Honeywell Color Touch Smart Thermostat

Last updated date: January 2, 2020

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8.8

Honeywell Color Touch Smart Thermostat

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We looked at the top Smart Thermostats and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Smart Thermostat you should buy.

Editor's Note January 2, 2020:
Checkout The Best Smart Thermostat for a detailed review of all the top smart thermostats.

Overall Take

An easy-to-use app sets the Honeywell Color Touch Smart Thermostat apart from competitors, letting you control your device from a smartphone or computer. This Honeywell thermostat also uses data from local utility companies to determine peak hours and adjust your thermostat, saving you money on heating and cooling. If you need more than one thermostat for your home, the option to buy two in one package can save you a little money.


In our analysis of 144 expert reviews, the Honeywell Honeywell Color Touch Smart Thermostat placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat, Control from anywhere, via iPhone, iPad, Android and computer.The extreme flexibility of the Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat allows you to uniquely program your device as either a home or business thermostat and then offers scheduling features specific to your home or business.For a business, simply select the temperature that you prefer when the building is occupied, and you won't have to worry about cold mornings or hot afternoons.You can also select the temperature that you prefer when your business is unoccupied, so you won't have to worry about wasting energy.Tell your Wi-Fi smart thermostat what temperature you prefer when you wake, and you'll never have to endure another cold morning. Smart Response Technology for 24-7 ComfortThis smart thermostat even learns your heating and cooling cycle times to deliver just the right temperature, right when you want it.The Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat learns the exact amount of time necessary to reach your perfect temperature and acts accordingly, so energy isn't wasted and your comfort isn't compromised.otal Connect Comfort AppHoneywell's reliable and highly-rated app allows you to program your thermostat from your computer, tablet, and smartphone, whether you're across the room or around the world. This allows the user to remotely monitor and manage home's comfort and energy usage anytime, anywhereThis highly rated app is backed by Honeywell's reliable network, for dependable access and peace of mind. Available for iOS and Android devices. Auto AlertsExtreme temperature alerts and filter change reminders are sent to connected network devices and displayed on Honeywell Wi-Fi smart thermostat.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
17 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.9
3,365 user reviews

What experts liked

Optional pack of two units makes the buy more economic than buying individual thermostats. Read out is clear to see in various conditions.
- BestReviews
This Honeywell is a slightly sleekified version of that old boxy thermostat you probably have at home now.
- CNET
September 13, 2013 | Full review
Another nice feature lets you change the color on the touchscreen to match your wall color. In the settings tab on your thermostat touchscreen, hit color themes and select your color, which you can customize by following simple instructions.
- Gear Brain
March 2, 2018 | Full review
You also can program this thermostat to help you save on energy and your energy bill.
- Theme Country
July 31, 2019 | Full review
Smart Response: This feature begins heating or cooling your home ahead of time, so it’s at the temperature you want at the time you want it rather than starting the cycle at that time.
- Pick HVAC
The thermostat can be used remotely from anywhere using an Android or iOS devices using a special app.
- Z7 Premium
April 23, 2019 | Full review
Honeywell’s thermostat does have some nice features, though. One of these is a vacation schedule that can turn your HVAC system off when you anticipate being away from home for an extended period of time.
- TechHive
October 15, 2013 | Full review
Allows remote access using any device including a computer
- Wired Shopper
A feature you will love is the ability to change the color of the touchscreen display of your thermostat to fit your mood and your home or office decor. This bright and easy to read display screen is also password protected to allow only users you have designated to access the thermostat
- Temperature World
June 13, 2018 | Full review
A nice feature of this thermostat besides the connectivity is your ability to change the screen color to match your home decor or mood.
- The Gadgeteer
April 19, 2014 | Full review
One of the most undisputed benefits of this thermostat is the flexibility and the ability to access it even from halfway across the world! Whether it is by the web portal or the applications that is present in iOS and Android software for the Honeywell Wifi Thermostat RTH9580WF, you can be sure that you will never miss a beat.
- The House Tech
July 5, 2016 | Full review
Another plus for Honeywell’s RTH9580WF is the touchscreen itself. Not only is it full of useful information and easy to navigate, but any color you like can be set as its background, ensuring that it will blend harmoniously into any environment.
- Great Smart Gadgets
September 19, 2019 | Full review
The Honeywell RTH9580’s sleek design hugs the wall with less than 1″ protrusion. Its beautiful, responsive touch screen contains a wealth of information: thermostat status, indoor temperature, outdoor temperature and humidity displayed over a user-chosen backdrop color.
- Smart Thermostat Guide
January 12, 2014 | Full review
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- Thermostats Advice
One of the features of the Honeywell that I absolutely love is the peak utility hours feature. This smart thermostat can access records from your local utility company to determine the times of the day or evening when electricity is most expensive (known as peak hours).
- Thermostatic
July 27, 2019 | Full review
We also like the narrower temperature swing range in this Honeywell thermostat: +/- 1 degrees in comparison with the +/- 3 degrees in a Nest thermostat.
- Thermostats Authority
The app is set up really nice for anyone that has multiple properties and wants to control their thermostats with one app. It allows you to set up multiple locations and each location can have multiple thermostats.
- The Smart Cave

