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Ecobee Smart Thermostat Improved Review: Best in class

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At first sight

Expert assessment

Professionals

Attractive glass touchscreen Best-in-class user interface, both on board and in the app Radar-based motion sensor HomeKit compatible

Versus

Buy a remote sensor and you’re at the same price as the Premium model

Our verdict

The core of Ecobee’s line of smart thermostats features all the important features built into its top-of-the-line model, except for one: a remote temperature/occupancy sensor. But you can add one later.

Price at time of review

$189.99

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If our all-time favorite smart thermostat doesn’t fit your budget and you can do without some of its features, check out the Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced. It offers almost everything you will get Ecobee’s premium model for $60 less.

If you live in a small house or condo, you probably won’t miss the most important feature that you won’t get with the Enhanced model: a remote temperature and occupancy sensor that will help you eliminate hot and cold spots. But you can always add one down the road if you think it will make your home more comfortable. The characteristics of you not being able to add on the later, including a built-in air quality monitor, built-in digital assistant (Alexa or Siri), a Bluetooth radio with Spotify connectivity and an intercom, it’s easy to live without. Additionally, you may already have devices specifically designed for these roles.

origin 1Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced is easy to set up and use, whether you use the touchscreen or Ecobee’s mobile app.

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And not having Alexa or Siri on the thermostat itself doesn’t mean you can’t control the thermostat with voice commands, including Google Assistant, as long as you have the relevant smart speaker in the house. The Enhanced model also has the same radar-based motion detection that can see around corners, and is also HomeKit compatible.

This review is part of TechHive’s in-depth coverage the best smart thermostats.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced is easy to install

Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced is compatible with a wide range of HVAC systems, including single and dual stage furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, and humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Ecobee includes a power adapter kit should you find there isn’t a C wire in the wall to carry the voltage from your HVAC system that your thermostat depends on to operate, and you’ll also find an optional trim plate that will cover any holes in the wall dry from the previous thermostat.

Ecobee’s app guides you through every step of the installation, starting with a few questions about your home (type of construction, size, number of occupants, etc.), your ideal temperature goals for heating and cooling, and etc. The thermostat supports geofencing, so you can set limits for when you’re away; for example, don’t let the house get hotter than 77 degrees Fahrenheit or colder than 60 degrees F while your smartphone indicates that everyone has left the house.

origin 1Ecobee’s mobile app duplicates all the functionality you’ll find on the thermostat’s touchscreen user interface.

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Using Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced is child’s play

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced’s elegant glass touchscreen conveys important information at a glance: the current temperature in large digits, plus programmed target temperatures for heating and cooling, relative humidity (which is taken into for comfort settings) and the current weather conditions. To change the desired temperature, just touch the center of the screen and slide your finger up or down to raise or lower it respectively.

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat Enhanced is the best in its price range

Ecobee Smart Thermostat is an impressive smart home appliance. It costs more than the equally pretty and excellent Nest thermostat, but you can’t use that device with Nest’s remote sensors. That said, if you have a larger home and think Ecobee’s remote sensors will be useful, save a few extra dollars and buy the Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium. The Premium model will cost you an extra $60, but comes with a $60 sensor in the box.