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Nest is Now Available on Google Play for $249

Not that you should be shocked by this, since we broke news on it yesterday, but Google is now selling Nest Thermostats through Google Play for $249.

For those new to the Nest, you are looking at a thermostat that couples beautiful design with the ability to learn from your life to help save you money and make temperature control something less painful than it ever has been before. It can be controlled via mobile and web apps remotely, learns from your daily schedule, will set itself to auto-away if it doesn’t sense your presence, sends you monthly energy consumption reports, and can be easily installed by you. It’s an awesome product, even at its $249 price. 

Be sure to read our Nest review from over a year ago if you haven’t already.

Also, Google is planting a tree for every Nest that is sold today.

Play Link ($249)

  • Eskimo128

    Heat pump systems are most efficient when maintaining a temperature, not coping with requests for drastic changes quickly. If you have a dual fuel heat system, or worse, electric heat strips, a quick change in the desired room temp by several degrees will switch you from being 100% heat pump to bringing in the more costly secondary systems.
    Or, if you happen to want to live in your home for a long time – the less the interior temperature fluctuates, the better it is for the building materials, woods, etc.
    But really, who wants to come home to an uncomfortable home just to save a few bucks? But I’m also one of “those guys” with a remote starter on a car so I don’t have to get into a cold or hot car, either.
    Yes, it’s pleasant to look at and integrates nicely with a mobile device, but professional-series Honeywell stats can be had for similar money that will save cash vs. a conventional stat, offer scheduling, and higher quality.

    I just don’t see the real benefit for this, when you shouldn’t be setting huge temp. changes to occur anyway?

  • Mike Henry


    Did you notice a different on your electric bill after using Nest for a year? I am debating on buying one, especially if it pays for itself


  • Hothfox

    I’d love to get one of these, put it would be pointless 50% of the year. We don’t have central air, so our thermostat doesn’t actually do anything half the year.

  • shamatuu

    Too much for limited functions.

  • Hershel

    why would I buy this online when down the road there’s a home depot and lowes? I’d just go over there and buy it…..

    unless you live in a really remote location, chances are theres a lowes and home depot near you

  • Akiih

    New trees! Buy it guys 😀

  • ApplesNAndroids

    My biggest problem with my Nest thermostat is its accuracy. My older programmable Honeywell was accurate to +1/-1* where it seems the nest can stretch out to as far as +4/-4* which, keeps the system from short cycling but also keeps it on that much longer to heat or cool the house.

    I love how it has fan settings within the app so I can run only the fan for a predetermined amount of time. So much is easily accessible from within the app including humidity. (I ended up buying a furnace humidifier after seeing and feeling how dry my home was.)

    I never, ever use Nest away because I have small children and don’t want to return to a cool or hot house. In my experience, the learning portion of the Nest schedules was wack and I set up my own seven day schedule. Love that I can control it with my phone and how it connects to my Nest Protects. IMHO it’s worth it.

  • jdhas

    Yes, but can it be rooted?

    • Hershel

      why the f- would you root this?

      • ReturnOfTheMack

        You’re missing the sarcasm.

      • jdhas

        Love you too, sweetness.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Google Total: $281.03 USD

    Amazon Total: 249.

    See what I did there Google?

  • fitzgerald52

    This thermostat is great and in conjunction with the smoke/CO2 detectors really cuts down on energy usage.

    • ApplesNAndroids

      I haven’t noticed any significant energy savings over my older 7day thermostat. However, it is much cooler to look at on my wall. I also love how it connects with my 8 Nest Protects.

      • fitzgerald52

        The auto-away saves me instead of just running my set schedule all the time. The smoke/co2 detectors help since they sense motion and tell the thermostat if there is movement.

        • ApplesNAndroids

          Yes, I do not use auto away because of having small children. Would hate to come home to an uncomfortable home. Maybe I’ll use it again someday.

          • Hershel

            small children can reach and control it?

          • Scott H

            Auto-away (if enabled) senses activity via a sensor in the thermostat and if it doesn’t detect any activity in a period of time it activates. You set high and/or low temps, so when auto-away activates it goes to that temp. So for example, I have my low temp set to 62 and daytime temp to 68 for the winter. So when auto-away activates it will automatically start maintaining 62 instead of 68. Then when it senses someone is home again or reaches a scheduled temp change it will go back to maintaining 68 (in my case). I think he (or she) was just saying they don’t activate the auto-away feature because they don’t want to come back home to hotter/colder temps than desired for the small children. In other words, they do everything via schedules or manually.

