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Review: Nest Thermostat is My Favorite Android Accessory

On one of my last trips back from New York, possibly from the Galaxy S4 event, I found myself thumbing through in-flight magazines in attempt to kill off some of the 6-hour flight time I would have to endure. As I typically do on flights because I find the items hilarious, I grabbed for Skymall. For the most part, I’m looking to see how insanely expensive fake Harry Potter wands have become or if the giant stone Bigfoot has come down in price, so that I could potentially convince my better half that we need it for our yard. But on this last trip, I turned to a full-page ad that included Nest, the “Learning Thermostat.” As I had heard of the product previously and found it interesting, I snapped a picture of it, so that I would remember to look up additional info whenever I made it home. This turned out to be a brilliant move on my part because the Nest is now my favorite Android accessory, possibly of all time. 

What is Nest?

For those not familiar, Nest is a thermostat that you can install by yourself, in your home, in place of your current thermostat. It claims to save you all sorts of money by performing more efficiently than your current thermostat because it learns your patterns and adjusts temperatures based upon them, automatically. It has apps on both Android and iOS along with a web interface, so for the most part, you can control Nest from anywhere. It sports a beautifully modern design, is incredibly easy to setup and adjust, and can be used in conjunction with multiple Nest thermostats throughout your house.

So why do I love it? For so many reasons.

First of all, it looks amazing. It’s a simple metal cylinder with a multi-color display that rotates and can be pressed to navigate. Even if this didn’t save you any money, you should buy it because it will instantly give your house some eye-candy. But outside of looks, I love the Nest mostly because I can control it from anywhere. While I work at home, I still run in and out of my house quite frequently. Rather than having to remember to adjust my thermostat every time I leave or return, I can take advantage of Nest’s Auto Away feature which senses that I haven’t been around for a while, so it automatically shuts itself down to a preset temperature in order to save energy. As I return and walk by the Nest, it comes back to life. And even if Nest hasn’t turned to Auto Away, I can fire up the app on my phone and manually turn the system to away with a couple of taps.

In all honesty, it’s pretty cool to think that lying in bed on a cold Saturday morning and deciding you want the heat on earlier than normal is no longer met with a groan. You simply reach for your phone, set the temperature, snuggle back in, and enjoy your day off in warmth.

Nest Android

Nest has a pretty robust settings menu as well, so that you can completely customize the way it functions for your house. Nest will take the first few days with you to try and learn your schedule, but I lacked patience and went ahead and manually set one up myself. If you don’t feel like spending the time to do that, then let Nest do what it does best – learn. It’ll also let you lock the thermostat down, tell it to start heating before your preset times, set a bottom line temperature, and manage multiple thermostats.

Beyond the technical stuff, Nest is simply fun to use. As you approach the unit on your wall, Nest senses that you are near and powers on to give you a chance to check the temperature and then adjust as needed. The device itself spins either direction in a circle for adjusting. It also presses in as if it were one giant button. A single press brings up the menu for Nest, at which point you can spin it to highlight features or then press again to select them. It’s as fluid as can be and feels as high-end as you would hope from a product like this.

If your Nest is in the act of saving you money, you’ll see a green leaf on the screen and in your app. If Nest feels as if you had a productive and energy efficient day, it’ll reward you with a green leaf next to the entire day as you look at your Engery tab (see below). Assuming you manage to have energy efficient days on the regular, Nest should be saving you quite a bit of money. In fact, the Nest team claims that their thermostat can save you up to 20% off your heating and cooling bills because it performs that much more efficiently than your typical thermostat. I’m still in my early stages of life with Nest, so I’ll have to report back on savings later.

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Installation is about as simple as can be. By no means do I consider myself to be handy around the house, but even I was able to install Nest in a matter of minutes. The support site for Nest has both a compatibility checker (that’s mostly foolproof) and installation videos to help you along the way.

The Nest isn’t necessarily the cheapest home accessory you’ll find, but for the reasons I listed above, it has been completely worth it thus far. And this isn’t your typical “accessory” if you will – this is a product that becomes a part of your home and should almost be considered an investment. Now, I’m just waiting to see what my heating bill looks like, so that I can justify the purchase even further. Yes, I bought this bad boy. This is not a review unit. How long before it pays for itself?

