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Whether you're looking to save a few bucks on your electric bill or hoping to avoid extreme temps during summer and winter, a smart thermostat is often the, ahem, smart choice. On the other hand, sometimes a classic run-of-the-mill thermostat is your best bet — if it ain't broke, don't fix it. (Of course, even the techy-est of people sometimes need some help fixing it, so let our troubleshooting guides to Nest and Honeywell help.) With so many options available, how do you know which thermostat is right for you? Hit up Amazon, of course, where the reviews don't lie. We're talking thousands of four- to five-star reviewers who praise, bash, and spill on their favorite ones. Scroll down to the see the top-rated thermostats, in no particular order.
Nest Learning Thermostat, $249.00
The third-generation Nest thermostat is made with saving you money in mind. With just a few manual adjustments, it begins to learn your habits and cool or warm your house based on your schedule and preferences. If your house sits empty, this guy will learn to shut off while you're out and pump out heat or AC just moments before you get home to help save you money. Run hot while you sleep? You can set the heat to turn on just moments before stepping out of bed in the morning, so your a.m. routine isn't frigid. It can also connect to Amazon Alexa or through the app on your phone so you can control on the go.
Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Thermostat, $108.86
Although dubbed a smart thermostat, this blends the magic of technology with good ol' fashioned temperature control. Designed to be installed in under 15 minutes, the Emerson Sensi thermostat uses its corresponding app to indicate which wires are connected to your old thermostat and will automatically configure the setting that matches your home. From there, you can control the thermostat as normal, with the standard "mode," "fan," and "schedule" buttons, or sync up through the app and connect to any other smart devices to control the hi-tech way. (Three cheers for turning on AC remotely on your way home from work.)
Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Thermostat, $73.99
If you're looking for a reliable, easy-to-use option, look no further. While this thermostat does include Wi-Fi-compatibility and a corresponding app so you can control the temperature from anywhere, the simplicity of the unit itself is what the nearly 2,300 reviewers love most. You can program a different heating and cooling schedule for each day of the week and easily alter temperatures with the touch of a button (on the device or on your phone). The biggest downside, according to some reviewers, is that there is no battery back up, so if you lose power, your thermostat can get reset, however for the price, you won't find a better option.
Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat, $249.00
This company was founded in 2007 with the goal of making the "smartest" thermostat possible and this model is pretty close. It works with Wi-Fi connectivity to allow for complete control from your iOS, Android, or even Apple Watch and connects to a phone so it can track when you come and leave home. Plus, you can put in the most-used rooms in the house and it will automatically turn up or down by measuring both occupancy and temp to automatically switch to the right mode for comfort when you're home or for savings when you're not.
Mysa Smart Thermostat, $139
For those looking to heat rooms with electric baseboards or line voltage systems, look no further. Most of the above thermostats only cover low voltage systems, so if you need something with 120/240v, Mysa is your best bet. It has a proportional control algorithm and can regulate the power level so as not to heat the room too much, integrates with Alexa or Google assistant, and can connect to an iOS or Android phone to control remotely.
Honeywell Home Wi-Fi Smart Color Programmable Thermostat, $199
Consider this the 2019 remake of the classic Honeywell thermostat. It includes a customizable touchscreen with easy-to-read numbers and text, ability to view your local weather including both indoor and outdoor humidity levels, plus connectivity to all other smart things (from Google Assistant to Alexa). Like the other smart thermostats, it can learn your heating and cooling preferences to deliver optimized temperature settings throughout the day. What's our favorite feature? It can be connected to your energy company's peak rate pricing schedule to help keep your bill down.