Category: Reviews

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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Review: 2GIG CT100 Z-Wave Programmable Thermostat

Our 2GIG CT100 smart thermostat rating: 2GIG CT100 at a Glance Simple, friendly, and affordable – 2GIG’s CT100 smart thermostat doesn’t have a cutesy name or a flashy body, but it’s got most of the features you’d want in a smart thermostat for less than a hundred bucks! What’s the catch? The CT100 is a Z-Wave thermostat, not WiFi! That means you’ll need a Z-Wave compatible home…
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Review: Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat (1F86U-42WF)

Our Emerson Sensi WiFi thermostat rating: Sensi at a Glance What if I told you that you could get all the power of a WiFi enabled thermostat (remote control, ease of scheduling) at half the price of the flashier thermostats? Meet the Sensi. Technically, its full name is the White-Rodgers Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, but we’re gonna just go…
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Review: ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat

Our ecobee3 SMART WiFi thermostat rating: The ecobee3 at a Glance Grab it while you still can! Ecobee appears to be retiring this model. There is now an ecobee3 lite (reduced accessory support) and a new full model, the ecobee4 (similar to the 3 but with Alexa built in). Ecobee3 stock still exists – and usually at a price…
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Review: ecobee Smart Si smart thermostat

Our ecobee Smart Si thermostat rating:   Smart Si at a Glance PROS Easy to create a schedule through drag-and-drop web interface, much faster than the “learning” process on a Nest Costs $100+ less than Nest, Lyric, and ecobee3 with few (if any) sacrifices Detailed usage reports with Home IQ (free!) Outdoor & indoor temps displayed on unit’s screen Slim and unobtrusive design looks like…
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Review: Honeywell Lyric Smart Thermostat

Last update: 2/6/2015 Our Honeywell Lyric Quick Rating: Honeywell Lyric at a Glance The Lyric had a rocky start and half a year later things aren’t looking much better. What few Amazon reviews exist for the Honeywell Lyric are not kind. Various early users on tech forums and Amazon.com complain that the Honeywell Lyric was “beta at best”…
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No C-Wire? Venstar Add-a-Wire adapter has you covered

Problem: Your HVAC system lacks a C-wire (common wire) for your new WiFi thermostat Solution: Install a Venstar Add-a-Wire adapter! Venstar Add-a-Wire Adapter: a Simple Solution to a “Common” Problem Short a wire? If you are lacking the (ironically named) “common wire”, also known as the C-wire, you might be pleased to learn that there’s an adapter for that. The Venstar Add-a-Wire…
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Nest vs Honeywell Wi-Fi RTH9580WF Comparison Chart

Still not sure if you want a Nest or a Honeywell thermostat? This quick comparison chart compares the major features of the Nest and the Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat (RTH9580WF). Nest vs Honeywell Wi-Fi Help me decide! Read about the Nest advantages over Honeywell Wi-Fi and the Honeywell Wi-Fi advantages over Nest. The Nest Learning Thermostat is for you if……
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Honeywell Wi-Fi advantages over Nest Learning Thermostat

Welcome to our two-part series comparing the advantages of the well-designed Honeywell Wi-Fi (RTH9580WF) thermostat over the very popular Nest Learning Thermostat. These two competitors are leading the race for control over your home’s furnace, and the one that’s right for you comes down to your personal preferences. Both thermostats are similarly priced ($200-$250 depending…
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ecobee EB-STAT-02 Smart Thermostat Review

Last updated: 12/21/2014 Our ecobee EB-STAT-02 Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat Quick Rating: 12/2014 update: There’s a new ecobee model in town and it’s fantastic. However, we still think the the EB-STAT-02 deserves a 4-star rating. The only thing “wrong” with it is the dated touch screen design, but it’s still got all the stuff we love: data reports, remote access, and simplicity of…
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