Lux’s $153 Kono Sensible Thermostat is perhaps value your cash for those who’re searching for a comparatively inexpensive thermostat with neat-looking and plenty of sensible residence integrations. The one knob on the thermostat and its small show display (not touch-enabled) make it tedious to regulate manually in particular person, although, which is annoying — and could also be a deal breaker for some. 

Should you’re searching for a greater all-around related Wi-Fi thermostat for roughly the identical value, think about the $150 Honeywell Lyric T5. The Ecobee3 Lite and the Nest E are additionally nice, however value barely extra at $169 every. 

The specifics

The Kono thermostat jogs my memory of Samsung’s Household Hub Fridge — each are available in a black stainless end and are divided into quadrants, a recent design that is beginning to unfold throughout sensible residence product classes. I like the best way the Kono appears, and if you do not need a darkish grey thermostat, it is out there in 10 different colours, starting from hibiscus pink to driftwood, an off-white wood-look end (out there individually for $10 every if you wish to swap out the covers).

A knob within the backside proper quadrant controls every part on the thermostat — and a small display within the prime left quadrant shows the present and set temperatures, in addition to another settings you navigate to. 

Turning the knob to the varied settings you need is annoying. It would not really feel sturdy once you’re turning it and the show display is small and considerably tough to learn. 

The Kono works higher with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri and the simple Lux app for fast temperature changes.

I examined the Kono with an Amazon Echo Present, a Google Dwelling Max and a HomePod. All three audio system let me use a easy Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri command to regulate the temperature. 

The set up was easy, too. All the time seek the advice of an expert you probably have questions on changing an current thermostat, however this is the gist (it ought to solely take about 20 minutes):


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