The Best Smart Thermostats for Every Home and Budget

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Thanks to the introduction of smart technology, thermostats have come a long way in recent years. These days, smart thermostats come with all kinds of features beyond allowing you to manually adjust your home's temperature, like the ability to connect to other smart technology like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, fully integrating with your smart home systems. Many of these devices also monitor energy usage and can automatically adjust the temperature depending on room capacity, helping to reduce energy consumption and save on monthly bills.

But with so many potential features, it can be tough to hone in on the right one for your budget and needs, so we've done it for you. Below, check out our picks of the best smart thermostats for every type of household.

The Ecobee SmartThermostat is definitely one of the very best options on the market. The device features a sleek touchscreen design and integrates with most smart home systems, including Apple Home Kit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. It also includes SmartSensor technology with occupancy detection, which automatically adjusts a room's temperature whenever you're in it to ensure optimal comfort — you can purchase additional sensors to sensitively monitor the temperature of every room in your home. Plus, it's a breeze to install, so you don't need to hire a professional to set it up for you.

Nest is among the pioneers of smart thermostat technology, and it's easy to see why the brand has thousands of positive reviews. The Nest Learning Thermostat has all of the features you'd want from a smart thermostat, like energy monitoring, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration, and automatic temperature adjustments based on when you're home and away. In addition to standard smart functions, it also features a minimal, attractive design, with a high-resolution touchscreen interface that shows you the temperature, weather, or time, depending on what you set it to.

The Honeywell Home Programmable Thermostat may not have the fancy touchscreen that some of the other smart thermostats on the market have, but it comes with plenty of features at a killer price point. It's compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana, and it lets you program it for up to four periods per day, making it easy for you to sync it with your schedule. The thermostat also features smart alerts that can let you know when it's time to change your air filter and what the weather's like outside.

Best for Standalone Air Conditioner: Sensibo Sky Smart Air Conditioner Controller, $119

If you have a standalone air conditioner rather than central cooling, then you'll love the Sensibo Sky. The pared-back device only take seconds to install and allows you to control your A/C with your phone, tablet, or computer. You can use it with all types of standalone air conditioning units, including mini split/wall mounts, window units, and portable A/C. It's also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, so you don't even need to touch a device to ensure you stay at a comfortable temperature all day long.

The ecobee3 Lite is ideal for those who are looking for a high-quality thermostat that offers all of the basics. The thermostat is compatible with all of the main smart home ecosystems, including Amazon Echo, Apple Home Kit, and Google Assistant, and it lets you easily set the temperature from your phone no matter where in the world you are. It's also a breeze to install and gives you the option to purchase SmartSensors so you can more sensitively control the temperature of any room in your home.


Kelly is a full-time freelance writer, aspiring aerialist, and passionate interior design enthusiast. She's a regular contributor to design-centric publications like Apartment Therapy, The Spruce, and TexasLiving Magazine.

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