Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)

Best Smart Thermostat Overall

Why people love it
  • FarSight wakeup feature makes it easy to control HVAC system from the Nest unit
  • Installation is "a breeze", and it works with all existing home systems
  • Integrates with other home products (such as Nest Protect)
Cons

Doesn't display the current temperature (design flaw), but only the target temperature.

Highlights

No need to program your thermostat as the Nest will learn and auto schedule.

  • Will not heat or cool your empty home
  • Bigger display
  • Turn the temp up or down from your phone
Details

Performance: If you want the most advanced smart thermostat on the market, you've done right to choose the Nest. The 3rd generation of this device is more advanced than the previous two, with most of the "kinks" ironed out.

First off, you get remote access/control to the thermostat. As long as you have Wi-Fi at home, you can easily access it from your Android/iOS tablet, smartphone, and PC. The Nest App is free to download and easy to use, with intuitive controls that make your life a whole lot easier. This smart thermostat helps you to check your energy history, reduce energy expenditure, and even choose the HVAC setting that will consume the least electricity.

When it comes to installation, you've got an easy job on your hands. The average install time for the Nest Thermostat is under 30 minutes, but customers who can't figure it out can always call the 24/7 customer support hotline for help. It's compatible with 95% of the HVAC systems on the market, and can work with heat pump, solar, hot water, radiant oil, geothermal, gas, electric, and forced air systems.

The device learns your schedule, adjusts the HVAC system to ensure your home is as warm/cool as you want it when you want it, and gives you total control over your home temperature. With its 24-bit color LCD screen and 480p resolution, it makes adjusting the temperature from the unit a cinch.

Features: If you're looking for sleek and gorgeous, this is the thermostat for you! It's round, understated, and elegant, with a black exterior that will blend in with any modern décor. The thermostat stays off until you approach it, at which point the FarSight feature will turn it on for you to regulate your temperature.

The device works with Amazon's Alexa voice control, allowing you to adjust the temperature without having to touch a button. Of course, for those who prefer remote control, the mobile app will give you access to all the available features: on-off cycle, energy-saving mode, auto-scheduling, auto-away, overnight sleep mode, and the list goes on.

Price: At $250, this is one of the priciest smart thermostats on the list, but SO worth it! If you want a smart home, the Nest's ability to learn your preferences and  schedule makes it easy for you to always keep the temperature in your home JUST the way you want it.

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