What experts didn't like

Installation without help can be complicated.
- BestReviews
Ease of installation will vary widely depending on your experience with wiring and the type of heating and cooling system you have.
- CNET
September 13, 2013 | Full review
Another issue we found was your Honeywell thermostat is registered to just one email address. If you have multiple people living in your house, each person needs to use the same log-in for the app and website.
- Gear Brain
March 2, 2018 | Full review
If your current HVAC system doesn’t include a C wire, you’ll have to install one or try a work-around as described in our C-Wire Guide.
- Pick HVAC
Some people may find its look outdated although it works like a charm
- Wired Shopper
I must admit the thermostat was a little smaller than I had expected it to be. The dimensions are 3 3/8″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide x 1 7/8″ thick, it is not the smallest thermostat on the market, but far from the largest.
- The Gadgeteer
April 19, 2014 | Full review
While it is easy to understand how to use the Honeywell Thermostat, it is quite hard to understand how to connect it. According to the manual, it should be easy, and a screwdriver with a couple of screws is all you need but it is missing a C-wire, so you might end up wasting valuable time in getting it done. Learning how to install it is a big pain and finally doing it is a big pain.
- The House Tech
July 5, 2016 | Full review
​Sluggish in picking up subtle temperature shifts.
- Great Smart Gadgets
September 19, 2019 | Full review
Compared with other smart thermostats, the biggest disadvantage of the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat is the lack of detailed energy reports.
- Smart Thermostat Guide
January 12, 2014 | Full review
A C-wire is required for the installation of the thermostat. Be sure to consult a professional electrician before installing the unit for safety reasons.
- Thermostats Authority
One drawback to the Honeywell RTH9580WF Wi-Fi Thermostat is the inability to generate reports based on your energy usage for any specific length of time.
- The Smart Cave

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An Overview On Smart Thermostats

When they first came along, programmable thermostats seemed like a great way to save money on electricity when you weren’t at home. However, many consumers find that they don’t keep the same hours day after day, week after week. When schedules do change, adjusting things takes extra work that they may not want to put in.

Enter learning thermostats. These innovative devices monitor the activity within your home and automatically adjust the temperature as needed. As you start shopping, though, you’ll find that many learning thermostats also have the option to control the temperature using an app or controls on the wall box itself. But as “On The Fly…DIY” writer, producer and narrator Vicki Liston says, this automation can be tricky, so it’s important to choose the right type of smart thermostat.

“I recommend shopping for a smart thermostat that uses both a motion sensor and geo-fencing input to determine settings,” Liston says.

Accuracy also relies heavily on where the thermostat is placed inside your home. Like other types of thermostats, a smart thermostat should be mounted on an inside wall, approximately five feet above the floor.

“Install your smart 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 says. “Sunlight and drafty locations can cause false temperature readings and the thermostat will not be able to operate as efficiently as it should.”

Liston also reminds shoppers that some thermostats let users set up alerts. You can set your thermostat to notify you that it’s time to change your furnace filter or schedule maintenance with a local heating and air provider.

Before you start shopping, though, note the type of unit you have. Not all thermostats will work with all systems, so you can save time by buying the right product from the start. You’ll find most often you see thermostats that are compatible only with electric heating, which means they won’t work with furnaces. Still other thermostats are universal in nature, but even with those, check to make sure they’re compatible with your system before making your purchase.

The Smart Thermostat Buying Guide

  • Your thermostat’s display will likely serve as the primary source of information for your household. Some thermostats have larger displays than others, but also look for a higher resolution and easy-to-read text.
  • A thermostat will typically blend with your home’s décor, but make sure you choose one that has the look you prefer. Some have the round design found in pre-digital thermostats, while others take on the boxy look that has become popular in more recent years. You’ll also find some let you change up the color of the screen or come with colored rings.
  • With rare exceptions, you’ll probably need help or wiring expertise to install your thermostat.

“Traditional thermostats could maintain operation on a small battery or low voltage wires, but smart thermostats need a constant source of power from the ‘C wire’ or common wire,” Liston says. “If you are unsure if your current wiring set up has the C wire, please check with a qualified HVAC person.  Incorrect wiring can result in damage to both the thermostat and your heating and cooling system.”

  • Voice control is one of the best “extras” included in smart thermostats. If you have an Alexa or Google Assistant speaker, make sure you choose a smart thermostat that works with it. You’ll be able to raise or lower the temperature by simply speaking the command.
  • Smart thermostats can get a little complicated, so pay close attention to the design of the thermostat you choose. The more minimal the design, the better, especially if you choose a thermostat that monitors your household activity and adjusts accordingly. However, if you prefer to be more hands on with your temperature control, make sure you have a thermostat that makes it easy to set a schedule or adjust throughout the day.
  • Smart thermostats aren’t inexpensive, but be sure as you price them, you consider whether you’ll need multiple thermostats for your home. Some thermostats let you set up separate zones, which could save you money.
  • Most smart thermostats let you control your home’s temperature remotely using an app. You’ll need to choose a thermostat with an app for the type of devices you’ll be using for this control, whether it’s an iOS, Android or other mobile operating system. Some thermostats will even let you control them from a computer.
  • Scheduling is an important part of any smart thermostat. If you don’t want to bother with setting up a schedule, consider a thermostat that automatically adjusts temperature based on your household activity. If you do plan to use the scheduling feature, look for one that comes with a schedule built in. Then you’ll just have to adjust based on your own household needs.
  • Energy savings is one of the perks of using a smart thermostat. Some thermostats can even pull data from your local utility company and adjust the temperature to avoid using too much electricity during peak usage times, when costs are at their highest. Other thermostats will guide you to setting a temperature that is the most environmentally friendly, helping both your bank account and the environment.