Category: ecobee

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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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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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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Now you can control your Ecobee3 with your Amazon Echo!

If you have an Amazon Echo and an ecobee3 connected thermostat, you’re gonna love this news: now you can adjust the temperature of your home by giving orders to your Echo smart speaker! The Ecobee3 is the first thermostat to join the exclusive Echo club (sure, you could control Nest through IFTTT recipes, but this integration cuts out the middleman)…
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Major ecobee3 update 3.6 improves sensors, more

Good news, ecobee owners! Ecobee is rolling out a major update to its popular ecobee3 smart thermostat this April! The 3.6 update is their biggest since the thermostat’s September 2014 launch and includes many popular-request features: outside temp now displays on ecobee3 unit’s idle screen improvements to heat pump algorithm HomeIQ overview in the web…
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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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