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Ecobee slashes the price of its latest smart thermostatThe Ecobee3 Lite Smart Thermostat works with Alexa, Siri, SmartThings, Wink and IFTTT -- all for just $169.
[MUSIC] So at first glance, the thermostat right here looks just like the original ecobee 3 wi-fi smart thermostat we've already tested. But this model is actually a totally different model a next-gen model called the ecobee 3 lite smart thermostat. At 80 bucks less, it costs just 169 bucks. It's available in the US at most major retailers, and it has a lot of the things I love about the original ecobee 3, but it's a little bit pared down, and obviously it costs a lot less, which is great. So you'll find all the same integrations. It works with Amazon Electra, it works with Apple's home kit, it works with Samsung's Smart Things, Wink, If, All of the smart home platforms we love to use, but it doesn't actually come with a remote sensor. That little sensor you could stick throughout your house, it would help equalize temperatures among rooms. So if that's something you really want, you might wanna go up to the Ecobee 3. They'll continue selling it. But if you want a nice smart thermostat that's more like a Smart programmable model that doesn't have built-in algorithms or geo sensing. Or any of the super fancy stuff. This light version is a really smart bet. It works well, it has a touch screen interface. Just like the original and it's a model that I really like. I would recommend it over the similarly priced Emerson sensor.