There are a vast number of choices when it comes to touchscreen thermostats. They have become an integral part of home comfort and living. Some of the models might look expensive at first but their functionality makes them good for long term purchase. Let us look at the creme de la creme of touch screen thermostats and give the lowdown on their features and performance. In this reviews, I have reviewed many touchscreen room thermostats(some of them are wifi touch screen thermostats).
1. EcoBee Smart Thermostat with full-colour touch screen
This is a high IQ smart device with powerful Internet functionality. The product promises to trim out the rough edges on your electricity consumption bill by continuously adjusting the thermostat parameters. It has a large colors screen giving all the tools of functionality. The device has a built-in WiFi which allows it to adjust settings anytime anywhere. There is an easy web portal, cool mobile apps, and live weather information. The device is quite software heavy and requires frequent software updates.The device can be adjusted remotely through a secure web portal. Let us quickly go through the main product features before we dive further into the performance aspect-
• Full-colour touch screen
• Secure personal web portal
• DataRhythm Technology
• Free software updates
• Live weather information
• Mobile apps to control HVAC remotely.
• Downloadable IQ energy reports
• Automatic reminders and alerts
• Two dry contact points
• WiFi enabled for Remote administration anytime anywhere through mobiles or computers.
• Personalized programming for better energy consumption through an easy user interface.
The long list of features make the device quite potent in handling ambient climate control but it also needs a continuous broadband Internet connection. The installation is a tad bit difficult because of the large panel size which needs to be between your furnace and thermostat.The personalized programming is quite accurate and users can expect 20 to 30% reduction in their energy consumption. The mobile app interface is also similar to the thermostat interface which makes it much easier to program. If you purchase this device be ready for some tech jargon because the programming is quite intricate. The home IQ report helps you pinpoint your thermostat settings when you have the knowledge of how your performance on a monthly basis. EcoBee has a self-rating standard which can judge your home climate control efficiency. If you get a high rating that means that things are a choc a bloc and do not need much change but for a low rating, free upgrades are recommended. It is a good idea to look at all the manuals given at the Ecobee website before purchase to see the level of technical requirements.
Yes, this is an expensive device and needs a proper understanding of the technical terms but its accuracy is due to save up on your electricity bill with its Personal programming capability. Some users may find the touchscreen user interface too cumbersome and would prefer a simple design. The mobile app, however, is very easy to use and effective. On the whole, it is a good purchase for someone looking for a quality product.
2.Honeywell smart wifi touch screen thermostat
The Honeywell W1 smart touch screen thermostat is a sleek device which can be made to look good with any kind of surrounding decor. It comes with a great mobile app and web portal connectivity to make it easily accessible from any location. The device comes loaded with features, let us go through them briefly before we go for a full analysis-
• It has a color display which can be adjusted according to the surroundings
• It has a fully Programmable model to save on energy costs.
• Honeywell Total Connect comfort service helps you monitor the settings anytime anywhere
• The display also gives a humidity reading.
• The touch screen can be password protected.
• Mobile app is suitable for all IOS and Android devices.
• It has an advanced fan control option
• Compatible with thermostat with 110 V or higher rating
For the price it is offered at, this device definitely looks like a good option. It covers most of the required functionality and is quite robust in design. Especially for users who are not interested in complex technical specifications and like a basic control model will like to work with the simple and sleek design of Honeywell W1 touch screen thermostat. It comes with flexible scheduling options which help in energy conservation throughout the day. It has a smart response technology which gathers the heating and cooling cycle of the thermostat to come up with the best temperature settings. Thankfully the color of the touchscreen can be changed according to the decor because it could have been a possible eyesore to have a large panel with an awkward color. The important parameter to make the temperature setting is the humidity, which plays an important role in the determining the optimum temperature for a room. The WiFi and the mobile app work great when remotely monitoring the device.The Total Connect Comfort app is very easy to use and accident for remote monitoring of the system it also tells you if the thermostat has gone offline.
This is a fine product and is reasonably priced, for the average users, they will find the features quite satisfactory. There are however some reports of device problems where their customer support hasn’t been very effective, but the issues were all resolvable.
3. Lux Touch Screen Seven-Day Programmable Thermostat
It is the quintessential basic, no fancy thermostat control unit. It is a snazzy little control panel device which just might fit the need for a basic user. The color, however, is totally white and the screen has a simple digital look which may or may not suit the preferences of the user. As the name foretells it has 7-day user defined program. The screen even though it is basic and simple does have a touch screen operation. Let us see what this little device packs-
• It has 7-day programming setting with 4 periods per day.
