Nest Learning Thermostat vs. Honeywell 9000: Which is Best?

Smart thermostats have always been lauded for their ability to save you money while also keeping you comfortable. There are now a lot of smart thermostats in the market, and two of these are the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat.

Nest Learning Thermostat

Now in its third generation, the Nest Learning Thermostat broke grounds when it allowed users to do away with programming. Instead, the device remembers the temperatures that you like and then creates its own schedule according to your behavior. Nest has been credited more than 22 billion kilowatt-hours of energy since it was first launched in 2011.

Behind all of these is Nest Sense. This technology learns about your home, the weather outside, and even your HVAC system. All of these factors are considered by the algorithm to make sure that you are comfortable without thinking too much about it.

Nest further makes it easier for you to save on energy costs. It gives you a visual confirmation that you are indeed saving energy by displaying a green leaf. If you ever wondered how much energy you have been using, you can check out the Energy History section of the mobile app to see nifty graphics of your energy use.

Nest connects to your Wi-Fi network so that you could use the companion mobile app to operate your Nest. Yes, that simply means that you do not even have to be home to save on energy costs! The mobile app also sends you safety alerts, notifying you if your home gets too warm or too cold so that you can do something about it. Nest can also tell you if there might be issues with your furnace, or when it is time to change the filters.

One of the technologies that Nest offers is farsight. Whenever you walk into the room, Nest would sense it and instantly light up, making it easier for you to see the time, temperature and even the weather even from afar. You do not have to walk up to it and wake it up, it just lights up when it “sees” you.

Soon, Nest would be able to deliver the perfect temperature in every room in your house with the Nest Temperature Sensor. You can put a sensor in every room in your house to make sure that every room is at the right temperature. No more worrying about your baby’s nursery being too cold or your living room being too warm.

Aside from the energy savings you get, the Nest Learning Thermostat is also a sight to behold. Made of premium materials, you can choose from copper, black, stainless steel, and white. So whether you have a modern design theme or a classic one for your home, there is a Nest for you.

The third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat sells for $249 on the company’s online store.

However, if you think that this is too much to pay for a smart thermostat, no sweat! Nest also offers the Nest Thermostat E, which sells for $169. What’s the difference? Well, the great news is that there is not much difference between these two, except for the materials used for Nest E and its lack of farsight capabilities. The Nest Thermostat E is made of hard plastic and has a muted frosted display. Indeed, if the Nest Learning Thermostat was designed to stand out, the Nest Thermostat E is intended to disappear with the background. You also have to make sure that the cheaper Nest E is compatible with your current cooling and heating systems because it does not have the same compatibility as the more expensive learning version.

Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

The Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat has a beautiful interface that makes use of a touch display. No matter what color your walls are, it should not be a problem because you can change the color of the device’s screen to any hue you choose.

What’s more, the thermostat gives you total freedom and total control on top of the energy savings you get. You can use the Total Control mobile app to change the settings, turn up the heat, and even check your thermostat from anywhere in the world.

With the mobile app or right on the control panel itself, you can control your heating and cooling system’s fan, change the modes (heat, cool, off, or auto), and then change the preset schedule according to your preferences.

The present schedules make it easier for you to save money. These schedules work on whether somebody’s home or not. Aside from the preset daily schedules, there is also the customizable vacation mode. The beauty of this mode is that you only need to set it once and, when your vacation ends, the thermostat would go back to using the daily schedules.

What you would love about the Honeywell 9000 is that it is continuously being improved. Over the air, updates happen rather regularly and new features are introduced.

If you want more ways to save, check out the mobile app’s Marketplace. The Marketplace would let you know about different deals that have something to do with your cooling and heating, including information about your provider’s promotions, research, or savings programs. Some electricity providers offer rebates, discounts, and credits or pay you cash to gain access to your thermostat. There are also offers on filters, home security products, and other features.

Integrations. The Honeywell Wi-Fi 9000 works well with other smart devices. It boasts of an extensive list of compatible devices, including Apple Homekit, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Samsung Smart Things, Logitech Harmony, IFTTT, Wink, Simple Control, and others.

The Honeywell 9000 costs $162 on Amazon.

Comparing Honeywell 9000 with the Nest Learning Thermostat

One area where Honeywell 9000 wins is in the integrations. While the list of devices that works with Nest is growing, it still does not outpace Honeywell’s list of compatible devices. It also has a longer warranty at five years. Nest only offers a two-year warranty.

However, Honeywell 9000 is really just a digital version of a traditional programmable thermostat. The only difference is that you can control it from anywhere. It even looks like your old thermostat, but with a color screen. And while the preset schedule is a great help to lessen the amount of input you need to make, it still does not hold a candle to Nest’s learning algorithms. Remember, a wrongly programmed thermostat could make you end up paying much more instead of saving.

Another problem with Honeywell 9000 is that it does not support multiple zones. If you have more than one heating or cooling zones in your house, you would need to add another thermostat for each of these additional zones. Furthermore, you can only register your Honeywell 9000 to one e-mail address. If you do not live alone, everyone in the house would need to use the same e-mail address and login to access the app and the website. This also means that unless you give other people the same e-mail and password, there is no way for you to give guest access to other people so that they could control your thermostat.

Then there is the issue of the C-wire, which delivers constant power to your thermostat. Honeywell 9000 needs the common wire or it simply would not work. Meanwhile, you can get away not connecting a C-wire with the Nest Learning Thermostat. Nest has a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged safely while the device is in use. Therefore, unless you experience problems like the thermostat not acting the way it should, or if it turns itself on or off unexpectedly, you should not care about not having a C-wire with Nest.

Nest Learning Thermostat has been the dominant player in the smart thermostat space because of its learning capabilities, its features that make it easier to use, its ability to help you save money, and the fact that it works without a C-wire. The Honeywell 9000 fails in all these regards, but it can still help you save money and it still works with other smart devices better than Nest. Plus, it is more affordable than the Nest.

Side-by-side comparison of features for both Honeywell 9000 and Nest Learning Thermostat

Model  Nest Learning Thermostat  Honeywell 9000
Price  $249  $162 
Dimensions (inches, l x w x d)  3.3 x 3.3 x 1.2  4.5 x 3.5 x 0.9 
Colors available  (4) Stainless steel, copper, white and black  White 
Color touchscreen   Yes  Yes 
Screen size (square inches)  2.4  8.0 
Temperature sensor  Yes  Yes 
Humidity sensor  Yes  Yes 
Near-field activity sensor  Yes  No 
Farsight   Yes  No 
C-wire is necessary  No  Yes