Category: Thermostats

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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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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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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Review: Nest Thermostat E brings beauty and brains at a budget-friendly price

Our Nest Thermostat E rating: The Nest Thermostat E at a glance Quick Summary A little more affordable, reduced accessory support, attractive frosted design.   Known formally as the Nest Thermostat E, the “Nest E” is a fantastic update to the Nest family of smart home products. It fills the “under $200” niche that competitors Ecobee and…
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Nest Thermostat E unboxing and early look

Today we’re getting our first hands-on look at the new Nest Thermostat E! What’s new: The E’s $169 MRSP is well below the Nest’s usual price-point of $250, which makes it a) Nest’s first entry into the “below $200” category of smart thermostats and b) a direct competitor to one of our favorites, the ecobee…
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Comparison: ecobee4 vs. ecobee3 smart thermostats

“Alexa, compare these two thermostats.” When ecobee announced the ecobee4, a completely new update to its flagship thermostat, we were intrigued. We already think the ecobee3 is awesome, so what’s the deal with the 4? Let’s take a look! Summary The ecobee4 is just like the ecobee3, except now Amazon’s Alexa is built into the device.…
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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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