Best smart thermostat 2022 to help you stay warm and save money (2023)

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Adding one of the best smart thermostats to your home helps it stay just the right temperature no matter what's going on outside – and they can save you energy and money while doing it as a bonus.

Heating and cooling are often some of the largest energy expenses (opens in new tab) in any home. It doesn’t help that traditional thermostats aren’t always accurate, and their operations can be wasteful. Smart thermostats offer a solution.

The best smart thermostats can help keep you hot or cool as needed, but not just on a basic set schedule – you can control them remotely from the app, or you can use voice control from the best smart speakers, but even more importantly, they can adapt and learn from your habits in real life.

If you keep tweaking it in the evenings, it'll just change its routine, so you don't need to in the future. And it learns how long it takes your home to heat up, so it can start heating up earlier on cold days to make sure it still hits the right temperature at the time you want.

When you're out on your travels, a capable smart thermostat will look at and analyze your routine, only heating up your home when you're actually in it (and perhaps on your way back to it as well). These gadgets are more clever than you might have realized if you don't already own one.

This more granular approach to energy usage can also help you become more eco-friendly. Only 30% of the fossil fuels (opens in new tab) in electric plant operations actually generate power, so reducing your power consumption results in fewer harmful emissions. As a result, you reduce your carbon footprint when you use a smart thermostat.

There's a top entry on our list because there has to be, and it's not there for show: we really do think the Nest Thermostat E is going to be the best choice for most homes. That said, it may not be right for you – other options can make it easier to create separate heating zones, where some rooms are heated at different times and to different temperatures than others.

As you go through our extensive guide, weigh up your options, the budget you've set yourself, and the specific kinds of automation you require, and that should lead you straight to the right smart thermostat for you. You might also want to take a look at our Nest vs. Hive vs. Tado (opens in new tab) guide, which compares three of the biggest ecosystems.

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1. Nest Thermostat E

A brilliantly stylish, capable and affordable smart thermostat

Specifications

Display: 3.18 x 3.18 inches, 320 x 320 pixel 24-bit color LCD

Sensors: Temperature, humidity, near-field activity, far-field activity, ambient light

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz); 802.15.4 (2.4GHz); Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Compatibility: Combi boilers; System and heat-only boilers; Domestic hot water tanks; Hydronic underfloor systems; Air-source and ground-source heat pumps (heating only); Zoned systems (one Nest Thermostat per zone); Heating systems with OpenTherm technology

Colors: white

Reasons to buy

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Smart Nest learning on board

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Better value than the top-end Nest

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Excellent mobile apps

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Alexa and Google Assistant compatible

Reasons to avoid

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No HomeKit/Siri support

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Not as premium look as regular Nest

If we were to be uncharitable, we'd describe the Thermostat E as a bargain-basement version of the Nest Learning Thermostat. There have been some obvious corners cut: the screen is a little more muddier, the case more plasticky and obviously cheaper, and there's less useful info displayed. But every one of those features is a nice-to-have rather than a must-include, and overall, the Nest Thermostat E is the better deal, premium feel or not.

It's the brains that make a thermostat, not the presentation, and this is perfectly fine in isolation, and it has all the smarts you'll need. You can always go for its more expensive cousin if you really want to wow guests with your thermostat.

You get all the smarts that are well-established in the Nest line, most impressive of which is the learning algorithm, which works out both when you're home and when you like the heat a little hotter, helping to set the right temperature at the right time. This should save you money, since you won't leave it turned up by accident. It'll also tie into individual temperature sensors, so you can make sure you're getting the heat you want in the right rooms and spaces.

Unsurprisingly, the Thermostat E plays nice with Google Assistant, but Alexa users will be glad to know it works happily with that ecosystem too. It's not, however, compatible with Apple's HomeKit platform, and you won't be able to control it with a SmartThings hub either.

Neatly, Nest will send you a smart energy report every month, to show you just how active the thermostat has been, and give you a chance to tweak its settings if it looks like it's got the learning a little wrong. In terms of bang for your buck, this is the best smart thermostat of 2022. If you want more info about how it compares to the more expensive Nest thermostat, here's our Nest Thermostat E vs Nest 3rd Gen (opens in new tab) guide.

