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Best Smart Heating Thermostats 2017 and 2018


Nest Thermostat

Due to popular demand, we have updated our 2017 Best Smart Heating Thermostats article for 2018. Bringing you the latest reviews of smart thermostats from our qualified plumbers and gas engineers here at My Plumber.

Choosing the best smart thermostat for your home will not only save you money but will also reduce your carbon footprint.

There are a variety of smart thermostats on the market today and choosing the best one for your home and heating system is essential if you want your central heating system to operate as efficiently as possible.

The latest smart thermostats are a vast improvement on the conventional, and outdated, way of adjusting heat and air conditioning in your home. Different smart thermostat models can do different things, but all of them are focused on their basic purpose of is heating and cooling your home more efficiently.

If you’ve got an internet connection, some can be controlled from anywhere. Some can learn your preferences and set them for you. With a variety of features each smart thermostat is unique, with all their significant merits.

Want to upgrade your house with a smart thermostat? We have reviewed Five Best Smart Thermostats on the market today.


The most well-known and, in our opinion, best smart thermostat is Nest. It’s sleek aesthetic, excellent features and ease of use are the primary make the Nest our preferred choice and the unit we are most likely to recommend to our customers.

Nest Thermostat

Why is Nest the best smart thermostat?:

  1. Easy to use
  2. Relative affordability
  3. Innovative ability to self-program

This smart device can actually learn and remember, when you want your home temperature raised and lowered, and then takes over the job.

Moreover, it’s compatible with all sorts of other apps and systems used in your home, for exampleBig Ass Fans, August Locks, and even Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Unfortunately, however, Nest cannot work withApple Home Kit.

The second generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat will cost you £249, including professional installation. (£179 without installation).


  • Auto-schedule and auto-away functionality, as well as True Radiant
  • Learns how your home heats and cools so it can be at the right temperature at the right time
  • Access through your corresponding app to change schedule.
  • Attractive, minimalist design that coordinates with any home’s decor
  • The whole set-up is easy to use.

The biggest weakness of Nest Thermostat is that,as it has no external sensors, it’s hard to keep temperatures steady, if your home heats and cools unevenly in different rooms.


Hive Active Heating is a v2.0 of a product by British Gas,available only in the UK. Though the price approaches the high end of the range at £249. However, an upgrade from the older first version, is just £99.

Hive2 Thermostat


  • Can be easily adjusted from anywhere with the corresponding app or web tool.
  • Has just a few buttons and a dial to control an LED display.
  • No touchscreen, but has an attractive interface is easy enough to use without that type of interaction.
  • It’s got geofencing, the enables you to set a home and an away temperature, totally dependent on your location.
  • The app can also notify you if the heat is mistakenly turned up with no one at home.
  • Frost protection to keep pipes from freezing
  • Includes holiday mode to keep the temperature low for an extended period of time
  • Can also work with your water heater to make that more efficient too.

There’s no learning capability, which may be a drawback, though it is easy enough to change the temperature if you remember to do so. Hive2 can also support zone heating, but only if the radiators are already set up that way.


A little less known than Nest, Ecobee3 smart thermostat is very similar to Nest. Priced almost £100 less than the Nest, the Ecobee3 offers some significant advantages over its more popular counterpart.

Ecobee3 Thermostat


  • Sophisticated interface that gives you temperature controls, shows weather and more with just a few taps.
  • Starter kit comes with one external temperature sensor, you can also purchase others to add to your configuration
  • Can be controlled via smartphone app
  • Smart and compact design

Although, it has some user gripes about the app’s instability, plus, it needs a lot of power to run. Also, has problems with older homes with older wiring.

Ecobee3 smart thermostat is a great system to use in larger and newer homes and surprisingly it’s very affordable.


The unique selling point of Tado Smart is the ThermostatGeofencing technology. It syncs with its smartphone app and accordingly lowers the heat when you leave. Moreover, when you approach home after work, shopping, or anything else, it warms up the house to get the right temperature when you walk through the door. This is a great feature, as long as you have your phone with you while leaving and approaching your house.

Tado Thermostat


  • Equipped with ThermostatGeoFencing technology.
  • Monitors the weather and daylight and warms up your home from the sunlight
  • Saves energy and money
  • Works with most HVAC units
  • Pristine white appearance to match any decor
  • Manufacturers claim that it can save you over 30% on your heating bills
  • the Tado app shows you how much do you spend on heating your house per day,in graphic format

The Tado Smart thermostat will cost you almost £199, without installation. Although, if you aren’t ready yet to shell out two hundred pounds, the company lets you to rent one for just £7.99 per month.


At first glance, you might confuse the Honeywell Lyric smart thermostat with the Nest. The design is strangely alike: shiny, round, and with a large data display. Its functionality is also almost similar to the Nest one, though they have some differences too.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat


  • Includes buttons to bring up a weather forecast, as well as a a button to let the system know you’ll be leaving the house.
  • Includes a proximity sensor to take the display from idle to full brightness when you get closer
  • GeoFencing technology can be set up to let it know when you’re out of the house
  • Works exclusively on proximity
  • It can also detect when the last person has left for the day, if you have multiple people.

The Lyric will cost you around £200. Installation is fairly simple as it needs only basic wiring knowledge. You can also have an HVAC professional to take care of the job.Lyric is an Apple partner and works with Apple HomeKit.

For a more robust smart thermostat by Honeywell, you can also check out the EvoHome model.

Final Thoughts

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