"We needed to design a new thermostat that was more approachable and simpler - to look at, to install, to use - but saves the same amount of energy and is more affordable", Veron said. We got a chance to see it ahead of its announcement and have some initial thoughts. There's the sleek, futuristic look of the Learning Thermostat and the pale, white Thermostat E, which nearly fades into the background. This is achieved in part due to the ambient light sensor that was integrated with the display so it senses when to emit more light and when not to. Along with the new look, the device also features a frosted display - which is created to blend into the home by letting light out but not letting it in - and more simple scheduling. It's for the vast majority of the thermostat buying population that doesn't really want anyone noticing the little doodad that keeps their house warm.
While a cheaper thermostat is not the flashy new product many Nest fans have been hoping for, it could be a lucrative move for the company.
Nest has now unveiled a more consumer-friendly smart thermostat that won't break your bank. Additionally, it comes with a pre-set schedule on when it turns off, which can save energy. Meanwhile, they've dropped a few wiring connections inside that Nest says will limit compatibility to around 85% of U.S. houses rather than 95% - so if you've already checked if the original model will work with your place, you might want to check again here.
The Thermostat E, meanwhile, is meant to blend in. It will also alert you if there's a problem with your cooling or heating system. That includes support for Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant, though users of Apple's HomeKit platform are still out of luck. And it works with plenty of third-party connected devices and services, like Philips Hue lighting and If This Then That (IFTTT) recipes. Nest estimates that this reduction means that the E will be compatible with around 85 per cent of systems in the USA, where the original is compatible with 95 per cent.
The Thermostat E costs only $169.
To make the Nest Thermostat E more forgettable, Nest has hidden its display behind a frosted glass that blocks some light from coming through. Nest's power-saving aspirations are valuable and important, and the company's uniquely able to do things like automatically manage the power surges and dips caused by a solar eclipse. Check back soon for a full review.