Important links

Nest websiteCompatibility Check and Installation | 2nd-gen Nest ($249) | 1st-gen Nest ($179

  • RepV

    This is the Apple standard. crapDroid, sorry Android folks should just stick with Walmart $30 dollar thermostats. Nest was made for the Elite iPhone/iPad users only. Fadel, why did you make an app for the CrapDroid, trailer trash folks? They would not appreciate your awesome design. They are more into cheap devices. Just look at what they are using, Android. Yuck! You couldn’t pay me to use the S3 or S4 “Samesung”

  • Joey Miranda

    Love my nest came very handy when I was away this passed week.

  • Taglogical

    Nest wouldn’t work with either of our furnaces – tried several units, version 1 and 2 – great company though; they sent a rep out and everything. Would love for it to have worked – very slick kit for your home ^.^

  • Fitz

    if you really want a great thermostat that is much more advanced than the nest look into ecobee and yes it was around before the nest. They are not into the media, but the thermostat and geek factor are huge

  • nate

    I love my nest!! It is saving us on average $50 + per month.

    • ncsurob

      There is no way it is saving you $50 a month unless you have a 20,000sqft home. You need to compare to an equal month from last year rather than previous month. In my 3500sq ft home, I have found the savings to be 7~10$ a month.

  • LeDerp

    These are little nests for skynet. Its happening

  • whitey

    Google wifi problems with the nest, the list of incompatible routers is very long, in fact after calling tech support they couldn’t tell me what Routers are compatible. Was a day away from buying one till I talked to Nest tech support about my new router

  • duke69111

    I wonder if this thing can control my heat pump & outside temp gauge, heat strips, AC and Humidifier?

  • Kellex, It’s not hard to fill in the hole left by the old thermostat with drywall filler (the stuff you’d get to patch holes) It gives it a much nicer look over having the backplate installed.

  • Eldorath

    We’ve had our Nest for roughly a year now… last year our Programmable thermostat started flaking out, and would ‘forget’ temperatures.. all of a sudden, it’d be 95F in the house in the middle of spring, and would drop to 50ish later in the day.

    Having ran it through the REALLY REALLY cruddy summer we had last year (hot as hell) I can say that I’ve seen a distinct savings, I’d actually bet on the fact that it’s paid for itself already this past year, but that may also be due to the fact our previous thermostat was a first gen ‘programmable’ that we had been too lazy to replace.

    One thing that some people may also not understand, is the fact that the Nest also brings the element that measures temperature away from a wall, so you don’t get the radiant heat/cooling from the wall itself. I suspect that’s helped our energy/money savings as well 🙂

  • Jason Spangler

    Got an Apple gift card last week…and since there were no Apple products I was interested in…I’m currently on a business trip in Chicago. Was shopping last night, walked into the Apple store to maybe get some headphones, and what did I stumble upon…this NEST. $250 on my Apply gift card! Bought an awesome Android compatible device at the Apple store!

    Oh and had $200 left on the gift card…they had the Philips Hue color changing led light bulbs…bought that as well…and guess what…Android compatible!

  • Justin

    Got my 2nd Gen Nest for Christmas. Absolutely love it! Highly recommended. The Auto-Away mode, Auto Learning, and Wifi control/programming are worth their weight in gold. Can’t wait for this Spring/Summer to run the AC with the Airwave feature. More energy savings!

    • Dan

      Does auto-away detect the dog walking by? If so would be a bad feature for me.

  • In the process of building a house and I have been looking a lot at getting this Thermostat – Good to see a review on here for it.

  • hyperbolee

    THERE IS(was?) A MAJOR FLAW IN NEST, read the Amazon review about it he has detailed information about his calls and working with the engineers etc. Condensed version – if you have a power outage and live in a cold place it has problems reconnecting to wifi and tries over and over again and since the power is out so is your wifi so it will not establish a connection. Because of this it kills the Nest battery and then when the power comes back on the unit will not boot back up since it uses the battery to do this. No Nest, no heat, no heat= frozen pipes = ruined house if on vacation.

    Since i leave on vacation during winter usually, I got scared and didn’t get a Nest. Maybe they fixed this flaw, if so let me know.

    • yankeesusa

      Good point. You should contact nest and see if they resolved this issue. They have been quick to responding to my questions.

  • Bionic

    Works well with X phone.


