Best Smart Home Thermostats of 2022

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Control, adjust, and monitor your home's temperature and comfort level with our picks for the best smart home thermostats.

Choosing the best smart home thermostat can do a lot more than make your HVAC system heat or cool your home. These devices can set a cooling schedule to help you save money, act as a smart speaker (just like an Amazon Echo) and even become a voice assistant with built-in Alexa compatibility.

A programmable thermostat is one of the best smart home ideas for beginners looking for remote and instant access to temperature settings. They can help you avoid air conditioning mistakes and prevent costly maintenance. They’re also easy to install; chances are they can simply replace your existing thermostat. Here are some of our favorites.

How a Tech Editor Shops for Smart Home Thermostats

The biggest thing to keep in mind is compatibility. While it’s not hard to install one of these devices, make sure it can be used with your HVAC system. As a tech editor, these are some of the aspects I look for when selecting the best smart home thermostat for my home.

  • Does it need a C-wire?: Whether your thermostat has a C-wire (common wire) determines which devices you can install. If you have a C-wire, you’re good to go and can pick from an array of devices. If you don’t have a C-wire, you’ll need to install one or choose from a smaller group of thermostats that don’t require one.
  • Is it compatible with my HVAC system?: There are multiple kinds of HVAC units, and your thermostat needs to work with yours. If your home has more than one temperature zone, you may need to get multiple thermostats.
  • Does it work with your other smart home devices?: There are several smart home ecosystems these days, and they don’t always play well with each other. If you use Google Home, you’ll want a device that works with it. The same goes for Amazon Alexa or Apple Homekit.

With all that in mind, check out the best smart thermostats.

Best Overall: Ecobee Smart Thermostat with Voice Control

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The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is an upgrade to the popular Ecobee 4. Some standout new components make this an even better buy. It features built-in Alexa Calling and Spotify Connect capabilities and an upgraded WiFi chip that allows it to use 2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands.

The latest Ecobee thermostat also comes with an upgraded smart sensor that lets you adjust your HVAC’s behavior depending on whether a room is vacant or occupied. The Ecobee can also be used with or without a C-wire. However, those without one will need to purchase a separate C wire adapter to do so.

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Best Large Screen: Emerson Sensi Touch

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The Emerson Sensi Touch has an easy-to-read 4.3-inch touchscreen that’s easier on the eyes than other smart thermostats on the market. Even more helpful, the color of the screen changes — blue for cooling, red for heat — so you can immediately identify your HVAC mode.

The Sensi Touch also features flexible scheduling, which allows you to set your HVAC settings for each day of the week, and geofencing, which adjusts the temperature based on whether you’re home or not. According to Emerson, these features, along with the other great options built into the Sensi, will save you up to 26 percent on your power bill.

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Best Budget: Google Nest Programmable WiFi Thermostat

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The Google Nest Programmable WiFi Thermostat is an entry-level Nest device. It’s easy to install and can be purchased with an optional trim kit to hide wires and holes in the wall. It’s an attractive, simple device that hides most of its features in the app.

However, it lacks the learning capabilities that some users love in their Nest thermostats. It still has geofencing and quick scheduling features that should help save some money on your power bill. Its most significant issue: The lack of on-unit controls. Some users might not want to hunt through the app for some of the more advanced features.

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Brittany Vincent
As Tech Editor at Large at Family Handyman, Brittany is an expert in smart devices, gaming consoles, and home tech with 14 years of experience in the industry. She’s been tinkering with tech since she was a young girl building PCs with her father.