Ahead of the launch of HomeKit devices, Apple has started selling the Ecobee3 smart thermostat in its online and physical stores. The Ecobee3 will share shelf space at Apple with the competing Google-owned Nest Learning Thermostat, showing Apple is starting to expand the category with more products. The thermostat retails for $249.95.
Unlike other smart thermostat, the Ecobee3 could be paired with up to 32 wireless sensors to detect temperature readings in different rooms so that the thermostat could adjust the temperature accordingly.
Introduced in September, the ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat with remote sensors resolves a fundamental design flaw that has persisted since thermostats were invented – the flaw of only reading temperature in one location, often the hallway. Designed for homes with more than one room, the ecobee3 introduces the ability to wirelessly measure temperature and occupancy in multiple rooms and automatically adjusts the temperature based on the readings in those rooms to keep you comfortable. They also help you save more.
Like Nest, Ecobee3 can be paired with a smartphone for temperature adjustments that way.
At its retail price, Ecobee3 is the same price as Nest. If you're curious about the Ecobee3, be sure to check out our hands-on at Connectedly.