The temperature swings that are increasingly characteristic of spring have given me a boost lately. Just ask my editor who should hear me complaining: the probability that my apartment will be temperate enough if the mercury is above or below 60 degrees is quite low. The guilty? A dodgy thermostat. Until I sat down at my desk for this morning’s bargain hunt, I thought a fancy smart thermostat was way out of my price range. Well, dear reader, I was wrong. Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is now on sale 20% off at $47.99 (it’s usually $59.99) — its lowest price ever according to price monitoring site CamelCamelCamel. Read on to find out if this is right for your home.
Introducing Amazon Smart Thermostat – ENERGY STAR Certified, DIY Installation, Works with Alexa – C-Wire Required
Amazon’s Smart Thermostat is an easy way to upgrade from a traditional thermostat and reduce energy consumption.
What reviewers say about the Amazon Smart Thermostat: The edge calls the Smart Thermostat a “$60 stunner.” Until its release, there was no other smart thermostat on the market that mimicked the basic functions of the Nest Learning Thermostat, the reviewer says. “The online shopping giant’s thermostat can intelligently determine whether you’re home, away or sleeping and automatically adjust your temperature to keep you comfortable and potentially save you money. And you don’t ‘have nothing to program,’ writes the reviewer.
What else, CBS said Amazon’s Smart Thermostat “sets a new standard for the category” and “offers the absolute best value of any smart thermostat available today.” It’s easy to set up by yourself and easy to control directly or via Alexa commands once set up. But even the no-sale price is a huge draw: competitors like Nest and Ecobee charge well over $100 for similar products, the reviewer notes.
Nearly 4,600 reviewers on Amazon give the thermometer an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5, with 65% giving it 5 stars. “That’s a good deal. For around $50 you get a fully functional smart thermostat,” writes one reviewer. “Good start. Would I buy it again? Sure. Why? Because it’s beautiful and simple. Another reviewer writes, “Installed two of Amazon’s new smart thermostats and couldn’t be happier. Installation only took a few minutes… Many features of more expensive thermostats for a fraction of the price.
Other things to consider: The model for sale requires a C-thread and does not come with an adapter. So you need to make sure that your house is equipped appropriately before buying the Amazon smart thermometer. You can bundle your purchase with a C-wire adapter for $62.98 (about 25% off the bundle – it’s usually $84.98).
Reviewers who were unhappy with the purchase said they struggled with the installation process. “Alexa setup instructions are poorly done,” writes one reviewer. Others ran into confusion regarding the C-wire. “The use of prompts for setting up the Alexa app is vague and unclear, but more importantly, it’s inconsistent. While the article site shows I’m fine and it [doesn’t] need a c-wire, the app says otherwise. Overall, reviewers said they would have had an easier time with installation if they had already installed a smart thermostat.
About this column: Since you’re here, allow me to introduce myself: I’m Maddy Perkins, Associate Business Editor for MarketWatch Picks. My ideal temperature is 62 degrees and my friends say I’m a penguin. I’m a big online shopper who loves a bargain, especially when it comes to cool kitchen gadgets, electronics, fashion, and beauty products. I’ll be here a few times a week to share with you the best deals I can find online. Do you have something you would like me to research? Email me at [email protected] Cheers!