So you’re looking to finally get rid of that antiquated piece of thermostat in your home and get a smart thermostat? Well it’s about time we say in 2020! Smart thermostats have been around for a while now, but if you’ve reading this and have waited until now to buy one, that’s good news, because they’ve just gotten better!
The latest smart thermostat models truly live up to their name, using impressive algorithms and computing power, to understand your household’s heating and cooling needs, and are able to automatically adjust the thermostat’s system’s performance to match.
So if you’re the early bird type waking up at 6:30 a.m., your thermostat can recognise that fact, and get your kitchen warmed up before you even come down for that life-saving cup of coffee in your pyjamas. When everyone heads out for the day, your thermostat knows that too! So you don’t end up heating or cooling an empty home and wasting your money doing so.
Then top 3 BEST Smart Thermostats of 2020 featured below also all have their own mobile apps as well, so you can control the temperature from your phone, whether you’re coming back after a long vacation or just finishing up a run and hoping to sweat a little less when you get back inside. Either way your home is at the perfect cost temperature waiting for you – now how amazing does that sound?
Having reviewed Smart Thermostat systems for over 6 years now, we have literally seen every model of them come and go, and the ones featured below are our top picks for anyone looking to get a smart thermostat system this year 2020.
NEST Smart Thermostat | Clean, Sleek Design
The Nest Smart learning thermostat was one of the pioneers who started the smart thermostat craze when it was released more than a decade ago. It has since ceded its dominance to Ecobee, but Nest, which was bought by Google six years ago, still makes great products.
This 3rd Generation NEST Learning Thermostat has an easy-to-read, well-organized screen, with a control system that’s familiar to anyone who ever used a traditional round thermostat: just spin the outside ring. Check out our full detailed review on the NEST Learning thermostat here.
Much like the Ecobee, it works with single-room sensors. Over time, Nest 3 learns your habits — when you wake up and go to bed, when you’re at work and when you go home — and optimizes your heating and cooling in response. The Nest may not have some features of newer models, like dual-band WiFi, but is simple to use and install, and it’s beautifully designed.
We also love its clean sleek design and use of use as well as it’s user interface which makes it super easy for anyone to use.
Ecobee 4 Smart Thermosat | Alexa Connectivity, Dual band WiFi
The Ecobee4 comes with it a pretty neat high-resolution screen, attractive design, and dual-band WiFi connectivity, which reduces interference with other devices and improves overall performance.
The added benefit is that it also comes with a nifty little remote sensor that lets you base temperature settings on a room other than the one the thermostat is mounted in. (In other words, if you spend most of your time in a kitchen with high ceilings or leaky windows, the sensor helps you keep that room comfortable.) Check out our full detailed review on the Ecobee 4 Smart Thermostat here.
The Ecobee4 also has the option of hooking it up with an integration system with voice control systems; it may feel silly, but if you’re in the bedroom and your thermostat is downstairs in the living room, it’s just convenient to be able to ask Alexa (or another digital home assistants) to turn the temperature up or down for you. Hey no-one ever complained about NOT having to get his/her rear off the couch to adult the thermostat either!
Honeywell Home T5 Thermostat | Affordable, Geofencing Capabilty
The Honeywell Home T5 is the alternative to Honeywell’s Lyric round which is priced at more than USD 200. If you do recall there certainly was a time when the name Honeywell was almost synonymous with thermostats of all kind. However as with everything else that have encountered significant changes and disruptions lately, Honeywell too encountered a big surprise Nest Labs came along and made the sleepy category it had taken for granted for decades so exciting with the advent of smart thermostats.
Honeywell brought its first-gen Lyric smart thermostat in 2014, and the gloves were off as far as to whom the old guard was going after. That first-generation model was however rather problematic, but Honeywell learned from its mistakes and the second-generation Lyric is much better. Check out the full review of the Honeywell T5 Smart Thermostat here.
The stylish Honeywell appliance occupies a bit more wall space than the Nest, however it still has a stylish look and you don’t even need a ‘C-wire’ to install it.
The Honeywell thermostat is also compatible with a broad range of HVAC hardware, including single- and multi-stage heating and cooling systems; heat pumps with and without auxiliary heat; geothermal and hot water heating; 24V gas fireplaces; and humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and ventilators.
The ENERGY STAR® certified Honeywell T5+ Smart Thermostat can also be easily programmed with a schedule or allowed to adapt to your busy life on the fly. Control and monitor usage from anywhere simply by using your smartphone or tablet, or integrate it completely with your smart home with a smart home device (e.g. Alexa device).