable and affordable with just a few annoyances

Short version: The Honeywell T9’s got all the bells and whistles at a surprisingly low price. We rate it a Smart Buy. Honeywell finally nails it The T9 lands like Honeywell’s heartfelt apology for their previous missteps in the smart thermostat market. Honeywell’s now-retired Lyric model was a mess back when we tested it and […]

ecobee Thermostats

Review: ecobee Lite SmartThermostat packs ecobee goodness into a wallet-friendly package

Our ecobee3 lite smart thermostat rating: The ecobee Lite SmartThermostat at a glance Note: This model was originally called the “ecobee3 lite”. It was rebranded to “ecobee Lite SmartThermostat” match the flagship model’s naming convention. The old and new names are used interchangeably on ecobee’s own website and Amazon storefront. If you always wanted an ecobee […]

Nest Reviews Thermostats

Review: Nest Thermostat strikes a perfect balance between value and features

In late 2020 Google expanded the Nest product lineup with an all-new thermostat with a simple name: “Nest Thermostat”. This new entry, identifiable by its flat mirrored face, does not replace any of the existing models. Instead, it is a brand-new, value-priced entry with an MSRP of $129.99. Its low price places it squarely in […]

Nest Thermostats

Review: Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen.) keeps pace with the competition

Our Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen.) rating: Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen.) at a Glance What it is: the award-winning, category-defining Nest Learning Thermostat hardly needs an introduction these days. Installation is designed to be simple and quick, and once set up, the Nest can (in theory) “learn” your schedule and preferences with minimal input from […]

Emerson Sensi Reviews Thermostats

Emerson Sensi review: a great WiFi thermostat at an affordable price

Our Emerson Sensi WiFi thermostat rating: Emerson Sensi at a Glance The Emerson Sensi is our go-to smart thermostat recommendation for installations without a C-wire, shoppers on a budget, and anyone in need of a “simple” smart thermostat that still does virtually everything you might want it to. Our hands-on experience with the Sensi was simple […]

Budget Friendly Lux Geo Thermostats

Review: LUX Geo smart thermostat (GEO-WH-003 / GEO-BL-003)

Our Lux Geo rating: January 2021 update: Heads up! This review was originally written in 2016. Many users are reporting that a recent update to the app has reduced and removed functionality from this thermostat. For a thermostat that works without a C-wire, take a look at the Emerson Sensi. Lux Geo at a Glance The […]

ecobee Reviews Thermostats

Ecobee SmartThermostat review: premium thermostat delivers comfort and convenience

The Ecobee SmartThermostat is the flagship thermostat model in a growing collection of smart home products from Toronto-based home automation company Ecobee. Ecobee has ditched its model numbering scheme this time around. favor of a simple, two word name: “SmartThermostat”. Compared to its predecessor the Ecobee 4, the SmartThermostat makes improvements to the in-unit Alexa, […]


Server outage? Here’s what happens to your smart thermostat

Both Nest and Ecobee were affected by a series of server outages during the winter of early 2019. This frustrated many users and made it difficult to operate the thermotats remotely, which is one of the primary reasons people get a smart thermostat in the first place. In this article, we’ll talk about why smart […]

ecobee Thermostats

ecobee’s new SmartThermostat gets better at everything – but it’s still a thermostat

The ecobee4’s successor is here: parent-company Ecobee dropped the “4” from the naming nomenclature and dubbed the latest iteration of their flagship product the ecobee SmartThermostat. What’s new with the ecobee SmartThermostat In short, the SmartThermostat is a big upgrade for Alexa features with some technology updates to improve speed and connectivity. Glass screen (earlier […]