Smart thermostats are among the most popular smart home gadgets on the market. They’re not only convenient to use, but they can also help save you energy, money, and time by automating your HVAC system. Both the Amazon Smart Thermostat and Wyze Smart Thermostat rank among the best smart thermostats around offering impressive automation features at a great price. But which one is right for your home?
These two thermostats are neck-and-neck in almost every category, with only a few minor differences setting them apart. As the competition heats up, we’re taking a deep dive into their features, design, installation, and more to see how they stack up.
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Setup and installation
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When it comes to ease of use, Wyze Thermostat is one of the best.
The installation for each thermostat is easy and quick—even for a beginner. Both apps offer clear instructions with pictures and tips, making the setup process a breeze.
A common wire (C-wire), which carries continuous power between your HVAC system and thermostat, is necessary for the standard installation of either thermostat which may not be present in some older homes. However, if you know you need a C-wire, you can purchase an adapter from Amazon or Wyze along with your thermostat. (Not sure if you need a C-wire adapter? You can check your home’s compatibility with both Amazon and Wyze.)
The Amazon Smart Thermostat is managed in the Alexa app, meaning an Amazon account is required to set up and use your thermostat, and the same goes for the Wyze, requiring you to download the Wyze app and get an account.
Our pick: Tie
Both of these thermostats cost less than $100, making either option a choice your pocketbook will approve. However, for $60, Amazon makes the more affordable option of the two. Wyze’s smart thermostat originally launched under $60, too, but has progressively increased in price since its release to $70.99 (at time of publication).
If your setup requires a C-wire adapter, you’ll need to factor in those costs as well. Amazon’s Smart Thermostat with C-Wire Adapter has an $85 MSRP, but you can usually find the bundle on sale for $75. The Wyze C-Wire Adapter costs $24.99 (plus the cost of the thermostat). Once you total it all up, the Amazon Smart Thermostat is still the cheaper choice (with or without a C-wire).
Our pick: Amazon Smart Thermostat
Smart home compatibility
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