    I forsee my wife and I constantly changing our temperature preference on the fly, without saying anything to eachother.

  • Dweber

    I picked one up a while ago now. I love the ability to change temp on the fly. I may not have saved a ton of $$$ yet, but i think it has helped some. We shall see how it does in the warmer months.

  • Set heat to 63?!???!?!?!

    Holy hell this Floridian is baffled and shocked.

    • Big_EZ

      I know, our house stays colder than anyone I know and our heat is on 68-69° and actually is set to 72°

    • ToddAwesome

      This New Englander tops the heat out at 63 in the winter. Oil is too damn expensive.

  • Eyebolt

    I’ve had mine since the gen 1 first came out. I got it from the pre-order. So I’ve had it for about a year or so. I’d have to go back and actually calculate, but I would say that there has definitely been a fair amount of energy savings for me.

    The best feature for me has been the “Auto-Away” feature where it detects that nobody is around so it automatically changes your temperature setting. I have twin 3 year olds who start out the day with a babysitter in our house. Sometimes they’re in the house all day. Some days they’re out and about around town. Some days they’ll spend most of the day at the babysitter’s house. This made using an ordinary time program thermostat impossible for me to set a lower/higher temperature during the day when no one is in the house. Instead, the Nest detects when they’re gone…automatically lowers/increases the temperature…and automatically detects their or our return and sets it back.

    The Auto-Away also works great when we leave the house for the weekend and forget to set the thermostat appropriately. Then when we’re on our way back, my wife or I just pull up the app on our phone and turn it back up. By the time we get home the house is just how we like it.

  • How would this work if you have two thermostats in the house? I have dual zone in my house one for upstairs and one for downstairs and I’m not sure how it would be controlling both.

  • jcastle482

    I would recommend the nest to anyone, I love mine! What i like most is the automatic programming and the auto away modes. When i am out of town for a few days I can tell nest to end auto away and m house is warmed up/cooled off by the time I get home.

  • spedly

    I’ll stick with my infinity system.

  • Allen Byrd

    My uncle has one of these. It’s pretty awesome.

  • Stewie

    Wow, I have the same capabilities minus learning from my $99 radio thermostat.
    And I control the scheduling, sent in effect it already knows my patterns. Nice looking but like anything from apple or in this case ex apple designers it is overpriced.

  • My thermostat is upstairs and I do not go up there most of the day. I wonder if you could use Tasker to have your phone turn Nest to Auto off when you are leaving the house, and keep it on when you are at home. That would be sweet.

  • Dylan Patel

    Kellex, This is sweet, but be honest, were you paid to do this? I don’t really mind, I mean this is your main source of income, so you gotta live, but I am curious.

  • CapnShiner

    @kellex:disqus You probably could have gotten a free review unit if you mentioned them on the site and maybe contacted them about it. I think you should contact them anyway and see what you can get. Maybe they’ll let you give some away to readers in a contest to spread the word.

  • hfoster52

    I have had 2 of these (upstairs and downstairs) for almost a year. The second generation ones feel better than the 1st generation ones but are still rock solid. Easy to hook up and even easier to get running. They did a software update about 6 months ago which added a range. So you can have it turn the heat when it goes below a setting and turns the air on when it goes above. The auto away is pretty cool and the ability to turn the temp up and down so when you come home your house is warm or cool is just a must. I can’t say enough good things about them.

  • Droidro

    So buying this when I get my new house

  • Randy

    Kellex did you install this yourself or have someone else do it for you? Reason I ask is because I ordered one for myself just a few days ago but I’m concerned about not having a “c” wire from my hvac. Just wondered if your system had a c wire and if not if your having any issues with it. They’re compatibility checker on they’re site said it was compatible with mine but I’m beginning to wonder.

    • Joey

      Yes he installed it himself. source: he said it in the review post

      • Randy

        Yeah I got that. But that doesn’t exactly answer my question. My question was does his HVAC unit have a c wire from the unit or is it just the simple w, y, r, g wires.

  • Matt Larson

    I also love my Nest! One of the first things I bought for my new house. Obviously i dont have old energy bills to compare too then but i mostly bought it for the look in the first place anyway haha.

