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The Top Smart-Things Compatible Thermostats You’ll Love

(Last Updated On: July 14, 2017)

Samsung’s SmartThings allows you to connect your devices, then allows these devices to work together.  This way, you can easily and quickly create some pretty awesome automation.

For instance, you can connect your smart thermostat to your SmartThings hub to allow it to control your smart lights.  Specifically, if the temperature inside your house becomes too hot, you can tell your smart bulb to change its color to, say, red.

SmartThings also allows you to control your smart thermostat using the same mobile app that you use for all your other devices.  And for some smart thermostats that do not have their own mobile apps, SmartThings is the only means for you to control them.

What are the top SmartThings-compatible thermostats out there?

Closest to Nest: Ecobee4

Nest  might  be  the  gold  standard  in  smart  thermostats  right  now, but  it  simply  does  not  work  with  SmartThings.  Don’t  worry, though, because you  have Ecobee4.

Ecobee4 improves on the things that made Ecobee a trusted name in smart thermostats.  But  with  Nest  Learning  Thermostat  in  the  same  price range, Ecobee’s  earlier  thermostat  always  played  th e runner  up  in  every  top  thermostat  list.

With Ecobee4, the company has a decent chance not only to catch up to Nest, but maybe even beat it, too.

The new Ecobee smart thermostat uses a responsive 3.5″ touchscreen display that not only tells you a lot of things like the current temperature, but also allows you to operate your thermostat.

The Ecobee4 still detects the temperature and humidity in your room and still has the home or away modes that help you save more money.

Ecobee4 needs a C-wire to power itself, but if your current thermostat does not have one, you can rely on the power extender kit that is also included in the $249 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here) that you pay for the thermostat.

You can download a free mobile app on your iOS or Android device and connect the thermostat to your Wi-Fi network.

But what makes Ecobee4 stand out from the earlier Ecobee smart thermostats are the integrations.  Unlike Nest, which only works with Wink, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa, the Ecobee4 works with Apple HomeKit, SmartThings, IFTTT, and Amazon Alexa.

You can even use the Ecobee4 as an Alexa speaker, so that you do not have to buy Amazon Echo or Tap speaker.

Also, all the features and functionalities are easy to use.  Ecobee4 works really well as a smart thermostat and can easily give Nest a run for its money.

What you could do when you connect your smart thermostat with SmartThings:

Connecting the smart thermostat with the SmartThings hub allows you to control the thermostat, along with all your other devices, using only one app.  You can also automate your Ecobee4.

For example, you can tell your thermostat to turn up the air conditioning or the heat when the door is opened.  You can also operate other connected devices depending on the readings that the thermostat gets.  For example, turn the lights on in another room when the thermostat detects motion.

Ecobee3. If you are impressed with the Ecobee4 but are not willing to pay more than $200 for your smart thermostat, then consider buying the Ecobee3.

Ecobee3 is essentially very similar to Ecobee4 but it does not have the built-in Amazon Alexa technology as well as the far-field voice recognition.  It also does not function as a speaker and has an additional light at the top of the thermostat.

Connected yet moderately priced: Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat (Second Generation)

The Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat (Second Generation) promises utmost comfort by taking into consideration the temperature inside your house and, to a certain degree, the temperature outside your house, as well as the humidity.

It has a polished glass face that allows you to adjust your thermostat in the same way you adjust the temperature on

It has a polished glass face that allows you to adjust your thermostat in the same way you adjust the temperature on traditional non-smart thermostat.  It also features a touchscreen and is very simple yet beautiful to look at.  It has geofencing capabilities that automatically adjust

It has geofencing capabilities that automatically adjust temperature depending on whether you are in the house or not.

Apart from being able to operate the thermostat using your smartphone, you also get push notifications for any changes in humidity or when temperature becomes too hot or too cold.

The second generation Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat works with several smart home devices and has integrations with Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Logitech Harmony, IFTTT, Yonomi, Panasonic Smart Home, Zonoff, Wink, and, of course, SmartThings, among other smart home platforms.