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2. Amazon Smart Thermostat

An excellent budget pick

Specifications

Display: 3.5 x 3.5 inches, white LED

Sensors: Temperature, humidity

Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wi-FI

Compatibility: Most 24V HVAC systems

Colors: White

Reasons to buy

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Affordable

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Sleek design

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Alexa offers useful control features

Reasons to avoid

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Only works with Alexa

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Requires C-wire power or a C-wire adapter

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No remote sensors

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Amazon is no stranger to smart home technology, and its thermostat brings all the utility of Alexa to your HVAC system. It’s one of the most affordable smart thermostats on the market, but keep in mind that you’ll lose some functionality for the cost.

While the Amazon Smart Thermostat is compatible with most 24V HVAC systems, you’ll need a C-wire or C-wire adapter to use it. It also comes without remote sensors like some of the other options on this list. However, for around $60, it’s hard to complain about a lack of features.

One edge the Amazon Smart Thermostat does have is Alexa. It won’t work with other smart home systems, but its Alexa functionality surpasses some others. The “hunches” feature analyzes the activity in your home to automatically adjust to your schedule. For example, the app will change the temperature if it notices that people may be away or asleep.

Overall, Amazon’s entry into the smart thermostat market isn’t the most feature-rich or compatible system, but it’s an excellent choice for its cost. It’ll be hard to find a better deal in this price range.

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3. Nest Learning Thermostat

Smart, easy-to-use, and surprisingly sexy

Specifications

Display: 5.3cm, 480x480, 229ppi LCD

Sensors: Temperature, Humidity, Near-field activity, Far-field activity, Ambient light

Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi (2.4GHz/5GHz); 802.15.4 (2.4GHz); Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Compatibility: Combi boilers; System and heat-only boilers; Domestic hot water tanks; Hydronic underfloor systems; Air-source and ground-source heat pumps (heating only); Zoned systems (one Nest Thermostat per zone); Heating systems with OpenTherm technology

Colors: Stainless Steel; Copper; Black; White

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use

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Learns as you go

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Can be controlled from your tablet or smartphone

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Cost includes expert installation

Reasons to avoid

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No HomeKit/Siri support

Nest takes Apple-like care in its product design (it was founded by ex-Apple employees), and it's definitely one of the better-looking smart thermostats out there. In fact, the Nest is largely responsible for kick-starting this whole smart home category.

This 3rd-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is able to monitor your habits and control the heating accordingly. So, for instance, if you regularly go to bed at 11pm or so, the system learns from that and starts turning the system off around that time. Before long, you're saving money, and you don't even have to touch the Nest.

Another smart feature the Nest brings to the party is an on-board activity sensor that can take an educated guess as to whether anyone is at home or not, and then adjust the heating schedule accordingly. If you want to take more manual control, over when the heating starts and stops, then the Nest is easy to schedule using the accompanying app.

That circular glass interface is beautiful to behold and remarkably simple to use – all you require is an opposable thumb and a forefinger. While the Nest Learning Thermostat comes with everything you need to fit it, we'd say you're better off having an engineer do it, especially as the price includes installation.

With the Nest Thermostat E delivering essentially the same performance and functionality but for a much cheaper price point, potential buyers should evaluate just how much they desire the more premium aesthetic, though. Still hands down one of the best smart thermostats right now. You can see how it compares to some of the biggest competition directly in our Nest vs Ecobee (opens in new tab) and Nest vs Honeywell (opens in new tab) guides.

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4. Johnson Controls GLAS Smart Thermostat

A sleek and functional high-end option

Specifications

Display: 5-inch OLED touch screen

Sensors: Temperature, humidity, VOCs, UV, pollen, CO2

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Compatibility: Most 24V heating and cooling systems

Colors: Silver

Reasons to buy

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Extensive air quality monitoring features

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Attractive futuristic design

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Easy-to-use interface

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+ Informative and helpful app

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

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Lacks extensive smart home system support

Johnson Controls’ GLAS smart thermostat is unlike anything else on the market. A translucent glass OLED screen makes this device look like something out of a sci-fi movie, and it has the features to back it up.

