Nest Unveils Cheaper, Redesigned Thermostat E

Nettie James
September 1, 2017

The design of this thermostat has been made in a way that the users can simply buy it and forget while it has all the benefits coming with intelligence. They wanted a thermostat that did thermostat things, invisibly and well.

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.

The E trades in the third-generation Nest Thermostat's iconic black and silver look for a more approachable design that places an emphasis on soft pastel colours. That's also why Nest isn't calling this one a "Learning Thermostat" like the previous model, even though the two are functionally identical. Most people don't want a thermostat to be a focal point in their homes, however.

The Thermostat E can detect whether anyone is home and turn on or off accordingly.

The new Nest Thermostat E sells for $169, $80 less than its original device. Ultimately, you'll leave it alone, and let your thermostat regulate your home for you. To that end, it also drops some of its nice extras: it won't be moonlighting as a clock in its downtime, for starters, and while it still works with 85% of U.S. households, a pruning of the wiring means that's a 10% decline from the third generation Nest. That requires a lot of new Nest customers.

A favorite of early tech adopters, the smooth wall-mounted disk was a conversation piece as much as a heating and cooling device.

The lower-priced E is "going to essentially double the market for those products", Kerber said. They could have swapped the easy cable-clamp mechanism for a screw-on cap, or ripped out the processor and done away with all the machine-learning stuff altogether. "It's everything our customers have come to know and love from Nest thermostats with a renewed focus on user simplicity and control". The cover's in the box, and he's ultimately happy about that.

To reach a wider audience, Nest is focusing on how a smart thermostat can save money. It does not include a c-wire connector, which won't be an issue for most homes according to the company. But the company has moved slowly. Thermostat E will also work with the existing Nest App, as well as Amazon Echo and Google Home.

The smart thermostats do work. This can be easily managed directly from the Nest app.

The Nest thermostat wants to shake off its reputation as a high-tech luxury item.

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