The types of thermostats that have the highest ratings are programmable and Wi-Fi smart thermostats. These types of thermostats have the highest ratings on Amazon.com, CNET and Lowe's, as of 2015.
Programmable thermostats are designed to adjust the ambient temperature according to a series of pre-programmed settings. TopTenReviews presents a tabulated comparison of the different brands of programmable thermostats available. It lists the various specifications that each brand does or does not possess which allows consumers to make an informed decision when deciding which thermostat to purchase. The programmable thermostats are rated in terms of temperature control, energy management and design. They are able to learn the user's preferred temperature settings based on usage. The top rated kinds of programmable thermostats on TopTenReviews are the Nest Learning Thermostat, the Honeywell Lyric and the Ecobee3, with the Nest thermostat being the highest rated.
Wi-Fi smart thermostats have the ability to connect to wireless Internet. These thermostats are able to be remotely programmed and controlled from a computer, smartphone or tablet. They are able to display current and future weather forecasts as well as live weather updates. Like programmable thermostats, Wi-Fi smart thermostats are able to adjust the temperature based on prior usage. Honeywell is the highest rated brand of Wi-Fi smart thermostats on Amazon.