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nest Learning Thermostat
 
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$250
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The nest Learning Thermostat is part of the thermostat test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, thermostat models like the Learning Thermostat are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


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Features & Specs - nest Learning Thermostat
info 7 day programmable Yes
info Warranty (yrs.) 5
info Graphic display Yes
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1.0
Software bugs shut down heat in winter
3/16/2014
Pros
Easy To Install
Nice Design
Wi-fi Convenienc
Cons
Mobile Apps Inconsistent
Sotware Bugs Kill Battery
Unreliable For Travelers
Best Uses
Comment:
Using Nest for a weekend house so we can manage, adjust, and monitor heat, esp. in winter. Had it more than a year and generally happy with it, although it takes some time to get used to its idiosyncrasies. <br /><br />Then, arrived at our weekend house and Nest had shut down and heat was off with freezing temperatures outside. Had to run out to buy a mini-USB cable to charge it-- still dead. Talked to two weak service reps who blamed the battery, although it is likely a software bug that drains the battery. Also, the unit is not designed so you can replace the battery; the entire unit must be replaced. Nor is it designed, as other electronic thermostats are, to maintain a minimum temp when batteries fail. Best they could do is send out a new unit. I had to put the old reliable Honeywell back in service. Not sure I will install the Nest they are sending.<br /><br />Embarrassed that we just recommended the Nest to friends who bought a weekend place, because their Nest unit failed in the same way.<br /><br />Overall, you are risking frozen pipes.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Nest is not Best
3/7/2014
Pros
Cons
Don't Stand By Product
They Lie
Best Uses
Doorstopper
Comment:
We sent them photos of wiring and had our installer call to find if we matched up well with Nest. We were all assured it was a fit. Turned out it didn't. The installer was at the house over four hours and was convinced someone would be able to help him get it to work. Didn't work out. Should change name to Burst...which rhymes with Worst.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Beware of AC-heating malfunction
3/5/2014
Pros
Convenient Remote Control
Cons
Ac Malfunction Is Costly
Best Uses
Comment:
Initially the NEST was a great option for a vacation home, allowing us to check on temperature remotely and heat the house before arrival. Loved the Nest<br /><br />However we have experienced a very expensive malfunction - twice in as many years (the second in the replacement unit) Something seems to short out causing the next to run both the air and the heat at the same time in the winter. Because we are not always there, this is a very costly waste of energy. If not caught soon enough it also damages the heating unit (further costs in terms of repair and time)<br /><br />In my opinion, this unit should not be used in a vacation home. It is both a little too smart, but a little too erratic to be left Home Alone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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