The GLAS thermostat monitors far more than just temperature and relative humidity. It also has sensors for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ultraviolet (UV) light, pollen, carbon dioxide levels and the air quality index. All this data provides some of the most robust air quality information you’ll find in a thermostat, making the GLAS ideal for those with sensitive lungs or other health concerns.

The GLAS works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the most common smart home control systems, but it lacks built-in support for other platforms. However, its excellent companion app may make up for that. It provides an easy-to-use interface, including extensive control settings, seven-day scheduling and real-time energy reports. You can also control multiple units from one app.

Johnson Controls’ entry into the smart thermostat market would easily make it to the top if it weren’t for the price. At almost $300, it’s outside many people’s budgets. You may also expect support for more smart home platforms at that price. However, if it fits within your budget, this is one of the sleekest, most functional smart thermostats you can find.

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5. Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control

Comprehensive smart home heating - now with Alexa Built-in

Specifications

Display: 4.29 x 4.29 inches

Sensors: Temperature, humidity, occupancy, proximity

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Compatibility: Gas, electric, oil, dual fuel

Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Support for up to 32 sensors

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Simple and easy to use

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Alexa, Google Assistant, HomeKit compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Thermostat is really big

While we may have previously directed you to the Ecobee4, the company's new smart thermostat (also called the Ecobee5 in some places) has rightly ousted it from our best smart thermostats list - not because this new model is radically different, since it looks similar and acts almost identically to its predecessor, but because it includes a whole lot more.

For starters, this is an Alexa device, and one which offers the full range of Alexa features, meaning it doesn't miss out on things like drop-ins, calling or announcements - very unusual outside of Amazon's tight Echo ecosystem, but something we'd like to see more of. It carries a solid speaker, too - not world-beating, of course, but enough to get some tunes running (there's Spotify Connect support) if you're not too worried about them reverberating through your wall and annoying your neighbors.

There are also newly revamped smart sensors to go around your home, which up the range and boost the battery life, so they're pretty much just set-and-forget. It'll hook up to every major assistant, too.

Our Ecobee vs Honeywell (opens in new tab) guide compares this option to its big-name rival directly.

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6. Ecobee3 Lite

A more affordable alternative to the Ecobee SmartThermostat

Specifications

Display: 4.05 x 4.05 inches, color LED

Sensors: Temperature, proximity, humidity

Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi,with 168-bit SSL encryption

Compatibility: Most radiant heating systems, multistage and dual-fuel heat pumps

Colors: Black

Reasons to buy

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Affordable

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Easy installation

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Works with many different smart home systems

Reasons to avoid

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No geofencing support

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Doesn’t support HVAC accessories

If you like the Ecobee Smart Thermostat but would prefer something on the cheaper end of the spectrum, the Ecobee3 Lite is the way to go. This thermostat offers many of the same features with a considerably lower price tag.

Like its more expensive counterpart, the Ecobee3 Lite works with Google Assistant, Alexa, HomeKit and more, making it accessible no matter what smart home platform you use. However, unlike the SmartThermostat, its Alexa voice support isn’t built-in. You’ll have to use the Alexa app or an Echo device to use voice controls.

The Ecobee3 Lite works with remote sensors despite its relatively low price tag. Still, these sensors are not included, so you’ll have to buy them separately, raising overall costs. It also features motion activation, offline functionality and a remarkably easy self-setup process. Its color LED touch screen also offers a surprisingly sleek and attractive interface for a budget option.

The Ecobee3 Lite requires a C-wire to work, but unlike the Amazon Smart Thermostat, it comes with an adapter. All in all, this budget-friendly pick is a great choice for anyone who likes the Ecobee platform.

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7. Honeywell Lyric T6/T6R

Easy-to-use smart thermostat – with limitations

Specifications

Display: not stated

Sensors: Temperature

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Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Compatibility: Heating systems with OpenTherm technology; Common Y- and S-plan setups

Colors: not stated

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use

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Geofencing works well

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Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa compatible

Reasons to avoid

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Needs professional installation

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Limited programming options

Looking like a cross between the British Gas Hive and the Nest from Google, the Lyric T6 is the latest in a long line of smart connected devices from the highly-regarded Honeywell with wired (T6) and wireless table-top (T6R) versions available.

