WiFi thermostats are the next generation heating and cooling devices that give the control of your house in your palm. Thermostats are divided into two categories: programmable and non-programmable. The programmable thermostats use a digital interface while the non-programmable ones require manual settings. WiFi thermostats, on the other hand, are built for the purpose of empowering your smartphone/tablet to take control of the house in your hand. The following article lists 10 best WiFi thermostats for your smart homes.
10. Honeywell TH9320WF5003 WiFi Thermostat ($176.39)
This is a touch screen programmable thermostat with a custom display and on-screen comfort information. It has energy saving mode and features 7-day easy programming. You can manage everything with the app on your phone. Setting the schedule is very easy since menus are very user-friendly. You can change the color schemes to match your taste and lock it.
“I like using the ‘IFTTT’ and ‘Do Button’ apps (android, ios), and there is a channel for this thermostat on that. With these apps, I can have the thermostat turn down the temp when I leave my house, and turn it back up when I leave work – all automatically. I also have ‘Do Buttons’ program on my phone homepage – one to turn the fan on, one to turn up to 74 for 4 hours, and one to turn down to 66 for 4 hours. Works great, and the thermostat responds within five secs.
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9. Ecobee WiFi Thermostat ($267.16)
Ecobee has an intuitive user interface that allows you to set your required settings quickly. Built-in WiFi allows you to change its settings from ANYWHERE through the app. The weather functions assist in saving energy and is reliable and good-looking. Programming using the web-interface is easy, but the installation requires a person with considerable knowledge about these HVAC systems.
“All in all, I’m very pleased with the Ecobee thermostat, the only drawback (if you can call it that) is the price. However, it’s not at all fair to compare the price of this unit to a traditional thermostat, because feature-wise, there is no comparison.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
8. Honeywell RET97B5D1002/U WiFi Thermostat ($114.97)
Honeywell’s RET97B5D1002/U is a programmable touchscreen thermostat featuring a real-time clock that automatically updates the time if power is shut down. This device is compatible with an 802.11b/g/n wireless router, and you can get alerts of high/low temperature and loss of internet connection. The screen is large, clear, easy-to-understand, and stylish. The web interface is quite good, and the setup is very easy. The Honeywell’s iPhone app is great to use too.
“All in all, I’d highly recommend the Honeywell RTH8580WF thermostat to any homeowner looking to upgrade to a WiFi unit. Even if you don’t want or need the WiFi accessibility, the unit itself is very pleasing to look at on the wall and interact with.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
7. Ecobee3 WiFi Thermostat ($236.16)
Ecobee 3 1st generation features a smart WiFi thermostat with remote sensors and free mobile app that can control it from anywhere at any time. It looks attractive on the wall and can control basic smartphone functions from the app. The remote sensors provide temperature and occupancy data for multiple rooms and it will overcool to adjust humidity. The thermostat doesn’t have holes for ventilation so temperature response might be a little slow. It doesn’t have a geo-fencing capability, and you cannot set ranges for sensors either. This product offers integration with IFTTT (a free service that allows you to create “recipes” that look for “triggers” and then take actions).
“You can set the fan to cycle for X minutes every hour which is common, but the ecobee smartly divides the cycle time up across the hour. You can optionally set a schedule for when you are *typically* home/away; this encourages the thermostat to go into away mode *faster* than the Nest (which might unnecessarily hang out in ‘home’ mode well after you’ve already left). If you don’t follow your usual schedule – no problem – the occupancy sensor will eventually figure that out and go to home/away mode as needed. This scheduling feature should make the unit marginally more efficient than the Nest, particularly for people on consistent schedules. You can preschedule the unit to go into ‘vacation’ mode from date A to date B automatically! So you don’t even have to remember to put it into or out of vacation mode on the day of the trip.Like the Nest, you can make the fan run for X minutes after heating/cooling has stopped to capture any residual heating/cooling left in the pipes for a few minutes (e.g., your furnace is still warm).” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
6. Lux Products TX9600TS WiFi Thermostat ($53.00)
This thermostat has the universal capability with all types of systems and has a large, wide, bright, and crisp easy-to-read display. You can select your periods per day and programmable touchpad lockout for unauthorized users. It also features adjustable temperature limit stops and has an energy usage monitor. It offers easy installation, and the readout is excellent. A simple touch of screen wakes it up, and it is very easy to program. Works well with no major issues.
