Advice on thermostats - Nest vs Ecobee

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  1. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Hey everyone. I'm looking for new thermostats for my home. We have a/c and gas forced hot air, two zones controlled, directed with dampers.

    Of course Nest 3rd gen and Ecobee3 are on my list. I am leaning towards Nest right now.

    Below is my current thinking. Any advice? Anything I am missing? Am I wrong?

    Nest Pros:
    - Aesthetics is important, and I think Nest looks better. Plus it has color choices.
    - The round ring to adjust temperature seems like the most intuitive way to use a thermostat. It's something even my non-english-speaking grandmother can figure out.
    - Nest seems to be more about set-it and forget-it.
    - The learning ability seems cool.

    Nest Cons:
    - Not very Apple-friendly, and the iOS app seems to be updates less frequently than the Android app.
    - No HomeKit
    - Google might spy on me, somehow

    Ecobee Pros:
    - It's nerdier: HomeKit, IFTTT, more features. Though I am not sure how useful HomeKit really is.
    - App seems more robust, and has a lot more data analysis type of features.
    - Remote sensors, though I am unsure how useful this is to me as I already have two zones and the house is new and thus well insulated.
    - 3x Longer warrantee.

    Ecobee Cons:
    - Not very intuitive, might have a learning curve for non-techie users.
    - Looks like a small tablet on the wall.
    - HomeKit support seems useless in that it only sets temps to hold, and still requires going to the thermostat or app to set it to run schedule again.

  2. haxrnick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2011
    I've had both and both as you said have their pluses and minuses. Right now I'm using Nest only because the wife thinks it looks prettier. When ecobee 4 is released depending on what was added/changed I plan on switching. I was able to do a lot more with ecobee. My house is pretty much all automated and the ecobee fit that bill better.
  3. chuyn macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    Just a quick note that Nest also has The same integrations aside from HomeKit. But the works with Nest system does add a few minor extras, for example, having your Hue lights pretend that someone is home when the Nest is in away mode.

    Our household went from a 2nd gen Nest to a HomeKit-enabled ecobee3 and back to a 3rd gen Nest. The extra features (a bit more data) and the sensors didn't sell us fully. The data I didn't need, but the sensors, they weren't as effective for my house because of our schedules and habits. We also didn't have too great of temp differences between the main areas we occupied.

    For us, both are great and did the job similarly well. It boiled down to mainly the looks, ease of use, and utility of HomeKit. Looks and ease of use, for us, Nest won hands down. The ecobee3 had this odd habit where when you slid the slider to adjust the temp from say, 22 to 22.5, it would display 22.5, but then randomly stay at 22 when you let go. This happened now and then on the thermostat but a lot in the app. HomeKit, we almost never used it, and when we did, the permanent hold annoyed us as it would ignore any schedule we had programmed later (like a sleep schedule to turn temps down). I've set our Nest up for HomeKit using homebridge and we still don't use it.
  4. oneMadRssn thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Thanks, this is helpful. I think the permanent hold thing seems like it totally defeats the purpose of using HomeKit with a thermostat. I've read other complaints about the Ecobee UI being quicky on reddit.

    Do you have a link to homebridge handy by any chance, how to set it up?
  5. chuyn macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    I found a good amount of info from this thread here:

    Also, if you google setting up Nest with HomeKit, I remember following a guide there, I don't have a bookmark of it handy.

    We have protects and a couple Dropcams too, so those are nice to have integrated as well. I especially like that a smoke alarm will make the Hues blink red to help alert my kids.
  6. pesos macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2006
    Not a fan of google so we went with two ecobee3 units. Have generally been very pleased.
  7. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I don't have either, but I'm buying a new home next week and I noticed the upstairs thermostat is in the room that is to be my kid's room. So, ecobee it is because short of moving the thermostat, the remote sensors will be necessary for when she goes upstairs and closes her door.
  8. oneMadRssn thread starter macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    Boston, MA
    We ended up going with 2 Nests. So far so good. I like that the thermostats themselves are very simple to use.
  9. hokiepokie07 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2009
    I've got ecobee3 downstairs and once they update to the ecobee 4, I'm hoping I can work it out where I can put my ecobee3 upstairs and ecobee4 downstairs. I love the extra sensors and how I can quickly check the temp in any room.

    One major negative I have with it is adding it to my automations on HomeKit. I finally just eliminated it from my automations. If I put it to return to schedule when I came home, once I left it wouldn't change back to me being gone. I spoke with ecobee and they mentioned that the HomeKit will override the ecobee, so it screws up my schedule I set up on my ecobee.

    I'm all in on HomeKit, so they have me there. Overall, ecobee3 is an amazing unit that besides the automation glitches, causes me very little issue.
  10. parseckadet macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Personally I think the schedule learning of the Nest is overrated.

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