World's Best Basic Thermostat

Our top pick for a basic programmable thermostat is the Trane brand which is a part of INGERSOLL RAND. The programmable models offer easy setting of the times and temperatures. The XL900 series is a communicating thermostat. It has a built in outdoor temperature sensor and can be remotely accessed with an optional phone module. All of their thermostats are backed by a very good guarantee. trane.com

The World's Best Thermostat

Our pick for the best thermostat in the world is the Nest Thermostat E which is a part of GOOGLE. These ultimate thermostats are a leap ahead in technology as they are referred to as "The Learning Thermostat". The unit is unique in that it has the technology to watch what you do and to program itself to save you money on your heating and cooling. After a week of observing your habits, the thermostat will learn and switch to Auto-Away and adjust the system to save you money even when you forget. The Energy History feature will also tell you how much energy you have used each day. They can be ordered online and easily installed by yourself. They can also be connected via wi-fi and controlled by remote computer or smart phone. 

The Thermostat E is their latest version of the Nest Learning Thermostat and it has several advantages over the previous versions with the main advantage being price. The Thermostat E costs $80 less than previous versions and its price makes it less expensive than most other brands in our ultimate category. This new version has a frosted display which allows it to blend into the home's decor much better than the older versions and it has a simplified interface. Their website also offers help in finding rebates from utilities. nest.com

Other Thermostat Ratings

We continue our thermostat ratings with an alphabetical list of manufacturers and reviews of their products. 

BRAND---------------------BASIC--PREMIUM

AIREASE------------------------NA----------3*

This brand is a part of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The COMFORT SYNC control gives you remote access to your HVAC system and offers real-time weather reports as well as controlling the home's hvac systems. The controls have NUVANGO skins available in a variety of colors and patterns to make the unit blend into the decor of your home. 

They have the ability to communicate with all of the components of their brand of equipment to maximize its efficiency and the control will alert you by email if repairs or routine maintenance is required. They are backed by a good guarantee but the controls are only sold and installed through their authorized dealers. airease.com

AMANA-------------------------1*----------3*

This brand name is licensed to GOODMAN MANUFACTURING which is a part of DAIKIN GLOBAL. The TSTATA models are basic programmable thermostats with remote access via Wi-Fi. They are suitable for most low voltage applications and have a touchscreen but their warranty is not very good. The COMFORTNET CTK04 control is a modulating thermostat that has the ability to communicate with the other parts of an Amana HVAC system to maximize efficiency and they are backed with a very good guarantee. amana-hac.com

AMERICAN STANDARD-------4*----------3*

The SILVER 620 CONTROL is a basic 5 + 2 programmable thermostat while the SILVER 624 allows independent seven day programs as well as remote access with a smartphone. They both automatically switch from heat to cool for year long comfort and they are backed by a good guarantee. The ACCULINK PLATINUM 850 is a premium control for the home as a whole while the 950 model has the ability to control zones. They have the ability to communicate with the other components of the system to maximize efficiency and comfort. The thermostats use a color touchscreen and are backed by a good warranty but they are only sold and installed by authorized dealers. The brand is a part of INGERSOLL RAND. americanstandardair.com

APRILAIRE---------------------4*-----------2*

This brand offers a wide variety of thermostats. The MODEL 8463 is a basic thermostat that is suitable for standard heating and cooling systems while the 8465 is for heat pump systems. They allow for 5 + 2 or seven day programming and are backed by a good guarantee. The 8910W model is an ultimate thermostat with a touchscreen and Wi-Fi access but it looks more like a traditional thermostat while the 8920W has a  modern look to it. They only have an average guarantee and are only sold and installed by authorized dealers. aprilaire.com

ARCOAIRE --------------------3*-----------3*

This brand is from INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic programmable thermostat that will automatically switch between heating and cooling. They can be used with any HVAC system with low voltage controls. The OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL has the ability to control either a zoned system or standard HVAC systems and has Wi-Fi access. The control requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. They are backed by a very good warranty but must be installed by their dealers. arcoaire.com

