The Ecobee 3 Lite is Ecobee's latest attempt to blow the Nest line of learning thermostats out of their position as the smart thermostats that all the cool kids want on their walls. The 3 Lite's most competitive feature is that it's cheap, in a range comparable to the Emerson Sensi or the Honeywell 9590 WiFi with Voice Control, but it has fewer features than the non-lite version of the Ecobee3. Most importantly, it lacks the more expensive model's ability to sense what room you're in and direct the heat there instead of to the rooms where only ghosts and heated bowls of fish hang out. On the other hand, it comes with a smartphone app and the ability to network with a wide variety of whole-home integration systems, so if you have one of the systems on their list, this could be a powerful addition to your smart home. If you don't, you'll have to spend extra to get that kind of integration.
The list of systems that it integrates with is impressive: the Amazon Echo, Apple Homekit, Samsung SmartThings, Wink and IFTTT. If you go to your nearby Home Depot they'll even have some of these systems and a bevy of the devices they network with on display in a prominent endcap, probably at the front of the store. God forbid they should lose the opportunity to tempt you into dropping a substantial portion of your paycheck on converting your home into a beehive of smart devices that talk to themselves and your smartphone on a 24/7 schedule. Of course, you can also buy all of these things online.
The Ecobee 3 Lite is also quite pretty, perhaps even prettier than the Nest, though as the saying goes, prettiness is in the eye of the beholder (or the consumer). The 3 Lite gets strong notices from professional reviewers and could be an inexpensive way to buy into the smart thermostat market. Or an expensive way to enter 21st century electronic living.
It was an easy install...It’s a good thermostat and does a lot...does work with my iPhone well...I also like the energy reports.
The user interface is perfect! It was simple, clear and just worked...I can control times and temperatures, the device watches local weather reports to prepare for changes!
"Smart" is a bit of a stretch for the Ecobee3 Lite, since it doesn't rely on activity-tracking sensors or any other sort of adaptive tech to learn your routine.
Responsive, simple to program and seriously in tune with today's smart home market.
It works great with Siri and HomeKit and it is the only product out there to have remote sensors which are a great feature.
Easy to install and even easier to use. Learning the program was very easy without reading the instructions. Very nice being able to control from mobile device.
Installation here is fairly straightforward...process is well-documented -- suitable for anyone who already considers themselves somewhat handy.
Help customers lower their heating and cooling costs...can also be controlled on the go with an easy-to-use mobile app.