Google Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen) Review

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Self-learning schedule for greater eco-friendly use
Sleek and stylish appearance
Easy to read
Compatible with multiple devices
Self-learning can override the user's schedules
Costly compared to other smart thermostats
Screen can be too bright

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat is an updated rendition of the original Nest, with several smart features and a sleek appearance that’s difficult to beat. Read on to learn more about what this popular smart thermostat has to offer, and whether it’s time to move it from your wishlist to your cart!

Specs and Features

Full-color touch display, 3.3 inches
8.6 ounces
Stainless Steel, Black, White, Polished Steel, Brass, Mirror Black, and Copper
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The Nest Learning Thermostat comes with a relatively costly price tag of $249.99 per unit. This means if you want to replace the thermostat for each zone in your house, you will need to fork over quite a bit of cash. However, the features and usability overall absolutely outweigh this hefty investment. The intuitive learning function saves you money on your heating and cooling bill, making up for the cost.

What We Really Like

The Nest Learning Thermostat has many features to love, all packed into a tiny little device, making life as a homeowner easier and more convenient.

With an easy-to-use app, these features can be monitored and fine-tuned with the voice commands built into the device, accessed via Google Assistant voice support. This thermostat is capable of many other amazing things as well; continue reading to learn more about some of our favorite functions.

It Really Is Smart

This thermostat really is smart. It is a top-of-the-line device that uses unique sensors to tell whether someone is home or not and adjusts the temperature accordingly. To get the most out of this feature, users just need to answer a few simple questions about their heating and cooling preferences to guide the thermostat’s decisions.

Once these preferences are set, the thermostat will use its sensors to determine the room’s ambient temperature and compare it to that of the user’s preferred setting. It will also begin to track when you are home and when you typically leave and create a schedule based on this information to keep your home at ideal temperatures without running the HVAC all the time.

Sleek Style

The Nest Learning Thermostat is available in sleek and modern styles. The device is equipped with a stunning full-color display that is exceptionally responsive and easy to use. Whenever someone approaches it, it automatically lights up and enables you to see the current temperature in your home at any given moment.

The screen is smooth, and the device is available in six different colors, so you will not be forced to use a plain white thermostat if you choose this model. To get a great look without having an eye sore, you can coordinate the metal color of your thermostat with the color of the other metal furnishings in your home. The smooth and sleek design really gives your home a modern feel!

User-Friendly Controls

Even though the thermostat is smart enough to learn your movement patterns and typical schedule on its own, users still have the option of setting their own preferences. A user can go into the Nest App and adjust the settings to fit the criteria that they feel most comfortable with. The user can also fine-tune pre-set schedules in case unforeseen circumstances arise.

You are not required to use an app with the thermostat if you do not like it. It is so intuitive that it will be able to learn whether or not you ask it to do so through an app. Using its many sensors, it can determine whether you are at home or away, as well as your home’s current temperature.

Note: The Nest Learning Thermostat is configured to automatically set the temperature at 68 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that users are comfortable.

Compatible with Multiple Devices

The Nest Learning Thermostat also works with almost all major HVAC systems on the market today. This means that if you have a newer system or an older system, you will likely be able to connect this thermostat and reap the benefits. Some thermostats do not have this capability, which limits their use.

The Nest app also offers the advantage of allowing you to control up to 20 different Nest Thermostats at the same time. We think this is a very useful feature if you have a large house, a business, or more than one home that you need to manage; you can be sure that the temperature of your home or business will always be comfortable at any time.

What Could Be Better

The Google Nest Learning Thermostat is truly one of the best devices on the market. On the other hand, it is not a 100% perfect device. In our opinion, there are a few things that may give you pause before you decide to buy it.

Costly Investment

One significant negative aspect of the Nest Learning Thermostat is its price; the cost of the thermostat is $249.99, which is quite expensive compared to other thermostats.

The reason the cost is so high is the thermostat’s many intuitive features and sensors, so if you feel you don’t need all the bells and whistles, the simplified Nest Thermostat would be a better—and more affordable—option to choose.

Self-Learning Knows Best

Sometimes, this thermostat likes to be a stickler for the rules. Even if you have provided a pre-set schedule, the thermostat will still adjust your settings in a way that it thinks makes the most sense for your circumstances.

The thermostat can also become annoying if you prefer a particular temperature or do not wish your HVAC to run during certain periods, and the Nest decides to go against your preferences anyway.

Bright Screen

Occasionally, the full-color touchscreen on the Nest Learning Thermostat will light up and feel like the sun during the middle of the night or in the middle of a dark and gloomy day. The screen’s brightness can be shocking to some users at first, but it does help users read the status of the home relatively easily.

Despite the fact that it can sometimes be a little too bright, it is not the be-all and end-all of the system.

Final Thoughts

The 3rd Gen Google Nest Learning Thermostat is one of the best smart thermostats on the market right now. The system is extremely intuitive, assists with cost savings, and has many user-friendly controls to allow users to customize their experience. Despite the fact that it is an expensive investment, it is absolutely worth it if you are ready to bring your house into the future.

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