  • yankeesusa

    I understand that there are other thermostats out there that are WiFi and programmable viaI a phone but from dozens of reviews from people that have tried several, the best keeps coming up on top. will definitely buy this over any other for the ease of use and great reviews. Who cares if you find some that are cheaper. There will always be a cheaper option but from what I see, most wifi controllable thermostats are about the same price. Thanks for great review. Question now is, should I get gen 1 or gen 2?

  • Butters619

    It’s times like these I wish I had heading and cooling.

    Beach Problems

  • BRIM

    You never mentioned if you reviewed the 1st or 2nd gen….

    • Big_EZ

      The pictures are of a 2nd gen unit.

  • Ryuuie

    I saw this on a PBS show just yesterday! It was really easy looking to install and it’s pretty damn neat. It has motion sensing to see if you’ve walked past it in a while. If not, it turns the temp down on its own.

  • David Burns

    I’ve had my second generation for a few months now and here are my energy bills from the past few months compared to last years.

    March 2013 – $79
    March 2012 – $ 127

    February 2013 – $113
    February 2012 – $156

    With my old thermostat I either had it on or off, no schedule. I work crazy shifts so setting a mon-fri schedule never worked for me. Was the $250 worth it? Yes, the nest will pay for it’s self shortly.

  • jmich

    Very Important if you buy this…Don’t forget about the “C” wire!!!! http://cafbit.com/entry/nest_learning_thermostat

    • Jason

      I had to use the “C” wire. Battery kept dying by midday without it. I’ve had my 1st gen for less than a week now.

  • ApplesNAndroids

    I’ve had the nest since v1.0 and now have 2.0
    I really like it, although it is sometimes a bit buggy recognizing I am home.

  • me

    Great Review, I would love to pick one up, I spend about $125 a month on gas heat in the winter. I imagine I could cut down on this at least $10/month with better monitoring.

  • pcloadletter

    I have had the BAYweb thermostat for over 4 years and it is still working fine. It was the least expensive option on the market, but now there are better options.

  • akhnaten

    I love mine. The end of month energy usage info is very useful. I was able to determine that, in my very well insulated house, maintaining a constant 70 degrees is much more efficient than letting the temperature fluctuate by 6 degrees when not around and getting it back to 70 by the time I get home.

    • Good to know. In that case though, is the Nest completely useless?

      • akhnaten

        The nest isn’t useless at all. I love the remote control features. And as I said, the empirical data, as opposed to theory, shows me that in my situation, my heater or AC is on less time maintaining a constant temperature than regaining a temperature. I have not spoken to any contractors or salesmen about it. I am just looking at the data presented by the nest and looking at the historical temperatures.

        • I agree, that all sounds really awesome… My thoughts are just that in a situation where you keep the thermostat on 68 100% of the time, with no fluctuation, there’s no real purpose for the Nest.

          • akhnaten

            I agree that I use it in a very different way than intended. I tried having it learn my schedule for the first couple of weeks and got tired of it turning off my heat in the middle of the night, so I gave up on that. But the point I want people to understand is that, with the Nest, each person can experiment and determine what saves them the most energy. It may not be the “turn your thermostat down” strategy that is so widely advertised.
            The one feature I would like to see added is the ability to program the schedule of the fan control. In my house, the downstairs will be the desired temp and the upstairs will be way off. If I could program the fan to run all night, I could save a lot of energy (by not running the heating/cooling). But I forget to turn it off when I get up and the fan ends up running all the time, wasting energy. BTW, I have a natural gas heater, not a heat pump.

    • bos

      This is simply not true. Do the heat transfer calculations and research cycling vs. steady state efficiency of heating and cooling equipment (cycling is always lower). The amount if insulation is irrelevant. This myth is perpetuated by heating/cooling contractors who don’t care how much energy you consume, but do care if you call them to complain that your house doesn’t heat back up fast enough.

      The one exception is if your heating system is a heat pump with electric resistance backup. In that case a setpoint adjustment usually activates the lower efficiency backup heat, and it is better to avoid doing that.

  • CyberPete

    Kellen, did you get gen1 or gen2?
    Also, as far as these people questioning your integrity as a reviewer, they obviously haven’t been paying much attention. I’ve been with you from the start, and I always come here when I want to make sure that I get the real scoop on things.

  • Nw_adventure

    Thermostats can be hacked by the chinese, another thing to worry about – lol

  • dmac note2vzw

    Awesome thermostat. I have 2 and I couldnt be more pleased.

