Nest dominates when it comes to the smart thermostat market. But just because one brand is heavily associated with a particular product doesn’t mean it is the only option. And in the case of smart thermostats, there are plenty of great Nest competitors out there.
Like this one: today you can get an Ecobee3 Lite deal via Amazon that will only set you back $144, including shipping (even non-Prime members get free shipping on items that total more than $35).
The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat has most of the same features you expect from Nest, including virtual assistant integration through Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. According to the Amazon listing, the Ecobee3 lite doesn’t yet support Google Assistant, but integration was announced late in 2017.
There’s an app that will let you control the temperature of your home from anywhere in the world, and the thermostat will automatically compensate for things like the time of day, weather patterns, your current location, and more. You can also buy room sensors to place around the house to help Ecobee3 Lite know which rooms need more temperature control.
Normally, the Ecobee3 Lite is $170, so this is a pretty good discount for an already low-priced product, at least when you compare it to a Nest thermostat. And the thermostats tend to pay for themselves over a period of time with the savings you get from better energy control in your home.