ARMSTRONG AIR-------------NA----------3*

This brand is a part of ALLIED AIR ENTERPRISES which is owned by LENNOX INTERNATIONAL. The COMFORT SYNC control gives you remote access to your HVAC system and offers real-time weather reports as well as controlling the home's hvac systems. The controls have NUVANGO skins available in a variety of colors and patterns to make the unit blend into the decor of your home. They have the ability to communicate with all of the components of their brand of equipment to maximize its efficiency and the control will alert you by email if repairs or routine maintenance is required. They are backed by a good guarantee but the controls are only sold and installed through their authorized dealers. armstrongair.com

ARTICCO-----------------------1*----------NA

This brand offers basic electronic thermostats. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. articco.com

AUBE----------------------------3*----------NA

This company is owned by HONEYWELL and the thermostats are backed by a decent guarantee. The TH141 is a basic  seven day programmable thermostat that is battery powered and works with standard hvac systems. aubetech.com

BOSCH------------------------NA------------2*

Their Greensource controls offer four stages of heating and two cooling stages. They feature a large touchscreen with maintenance and repair warnings and can be battery or system powered. They are backed by a good guarantee but are only available through authorized installers. bosch-climate.us

BRAEBURN-------------------4*------------2*

This brand offers a wide range of thermostats from the simple mechanical controls to touchscreen models. The 1000 model is a non-programmable unit that can be powered by batteries or hardwired into the hvac system and it is backed by a good guarantee. The 2000 model is a basic programmable model for controlling simple furnace/ac systems while the 5200 model can be used for modern two stage heating and cooling systems. The 6300 model is a universal touchscreen model that is backed by a good warranty but it does not control indoor air quality accessories. The 7320 BlueLink control is a premium thermostat that is backed by a pretty good guarantee. braeburnonline.com

BROAN----------------------1*-------------NA

The iQ DRIVE controller is designed to communicate with the different parts of the heating and cooling systems that are made by Nordyne. This allows them to operate at maximum efficiency but the warranty on the thermostat is not very good when compared to other brands. broanhvac.net

BRYANT----------------------5*-------------3*

The PREFERRED PROGRAMMABLE thermostats have automatic changeover between heating and cooling. They are available in basic or premium models and are backed by a very good guarantee. Their Wi-Fi models provide access to local weather reports as well as intuitive programming. The "Evolution Control" is a state of the art communicating control with the ability to control up to eight zones of comfort in the home. This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP and is only installed by their authorized dealers. bryant.com

CARRIER---------------------5*----------3*

The COMFORT NON-PROGRAMMABLE thermostats are available in either small or large screen models. They offer automatic changeover from heating to cooling mode and keypad lock to prevent tampering with the settings. The COMFORT PROGRAMMABLE model offers the same features but allows weekday and weekend programs for your heating/cooling system. The COR thermostat is a WI-FI enabled premium unit that can learn your patterns in order to save energy. The guarantee on the COR models is not as good as others. The INFINITY CONTROL provides state of the art control of the system as well as indoor air quality systems. It continuously monitors the systems to improve efficiency and warn of developing problems. This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORP and is backed by a very good warranty but the units are only installed by dealers. carrier.com

CHAMPION------------------1*-----------NA

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The LX SERIES offers basic units with a backlit digital display and seven day programs. They will give you service alerts but the guarantee on the units is not very good when compared to other brands. championhomecomfort.com

COLEMAN--------------------4*---------2*

The LX SERIES thermostat is a basic unit with a large screen and traditional push button controls while the CTS has a high resolution touchscreen. The ECHELON RESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATING CONTROL is a premium thermostat that has a high definition touchscreen and is Wi-Fi enabled. It has the ability to communicate with the other parts of a Coleman HVAC system to maximize efficiency and will provide email alerts if there is a problem with the system. The warranty on the brand in the premium category is not as good as some of the other brands. This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. colemanac.com

