The best smart thermostats out there today

CNET | 11/15/2018 | Megan Wollerton
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Smart thermostats do more than automate a fixed heating and cooling schedule. These app-enabled devices make it possible to adjust your thermostat whether you're on the couch, on vacation or at the grocery store -- anywhere your phone is connected to a cellular or a Wi-Fi network. Many of them also work with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri now too, giving you yet another way to adjust your thermostat without having to stand directly in front of it.

Some smart thermostats also use sensors to determine if you're home or away and automatically change the temperature for you. Others rely on a geofencing radius -- once you get a certain distance from your home, they switch to away mode and then back to home mode when you return.

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To accompany these modern features, a lot of connected thermostats boast innovative designs. From a rounded shape to a responsive touchscreen, today's thermostats look different than they used to.

Let's explore the available options model-by-model. We'll highlight what makes each model stand out from the rest and ultimately pick an overall winner from the pack.

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Let's get into the specifics. Here's a list of smart thermostats we've tested recently:

The Honeywell Lyric T5 costs $150. I know, that isn't exactly affordable. But it's a solid price for a smart thermostat. Many models, including the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ecobee4 cost $249. This makes the T5 a great "budget" option that works with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri (via Apple HomeKit).

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The Ecobee4 thermostat has a built-in Alexa speaker. Ask the speaker for the current weather forecast, to tell you a joke -- and to adjust the temperature of your smart thermostat, all without needing a separate Alexa speaker. This device also works with Google Assistant and Siri, so if you have a Google-Assistant-enabled...
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