Amazon Smart Thermostat Review: A Fantastic Value for the Smart Home

Many smart thermostats are a bit silly. They’ll operate on a schedule, or you can use an app or smart speaker to set the target temperature, but they don’t take much else into account, like whether your house is even busy when it’s time to heat or cool. Nest pioneered the idea of ​​a thermostat that anticipates your needs, but Amazon’s smart thermostat makes the concept affordable for just about anyone – its list price is $ 60, but Amazon was selling it for just $ 48. dollars at the time of this review.

Designed in partnership with Resideo, the spin-off of Honeywell that markets smart home products under the Honeywell Home brand, Amazon’s smart thermostat uses cloud-based machine learning to analyze how you use your HVAC system, then use what Amazon calls Hunches for automatically Heat and cool your home. The hunches are based on the location of your smartphone and how often someone interacts with Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant.

This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best smart thermostats, where you will find reviews of competing offerings, as well as a buyer’s guide on the features to consider when purchasing this type of product.

So if you leave home for work at around the same time each morning, the thermostat will learn to reduce the heating or cooling load while you are away, unless there is someone at home interacting with Alexa. The more of your life revolves around Alexa, the better your thermostat hunches will be. The thermostat can also be programmed manually, but it is not compatible with the Google Assistant or Apple’s HomeKit ecosystem.

amazon smart thermostat back plate Brian Nadel / IDG

Amazon’s Smart Thermostat has connections on its backplate for a wide range of HVAC systems, but requires a C wire for power.

The Amazon Smart Thermostat works with almost any 24 volt HVAC system, it is not compatible with line voltage systems that use 110 or 240 volt wiring (motherboard heaters and the like). It depends on a C wire for power; If there is no C-wire in your wall, Amazon sells a package that includes an adapter kit. This brings the MSRP of the thermostat to $ 85 (the package was $ 63 when we checked). You will need to connect the thermostat to your Wi-Fi network, but it only supports 2.4GHz networks.

Amazon Smart Thermostat Specifications

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It should come as no surprise that Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is tightly integrated into Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem.

Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is shaped like a square with rounded corners and measures 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches (HxWxD). You can buy one in any color as long as it is white. The current temperature is displayed, in degrees Fahrenheit or centigrade, with 0.9-inch numbers on a touch screen. It’s easy to touch the touch sensitive areas of the thermostat to adjust the temperature and select modes: cooling, heating, fan only, or automatic.

Unlike Nest thermostats, Amazon lacks an indicator to report when your HVAC system is saving energy and money (Nest products display a green leaf to communicate this). However, both companies’ products are EnergyStar certified.

Unlike our top pick in smart thermostats, the much more expensive Ecobee Voice Control Smart Thermostat, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is not equipped with microphones and is not a smart speaker itself. That said, the device can be controlled by any Alexa-compatible smart speaker or smartphone with the Alexa app installed, and it responds quickly to commands to raise or lower the temperature by the indicated degrees or by simply saying “Alexa, make it warmer. “

Amazon Smart Thermostat Settings

I started by turning off the HVAC breaker and removing the old thermostat. Then I mounted the connection plate to the wall, ran the wires, and snapped the thermostat onto the connection plate. The instruction manual provided was helpful but comprehensive. It took me about 20 minutes, but any competent HVAC technician should be able to install it in a few minutes.

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