Product DescriptionThe Nest Thermostat E is a smart thermostat with a simple design and a new frosted display blend into the background. With proven energy-saving features, the Nest Thermostat E can help you save from day one. And you can change the temperature from anywhere – the beach, the office or your bed.
- Frosted Display: Blends into the background and fits into any home. Heat pump is with auxiliary and emergency heat (O/B, AUX)
- Remote Control: Use the Nest app to change the temperature from anywhere – the beach, the office or your bed.
- Energy-Saving Features: Like the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Nest Thermostat E can help you save from day one.
- Home/Away Assist: Turns itself down after you leave, so you don’t waste energy heating or cooling an empty home.
- Energy History: Check the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
Top ReviewsAnother homerun by Nest
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
September 2, 2017
As a longtime user of the 1st generation Nest, I'm a believer. I recently 'upgraded' to the Ecobee 3 (for HomeKit) but am not a fan of the user interface and build quality. When I saw the Nest thermostat E, I thought I'd give it a try. My concern was the build quality as this is plastic.
However, seeing and touching it in person wiped that concern away. The plastic has a ceramic like coating that makes this feel very nice. The look is a bit space age meets modern, in my opinion. It blends in; I can't wait to see it once our walls are painted a soft gray (soon).
In case you are wondering (I was, based on pictures) the Nest logo doesn't jut out from the front of the display. It's sort of etched into the glass. I attached a picture, hopefully it helps.
Setup and installation is a breeze. I expect this Nest will serve us well in continuing to save money on heating and cooling. My 1st gen has paid for itself several times over.
As I said, I've been a fan of Nest for awhile, I have two Nest Cams and a Nest Protect. I love the look of this installed, it feels nice. It has basically the same functions of the higher priced Nest, it works with Alexa and the Nest app has always been simple and useful, very unlike the Ecobee.
In summary, if you'd like to potentially save money on heating and cooling, Nest is the original and frankly, still the best in my opinion. If you're a long time user of Nest and thinking of upgrading, I think you'll like this. I certainly do.
Wall plate was helpful for wide thermostat replacement...
by Chris Jensen (5 out of 5 stars)
September 1, 2017
Easy installation, was done in 30 minutes. Wall plate included was very helpful since I was replacing an older Honeywell wide thermostat.
Check your local energy companies for rebates, Centerpoint in MN is offering $50 rebates right now for WiFi connected thermostats.
Looks great-works great
by William M. Gibson (5 out of 5 stars)
September 1, 2017
Finally broke down and got a programmable thermostat. Easy to install. Turn power off. Disconnect wires from the old thermostat and pop it off. Reconnect wires to new thermostat and pop it on. Secure with 2 screws. Instructions were clear and simple, and I'm not the handyman type.
This has all the features of the more expensive model, with the exception of the fact that it doesn't give you the time, outdoor temperature or weather forecast. For me, those are not critical things I need for my thermostat to do.
I like the simple look of the E versus the original. Make sure you know what you are getting. Look at photos of the old and the new to make sure you like it. I did. I think most will, but some may not. Interesting thing is that the cover is opaque until you get close to it, then it displays the temperature. Kind of a neat feature.
Like the original, you can have the Nest E learn your preferences. For me during the summer that means turning the temp up at night around 11pm and down in the morning around 7am. I've only had it 1 day so I can't verify that it will actually learn my preferences, but it's the same sensor and mechanism as the original, and every review I've seen says it works. No reason to think the Nest E won't work just as well. I can also program from the Nest ap on my phone.
At the reduced price now it made sense for me to pull the trigger, and it will probably makes sense for others who have been holding off.
About what I expected, installation was not as easy as it should've been though
by GotDibbs (4 out of 5 stars)
October 11, 2017
Bought a regular Nest for my parents a while back and they loved it so I finally decided to upgrade my thermostat. I find I am not missing any of the functionality I know the more expensive unit has, and thanks to the rebates from my electric and gas companies it was dirt cheap.
