Wyze has been steadily building out its portfolio of affordable smart home devices, so it comes as no surprise that the company is now expanding into the smart thermostat segment. The new Wi-Fi-enabled Wyze Thermostat ($70.99) lets you control your home’s heating and cooling system from your phone or with voice commands. It offers interoperability with other Wyze devices, and produces usage reports with tips on how to conserve energy. It costs a little more than the $59.99 Amazon Smart Thermostat, but is slightly more versatile and performed just as well in testing, earning it our Editors’ Choice award as the top budget-friendly smart thermostat we’ve tested.
The oval Wyze Thermostat sports a glossy black and matte white finish, measuring in at 4.7 by 2.5 by 1.2 inches (HWD). The front sports a 2-inch color IPS display, as well as a dial for adjusting your heating or cooling set-point and configuration settings. The display background turns orange when the heat is on and changes to blue when in cooling mode.
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Press the dial to display the various controls. The default screen, Current Temp, lets you change the set-point and see an estimate of how long it will take for the room to reach your desired temperature. From the State screen, you can enable Home, Away, or Sleep modes. The HVAC Mode screen lets you switch between Heat, Cool, and Off modes. On the Settings screen, you can lock the thermostat controls, run system tests, and view device information such as Wi-Fi signal strength and the MAC address.
The thermostat works with most low-voltage (24VAC) heating and cooling systems including multi-stage forced air, hydronic, heat pump, oil, gas, and electric systems, but doesn’t work with electric baseboard or high-voltage systems. It requires a C-wire (common wire) for power, but if your electrical system doesn’t have one, Wyze includes a C-wire adapter in the package. You also get a wall cover, a back panel, mounting screws and anchors, two screwdrivers, wire labels, and a quick start guide in the box.
Whereas the Amazon Smart Thermostat only works with Alexa voice commands, the Wyze Thermostat supports both Alexa and Google Assistant. It doesn’t support HomeKit or IFTTT applets, but you can configure it to interact with other Wyze devices such as the Wyze Cam V3, the Wyze Lock, the Wyze Plug, and the Wyze Cam Floodlight. For instance, you can set the thermostat to go into heating or cooling mode when a connected camera detects motion. You can also use the Auto Switch (geofencing) feature to enable the home or away mode based on your phone’s location.
The Wyze Thermostat doesn’t yet support remote room sensing, but Wyze is planning to release a wireless companion sensor that is capable of monitoring temperature, humidity, and motion at some point in 2022.
Mobile App Options
The thermostat integrates with the same Wyze mobile app (available for Android and iOS) as every other Wyze device, and shows up in a dedicated panel on the app’s home screen. Tap the panel to open a screen that says Welcome Home; this section displays the current room temperature, humidity level, and set-point. A virtual dial for adjusting the temperature set-point and a control panel for configuring the State (Home, Away, or Sleep) and Mode (Heat, Cool, or Off) sit toward the bottom …….