Nest Learning thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat (and Nest smart thermostat E) are designed to adapt to your routine, setting your heating automatically.
This could be a useful feature, but doesn’t necessarily make it the best thermostat for you, or indeed better than cheaper options.
Thermostats from top brands such as Tado, Hive and Honeywell also sell smart thermostats with a range of features that are also on the Nest smart thermostats. These include
Depending on the features you want, you may find one smart thermostat stands out from the crowd.
We've tested Tado smart thermostats, as well as Hive, Honeywell and Netatmo devices in our lab to see how they compare to Nest smart thermostats on specs and performance.
So what separates a Tado smart thermostat from Nest Learning thermostat? Is Hive a better brand to go with than Honeywell?
The main thing that separates the main smart thermostat brands are the features they offer.
The table compares the main smart thermostats available in the UK.
|Name||Score||Hot water Control||Installation||Compatible with||Features|
|Yes||Professional||Google Home||Learns your routine, GPS tracking, Frost protection, Weather responsive|
|No||Self or Professional||Google Home||Learns your routine, GPS tracking, Frost protection, Weather responsive|
|Optional extra||Professional||Amazon Echo, Hive Hub||GPS tracking, Frost Protection, Hive Heating Plus (inc. personalized budgets and energy savings tips for additional annual payment)|
|Optional extra||Professional||Google Home, Amazon Echo||Learns your routine, Frost Protection, Touchscreen display|
|Professional||Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit||GPS tracking, Frost protection, Touchscreen display|
|No||Professional||Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit||GPS tracking, Frost protection, Touchscreen display|
|No||Self or Professional||Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit||Learns your routine, Frost Protection|
Nest is owned by Google, so all its products are compatible with Google Home, as well as other products such as Fitbit smart watches and Philips Hue smart lighting. You can often buy a Nest Thermostat with a Nest mini or Google Home device in a bundle.
Nest might be best known for its smart thermostats, but there are many more products in the Nest family. You can add to your collection the Nest Cam that send live videos to your phone, that records in HD, smart alarm systems, a lock that can be opened remotely and a that tests itself automatically.
Like Nest, Hive also offers a range of devices you can incorporate into your smart home, including the which lets you control temperature room by room, offering even greater savings than the Hive smart thermostat on its own.
There is also the for a livestream of your home, smart lighting, smart plugs (that you can schedule to switch themselves off at certain times) and sensors that alert you to doors and windows opening while you’re away.
They’re all connected with the Hive Hub, which is installed at the same time as your smart thermostat.
It also offers other Evohome products including an underfloor heating controller and a security bundle that comes with a selection of intrusion sensors, sirens and security cameras.
Tado launched its smart thermostat in the UK in 2013. It’s concerned with saving energy and cutting down your monthly bills, and even offers a money-back guarantee if you haven’t made savings.
Tado compatible with a range of smart home systems, such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
Created in 2011, Netatmo first launched its smart thermostat two years later. Designed to save energy without compromising your comfort , the app asks you five questions when you first install the thermostat and from this creates a heating schedule you can then tweak.
If you wanted even more, Netatmo offers smart door and window sensors to alert you if one has been opened, a weather station to monitor your home's climate and an air quality monitor to help you provide healthy air in your home. Find out more about .