Eb-State5-01 Vs Ecobee4 : Pros & Cons And Verdict, Questions And Answers: Ecobee Smart Thermostat

I'm buying my first smart thermostat and decided on Ecobee based on the posts on this I just returned the Nest I bought.

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Looks like Amazon Prime Day will have the newest version of the Ecobee for $199. The Ecobee 4 is around $170-180 and the Ecobee 3 Lite is around $150. It will be used in a simple place with no evaporator or anything extra besides a central air unit.

Is the newest update to the Ecobee worth the premium? At first I was comparing the 4 to the newest one at full price and I was for sure going for the 4, but with the price dropping on prime day, it might be worth just going with the newest one.


Reality is the ecobee 3 lite will do all you want, the 4 and 5 offer more equipment connections and alexa integration.

All offer same settings, and purpose of these smart thermostates are to save $, but if you spending extra $50, you are not going to recoup it via savings, only by adding an alexa device and if you deciding on added equipment in future ( dehumidifier, humidifier, etc. )

Reality is alot of dumb thermostates save $, as house is same temp all the time, and no big temp changes to bring back up or down in temps for programmable settings, so running cost is nominal.

I wonder if they'll ever release a firmware update that will allow the Ecobee 4 and 5 to eventually support Google Assistant. If so, then it'd definitely be good to have one of the newer ones.

It's tempting to just get the simple 3 Lite. Somehow my brain is wired to try to get the newest and greatest and I have a hard time getting something older and simpler even though I don't need the functions of the newest ones.

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Go with the newest model. For $50 extra you get dual-band WiFi, glass front, and quad core processor. You can also just turn Alexa off. It’s a no-brainer.

Interesting. I guess I'll prob go this route. I wasn't able to find a good list of what changed between the 4 and the new “voice control” version. Thanks for making it so succinct. I'd go with the 3 Lite if it was super cheap (around $100), but with all of them being within $50 of each other, you're probably right I should just go for it. I wish it was Google Assistant controlled and not Alexa. Then I wouldn't have to turn it off.

As the OP mentioned, we went with the new Smart Thermostat (ecobee5) due to the faster processor, glass front and dual band WiFi. I believe the remote sensor is improved too.

And do check for the rebate…I got $100 back from my electric company. I was a little worried I wouldn't get the rebate…the fine print said the qualifying thermostat had to be “purchased and installed” by a HVAC vendor. I did have my HVAC guy install the thermostat because my old thermostat wiring wasn't right (didn't include a C wire). He only charged me one hour of labor to run the new wiring. And even though I didn't purchase the thermostat through him…I got the rebate.

And check out Great stats from your new thermostat.

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I'm loving the remote sensor. I have it out in the living room and used in the day time comfort schedule…since we're out in the living room and kitchen all day long. I have the thermostat itself in the night time comfort setting, since it's in the hallway just outside our bedroom door. This works well for us.

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