Honeywell Lyric Thermostat (Second Generation) review:

Honeywell's next-gen Lyric thermostat sings the same old tune

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MSRP: $249.99
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Honeywell's $250 second-gen Lyric thermostat works with Apple's HomeKit platform, so you can tell Siri to adjust the temperature for you -- along with other related commands. You can also control the Lyric 2.0 via the SmartThings and Lutron apps.

The Bad Sure, Apple fans can set up Siri voice control with this thermostat, but HomeKit isn't all that easy to configure and even then, it isn't particularly reliable. And you can forget about geofencing; Honeywell's location-based Home/Away feature didn't work reliably during testing.

The Bottom Line It may be version 2.0, but Honeywell still has a lot of kinks to work out with this temperamental HomeKit-compatible thermostat.

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6.3 Overall
  • Features 7.0
  • Usability 5.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Performance 5.0

I reviewed Honeywell's original Lyric thermostat in July 2014. A direct response to startup Nest's (now Google's/Alphabet's Nest) round Learning thermostat (now in its third iteration), the Lyric boasted a familiar, Nest-esque hardware design, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity and a related Android and iOS app for on-the-go access.

Honeywell's version didn't work all that well. Rather than relying on an algorithm to adjust the heat and A/C like the Nest, the Lyric used geofencing tied to the location of your phone. (You set a radius and when your phone leaves that area, your thermostat should automatically switch to Away mode and back to Home mode when you return -- this only works if you create related rules in the Shortcuts section of the app). This was glitchy at best.

Unfortunately, the same is true of the brand's second-generation $250 Lyric thermostat.

Unlike the original Lyric, which only let you set either a quarter-mile or a 7-mile radius, the Lyric 2.0 lets you customize the range. So, I set the smallest possible range, roughly a quarter of a mile and drove well beyond the threshold several different times with two Lyric-connected phones in tow.

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