COMFORTMAKER------------1*----------3*

This brand is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic seven day programmable thermostat that can be used for most standard hvac systems while the OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL is a premium unit that is backed by a good warranty. The control has the ability to communicate with the other parts of a Comfortmaker HVAC system to maximize efficiency but it requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. It has WI-FI access and the ability to control a zone system with up to six zones but this brand is only available through their authorized dealers. comfortmaker.com

CONTROL--------------------1*-----------1*

The M3102 is a basic programmable thermostat with touchscreen controls while the M6004 is a premium model that controls ventilation and humidity as well as temperature. The brand is made in China and is imported to North america by CANARM which is based in Canada. The guarantee on the thermostats is not very good when compared to other brands. canarm.com

CRESTRON-------------------3*----------NA

This brand offers units that can operate independently or as part of their home automation systems. The CHV-THSTAT model has a built in humidistat while the CHV-TSTAT is a simple programmable digital thermostat. They do not offer a unit that controls fresh air to the home but the units are backed by a good warranty. crestron.com

CTC-------------------------3*------------NA

This brand is from SUPCO and offers a variety of models. They use battery power and have programmable as well as non-programmable models. The warranty is very good on the units. supco.com

DAIKIN--------------------<1*----------3*

Their TOUCHSCREEN model can be switched between programmable and not programmable operation. The COMFORTNET (CTK04) communicating thermostat is WI-FI enabled and works with their indoor and outdoor components to maximize efficiencyThe brand is only sold and installed by their authorized dealers. daikincomfort.com

DAY & NIGHT ---------------1*----------3*

This brand is a part of INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic seven day programmable model with automatic switching between heating and cooling. The OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL has all of the standard features and is backed by a good warranty. The control requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. The brand is only sold and installed by their authorized dealers. dayandnightcomfort.com

ECOBEE----------------------NA----------4*

The ECOBEE3 is enabled for Apple's HomeKit smart home control system. The systems are very smart and their HOME iQ feature will show you how much energy you save each month. They can be purchased directly from their website but the cost of the units is relatively high and their warranty is not as good as other brands. ecobee.com

EMERSON----------------------3*-----------1*

The SENSI model is a basic battery operated Wi-Fi compatible thermostat that works with most low voltage hvac systems. They have a free app that allows access to the unit from anywhere and the units can be purchased directly through the website. The 1F95-1291 is a premium model but is only available through professionals. sensicomfort.com  

EVERSENSE-------------------1*---------NA

These thermostats are from ALLURE ENERGY and can be purchased directly through their website or at HOME DEPOT stores. The thermostats are Wi-Fi enabled and use geofencing to adjust the system operation based on your location. The unit offers streaming music through your smartphone as well as weather updates but it does not control all of the features of a premium HVAC system. The units are relatively expensive and their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. allure-energy.com

FRIGIDAIRE-------------------1*----------3*

This brand is from NORDYNE which is a part of NORTEK GLOBAL. The 80 series offers basic thermostats that are available as either single or two stage units. The 90 series offers touchscreen programmable models but the warranty is not very good. The PR01 T955 is a wireless unit that is programmable and works with dual fuel heating systems. The iQ DRIVE controller is a communicating thermostat that works with the other parts of a NORDYNE manufactured HVAC system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are backed by a good warranty when an entire system is purchased and installed by their dealers. frigidaire.net

GECA-------------------------1*------------NA

The T-TOUCH is a battery operated thermostat with touch screen controls. They are made in Italy but their website does not have a stated guarantee for their products. cavagnaindustrie.com

GEOSTAR---------------------1*-----------<1*

This brand is a division of Water Furnace International. The UO3 is a programmable unit that is designed to work with their geothermal systems. The CC-UO1 is a premium touchscreen model with humidity sensing and control as well as fault detection and reporting via text on the screen. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy for their thermostats. geostar-geo.com

