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Lux TX9600TS
 
Approximate retail price:
$70
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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
significantly inaccurate temp readings
11/12/2013
Pros
Big display
Easy To Read Temp
Generally Large Buttons
Cons
Backlight time too short
Inaccurate temp reading
Noisy Backlight
Best Uses
Comment:
We purchased this unit from Lowe's as our previous thermostat died. This unit was priced well and seems to have good features for the money.<br /><br />The NUMBER ONE problem is that the temperature reading of the room is off by approximately 4 degrees RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. We had 4 other different thermometers placed in the immediate area overnight and they were checked often and the Lux unit was always 3-4 degrees too high. We even put 2 of them on the wall right next to the Lux to make sure it wasn't the wall affecting things. On rare instances the unit would get within 2 degrees too high but this was fleeting, and likely due to rounding more than anything (the other thermometers displayed temps to the 1/10th decimal place). This slight variance though only made me more concerned that the temperature variance was not even linear! Ugh.<br /><br />Yes, I know there is a calibration function in the menu. We set that to -4 and it was closer, but again the seemingly non-linearity issue kept showing up. So we decided to return the unit thinking it was defective. I swapped the unit for an identical model from a different Lowe's so as to not get one from a potentially entire bad batch. Put this unit in and it's exactly the same problem.<br /><br />While we could just set the calibration and call it a day and not worry about it, it bothers me that something like this can be so VERY far off. Thermistors in these devices should be pretty accurate and it doesn't give me a lot of faith when a company that makes things that regulate your house temperature can't even come close to properly calibrating the most basic component of the device. It's like a faucet that only outputs half-flow even though you have the valve open all the way, or an oven that is actually at 350 when you set it to 400 (yes I know this happens).<br /><br />Aside from the above the unit is okay. It's not amazing. The backlight is bright enough but makes an annoying high-pitched whine while it's lit. It only stays lit for about 10 seconds which isn't really long enough but not the end of the world. One other significant design issue though is that to turn on the backlight to read it at night you simply have to touch the screen, but doing so can select menus or change settings if you touch the wrong parts. So you have to know specifically _where_ to touch if you want to read it in the dark (while heading to the kitchen for a midnight snack) or risk changing things. They should make it so the first touch for the light doesn't select or something.<br /><br />But in the end, it's all about accuracy, and this unit fails to instill confidence.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Great choice!
1/11/2013
Pros
Easy instructions
Easy to program
Great price
Simple to Install
Simple to use
Simple Wiring Instruction
Cons
None that I have found
Best Uses
Temperature Turn-down At
Comment:
I have a very simple four zone boiler system with baseboard hot water heat. I had a 25 year old Honeywell manual thermostat on the first floor and wanted something to be able to automatically turn the heat down at night and back on in the morning. I have a two-wire 24V system and that's as easy as you can get. I really wanted something that was cost effective for what I needed and didn't need all the bells and whistles found in the $200 - $300 thermostats. This thermostat fit the bill perfectly. It actually has many of the same bells and whistles in the much more expensive thermostats, and all for under $70.00. I have no complaints and found this to be an excellent choice.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Decent programmable thermostat
11/28/2012
Pros
Easy To Install
Flexible
Inexpensive
Cons
No Attached Crib Sheet
Programming Not Clear
Best Uses
Comment:
The old programmable thermostats in the house we <br />recently bought were both acting strangely, so we<br />turned to CR for advice on replacements. Given that<br />we do not need WiFi control, or other remote or <br />computerized setup options; the highly-rated,<br />relatively inexpensive Lux TX9600TS seemed a good fit<br />for our needs.<br /><br />The 9600s were easy to install with one caveat: there<br />is a Gas/Elec slide switch that is incorrectly<br />described in the text of the installation instruction<br />booklet. The accompanying diagram is correct, however;<br />at least that diagram matches the labels on the circuit<br />board itself.<br /><br />Speaking of the booklet -- don't loose it or throw it<br />away! You will need it to program the thermostat; <br />there are no instructions on the device itself, and <br />the function of some of the options is not obvious.<br />For example, to step through the setup and programming<br />options, we are asked to use a Scroll button. With<br />the booklet in hand, all is clear. But loose the<br />booklet, and forget what Scroll means -- you'll soon<br />be lost in a cascading menu system.<br /><br />However, once you have set your programs (one for <br />heating, a second for cooling), the thermostat works<br />flawlessly. Overriding a programmed setting is easy,<br />and the thermostat can hold any setting indefinitely,<br />too. You can also set the swing, and calibrate the<br />thermometer, though both our thermostats read<br />accurately right out of the box, so you probably won't<br />have to do this.<br /><br />All in all, this thermostat deserves its Best Buy<br />rating. But, gosh -- I sure wouldn't mind a swing-down<br />door with a brief operating/programming guide like the<br />old thermostats had. Don't loose the booklet!
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Lux TX9600TS is part of the Thermostats test program at Consumer Reports. The Lux TX9600TS Thermostats features and specs include 7 day programmable, Graphic display, Warranty (yrs.). In our lab tests, Thermostats models like the Lux TX9600TS are reviewed on Overall score, Display, Ease of use. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Lux TX9600TS based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Lux TX9600TS include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Lux TX9600TS.
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