The winter season has been rough, and temperatures show record-breaking numbers, and since heating and cooling comprise almost half of the electric bill in a household, those who wish to save money usually switch to smart tech.

This is where the smart thermostat comes in. Smart thermostats, just like other smart devices, allow the users to remotely control the home's temperature through mobile or internet-connected devices.

This feature makes the operation more convenient, and it also has greater control of heating and cooling, thus saving a great amount of energy.

In order to get the best smart thermostat in the market, there are a lot of things that you need to consider before buying one. The smart thermostat needs to be user-friendly, considering that you are not the only one who will use it, and there will be elders in the house who need to use it.

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Suppose you are also looking into saving some money on the electricity bill, especially now that the weather is unpredictable. In that case, you can switch to a smart thermostat that adjusts the temperature for you. This is also perfect for those who put the heater or AC on for hours and forgets to turn it off or leave them on high.

A smart thermostat with geofencing is also a great purchase, so it will be easy for you to program the thermostat and turn the temperature lower when you leave the house, and turn it back up when you return home.

You also need to think about your house's size and if you have any rooms that don't get as hot or cold as you'd like. If that's the case, you should consider a smart thermostat that comes with, or at least supports, remote sensors.

With that said, here are the best smart thermostats in the market right now.

Ecobee Smart Thermostat

The Ecobee Smart Thermostat is one of the best Alexa compatible devices because it has all of the features of Alexa, including messaging, calling, and Drop-In.

This smart thermostat has a much better speaker, and it also supports Spotify, so you can play tunes if you are looking for a device to give some background music to your home.

This is an economical way to get Alexa in a room if you do not wish to plug it in another smart speaker. Also, the new Ecobee has redesigned remote sensors that have better range and better battery life.

However, it has a plastic-type design that may not look really good when set up and it looks dated. Also, it is massive for a thermostat.

Nest Learning Thermostat v.3

The original smart thermostat was Nest Learning Thermostat, and its overall design is still one of the best. The third version of this smart thermostat that is owned by Google has a bigger and sharper display. This thermostat learns of the user's behavior and can change the temperature when someone is home.

Although the thermostat has a retro-style circular design, it has stainless steel finish. It also comes in a variety of finishes, including polished steel, brass, white, and cooper.

However, this smart thermostat can't monitor the temperature in different rooms, and it also does not support the Apple HomeKit.

Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat

The Honeywell RTH6580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat is the best smart thermostat to get if you are on a tight budget. This thermostat offers the same features as the rest, but it won't cost you much.

Users can control the Honeywell RTH6580WF from their smartphones, and they can connect it to Google Assistant and Alexa, which lets users change the temperature with their voice but connect it with other smart home products.

Also, the Honeywell Home ecosystem has a wide range of partners such as Apple HomeKit, Arlo, Lutron, SmartThings, Kwikset Kevo, and more.

However, it does not have remote sensor capabilities that are found with higher-end models. But if you are looking for a thermostat with the basic functionalities, this is the one to get.

Sensibo Sky

The Sensibo Sky is perfect for older houses or apartments, especially the ones that rely on window air conditioners with IR remotes.

The Sensibo Sky is not expensive, as it only costs around $100 and is very easy to set up. It can be paired with your window A/C unit in a flash. While the Sensibo Sky does not display the temperature, it has a great small and inconspicuous design.

This smart thermostat is also controlled remotely, and it also lets you create schedules for when it should be turned off and on. It also has geofencing, so you can turn your AC on.

You can even get Sensibo's newer version, the Sensibo Air $179, which also includes a motion sensor. This can be configured so that the Sensibo Air will turn off your air conditioner automatically when no one is at home, and it will turn it back on when someone enters the room.

Ecobee3 Lite

If you are looking for a great thermostat that has the newest functionalities, less expensive, and if you are okay without Alexa, then the Ecobee 3 Lite is the one for you.

Costing only $80, the Ecobee 3 Lite has a color touchscreen, intuitive interface, and deep smart home integration. Also, Ecobee also updated the Lite model for it to work with remote sensors so you can set it to keep the heat on until the room reaches a certain temperature.

The smart thermostat also works with Google Assitant, Apple HomeKit, and Alexa, but Amazon's voice assistant is not built into the thermostat. It also does not support HVAC accessories, so you can't use it if you have two-stage heating and cooling.

It also does not have eco+, which takes note of your schedule and recommends changes so you can save money on electricity.

Smart thermostats can literally change your life at home because aside from helping you save money, their functionalities and features can make it easier for you to change the temperature inside your house.

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