• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to love it

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    I wanted to love it but I love being comfortable in my home more. I purchased 2 second gen Nests for my home and immediately I noticed that the batteries drained, they lost wifi, and then shut down. Several times I came home to a freezing home and had to light the fireplace while I manually charged the Nest with the mini USB. No help from Nest support and finally I had to replace them with the old simple programmable thermostats ($19.99 at Home Depot) - problem solved! Waste of $500.

    Reading the forums and comments lets me know I'm not alone.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea but flawed implementation - Heat Pump owners be warned

    • Written by from Beaconsfield

    Great aesthetics and very easy to use both manually and remotely. In fact every part of the system except one delivers on the promises it makes. The problem is that system simply cannot handle a duel stage heating system that uses a Heat Pump as a primary means of heating backup up by an auxiliary system such as a furnace. Despite changing several of the options and pre-sets the fact is your Auxiliary heat will be on far more than ever before costing more not less money to heat your house. The support boards are full of people trying to solve the issue, including re-wiring and fooling the system into thinking it’s in a different part of the country (it sets some conditions depending on where in the country it is and what the weather is like).
    The answer I received from Nest was to disconnect certain wires during certain weather conditions….plain stupid.
    The biggest worry is that to date I can see no recognition from Nest that this is an issue at all. Technology always needs debugging but every day that goes by with this product is going to cost you more and more money in heating bills if you have a Heat pump and auxiliary system….be warned.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Once a avid backer of Nest. Might be again, if.....

    • Written by from Ramsey

    Had a GEN1 Nest. It did not want to switch to heat in the winter. No problem. Gave it to a friend who loves it. Purchased a GEN2. Wonderful. Does everything I want until now. Not heating properly because ambient temperature states 75 degrees F. Removed Nest module and felt back plate. Warm. Looks like Y1 FET blown. When I removed Y1 wire, FET cooled down. It is less the 20 degrees F here in Minnesota. So my thermostat was running the heat and also trying to activate the A/C. Fortunately at the end of the cooling season, I had removed power from the A/C.
    Now as a test engineer with almost 30 years of experience and also with an engineering physics background I know my way around circuits.
    Nest has a very serious issue with how they dealt with the 24VAC input power. Their circuit is not fault tolerant for the fact that the 24VAC is unregulated and can vary quite a bit depending on input voltage and load conditions. The 24VAC technology was designed when the world was analog and the voltage was used to switch mechanical relays. Nest needs a solution that protects their wonderful implementation. Isolation, solid state relays, an actual power control/condition/switcher. Pick one. Looks like a group of digital engineers approaching problem from digital side with little experience with analog and HVAC. Their competitor is approaching the market from the HVAC side with not as much talent in the digital side.
    Will invest in Nest when they get their power supply situation worked out. This is not a compatibility issue as 24VAC transformers exist on most furnaces. If you do not think you have power spikes, the only way to be certain is to have some type of power conditioning and/or surge protection at the 110V input to the furnace.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy a Nest Thermostat - Low Battery = no wifi

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The Nest Thermostat simply does not work. I have owned and returned 5 Nest thermostats. They look great until low battery notification appears and then no wifi connection. So really no Nest remote functionality. It may look better but internally it is a poor design and doesn't work. I replaced 2 Nest Thermostats, and in less than a month both had low battery problems. Just to be clear, you can not access or change the battery on the Nest thermostat. I am going to try the Honeywell. Have a good day.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really wanted these to work

    • Written by from Tipton

    For what it's worth, I'm a software engineer actively working in the "connected devices" world. Point being, I SHOULD have above average technical know-how.

    Summary of installation for TWO thermostats:
    Wiring 20 minutes total - easy
    WiFi config - 40 minutes (really painful - no exaggeration) AND I had to change my router security to mixed mode before it work. I have a 3 year old Cisco router. I've had no problems with any other device in my house and I have probably 12+ "things" connected all of the time.

    Next morning
    - Error displayed on the Nest and my upstairs was at 61 degrees.
    - Nest support ran through some tests and determined my furnace had an issue and I should call my HVAC guy.
    - Just google "N26 No power to G wire detected."
    - This furnace is a heat pump and apparently didn't provide enough power to keep the Nest happy. I replaced my old thermostat and everything was just fine.