The Honeywell Lyric T6/T6R can be controlled either via its touchscreen or via the free Honeywell Lyric smartphone app, with built-in geofencing, so the system automatically knows to switch on and off depending on how close you (or other members of your household) are to home. It also works with Amazon's Alexa and is Apple HomeKit ready.

As with other smart thermostats, the Honeywell Lyric T6 is best fitted by a professional installer, since the supplied box that connects to your boiler (or second zone) needs to be connected to the mains. Once installed and set up, however, the system is easy to use — although there are some limitations.

While you can use either geolocation or a range of programmable modes to configure the heating, you can't use both these options together – a shortcoming the Tado, for example, doesn't have. That said, we do like is the Lyric's Optimized Start mode, which automatically fires up the heating early so your home is already at the right temperature when you wake up — just the job for those cold winter mornings.

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8. Honeywell Evohome

One of the most comprehensive smart thermostat systems around

Specifications

Display: not stated

Sensors: Temperature

Connectivity: Wi-Fi

Compatibility: Gas, fuel, wood and electric boilers, heat-pump, zone valve, radiators, underfloor heating

Colors: White

Reasons to buy

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Learns as it goes

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Supports a wide range of heating systems

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IFTTT and Alexa integration

Reasons to avoid

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Not very nice to look at

Want to see another Honeywell system in our best smart thermostats list? Oh, go on then – the Honeywell Home is older and simpler than the newer Lyric models, but where it really excels is in the zonal control it offers.

You get individual thermostats for each radiator in the home, and a TRV valve is required in each case. Setup is easy on the radiator side though a little complicated when it comes to hooking up the boiler — it's best to get a professional in to do the job.

Design-wise, it's not going to win any awards, but it does the job of giving you more control over how and when your home gets heated. Each thermostat can be on a separate schedule, and the monitor is very straightforward to use.

As an added bonus, you can actually take the monitor device around the house with you for brief spells before returning it to its dock. For individual room and zone control, it's one of the best smart thermostats around.

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(Image credit: Sensibo)

9. Sensibo Sky

An affordable option for those relying on individual AC units

Specifications

Display: None

Sensors: Temperature, humidity

Connectivity: 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi with SSL encryption

Compatibility: Any remote-controlled air conditioner or heat pump

Colors: White

Reasons to buy

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Retrofits older AC systems with smart technology

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Affordable

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Compatible with many smart home platforms

Reasons to avoid

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No on-device controls or display

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Not ideal for homes not using remote-controlled AC units

The Sensibo Sky is an unusual one. Unlike traditional smart thermostats, this device aims to bring smart home features to older air conditioning systems. If your house uses window AC units, individual mounted units or a central remote-controlled system, this may be the one for you.

Sensibo’s retrofitting smart AC control is also highly affordable, sitting at around $100. Despite that low price tag, you get a fair amount of features. The system works with almost every smart home platform, including Google Home, Alexa, SmartThings, Siri and IFTTT. It also includes geofencing to automatically turn off or on when you enter or leave home.

One of the biggest drawbacks of the Sensibo Sky is the lack of any display or controls on the device. You’ll have to use the companion app or your smart home hub to see or adjust its temperature and controls. However, this lack of on-device functionality helps the Sky maintain an elegant, small form factor, blending in with your AC units.

Like some others on this list, you can create schedules for the Sensibo Sky, which is helpful if you’d rather set an ideal temperature and forget about it. This device may not offer all the bells and whistles of other, more expensive options, but it’s an excellent choice if your house or apartment uses older AC infrastructure.

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10. MYSA Smart Thermostat

A great way to bring smart functionality to electric baseboard heaters

Specifications

Display: 5.79 x 4.06 inches, white LED

Sensors: Temperature, humidity, light, proximity

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC

Compatibility: Electric baseboard, fan-forced, self-contained hydronic baseboard and in-ceiling

Colors: Beige

Reasons to buy

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Makes older heating systems smart

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Works with high-voltage systems

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Geolocation and AI features

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Compatible with the big three smart home platforms

Reasons to avoid

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Limited use cases

The Mysa Smart Thermostat is like the Sensibo Sky in that it brings smart home functionality to older systems. In this case, that’s electric baseboard heaters. The Mysa may be the only smart thermostat that works with your system if your home uses these high-voltage heating solutions.