  • I have had my Nest installed since August. Living in Florida I find it very useful. We just had a baby 8 months ago…so I can check the temp in his room from my baby monitor…and adjust the heat/ac from my phone while in bed. I installed it myself and was pretty easy. I HIGHLY recommend it if it works with your current system. I have seen a 10-15% drop in my normal usage from using this (this also included my wife being so hot at night I had to turn down the ac in the summer to 65 a few times).

  • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

    In all honesty 250 for this is not bad at all. I know people are probably think I am crazy, but I was an HVAC tech for 10 years and the prices that an AC company would charge you to put in a quality digital thermostat are about the same as what you would spend on this. I dont have one yet but I will soon and I have no doubt it will be money well spent.

  • This is sort of like the iPhone of thermostats. It’s very pretty and is priced high because of the ‘cool’ factor.
    I bought Honeywell’s for $110 and so far it’s been working perfectly through the Android app.

    Also note that you will need a ‘C’ (power) wire installed in order to use these wifi themostats.

    If you buy this for the WOW factor, I think you will find that nobody cares about what thermostat you have.

  • Thought about the nest but when we were looking at home security systems I went with ADT Pulse so I got the thermostat from them controllable through their app, much like the nest. However the learning part of the equation would be nice.

    I know I couldve built my own system cheaper and probably saved money here and there but I made my choice and havent minded it since.

  • Derek Duncan

    Great writeup. I love my Nest!

  • rdrizzle

    I have 2 and neither have ever malfunctioned. They really are my favorite home accessory. Behind that are my roombas.

  • tech247

    Did Nest pay for this “review” and “plug” or is this an honest to goodness write up?

    • Did you even read the write up?

      “Now, I’m just waiting to see what my heating bill looks like, so that I can justify the purchase even further. Yes, I bought this bad boy. This is not a review unit.”

  • Bill Anderson

    For less than half the price, you can get all of the WiFi functionality:


    Is it as “beautiful” as the Nest? No. But, it gets the job done. The Android app is great and has been consistantly updated. The last update added some nice widgets. Check here:


    The price moves around on Amazon a bit. I got it for $85!

    • yankeesusa

      Yes, but does it program itself by learning how you use it? Does it have an easy and intuitive display? Does it know when your home or away? Once you start adding up the pros and cons the nest wins every time. I have a programmable thermostat and its a pain to program. My next thermostat is nest, I’ve read plenty of reviews and it just always catches my attention.

      • You sound like you work for Nest…

        • yankeesusa

          Nope, just been doing my research and have tried 2 programmable ones none being WiFi so before I buy one I’m researching and my research keeps pointing towards nest.

      • dunning-kruger

        If you can’t program a thermostat I’m not sure your opinions should carry much weight on a tech blog.

        • yankeesusa

          Did I say I couldn’t program it? Let me put it into english so you can understand, “some or most programmable thermostats are a hassle or harder to program” The reason I say this is because with the nest it will program for you or give you the option to program yourself.

          • chris

            I got the filtrete model at home depot for 83 including tax. it was a snap to set up once i got it on wifi. Both the phone app and the website make it very simple.

        • Boles

          Gotta love these ad hominem attacks. [Ugh.] If you don’t have a reasonable counterpoint, dunning-kruger, then at least spare us from personal attacks that shouldn’t “carry much weight on a tech blog.” Leave the fanboy reactions to the Apple fanatics.

        • dunning-kruger

          What exactly am I a fanboy of? I haven’t endorsed anything or even spoken negatively of Nest.

          My point is anyone who can root a phone (many people on this blog) can program a thermostat easily.

          Nest looks like a cool piece of tech, but resorting to misrepresentation of the competition is absurd.

    • I’ve had my thermostat connected to the net for over a year now. these devices have been available for a long time. I can control mine by new or cellphone and it has a grid that can be set up to change the temp for when I’m gone or when I’m coming home. This idea is nothing new. Many other devices for the home can also be added. Lighting controls, alarms, door locks….. So what’s the big deal with nest?

      • Cowboydroid

        The idea is nothing new, but manufacturers like Honeywell are resistant to change, and there is a severe lack of competition. Nest is actually involved in a lawsuit with Honeywell right now, similar to the way Apple and Microsoft sue away at other tech companies that innovate.