GOODMAN--------------------4*------------3*

This brand is a part of DAIKIN GROUP. The VALUE SERIES offers basic digital thermostats that are backed by a good guarantee. They can be either battery powered or system powered for flexibility in installation and are compatible with millivolt powered heating systems. The COMFORTNET controls are premium units with a very good warranty but they require an adapter for connection to the internet. goodmanmfg.com

HAILIN------------------------1*-----------NA

These controls are made in China by BEIJING HAILIN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY INC. The A3100 series offers a variety of premium thermostats to fit any home. They can be battery powered or system powered which allows for flexibility in installing them. The A3900 is a wireless unit that is easily installed and features a USB rechargeable lithium battery. It has automatic changeover from heating to cooling with an adjustable deadband for ultimate comfort without even having to think about it. The manufacturer's website does not have a stated warranty policy. en.hailin.com

HEIL--------------------------1*------------3*

This brand is a part of INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic seven day programmable model with automatic switching between heating and cooling. The OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL has all of the standard features and is backed by a good warranty. The control requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. The brand is only sold and installed by their authorized dealers. heil-hvac.com

HONEYWELL------------------1*----------<1*

The RTH221B is a very basic programmable thermostat that allows you to set one program for an entire week with up to four periods per day. They are compatible with basic single stage heat/cool systems and are very reasonably priced. The RTH7600D is a step up with seven day programming and it works with virtually every type of hvac system on the market that uses low voltage (24 vac) controls. It has a large touchscreen and backlit display as well as their Smart response Technology for energy savings. The RTH9590WF1011 is a premium thermostat with remote Wi-Fi access and advanced voice activated control. The control gives you local weather reports as well as maintenance and repair notifications. All of these units can easily be purchased directly through the website but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands.  honeywellstore.com

HUNTER-----------------------1*-----------NA

This brand offers a variety of models that are available to the DIY market. The 44157 model is a basic 5 + 2 programmable thermostat and is battery operated. The unit comes pre-programmed with energy saving settings that can easily be customized for your home. The 47377 model has seven day programming and is designed to install easily within five minutes. These controls can be purchased directly through their website but their guarantee is not very good when compared to other brands. hunterhomecomfort.com

iDEVICES--------------------1*------------NA

These thermostats are HomeKit and Wi-Fi enabled but they do not provide all of the features of a truly premium thermostat. They have two stages of heating and cooling and can be used with heat pumps. The units obey voice commands with SIRI and have the ability to learn from your habits to maximize your comfort. The units can be purchased directly but their website but is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. idevicesinc.com

KEEPRITE--------------------1*-----------3*

This brand is a part of INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic seven day programmable model with automatic switching between heating and cooling. The OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL has all of the standard features and is backed by a good warranty. The control requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. The brand is only sold and installed by their authorized dealers. keeprite.com

LENNOX------------------------2*-----------2*

The Comfortsense 3000 series offers a basic digital thermostat that is easy to operate and will work with many types of systems. The iCOMFORT S30 is a premium thermostat that has a nice 7" HD color touchscreen and uses geofencing technology to adjust the hvac system to fit your busy schedule. The control monitors the outside air quality reports for your location and operates the system fan as necessary to maintain good indoor air quality. It also measures the home's humidity level and adjusts system operation to provide superior comfort. With its communicating ability, the thermostat can talk to the other parts of a Lennox brand hvac system to maximize efficiency and it also allows your local dealer to access your system for diagnostic purposes and to make performance adjustments. The brand is only sold and installed by authorized dealers and the guarantee on their products is only average. lennox.com

LEVITON---------------------NA----------<1*

The OMNISTAT 2 works with just about any HVAC system and can be integrated into a smart home system. The units are available in either wired or wireless models to make for easy installation in any home. They can be purchased directly from the manufacturer's website but their warranty is not very good when compared to other brands. leviton.com