My one complaint is still a complaint for all Nest Thermostats: you need to know if you have a common wire run to your thermostat or not before buying this otherwise you can end up with some unexpected installation costs. I had forgotten about this and thus what should've been a 15 minute install became a 2 hour internet research session. The problem is that if you don't have a common wire already run to your existing thermostat, then the Nest has to draw power to recharge itself (in some setups) by pulsing your heating/cooling system. If your system responds quickly, you can end up with some pretty gnarly sounds from your heating/cooling system. Thankfully there are solutions for this (and I used one of them with success), but most require a professional, and the worst part of this is that Nest doesn't mention a single thing about this throughout the install process.
I'm really liking my Nest Thermostat E
by thowell (5 out of 5 stars)
October 20, 2017
I'll admit I was skeptical "savings" I would enjoy and as of this instant in time, it's only operated one day HOWEVER I've seen one aspect of the Nest thermostat's operation that I KNOW will save me money. My old, "energy efficient" Honeywell did well but when it decided to turn the AC off, it turned the fan off too. You could stand by the air handler and hear all that stored up Freon hissing away in the coils, WASTING stored up cooling power and turning the air handler into an icebox. This new Nest Thermostat E will operate the fan for a couple of minutes AFTER turning off the compressor, sending that nice cool air into the house instead.
Setting the Nest Thermostat E up was relatively easy IF you have some degree of computer and networking competency and have a WiFi network in your home. Being able to operate a cell phone is not competency. Many of the folks I know would be completely lost trying to connect this device to their home network; if in doubt, pay the extra money and have it professionally installed. If you are going to brave the effort yourself, FOLLOW DIRECTIONS in the installation book.
For the full benefit of this device, you MUST sign up for a Nest account FIRST. I honestly don't know about using as a stand-alone device; I suspect it will work just fine but you will miss so many of the really cool benefits of this system if it operate stand-alone, especially if you will be adding the Nest Protect smoke/C02 detectors. Also, creating that Nest account gives you access to their Chat portal, allow you to ask specific questions that you can't get answers for in the online library (which I recommend you read first).
On a technical note, I have both frequencies of WiFi and the Nest Thermostat E will operate on both frequencies (2.4 and 5 Gh). I wanted my thermostat to operate on the 5Gh band (less congestion) but was concerned about the Nest Protect devices only being available to operate on 2.4 Gh. Since both types of devices operate using IPV6, the transport layer doesn't matter; it works just fine as long as they are talking to the same network (router).. And finally, I would recommending you have a UPS (Universal Power Supply) keeping your network router alive even during power outages.
Great Smart Thermostat!
by DFarns (5 out of 5 stars)
September 6, 2017
Ordered the Nest Thermostat E on the day it was released and I received it the same day(live near Chicago and have same day delivery available).
LOOK - The look of the device is simplistic and seems to stray away from being very colorful like the first model and this one tends to blend in with the home and surroundings.
SETUP - Took about 20 minutes and followed the directions as noted on the site and also within the manual and did not have a single issue. I believe we are currently in the 'learning' stage so that it gets our scheduled figure out, but it has been dead on so far with having the home at a comfortable temperature. It is nice to have the estimated time to heat and cool the place when you decide to change it.
UPDATE - (Saving this spot to add more to the review after i have had it for a couple of months)
As for right now, i definitely recommend it.
Great product, one small glitch that was quickly corrected
by Millersdad (5 out of 5 stars)
October 10, 2017
I think the iterations of the original Nest thermostat say "LOOK AT ME!, I'm cool" (and it is) It has a very distinctive look. I'm more of a minimalist person and like things that don't draw a lot of attention to themselves.
The frosted bezel lens, ring and face plate work perfectly for me.
I don't feel the plastic ring does look cheap. It looks subtle. I would have liked to have done away with the mounting plate, however to due to the way the previous thermostat was mounted and the control wires were run through the wall, it was a necessity. It also reduces smudges on the wall from adjusting things at the thermostat, if not using the app.
Check to make sure the E provides the connectivity and functions you need. Connectivity was not an issue for our system and the fact it didn't show the outside weather was not a deterrent in our case. (Outside temp IS shown on the app.) I like the frosted face that becomes active when you approach the thermostat. It automatically adjusts its brightness depending on the amount of ambient light.
