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What it lacks in modern design appeal, it makes up for with a bonus feature: 5-1-1 programming.
The other four thermostats I reviewed in this price range offer 5-2 programming -- that means you set one heating and cooling schedule for Monday through Friday and a second schedule for the weekend. With a 5-1-1 thermostat, Monday through Friday has the same single shared program as before, but you can program Saturday and Sunday separately to give you more customization options.
That way, if your weekend routine involves hitting the gym or going to work on Saturday morning and sleeping in a bit more on Sunday, you can program the P200 accordingly.
This White-Rodgers thermostat was also relatively easy to program and comes with a green backlight that makes it more visible. As with the Emerson 1F78-151, the P200's display screen alternates between the current time and the current ambient temperature. I find this back-and-forth display of information a little annoying, but it definitely isn't a deal breaker.
Overall, while I don't like its design as much as the Lux TX500U, White-Rodgers' P200 is worth consideration -- especially if you would prefer to program Saturday and Sunday separately.
Note: This thermostat is compatible with basic heating and cooling systems; click here for more details. If you have questions about installation, consult a professional.
|Honeywell RTHL2310B||Hunter 44157||Emerson 1F78-151||White-Rodgers P200||Lux TX500U|
|Price||MSRP: $25 Lowe's: $24.98||MSRP: $25 Amazon: $20.59||MSRP: $43 Amazon: $26||MSRP: $50 Amazon: $23.77||MSRP: $30 Amazon/Home Depot: $30|
|Batteries||Yes, two AAA||Yes, two AA||Yes, two AAA||Yes, two AA||Yes, two AA|
|Backlight||Yes, green||Yes, blue||No||Yes, green||Yes, blue|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.75 x 3.4 x 1 inches||8 x 6 x 1.6 inches||6.2 x 4.2 x 1.8 inches||6.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 inches||5.4 x 3.4 x 1.1 inches|
|Programmable||Yes, 5-2||Yes, 5-2||Yes, 5-2||Yes, 5-1-1||Yes, 5-2|