Nest launches a more affordable, stylish Thermostat "E"
Nest has finally confirmed rumors that it was working on a new thermostat…introducing the new, lower-priced Nest Thermostat E. It has most of the features of the flagship Nest Learning Thermostat, but comes in a plastic case with a unique, diffused display.
It seems that everyone has been waiting for Nest to “introduce something” recently, as their last iconic product introduction was the Nest Protect smoke detector nearly four years ago. On August 30th, they revealed the Nest Thermostat E. According to their fun, animated marketing video, “E” is for Easy, Everywhere, Energy saving, Easy on the wallet, Easy on the Eyes, and Everyone. E-ssentially though, these same “features” could be attributed to the original Learning Thermostat, but the Nest “Model E” is priced at $80 less and thus more accessible to “Everyone”.
Physically, the Nest Thermostat E has a distinct, brighter look to it while keeping some of the design elements of the original Learning Thermostat. The slight-smaller “E” has a special polycarbonate ring (which Nest says "feels like ceramic") instead of the stainless steel ring, and a special frosted cover that diffuses the light from the display underneath. This lets the thermostat blend into its environment when the display is off, and to keep a minimal appearance when the display is on, allowing information like the large temperature display to shine through with a unique glow. While I think the concept looks wonderful, there are various settings menus in the original Nest thermostat with smaller text, which might be hard to read through the diffuser. But, looking at the installation guide video, the text still looks crisp and easy-to-read. One other feature that isn’t included on the “E” is Farsight, which can display a minimal clock, temperature and weather indicator on the display. It’s probable that this isn’t included due to the diffuser and lower-resolution display on this model.
Nest says that its Thermostat E will come with a “simple schedule so you can begin saving energy right out of the box”. Some other tech writers have inferred this to mean that you won’t be able to set your own schedule, but Nest confirmed to me that a manual schedule can still be set on the “E” just like its older brother. Otherwise, the Thermostat “E” has the same suite of sensors as the Learning Thermostat and can adjust itself automatically based on room occupancy, set home and away mode with the help of your smartphone, and create a schedule automatically based on your manual adjustment of temperature via the thermostat’s outer ring.
While I haven’t seen the thermostat in person yet, it does look pretty cool and should blend in with many environments (and walls) where it will be mounted. And, the $169 price point will certainly make it more appealing to those who want to jump into the world of the smart home, but can’t imagine paying $250 for a thermostat…no matter how smart it evidently is. The Nest Thermostat E is now available for purchase at the nest.com website. Initial launch countries are the United States and Canada, with additional countries expected soon.
Of course, when I first heard of this new thermostat from Nest called the “E”—especially after watching their video about how they were inspired to design it and the true meaning of “E”—all I could think of was this. 😂