The one glitch we experienced was I couldn't figure out why the thermostat wasn't adjusting the temps per the schedule set up. My location was inputed properly. I chatted with the amazing folks at Nest and the next morning the times were right. I believe the issue was their data base had us in Central time (which we are about a 10 minute drive from) and Eastern. Now everything works like a charm.
The old thermostat had contacts that clicked every time it started the system, the Nest E is completely silent. May not seem like a big point, but for a very light sleeper, it makes a difference. It linked up nicely with our other Nest products (Nest Protect) and I like the fact that should smoke or carbon monoxide be detected, the E will proactively control the HVAC system so the situation is not exacerbated. Smart.
Couldn't be more pleased with the Nest E.
The app is intuitive and easy to set up schedules, or let it figure out the optimum schedule for you.
Very useful at the right price.
by D. R. lee,Top Contributor: Arduino (4 out of 5 stars)
September 11, 2017
I waited awhile before I reviewed the E so I could get to know it a bit and I'll still need more time because this thermostat is not a one trick pony.
It also is not a techno geek toy. The average person with a standard heat/cool system can have this thermostat functional in less than an hour. If you can accomplish that then you're set to have the E pay for itself within the first year. If you have to hire someone it'll take longer but at least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you will have reduced your carbon footprint from the moment you turned it on.
I've had set back thermostats for years which were a nightmare to program that I always eventually just abandoned and used manually. This one is self programming so whatever savings are to be had are gotten almost immediately and it'll thrive on weird schedules that no set back t-stat could begin to manage.
The only downside is that Alexa and E don't play well but I put that on Alexa. I can ask Alexa what the temperature is in the hallway (the location of the E) and she'll tell me exactly but I have not found the right combination of words that will result in making a change. The more words Alexa has to hear the more likely you are to say them in a way she won't understand and won't act on. That problem will correct itself in the future with or without Amazon's help and if I'm too lazy to get off my butt I can still do it by phone at 40 feet or four thousand miles.
It's very functional and just a little bit geeky. I expect the E to be far more popular than it's big brother.
I consider this a blue collar thermostat. Hard working and not pretentious.
9-22-17 update I've gotten two responses to my 'command' complaint. There are examples of phrases that do work but I found on my own a simpler way. When I told Alexa to "Set hallway to 72 degrees" she complied and responded "AC set to 72" so I used that as a command and it worked so now I just say "Set AC to **". Obviously that won't work if you have multiple thermostats but I don't expect the E to be put in homes big enough to require more than one heat/cool unit. The support literature is extensive so it takes a lot of interaction to expose it all. I only found the command examples because I was told they were there so I refused to quit until I found them.
Great budget alternative to Nest 2/3
by seekinsp (4 out of 5 stars)
September 23, 2017
I have owned my Nest E for 1 week now. Installation was a breeze (less than 15 mins) and setup equally as simple. I only have a single stage system, so nothing complex there. Love the pre-cooling feature that allows you to set a temperature for a certain time. Included wall plate was useful to cover up unpainted area under 17yr old thermostat. My only complaint is the low resolution of the display, but after a $100 rebate from my gas company, I think I can live with that for $69. :)
Despite what they tell you, it does not work with many systems
by FM (2 out of 5 stars)
November 3, 2017
very disappointed- I have a dual zone home. I installed 3rd gen Nest downstairs and love it. Decided to add the Nest E as my upstairs thermostat. According to the Nest compatibility checker, my system is compatible. But upon receiving the unit and starting the installation process, I found there is a very limited number of terminals inside the nest and most of the contacts from my old carrier thermostat were not being used. (I know a few connections are unnecessary as they are for external temperature readings and the Nest depends on online data) After 30 minutes w nest support, it was finally explained that my AC/heat pump system is compatible, however there is no terminal for the dehumidifier. So the Nest is compatible with only part of my system, but abandons a key feature of my home climate control system.
I returned the unit and plan to get another Nest get 3.
Double check that your system is truly compatible, despite what the Nest compatibility checker may tell you.
I am annoyed I wasted my time trying to figure this unit out and that Nest was misleading before and after purchase.
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