What is the best smart thermostat?

Hive or Nest seem to be the top contenders but what’s the difference? Can I get some real opinions from people who install them and what makes one better than the other?

Asked by Carol on 9th Apr 2020
Expert Trade Answers
"Nest thermostat I think is the best option for me easy o use and very reasonably priced"
Answered on 12th May 2020 - Member since May 2019 - report
The hive is outstanding. Looking at £300
Supplied and fitted"
Answered on 27th May 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
"Hive thermostat! Not much difference between the both except the look. The function and the quality is simikar"
Answered on 17th May 2020 - Member since May 2019 - report
"Definitely a NEST, brilliant products to add to the thermostat afterwards."
Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
"I fit both, I prefer the Hive as it's wireless (battery operated) whereas the nest has to wired or on a stand although if you do have existing wired thermostat I would use the nest. Looks-wise both are nice especially nest in black."
Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Dec 2018 - report
"2 very similar products. I personally prefer Nest as it has a better look and its connectivity with the internet is built-in whereas hive requires a hub connected to your router. Nest is also more intelligent than hive such as learning your pattern of life."
Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
"In my opinion the Nest has the edge over the hive as the app is very simple to use as is the thermostat itself. Looks aesthetically better as well with different coloured body to suit different interiors. Opentherm enabled with load and weather compensation to be very energy efficient too."
Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Dec 2016 - report
"Hive is good in advertising because of British gas but there is few problems with hive such as price and different Zone support etc.
Nest learning thermostat is a good product with the ability to control up to 20 Zones, easy to pair and capable to control by other intelligent devices such as echo dot. I prefer Nest rather than Hive.
There aren't too many differences between them and also other products such as Tado, Drayton, Genus and so on.
Bear in mind that these kinds of thermostats have advantages for you if you install TRVs too, Otherwise, most advantages are for installer .( easy to install in some cases)."
Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
"Either hive or nest. But it will depend on if you have other smart devices in the house. If you want a fully compatible system (lights, sockets, doorbell, speakers etc) buy in line with what you have.
To be frank the cheapest way to run your boiler is to have it on constantly running off a room stat. If it’s warm (ie summer) it won’t run as the stat wont call for heat. The; when it’s cooler it will constantly be “topping up”. This is proven to be more energy efficient.
So a decent boiler plus compliant RF room stat is best in my opinion. Paying £200 to turn you boiler on from your mobile doesn’t make sense to me!"
Answered on 23rd May 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
"Hive is good, more basic then nest, if your a tech geek and like a stat to learn your routine and lifestyle and adjust accordinglythen nest is the one for you.

I personally have Hive in my house."
Answered on 13th Jun 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
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