Google’s Nest are releasing a new, cheaper version of their excellent smart thermostat.
The Nest Thermostat E.
Looking to make it more affordable, and of course generate more sales, they’ve reduced the price tag to $169 when compared to the Generation 3 Thermostat of $250. In Europe, this looks like an initial price of €169 and £169.
So what’s different, beyond the price?
Where the original Nest Thermostat was built to stand out and almost be a piece of art on your wall, the Nest Thermostat E is meant to blend in and go unnoticed.
Nest has replaced the hi-res screen and the metallic ring , around the edges, with a ceramic feel white plastic ring and white/grey frosted screen. You also get some nice colours for the display, temperature is red/blue dependent on heating or cooling as well as the Leaf logo for when you are saving electricity.
It’s still uses a learning algorithm to track your usage and automatically setup a heating schedule for you, and will automatically cool down your home when you aren’t there.
You can still use the ‘out of the box’ schedule to get you started, which is based on data gathered from current Nest users so you aren’t starting completely from scratch.
With the price reduction, you should expect a more limited functionality, the screen only shows you the temperature, and not the time. They have also dropped wiring connections on the Nest link box, which means that it will only be compatible with 85% of heating systems compared the Generation 3’s 95% compatibility.
Other than the above, it seems to be about the same. You can still remotely connect and control it using the Nest app over the internet and it will work with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home’s assistants.
I love the look and feel of the original Nest thermostat, it is designed to be seen and has great build quality which the new Nest E thermostat does not have although the build quality is still nice. But the aim of the Nest E is to blend in, be more affordable and more competitive within the market which will encourage more sales and increase market share.
Where I see this thermostat working well is with multi-zone systems which need multiple thermostats. You can place your Gen 3/Gen 4 thermostat where you want it to be seen and use the Nest E in places where you want it to blend in, like the bedrooms. This reduces the price of initial setup and still provides greater control and save you more money.