Skip to main content

Amazon’s Smart Thermostat lets Alexa choose the best temp

Amazon is finally hopping on the smart thermostat train. Revealed at the company’s annual fall conference, the Amazon Smart Thermostat, produced in collaboration with Honeywell, will sell for $60.

Compatible with most residential 24-volt HVAC systems, this Energy-Star certified thermostat will go toe-to-toe with the likes of Google Nest, Ecobee, and other competitors. But compared to the rest, Amazon’s offering looks to be one of the cheapest smart thermostats on the market, period. And once you add in things like energy provider rebates and other savings tools, it becomes clear just how great of an investment the Amazon Smart Thermostat could be.

Amazon Smart Thermostat hanging on wall.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Like all things Amazon, Alexa runs the show with the Smart Thermostat. Similar to Google Nest, Alexa will use geofencing and other algorithmic AI tools, in addition to Hunches, to provide a super-intuitive temperature experience. Let’s say that after several weeks of operating the thermostat, Alexa is able to memorize when you’re away for work. This means that without you having to do a thing, Alexa will be able to automatically run your HVAC at an idol temp for when you’re vacant, and then switch over to something more cozy and optimized when you return home.

We’re also big fans of the rather straightforward design and touchscreen interface. It’s not visually bold by any means, and that’s just the point. The Amazon Smart Thermostat will have an easy time blending in with most home decor and wall colors. It’s also near-impossible to not understand exactly how to use the thermostat, simply by looking at it. A main temperature indicator is front-and-center, with up/down buttons for adjustments — and that’s pretty much it. We’re sure that customizations and other settings will be a bit more extensive through the Alexa app, but we can’t confirm that just yet.

Amazon Smart Thermostat hanging on wall.

Smart thermostats are one of the best investments you can make for your residence, allowing you to save considerable amounts of money on your monthly energy bill. While we’ve yet to experience the Amazon Smart Thermostat firsthand, it looks like the $60 device will be an excellent addition to Amazon’s already extensive library of web-connected hardware.

Michael Bizzaco
Michael Bizzaco has been writing about and working with consumer tech for well over a decade, writing about everything from…
Echo Hub vs. Echo Show 15: Which is the best smart home gadget?
Amazon Fire TV on Echo Show 15.

The Echo Hub might look like a smart display, but it actually falls into a category of smart home products known as smart control panels. Unlike smart displays, which are jack-of-all-trades entertainment hubs, control panels are designed to give you enhanced control over the rest of your smart home. That's an important distinction, and it's one of the main differences between the Echo Hub and Echo Show 15.

But is the Echo Hub or Echo Show 15 better for your smart home? Here's everything you need to know before making a purchase.
Pricing and design

Read more
The 6 best Echo Hub tips and tricks
The Echo Hub on a stand.

Amazon's first smart control panel, the Echo Hub, is officially here. It's not without a few quirks, but it offers a great way to access all your smart home gadgets in one unified location. Thousands of products can be connected to the panel, and with full Matter support, it's a relatively future-proofed device. If you're looking to get the most out of your new control panel, here's a look at the six best Echo Hub tips and tricks to optimize its performance.
Customize your Echo Hub home screen before you do anything else

There are tons of ways to modify your Echo Hub home screen. After syncing all your smart home devices, you can create a variety of tiles for the home screen that give you quick access to all your features. Take some time to create widgets, shortcuts, and other tiles for your most-used devices and actions, as it'll streamline your smart home and save you the hassle of digging through menus.
Check out all the privacy settings
Like all things Alexa, there are plenty of privacy settings for you to tinker with on the Echo Hub. While the control panel benefits from a microphone button and the option to delete voice recordings, you can also dig into other Alexa settings to ensure your privacy is respected.
Launch Routines directly from the Echo Hub

Read more
Echo Hub vs. Echo Show 8: Which is the best option for your smart home?
An Echo Hub mounted on the wall near a living room.

The Echo Hub and Echo Show 8 (3rd Gen) are two of the newest products to join the Amazon catalog. Both are designed with large touchscreens and make it easy to access the Alexa voice assistant, connected smart gadgets, and your favorite apps. But while the two share a few similarities, there are big differences between the Echo Hub and Echo Show 8.

Here's a closer look at the Echo Hub and Echo Show 8 to help you decide which is best for your smart home.
Pricing and design

Read more