LOCKSTATE--------------1*--------------<1*

The LS-60i works with standard furnaces and heat pumps and is powered by the system. They have separate programs for each day and four time periods within the day as well as touchscreen controls. The LS-90i is a premium thermostat with humidification and dehumidification control as well as Wi-Fi access. The brand can be purchased directly from their website or at many home improvement stores but their guarantee is not as good as other brands. lockstate.com

LUX--------------------------3*-------------NA

This brand offers a wide selection of basic thermostats designed for the DIY market. The TX9100U is a battery powered seven day programmable unit with a traditional interface while the TX9600TS is a modern touchscreen thermostat. They can be purchased online or at various home improvement stores and are backed by a pretty good warranty. They are dual powered (from both the system and AA batteries) which provides flexibility in installation and they offer smart recovery for energy savings. luxproducts.com

LUXAIRE---------------------4*-------------2*

This brand is from UNITARY PRODUCTS GROUP which is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS. The LX SERIES is a good basic unit with a large screen display and a good warranty. For a more modern appearance and user experience, the CTS series thermostat operates with swipe control much like a modern smartphone. The Acclimate Residential Communicating Control is a premium thermostat that has a high definition touchscreen and all of the standard features. The unit is WI-FI compatible and can control up to six different zones but it is only backed by an average guarantee when compared to other brands. luxaire.com

MAYTAG---------------------1*-------------3*

The 80 SERIES features single stage digital thermostats but the warranty is not very good. The 90 SERIES offers premium units with touchscreen control. The T955 is a wireless control that has a touchscreen and is programmable. The iQ DRIVE controller is a communicating thermostat that works with the other parts of a NORDYNE manufactured HVAC system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are backed by a good warranty when an entire system is purchased and installed by their dealers. maytaghvac.com

NEST-------------------------NA-------------5*

These ultimate thermostats are a leap ahead in technology as they are referred to as "The Learning Thermostat". The unit is unique in that it has the technology to watch what you do and to program itself to save you money on your heating and cooling. After a week of observing your habits, the thermostat will learn and switch to Auto-Away and adjust the system to save you money even when you forget. The Energy History feature will also tell you how much energy you have used each day. They can be ordered online and easily installed by yourself. They can also be connected via wi-fi and controlled by remote computer or smart phone. The Thermostat E is their latest version of the Nest Learning Thermostat and it has several advantages over the previous versions with the main advantage being price. The Thermostat E costs $80 less than previous versions and its price makes it less expensive than most other brands in our ultimate category. This new version has a frosted display which allows it to blend into the home's decor much better than the older versions and it has a simplified interface. Their website also offers help in finding rebates from utilities. nest.com

NET/X----------------------<1*-------------NA

This brand is from NETWORK THERMOSTAT. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. networkhvac.com

NUTONE-----------------------1*----------3* 

The 80 series offers single or two stage basic digital thermostats while the 90 series models are programmable and have touchscreens. Their warranty is not very good unless you buy a complete hvac system from them at the same time. The T955 is a programmable wireless model for easier installation. The iQ DRIVE controller is a communicating thermostat that works with the other parts of a NORDYNE manufactured HVAC system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are backed by a good warranty when an entire system is purchased and installed by their dealers. nutonehvac.com

ORBIT-------------------------1*----------NA

The CLEAR COMFORT PRO features seven day programing and a large backlit display for easy viewing. They can be purchased directly through the manufacturer's website but their guarantee is not as good as many of the other brands. orbitonline.com

PUREPRO----------------------3*----------NA

This brand is available exclusively through F.W. WEBB COMPANY which is a plumbing & HVAC distributor serving nine stated in the northeast part of the USA. The DP521U can be system or battery powered and is suitable for a variety of applications. It is a 5 + 2 programmable unit while the DP721UT is seven day programmable and has a touchscreen. The brand is backed by a pretty good guarantee and is a good option for those who live in their service area. pureproproducts.com

