Nest E Review: Should you buy E or Nest Learning?

Nest E Review: Should you buy E or Nest Learning?


Hey yall, it’s Rose, and today, we’re going
to take a look at Nest Thermostat E, which is an alternative to the Nest Learning Thermostat. At $169, it’s about $80 cheaper than Nest
Learning. Of course, cheaper means you’re going to sacrifice
features. Fortunately, the features are more related
to design than functionality, and there aren’t many of them. First of all, Nest E is white, and it’s plastic. Nest Learning Thermostat is metal, and you
can buy it in White, Black, Stainless Steel, or Copper. Second, the screen is smaller, the device
itself is smaller, and it has a lower resolution. And while it works with most heating and cooling
systems, it doesn’t work with as many as the Nest Learning Thermostat. That said, if your system is compatible with
Nest E and you like the way it looks, which I do, I would recommend E over Nest Learning. So let’s start from the top. The thermostat includes everything you need
for installation except for a screwdriver. Installation was way easier and faster than
I remember ecobee3 being. Part of that is because Nest E isn’t as customizable
as ecobee, part of that is because the HVAC system in my home is five years newer than
the home I installed ecobee in. To install, remove your old thermostat, take
note of the wires to confirm compatibility, disconnect the wires to remove your old base,
mark where the screws go, install the Nest base, connect the wires, and attach the display. I felt comfortable doing it on my own following
the instructions included with the unit, or you can find instructions linked below. Of course, you can always hire a professional
to help out. Once installed, it’s hard to tell the difference
between Nest E and Nest Learning. Nest E lacks Farsight. However, it still lights up as you approach. The built-in presence sensor detected my movement
even from across the room which is at least 17 feet away. The screen will show your indoor temperature,
target temperature, and the amount of time it will take to reach your target temperature. Other than that, E shares the same features
as Nest Learning. You can control E by pressing the Nest button
and turning the dial. From here, you can adjust your temperature. You can swap the fan on and off, and you can
also access the settings menu. You can also control the thermostat using
the mobile app or the web portal. The two interfaces are identical and offer
the same features as the thermostat itself. Using the app, you can swap from cool mode
to heat mode, adjust the temperature, and of course, you can adjust the settings. In my opinion, there are three keys features:
learning, the ability to connect to other devices, as well as energy-saving features. Nest E will monitor your activity on a daily
basis and use that information to create a schedule. You can also create your own schedule. The thermostat can override your schedule
via Home/Away assist, which triggers your preset eco temperatures when it notices that
you’re not home. That said, my schedule is weird, but there
are parts of it that are consistent. For example, I’m in bed most nights by 12:30,
but Nest seems to think I need to stay up later. In Nest’s defense, I’ve only been using it
for a couple of weeks, and I’ve heard that it does take longer sometimes for the thermostat
to learn. Nest E works with other Nest products as well
as third-party devices and services including IFTTT, Stringify, Google Home, and Amazon
Echo, which I’m about to trigger. “Alexa, what’s the temperature in my family
room?” “The family room temperature is 79°.” “Alexa, can you decrease my family room temperature
by 1°.” “Family room is off. To change the temperature, turn it on in the
Nest app or on the device.” That’s a good excuse. But, in general, I do prefer direct Nest integrations
to third-party integrations. For example, I really like the way that Nest
Protect and Nest Thermostat work together. If Nest Protect detects smoke, for example,
it can shut down your forced air system to reduce the chances of spreading smoke through
your vents. Finally, energy savings. The energy history screen will help make energy
savings possible. From here, you can see the signature Nest
Leaf on days where you used an eco-friendly setting. You can also see how long and how often your
system ran – red for heat and blue for cool. Finally, icons like cloud and Home/Away Assist
will help you to understand usage variations. For example, you can see a jump in consumption
on the 8th, which according to the cloud icon might be due to weather. I’d give Nest E two thumbs up. I was concerned that it might swap to away
mode when I was actually just sleeping, but according to Nest, that’s something they’ve
already addressed. I was also worried that I wouldn’t like the
way it looks as much as I like Nest Learning Thermostat, but I actually like it better. It blends in with my white woodwork, and it
doesn’t show fingerprints. I don’t think I’m ready to call it my favorite
smart thermostat because I do feel there’s a time and a place for ecobee, but if you’re
heavily invested in Works with Nest or Google products, I think that Nest E is the way to
go. I’ve linked my full written review below which
has more details and more information on features if y’all want to check that out. Of if you have questions, feel free to comment
below. And I appreciate you all spending time with
me today, and I will see you soon!

20 Replies to “Nest E Review: Should you buy E or Nest Learning?”

  1. Will it hold a temperature indefinitely? This is something the older Nest could never do and is the reason I switched to Honeywell. Nest said it could achieve this by putting the device in permanent away mode. Hokie, indeed.

  2. Thank you Rose, for a wonderful video. I always look forward hearing from you. ( no pressure on making videos…lol )
    Someday, would you consider making a video about you and your life ? You are MORe interesting than the products. I have so many questions about your general background… Take care.

  3. Your reviews are excellent!  Brief videos with a lot of information.  It's obvious you do your homework for each product.

  4. Beware, the Nest 'E' cannot control a humidifier. If you're like me and want to also get rid of a very ugly humidistat panel on your wall… this device will not work!

  5. Just had the nest e installed yesterday, not as tech savvy but your review helped me out a lot. My old thermostat I could put on auto which made the fan go off and on to save energy. Does the nest e have that feature?

  6. We had a major problem installing the Nest thermostat. We have a two stage furnace that apparently requires special wiring for the Nest. We did not know we had a two stage furnace until I inadvertently blew a fuse in the furnace panel (in the attic). You may have THREE power supply switches to your furnace. You need to turn them all off before you start.

    We tried to work with Nest and the technician had us shift wires over and over during a one hour period. It was a nightmare of difficulty in handling tiny wiring. Nothing worked.

    Even the contractor we hired after this debacle was not able to get the Nest to function properly and stop giving error messages. IF YOU ASSUME THAT YOUR FURNACE IS COMPATIBLE WITH NEST YOU MAY BE WRONG. We returned the Nest and put in an Emerson (easy read) thermostat. It works fine and our single story home is very comfortable.

    Sometimes modern digital equipment is more trouble than it is worth. If you want to install a smart thermostat yourself, or use a contractor who is not a "Nest specialist" you may regret it. Sometimes "simpler" is really better.

    sanjosemike

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