Nest Thermostat E

The Good Plastic hardware makes Nest's $169 Thermostat E more affordable, but it has most of the same smarts as the pricier Learning Thermostat.

The Bad The Thermostat E has a low-resolution screen, it doesn't support Nest's "Farsight" display and it isn't compatible with quite as many HVAC systems as the original. Nest thermostats still don't come with remote temperature sensors.

The Bottom Line The Thermostat E is almost as smart as Nest's other model -- and all for 80 bucks less.

Editors' Rating
  • Features 7.0
  • Usability 8.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
7.7 Overall

Compare

Nest Thermostat E
Nest Thermostat E
Nest Learning Thermostat Third Generation
Nest Learning Thermostat (2015)
Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat
Ecobee3 Lite
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
Emerson Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat
Emerson Sensi
Price $169 Dell Home $234 Amazon.com $195 Amazon.com $168 Amazon.com $116 Amazon.com
Features
7
8
9
9
7
Usability
8
9
8
7
9
Design
8
9
7
7
6
Performance
8
9
8
9
8

Review

Nest's cheaper Thermostat E is still plenty smart

I've literally waited years for a more affordable Nest -- and it's finally here in the form of the $169 Thermostat E. At 80 bucks less than Nest's premium Learning Thermostat, the E excels in its simplicity. 

It sports plastic components, fewer wire terminals and a lower-res screen. Because of the display's limitations, you also won't find Farsight on the E, a feature that displays custom info such as an analog clock or the current weather forecast from a distance. Otherwise, the E does all of the same things as the Learning Thermostat. It will auto-adjust your heat and AC based on whether or not you're home and give you the same remote access from the Nest app. You can even enlist Amazon's Alexa speakers or the Google Home to adjust the temperature for you.

But aside from its more minimal off-white design, the Thermostat E doesn't do anything new or innovative. You still won't find a remote temperature sensor or compatibility with Apple's Siri voice control platform, HomeKit

Continue Reading

Specs / Prices

  • Brand Nest
  • Compliant Standards UL 60730-1
  • Color Category white
  • Features built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
See full specs

Report errors

How To

7 handy ways to improve your home in 2018

7 handy ways to improve your home in 2018

5 tips for your new Nest Thermostat

5 tips for your new Nest Thermostat

Is your home too humid? Nest thermostat can help

Is your home too humid? Nest thermostat can help

How to control your Nest Thermostat with your voice

How to control your Nest Thermostat with your voice

The complete list of Google Home commands so far

The complete list of Google Home commands so far

7 steps to control your home with Google's Home

7 steps to control your home with Google's Home

How to control your lights and thermostat using Google Home

How to control your lights and thermostat using Google Home

10 IFTTT recipes every smart home owner should know

10 IFTTT recipes every smart home owner should know

How to connect Automatic to the Nest thermostat

How to connect Automatic to the Nest thermostat

How to install the Nest Learning Thermostat

How to install the Nest Learning Thermostat

How to setup Belkin's Wemo Bridge for HomeKit

How to setup Belkin's Wemo Bridge for HomeKit

Latest News