RADIO THERMOSTAT---------NA---------<1*

The CT80 has a large touch display and can be controlled over the internet. The units use geofencing from your smartphone to automatically adjust the hvac system for the balance between comfort and energy savings. For those in the USA, they can be purchased directly from their website but it does not have a stated warranty policy. radiothermostat.com

REGULUS----------------------2*-----------NA

This brand is available in Europe. They offer basic electronic units that are battery powered and backed by a good guarantee. regulus.eu

RHEEM-----------------------4*------------2*

This brand offers thermostats that can be set to where they are non-programmable but they do not offer the basic non-programmable units. The 213 model is a control that can be used with heat pumps as well as furnace/ac systems. They can be battery operated or hardwired for flexibility in installation and are backed by a good warranty. The 412 & 422 models are ultimate thermostats with touchscreen controls and they are designed for operating modulating furnaces. The 550 model is a communicating control that can maximize the efficiency and comfort of the home's hvac systems when combined with their top of the line models of hvac equipment. Their ECONET control center is a premium thermostat that is designed to work with future generations of smart water heaters. rheem.com

ROBERTSHAW-----------------4*----------2*

This brand has a wide selection of units to fit any application. The 9801i2 is a premium thermostat for single stage systems and offers seven day programming with scheduling of up to six events per day. The 9701i2 is a basic model with most of the same features but it does not control the indoor humidity. The units have a trilingual (French, Spanish, English) display and they are backed by a good guarantee. robertshawtstats.com

RUUD--------------------------4*------------2*

This brand is a part of RHEEM MANUFACTURING. The 200 series features premium thermostats that can be either 5-2 or 7 day programmable for convenience. The 500 series offers advanced thermostats that can communicate with the different parts of the heating and cooling systems to maximize efficiency all year long. They are backed by a good warranty. Their ECONET control center is a premium thermostat that is designed to work with future generations of smart water heaters. ruud.com

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC--------1*----------NA

The WISER AIR is a learning thermostat that can be controlled from your smartphone. They have a weather forecast function that is nice and the units work with utility companies for peak savings. They can be purchased directly or from Amazon or Home Depot and are easily installed. wiserair.com

SEITRON----------------------1*-----------NA

This brand offers a wide variety of models. The premium units are battery powered and feature seven day programming. Their basic thermostats can use an internal or external sensor and offer models for heating only or heating/cooling. seitron.it

SENSIBO----------------------1*-----------NA

These controls are made for ductless, portable, and window air conditioners and heat pumps. They are simply stuck on the unit and work with geofencing from your smartphone to make them operate fully automatically. Through ifttt you can customize their operation to suit your needs. sensibo.com

TAPPAN------------------------1*----------3*

The 80 SERIES features single stage digital thermostats but the warranty is not very good. The 90 SERIES offers premium units with touchscreen control. The T955 is a wireless control that has a touchscreen and is programmable. The iQ DRIVE controller is a communicating thermostat that works with the other parts of a NORDYNE manufactured HVAC system to maximize efficiency and comfort. They are backed by a good warranty when an entire system is purchased and installed by their dealers. tappan.net

TEKMAR-----------------------3*---------NA

This brand is a part of WATTS WATER TECHNOLOGIES and offers controls for hydronic heating systems. The TekmarNet 552 has a touch screen and seven day programs as well as built-in freeze protection. They offer optional floor and outdoor sensors and the units are backed by a pretty good guarantee. tekmarcontrols.com

TEMPSTAR---------------------1*----------3*

This brand is a part of INTERNATIONAL COMFORT PRODUCTS which is a part of UNITED TECHNOLOGIES. The TSTAT0406 is a basic seven day programmable model with automatic switching between heating and cooling. The OBSERVER COMMUNICATING WALL CONTROL has all of the standard features and is backed by a good warranty. The control requires a special board if the thermostat is going to be used with non-communicating equipment. The brand is only sold and installed by their authorized dealers. tempstar.com

