Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

Last updated date: May 6, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

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Overall Take

Seven-day programming includes four program periods per day, allowing you to set ideal temperatures for sleeping, waking, leaving the house and returning. This budget-friendly option works with all of your favorite tech, such as Alexa, Google Assistant, smartphones and computers. It also lets you view your local weather from the web portal or app. In our analysis of 84 expert reviews, the Honeywell Honeywell Wi-Fi 7-Day Thermostat placed 9th 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
8.4
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
3,409 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
It’s easy on the budget, the app has come a long way since the the thermostat’s introduction a few years ago, and it’s got all the basic stuff you’d expect from a thermostat.
- Smart Thermostat Guide
August 28, 2016 | Full review
But if you don’t have a C-wire, Honeywell comes to the rescue. The company offers a variety of installation videos online, which allows you to install your thermostat without needing the help of a professional.
- Thermostatic
February 22, 2018 | Full review
The display is digital and the thermostat is made of plastic, it has a simple design and it is not confusing to figure out how to use it.
- Thermostats Advice
Easy to set up and work. Can connect with personal assistant devices like Alexa for voice control over the wireless connection.
- BestReviews
Surprisingly, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostat works with a wider range of smart home systems than Honeywell’s more expensive Lyric thermostat.
- Tom's Guide
May 12, 2016 | Full review
This thermostat comes with the Smart Response Technology which enables the thermostat to study the cooling and heating cycles of your home so it can program the best temperature needed at the right time.
- Anytime Magazine
It is not, however, compatible with electric baseboard heat.
- Home Climate Center
September 4, 2019 | Full review
Remote access is really where this product shines, setting it apart from its lookalike traditional models. Scheduling is fantastic through the remote interface, significantly better than on the device itself.
- Tech Gear Lab
October 25, 2016 | Full review
And as with all Honeywell thermostats, the RTH6580WF model also has energy saving features that will save a typical household approximately thirty three percent on the usual yearly costs both from cooling and heating equipments.
- Reviews Landmark
By using the programmable options and adjusting temperatures according to your habits, you can save a good amount of money on your energy bills.
- Best in Tech
Remote Access is one of the most attractive features that any smart device can have, not just smart thermostats. The magic with this feature is that you can be on the side side of the room to your thermostat or on the other side of the world.
- My Smart Home
February 21, 2017 | Full review
The digital display gives you the room temperature and the time.
- Theme Country
July 31, 2019 | Full review
Compatible with most heating and cooling system
- Clean Home Zone
The thermostat works with Alexa voice allowing you to set the ideal conditions by speaking.
- The Top Pro
With this thermostat, you will now find it very easy to control the temperature at home. The flexible thermostat will perfectly suit any scheduling scenario thanks to the seven-day programming.
- Smart Heating Control
As I mentioned above, the Smart Response technology is an outstanding point of Honeywell. It enables the Wifi thermostat to learn your desired cooling and heating cycles in order to ensure you enjoy the maximum temperature.
- WiFi Thermostat Judge
June 2, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Press-on touch screen might feel dated if you’re used to just touching your touch screens
- Smart Thermostat Guide
August 28, 2016 | Full review
This is an older thermostat, so the interface isn’t as fancy as some of the top thermostats on the market.
- Thermostatic
February 22, 2018 | Full review
Lacks some convenience features other units have.
- BestReviews
Installing the Honeywell thermostat is no different from other smart thermostats, but the setup could be more streamlined.
- Tom's Guide
May 12, 2016 | Full review
While most HVAC systems come with these wire, you might need to have an additional wire installed to run the thermostat. Not everyone knows about ‘C’ wires.
- Anytime Magazine
This unit can learn your preferred heating and cooling cycles. So if you have regular deviations from your normal programming, this thermostat will learn that and start automatically adjusting for you.
- Home Climate Center
September 4, 2019 | Full review
This model is extremely similar to traditional programmable models — and is therefore plagued with similar difficulties when it comes to using them.
- Tech Gear Lab
October 25, 2016 | Full review
The only note is that the Wi-Fi module requires a ‘C’ wire hookup to provide AC power in order to operate devices such as Wi-Fi thermostat.
- Reviews Landmark
The outlook seems little dated but it allows you to schedule different temperature settings for different time slots seven days in advance.
- Best in Tech
The warranty is very disappointing as you only have 1 year. Most of it’s competitors come with 2 or 3 year waranties.
- My Smart Home
February 21, 2017 | Full review
Just make sure you have a c-wire.
- Theme Country
July 31, 2019 | Full review
Not compatible with 110 and greater volt system
- Clean Home Zone
The programming process is kind of slow
- Smart Heating Control
Do not work well with some routers: This trouble will make you confused when receiving an annoying error alert when trying to connect some routers. In addition, it makes you lose the Wifi connection frequently. Instead of mixing security modes (WPA/WPA2), you should turn to WPA2-only mode. By this way, you can connect your Wifi network successfully.
- WiFi Thermostat Judge
June 2, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Connect your home's HVAC system to the rest of your wireless network easily with a Honeywell 7 day Programmable Wi-Fi enabled THERMOSTAT. This high-tech unit has 7 fully Programmable days, with morning, daytime, evening, and night, and easy connectivity for control by smartphone or computer. On the THERMOSTAT, there's a big, backlit digital display and easy controls. Automatic software updates

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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.”