    • Yeah, this is what I have as well. Got them awhile ago. I couldn’t justify the $250 myself, especially since I had two thermostats. $500 for HVAC control from my phone wasn’t worth it. I spent $200 and have the same thing as the nest.

      • Derek Ross

        That’s exactly my situation. If I had only 1 thermostat I probably would have bought one of these a while ago, but with 2 thermostats $500 is just too much for the functionality and theoretical energy savings. $300 is probably the most I would spend.

    • Devin

      I have the CT-80 and was considering a Nest. The thing that got me is the CT-80 allowed me to have a “circulate” setting for my furnace fan (turns on for 15 mins every hour to move air around). This is really useful in the summer since we don’t have central A/C. Not sure if the Nest now has this, but when I was looking into it, it did not.

      • steveliv

        newest firmware for nest includes this feature

  • Joe

    I’ve been using Nest since October. It is one of my favorite products for my home. It is so nice to be able to control your temperature remotely. Also, the monthly energy report will help you save energy because you will try everything to get your green leaf for the day. And Nest will tell you how well you do compared to other Nest users across the country. I would recommend Nest to anyone!

  • bkosh84

    I just bought the 1st Generation one last week and installed it and noticed a difference in when the heat kicks on from my old thermostat (in Ohio where we’re still in winter). So far a good investment.


      Walked outside this morning in Columbus to a nice cool 21 degree’s…

  • Android Addict

    I got one of these a month ago. You know you’re a geek when you show off your thermostat to your friends.

    • Can you comment on energy savings? Has it really made a difference or not really?

      • Android Addict

        I really haven’t had it long enough to say. I can say that I used to keep the temp set to 68 at night while I was sleeping and now this turns to heat down to 62 and back up to 70 to warm up before I have to get up to shower in the morning. I like it pretty cool when I’m sleeping, so it will probably be nice in the summer to turn the temp down from bed if it feels to hot. My phone is also my alarm clock so it’s right there.

        • Wow, it sounds like the whole learning concept was accomplished very well, almost like they put Google Now in a thermostat! Now we can just hope for the day when every home electronic / appliance manufacturer makes their devices internet connected and able to “learn”! Smart House here we come!

      • bos

        The energy savings are uncertain at this point. This paper discusses some of the reasons why.


        Third party evaluations of energy savings provided by Nest and other “learning” thermostats are in progress and results should become available within the next year or so.

        • Christopher Riner

          Energy savings or not, its so badass to be able to preheat your house from the bed that I would probably use it more than an auto start feature on a car.

        • Cowboydroid

          If you take the time to program your thermostat, it WILL save you money. Around half of those who own programmable thermostats do not program them, thus their purpose is lost.

      • I have had my Nest for about a year and I have seen my bill go down. I can’t really compare month to month because I go out of town a lot but I am way more conscious on what my thermostat is set at. My Nest is located at the end of a hall that doesn’t get much traffic so the learning portion doesn’t work but the web interface makes programming it incredibly easy. I live in New Orleans so instead of having my AC at 72 all day while I’m at work now my Nest turns on the AC so it will be 72 when I get home at 5.

        • J Dub

          This is what I want to know. Does the learning part mean that it learns how long it takes your home to cool down from a temp. to a temp. and then turn on accordingly? I mean there are programmable thermostats, but maybe you are turning the air on too soon.

    • I got my during the Lowes thanksgiving sale. Its a gen 1 but came with the software update. I love mine! Its a great piece to show off to friends when turning on the AC never leaving the couch. The first responce is, how did you do that!? Then they watch it on the wall changing the temp all by itself. Truly an awesome device!

  • ThermoGuy

    IMO, there are better and cheaper WiFi Thermostats to choose from. The Nest is well polished, but for a quarter of the price you can get something just as functional. Check the reviews: http://www.wifithermostats.net. If you do go with the Nest, make sure to pick up the second generation version.

    • yankeesusa

      Thanks for the site. Very informative.

  • This is one of those devices I want so bad but can’t justify spending the money on.

    • yankeesusa

      That’s the boat I’m in. But the gen1 got the same updates as the gen2 and its only $179 on Amazon. It’s just not as sleek as gen 2 and less compatible. But gen 1 works with my hvac so I may pull the trigger soon. Maybe if it hits $150. Although I found a new gen 2 on eBay for $229.

