Smart thermostats have revolutionised the way we heat and cool our homes, making it possible to adjust the temperatures of our living areas from just about anywhere in the world.
Pretty much all smart thermostats integrate fluidly with prominent smart home automation hubs such as Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s Home Kit, giving you a huge amount of flexibility in terms of how you’re able to control your thermostat.
If you’re looking to smarten up your home this year, swapping out your thermostat is a terrific place to start and can help you save a significant amount of money by reducing heating and cooling costs around the home and providing fascinating insights on your ongoing energyusage.
As with all device purchases, it’s important to consider which product will work best with your home and the other smart home products you may already be using.
It’s also important to check the smart thermostat will work with your home heating systems. For example, some smart thermostats work better with low voltage heating, while others work more effectively with high voltage systems.
Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)
The original Nest Thermostat from 2011 changed the game. Fast forward to 2020 and the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat ($385 AUD) continues to set the benchmark amongst smart thermostat devices.
The Nest Thermostat monitors your habits to control your heating. For instance, if you regularly go to bed at a certain time, the system will learn from your habits and start turning off the system at that time. The device will also automatically switch itself off once it recognises that you're no longer at home.
The Nest Learning Thermostats supports voice integrations with the Google Assistant, as well as Amazon Alexa. Its intelligent learning mechanisms and amazing app experience across iOS and Android continues to set the bar extremely high and it in our eyes, it remains as the best smart thermostat device going around.
The Ecobee 4 ($380 AUD) includes a built-in Alexa speaker, This gives you the ability to ask the device for local weather conditions, or how bout getting your thermostat to order an Uber to your house. Not bad huh?
Despite its epic prepackaged Alexa compatibility which comes in handy, you’ll be pleased to hear the Ecobee 4 also works seamlessly with the Google Assistant and Siri.
As you would expect from a smart thermostat, everything can be controlled through your smartphone, so you can adjust the heating conditions in your home wherever you may be in the world.
With the device being incredibly easy to configure and operate, and with support for up to 32 sensors in your home, the Ecobee 4 is well worth considering, especially if you want a thermostat that can be directly controlled using your voice.
Nest thermostat E
The Nest Thermostat E($260 AUD)is the cheaper alternative to its elder sibling (The Nest Learning Thermostat).
The device itself is made using cheaper materials (plastic instead of a metal ring), however, apart from that, the device features are pretty much identical.
Nest's signature learning system powers the device, with the Thermostat E able to learn and analyse heating habits over time and then automate an appropriate schedule.
As with the Nest Learning Thermostat, the device has compatibility with the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, meaning you'll be able to seamlessly control things using your voice.
One awesome feature that both variations of the Nest Thermostat offer, is The Nest Home Report. Sent monthly via email by Nest, the report summarises your heating and cooling usage and is an incredibly convenient way to gain insights around your energy usage.
Overall, the Nest Thermostat E is definitely worth considering and the device offers pretty much everything the regular Nest offers, other than the premium design elements.
Honeywell Lyric T5 Thermostat
The Honeywell Lyric T5 retails at a slightly lower cost than its counterparts ($150 USD) making it our choice for the best bang for your buck smart thermostat.
It has all the features you've come to expect with a smart thermostat. You can control the device using the Lyric app on your smartphone or tablet, allowing you to program the device from anywhere in the world. It can also be integrated with Amazon Alexa, Siri or the Google Assistant
The device features geofence technology, which uses your smartphone GPS to track when you’re close to returning home so it can program your heating/cooling conditions accordingly.
Another rock-solid option considering its slightly lower price point