Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest distinguishes itself within the first seven days of use. That’s because that’s all the time it needs to record your habits, preferences, schedules, and household details (like how drafty your home gets and how long it takes to heat up or cool down) and channel them into precise, autonomous climate control. It’s this attention to detail that allows Nest to determine how far in advance it needs to turn on the heat or A/C, so your home feels perfect at all times. In our opinion, the steep price tag is worth it.
Best For: People who don’t mind spending more for a quality product and who want to sync their smart thermostat with other home automation devices.
Power Company Rebates. Nest’s energy efficiency has incentivized utility companies to become partners. If you live near a Nest partner, you could get a Nest thermostat for free or get a $100 rebate. This type of savings drastically offsets the initial cost of Nest’s third-generation smart thermostat, so it’s worth looking into.
Learning Thermostat. You’re welcome to manually control your Nest thermostat, or leave your heating and cooling up to the device itself; it knows exactly what to do.
Great Reviews. Over 7,000 Amazon customers have rated Nest’s third-generation smart thermostat with an average 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Responds to Your Presence. The Nest thermostat has something called Farsight and lights up when it detects your presence, so it’s easy to see the temperature, weather, and time from across the room. This farsight also enables Nest to go into an energy-saving mode when it knows you’re not home to save you money on utility bills.
Color Choices. Choose from copper, steel, black, and white finishes to match your home’s aesthetic.
Home Automation Compatibility. Nest’s smart thermostat works with all other Nest products (like its smart smoke detectors) as well as Amazon Echo and Alexa. Home automation is convenient, but becomes even more so when you can control your home in one place like the Nest app.
Professional or DIY Installation. Save money by installing your Nest thermostat yourself, or use one of the company’s certified professional installers to help you get up and running.
Humidity Control. Nest keeps your home moist enough so that your skin doesn’t dry out, but dry enough to stave off mold and mustiness.
Alerts. Nest doesn’t just monitor and adjust temperature, it keeps a complete eye on the climate and health of your home. The app delivers filter reminders, inefficiency detection alerts (like if your furnace needs a tune-up), and extreme temperature sensing to prevent fire and freezing pipes.
Expensive. Better technology comes at a premium, and Nest’s smart thermostat is the most expensive on this list, starting at $250.