Setting the Mysa up requires more wiring than some other options given the nature of its intended use case. Despite that, you can set it up in as little as 15 minutes without having to call a professional to do it for you. Once you have it in place, you’ll notice it has a lot to offer on the smart home side of things.

The Mysa Smart Thermostat is compatible with Alexa, Google Home and Apple HomeKit. That doesn’t cover every platform, but most people use one of those three systems, so you can likely integrate it into your smart home. It’s also highly intelligent on its own, using geolocation and artificial intelligence (AI) to divide your house into zones for more efficient heating.

These intelligent features can help make your old heating system far more cost-efficient. While it doesn’t come in any colors other than beige, its sleek, minimalist design will help it blend in. Its use cases are admittedly limited. However, considering that few, if any, other smart thermostats serve this market, it deserves the mention.

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11. Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat

An unassuming but powerful smart thermostat for any home

Specifications

Display: 5-inch LCD screen

Sensors: Temperature, humidity

Connectivity: 2.5 GHz Wi-Fi with WPA and WPA2 encryption

Compatibility: Most heating and cooling systems, apart from high-voltage

Colors: White, Black

Reasons to buy

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Makes older heating systems smart

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Works with high-voltage systems

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Geolocation and AI features

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Compatible with the big three smart home platforms

Reasons to avoid

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Limited use cases

The Emerson Sensi Smart Thermostat doesn’t aim to stand out or make your home look more futuristic. It looks just like a traditional thermostat, complete with analog buttons and a big, white plastic box around an LCD screen. This may render it unattractive for some users, but you could also argue that it carries a retro appeal.

What the Sensi lacks in cool factor it more than makes up for in functionality. It’s compatible with HomeKit, Google Assistant, Alexa, SmartThings, Wink and most home heating and cooling systems. Perhaps most impressive is the Sensi’s companion app.

The app allows you to set up geofencing, schedules and remote access, and you can adjust the thermostat’s controls to your liking. It will also automatically alert you when it senses rapid temperature fluctuations, which could indicate poor insulation or suggest you forgot to close a door. These warnings will also alert you to dramatic humidity changes.

The Sensi is easy to set up since it’s the same shape and size as a traditional thermostat. You won’t likely have to do much paint or patching work when you replace your old system for this one. Step-by-step instructions make getting your settings right the first time a breeze.

Emerson may not be the most popular name out there, but the Sensi is a hidden gem. Consider it if you want a no-frills, highly efficient smart thermostat.

How to buy the best smart thermostat for you

There aren't a host of specs to sift through when choosing the best smart heating thermostats for 2022 because they all work along similar lines – but there are some purchasing points to make. Compatibility with other smart home kits is one important consideration to weigh up, for example, as it's a very good idea to make sure your new thermostat is going to work with your existing smart home devices.

If you're already controlling most of your smart home kit through Amazon Alexa, the most popular smart home brand, buying a smart thermostat that's also Alexa compatible makes sense. You don't need to suddenly switch to Google Assistant. If you don’t have any other smart home gadgets, look at the models you may want to ensure they’re compatible with the same systems.

We'd also recommend checking with your energy company to see if any smart thermostat deals are on the table: it might discount the price of certain models or maybe even give you one for free.

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Apart from that, the right device for you will be one that adapts to your home's routine and starts saving you cash (by intelligently setting temperatures) as quickly as possible, and the associated app and platform can help here.

You can even use smart thermostats to create zonal heating in your home – many of the devices we've listed support existing zonal setups, but there are also options that enable you to control each radiator individually, so your colder rooms can get relatively more heating time.

FAQs

Which is the best smart thermostat 2022? ›

Best Smart Thermostats for 2022
  • Amazon Smart Thermostat. Best overall. $42 at Best Buy. ...
  • Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium. Best voice integrations. $250 at Ecobee.
  • Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat. Best remote sensor. $160 at Amazon. ...
  • Nest Learning Thermostat. Best design. $179 at Amazon.
13 Oct 2022

Will a smart thermostat help save money? ›

Smart thermostats can show your energy consumption in real-time and can even adjust your heating to conditions such as humidity, helping you save money. Certain types even learn from your behaviour and, after a given amount of time, will be able to adjust the temperature without you having to do anything.

