Google Nest Learning Thermostat

Last updated date: May 6, 2020

DWYM Score
9.2

Google Nest Learning Thermostat

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Overall Take

With built-in sensors that track your location and algorithmic capability, the Nest learns your habits and creates a custom temperature schedule that adjusts automatically. The attractive appearance is also practical, with large digital readings that are easy to see. Quick installation is an added benefit. In our analysis of 82 expert reviews, the Google Google Nest Learning Thermostat placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 6, 2020:
Checkout The Best Thermostat for a detailed review of all the top thermostats.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
40,933 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Integrated platform that works with Alexa offers unrivaled voice commands. Presents information in a very clear format.
- BestReviews
Like the original 2011 Nest Learning Thermostat, this one relies on built-in sensors to track your whereabouts along with algorithmic smarts to create a custom, auto-adjusting temperature schedule based on whether you're at home or away. Y
- CNET
May 11, 2018 | Full review
The thermostat is easy to install, and it only took us approximately 17 minutes to get it up and running during our tests.
- Top Ten Reviews
July 3, 2018 | Full review
It easier detects when you leave and you never heat or cool your empty home.
- Smart Home Tech Reviews
February 10, 2018 | Full review
In our tests, we’ve found the Nest easy to use and pleasing to look at. The app was responsive, worked well with our HVAC equipment, worked great on both iOS and Android, and it was easy to set up multiple users and give them access.
- Smart Thermostat Guide
October 19, 2018 | Full review
Nest counts on your buying other Nest products to help determine when you’re home and away, for starters.
- TechHive
June 26, 2019 | Full review
The Nest performed flawlessly. It responded instantly whenever I raised or lowered the heat both manually and with my iPhone. The Auto-Schedule feature did a great job of creating a schedule that followed my daily routine, and the thermostat followed that schedule to a tee.
- PC Magazine
December 15, 2016 | Full review
Another nice feature is that the current temperature is always displayed in the middle of the thermometer in large digital numbers, so it is easy to see, even for those with vision impairments.
- Energy Destination
November 21, 2018 | Full review
This is a product that oozes quality, with the hockey-puck design (84 x 84 x 32mm) a draw to the eye. It’s more than just good-looking, though; the design is also practical.
- Trusted Reviews
November 21, 2018 | Full review
Monitor and control your temperature settings remotely through your smartphone from anywhere at any time. Now you have the comfort and convenience of a warm and cozy home during bitter winters and a cool home during blistering summers.
- Temperature World
June 13, 2018 | Full review
The Nest 3rd generation consistently does this automatically in addition to setting the thermostat back when the home is unoccupied. Homeowners with heat pump equipment often forget to disable auxiliary heat usage and some may not fully be aware of the fact that their units are using the auxiliary heater when they’re otherwise working fine.
- Robo Authority
January 15, 2018 | Full review
It functions the same way the Nest Thermostat E does and works with Nest Temperature Sensors, but it’s compatible with a few more HVAC systems, has a bigger, brighter screen with more display options (such as weather and a clock face), and comes in seven colors.
- New York Times Wirecutter
October 29, 2019 | Full review
It comes with a Lithium metal battery for an incredibly long battery life, with any easy to use, fully digital display.
- Nerd Tech
January 1, 2016 | Full review
Nest can be finely-tuned using almost any mobile devices or even a home computer and we found that it really does save you money, even going as far as paying for itself after a year or two.
- Best Smart Gadgets
What experts didn't like
One of the most expensive options around.
- BestReviews
They also don't currently support voice commands, such as, "Hey, Google, what temperature is it in the kitchen?"
- CNET
May 11, 2018 | Full review
The company’s two-year warranty is shorter than the industry average.
- Top Ten Reviews
July 3, 2018 | Full review
Only One Room Solution
- Smart Home Tech Reviews
February 10, 2018 | Full review
No Apple HomeKit integration and there probably never will be because Google and Apple don’t want to play nic
- Smart Thermostat Guide
October 19, 2018 | Full review
Lacks remote room sensors.
- PC Magazine
December 15, 2016 | Full review
it costs about twice as much as some Wi-Fi thermostats
- Energy Destination
November 21, 2018 | Full review
Nest has a lot of competition now, and the Nest Learning Thermostat 3rd Generation isn’t quite the easy choice that it once was, particularly since there’s no option to expand the system with individual radiator controls.
- Trusted Reviews
November 21, 2018 | Full review
Not compatible with around six percent of all 24 volt HVAC systems
- Robo Authority
January 15, 2018 | Full review
We did find that the Nest would sometimes heat up the house a few degrees above or below of our normal temperature ranges though this can be easily fixed using the app.
- Best Smart Gadgets

From The Manufacturer

Google Nest is a smart thermostat that learns what temperatures you like, turns itself down when you’re away and connects to your phone. It has a big, sharp display. And it’s proven to help save energy. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10% to 12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills. We’ve estimated average savings of $131 to $145 a year.

