The 10 Best Thermostats: Modern Features And Ease Of Use

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May 25, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

Why buy a new thermostat?

Modern thermostats offer features beyond simply adjusting the temperature, such as complex heating and cooling schedules, remote access, voice control, integration with smart home systems, and energy efficiency tracking . Smart learning thermostats can even learn your temperature preferences automatically.

What is a programmable thermostat?

A programmable thermostat allows you to manually enter a schedule of days, times, and desired temperatures for the week. These devices are economical but may support fewer HVAC systems and have limited extra features compared to smart thermostats .

What is a smart thermostat?

A smart thermostat provides wireless remote access to your HVAC system, integration with smart devices and assistants, energy data collection, complex schedules that adjust when you're away, and enable efficient HVAC usage. Smart learning thermostats take this further by observing your manual adjustments over time and anticipating your needs .

Where can you buy one?

The thermostats in this article can be purchased on Amazon, and many are also available from hardware stores or retailers like Home Depot, Best Buy, or Walmart .

How much does it cost?

The best thermostat price depends on factors like brand and features. Programmable thermostats in this article are priced under $70, while most smart thermostats are under $200 .

How The Thermostats Were Reviewed

These thermostats were reviewed based on ease of use, compatibility with HVAC equipment and smart assistants, remote access, geofencing, use of remote temperature sensors, energy use data, price, customer reviews, and brand reputation. Each unit received a one to five-star rating .

Overall Price Range

The thermostats reviewed are priced from $35 to $250, with both list and Amazon prices shown when available .

Top 10 Best Thermostats

  1. Nest Thermostat E (Smart, Learning)
  2. Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) (Smart, Learning)
  3. Honeywell Lyric T5 (Smart)
  4. Lux Kono (Smart)
  5. Ecobee4 (Smart)
  6. Emerson Sensi Touch (Smart)
  7. Honeywell RTH6450D1009/E1 (Programmable)
  8. Lux TX9600TS (Programmable)
  9. Honeywell RTH8500D (Programmable)
  10. Lux TX500U (Programmable)

Each thermostat's features, compatibility, and requirements are detailed in the article.

Comparison Table

A comparison table is provided, listing each thermostat's type, remote sensor support, smart assistant compatibility, and a link to purchase.


Among the smart thermostats reviewed, the Nest Thermostat E is recommended as the best overall choice for its combination of modern features, ease of use, and price . However, the other smart thermostats may be a better fit depending on specific needs.

Of the programmable thermostats, the Honeywell RTH8500D has the most features, but all offer an economical solution .


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