Honeywell Color Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

Last updated date: December 17, 2019

DWYM Score
8.4

Honeywell Color Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 154 expert reviews, the Honeywell Honeywell Color Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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

Expert Summarized Score
8.3
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.7
1,951 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The screen is in full color, and there are several different themes to choose from. The screen color is rich and vibrant, and it gives the thermostat a more expensive and high-tech appearance.
- Digital Trends
April 5, 2019 | Full review
This gadget utilises progressed TPI control conventions that will set the temperature definitely at the dimension you need down to decimals. In addition, while a portion of the more essential models could do that by squandering vitality.
- Join Double
March 13, 2019 | Full review
It is compatible with Alexa and you do need a c-wire to make it work. It will blend in with your décor.
- Theme Country
July 31, 2019 | Full review
With a bright, easy-to-read touchscreen that’s highly intuitive, it’s simple to program both remotely and in-person. Designed to conserve energy, it will save you hundreds of dollars a year in heating and cooling costs.
- Top Rate Ten
It has excellent programmable options that fit your small business or home schedules. Using voice control features makes it easy to access. However, this thermostat does not work with electric baseboard heat and heat pumps.
- Dotbeasts
January 30, 2019 | Full review
I love the fact that I can see the local weather on display. It is highly useful to show both indoor as well as outdoor relative humidity levels.
- Globo Gears
September 17, 2019 | Full review
Can learn how long it takes your equipment to reach the desired temperature and adjust its on/off times accordingly. which can save you additional money.
- BestReviews
The display is really big and easy to read, another great feature is that you can change the color of the display to match it with the interior of your house. This Honeywell programmable thermostat offers you in-app customizable programming.
- Thermostats Advice
After a few weeks of this, this thermostat will recognize this pattern and change the temperature an hour early on Thursdays without you having to log in. This saves you time and distractions, knowing that your home is ready when you are. Another amazing feature of this thermostat is that the display gives you at-a-glance information.
- Home Climate Center
September 4, 2019 | Full review
Honeywell RTH9585WF has an inbuilt learning technology named “Smart Response” – which controls energy usage very well and keeps your home in a comfortable atmosphere.
- Thermostat Guide
October 27, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
This unit does, however, lack some of the bells and whistles you’d get with other smart thermostats like geofencing and motion detection.
- Digital Trends
April 5, 2019 | Full review
While the Honeywell indoor regulator will cover your entire house paying little heed to the control unit situation. You will in any case need to take some time finding a spot for it as the power wire is somewhat short.
- Join Double
March 13, 2019 | Full review
Not widely compatible
- Globo Gears
September 17, 2019 | Full review
Requires a C-wire to work since it does not contain an on-board battery.
- BestReviews

From The Manufacturer

This second generation Wi-Fi smart color thermostat is ideally suited for the connected home. Its packed with smart features, a customizable color touch screen and a simple, DIY set up. You can control the thermostat using the touch screen and change the background color to match your paint color or personal preference or use your tablet or computer. All you need is a Wi-Fi connection, or use the free app for smartphone/Tablet to mange the thermostat remotely. Intelligent alerts help to keep your equipment running at peak performance by sending you air filter and humidifier pad Change reminders, and also to notify you of extreme high or low indoor temperatures and humidity. 1) View local weather - daily forecast on screen and 5 - Day forecasts on app, 2) fully flexible progamming options, 3) Auto change from heat to cool - automatically determines if your home needs heating or cooling to provide maximum comfort, 4) reliable, secure network ensures app availability, 5) permanent/temporary/vacation hold - adjust temperature to suit your schedule. Does not work with heat pumps with electric baseboard heat (120-240 volts)

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Mysa Smart Thermostat
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Honeywell Home Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
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Honeywell Color Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat
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Emerson Sensi Touch Smart Thermostat
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ecobee Smart Thermostat, Room Sensor Included
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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.

DWYM Fun Fact

When many consumers think of smart thermostats, they automatically go to learning thermostats, which gather data on your temperature preferences and household habits to automatically adjust throughout the day. However, smart thermostats fit in a broader category that encompasses all thermostats that hook to your home’s Wi-Fi. That means you can control your home’s temperature remotely, which can come in handy while you’re traveling. Learning thermostats expand that capacity, learning your preferences over time and adjusting the temperature automatically to match. Some learning thermostats also build in motion-sensing technology to detect when people are inside the house. That means if you’re home sick from work and moving around, your thermostat will remove itself from its usual schedule and adjust the temperature to keep you comfortable.

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.