Hello, welcome to the first review on the website!
This is talking about the new Google Nest E thermostat, and there will be a bit of a comparison towards the Ecobee 3 thermostat.
Before getting into the review, I want to touch on the differences between the Gen 3 Nest, and the Nest E. People will claim that the Nest E does not learn, or it doesn’t detect motion, but both of these claims are wrong. Both models have the same features and are capable of the same skills. The only differences are the appearance and connectivity. While the Nest E has a worse screen and a plastic casing, the Gen 3 Nest has a nicer display and a higher-quality finish. In my four months with my Nest E, I personally don’t think the Nest Gen 3 is worth the extra money. The other difference is the connectivity to your heating/cooling system. To find out which Nest will work with your system, click here.
To start off, we’ll briefly discuss the availability and installation. One of the best parts of the Nest E is how easy it is to buy it anywhere! You can buy it at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Home Depot, and, surprisingly, Amazon. Another great part is that depending on your province, you can get an energy-saving rebate on it from your power company. In Ontario, I received $100 from Enbridge after I purchased it, making the total purchase price about $150 after tax.
Installing the Nest could not be easier. I have also installed an Ecobee 3, and they require about the same amount of skill. You simply turn off the required switches in your circuit breaker, unplug wires from your old system, and plug them into the new one. You can see a tutorial for installing it below.
Once you set up the Nest E, using it is extremely simple. One of the coolest parts about the thermostat is that it’s smart-learning, meaning it tracks your location and automatically sets up your schedule based on when you’re home and what times you adjust the temperature. Now that I have had the thermostat since October 2017, I very seldom find myself adjusting the temperature. With my old thermostat, I was not able to schedule it and it would have to be adjusted multiple times per day.
Beyond the fact that it’s always learning your schedule, I also love how intuitive and easy to use it is.
The app is extremely simple: you push a button then select what you need to change. After using the Ecobee app quite a bit at my mother’s place, I find that I definitely prefer the Nest. The actual unit itself is also easy to use with its dial. For my mom’s place, I found that the Ecobee was best for her situation, but what got her into smart thermostats was just seeing how easy my Nest is to use. She didn’t even care about the smart features at first, she just wanted one that was easy to control (once I told her the real advantages, she liked the Ecobee option, and is very happy with it).
While I really enjoy the Nest for my use, there are definitely some disadvantages. The biggest one would be the lack of HomeKit support. While Google has never denied adding support for it in the future, they also have not confirmed if/when it will be added, meaning it may take a while. Of course, there is a HomeBridge extension for Nest, but it’s frustrating that there’s no HomeKit support out of the box. While I am an iPhone user, I don’t find this to be too frustrating since it learns your schedule, and you manually adjust it less over time. The other disadvantage is the lack of room sensor support, meaning it only measures the temperature where you place the unit. While this can be a disadvantage, room sensors are still not a perfect technology and in my opinion, you’re not missing much. If you want true room control you just need separate thermostats and HVAC systems. One other weird quirk is that you cannot turn on/off the fan via voice control. If you want to do this, your only option is through IFTTT, but that requires extra work and will only turn it on for 15 minutes.
Overall, I am extremely happy with the Nest E thermostat and would absolutely recommend it to anyone. While I find that the thermostat is easy to use and has all the features of a typical programmable thermostat and then some, there are still a few features that are missing. With all of this in mind, the Google Nest E gets four out of five light bulbs.
Overall rating: 4/5
While this is not part of the review, I just wanted to list some features that the Nest is capable of:
Google Home Commands
- What’s the temperature inside?
- Make it warmer / Make it cooler
- Set the temperature to [#] degrees
- Raise the temperature [#] degrees / Lower the temperature [#] degrees
- “Turn thermostat to heat-cool mode”
- “Set the air conditioning to 70”
- “Turn off thermostat.”
- “Set the <Living Room> thermostat to 70.”
- “What’s the temperature inside?”
- “What’s the thermostat set to?”
Amazon Alexa Commands
- Alexa, what’s the temperature in “thermostat name”?
- Alexa, what’s the temperature in the house?
- Alexa, what temperature is my “thermostat name” set to?
- Alexa, set the “thermostat name” temperature to ___ degrees.
- Alexa, change the “thermostat name” to ___ degrees.
- Alexa, turn my “thermostat name” temperature to ___ degree
- Alexa, decrease the “thermostat name” temperature.
- Alexa, increase the “thermostat name” by ___ degrees.
- Alexa, make my “thermostat name” warmer by ___ degrees.
- Nest set to Home
- Nest set to Away
- Temperature rises above
- Temperature drops below
- Set temperature
- Set temperature range
- Turn on fan for 15 minutes