With SmartThings, you can control your Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat and other devices using only one mobile app, allowing it to work with other connected devices for some degree of home automation and, ultimately, bringing you more savings.

Also, it gives you an easy way to control your thermostat via voice command when you use Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

Honeywell Lyric Round Thermostat (Second Generation) sells for $199 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).

Simple and intuitive: Zen Thermostat

Zen Thermostat makes everything simple when it comes to your smart thermostat. You do not have to go through a lot of useless features to stay comfortable, and it is very easy to control heating and cooling.

It is also very easy to install, with an interactive installation wizard giving you personalized instructions for installation and wiring.  What’s more, it uses four alkaline batteries that are good for two years, and if you have an AC wire, you can use that as well.

With Zen Thermostat, you have an LED dot matrix display that gives you easy-to-understand feedback, using words rather than icons to tell you what mode it is in and what the current temperature is.

Icons are kept to a minimum and are only seen when they are needed.  The display also goes to sleep when not in use for a long time.  And to wake it up, you only need to touch the thermostat.

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You can use the left and right arrows to switch from heating, cooling, or fan modes.  Conversely, you can use the up and down arrows to set the temperature.

Even though it keeps things simple, Zen Thermostat is a Zigbee smart thermostat that works with SmartThings as well as other platforms such as SwannOne and Securifi’s Almond 2015.

With SmartThings, you can program your thermostat and operate it using only the SmartThings app.  Zen is available on Amazon for around $180 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).

Value for money: Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat

Priced at $179 (For the latest prices and discounts, check here), the Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat can help you lower your cooling and heating bills by around 23% a year without having to sacrifice comfort and convenience.  You can use your smartphone, computer, and other mobile devices to control and monitor your thermostat from anywhere in the world.

The Smart Si Thermostat also takes into consideration your own energy profile and the local weather to help attain the perfect temperature.  It is very reliable, too, and makes use of a C-wire to power itself.  It is also very attractive with its 2.5-inch color display.

Some of the things you would love about the Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat include its affordability, despite being packed with features.  You can create a schedule using the Web interface, allowing it to learn your preferences faster than Nest’s learning algorithms.

It also gives you usage reports and tells you how hot or cold it is both inside and outside your house.  Moreover, it is designed to look like the traditional thermostat but with an updated touch that would definitely make it blend well with your home decor.

You can also set the Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat to send you reminders and system alerts, including outside temperature range, humidity information, and maintenance alerts.  It can also work with or without a C-wire.  If without one, it makes use of the included power extender kit.

In short, the Ecobee Smart Si Thermostat gives you everything that you want in a smart thermostat, including a very attractive budget price.

Budget option: 2Gig CT100 Programmable Thermostat

The 2Gig CT100 Programmable Thermostat is a Z-wave thermostat that works like every smart thermostat.  It does, however, have a very slim form, plus a two-year battery life and a bright touch screen display.  It sells for less than $100 on Amazon.

What other smart thermostats should you consider?

Other smart thermostats that work with SmartThings include:

Fidure Thermostat.  Fidure A1730 Thermostat may not win any design awards, but the white rectangular unit is very simple and can match any color theme or design philosophy you have adopted at home.  It makes use of a four-inch display that is very readable.

Honeywell TH9320WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.  This is a voice-activated smart thermostat that allows you to use voice commands to change temperatures for utmost comfort.  You can also use your smartphone to control the temperature.

This smart thermostat is very well-designed and looks elegant with a big customizable touchscreen display, giving you the ability to change the colors of the screen to help it blend it with the colors of your walls.

Other features include easy seven-day programming, information displays, and an energy-saving mode.

Honeywell TH9320WF Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat.  This smart thermostat gives you a touchscreen display that shows the current time, current temperature, and other information.

It is very easy to read and is backlit for visibility even at night when the lights are off.  You can connect it to SmartThings so that you can control the thermostat from anywhere.

About the author

Patrick Sinclair

Patrick Sinclair is a geek; make no mistake about that. He runs All Home Robotics in his spare time so he doesn't have to think about his depressing cubicle and it gives him an excuse to buy expensive gadgets to review!

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