Overall Product Rankings

Google Nest Learning Thermostat
1. Google Nest Learning Thermostat
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 14
Emerson Sensi Smart Home Thermostat
2. Emerson Sensi Smart Home Thermostat
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 8
ecobee Thermostat with Voice Control
4. ecobee Thermostat with Voice Control
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 11
LUXPRO Deluxe 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat
6. LUXPRO Deluxe 5-2 Day Programmable Thermostat
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
Honeywell Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat
7. Honeywell Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 12
Emerson Sensi Smart Wi-Fi Touchscreen Thermostat
8. Emerson Sensi Smart Wi-Fi Touchscreen Thermostat
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 1
Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
9. Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 16

An Overview On Thermostats

Updating your home’s thermostat could have multiple benefits, from keeping you more comfortable at all times to noticeably slashing your energy bill. With many makes and models available, choosing the best one for your needs might seem daunting.

While smart thermostats have loads of features and options, Vicki Liston, producer, writer and narrator of “On The Fly…DIY,” says this might not be the best choice for some consumers.

“Not everyone is rushing to the ‘smart’ bandwagon,” Liston says. “Whether concerned with hacking or budgetary constraints, there is a large part of the population with no interest in connecting their private life and sensitive home functions to the latest smart technologies. The good news is that you can still create an energy-efficient environment while using a more traditional unit.”

Liston says that programmable thermostats provide some of the advantages of smart thermostats without the need for a network connection.

“Using a programmable thermostat is still the best way to regulate your home’s temperature and energy use while being cost-effective enough to work into almost every budget,” explains Liston. “Simply program the unit based on your schedule. This will be easier if you happen to keep the same hours each week, providing a ‘set it and forget it’ type of control.

“For example, if I work Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., I would program Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to save on heating and cooling costs when I leave and then return the temperature to a more comfortable level during my commute home. I’d program Saturday and Sunday differently as I’d probably be around more often.

“However, what if I’m sick and stay home during a weekday? Or I decide to go out of town over the weekend? Programming is important but so is reprogramming so ensure the thermostat can be easily adjusted to keep up with your life. Look for a ‘hold’ option that will allow you to trump current programming and hold the temperature at a certain level. This will allow the programming to take over again once the ‘hold’ is no longer selected, avoiding the need to reprogram all over again.”

DWYM Fun Fact

Although Scottish chemist Andrew Ure invented the first type of thermostat in 1830, the general public did not widely use the device.

In 1883, a Wisconsin professor named Warren Johnson invented the first electric thermostat after tiring of seeking out the janitor when his classroom felt too cold. Two years later, he created Johnson Electric Service Company, which manufactured, installed, and serviced his invention. Johnson Controls is still in business today.

As recently as the early 20th century, most people still controlled the temperature in their homes manually. Their constant efforts included stoking coals, adjusting valves, draft and dampers, turning fans on and off or opening and closing windows and doors.

Widely considered the father of the thermostat as we know it, Albert Butz was a Swiss-born immigrant who was an avid inventor. One of his numerous creations (he died with 13 patents to his name) was the thermo-electric damper regulator and alarm, which was the precursor to the modern thermostat.

His company, the Butz Thermoelectric Regulator Company, went through several changes of hands before eventually becoming Honeywell International.

The Thermostat Buying Guide

  • According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning your thermostat down from its usual setting by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 hours a day can reduce your heating and cooling bill by up to 10% a year. Consider dialing it down or changing the setting before you leave home for the day to take a bite out of your energy bill.
  • Turning your thermostat to a colder than average temp will not cool your home more quickly. It will cause your system to work harder and use more energy, which could increase your utility bills.
  • Choose where you install your thermostat carefully, as the location can affect its efficiency and performance. Take time to read the manufacturer’s installation instructions and recommendations.
  • “Install your thermostat in a place where there is no direct sunlight from nearby windows or doors and where it is not in the path of a vent,” Liston suggests. “Sunlight and drafty locations can cause false temperature readings, and the thermostat will not be able to operate as efficiently as it should. Some models offer a feature to set reminders for HVAC related tasks, such as changing out furnace filters, cleaning air conditioner coils, and scheduling a tune-up or check-up, which will keep your system running at peak efficiency. “
  • Before replacing what you believe to be a faulty thermostat, consider having your HVAC system inspected. If you are having trouble adjusting the temperature just right, the problem might be with the ductwork or the actual HVAC system. Having your system checked out by a professional can help you pinpoint the problem to determine an accurate and cost-effective repair.
  • If you have an older thermostat, it could contain mercury. Check the packaging, if possible. Thermostats with mercury will have the “Hg” sign for mercury on the packaging. If you no longer have the packaging, you can take off the cover and check for a glass ampoule containing silver-colored liquid. Replacing a thermostat containing mercury is wise, as the chemical can be harmful. Programmable electronic thermostats are mercury-free.
  • You might benefit from having more than one thermostat in your home, especially if you have multiple heating and cooling zones, such as living spaces downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.
  • “Lockable buttons are a highly appreciated feature of parents,” shares Liston. “My young, button-loving son once set our thermostat to 88 during the summer before I realized it. Thanks to this feature, I was able to lock the buttons and keep him from turning our home into a sauna again.”