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When it comes to smart thermostats, there are two names that tend to come up more than any other: Nest and Ecobee. Nest was one of the first thermostats to market with smart technology built in. It won the country over with its ability to learn and program itself to save on energy costs.
Does anyone else remember getting yelled at by Grandpa for moving the thermostat up two whole degrees? No? Only me? Well, the days of setting the thermostat and leaving it in a certain position for all eternity are gone. No more black magic marker ticks to ensure the dial is set in the correct position, no more being yelled at from the living room.
In 2011, Nest Learning Thermostats came on the market and changed the way we view energy savings. They quickly became the standard for all other smart thermostats to live up to. Tado is a lesser-known smart thermostat company that has quietly made a name for themselves.
Turning your portable air conditioner into a smart thermostat controlled unit is possible thanks to the Tado 3 and Sensibo Sky. These units replace the infrared remote control that came with your unit and allow you to use mobile apps and voice controls, just like a smart thermostat for a central unit.
When was the last time you actually thought about your home thermostat? If we are being serious, unless it has given you problems, it just sits on the wall clicking and turning things on and off.
However, thermostats have taken advantage of recent technological advances and are now incorporated into the true smart home lifestyle. In 2011, Google introduced the Nest learning thermostat. Since then it has gone through two iterations and changes, and for the better.
If you want to compare the latest two models, the Nest 2 and the Nest 3, you are in luck. I am going to dive deep into these thermostats and find out exactly what is going on behind those huge LCD screens. I will compare the two models and give you an overview of the features. I will even answer the most common questions and show you side-by-side which thermostat is the best.
Updated: May 2, 2019
If you are looking to upgrade your home to a smart home, one of the first places you will most likely start is with a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats started with the Nest Learning Thermostat in 2011 and since then many different manufacturers have joined the game.
One of those manufacturers is Ecobee, who has quietly joined the ranks with some great smart thermostats.Both manufacturers continue to improve their products: whileEcobee continues to innovate, Nest continues to build on its strong foundations.
When Ecobee introduced the Ecobee3 Lite version, they nicknamed it the “Smarter Thermostat.” I had to see it to believe it. The Ecobee3 is a great smart thermostat in its own right, and I was excited to get to test the Lite version to see if it really was smarter.
Competing with Nest and Honeywell, Ecobee was the first to include a mobile app to control the thermostat; they still try to make a name for themselves by flying under the radar.
Ecobee keeps taking steps forwards in giant leaps. With their latest smart thermostat, the Ecobee4, they have included integrated technology with Amazon Alexa.
In case you were wondering, it's pronounced "YI-co-bee" according to the manufacturer.
In this smart thermostat review, I will sort out all the new features of the Ecobee4 and compare it in a side by side showdown with the Ecobee3.
How smart can one home be? Vera thinks your home can be extremely smart. So smart, Vera has created an entire line of smart home controllers with different features and price ranges for a wide variety of needs and budgets.
Each of the smart home controllers in the Vera lineup control a large number of devices, ranging from light bulbs to thermostats, automatically turning the devices on and off as members of your household enter and leave. But how do you determine which of Vera smart home controllers is right for your home? We took a look at the VeraEdge and the VeraLite to compare the features of each.
With so many new devices adding smart features, it can be tough to decide which smart hub controller you should buy, spend the time to configure, and enjoy automating your home with. Do you opt for more compatibility with more devices; do you opt for the big brand name backing your smart hub; do you look for easy to use software to make programming your automation a breeze?