Nest Vs Tado – today we compare two of the leading smart thermostats on the market to help you decide which one you should buy in late 2016. We look at their key features, their design, their ease of set-up and use, and provide our verdict on whether you should buy the Tado or the Nest smart thermostat. Lets dive in
Nest Vs Tado: What is a smart thermostat anyway and what is the point of them?
In short – think cost savings, better energy efficiency (so ‘greener’) and much more ‘on the move’ control over your homes heating – whether you are remotely managing it for a pet that you have left in the home or for when you return that evening – and you ca do all of this from anywhere in the world [which has an internet connection].
We have seen the raid emergence of so called smart thermostats over the past couple of years, with leading players like the Nest learning Thermostat, Hive Active Heating and Tado emerging as the front runners in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Smart thermostats are intended to leverage new technologies to help you heat your home more effectively and economically. They leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to hook up with other connected devices, such as your smart phone and your tablet computers, providing on the move controls which let you turn the heating on and off whilst you’re out of the home. They also bring ‘learning’ capabilities, to understand your heating patters and to also understand the different ambient temperatures of different rooms in your home – meaning they heat rooms independently of each other in order to save on energy usage.
The ultimate premise really is that your heating should be easier to control and it should be ‘smart’ enough to take learnings from your behaviours and then to adapt based on this information. As we all carry smartphones with us virtually all of the time now, this means that for example, one learning becomes when you leave the house in the morning and when you typically arrive home. What’s more, your connected home knows this from when your device locks onto the home wifi network, enabling it to cut off or kick in the heating. As the IoT connects devices like Tado or Nest to the internet, they can also understand the local weather and foresee incumbent weather coming. All of this is clearly a lot ‘smarter’ than the thermostat which comes with most homes.
So now we know the basics, how do we decide between products like Nest or Tado or Hive? Lets dive deeper
Nest vs Tado smart thermostat – which one looks the best?
You make think that the design of your smart thermostat is a somewhat mute point – but actually part of the appeal of these devices is their look and feel – and the idea is that they will be put on display in the home. These are now a straight replacement for that all thermostat that is locked in your airing cupboard.
Therefore, a true design emphasis has been placed onto both of these devices. However, both do vary markedly from each other. Nest is circular to Tado’s square design. What the pictures do not necessarily convey is the difference in depth, as Nest is around 1.5x deeper than Tado, meaning it will stand off of the wall in a much more pronounced manner. However when considering Nest Vs Tado, its worth remembering that both are intended to be wall mounted – much like you’d come to expect from a regular thermostat.
Nest 3rd-Gen best features
- Read our full review of the Nest 3rd generation learning thermostat here, giving a fuller picture of its best features
- Home/away assist – Through a combination of sensors and use of the home wifi network, the Nest will work to decipher if you are at home or not – helping to save on wasted heating (IE do not heat an empty home)
- Family account – you can set up up to 10 different Nest accounts centred around each Nest device. This means that even the largest families can all have their own accounts, which links in to the home/away assist and the Nest ‘auto’ mode
- Control the hot water on your phone. If you’re sat in the living room and realise that you fancy a nice long soak in the bath – you can flick open the Nest app and boost the hot water – ensuring you’re not left in a luke-warm bath
- Nest is better for smaller homes – unless you have actively plumbed your home into multiple heating ‘zones’ – otherwise the main learning benefits will not be maximised. Nest is best if your home has one or maximum two thermostats
- Ecosystem – Nest is owned by Google, which has not been without its problems but this means it will play perfectly with Google home as well as other Nest products, like the nest Protect smart smoke detector, reviewed here.
Tado smart thermostat best features
- The Tado smart thermostat is now into its second generation, and one of the better upgrades made between generation one and two was the separation of the devices bridge, main unit and thermostat into three components. The need for a dedicated bridge is a shame, but the end result remains a package which looks great. The new Tado design is definitely one of its better features
- When looking at Tado vs Nest, its worth pointing out their similarities. Both devices use motion sensors to add their smart components – which compares to say Hive (uses an app based remote controller) or Honeywell (room by room independent monitoring)
- Tado uses your home wifi to detect when you’re coming home – which is definitely a nice feature. A sure fire way to tell that you are home is when your smartphone locks onto your home wifi network, enabling the Tado smart thermostat to activate the right user profile.
- The Tado ‘Connector kit’ lets you control your hot water, again much like Nest does
Nest verses Tado – set-up
First lets look at the similarities between Tado vs Nest on set-up. Both devices can be installed at home yourself, but its hard to recommend that, especially when considering how important it is to have a fully working home heating solution. The vast majority of installations of both devices are carried out by professionals, and we would always recommend that you go down this route. For a fully proficient plumber you’re looking at a 30 to 60 minute installation job – so nothing too taxing nor expensive.
Tado have a list of approved contractors that you can work with, which i would normally be sceptical about, but these guys are effectively Tado installation experts, so its really not a bad shout to go down that path in my opinion. As a rule of thumb, from ordering the device (Nest or Tado) to having it fully set-up and working should never take more than 2 weeks.
When it comes to setting up the smart thermostat, Nest is a little easier. Nest have developed a dedicated controller which communicates with the thermostat and your router, providing a simple to use wireless installation job
Tado Vs Nest – which one works best?
When analysing the performance of each, the first thing i will note is that there is a substantial uptick in energy saving, convenience and household aesthetics just from using a smart thermostat, period. Both of these devices, as well as the other smart thermostats on the market will help you to save money and get a better grip on how you manage the heating of your home.
Both Nest and Tado take some setting up and they also take around 7 to 14 days to fine tune around your home and uses. Overall i do believe that the Nest devices learning capabilities are slightly superior, but when it comes to a smart thermostat, there are other factors at play.
Should I buy the Nest or Tado thermostat?
If i was looking to buy a smart thermostat today (in late 2016) I would go for the Nest. This is largely because i am placing a bet that the Google smart home ecosystem is about to evolve, and evolve quickly. They already have the Nest protect, which adds a smart component to the home smoke detector (which is actually much more required than you may believe). The signs though are there that Google are going to go really big into this space – much like Amazon and Apple – so owning more Google home kit may be a better bet than a fairly small IoT only company – which is not to discredit a specialised offering at all.
Both however fulfil largely the same purpose, at pretty much the same price point. Both look fantastic, albeit in their own very succinct ways and both will make a tangible difference – enabling you to heat your home more effectively for less cost. So we really are big fans of both devices. Ultimately the choice comes down to your own preferences on style, design and features. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below
Tado Vs Nest in pictures
Side by side on design – the thermostat itself
Tado Vs Nest apps