The Nest Smart Thermostat is the highest-rated learning thermostat according to Lowe's customer ratings, with 4.4 out of five stars. This is in comparison to the Honeywell Smart Thermostat, which has 2.2 out of 5 stars. Consumers list the Nest's high-quality design, durability and ease of use among its strengths.
The Nest Learning Thermostat is easy to install, has an attractive design and is way ahead of the competition, according to CNET. The only negative is the suggested retail price of $250, as of March 2015. The thermostat's auto-schedule feature creates personalized schedules based on the homeowner's heating and cooling routines. An auto-away feature reduces energy use while the homeowner is away. With built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, the Nest thermostat is controllable from a smartphone, tablet or computer.