If you're on a tight budget, Honeywell's programmable thermostat will pay for itself faster than either the Venstar T5800 or the much-talked-about Nest. But it lacks many of the features (some advanced, some relatively basic) that its competitors deliver.
This thermostat is packed with features, and we dig being able to display our favorite digital photos on its seven-inch screen. But it's almost as expensive as the far-superior Nest when you add the Wi-Fi module that makes it worth buying.
Michael is TechHive's lead editor and covers the connected-home and home-entertainment markets. He built his own smart home in 2007, which he uses as a real-world test lab when reviewing new products. Michael also reviews routers and networking products for TechHive and PCWorld. More by Michael Brown