What is the most efficient smart thermostat? ›

The best smart thermostats: Save energy efficiently
  • Ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control. Best smart themostat. ...
  • Google Nest Learning Thermostat. The best-known smart thermostat. ...
  • Honeywell Home T5 Smart Thermostat. Best budget option. ...
  • Honeywell Home T9 Smart Thermostat. Best for total control. ...
  • Wyze Thermostat.
30 May 2022

How do I know which smart thermostat to buy? ›

10 Factors to Consider When Buying a Smart Thermostat
  1. Compatibility With Your HVAC System. ...
  2. C-Wire Requirement. ...
  3. Ease of Installation. ...
  4. Smartphone Compatibility. ...
  5. Smart Home Integration Options. ...
  6. Temperature and Motion Detection Sensors. ...
  7. ENERGY STAR Certification. ...
  8. Convenience Features.
2 Oct 2022

What should I set my thermostat to in the winter to save money? ›

Thermostat Operation

You can easily save energy in the winter by setting the thermostat to around 68°F while you're awake and setting it lower while you're asleep or away from home.

Is it cheaper to leave your thermostat at one temperature? ›

Keeping your home at a constant temperature generally means that your HVAC system will run constantly to meet it. This means that your furnace or air conditioner may run when you're asleep, at work, or out of the house. This wastes more energy than the minimal amount that you might save by having it constantly run.

Does keeping the heating on low save money? ›

According to experts at the Energy Saving Trust, the idea it's cheaper to leave the heating on low all day is a myth. They're clear that having the heating on only when you need it is, in the long run, the best way to save energy, and therefore money.

What is the cheapest way to keep your house warm? ›

So here are 10 simple tips for keeping your home warm for little or no extra cost – just in time for that severe weather warning.
  1. Use your curtains. ...
  2. Use timers on your central heating. ...
  3. Move your sofa. ...
  4. Maximise your insulation. ...
  5. Wrap up warm. ...
  6. Turn down the dial. ...
  7. Block out the draughts. ...
  8. Install thermostatic radiator valves.
9 Nov 2016

Which type of heating is cheapest to run? ›

Generally speaking, Halogen heaters are one of the most inexpensive types of electric heater. They average around 1200W in terms of power output and because they provide instant-heat at close quarters, you shouldn't need to leave them on for long periods of time.

Is it worth buying a smart thermostat? ›

All in all, the benefits of smart thermostats outweigh the price tag. Not only do they provide an easy opportunity to make some cost-cutting habit changes, but they also give an in-depth, behind the scenes look into your actual energy usage like never before.

What is the best thermostat for winter? ›

The ideal thermostat temperature in the winter is 68 degrees Fahrenheit when you're at home. Energy.gov suggests that 68 degrees is a good room temperature while you're awake at home but recommends lowering it while you're asleep or away.

Where is the best place to install a smart thermostat? ›

The ideal spot to place a smart thermostat (or any thermostat, for that matter) is on an interior wall in a common space, away from anything that could create temperature extremes, such as direct sunlight, a drafty window, or an air vent.

Can I just install a smart thermostat? ›

Learning how to install a smart thermostat can be a simple project, just make sure to keep thermostat compatibility in mind. It's important to first find a smart thermostat that's compatible with your HVAC system, so you can follow the right installation instructions.

How many smart thermostats do I need? ›

For most homeowners, a single Nest thermostat will be sufficient and will allow you to control your entire home either via the thermostat or the app. However, if you already have more than one thermostat, or want greater control, then it's worth considering how many Nest thermostats you need.

What happens to smart thermostat when power goes out? ›

When power is lost to the thermostat, the only information it "loses" is the current time. Once power is restored, the thermostat will resume its previous settings and configuration. It will also automatically reconnect to the Wi-Fi network. Once reconnected, all features are accessible again.

Do smart thermostats have monthly fees? ›

You can choose from many types of smart thermostats, and each one works differently. Some thermostats charge a monthly subscription fee if you want to use the remote control features to adjust the settings via your smartphone. Other options connect to apps that don't charge a monthly fee.

