If you’ve longed for a Nest Learning Thermostat but are struggling to justify its $ 250 price tag, the new Nest Thermostat might just be exactly what the doctor ordered. At $ 1
The new, ultra-slim Nest thermostat lacks the learning features of its more expensive cousin (which will apparently still be available). It is mainly based on manual schedules and options that the user can control in the Home app. There’s another notable difference: the original Nest learning thermostat is still based on the Nest app for control.
Otherwise the two are very similar. The new thermostat can control temperatures at home and on the go, adjust on a schedule, monitor HVAC systems and send alerts when something goes wrong or regular maintenance (such as filter changes) is required, and works with voice controls.
It should also be noted that the new Nest Thermostat is designed to be easily installed on most systems so homeowners can do it themselves if they are the handy type. It seems that this simple installation can also create compatibility issues as it is only compatible with 85 percent of HVAC systems compared to 95 percent for the learning thermostat.
Unfortunately, the new thermostat is not compatible with Nest temperature sensors, so a single temperature reading directly on the thermostat is required to keep the temperature regulated. This is no different from a typical “dumb” thermostat, but it could be a tick in the negative box for anyone hoping for a more even temperature throughout the house and hoping to pair the new thermostat with some temperature sensors. Sorry all of you.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the new thermostat only has a 1 year warranty compared to the 2 years of the learning thermostat. That is a strange change in itself. So if you are looking for peace of mind when something goes wrong, the learning thermostat may still be the best choice for you.
The new Nest thermostat is now available in the Google Store. You can find a direct comparison of the two thermostats here.