Nest Unveils Cheaper, Redesigned Thermostat E

"We needed to design a new thermostat that was more approachable and simpler - to look at, to install, to use - but saves the same amount of energy and is more affordable", Veron said. The app for the Nest Thermostat E gets a similar frosted look. Other than making Nest E cheaper and easier to use while retaining nearly all of the original Nest's features, the Nest team also wanted to redesign the thermostat so that it would blend in and not call attention to itself.

We previously caught a glimpse of the Thermostat E when Evan Blass leaked an image of the then unnamed device.

On the software side, users will find a pre-set schedule, which will turn the thermostat on and off based on the average user's habits. To cut costs, Nest used plastic rather than metal for the edges that surround the circular thermostat and swapped the full color screen for a frosted display with fewer colors. The round wall-mounted gadget has been a gateway to the smart home for millions and remains, by all accounts, the best smart thermostat you can buy. To make this particular Thermostat E forgettable, the Nest has concealed the display behind a glass which blocks the light that is coming through the glass.


When the Thermostat E's display is off, the screen goes grey, but when it's turned on, it displays text and numbers with a soft glow and at the right brightness depending on the lighting conditions of the room.

The simplified interface is really nice, although the display itself looks a bit fuzzy.

Nest has debuted its brand new thermostat, every day.


"The frosted display was specifically created to deliver the best of both worlds", says Nest spokesman Matt Flegal.

The Thermostat E rolls out on September 1. Both devices let you manually set temperature, adjust the thermostat from anywhere, and use it to control your smart home.

Lower cost. While the original costs $249, the E will cost $169. The lack of advanced on-device controls doesn't seem like a major feature to give up, especially since the Nest app is so intuitive and ubiquitious across a wide range of devices. The new model is also still eligible for all of the same discount programs as the flagship model, including Nest's own Rush Hour Rewards program, which pays enrolled users $40 annually for automatically helping to reduce the electrical grid during periods of high usage, as well as any additional programs that might be available through local energy companies.



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