• The user interface is a simple and easy to use
• It has a default approved star energy program
• It has a 2 minute or 5-minute delay
The device is easy to use and economical, it can practically pay for itself in terms of energy saving cost in the first year of use. It is easily compatible with the most of heating and cooling systems, the installation is also quite simple and can be done by the user. The programming is quite straight forward and can be easily done through the touch screen display. The user can set the there daily heating and cooling pattern through the interface which allows for different periods for a 24-hour cycle. The program can also be set according to the day of the week. Just with these simple settings, the Lux touch screen thermostat can give savings of up to 30% on the power bill. The keypad can be locked out for better security.
If you are looking for a manually programmed touch screen thermostat then the Lux 7 day Programmable thermostat is a good option. It is reasonably priced and gives easy usability. If you are looking for a more features rich thermostat device then there are several other options available albeit at a higher price.
4. Honeywell 7-Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat
Honeywell has also come up with it’s a seven-day touch screen Programmable thermostat device, just like other small size devices in the market it can do it’s part in a basic and efficient manner. The look is very simplistic in nature and all the key functions are mapped out in the main menu. The display has a neon green color and the menu titles are quite small. The price still is above the $100 mark, this may be due to the Honeywell brand name which promises a more durable and long-lasting device, but is it really enough when compared to the competition, let us take a closer look-
• It has a large touchscreen display with a back light.
• It has Smart Response Technology which calculates the amount of time it takes to reach the desired temperature and accordingly make settings for the future
• The 7 Day program can withstand power outages
• The device can be programmed for each day of the week which can be divided into 4 periods.
• The device is easy to program with words being used rather than symbols.
The device is quite easy to install and is compatible with the most heating and cooling systems. The company also gives out a one year warranty on the product. They take the Honeywell name into account when putting a price on this device. There are some alerts in the system like the filter change alert which tells you when is the time to change the filter so that the fans are working at their optimum level. The back light display is easy to read even when there is no light in the surrounding or even if the area is very well lit. The device automatically adjusts for daylight saving.
Even though we found the device slightly on the expensive side it does give a robust performance. The design is easy to use and very clear in the interface. If you are looking for a device which gives 7-day programming then you will be quite satisfied with the Honeywell 7-day Programmable touch screen thermostat.
5. Honeywell RTH7600D Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
Compared with the sister device the RTH8500D, the Honeywell RTH7600 D touchscreen thermostat is a further simplification which gives a basic functionality expected from a touch screen thermostat. Saying so, it is slightly less expensive than its higher functioning model. For users who just want the plain and simple device from which they can regulate their ambient temperature without much sophistication then this is a device to be considered.
• The panel is made of plastic.
• It has a seven-day Programmable temperature control which can be easily set from the user interface.
• The installation procedure is simple.
• It has a backlit touchscreen
• It is resistant to power outages where the programming and time settings are retained.
Looking at the key features of the device one can say that it offers almost the similar features from its sister Honeywell device the RTH8500D. The unit also is much smaller and can fit anywhere on the wall without attracting too much attention. The backlight is easily visible in dim or bright conditions. The product claims that it can save up to 33% in energy consumption for the year but in actual practice, the value is more likely to be between 15 to 20%. Which is not bad when you consider the price of the product which most likely will be reimbursed in the first year itself.The device is also highly accurate in operation where the exact temperature settings are reached.
We somehow feel that this is a better choice than the previous Honeywell RTH 8500D when you look at the price and the functionality offered it does make a better argument. Of course, if you are looking for a feature-rich device then it will be better to look further, but in terms of a robust device with basic functionality, this device works well.
6. Honeywell RET97C0D1005/U 7-Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat
Honeywell has another card up its sleeve in the touch screen Programmable thermostat line of devices. The RET97C touch screen Programmable thermostat, it is simple easy to use and universally compatible. The display is quite basic with a backlit LED. The device is good in providing the basic functionality of a 7-day programming setting and response measurement.
Let us take a look at the main points of this device and see whether it is worth its value-
• It has a backlit neon green display which continuously gives the temperature and current time display.
• The temperature settings are accurate to within 1F degree setting
• The smart response technology helps in better settings to shorten the time taken for reaching the desired the temperature.
