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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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Server outage? Here’s what happens to your smart thermostat

This winter saw a series of frustrating server outages for smart thermostat owners, particularly Nest and Ecobee. Frequent outages make it difficult to use the thermostat the way most people want to: remotely through an app. Smart thermostats have two important jobs: be a thermostat and be online, so when the servers go down and […]

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6 reasons you might NOT save a bundle with a smart thermostat

How much money can you actually save with a smart thermostat? As it turns out, that’s a complicated question. The answer depends on your existing habits, preferences, the climate you live in, and more. The savings look impressive (up to 20% in some cases) and the claims sound bold (can a smart thermostat really pay […]

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Best smart thermostats of 2018 – summer shopping guide

Summer’s here! Can your thermostat keep up? If you’re still turning your AC on and off with a dial or a few buttons on a thermostat you never programmed, then you’ll love the simple, hands-off automation of a smart thermostat. If you have a 24-volt HVAC system (often called forced air or central heat/air conditioning), […]

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The Google vs Amazon battle over your smart home intensifies

Google and Amazon continue to fire shots at each other in hopes of winning control over your smart home, from controversial product de-listings to funding rounds. Here’s a roundup of the latest happenings with Google, Amazon, Nest, and ecobee. Nest products no longer available on Amazon.com Many of us noticed something was amiss when the […]

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6 reasons why 2018 is the perfect time to buy a smart thermostat

Nobody likes buying something only to have something new and better come out a month later. Smart thermostats were a new and quickly-changing market several years ago, but things are stabilizing now in 2018. If you haven’t gotten your smart thermostat yet, 2018 is a great time to buy. Here’s why. 1. The smart thermostat […]

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Smart Thermostat Holiday 2014 Comparison and Buyers Guide

Last update: 12/15/2014 The holiday season (and the heating season) is fast approaching here in North America! If you’re thinking of giving your home – or someone you really like – the gift of a WiFi-enabled smart thermostat, then you should check out our handy buyers guide below! We’ll compare all the most popular thermostats and […]

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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 […]