Smart home technology often means expensive devices. But Nest, the purveyor of a number of app-enabled devices like security cameras, smoke detectors and thermostats, is hoping to make the process of creating a high-end smart home both accessible and affordable.
Case in point: its newly released Nest Thermostat E ($169; bestbuy.com). The device is designed to be a cheaper but still highly functional counterpart to the Nest Learning Thermostat ($240.90; amazon.com).
Much like its predecessor, the Nest Thermostat E syncs up to your smartphone or tablet through the Nest app. The app acts as a remote control, allowing you to change the temperature of your home, check out your energy history and adjust your thermostat to a personalized schedule with a click of a button. It also senses when your device is out of the home and turns itself down, so you’re not wasting energy heating or cooling an empty abode. Because of that, the device has received an Energy Star accreditation, a government certification that recognizes energy-efficient products.
The Nest Thermostat E can do virtually everything the Learning Thermostat does, but does so on a budget and with a more subtle design.
For instance, the original device features a bright interface with a glossy metal ring surrounding it. The newer device is much more minimalist, with a frosted, less noticeable plastic display and a white ring that can seamlessly blend into your home decor while the thermostat saves money and energy quietly in the background.
What you end up really paying for when opting for the Nest Learning Thermostat is more premium materials and a few extra sensors (the Nest Thermostat E doesn’t have the “farsight” sensors that the Learning Thermostat does). Overall though, they both have more or less the same functionality. The Nest Thermostat E is just cheaper by around 75 bucks.
Coming in at $169, the Nest Thermostat E is a more economical solution for those who want to upgrade their homes to smart, eco-friendly technology without breaking the bank. This is a substantial difference from the Nest Learning Thermostat’s $244 price tag.
Of course, by investing in smart technology that helps you cut back on energy usage, there are additional savings. The thermostat’s ability to sense when you’re away and power down on air conditioning or heating could potentially save you between $131 to $145, according to studies from Nest, meaning the device would pay for itself in just over a year.
With the colder season rapidly approaching, the newest Nest iteration could save you big when it comes to heating your home, while giving your home a bonus eco-friendly upgrade. And that sounds like wins all around to us.
Note: The prices above reflect the listed retailer’s price on the date this article was published