Smart thermostats are very much in demand these days because of the features they offer to make our lives more comfortable and save energy. Three main smart thermostat brands are present in the market today- Nest, Ecobee, and Honeywell. Two brands that we have focused here are Nest and Ecobee.
Ecobee primarily had released two thermostats that were Ecobee 3 and Ecobee Lite. Recently, it has released its latest version Ecobee 4 with added benefits. Nest has released only one thermostat till now.
After testing Ecobee 3, 4 and Nest Learning Smart Thermostat for 15 days we have prepared a comparative analysis of these three products. It would give you a clear idea of which thermostat offers more benefits. You can choose the most suitable one for your home and enjoy all the relief that thermostat provides.
Comparison Chart Ecobee 3 Vs. Ecobee 4 Vs. Nest
|Specifications||Ecobee 3||Ecobee 4||Nest|
|Voice and audio||No||Yes||No|
|Amazon Alexa built-in||No||Yes||No|
|Remote sensors||Ecobee room sensors||Ecobee room sensors||Nest protect Nest temperature sensors|
|Humidity sensor sensors||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Battery life||35000 hours||2 lithium metal batteries||Battery Powered|
|Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Wink||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||3 years||3 years||2 years|
|Learns home habits||No||No||Yes|
|Voice & audio||No||Yes||No|
|Power||Power extender kit||Power extender kit||Heating/cooling wires+ battery|
|Web access, Android app, iOS app||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Differences Between Ecobee 3 Vs. Ecobee 4 Vs. Nest
1. Hardware Color
Nest thermostats are available in several colors like stainless steel, copper, black and white. You can choose the color that would go with the design of your house. There are a lot of options in colors that would suit every interest.
On the other hand, Ecobee comes only in black color which is a bit disappointing when we compare its other features with Nest.
Ecobee thermostats both 3 and 4 have room sensors that even out the temperature in all the rooms. It maintains a suitable temperature for your home and makes sure that all the rooms are equally cool or warm. Ecobee thermostat can attach to 32 sensors.
Nest thermostat does not have a room sensor feature. But you can use the Nest Protect Smoke Detector in place of that. It measures the temperature of every room. You can use it as both smoke detectors and room sensor.
If we talk about the compatibility of both brands, Ecobee is a clear winner. It supports a lot of smart hubs and voice control systems like Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Apple HomeKit, Google Home and IFTTT.
Nest does not support Apple HomeKIt which is bad news for Apple device users. It is only compatible with Amazon Alexa, Wink, Google Home, IFTTT and Wink.
Both Ecobee 3 and 4 offer 3 years warranty period which is quite impressive. But the Nest thermostat only offers a 2 years warranty which is quite less as compared to Ecobee.
5. Environment Learning
One feature where Nest comes above Ecobee thermostats is its ability to learn from your habits and modify itself accordingly. Nest learning thermostat can automatically set schedules after determining your daily habits during a course of time. After it gets used to your habits, it works accordingly. It learns very fast from your daily activities. It can easily learn what temperature you like to set in your room when you come back from office and schedule itself accordingly.
Ecobee 3 and 4 does not have this feature. However, their room sensors help to set the suitable temperature of your room and also inform you about your daily energy consumption.
6. Built-In Voice Controller System
Ecobee 4 comes with a built-in voice control system that is Amazon Alexa. If you buy this device, you would not have to buy any voice controller separately and spend extra dollars.Ecobee 3 and Nest can be attached to voice controllers like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but you will need to buy these separately.
7. Bluetooth Low Energy
Bluetooth Low Energy is a short-range wireless signal. It helps in less battery usage and provides high-speed data.Nest supports this technology while Ecobee 3 and 4 do not support it.
8. Audio & Voice
Ecobee 4 has a built-in speaker and microphone. It is because it has built-in Amazon Alexa. Therefore, Ecobee 4 thermostat can listen and respond to your commands directly.Ecobee 3 and Nest thermostat do not have a built-in speaker and microphone.
Similarities Between Ecobee 3 Vs. Ecobee 4 Vs. Nest
1. App Control
All three of them have their respective apps. You can operate Ecobee 3 and 4 through the Ecobee app that is available on both iOS and Android devices. You can remotely operate Nest through the Nest app that is also available on iOS and Android devices.
2. Web Access
Both devices offer a web access facility. With web access, you can find out any information about the product.
Features And Technical Specifications Of Ecobee 3
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
- Smart, really smart - intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home's...
- Knows you have a life - senses whether anyone's home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you're at...
- It has the Ecobee room sensor to detect the temperature of the room and then adjust the temperature of the room accordingly.
- It has a Smart Sense feature that can determine the temperature outside to adjust the temperature inside.
- It has the follow-me feature that uses sensors to detect your location and switch on the device as soon as you enter the home or before you reach home with this feature.
- It has a humidity feature that can easily find out the humidity percentage inside your home and then change the temperature to avoid it so that your windows do not get foggy.
- It has a reminder and alert feature that you can use as per your convenience whenever you want your thermostat to remind of making any change to it or give you alerts at specific times.
- You can adjust the temperature of your home with the help of the thermostat manually or remotely via a smartphone. It can also get used to your daily habits by time and adjust its temperature automatically according to that.
