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Honeywell Lyric Thermostat Review 2017

The Honeywell Lyric thermostat is like the Nest on steroids. With advanced technology that learns and responds to your habits, your home will always be comfortable no matter what Mother Nature has in store. And with Honeywell’s free companion app, you can control the temperature from anywhere in the world.

But is the Lyric the best thermostat for your home? Let’s find out in our detailed review.

Honeywell Lyric Features

  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, and Samsung SmartThings for voice-activated controls
  • Location-based temperature control, offers flexible scheduling
  • Adaptive recovery technology
  • “Feels Like” temperature and humidity function

Our Lyric Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat Review

There’s a lot to love about the Lyric, and with its advanced features, we may even venture to say that it has the Nest and other well-known smart thermostats beat in some departments.

Here’s what the Lyric WiFi thermostat offers:

Voice Control Functionality

One of the great things about the Lyric thermostat is that it offers voice control features through smart home technologies like Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Apple HomeKit and Samsung’s SmartThings.

Lyric completes your smart home system, and allows you to change your heating or cooling settings by simply asking it to adjust the settings.

Location Based Temperature Control

With location-based temperature control, the Lyric uses the location of your smartphone to know when you’re away from home. It automatically adjusts your home’s temperature to save you money when you’re away at work, the store, or wherever else.

Using geofence technology, the thermostat can also sense when you’re close to home, and makes sure your home is just the right temperature when you walk through the door.

Smart Technology and Alerts

Lyric can help you save money on your monthly energy bills, but to maximize savings, your system needs to be running in tip top shape. Regular maintenance can help ensure your system is running at its best.

We all lead busy lives, and it’s easy to forget to change the filter or adjust the thermostat to account for extreme weather changes. That’s where the Lyric comes in. Push notifications remind you when it’s time to perform these tasks, so your system stays in tip top shape.

“Feels Like” Temperature Control Function

One feature that really impressed us with the Lyric is the “feels like” temperature technology. Using smart technology, the thermostat takes into consideration things like the humidity and the temperature to keep your home as comfortable as possible.

If you set the temperature to 72, it will feel like 72.

With the Lyric, you can also adjust and view the humidity temperatures in your home for improved comfort on-demand.

Adaptive Recovery

This Honeywell WiFi thermostat also comes equipped with an “adaptive recovery” function, so your home is just the right temperature when you walk through the door, or slide into bed at night.

What this technology does is determine the amount of time it takes to reach the right temperature at your designated time. It also offers automatic change from heating to cooling, so your home is comfortable even if temperatures suddenly dip below freezing overnight.

The Auto Changeover feature uses your home’s indoor temperature to choose heating or cooling automatically.

Companion App

Using Honeywell’s companion app, you can control the Lyric from anywhere in the world – as long as you’re connected to the Internet.

Even if you’re 30,000 feet up in the air, you can change your thermostat’s settings to just the right temperature, so your home is comfortable the moment you walk through the door.

The app displays your home’s current temperature as well as indoor humidity levels. In just a few steps, you can even set up your own shortcuts through the app, and view notifications.

Through the geofence feature, you can view your current location.

Extra Features

The Lyric has a host of other great features, including:

  • Outdoor weather, displayed right on your thermostat
  • Indoor air quality monitoring, and the ability to adjust air quality accessories, like humidifiers, ventilators, and dehumidifiers.
  • Humidity readout right on the thermostat, so you can view your home’s humidity levels.
  • Colored halo that lets you know whether your system is in heating or cooling mode.

The Lyric also wakes up when you approach, so it’s up and ready to go when you need it most.


The Lyric is compatible with nearly all heating and cooling systems, including heat pump systems.

It is not compatible with electric baseboard heating.

Easy Installation

Installing the Lyric is simple and easy. Honeywell can connect you with a professional to install the thermostat for you, or you can choose to do it yourself.

If you go the DIY route, you can either use the manual, or follow the steps using the Lyric app.

The app’s guided walk-through makes the installation process simple and easy.


  • Knows your location, so it can adjust the temperature when you get close to home.
  • Compatible with nearly all heating and cooling systems.
  • Easy to install.
  • “Feels like” function accounts for humidity when making temperature adjustments.
  • Connects with smart home systems, and offers voice activation features.
  • Push notifications remind you when it’s time to perform maintenance tasks.
  • Automatic switch between heating and cooling to get your home to just the right temperature.


  • Need your smartphone to use some features.

The only complaint we had was that you have to use the smartphone app to turn off the home’s heating or cooling system. If you don’t always have your smartphone on hand, this may be a nuisance.

Overall, the Lyric is a solid WiFi thermostat with advanced features. If you have a smart home system, you’ll appreciate how easily this thermostat integrates into your network. The geofencing feature is another nice touch, as it automatically adjusts the temperature when you’re close to home.

But is this the best smart thermostat. No. The Honeywell Wifi Thermostat RTH9580WF is still our top pick.

If you do decide to buy the Lyric, we recommend buying the bundle with the freeze and leak detector. These two features make the thermostat worth the buy.

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