What Thermostats Work Well With Alexa? (Find Out Now!)

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

Alexa kind of revolutionized the way that many of us run a home. With the sound of your voice, you can ask Alexa to turn on the lights, lower the temperature, or even order you a new batch of food. Getting your smart home equipped is great, especially when you pair it with a smart thermostat. So, what thermostats are out there that work with Alexa?

Google Nest thermostats remain the most popular option for Alexa owners, but you can also use several smart home models from Honeywell, such as the Honeywell Home line. Other top choices include the Emerson Sensi Touch and ecobee brand models.

A good thermostat doesn’t have to be hard to find. Let’s take a look at some of the top picks for Alexa-compatible thermostats on the market.

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A Quick Note About Thermostats

It’s important to remember that thermostats shouldn’t just be bought with an eye on compatibility with Alexa. (Or Siri, or Google Home…). Each thermostat has a slew of different compatibility issues that you may need to take into account. This include:

  • C-Wire Compatibility. Do you have 2 or 3 wires? You need to know this stuff.
  • HVAC Equipment. There will be a difference between heat pumps and furnaces. In some cases, one will require a different thermostat than the other.
  • HVAC Fuel. If you want to have your readings get accurately done, you may need to check your thermostat to see what fuel savings it can read. Some are more detailed than others.
  • Operating System Compatibility. If you have an iPhone or don’t have an Android phone, you also may want to double-check that your phone (or mobile device) can actually run the app it comes with. Otherwise, you’re going to be pretty disappointed in what you get.
  • Installation Times. 

The Best Smart Thermostats For Alexa Users

Alexa is a great smart home hub, so why not check out smart thermostats that match it? The surveys are in, and it’s showing that you should check out these options below.

1. Google Nest Learning Thermostat Gen 3

The Google Nest line all comes with Alexa compatibilities, so virtually any pick from this brand will be a safe bet. However, there are two models that we really encourage people to choose. The Learning Thermostat line is an amazing choice.

This is the latest generation of smart thermostats in the Learning line, and it also happens to be great for homeowners who want a super intuitive style of thermostat. If you need ease of use and durability, this is going to be the best pick for you.

2. Google Nest E

If you like the idea of working with Google but hate the price tag, we totally get it. You’ll be happy to know that there is a more affordable smart thermostat that you can choose from this popular brand. It’s called the Google Nest E, and it does most of what a standard Nest will do. Oh, and it works with Alexa.

Like the regular Nest, it has an intuitive screen and learns your commands well. It also happens to be ideal for smaller apartments. One thing that many Nest E owners tend to like about this petite version is its streamlined appearance. Since the Nest E comes in a wide range of different colors and makes, you’re bound to find one that works with your home decor.

3. The Honeywell Home Smart Color Thermostat

Honeywell has been a player in the thermostat industry for ages, and that’s a good sign. It’s a reliable brand with years of experience going into their designs. The Honeywell Home line is their top choice as far as Alexa-compatible thermostats go. Their Smart Color Thermostat also comes with a display that works with your home’s decor.

You will need to have a solid wi-fi setup for this, but oh man, do you ever get good service! You can choose to get one with a leak detector, or just enjoy the basic setup that comes with a weather and humidity forecast. Oh, and the display is huge, for easy reading.

4. The Honeywell Home T5

Are you looking for a more compact model, but still want a lot of Honeywell’s reliability and functionality? Understandable. The Honeywell Home T5 is not the newest model of the line, but it still offers the Alexa compatibility you want with the sensitivity you would expect from Honeywell.

This is a smaller, more compact version of the standard Honeywell Home line’s offerings. This line is a good choice for people with smaller apartments, a need for simplicity, as well as people who just want something under the $150 mark that still does the trick.

5. The Emerson Sensi Touch

Emerson is another major competitor to Honeywell, and it’s just as good as the other three brands on here. This company’s claim to fame is a high efficiency thermostat that’s meant to conserve as much energy as possible. Their Energy Star rating means you can rest assured that you’ll save money on energy bills every month.

If you are looking for a touchpad thermostat that is all about energy efficiency, you’ll like the Sensi Touch line. This particular model requires a C-wire, but that’s actually pretty normal for Alexa-compatible thermostats. This line is super easy to install, with most homeowners able to install them within 30 minutes or less.

Related Guide: Emerson Thermostat Flashing Snowflake?

6. GLAS Smart Thermostat by Johnson Controls

If you’re like me, you like to have a certain elegance to the look of your home, and that can include your smart thermostat. Nest and the T5 both have gorgeous looks, but sometimes, you want more zazz. When you’re looking for a smart thermostat that looks as good as it works, check out GLAS.

Johnson Controls, like other names on this list, has been around for a while. This elegant model also offers air quality monitoring. While the app that works with Alexa may be a bit slower than others, it’s safe to say that having this in your home will definitely improve your overall vibe.

7. The ecobee Lite

Out of all of the smart thermostats we’ve found, it seems like ecobee is the most recent brand to really make the greats. As the “eco” part of the name suggests, this line is mostly meant to be an eco-friendly line that saves energy while looking chic. That’s why ecobee was named the Energy Star Partner of the Year.

The ecobee Lite is definitely the star of the show. With annual savings of around 23 percent for most homes, it’s safe to say that you’ll save a serious chunk of change from installing this. Of course, this is also a model that looks similar to many other companies’ offerings. For people who want a simple solution to their HVAC needs, the ecobee Lite is a great pick.

PS: Amazon owns ecobee.

8. iDevices Smart Thermostat

So, I totally understand why most people tend to want to stick to companies that are “mainstream” when it comes to thermostats. It’s a major part of your home’s HVAC setup. However, we’re going to point out that some newcomers to the smart thermostat game are worth checking out. One such company is iDevices.

The iDevices Smart Thermostat is one of the newest names on the list of desired smart thermostats. While it is Alexa-compatible, it isn’t as feature-filled as most of the other devices on this list. Though that’s not always good, there is a major reason why you might want to buy this one. It’s dirt cheap and reliable.

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Related Questions

What company owns ecobee?

If it seems like ecobee’s brand just popped out of nowhere, you might be a little right. This brand is actually owned by Amazon and is specially designed to work with Alexa. As a result, they created their first models and started aggressively marketing them. Even so, most people love their first shots.

Does Alexa have a built-in thermostat?

Oh, that would be awesome, wouldn’t it? Alexa is a smart home hub program that lets you manage your home’s settings via voice command. Though it may look like a thermostat, the standard Alexa device does not have a thermostat. In order for you to have a thermostat work, it would have to be plugged into your HVAC system as well as a source of electricity.So, while it may be feasible, it’s not logical for Alexa to have a built-in thermostat. However, you can get thermostats that have Alexa compatibility.

How much would it cost to install a smart thermostat in your home?

Smart thermostats alone can cost between $70 to $300 or more, depending on both the brand and the features you want to have included in them. On top of the price of the thermostat itself, you might need to pay for a technician to install it if you don’t feel comfortable doing it on your own.To get a smart thermostat installed professionally, you should expect to pay an additional $50 to $100. This makes the total price range for a smart thermostat installation between $70 to $400, depending on what you choose to buy and if you want a DIY approach.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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