- You can also control it through voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- Its weight is 1.4 pounds
- It offers 3 years warranty
- Its hardware color is black
- Ecobee 3 has a distinctive design. It looks different from the common thermostats. The shape of the Ecobee 3 thermostat is in the shape of a shell. The device covered by a black colored square shell that has rounded corners on all the four sides. As we have mentioned above, it has a touch screen on its surface that is 3.5 inch with a full-color display.
- The width of the device is around one inch and it weighs around 1.4 pounds. There are a total of 11 terminal connections for heat pumps, cooling, heating, accessories and air handlers on a white plate. It is at the back of the device. It is also compatible with 1 or 2 stage HVAC systems.
- The dimension of the model is 4″ * 4″ * 0.9″
Features And Technical Specifications Of Ecobee 4
- SAVE MONEY: Homeowners save up to 23% annually on heating or cooling costs, plus ecobee pays for itself in under 2 years...
- ROOM SENSORS: Place them in the rooms that matter the most and have the temperature balanced throughout your whole home....
- EASILY INSTALL YOURSELF: It only takes about 30 minutes, thanks to an easy to follow installation guide and an in-app...
- It has built-in Amazon Alexa
- It integrates with both Apple HomeKIt and Google Home
- It has Ecobee 4 room sensors that can detect the temperature of the room with the help of sensors and then adjust the room temperature accordingly
- It can be controlled manually, remotely (through the app via your smartphone), or through the Amazon Alexa voice control system.
- It has the Geo-fencing feature that can detect your location
- It is very energy-efficient. As compared to other smart thermostats, it can save up to 23 percent of your electricity cost per year.
- It is very easy to install
- It weighs around 1 pound
- It offers 3 years warranty
- Its hardware color is black
- Ecobee 4 has a better design than Ecobee 3. It has a lot in common with Ecobee 3 but is sleeker and more stylish to look at. There is a blue line on the top of the device that is the connection portal to Alexa. It gives the device a more stylish and classy look. It determines the weather outside with the help of sensors and not through the predictive algorithm as Nest does. Its touchscreen responds faster and has soft touch.
- It displays humidity level, mode, settings, updates, current temperature, and alerts. It also has motion/person sensors that can find out when you are around it. It can also determine cold and hot spots in the room.
- The dimensions of the model are 4″ * 1″ * 4″
Features And Technical Specifications Of Nest
- Auto-Schedule: No more confusing programming. It learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
- Wi-Fi Thermostat: Connect the Nest Thermostat to Wi-Fi to change the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Energy Saving: You'll see the Nest Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right...
- It has the Farsight feature that uses a motion sensor to detect your presence and switch on automatically. This feature saves your energy. It increases your comfort level at home.
- It has an auto-schedule feature that automatically gets used to your activities and switch on/off at different intervals depending on when you leave your home or come back. It also gets to know the temperature that you like and adjust its temperature according to your preference.
- It has a check feature that is unique only in the Nest thermostat. With this feature, you can easily keep a check on your thermostat device via your smartphone and also keep track of the energy consumption.
- It has a home away/assist feature that switches off the thermostat when there is no one at home. It detects whether anyone is home or not with the help of sensors and then switches off automatically. It saves a lot of energy.
- Whenever you set a temperature that saves energy, you get a green leaf display on the screen below the temperature information. The green leaf tells that you are saving power from the usage.
- It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices
- It weighs around 0.53 pounds
- It offers 2 years warranty
- Its hardware is available in various colors such as- stainless steel, black, white and copper
- Nest thermostat outsmarts both Ecobee 3 and 4 in design. It is one of the most attractive and well-built thermostats. It has very good quality. The thermostat is cylindrical and made of aluminum with a razor-sharp color display.
- Its surface has a very smooth finish. It’s aluminum chassis rotates for manual temperature adjustment and menu navigation. It uses a clicker motion to show all the above options which makes its surface look better.
- It has a simple design with simple operations that are very easy to use. It has a ring with which you can check out the menu and the options to operate the device. It also contains an outer metallic ring which is the main operator interface. It is to change the temperature or perform any other function on the device.
- The dimensions of the model are 1.2″ * 3.3″ * 3.3″
1. How do I set-up my Amazon Alexa on Ecobee 4?
You might be finding it a bit difficult to set-up your Amazon Alexa on Ecobee 4 after buying it. Ecobee 4 has built-in Amazon Alexa. You just have to activate it on your smart thermostat. For activating Amazon Alexa on Ecobee 4 you will have to make an account on Amazon.com. After that you can access it through this account information only.
2. What battery does Smart Sensor require in Ecobee 3 and 4 thermostats? Will I have to change it occasionally?
Smart Sensor uses one 3-volt CR-2477 battery. Yes, you will need to change these batteries after a certain period. They are easily available in any hardware shop.
3. Can I restart the learning process of my Nest Thermostat?
You can easily restart the learning process of the Nest Thermostat. You just have to press the restart button after going to the settings option through the Nest app via your smartphone.
All three thermostats have their specialties. You should do proper research before considering buying any one among these three. It is very important to make a list of the features you want in your smart thermostat so it would be easy for you to find out which one among them is meeting all your requirements. Thermostats are very important today for a lot of reasons and one of them is energy-saving. You should consider buying a thermostat because it saves a lot of energy and also reduces your electricity bills. We hope that we proved to be helpful to you in deciding the best thermostat out of these three for your home.