The decision between the Nest 3 vs Ecobee3 comes down to a matter of preferences and lifestyle. Both thermostats are smart equipped so that you can communicate with them outside of the home, but both offer extremely different takes on what is desirable in a thermostat.
The Nest focuses on offering you hands off and thought free control of the temperature of your home while still saving you money. It learns your schedule and tracks your motions and adjust temperature accordingly. The ecobee3 focuses on being highly programmable and sticking to the program unless told otherwise using the extremely intuitive and easy to use app and thermostat interface.
Read on to consider the differences between these thermostats and decide which one will meet your needs best.
If you are a Google household and want a thermostat that can give you optimal temperature conditions without you ever having to program the thermostat, The Nest 3 may be exactly what you’ve been looking for. This adaptable thermostat can learn your schedule and sense your location so you will always come home to a comfortable home but not waste energy heating or cooling an empty home while you’re away.
● Don’t need to change furnace wires during installation even if you don’t have a C wire
● Easy DIY installation
● Easy setup with checklist
● Looks good on your wall
● Comes in four colors
● Excellent resolution
● Learns your schedule and tracks your location for thought free temperature control
● Interface between app and thermostat is very different, creating a user experience that is not very intuitive
● Will not work with Apple devices
● No touch screen, works by spinning a dial
Nest 3 Specifications
● Works without common wire because of built-in battery
● Supports 5GHz wireless band
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When the Nest 3 works the way it should, you never have to touch it to receive a perfectly adjusted home temperature while saving money by not heating or cooling an empty house unnecessarily. Artificial intelligence as well as machine learning picks up your patterns and optimizes to your schedule utilizing the tracking sensor on the thermostat as well as geofencing on your phone when you aren’t at home.
When the Nest sees that you are away, it activates Eco mode to save money. If you repeat a pattern, like turning the air conditioning down each night at around 11, the Nest will learn and repeat this pattern automatically. If you arrive home consistently at the same time most days, the Nest will be sure to adjust the temperature to your preference before you arrive.
The Nest can utilize other Nest products, like alarms, cameras, and smoke detectors, to detect whether you are home or not. If you want even more detectors to determine whether you are home or not, you can buy as many additional detectors as you like for around $40 a piece.
The Nest 3 relies heavily on geofencing to determine whether family members are home or not, so if any of your family member’s app malfunctions or somebody leaves their phone at home the Nest may behave inappropriately, like continuing to adjust temperature on an empty home or inappropriately stopping heating or cooling when a family member is in fact home.
Nest is a Google product and for that reason it will not work with any Apple products like Homekit or Siri. This means that if anyone in your household has an Apple smartphone they may have issues using this thermostat.
If your primary focus is a thermostat that you can completely control remotely so that you always know what the temperature in your home is and can control it, the ecobee3 may be a good choice for you. In many ways the ecobee3 is not as smart as the Nest, since it can’t sense your location outside of the home and does not automatically program itself according to your behavior.
This means that the ecobee3 can get away from many of the problems associated with this technology, like failures in the app causing the thermostat to behave erratically. If you typically stick to a schedule and are more concerned about the comfort of your home temperature than having a thermostat that will learn your actions, the ecobee3 may be a great choice for you.
● Multiple sensors can tell the temperature in different rooms of your home
● Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control over temperature
● Does not require a common wire
● Interphase is consistent between app and thermostat for an intuitive user experience
● Thermostat cannot control the temperature of separate rooms separately, even if it can sense the temperature in those rooms
● Touch screen is not sensitive enough for extremely small controls like a change in temperature of 1°
● Will not track your location outside of the home and must be adjusted manually if your schedule changes
● May require adjustment of furnace wiring if you do not have a common wire
● Works with Amazon’s Alexa
● Uses remote sensors to sense temperature in multiple rooms of your home
● Can work without c-wire
The ecobee3 is a good-looking thermostat with an intuitive touch screen that gives you complete control over your home. Ecobee more or less went the opposite direction with their ecobee3 than Nest did. Ecobee3 focuses on ultimate comfort in each room of your home and assumes that you will stick to the program schedule or else manually change the temperature using your smartphone.
The difference is that you will always know exactly what your ecobee3 is doing, whereas the Nest technology may fail and cause unexpected heating or cooling conditions. With the ecobee3 you will need to remember to change the setting before you come home if you are arriving home early unexpectedly or else you will arrive to a hot or cold house. Ecobee makes programming extremely simple, with a very similar interface on the thermostat itself, on the smartphone app, and on the web.
One extra sensor comes with the ecobee3 and you can equip as many sensors as you like so that you can accurately monitor temperature in every room of your house. While this smart thermometer is not capable of altering the amount of heat or cooling that goes to any particular room, it can account for an extreme room and adjust temperature for the entire house accordingly.
Google offers home IQ with the Adobe so that you can see stats and analytics about your home and energy usage that can help inform your decisions and save money in the long term. Installation is easy whether or not you have a common wire, but since this thermostat uses direct wiring instead of an extra battery to account for the lack of a C wire, you may need to adjust the wiring to your furnace system which can be intimidating for do-it-yourselfers.
Amazon’s Alexa works with the ecobee3 so that you can control the temperature via voice command, but the ecobee3 does not have Alexa integrated like the ecobee4 does so you cannot control other things in your house using the thermostat, or use the thermostat for games, a timer, Etc.