If you’re looking for a new smart thermostat (read my reviews on the Best Smart Thermostats), you might want it to work with your Amazon Alexa. Read on for the best Alexa thermostats, including the best Alexa thermostat cheaper than Nest.
Best Alexa Thermostat – Overall
As we’ve talked about before, we think the best Smart Thermostat is the Ecobee4. It even has Alexa built-in to the thermostat! That’s crazy!
That means that the thermostat is fully integrated with Amazon Alexa. It has all the features of the Nest and is about the same price.
Best Alexa Thermostat Cheaper Than Nest
The best Alexa thermostat cheaper than Nest is the Ecobee3 lite. The Ecobee3 lite works and looks almost identical to the Ecobee3, but it has a couple of small differences.
What are the differences between the Ecobee3 lite and Ecobee3?
- The Ecobee3 lite does not have room sensors, the Ecobee3 does.
- The Ecobee3 lite does not have an occupancy sensor, the Ecobee3 does.
- They both work with Apple HomeKit
- They both will save you an estimated 23% on your heating and cooling costs.
Cheapest – Alexa Thermostat Cheaper Than Nest
There are several sub-$100 Alexa thermostats on the market today:
The cheapest (at $70) is the Insteon Smart Thermostat. It probably isn’t the chest, in reality, because it does require the Insteon Hub to work. There are a handful of other sub-$100 Alexa compatible thermostats but I can’t recommend that. I’ve simply never heard of the Kono Smart Thermostat before. The cheapest, most reliable thermostat for Amazon Alexa is the Honeywell T5:
However, if you read my best smart-wifi thermostats post – you’d understand that you should NEVER use this product in a bedroom. At least, when I tested this smart thermostat, there wasn’t any way to turn off the backlight. Even at it’s lowest setting, it’s REALLY bright. However, it does have a decent app and works with Apple Home Kit and Amazon Alexa.
How Thermostats work with Alexa – Tips and Tricks
The key to making sure you new smart thermostat works with Alexa is naming it properly. Amazon Alexa can easily get confused with different smart home devices named the same thing. For example, you could have a group of lights named “Downstairs” and your thermostat could be named “Downstairs,” too. If you are using a Nest thermostat or a Alexa thermostat that is cheaper than Nest, it doesn’t matter. I simply named my thermostats “Downstairs Thermostat” and “Upstairs Thermostat.” You only need to say, “Alexa, set downstairs thermostat to 71 degrees.” It will work more often that way.