While this funny-looking device might not rank as the best smart thermostat, the Wyze Thermostat does have a few things going for it. One, if you already have a Wyze security system or other Wyze Labs products, the Wyze smart thermostat will enhance your home automation. Two, unlike many programmable thermostats, Wyze is under $100. Three, the thermostat design and installation are super simple.
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No-frills design, plenty of features
image: Wyze Thermostat lifestyle Credit: Wyze
At first glance, you may mistake the Wyze thermostat for the Wyze Video Doorbell. It has an unusual oblong design with a wheel at the bottom. But it works like the well-loved Google Nest Learning Thermostat.
You turn the wheel, and press to make heating, cooling, and setting selections. The process can be a bit frustrating, but luckily there are other ways to control the Wyze Thermostat. You can use voice commands through Alexa or Google Assistant, or you can use the app.
The Wyze App is simple to use, intuitive, and delightfully glitch-free. It connects all of your Wyze devices, and you can use it to set up automation such as scheduling heat to come on when your Wyze Band detects you are arriving home.
Wyze Thermostat features
While the Wyze thermostat seems pretty simple, it does have some features that you’ll find with fancier thermostats:
- Geofencing features will detect when you leave home and will set your system to Away Mode to save energy. No more cooling an empty house by accident.
- Scheduling keeps your home at the perfect temperature without fiddling with the thermostat. Imagine waking up to a pre-warmed home every morning. Bliss!
- Accessories—like the 3-in-1 remote temperature, humidity, and motion sensor—make this Wi-Fi thermostat even smarter.
- Learning capabilities gather information about how you heat and cool your home and then offer suggestions on how you can save money. Currently, it doesn’t auto-schedule from what it learns, but that feature is coming.
- Voice controls using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants allow you to turn up the heat on a blustery night without leaving your blanket fort on the couch.
- Coast to Cool feature turns off your AC and compressor earlier and uses the fan to push cold air through your home to save on cooling costs.
One of the latest additions to Wyze's product lineup is the Wyze Room Sensor. When paired with the Wyze Smart Thermostat it can eliminate cold spots in rooms, use movement to optimize heating and cooling, and much more.
Wyze Thermostat has truly simple installation
image: Wyze Thermostat installation Credit: Wyze
The Wyze Thermostat installation illustrates just how much Wyze thinks about user experience. A lot of brands talk the talk, but Wyze walks the walk.
We really like how easy the app makes installation. It guides you step by step, but that isn’t the impressive part. The app asks you what wires you see when you pull off your old thermostat and then guides you through the correct steps for your setup.
Without this guidance, you could end up miswiring your new thermostat or just become so frustrated you call in a professional to install it. (We’ve been there!)
It also has you take a photo of the wiring before you completely remove your old thermostat. The picture will be a handy tool to help you track which wire is which when you add them to the Wyze Thermostat.
It even has a built-in level to make sure that the thermostat isn’t wonky on the wall. Wyze really did think of everything. Most people can install the Wyze Thermostat in under 20 minutes. And that includes taking down your old thermostat.
Wyze is super affordable
Top smart thermostats like the Nest Thermostat or Honeywell are slightly pricey , spanning the $150 to $250 range. We love that you can get the Wyze Thermostat for under $100.
While the price is right, some features are missing that you’ll find in more expensive thermostats. One of the biggest bummers is that Wyze doesn’t have a touchscreen. The wheel isn’t too difficult to use, but a touchscreen makes changing settings much more manageable.
It’s also only compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, limiting how it could fit in with your home automation. We’d like to see additional compatibility with IFTTT, Samsung Smarthings, and Apple Homekit.
For most people, the Wyze Thermostat is a solid, affordable choice. It has most of the features you look for in a smart thermostat, like learning and scheduling. Plus, the app is straightforward and installation is a breeze. The only major drawback is that it doesn’t have a touchscreen.
Wyze thermostat FAQ
Yes, this thermostat learns your routines and then offers you energy-saving suggestions.
Yes, it works with most heat pumps, including dual fuel.
You don’t need a C-wire (common wire), but if your system doesn’t need a C-wire, you’ll need a G and Y-wire. The Wyze Thermostat comes with a C-wire adapter, and the app will run you through the installation instructions. Or you can view them on its help page.
It works with most 24-volt systems, including forced air, oil, gas, electric, single-stage, and multi-stage systems.
Don’t use it with electric baseboard heating, any systems with 110/120V wires, systems with just L1 and L2 labeled wires, or systems with zoning panels or zoning controllers. That seems complicated, but you can just use Wyze’s compatibility tool to see if your system is compatible.
Like most smart thermostats, the Wyze connects to your home’s Wi-Fi and is controlled through the device, the app, or through Alexa or Google Assistant.
Yes, but you’ll still need a C-wire for the setup to work.
Nope, there are no batteries. This is a hardwired thermostat that connects directly to your home’s power supply. When it goes out, so does your thermostat.
All you need to do is grip the thermostat and pull, and it should pop right off the wall. Then you’ll need to remove the wires by unclipping them from the unit.
How we reviewed Wyze Thermostat
Our Wyze Thermostat review is the culmination of dozens of years of smart home device testing and research. We also researched hundreds of customer reviews, videos, and other reviewers’ findings.
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