  • Kerry Fath

    Any huge difference between 1st gen and 2nd gen?

    • Chris

      I was actually just reading up on it on Amazon. The only difference is the 2nd gen is thinner. But, the 1st gen is cheaper, and check out the reviews. The 1st gen had barely any 1 or 2 stars, and the 2nd gen has a lot more lower ratings.

      A detailed review on the 2nd gen states that when you install the 2nd gen it isn’t as sturdy as the 1st gen, he also notes that when you try to activate the hands free temperature check on the 2nd gen, it isn’t as responsive as the 1st gen.

      So for me, if I got one, I’d probably get the 1st gen!

    • I believe 2nd gen is just more compatible with a variety of setups and is a lot slimmer in design.

      Here is a good writeup about it at the Nest site:


      • Amazon just had it as their gold box deal last week.

        • Big_EZ

          It’s the same price right now as it was for the gold box deal, $179

      • Kerry Fath

        Any idea if this is compatible w/ Time Warners Intelligent Home?

  • Josh Phillips

    I ‘ve wanted one of these since I first heard of them…

  • Bond

    I’ve had one installed in my house since late fall. It really does wonders for energy consumption. It was a bit spendy, but with its looks, super convenience factor, & savings its totally worth it.

  • sahilm

    I’m interested in getting one, but reviews on Amazon are so mixed.

    It either works fantastically or it ends up screwing up really badly (i.e. heating never turning off, house getting to 80+ degrees)

    • So far I haven’t had any issues whatsoever, but again, I’ve only been up and running for 2 or 3 weeks now. I’ll definitely report back after my first couple of bills to see if there is a difference. I’ll also be sure to update if I run into issues that you just stated.

      • Chris

        Also, let us know if you think it’s worth the price, you know?

        I’m interested, but I’d wanted to see if I would be able to make enough savings to at least get my $250 back!

        • For sure. It’ll take a few months, but I’ll definitely try to revisit it again.

        • yankeesusa

          If the gen 1 is compatible with your hvac system just get that one. Its only $179 on amazon or even cheaper on ebay.

    • My honeywell version now 4 years old and still working like a charm. from cellphone to wifi it is easy to control or set it up to control itself.

      • yankeesusa

        I was just looking at honewell. But every one that see i have to be a separate unit to make it wifi capable and its over $200 even on amazon. I like the all in one feature of the nest but if i can find a honeywell for under $175 then I’ll do that but can’t seem to find one.

        • bionicwaffle

          On Amazon look for the RTH85080WF and RTH6580WF. They are both in the $90-$140 range I think.

          • yankeesusa

            Will check now. Thanks

          • yankeesusa

            The RTH6580WF looks good. Will put on my wishlist. Thanks again.

          • bionicwaffle

            You’re welcome. I can’t make up my mind. I like both of those. I’m also considering the Homewerks Radio Thermostat CT-30-H-K2 which seems good if you get the good USNAP module with it. Apparently “RTMV-01” is good and “RTWG-01” is bad.

        • Gary

          I have a Honeywell 6580 and am very happy with it. The Android app is pretty nice but one word of caution is you need to log into the website to modify schedules (you can adjust temp up and down and set holds through the app though). It has settings to email you if certain conditions are met (temp goes too high or too low, loses communication for a certain period of time, etc.) Only problem I had at first was it occasionally losing connection, but it turned out to be a problem with my router that a flash to DD-WRT took care of.

  • I wish this was compatible with my setup. 🙁

  • nightscout13

    Nest is for people who keep their heater or A/C running all day. For people like me, I turn it on manually when necessary, so I would not see any savings. I would still want it though, to remotely turn the A/C on or off.

    • Eyebolt

      I’m guessing that you live alone.

      • nightscout13

        2 adults, 2 children.

    • yankeesusa

      From reading the info on this I think it will adjust to anyone whether you run air all day or not. But if your deadset on not buying it then don’t buy it.

  • nightscout13

    Nice advertisement. How much did Nest pay you?

    • T4rd

      Probably about as much as they get with the rest of their reviews..

      • Well first of all, we don’t get paid by companies to review products. For the most part they send them to us, and we decide if we want to review them. No money will ever be exchanged when it comes to reviews.