“Nice job, nice appearance, good quality, great price.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
5. Honeywell RTH6580WF WiFi Thermostat ($92.95)
Honeywell’s RTH6580WF WiFi-enabled thermostat allows access to thermostat through your smartphone/ tablet. It features 7-day programming with four program periods. It has universal compatibility with virtually all types of systems and can view local weather from portal or application on your phone. It is pre-programmed to save energy, and the user interface on the web is great.
“This thermostat is outstanding. You can monitor and control the temperature, heat vs. cool, and the fan auto vs. on from your cell phone from anywhere.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
“I purchased this for our weekend getaway home so that I could remotely adjust the thermostat. Installation and setup was a breeze. The smartphone app has worked without fail. Would recommend.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
4. Ecobee3 WiFi Thermostat ($249.00)
This is Eobee3 2nd generation WiFi thermostat for your smart home. This thermostat is intuitive and understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment. This decision is based on your home’s unique energy profile, weather, and other data points collected from various locations. It knows when you are at home and senses the number of people in different rooms. The smart saving capacity can lower your energy bills by understanding your temperature requirements. It also works with Alexa and Apple home-kit for smart control. The installation is pretty simple as it uses a touchscreen for the input. It also comes with smart settings that can detect the level of the comfort you want. Scheduling is fairly decent with a few advantages over Nest.
This product is the hands down best on the market. But, even more important than this product’s superior quality is the fact that it is supported by a company that is staffed by employees who stand behind their product. Great work, Ecobee!” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
3. Sensi Wi-Fi 1F86U-42WF WiFi Thermostat ($129.00)
Sensi’s Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat 1F86U-42WF works with Alexa for voice control and is designed to work with existing wires. It is universally compatible with most systems; gas, oil, geothermal, heat pump, and radiant heat systems. The free mobile app serves as an intuitive remote control, and you can customize 7-day scheduling. Also, it works with Wink app. It is very easy to install and is convenient, reliable, programmable, and intuitive.
“Update: After about a month I’m still very happy with Sensi. Most people won’t care about this but being a network security engineer, I’m impressed that the thermostat has exactly 0 open TCP ports, outbound communication is with one IP, and total traffic is very modest. Nest communicated with a whole bunch of different IPs and was much more “noisy” on the network. Good work, Sensi dev team.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
2. Honeywell RTH9580WF WiFi Thermostat ($177.69)
Honeywell’s RTH9580WF works with Alexa too without a hub and features smart programmable interface. It has a locking touchscreen and allows remote access to the thermostat through computer, tablet, or smartphone. The indoor humidity is displayed below the temperature, and you can choose a programmable mode to increase energy savings. It is easy to install and has new and cool features!
“I bought 2 of these at Home Depot. They have some nice features. They’re easy to program and have a wide range of color themes to choose from. The fan relay is much quieter than our old Honeywell programmable thermostats. One nice feature is you can program the thermostat to recirculate the air periodically, a few times per hour I think. This helps in houses that get stale air or have hot & cold spots.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
1. Nest Learning WiFi Thermostat ($248.92)
Nest learning thermostat (3rd generation) works with Alexa and can be operated in multiple languages, i.e., English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. It has a 24-bit color screen with 480 x 480 resolution and 229 PPI. It works with more than 90% of heating and cooling systems including gas, electric, forced air, heat pump, radiant, oil, hot water, solar, and geothermal. It offers heating at 1,2, and 3 stages (W1, W2, W3) and cooling at 1 and 2 stages (Y1, Y2). Also, it has a heat pump with auxiliary and emergency heat (O/B, AUX, E), humidifier or dehumidifier (HUM, DEHUM), fan (G), and power (C, RH, RC). Compatible with wireless router 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and 802.15.4 @ 2.4GHz. You can download the Nest’s app on the phone.
“Great thermostat, I haven’t used one that works like this one before, but I gotta say it does great. I was used to my old thermostat that would wait till it was 2 degrees different than what it was set on, then run till it reached 1 degree different to the setting. This one actually stays at the temp, so once it changes the temp in the house, it turns on and will only run for 5 minutes. Weird to get used to but I like it alot better.” – Amazon’s Customer Review.
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