You don’t have the time or patience to research all of the thermostats on the market. There are dozens to choose from, but luckily, thermostat technology doesn’t change often – until recently. The advent of programmable and smart thermostat has changed the way thermostats work, but there are four models that truly stand above the crowd.
And, many of these thermostats work to save you money on electric bills.
If you’re looking for the best thermostat to buy, it really comes down to four options.
Nest is an extremely popular option. This best-selling thermostat is on its second generation model and has been rated the best thermostat on the market by consumers. Aesthetically pleasing and sleek, this thermostat has a backlit display with a 3.20” circular face.
When the heat is on, the display is orange. The display turns blue when the air conditioning is engaged.
Green leafs are shown when you make smart energy decisions and will allow you to know when you’re saving money. Nest states that achieving one green leaf a day can lower your energy bills by as much as 10% on average. Many users save 20% on their electric when using Nest.
A smart thermostat, Nest learns your heating and cooling habits automatically over time and will adjust them for you on-the-go.
You can even adjust your home’s temperature when you’re away from home using the accompanying app.
Honeywell is a little larger and more traditional in the aesthetics department, but it does feature an LCD display and full color. The outside temperature is monitored as well thanks to the built-in Wi-Fi.
This model features:
- Wi-Fi control over the thermostat
- Air filter replacement reminders
- Alerts of extreme temperatures
- Smart response to react to changing temperatures on your behalf
Using advanced schedules, you can adjust the temperature even when you’re not home. This model doesn’t have a sensor like other models, but you can set it to change the temperature based on your own schedule.
Turn the heat lower when you’re at work and have it heat up the house right before you walk through the door.
The Sensi by Emerson has a sleek design with an easy-to-read interface. You can use this model with most HVAC systems even if a “c-wire” isn’t present. Connecting to Wi-Fi, you can control the Sensi remotely with the free app.
Precise temperature controls allow the Sensi to be within +/- 1 degrees at all time.
Advanced scheduling allows you to setup Sensi to change temperatures 7 days a week. There are also a few neat features, including:
- Energy reports aimed to help you same money
- Remote control connectivity via your smartphone
- 9 schedule options
- Precise temperature control and monitoring
The Sensi is the best thermostat for an easy installation and anyone that is on a budget. Not as powerful as the Nest or Honeywell, the Sensi is still a major upgrade over a standard thermostat.
Ecobee3 is a truly smart thermostat that adjusts the temperature of your home based off of the outside temperature. You never have to worry about a sudden heat wave leaving your home sweltering when you get home.
The best thermostat in terms of being passive, the Ecobee3 offers:
- Motion sensors that adjust temperatures when you’re not home
- In-depth usage reports to help you save on energy bills
- Wi-Fi connectivity to adjust your home’s temperature from anywhere in the world
- Alerts when your HVAC system isn’t functioning properly
The Ecobee3 is a really smart thermostat that is small and fairly easy to install. One thing that separates this model from the competition is that it will adjust your home’s temperature for you when the outside temperature changes drastically, allowing you to achieve maximum comfort at all times.
All of these thermostats are in the top class for 2016. Known for their quality design and advanced features, you can’t go wrong with any of these models. Some are more advanced, such as the Nest, but these come at a higher price than the Sensi, which is still a very advanced, respected model.
Before you make your purchase, make sure that the model chosen will work with your HVAC system.