Wyze Labs continues to push the competition into budget-friendly, quality products that perform well beyond consumer expectations. In the meantime, Google is busy gobbling up the competition and rebranding its products under the Google moniker. Now, the Google Nest Thermostat and the Wyze Thermostat are competing to dominate your HVAC system without breaking your bank.
Wyze Labs continues to amaze with each new product they release, not only because they’re loaded with features you’d expect from top-tier devices but also because their price tags defy belief. On the other hand, Google is a known commodity, with a powerful brand packed into six letters known in every corner of the world. When Google releases a product, it’s always noteworthy. So, which one’s better? We’ll cover both devices and their key features below.
Wyze Thermostat vs. Nest Thermostat
The Wyze Thermostat has a ton of features packed into a $79 price tag (pre-orders were priced at $50, but the cost has gone back up on the Amazon marketplace and Wyze.com). Likewise for the Google Nest Thermostat, except for one potentially fatal flaw.
|Google Nest Thermostat||Wyze Thermostat|
|Geofencing/IFTTT||Compatible but occasionally unreliable||Compatible|
|C-Wire Adapter||Doesn’t include one||C-Wire adapter included|
|Display||LCD mirrored glass lens||IPS 180 degree viewing angle|
|Connection||2.4 / 5.0 GHz – 802.11a/b/g/n||2.4 GHz / Bluetooth|
|Compatibility||Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa||Amazon Alexa (Google Assistant coming soon)|
|Colors||Snow, sand, fog, and charcoal||Black|
|Sensors||Ambient light, motion, humidity, capacitive touch, and temperature||Motion, humidity, and temperature|
|Support||Nest Temperature Sensor||No remote sensors (coming soon)|
Aesthetically, the Google Nest Thermostat has more to offer, with four color variations, a slick, clean mirrored glass lens, and capacitive touch controls along the side of the device—neither device has a true touchscreen.
Both are advertised as easy-to-install, 20 minutes for the Wyze Thermostat and 30 minutes for the Google Nest Thermostat. Of course, differences in household thermostat hookups may increase or decrease installation times and simplicity.
Out of all the comparison features between the two devices, the lack of a C-Wire adapter for the Google Nest Thermostat is the most problematic. Wyze includes a C-Wire adapter right out of the box, while Google not only doesn’t supply one out of the box, they also haven’t offered it as a separate purchase until recently.
The C-Wire, or “common wire,” is primarily found in newer homes. With the increase in smart thermostats, a C-wire became essential for recharging the battery rather than drawing power from the HVAC system. Google heavily implied that an adapter wasn’t necessary. The problem lies in how the Nest Thermostat recharges its battery.
With a C-wire, the Nest Thermostat will draw power to charge the battery through the common wire. Without a C-wire, it is designed to draw power from the HVAC system only when it is on, either heating or cooling your home. This is fine unless the weather is excellent, and your HVAC system isn’t cooling or heating.
The Nest Thermostat will constantly trigger your HVAC—called “pulsing”—to charge its battery, potentially damaging your system. Google took a lot of heat for not providing an adapter and eventually released one in May of 2021. Unfortunately, you will have to purchase it separately.
When Google purchased Nest and integrated it into its smart home lineup, the Nest Thermostat moved to the Google Home app. Google Home currently has a 4-star user rating on the Google Play Store and a 4.5-star user rating on Apple’s App Store.
Controlling Nest with the Google Home App
Controlling your Google Nest Thermostat with the Google Home app is intuitive and straightforward. Geofencing allows you to set your thermostat to heat or cool according to whether or not you are at home. You can set schedules or routines, eco-mode for power saving, and keep records—in the Energy Dashboard—so you can see your usage statistics and when you or family members leave and return home.
Occasionally, the Google Home app has difficulty with geofencing features by not picking up when you leave and return. Also, Google only allows the geofencing feature if you give Google permission to use your location at all times. Since Google has an up and down history with privacy, this may be a concern for some.
Controlling Wyze Thermostat with the Wyze App
The Wyze app is a bit confusing, as it doesn’t specify anywhere in the app descriptions that it supports the thermostat. What’s more, recent updates have driven customer reviews down, with a 3.8-star review on the Google Play Store and a 3-star review on Apple’s App Store.
However, operating the Wyze Thermostat is a breeze on the app, and the geofencing feature is far more reliable while not requiring your location at all times. Like the Google Nest, the Wyze Thermostat gives you a lot of control over automated features via IFTTT and geofencing.
Unfortunately, the Wyze app doesn’t work with the thermostat to track the performance and maintenance of your HVAC system, something the Nest Thermostat does. Although recent updates have hampered the app’s overall favorability, it still works quite well with the thermostat, and Wyze is continuously trying to improve it.
To load their devices with high-quality features, Wyze, unfortunately, has to take some shortcuts with hardware. While the Wyze Thermostat doesn’t look terrible, it has a cheap, plastic feel, has not-to-touch features, and uses a simple dial control for adjustments made at the thermostat.
That’s not to say that the Google Nest Thermostat is much better, but it does have a capacitive touch feature along its side—so that clean mirrored glass doesn’t smudge—and comes in different colors. Its shape is similar to the older Nest devices but lacks its predecessors’ premium, metal finish.
The Google Nest’s mirrored glass with an LCD is far more attractive than the Wyze IPS. Also, the Wyze Thermostat only defaults to display the temperature in large numbers and nothing else.
The Google Nest doesn’t come with a trim kit, like the Wyze thermostat. They are available but, like the common wire, must be purchased separately.
Which Thermostat Is Better for the Price?
If you’re looking at features for the price, the Wyze Thermostat is the winner—barely. The app runs smoothly with the HVAC preventative maintenance feature as the lone holdout. It has almost all of the same features as the Google Nest, with more reliable geofencing, and lacks Google’s constant need to always know your location. All of this comes with a price tag that’s $50 lower than the Google Nest.
If you’re a maintenance enthusiast and like the aesthetic appeal of the Google Nest, maybe $50 isn’t so bad. The Google Nest and the associated Google Home app have more history and time for functional improvements. The Google Nest also takes advantage of dual-band routers, but since your thermostat isn’t exactly running Call of Duty on maximum display settings, that’s probably neither here nor there.
The capacitive touch feature is an improvement over the rotary dial, and, as of now, some of the features promised by Wyze fall into the “coming soon” category. Lastly, the trim kit and C-wire adapter are distressingly absent with the Google Nest in-box accessories.