The Nest Learning Thermostats are known for their clean, stylish designs, but the Nest Thermostat E makes the company's three previous models look ornate and cluttered. Like the well-known home screen of Google (the company that owns Nest), the face of the Nest E is a study in white-on-white, interrupted only by the temperature, a small green leaf that appears when you've set the thermostat to an energy-saving setting, and a faint Nest logo that looks embossed but is actually flush with the rest of the unit's face. Put the E on a white wall, and it will practically disappear. If you want a clean thermostat design, it'll be hard to find one sleeker than this.
The E is less expensive than the Learning Thermostats but still has most of their features. It can be controlled from your smartphone with the Nest app; it will save energy, thus reducing your electric bill and helping to save the planet; and it's extremely easy to use. (Nest claims that the "E" stands for easy.) To adjust the temperature accordingly, it knows when you are sleeping and knows when you're awake. (It does not, however, know if you've been bad or good; you're thinking of Santa Claus.) Some users complain that the low-contrast display is hard to read, but that's probably a matter of taste. It will also turn the temperature down when it detects that you and your smartphone have left the house, unless you tell it not to. (If you're leaving children or pets behind, you might prefer to keep your home warm in your absence.)
Nest claims that the E's design was inspired by the notion that homes have too much technology in them; it's deliberately intended to look unobtrusive, more like a subtle watercolor painting that fades into the background than a gee-whiz gadget that thrusts itself in the owner's face. This isn't a design aesthetic that's going to appeal to everyone, but if you're looking for tech that doesn't look like tech, the E is worth checking out. If not, there's always the Nest Learning 3rd Generation, the Ecobee4 or the Momit Smart.
Easy installation, was done in 30 minutes. Wall plate included was very helpful since I was replacing an older Honeywell wide thermostat.
Feels surprisingly sleek for plastic. The only complaint I have is that the screen is slightly frosted, which lowers the contrast, making the text less clear.
Can automatically adjust the temperature in the house depending of the time of day, and can also sense when people are not in the house and adjust things accordingly.
The simplified interface is really nice, although the display itself looks a bit fuzzy...can also be controlled through a smartphone app.
It comes set to a basic schedule...it’s only meant to tell you the temperature now, rather than doing fancy things like acting like a clock in its downtime.