The two most affordable connected Thermostat I’ve tried are the Amazon Smart and the Wyze. Both variants are less than $100 and may be operated with an app or voice commands. So, which one is the most appropriate for you? We’ve put together a side-by-side comparison below so you can examine the main differences and decide which smart is best for your budget. The Amazon Smart is available for for $60.
The Thermostat, mounting hardware and tools, and an optional wall plate to cover old paint and holes are all included in the price. You’ll need Amazon’s C-wire adaptor if your current wiring doesn’t include a C-wire. Unlike most manufacturers, Amazon does not ship with a C-wire adapter. It’s available as a combo with the Thermostat for $75 or alone for $30. Installing a C-wire adapter, like all C-wire adapters, requires some additional electrical work, but Amazon outlines the steps in the Alexa app.
The Amazon Smart Thermostat is simple to install and manage using the Alexa app, and it boasts a minimalist design with an easy-to-use touchscreen display. It also works with Alexa voice commands, although Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit aren’t supported. This model received an Editors’ Choice Award for its low price, quality design, and ease of connection with the Alexa app and Alexa voice commands.
The Wyze will set you back $71. Along with the Thermostat, you’ll get installation hardware and tools, as well as an optional wall plate and C-wire adaptor. The Wyze is installed and configured using the Wyze app, which includes a full instruction. After the first setup, the app makes it simple to alter the temperature of your, establish routines, and monitor your existing settings.