There are few smart home companies that have managed to grow in popularity as much as Nest has. With a simple name and a few flagship products, Nest has shaken up the smart home space.
The company’s about page states that “Nest is focused on making simple, human, delightful things. That’s how we’re creating the thoughtful home: A home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.”
True to that ethos, Nest smart home products have a clean aesthetic and simple operation. The company offers a thermostat, a smoke detector, and three cameras.
There’s been a lot of buzz around Nest smart home devices, so let’s dive in and see what all the fuss is about.
Nest Learning Thermostat
Nest’s most popular product is arguably the Learning Thermostat. It’s small, circular, and black, so it will blend in to your home.
In many ways, it behaves like any other smart thermostat does, and that means one of the main features is remote control.
You can change the temperature on the Nest no matter where you are, as long as you have a phone, tablet, or laptop that’s connected to the Nest.
The Nest also integrates with smart home speakers (like the Amazon Echo and Google Home), allowing you to control the thermostat using vocal commands.
If you’d rather use touch to operate the thermostat, you can do that by rotating the ring around the device itself. A clockwise motion will increase the temperature, and a counterclockwise motion will decrease it.
The Nest’s real selling point is the “learning” part. Nest claims that over the course of a week or so, the device will learn your schedule.
Basically, it monitors your temperature control, looks for patterns, and then acts on any patterns that it notices.
So let’s say you turn the thermostat to 67º F at 11 PM before you go to sleep. If you do that every night, Nest will eventually make the temperature 67ºF at 11 PM.
This learning also extends to your entire daily schedule. So if you leave the house every morning at 9, the Nest will learn that and set itself to an Eco temperature setting to save energy and lower your costs.
One of the thermostat’s newest features is called Farsight. When you walk into the room where your Nest thermostat is located, the device will light up to show you the temperature, weather, or time.
Even though the feature is simple, it’s useful in many situations. You can choose an analog or digital clock face, and the displays are easy to read even at a distance.
Finally, the thermostat will send you alerts if it detects a drop or jump in temperature. Nest says this can come in handy if your pipes could explode from low temperatures.
The device comes in four colors: copper, stainless steel, black, and white, so you can choose the hue that’s best for your home.
Nest’s second main offering is its line of cameras. There are three models: Nest Cam IQ, Nest Cam Indoor, and Nest Cam Outdoor.
The Nest Cam IQ is the most expensive device at a retail price of $299. It has impressive specs, boasting a 4k sensor, 1080p HD recording, and HDR and infrared LEDs.
As its name implies, the Nest Cam IQ is designed to be intelligent. It can tell if something is a person or an object, and it has a microphone/speaker combo to detect intruders and then scare them away by blasting noise.
There is an additional feature called Nest Aware that’s available with an additional subscription. Aware gives your IQ the ability to remember and recognize faces.
Aware plans start at $10/month, so if security is a priority of yours, it might be worth it to grab a subscription. However, it’s not necessary to have an Aware subscription to use your IQ.
The Indoor is a standing camera that looks a lot like a small speaker. The Outdoor is smaller and designed to be attached to the exterior of a building. It’s also weatherproof, so the rain won’t stop it from working.
Both cameras record in 1080p, capture audio and video 24/7, and can tell people apart from objects. They’re not as full-featured as the Nest Cam IQ, but they have all the features that a smart camera needs.
The third Nest smart home device is the Nest Protect, which is a compact smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detector.
The Protect has a human-like voice that alerts you when there’s smoke or CO in a specific part of your home. If you have multiple Protects, they’ll all speak.
If you want to turn off the alarm, you can easily do so from your phone. The Protect also sends notifications to connected phones so everyone can stay in the loop.
It has a few other features that make it a multi-purpose smart home device. The Pathlight feature lights up the alarm when you walk under it at night, and it can tell the difference between steam and smoke. The device also tests its own batteries so you know when it’s time for new ones.
Nest smart home devices have a lot going for them––they’re nicely designed, and many users like their operation. However, they are on the pricier side.
With only three products, Nest can’t give you an entire smart home setup. But the company’s devices are hard to ignore, and their features are competitive.
If you have the money to drop on these products, there’s no doubt they’ll work well together. Nest has a lot of room for growth, and more devices may be on the horizon.
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