TOTALINE--------------------4*------------2*

The P710U-21PHP model is a basic programmable thermostat for heat pumps as well as furnace/air conditioner systems. They have auto changeover so you can program them and forget about it. The P740 is part of their PREMIER SERIES and features simplified programming as well as a touchscreen. The EZ3 is a Wi-Fi enabled premium thermostat that can work with most conventional systems and heat pumps. The units are "smart" and will send maintenance/repair alerts to email. totaline.com

TRANE-------------------------5*-----------3*

The XL60 series controls offer 5+2 programming for either single or two stage systems while the XL 80 series offers seven day programming. They are battery powered for easier installation and are backed by a pretty good guarantee. The XL900 is a premium thermostat with a built-in outdoor sensor and the ability to communicate with the other parts of the home's HVAC systems to maximize efficiency and comfort all year long. The COMFORTLINK II XL950 series has Wi-Fi connectivity for room by room control of comfort settings and when it is not in use it becomes a digital picture frame. The COMFORTLINK II XL850 has a built-in bridge to their NEXIA smart home system but it does not have zoning ability. All of their thermostats are backed by a very good guarantee but they are only available for installation by their authorized dealers. trane.com

ULTRA-ZONE -----------------1*-----------NA

These thermostats are from EWC CONTROLS INC. and feature a seven day programmable model that uses a touchscreen. The standard model (EWT-3102) has all the standard features including maintenance reminders and adaptive intelligent recovery control. The EWT-3103 model also incorporates a humidity sensor to provide better dehumidification control. ewccontrols.com

VENSTAR--------------------1*----------<1*

This brand has slimline and "small footprint" units for better looks on the wall. The T7800 is a basic model that is flexible enough to work with most of the common HVAC systems in American homes. The COLORTOUCH T7900 is a premium model that has built-in WI-FI access and customizable wall papers as well as the ability to become a digital picture frame when not in use. The warranty on the units is not very good and the brand is only available in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. venstar.com

WESTINGHOUSE--------------1*----------3*

The 80 SERIES thermostats are basic touchscreen units and are available in either single or two stage versions so you have to make sure you get the right one for your need. The 90 SERIES units are programmable and feature a large touchscreen. The PR01 T955 is a wireless unit that is programmable and works with dual fuel heating systems. The brand is from Nordyne but the warranty is not very good unless you buy an entire hvac system when you get the thermostat. Their iQ DRIVE controller is a premium thermostat that works with their premium systems to deliver ultimate comfort and energy savings. westinghousehvac.com

VANTAGE--------------------NA----------<1*

The brand is from LEGRAND and their CC-STAT is a communicating thermostat that integrates into their smart home system. The unit works with most kinds of HVAC systems and features touchscreen control but their website is not much help. The brand is only available through authorized dealers. vantagecontrols.com

WEXCEL-----------------------1*-----------NA

These thermostats are made in China and the brand offers a wide variety of electronic controls. Their website is not much help and does not have a stated warranty policy. worldexcel.com

WHITE RODGERS-----------3*-----------2*

This brand has a wide range of models available backed by a strong warranty. The UP400 is a seven day programmable thermostat with a large touchscreen and a backlit display. The unit works with virtually any common HVAC system and is backed by a pretty good guarantee. The UP500W is a Wi-Fi connected thermostat that is battery powered for flexibility installation. The units are available at hardware/home improvement stores and online. white-rodgers.com

YORK--------------------------4*------------2*

"THE Thermostat" is a basic control that can be either programmable or non-programmable. It has a backlit display and a good warranty. The LX thermostat is an easy to use premium seven day programmable unit. The Affinity communicating control is a state of the art control system featuring a high definition touch screen and plug and play installation. The unit can control all aspects of home comfort and even allows you to adjust the speed of the fan in 1% increments. The brand is a part of JOHNSON CONTROLS and is only sold through its factory authorized network of dealers. york.com

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