Can the new miGenie smart thermostat beat better known rivals?Our first impressions of the miGenie thermostat

12 March 2016

Drayton Controls miGenie

Can the Drayton miGenie live up to other smart thermostats?

Drayton Controls has launched a new smart thermostat to take on Hive and Nest - but how does the miGenie match up to its better known rivals? 

Smart thermostats, which allow you to control your heating and hot water from your phone or tablet, are becoming increasingly popular.

One of the newest on the market is the Drayton miGenie. If you're looking to buy a smart thermostat, you'll probably be tempted by its claim to 'make smart simple'. 

But is it any good? Our energy expert tried it out in her home so we can tell you what it's like to install and use. 

Read the full first look Drayton miGenie review to find out more. 

miGenie smart thermostat features revealed

Drayton's miGenie smart thermostat comes in three different packages, offering different levels of control: 

  • Wish 1 is suitable for combi boilers. It costs £149.99
  • Wish 2 has a dual channel controller, meaning you can control your heating and hot water separately. It costs £159.99
  • Wish 3 has a multi-channel controller with two room thermostats, meaning you can set different temperatures in different parts of your home. It costs £219.99

It claims to be 'the perfect combination of familiarity and innovation', boasting its standard backplate lets you upgrade your controls in minutes, with units that are ready to go out of the box. 

So how does it specifications match up to its better known rivals? Check out all of our smart thermostat reviews.

Smart thermostats to rival Hive and Nest 

Smart thermostats vary widely in price - we've tested ones starting from as little as about £128 ranging to about £279.

Smart thermostats also vary in the features they offer. Hive, for example, comes with geo-tracking - which means it can switch your heating on when you're near home. Nest claims to be able to learn your routine, and sends you a monthly report on your energy usage. 

Before you buy a smart thermostat, check out our smart thermostat comparison table to see how the different makes and models compare.

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