What is the difference between a smart thermostat and a Wi-Fi thermostat? ›

A smart thermostat can learn and make decisions for you. A smart thermostat, just like a Wi-Fi thermostat, can be controlled by a connected device, such as your cell phone, via an app. Wi-Fi thermostats, however, don't have the ability to learn from your usage.

What temperature should I keep my heat on so pipes don't freeze? ›

Regardless of how long you will be traveling and away from home, keep your thermostat set at 68 degrees Fahrenheit or above. This will help to keep the pipes on the inside of the home from freezing and the ones under the home at a slightly higher temperature as well.

Is 72 a good temperature for heat in the winter? ›

68 to 72 degrees is a temperature range that is not too warm or cool, and is sufficient enough to warm up the home just enough so that everyone is comfortable regardless of the type of clothing they have on.

Is it cheaper to leave heat on all day? ›

In fact, leaving your heat on all day can actually cost you much more than turning it off every now and then. Heat tends to diffuse, so the high heat in your home will diffuse to areas of low heat outside the home during the winter. So even when you have your furnace on, your home is always losing a little bit of heat.

Does turning your heat on and off cost more? ›

Is it better than leaving it on steadily? ANSWER: Turning your heat on and off is not cost effective, since your system will have to work extra hard for extra long to get the temperature back up.

Is it cheaper to heat one room or the whole house? ›

In larger homes, a small room may be worth heating individually if it's less than a quarter of the size of the whole house, although there's less benefit if your house is well-insulated.

Does turning the thermostat on and off save money? ›

The Department of Energy estimates savings of about 1 percent for each degree of thermostat adjustment per 8 hours, and recommends turning thermostats back 7 to 10 degrees from their normal settings for 8 hours per day to achieve annual savings of up to 10%.

Does turning off heat at night save money? ›

While some homeowners have considered turning off their heat at night in an attempt to lower their heating bills, it generally is not recommended as a viable option. The fact is, turning your heat off at night creates more potential risk for your home and your family than it does savings on your energy bill.

How can I lower my heating bill in the winter? ›

11 Hacks To Help You Save On Heating This Winter
  1. Turn Down Your Water Heater. ...
  2. Replace Your Furnace Filters. ...
  3. Maintain Your Doors And Windows. ...
  4. Turn Down Your Thermostat. ...
  5. Close Unused Vents. ...
  6. Turn On Your Ceiling Fan. ...
  7. Check Your Attic Insulation. ...
  8. Turn Your Bathroom Fan Off.

What is the most economic way to heat your home? ›

A gas-fired central-heating system is often the cheaper option in terms of running costs; electrical heating costs considerably more per unit of energy.

How can heat loss be reduced in a house? ›

Reducing home heat loss
  1. Cavity wall insulation.
  2. Solid wall insulation.
  3. Floor insulation.
  4. Roof and loft insulation.
  5. Draught-proofing.
  6. Windows and doors.
  7. Insulating tanks, pipes and radiators.

Why is my house so cold even with heating on? ›

The reasons your house is cold even with the heat on could be because of poor insulation, your furnace not working properly, rooms with high ceilings, or your heating system doesn't cover the whole house. Each of these issues can prevent your home from properly heating.

How do I make my house warmest? ›

Lets get started.
  1. Heat your home, not your walls. Here's how to keep your house warm with some easy foil insulation. ...
  2. Pop on some pipe-lagging. ...
  3. Draught-proof your home. ...
  4. Bleed your radiators. ...
  5. Get your boiler serviced. ...
  6. Close the curtains. ...
  7. Use the oven to heat the house. ...
  8. Roll out a rug.

What is the cheapest way to heat your home in 2022? ›

Gas boiler

It's not as cost-effective without solar panels, but a gas boiler is still the cheapest way to heat your home – though that's set to change soon, with the cost of gas rising more than twice as quickly as electricity.

How long does a smart thermostat last? ›

With typical use, the smart thermostat will last well over one year when running on battery power alone. The battery can be expected to last even longer if the smart thermostat is powered through the C-wire (common wire). In this case, the batteries will only be used when the power is out.

