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Review: Ecobee’s SmartThermostat is their smartest yet, but convenience comes at a (small) cost to privacy

Just in time for the winter heating season here in North America, Toronto-based Ecobee rolled out the 5th iteration of its popular flagship thermostat. Simply titled the Ecobee SmartThermostat, this update is notable for its improvements to the in-unit Alexa (both microphone and speaker) and the redesigned room temperature sensor. A major free software update […]

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ecobee’s new SmartThermostat gets better at everything – except being a thermostat

The ecobee4’s successor is here: parent-company ecobee dropped the “4” 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 models have a plastic […]

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ecobee Thermostats

Review: ecobee4 adds Alexa, keeps everything else that makes an Ecobee thermostat awesome

Our ecobee4 Alexa-enabled smart thermostat rating: The ecobee4 at a glance Voice control, integration with a variety of home automation systems, and a sleek, easy-to-use interface – the ecobee4 has it all. It’s easy to set up and schedule, it offers fine-tuned control over your HVAC’s features, and the remote temperature sensors are well-loved by users with […]

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Emerson Sensi Honeywell Reviews Thermostats

Comparison: Emerson Sensi ST55 vs. Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat (RTH6580WF)

In this article: we compared the Emerson Sensi ST55 to the Honeywell RTH6580WF to determine the best budget WiFi thermostat. Today we’re taking a look at two of the most popular budget-priced smart thermostats, the Emerson Sensi ST55 and the Honeywell RTH6580WF. They’re both popular they offer WiFi connectivity and a smartphone app while still being […]

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Knowledgebase Nest Thermostats

No C-wire? Install a Nest thermostat at your own risk

Nest says you don’t need a C-wire – until you do. Read enough Nest reviews and you’ll eventually spot a common theme: Nests sometimes fail in systems without a C-wire. We were curious about these seemingly “random” Nest failures, so we called a few local HVAC companies and asked them for their off-the-cuff opinion on […]

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Crunching the numbers: 3rd-party projects and alternative ways to analyze your Ecobee or Nest data

Ecobee and Nest both offer emailed monthly data reports containing information such as how many minutes your system ran, whether it was heating or cooling, etc., but the reports don’t give as much nitty-gritty detail as many users would like (and you have to wait at least a month to get them). Fortunately, a few independent projects […]

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Nest Thermostats

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

Our Nest Learning Themorsta (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 […]

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Emerson Sensi Thermostats

Review: Emerson Sensi Touch Wi-Fi Thermostat (ST75) is easy to install, easy to use, and easy to like

Our Emerson Sensi Touch WiFi thermostat rating: Emerson Sensi Touch at a Glance What it is: the Emerson Sensi Touch is a smart thermostat with a touch screen, easy-to-use app, and a somewhat pared-down feature set compared to the (pricier) competition, all for a wallet-friendly price. We were super excited to get our hands on the Sensi […]

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Nest Temperature Sensor solves a common problem but does little else

Nest owners, rejoice! With the new Nest Temperature Sensor, your Nest can take (and use) a temperature reading from somewhere else in your home! This new sensor is a small, wireless, battery powered “puck” about 2″ in diameter. It can be used with the Nest Thermostat E and the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen. only). It’s sold […]

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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 […]