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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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Honeywell Thermostats

Review: Honeywell RTH6580WF WiFi 7-Day Programmable thermostat

Our Honeywell RTH6580WF WiFi 7-Day Programmable thermostat rating: Honeywell RTH6580WF at a glance The Honeywell RTH6580WF is a good, simple, affordable WiFi thermostat. It’s for those not ready or not willing to pay $200+ for a fully featured smart thermostat, but still want the convenience of controlling their home’s temperature through their phone. The screen is basic, but […]

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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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Nest Thermostats

Nest 3rd gen: what’s new, and is it worth upgrading?

Google’s third generation Nest hardware hit stores just in time for the 2015 holiday shopping season. Now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at what’s new. What’s new with the 3rd generation Nest? Not a whole lot. The most noticeable updates over the second generation Nest model are: The display is noticeably […]

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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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Nest 4.3 software update adds more data to display, other improvements

Good news for Nest owners: the 4.3 software update (rolling out this week) is adding more information to the display, improving the auto-scheduling feature, and adding a system test mode. Quick View The Nest’s interface got a big revamp in response to customer requests (and probably market competition – the Ecobee3 and the Honeywell Lyric both featured more on-screen […]

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ecobee Reviews Thermostats

Review: ecobee3 Smart WiFi Thermostat

Our ecobee3 SMART WiFi thermostat rating: The ecobee3 at a Glance Heads up! This article is about a retired ecobee thermostat model. The current models are: ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control [Our Review | Amazon link] ecobee Lite SmartThermostat [Our Review | Amazon link] The remainder of this article pertains to the older ecobee3 thermostat. Room sensors, […]

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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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Honeywell Reviews Thermostats

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” […]