If you longed for a Nest Learning Thermostat but struggled to justify the $ 250 price tag, the new Nest Thermostat may be just what your doctor ordered. For $ 129, it’s almost half the price of the original Learning Thermostat, but offers many of the same features.
The new, ultra-stylish Nest thermostat lacks the “learning” features of its more expensive cousin (which remains available, it seems), and relies mostly on manual schedules and options that the user can control in the Home app. There’s another difference – the original Nest Learning Thermostat is still dependent on the Nest app for control.
Otherwise, the two are very similar. The new thermostat can control home and outdoor temperatures, adjust according to schedule, monitor HVAC systems and send alerts with something that is wrong or regular maintenance (such as filter changes) is needed and works with voice controls.
It is also noted that the new Nest Thermostat was designed for easy installation on most systems, so homeowners can do it themselves if they are the practical type. It seems that this simple installation can also lead to some compatibility issues, as it is only compatible with 85 percent of HVAC systems, compared to 95 percent for Learning Thermostat.
Unfortunately, the new thermostat is not compatible with Nest temperature sensors, so it relies on a single temperature reading directly at the thermostat to keep the temperature regulated. This is no different than a typical “stupid” thermostat, but it can be a tick in the negative box for anyone hoping to get a more uniform temperature throughout their home and hoping to pair the new thermostat with some temperature sensors. Sorry, you all.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that the new thermostat only has a 1-year warranty, compared to Learning Thermostat’s 2-year warranty. This is a strange change in itself, so if you are looking for peace of mind if something goes wrong, Learning Thermostat may still be the best choice for you.
The new Nest Thermostat is now available in the Google Store, and you can find a direct comparison of the two thermostats here.