Best smart thermostat

Updated July 31, 2017 to add our top pick in the category of best budget thermostat, Honeywell’s Lyric T5.

A smart thermostat will have an outsize impact not only how comfortable you are in your home, but also on your household budget. Heating and cooling your home accounts for nearly half of the average home’s utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

A programmable thermostat can help reduce those costs by turning your HVAC system on when you anticipate being home, and off when you don’t think you’ll need indoor climate control. A smart thermostat goes far beyond relying on a simple schedule. It will not only enable you to create more sophisticated schedules for every day of the week, and give you complete control over your HVAC system, even when you’re away from home. We’ve spent several months testing and evaluating a wide variety of smart thermostats, and now we’re ready to help you find the right one for your home.

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Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat review: Not as advanced as some, but less expensive than many

Honeywell’s Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat is the company’s budget-priced alternative to its higher-end Lyric Round. With a price tag that’s just $50 lower than the Round, however, some will find the T5 more appealing because of its style than its price tag. The T5 is square with a sleek black finish and a simple, but effective touchscreen interface. It’s a high-tech look that doesn’t go over the top.

Setup

The Lyric T5 requires the presence of the C wire coming from your HVAC system, but detailed instructions make for easy installation and setup. The Lyric T5 is compatible with a broad range of hardware, including single- and multi-stage heating and cooling systems, heat pumps with and without auxiliary heat, geothermal and hot-water heating, and 24-volt gas fireplaces. Unlike the Lyric Round, however, it does not support humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or ventilators. It also relies much more heavily on the Lyric mobile app; paradoxically, the T5’s much larger touchscreen makes it’s far easier to control from the thermostat itself.

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Honeywell Lyric T5 smart thermostat review: Not as advanced as some, but less expensive than many

Honeywell’s Lyric T5 Wi-Fi Thermostat is the company’s budget-priced alternative to its higher-end Lyric Round. With a price tag that’s just $50 lower than the Round, however, some will find the T5 more appealing because of its style than its price tag. The T5 is square with a sleek black finish and a simple, but effective touchscreen interface. It’s a high-tech look that doesn’t go over the top.

Setup

The Lyric T5 requires the presence of the C wire coming from your HVAC system, but detailed instructions make for easy installation and setup. The Lyric T5 is compatible with a broad range of hardware, including single- and multi-stage heating and cooling systems, heat pumps with and without auxiliary heat, geothermal and hot-water heating, and 24-volt gas fireplaces. Unlike the Lyric Round, however, it does not support humidifiers, dehumidifiers, or ventilators. It also relies much more heavily on the Lyric mobile app; paradoxically, the T5’s much larger touchscreen makes it’s far easier to control from the thermostat itself.

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