        With the Nest, I have never talked to their company. I saw the product in a magazine, talked to a friend who has one, thought it looked awesome, and bought it. Now I’m in love.

        • nightscout13

          We are well aware of sponsored reviews. Maybe this one is not sponsored, but sponsored reviews are the life blood of sites like yours. And before you respond saying you’ve never taken a bribe for a review, a bribe doesn’t have to be money to be a bribe.

          • Well you are questioning my integrity now, so there is no point in trying to convince you otherwise. Have a great day!

          • nightscout13


          • I don’t question your integrity, but it is a lot easier to ‘love’ a product when you aren’t paying the $250. Considering thermostats are generally not status symbols ( and if they are, hats off to the marketing firm that made them so ), is it really worth more than twice as much as thermostats with similar functions (minus the gimicky learning function, also know as a schedule).

          • CapnShiner

            Does your programmable thermostat allow you to control it from your Android device or web browser when you’re not home?

          • Yes

          • CapnShiner

            And how much did that cost?

          • $110 at Home Depot

          • CapnShiner

            I’ll have to keep that in mind if I ever get a house.

          • yankeesusa

            for the gen 1 or gen 2?

          • r0lct

            Most tech sites don’t do sponsored reviews, it just wouldn’t make sense. Some may do a sponsored story (not saying DL), but not a review. That would shatter the credibility of the whole site and lose the viewers that are trying to attract.

          • nightscout13

            Do you remember what happened to C|Net after CES? They got caught, and now their credibility is lost. If C|Net did it, why not Droid-Life?

          • yankeesusa

            Really? Even if they did get paid cash for this review who cares. I went to a site someone posted on here that reviews wifi thermostats and the nest was on the top of the list. go ahead and talk all you want, if you don’t like it then don’t buy it. Its unbelievable how people just want to complain and fight for no reason.

          • r0lct

            That had nothing to do with paid reviews. It was chosen as top product and the parent company pulled the trophy due to litigation. Apples and oranges.

          • nightscout13

            It was what they got caught with, but there’s much more that goes on in the shadows young padawan…..

          • MrObvious

            If you don’t trust the integrity of the reviews here, why are you here? Are you simply trolling? Quite possible…

        • T4rd

          Yeah, I meant to insinuate that you don’t get paid for your reviews. So I revised my post a bit to reflect that.

          Thanks for the nice review and recommendation! I would love something like this, but I can’t justify spending $250 on a thermostat when my utility bill is already rarely half of that in the dead of winter or summer.

          • Ahh gotcha, thanks for clarifying. 🙂

      • nightscout13

        Receiving a product for free, is the same as receiving cash.

    • Stewie

      He didn’t purchase it… Now if he had to fork out the $249…

      • MrObvious

        Idiots… Ever learn to read? Try reading the article again. Pay close attention to these words… “Yes, I bought this bad boy. This is not a review unit.”

  • p_droid

    Can I root it?
    Just kidding, these things look sweet. Been wanting one for a while. Nice write-up.

    • You can but you might have problems with overheating.

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    • DroidFTW

      People who come from Apple generally make very nice things.

    • can it play angry birds?

    • HVAC Crack

      I wish you could root it because the Nest (Gen 1 & 2) have Zigbee chips built in. It would be great if Nest activated that feature for other home automation capabilities.

      I looked at the Nest, Homewerks & ecobee. Originally I had the Nest last (because of the Apple connections, yes, I’m petty like that), but after researching all 3 for hardware, software and design, and for me, the Nest won out. I couldn’t pass up on the current Amazon $179 deal for the Gen 1. I actually like the outside ring on the Gen 1 and it has the same hardware capabilities (including zigbee chip) and same software version (it just works on fewer HVAC set ups). On a side note, many utility companies offer rebates on programmable thermostat purchases (usually $25-$100) which would work on any programmable and not just Nest.

      Will I save money with the Nest? Probably, because it will be a lot more fun and convenient to play with my thermostat using the apps, web and reports. The little “leaves” you can earn will be a challenge. I probably could have saved the same with my current programmable thermostat, but like I said, it just was not fun to reset schedule.

    • S.Ober

      This is the iPhone of thermostats, I got Ecobee, much more stuff to tweak!

  • Kevin McDole

    My dad has one of these in his home theater, it is definitely a sweet little gadget.