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The Top 5 Thermostats For A Smart Home

Lyric Round

A smart thermostat is important. It only monitor and control your home’s temperature from your smartphone, PC or tablet. But it can help reduce your energy bill too. That’s because these devices can monitor temperature and humidity inside and outside your home. They can record your comings and goings, and tailor heating and cooling cycles accordingly. But choosing a perfect thermostat for your smarthome can become a task. Today, we are presenting you with the top 5 thermostats of 2017.

Lyric Round:

On the top of the best thermostats we have Honeywell’s Lyric Thermostat. It is smart thermostat you can control using your smartphone. You can control the Lyric Round from anywhere, or let it manage your comfort and savings automatically. There’s no learning curve or no rigid scheduling. It has a round, polished glass face. It comes with a motion-sense illumination and a touch-screen with a beautiful design. With intelligent comfort control, the temperature feels just right, all the time. The new Lyric Round Thermostat is fully compatible with Apple HomeKit, Samsung SmartThings, and other ecosystems. Lyric can send you notifications when the humidity changes, and if the temperature is too high or too low. In the center is a small, circular touch screen that shows the temperature. Just above that is a smaller, arc-shaped screen. It indicates if the Lyric is heating or cooling, and what temperature it’s trying to reach. A small circle at the top of the Lyric app shows the current temperature in your house or apartment. It has a blue background to indicate if the Lyric is in cooling mode. While it will have an amber background if it’s in heating mode. While controlling your thermostat via a smartphone app is convenient, the next step for such devices is connecting to a home automation network. Lyric Thermostat makes use of your smartphone and geofencing cleverly to turn itself on and off.

Microsoft GLAS:

Microsoft GLAS

On the second position, we have the GLAS from Microsoft. It redesigns how spaces are understood and controlled. In building this device, Johnson Controls paired up with Microsoft technology. GLAS is very easy to use. It brings leading energy savings and air quality monitoring to everyday spaces. This display allows you to check the temperature, air quality, energy usage, and even calendar information. You will be able to interact with it using Microsoft’s voice assistant. GLAS will depend upon Microsoft’s Windows 10 IoT Core operating system. It is probably the first thermostats to feature a Cortana integration. It will determine whether or not you are in the room and make adjustments accordingly. The GLAS thermostat is one of the newest devices using Microsoft’s Cortana Devices SDK. This allows third-party hardware manufacturers to add in the voice-activated AI to new devices.

Eve Degree:

Eve Degree
The Eve Degree feels like a cheaper variant of Eve Weather. Eve Degree tracks temperature and humidity with unrivaled precision. It has a small design and it also includes an LCD display. Eve Degree is palm-sized. It is probably the tiniest of Elgato’s temperature sensors. The Eve Degree has a square-shaped body and is made up anodized aluminium. There is a temperature readout that makes it easy to see the room’s temperature. You don’t even need an app to check. It is very stylish and able to blend in with a range of decors. Plus it’s light so it’s easier to mount on a wall if desired. The set up takes less than a minute. Eve Degree connects directly to your iPhone or iPad, so you can view eye-opening graphs by day, month, or year. The app is simple, straightforward, and easy to use. When using the app, it takes just a couple of seconds to connect and get a temperature reading. The Degree takes awhile to adjust its temperature readings. Its HomeKit integration is frustrating and it’s not easy to imagine people paying $70 for a sensor.



Ecobee4 smart thermostat comes with built-in Amazon Alexa voice services. The Ecobee4’s design isn’t very convincing. But it has a touchscreen display that is easy to use and fast to respond. The Ecobee4 relies on a remote sensor. The sensor is complete with temperature and motion/proximity detection. It’s also a nice accessory for tracking rooms with hot or cold spots. Ecobee4 has embedded microphones with far-field voice recognition and a speaker engineered for clear voice and full sound. A Power Extender Kit (PEK) comes with your Ecobee4. Ecobee thermostats are hardwired, which means your thermostat isn’t relying on a battery or your HVAC equipment to charge itself. Connecting your Ecobee4 to Wi-Fi is as easy as downloading the related app for Android and iPhone. But it has one limitation. It doesn’t have Amazon’s Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) feature. So it will respond to your command even if other Alexa speakers are nearby.

Lyrics T5:

Lyrics T5
The Lyric T5 comes with silvery-plastic beveled sides and a black front. You can’t twist the T5 to change the temperature, because the design here is rigid. The Lyric T5 is very easy. First, you have to install a baseplate on your wall. You then connect the wires leading from your HVAC system to the base plate. Then attach the front of the thermostat to the baseplate. If you use the Lyric app, the thermostat will start broadcasting a Wi-Fi signal for you to connect to from your phone. Then, the app automatically connects the thermostat to your home Wi-Fi network. The T5 uses the same app as the Lyric Round. The Honeywell Lyric T5 is great for those who don’t want to pay too much for a smart thermostat. Its best feature is its geofencing. It will automatically turn the heat or air on when it senses you’re getting close to your house.


The above mentioned thermostats are some of the best available in the market currently. Make sure your home stays at the optimum temperature with these smart thermostats.