Google has already unveiled the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, Chromecast with Google TV and Nest Audio this year. But the team is not quite done. Google’s back, with a new $129.99 Nest Thermostat.
And no, this isn’t a replacement for the Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) or the Nest Thermostat E ($139, regular price $169). This is the new entry point, as it’s the most affordable thermostat yet from Nest.
The new Nest Thermostat does everything you’d expect a smart thermostat to do. You can adjust the temperature — and really any aspect of your HVAC system — on device or via the connected app. This $129.99 Nest Thermostat lives in the Google Home app, from setup to adjusting the temperature. Integration directly with the Google Home app is a big change, but it does fit into the consolidation of Google-made devices. You’ll still be able to link the Nest Thermostat with both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for a hands-free experience, if you’d like.
The other big change is a new design for the Nest. You’ll no longer turn the ring around the device to the left or right to adjust the temperature. Nest is opting for a capacitive touch sensor on the right side of the device that you’ll run your finger up and down to adjust the mode (cool, heat, eco, etc) and to enter settings. It’s a slide (up or down) and tap to make a selection.
You won’t need to wake the display, either; sensors, including Soli (the same tech that enables Face Unlock on the Pixel 4 and 4 XL) will intelligently wake the face so it’s ready when you approach. In some cases, if you just want to see the temperature you won’t need to touch it at all.
There are some new features on the Nest Thermostat as well. For starters, HVAC monitoring is coming out of beta and will be around to give helpful reminders. It will be proactively monitoring your system and can theoretically alert you of a small issue before it becomes big. Via the Google Home app, it can recommend a local service provider to check out the issue. Second, and arguably more usable on a daily basis, is Quick Scheduling. With this, you can create a schedule for cooling or heating — whatever scenario works best for you. Nest will eventually suggest or recommend small tweaks to help you save energy.
The Thermostat itself is still circular, but is a bit sleeker and more modern-looking. The display has a mirror finish, which should allow it to blend into your home a bit more. You get your choice of four colors: Snow, Charcoal, Sand and Fog. The interface has been tweaked a bit to present the active mode alongside the temperature it is set to. The mirror finish is off when it’s not in use, but lights up when you approach or engage the touch sensor. The interface is a bit simpler, with core information like the mode, desired temperature and actual temperature front and center .
Nest will also offer a trim kit, which is essentially a larger backing plate, for $14.99. This looks like a handy way to cover any holes in the wall that arise during installation.
In the box, you’ll get the Nest Thermostat, the backing/wiring plate, a mounting plate and two AA batteries. The thermostat will be connected to electrical for power, but the batteries act as a backup. It comes with a one-year warranty out of the box.
As the new entry-level model, this $129.99 Nest Thermostat carries over the most important features and even introduces a few new ones.
The Nest Thermostat is up for preorder now at $129.99 and will begin shipping in the coming weeks. The Trim Kit, available in the same four colors, is up for preorder at $14.99 now as well.