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Nest Thermostat Review: Smart & Stylish 2nd Gen.

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Price: $249.99

Nest Learning ThermostatThe Nest Learning Thermostat is unlike any thermostat you’ve seen. It’s a slick scroll-wheel hosting an LCD screen. It’s smart and beautifully designed. CNET Editor-in-Chief/Nest reviewer Lindsey Turrentine gave it an enthusiastic five-star review, as do many of the customer reviews on Amazon (check out more Nest Thermostat reviews here).

The second generation Nest Thermostat is 20% slimmer and boasts support for 95% of North American cooling and heating systems.

Installation

The Nest Thermostat comes sharply packaged so you can be fairly certain it’s going to be in top-notch condition. The required screwdriver for installation and a backplate to cover up any holes or scratches from a previous installation is also included. Click it into the wall and it connects to your home wireless and syncs the necessary information as well as self-updates.

Design

It looks great, plain and simple. Sexy. Stylish. Modern. However you want to put it, this is one of those devices you know has a slick design which really doesn’t feel out-of-place in a modern home. Designed by the former chief architect at Apple, you can expect the Nest Learning Thermostat to be intuitive and smooth to use. You twist and glide through the settings, changing temperature and other settings by pressing the unit itself like a button. Viewing the current temperature and setting the desired temperature range is simple to do. The main dial of the 2nd generation Nest Thermostat is 20% thinner than the original while still keeping it’s slick futuristic look.


Meet the Nest Thermostat video. Click here for a full list of features.

Intelligence

It’s smart. The main attraction of this device is that it learns your patterns and the temperature you want your home at certain times of the day. If you regularly set your house to 24 degrees Celsius at around 8pm every night as you get comfortable in front of the TV, the Nest will begin to set that temperature on its own. The same applies for early morning. No more waking up and having to adjust temperature while you get ready for work, the Nest has learned to do that in advance for you. When you leave the house to go to work at your regular time, the Nest switches into ‘Away’ mode to save energy.

Remote Control

Nest Learning ThermostatThe Nest Thermostat can be remote controlled via you mobile phone from anywhere. Don’t want to get out of bed on a freezing morning only to wait for your house to warm up? Turn your Nest up with your phone. Forgot to turn it off when you left for work in the morning? Remote turn it off from the office. Nest’s iOS and Androud apps are very informative and can be used to give you a detailed run-down of your everyday energy use. You can turn the device on or off or control the temperature from your smartphone anywhere, and naturally its learning capacity will start doing this automatically if you’re following a regular schedule.


How the Nest Thermostat Learns video. Click here for a full list of features.

The idea here is that you save money on energy bills, and stop having to manually fiddle with the temperature. If a ‘smart’ thermostat isn’t your cup of tea, you can simply schedule all the routines yourself.

Nest Thermostat: The bad
The price. Considering you can get your regular run-of-the-mill thermostat from a local hardware store for $25.00, it can be hard to justify the price tag on the Nest. When you factor in the potential savings and sheer convenience (or novelty factor) of a self-learning thermostat it might just be worth a go.

The bottom line
If you have a little money to burn and want to take your home climate control to the next level (think the coming ‘smart-home’ revolution) then this thermostat might just be what you’re looking for. Get it now direct from Amazon.

Buy the Nest Thermostat now on Amazon

Nest Thermostat in the kitchen.

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