What is best thermostat for home? ›

Top 5 Thermostats
  • Best Smart Thermostat: Google Nest Learning Thermostat.
  • Best Value: Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.
  • Best Sensor: ecobee SmartThermostat.
  • Best Non-Programmable Thermostat: Honeywell Pro Non-Programmable Digital Thermostat.
  • Best Programmable Thermostat: Orbit Clean Comfort Programmable Thermostat.

Can a new thermostat save you money? ›

Heating and cooling expenses can get quite expensive. One of the easiest ways to save on these expenses is by installing a new thermostat in your home. Thanks to advancements in technology, some of today's modern and advanced thermostats maximize energy savings to the fullest.

How much money can you save with a smart thermostat? ›

On average, savings are approximately 8% of heating and cooling bills or $50 per year. Savings may be greater depending on climate, personal comfort preferences, occupancy, and/or heating/cooling (HVAC) equipment.

Does a smart thermostat save money? ›

Installing a quality smart thermostat can take your energy savings to a new level. In fact, smart thermostats like the ecobee smart thermostat can reduce energy bills by up to 23%. That can translate to hundreds of dollars in savings every year. Smart thermostats are a win-win for homeowners.

What is the most comfortable house temperature? ›

Depending on the season, the ideal house temperature for both comfort and efficiency is between 68 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. In the summer, the recommended thermostat setting is 78 degrees F. In the winter, 68 degrees is recommended for energy savings. However, these temperatures aren't perfect for every situation.

What thermostat temperature saves the most money? ›

Experts say that setting your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day is the best way to save money in the winter. While away from home, it is recommended to turn it down. This has been determined to be the ideal setting for savings in the winter.

Is 75 a good temperature for heat in the winter? ›

Typically, our bodies are most comfortable when the air inside our home is 74-76 degrees. So, a safe setting is 75 degrees. However, this is only necessary when you're in your home. If you're like most, you are gone during the day.

Will there be a new Nest Learning Thermostat in 2022? ›

Google has confirmed that the older thermostat model will be updated to support the Matter protocol, which is expected to arrive in late 2022. But with the expected surge in interest in the smart home arena with Matter's official arrival, it would make sense for Google to unveil a new Nest Thermostat.

Is there a better thermostat than Nest? ›

ecobee Smart Thermostat

Ecobee's Smart Thermostat splits the difference between the Nest's ultra smart features, and an analogue look and feel. Its face is one giant touch screen, so you can access different modes and features by tapping and swiping the display.

Are they discontinuing Nest thermostats? ›

Google has sold out of Nest Secure and won't make the full system available for sale any longer. Google is committed to giving existing users the same feature and software support they have always had with Nest Secure.

Is Nest thermostat going to be discontinued? ›

That will all come to an end when Works with Nest fully shuts down by August 31. Some smart companies may sever their Nest compatibility before then just to save time. This is likely to lead to a lot of customer disappointment, and it will be interesting to see how Google deals with that.

What temperature should I set my Nest to in the winter? ›

The winter thermostat setting should at minimum be between 50-55 degrees to keep your appliances and pipes from freezing.

What are the disadvantages of a Nest thermostat? ›

Nest's temperature swing is 3 degrees (compared to other thermostat's 1 degree swing). So when you set your thermostat to 70, your home may actually be 67 or even 73 degrees. If you want your temperature to be very precise, then this is a bad thing.

Does Nest thermostat lower electric bill? ›

On average the Nest thermostat saved US customers about 10-12% on their heating bills and about 15% on their cooling bills. We've estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year, which means the Nest thermostat can pay for itself in under two years.

What is the most economical heating temperature? ›

The Energy Saving Trust recommends heating your home to between 18 to 21 degrees Celsius during winter. And The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests 18 degrees is the ideal temperature for healthy and well-dressed people. Both agree this is also the ideal temperature for sleeping.

What is the most comfortable heating system? ›

When it comes to ultimate comfort and efficiency, an in-floor, or “radiant heat” system, should be highly considered! In-floor heat consists of hydronic tubing installed below the flooring. This can be in a concrete slab, in a track system, or stapled to the underside of the subfloor from below.

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