Sale started: November 18
The Ecobee3 isn’t as well-known as the Nest Learning Thermostat, but we think it’s a better choice for the smart home. While the Nest relies on a single motion sensor to determine if you’re home or away, you can use multiple with the Ecobee3 (it comes with one remote sensor). That means it won’t shut off your HVAC system if you’re not moving, and it can take into account the temperature of multiple rooms. You don’t have to wait for the Ecobee3 to learn your home/away routine, either—you can program a schedule. It’s on sale for $50 off MSRP at Amazon, Best Buy, Ecobee’s online store, and Home Depot.
The Nest thermostat is still a good option, though. It’s earned accolades for its ease of installation, its elegant design, and its ability to adapt to your comings and goings. It also integrates well with other smart-home devices that range from Nest’s own smoke/carbon-monoxide detectors and home security cameras to smart entry locks, automatic window shades, smart light bulbs, and even ceiling fans. You can grab one for $50 off MSRP during Black Friday sales at multiple retailers that include Amazon, Best Buy, Kohl’s, and Walmart. (Note that Kohl’s sale doesn’t start until Thursday.)