- Large display
- Easy to install
- Saves money
- No dedicated C wire
- Low compatibility
The Nest Learning Thermostat was designed by several ex Apple Engineers. That’s the reason why some features of this gadget remember us of the old Apple iPad – the quick wheel, navigating the interface is made by rotating the silver roller. With a thin and smooth design, it lights up when you are approaching, to show you the temperature and the hour.
Sometimes the utility bills can be a real pain for your wallet. The Nest Learning Thermostat promises to help you with that. You don’t have to be afraid of a complex installation. Besides the fact that the product comes with the installation manual, you can find really helpful videos online, like this one:
For those of you who are afraid to install it by your own, you should know that Nest has a network of installers who can come at your home and install it for a surcharge, obviously. The job will take between thirty minutes and one hour. After the device is installed, you will need to add it to your WiFi network. This will take you some time because setting a password with the rotating click system is not very efficient. However, don’t get us wrong, the wheel is intuitive and easy to use.
As already said, this Nest has a minimalist design which contains a lot of features. A big improvement for this 3rd generation gadget is the fact that it has a 40 percent bigger screen, which gives you a better visibility from all around the room.
A small comparison between the 2nd generation thermostat and this 3rd generation thermostat shows us that except the bigger screen, there are no big differences. The 2nd gen measures 3.2 inches in diameter and 1.26 inches in height, while the 3rd gen has a 3.3 inches in diameter and 1.21 inches height, which means that it is a bit slimmer.
The display turns blue when the house is cold and orange when warm. It has a status that shows you if the room is heating, cooling or the air conditioning is on. On the edge it shows you the current temperature. With uppercase, in the middle, it shows you the temperature that you want to reach. On the bottom side of the digital screen it has a green leaf, which appears when the device enters in energy saving mode. And last but not least, on the bottom side of the device, you will find out the Sensor Window which contains temperature, humidity, light and activity sensors, in total, ten sensors, with seven more than the first Nest.
|Dimensions||3.3 x 3.3 x 1.2 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion battery required (included)|
|Warranty||2 year limited|
|Special Features||Working Wi-Fi connection: 802.11b/g/n @ 2.4GHz, 5GHz a/b/g/n, Wireless Interconnect: 802.15.4 @ 2.4GHz, Bluetooth Low Energy|
This thermostat is really learning. It takes a few days but after a while, it can remember the temperature that you prefer and your schedule, like when you are home or not. After a while the Nest will request you to automatically enter in “Away Mode” – this mode is an energy saver.
The product has even a phone application that you can download for free. With this application, you can control your Nest Learning Thermostat while you are away from home.
It has a “Far-Sight” characteristic – meaning that it can sense you from about ten feet away, even in the dark. The gadget lights up when its sensor is unleashed, and thanks to the bigger screen, you can see the temperature that is in the house at that very moment. This feature is awesome, but sometimes, especially in the night when you are sleepy, it can scare you a little bit.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is gifted with 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz) and 802.11a/n (5GHz) Wi-Fi closed-device, 513 MB memory and a Bluetooth radio receiver. It has a humidity sensor; yet it is kinda useless if you do not have a humidifier of your own. A cool thing that Nest could do is to make a smart portable humidifier specially for this Nest Learning Thermostat.
For those of you who are away from home often, who like city breaks or vacations, this Nest could be a life saver. Thanks to the ECO system, Nest will automatically set the temperature for your house as efficiently as possible. Whenever the ECO is active, you will see the Nest leaf on the bottom of the circle (on the Nest thermostat and on the app on your phone too). Plus, it has an Auto Away mode, in which it uses the activity sensor to track if nobody’s home. When active, it turns itself on in the energy saving mode, so even if you do not have access at internet connection, you don’t have to worry that you can’t set it for yourself. This smart thermostat will do the job unaided.
Beside the fact that this device has an ECO system included, it has a System Match who automatically turns on specific features from your house. It can connect to the heating and cooling systems to make your living more comfortable. In addition, it features the Energy History System, which can give you a summary of your entire home energy use with the Nest Energy Report. The more you know, the more you can save.
This Nest Thermostat is one of the best thermostats on the market. With lots of sensors, a big screen, future proof adaptability and with the promise of helping you with the energy bills, the Nest is your potential future thermostat.
What do you think? Would you try it?