Top 6 thermostats used today and how they differ
If you have ever had a heating system installed in your home or lived somewhere that had a heat pump, then you have at some point or another used a thermostat.
They are the most commonly used part of the heating system, you interact with them whenever you change the temperature.
And they come in all different shapes, colors, sizes and abilities in terms of what they can do.
Some thermostats can be adjusted from your phone, some systems come with portable remotes that act as your thermostat, and some systems can connect to your smart home network.
But which type of thermostat is the best and which one is right for you?
Today there are 6 thermostats that are used almost every time.
These thermostats are; Honeywell 8000, Honeywell 6000, Honeywell Prestige, Mitsubishi MHK2, Nest thermostat, and the Ecobee thermostats.
While all of these thermostats do serve the same essential purpose of changing the temperature your heat pump is set at, each has their own niches.
Along with that they all have varying price points, and that leaves many wondering “well which thermostat should I get – is it worth it to spend the extra money for a “better” thermostat?”
That is why today we will take an in depth look at these 6 thermostats and explain the pro’s and con’s of each so that when it comes time for you to decide which thermostat is right for you, you will have all the knowledge you need to make an informed decision!
(Ex.1 Honeywell 8000 thermostat)
Due to the large user friendly display, and the ability to program it with relative ease. The Honeywell 8000 is the most common thermostat installed today, and it comes in two different models.
There is the wifi connectable version that connects to the Honeywell app on your phone.
And there is the “Redlink” version that connects to a portable adapter.
The wifi version allows you to change the temperature your heat pump is set at directly through your phone while also giving you the ability to set schedules for your heat pump wherever you are.
This is nice because it allows you to set your heat pump so it will run less while you are away even if you forget before you leave.
With the Redlink version the portable adapter makes it so the system can connect to other Redlink devices within the home.
By connecting the Redlink devices together you can create a “Redlink ecosystem”.
Much like the “Apple ecosystem”, when you have a bunch of products all connected together through Redlink this can make your system easier to use, make it run more efficiently and make sure that all products work together seamlessly.
On top of those two features the honeywell 8000 can also control a whole home humidifier giving it a wide range of capabilities.
The main reason the Honeywell 8000 is so common though is because it is easy to use, and program, making it the perfect solution for someone who has little to no knowledge in terms of heat pumps or thermostats.
Plus it has a battery backup just in case the power goes out.
(Ex.2 Honeywell 6000 thermostat)
As the cheaper version of the Honeywell 8000, the 6000 series Honeywell thermostat has most of the same capabilities minus a few key features.
Unlike the Honeywell 8000 the 6000 series does not come standard with wifi and Redlink capabilities.
If you are set on getting the Honeywell 6000 as your next thermostat and want wifi capabilities you will have to get a specific model that is a bit more expensive then the standard 6000 series.
And if you want Redlink capabilities you will have to get a portable adapter to work with the thermostat, whereas the 8000 series comes with the adapter already.
Other than that though it is basically the same thermostat.
One of the key features for the Honeywell 6000 series is its ability to be programmed, it is a bit more difficult to program then the 8000 however.
But much like the Honeywell 8000 series you can set up this thermostat to have different temperatures at different times of the day.
For example, if you want it nice and toasty during the day but cold at night you can set that up on this thermostat just the same as you could with the Honeywell 8000.
This thermostat is so common because it gives users some of the key capabilities the 8000 series does but is a fraction of the cost coming in at about 25% less than the 8000 model.
(Ex.3 Honeywell prestige thermostat)
The Honeywell prestige isn’t as commonly used as when it first came out, but it is still one of the most common thermostats today.
Providing a full color touch screen and high-definition the Honeywell prestige is easy to read and use for any user.
Along with that the prestige does come with Redlink capabilities much like the Honeywell 8000 allowing the user to create a Redlink ecosystem.
One of the unique features about this thermostat is that when it is installed it “interviews” the homeowner, asking you questions ultimately using the answers you provide to program itself!
The only reason it isn’t used more often than other thermostats is because of the price tag, Honeywell prestige thermostats come in right around $800-$900, but other than that the prestige is a top of the line option.
(Ex.4 Mitsubishi MHK2 thermostat)
The next thermostat we are taking a look at is the Mitsubishi MHK2 which is basically the Mitsubishi version of the Honeywell 6000.
Much like the Honeywell 6000 the Mitsubishi MHK2 does not come standard with wifi capabilities, but by purchasing the “Kumo Cloud adapter” the MHK2 can be used with wifi.
However the MHK2 only works with Mitsubishi heating system’s and for this reason it does not have Redlink capabilities.
One of the best features of the MHK2 is that it can store a heating and a cooling temperature switching between them automatically.
This allows your heat pump to keep a steady temperature within your home at all times, without you having to manually change the heat pump from heat to cool whenever it gets too hot or cold.
With that said however if you have a multi-zone system the auto feature is not recommended..
(Ex.5 Nest smart thermostat)
The first smart home thermostat on this list, the Nest thermostats work with Amazon’s Alexa and Google home.
Equipped with a motion detector that allows the thermostat to trigger the heat pump whenever you are home, this Nest thermostat is made to save you money.
On top of that Nest thermostats are Energy Star certified.
Along with this Nest thermostats are jam packed with tons of cool features, since they connect to Alexa and Google home, these thermostats can be voice controlled.
But by far the best feature that comes with a Nest thermostat is its ability to alert you if anything seems wrong with your heat pump and remind you when maintenance is due.
This not only helps to keep your heat pump running more efficiently but it also helps to avoid any major problems that can arise overtime within your heating system.
(Ex.6 Ecobee thermostat)
Just like the Nest thermostats, the Ecobee smart thermostat also works with Alexa and can be voice controlled anywhere in your home.
One of the best features of these smart home thermostats is you can change the temperature from anywhere through the app on your phone.
Ecobee thermostats are fast and easy to set up, making it doable for just about anyone.
Also much like the Nest thermostats Ecobee devices will notify you if it thinks there is something wrong within your heating system that way you can make sure to get it serviced before any major problems pop up.
Ecobee thermostats will also send out monthly energy reports that show how much money you saved using their system and give you tips to lower your power bill even further!
Which thermostat is right for you?
At the end of the day all of these thermostats are quality options, and there are tons of other thermostats on the market today.
So when you are thinking about which thermostat is the right fit for you it is important to take into consideration what you want.
Do you want to be able to change the temperature when you are on vacation and save energy?
Do you want to set up a Redlink ecosystem that ensures everything works together fluently?
Do you want to be able to control your thermostat through voice control?
All of these questions and more are what you need to take into consideration when deciding what thermostat you want.
But it is also important to research what thermostats will work with the system you have.
Not all thermostats are universal and not all thermostats will work with every heat pump, so our advice to you is to call your local heating company and ask them what options are available to you.