  • Raven

    Nest looks nice and if I new for sure that there might be more Google home automation on the way in the next year or so I would probably get it. But, I am currently seriously looking for an all in one system that combines not only thermal, but also light control and security sensors.

    I am currently leaning towards the Iris system: http://www.lowes.com/cd_Iris_239939199_
    But I have also considered Vera: http://getvera.com/ and Revolv: http://revolv.com/

    Anyone have any experience with home automation and control via Android to share?

    • michael arazan

      LG is releasing quite a few devices that controls many things including lighting you may want to look into

  • WalkerNA

    FYI, Amazon has the same price with free (Prime) shipping. Although I doubt they’re going to plant a tree for the purchase.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’ll save money through Amazon and plant my own damn tree. And shipping is free with out without prime like most things on Amazon.

      • etchings13

        The sentiment is there, but I doubt you’ll actually plant it.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          You’re right. I won’t.

  • Prime7

    I read through the product listing, but it doesn’t seem to answer this question: does it also work with iOS devices? My wife has an iPhone, and it would be dumb if only I could control it.

    • BeLogical


    • cpoe89

      From the bottom of the page: The Nest App is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.0 and Android devices running Android 2.2 or later. TM and © 2014 Nest Labs, Inc. All rights reserved.

      • Prime7

        Thanks! I must be blind.

    • Scott H

      You can also control from the device itself or a web browser. I hardly ever touch it – I just let it do its thing.

    • Hershel

      it should. its the same product as it was before google bought it. I’m sure google will allow for iOS support in the next generation nest. They are not like apple and limit their products to their own services.

    • fritzo2162

      Seeing as the Nest was developed by a former Apple employee, you bet it’s IOS compatible 😀

  • JSo

    Too much for me. I will walk to my thermostat to adjust temperature.

    • htowngtr

      It does significantly more than that, but whatever — continue on with the ignorance.

    • Collin Chapin

      As the guy below you said, it does a lot more than just that. I can tell you from 6 months of use it’s reduced my energy bill consistently about 10-20%.

      • JSo

        I know what it does. I’ve watch reviews on it. But for me, for what it does, it’s not enough for me to put down 250 dollars towards one. That’s all I meant.

        • Collin Chapin

          That’s great but your comment clearly suggests that you believe it’s only use is avoiding a walk to the thermostat… which is just not accurate 😛

          Also, how much do you spend on your heating/cooling? If you save 10% on $150/mo you’ve paid for over half in just the first year.

          • JSo

            It does a lot on its own which makes it a set it and forget it type of thing, which in turn saves you from doing all that manually. My main question is what exactly does it do to save a lot of money that you can’t do with a regular thermostat? From what I have seen, it pretty much tells a person who may be unknowing of their thermostat habits when they are saving energy/money. If a person knows this stuff and sets their regular thermostat at the right temp and knows when and how long to run it and all that stuff, what more does this do other than automates stuff for you? Someone posted links to some other Home automated devices and they seem to do more than this thing. One of them started at 179 and could control temperature, lights, door locks and had security features. To me, something like that is worth the money.

          • Hershel

            for some,change is a scary thing…

          • JSo

            ZOMBIE HERSHEL!!!

          • Hershel
  • Collin Chapin

    I’ve had one for around 6 months or so and I can honestly say it’s the best $250 i’ve ever spent.

    My Note 3 comes today and that may change my opinion on that but we’ll see 😉

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      From the At&t deal?

      • Collin Chapin

        Yes, very excited to get home and open it up!

  • JRomeo

    the Nest hardware doesn’t need to be updated every year like smartphones, am I right?

    • htowngtr

      No, I have a gen1 and it’s fine. The software is what changes.

    • Hershel

      lol nope.

      • JRomeo

        just making sure, that if I buy one, another one won’t come out in a few months, version 2.0, with an improved temperature sensor, an improved, style, and a fancier temp adjustment apparatus.

        • Hershel

          its the same as it was before google bought it.

  • sagisarius

    I suddenly pictured some Google Play Edition of it… where it gets updates on the temperature way faster.

    • Hershel

      keep dreaming…

  • htowngtr

    No way does it go from 67 to 72 in 20 minutes unless you have a fairly awesome system with a small room to heat.

  • sc0rch3d

    Michael Bay ruined it for me….Nest is forever embdedded as part of Transformers

  • The Narrator

    Nest- GPE

    • Yes!

    • Ryan N

      Haha. As long as you can run CM11 on it. 😉