ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

The ecobee4 is the most capable and compliant smart thermostat on the market and even beats out Nest in terms of playing well with other smart home gadgets. The integrated Amazon Alexa smart speaker and super smart wireless room sensor make this the smart thermostat to beat unless you are all in on the Nest ecosystem.


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Why we like the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

For years Nest has been dominating the smart thermostat industry with their excellent Nest Learning Thermostat as well as their newer Thermostat E. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t alternatives. In fact many people prefer the ecobee4 Smart Thermostat over its Nest rivals. It includes some features that Nest simply doesn’t touch and also integrates Amazon Alexa voice functionality right on the unit.

Voice Assistant Compatibility

The ecobee4 works with all of the major voice assistants including the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri (via Homekit). But the big feature here is the fact that the ecobee4 IS an Amazon Alexa box. This means that you can holler at your thermostat and it can do stuff. Considering thermostats are generally mounted in central locations in your home this actually makes a heck of a lot of sense.

Other Compatibility

The ecobee4 is compatible with IFTTT and Stringify as well as Apple’s Homekit platform (which is a little sparse right now). The ecobee4 also fully supports Samsung’s SmartThings hub. This is more than you can say for Nest’s Learning Thermostat as Nest is still a hold out on the SmartThings platform. This means that if you are going the way of SmartThings econbee4 is definitely the right choice.

Extra features

Our favorite feature that ecobee basically pioneered is the secondary room sensor. We’ve all been in a house where the thermostat is in a room that is a totally different temperature than the bedrooms or basement. This means that the furnace will often turn off when many rooms are not actually warm yet. Ecobee 4 has remedied this situation by including a secondary wireless room sensor that you can place in a different room. The thermostat then takes this sensor into account as well when controlling heating and cooling. This is truly a game changer. The room sensor also has a presence detector so it can tell when that room is occupied.

The ecobee4 takes some leads from Nest on their auto Home/Away feature which learns about your habits and builds a schedule for you that makes sense and keeps you home at the optimal temperature. We also love the smart reminder notifications that can give you an idea of when you need to perform maintenance on your HVAC system. The ecobee4 is also fully compatible with controlling multi-stage HVAC systems which Nest cannot.

And all of this with an Energystar rating that can often snag you a government rebate in many States.


The ecobee4 takes everything the Nest thermostat started and adds even more smarts, better integrations and even Amazon Alexa voice assistant control on-board. This is absolutely the smart thermostat you have been waiting for unless you are already heavily invested in the Nest ecosystem.

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Specification: ecobee4 Smart Thermostat

Brand Ecobee
Connection type Wired, Wireless
IFTTT compatible Compatible with IFTTT
Product type Thermostat
Voice assistant compatibility Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant
Wireless protocols Wifi

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  1. schpeen

    Love my Ecobee 4!! Built in Amazon Alexa!! Got my New Ecobee 4 with built in Amazon Alexa and very excited to share my experience with you all. First off I want to say I don’t know how I went this long not owning an Ecobee Thermostat. I have always had Nest in my home but after using the Ecobee 4 for a few weeks it’s a much better thermostat in my opinion. The new Ecobee 4 has a built-in speaker and mic for Alexa and surprisingly it was much louder than I thought it would be, and very clear. Just give Alexa a command and you get that familiar blue LED at the top of the Ecobee that it’s listening. Commands with Alexa on the Ecobee 4 seem to be even a touch faster than some of the other Echo’s in my home. Setup was a snap and this time around I set it to control my Humidifier as well. It also came with 1 sensor and I think the sensors are what really sets the Ecobee apart from other smart thermostats. I ended up getting an additional 2 sensors for a total of 3. The Ecobee 4 can be setup to follow you in the house based on sensor activity so if you travel from room to room the temp will adjust. These sensors are great and when added to a Smart Hub they can be used to trigger a flow based off motion or temperature. When I first setup the Ecobee 4 I entered my home , away, and sleep temp ranges and I haven’t touched it once to adjust, its doing a great job all on it’s own. The app is very easy to navigate and also they have an amazing dashboard on Ecobee’s website that allows you to get some great data history on usage. I added it to SmartThings and its working great and coming soon to Wink as well. Having the built in Amazon Alexa allowed me to have yet another room in my home that can be controlled by voice. Overall I am very impressed and I highly recommend getting one if you’re in the market. I have tried several smart thermostats in the past but the Ecobee by far offers the best features for the price especially now with the built-in Amazon Alexa.

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