• It has a 7 day Programmable thermostat which can be divided into 4 periods per day.
• It has a filter change reminder and a low battery indicator
The Honeywell RET97 Is quite a basic device but has a strong functionality model. One of the main strong points of Honeywell devices is the use of highly accurate sensors which help in exact temperature settings. This can be particularly useful when using this device in an area where a precise temperature needs to be maintained. The smart response technology is very useful in determining the time lag in putting the temperature value and the temperature change of the room. The company gives a 1-year warranty for the product.
In terms of basic functionality, the Honeywell RET97 checks all the main boxes. It has one of the best accuracies of all the touch screen thermostat devices and it is a long lasting product.
7. Emerson 1F95-1277 Universal Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
The Emerson 1F95-1277 Essay touchscreen thermostat device with some strong features. It has a rather large display which is 12 inches with a blue backlight. The device promises an accuracy rate of being within the degree of the target temperature. The device also enjoys one of the longest warranty periods given by the company, which is for 5 years. The user interface is easy to use and all the main information is given right on the display. Let us go through the main features of the device before we dive into a more detailed analysis-
• It has a 12-inch touchscreen display with a blue colored backlight
• It has a 7-day Programmable thermostat
• Temperature settings are accurate within 1 degree F.
• It is easy to install and universally compatible with Single stage and multiple stage heat pump
• It has the longest warranty period in the segment of 5 years
Some users may find the 12-inch screen display a bit too large as it can cover a significant portion of the wall and doesn’t necessarily provide that much information for a display of that size. The accuracy is very commendable and the device is able to attain to 1 degree Fahrenheit of the required temperature. The seven-day programming option does not contain sub-periods and one has to make 1 schedule for the whole day. The device is quite effective in reducing the energy consumption throughout the year although it might not be at the levels claimed by the company. The device is also easily compatible with a single stage or multistage heat pump.
The Emerson 1F95-1277 is quite well-packaged product and covers all the basic functionality required of a touchscreen thermostat. One of the main high points of the product is the five year warranty period given by the company it places a lot of confidence in the user. Though it is on the pricier side it gives an excellent accuracy of being within 1 Degree of the set temperature.
8. Honeywell RTH8580WF Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Touchscreen Thermostat
After looking at the basic Honeywell model of a touchscreen thermostat we now go to a higher level device which integrates WiFi into the functionality. as it can be imagined the WiFi greatly helps in real time remote monitoring of the device. That being said the touch screen thermostat is still quite simple in design and has a green backlit user interface. Being priced at $125 it packs in quite a few good features. Thanks to the WiFi connectivity through a secure portal the temperature can be changed from anytime anywhere. Let us go through all the features briefly-
• It has a built-in WiFi and it requires a wifi device with a web browser for an initial setup.
• It is excellent for remotely monitoring the temperature
• It has a secure network
• There is a free downloadable app for iOS and Android devices
• It has free software updates
Honeywell has its own Total Connect Comfort app, Which lets you program the device from any location around the world. It is a highly desirable feature if you are considering to remote control temperature settings before you come back home or just keeping a check on how your system is running when you are away. The app also gets notifications for a high and low-temperature alert.
The product is quite impressive in terms of functionality and its WiFi connectivity and given for the price it is offered at it proves to be a good purchase. if the user is satisfied without fancy color display then there will be quite happy by using the Honeywell WiFi 7 day programming touch screen thermostat.
9. Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat
The Venstar ColorTouch Thermostat covers all the basic functionality of a WiFi-enabled touchscreen thermostat device with the added flair of color display. It comes with a seven-day programming setting and is a highly compatible with Gas electric and heat pump. Before going into a more in-depth analysis let us look at the main features first-
• It has a color touch screen with large vibrant display
• It is very easy to program and use
• It has a 7 Day programmable setting with auto changeover
• It has built in WiFi
• Small device which can be fitted into any part of the wall
For people who just love the sense of having a color touch screen on the wall, they will be pleased by the Venstar Colortouch thermostat. The built-in WiFi allows it to be remotely controlled from any location. The temperature setting can be made for a 7 day period with auto changeover. For installation, it will be better to hire a trained professional as the manual seems to be insufficient for the complete installation.
For the price, it is being offered it seems like a very nice bet, but one needs to be careful as the company doesn’t give enough warranty. The device, however, is easy to use and any user will find the user interface simple. The seven-day programming is an important aspect of the device.