    During the next week
    - My Gas force air furnace worked great and the info coming off of the Nest was exactly what I had wanted/expected. ...until it stopped connecting to my WiFi. It was only online for about 5 days total.
    - After a couple of additional attempts I gave up.

    Bottom line: WiFi connectivity is key for this product and both units had general connectivity problems in my house where other devices seem not to. Before installing on a heat bump, do some additional research. You might be better off with a non-programmable anyway.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not alway work

    • Written by from Anchorage

    I bought a Nest and tried to get it to work and could not, I'm a Sys Admin and still had trouble getting it to work, I called Nest and they walked me through some chgs and still would not work, Then found out the adv model of my router would not wk so I bought a diff one and still after my hours of tiring to get to wk no luck, So I bought a 2nd one just to make sure and it would not work, So I took both back to Lowe's and Bought the Hunter Douglas Model and Guess what in 20 min and it as working including on my iPhone DONT BUY THIS NEST

    23 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great idea but....

    • Written by from MILLINGTON

    Bought the 2nd gen Nest. Returned it because it didn't work with Honeywell air cleaner or humidifier.

    When they upgrade again (3rdgen) hopefully these shortcoming will be corrected.

    Forced air gas heat/AC

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    breaks easily

    • Written by from miami

    bought the nest at Christmas in three months it broke

    the technician nest recommended me to use in my area told me he's seen a lot of them break

    do not buy this product
    wish apple did not carry it because I thought apple would have not carried it if it was not reliable
    now I have my old thermostat and everything works well now

    try Honeywell

    if anyone from nest reads this build a more reliable product before releasing

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Give it a try, so long as you can return it.

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    I read a bunch of reviews online here and other websites. People love it or hate it. Mostly because it works for some and not for others. I bought Nest a couple of days ago. The batteries continually die, causing the Nest to shut down and resulting in me having no control over my AC or heat. So for me, it didn't work. When it's on, it looks great. The concept is fantastic and I have friends who have Nest and they have been problem free, which is why I decided to give it a shot.

    It seems the best option is to buy it from Apple or from somewhere you can return it, should it not work for you. Also, only if you can install it yourself. It took me about 20 minutes. So when it didn't work, I spent another 20 minutes disconnecting it. All I lost was the time for the install and removal and two trips to the Apple Store.


    My Nest is completely compatible with my system and when it was on and had power it controlled AC and heat just fine. I do have an RC wire, which is supposed to provide power, but that must not be the case, hence the frequent shutdowns for loss of power.

    I hope this helps clear up the confusion for some people on why there are 5 star reviews and 1 star reviews for the same product.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disaster, waste of money and time with totally useless tech support

    • Written by from Chicago

    We bought one and got it to work to run the heating, but couldnt connect to internet. Then as suggested by Nest, we reset, restarted the device and since then it didnt detect the heating. After wasting 2 hours on the phone with tech support, they couldnt solve the problem. We said FINE, we sent the wiring and the picture to Nest compatibility email to get their advice. After a few days we got an email saying it wouldnt work cause we have high voltage which is absolutely wrong. Not sure how to trust such tech support who cannot even diagnose high voltage from low voltage, let alone to help with the rest. I strongly not recommend this product as it is over priced and not working. it just looks fancy and the idea of how it supposed to work is enticing, the reality is it's not working. period!!!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thermostat Disconnected

    • Written by from Eureka

    I purchased a house with 2 Nests. Seemed like a great concept, however the unit's constently disconnect from the App. I'm told it's because they lose power and connectivity is the first function that shuts down. What good is a thermostat that you can control remotely that is only connected 15% of the tiime. Not to mention if you change your schedule for the slightest reason the whole concept of a learning thermostat is in the toilet!. If you work from home Iyou'll need to keep telling the unit that "I'm working in the office, stop setting the system to away!!" The only benefit I have gotten is the abitlity to set the system to away when I'm out of town. That is, if it's connected. Check back enough times and I might catch it connected.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Has Potential. Needs A lot of Work

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I did my research and decided I would try the Nest. I previously used an Ecobee in my last home and loved it, the idea of the Nest using software and algorithms to "Learn" and automatically set to away to save energy seemed amazing. I do not however have a set schedule and after 2 months it is still in learning mode. My girlfriend and I both have the Nest apps on our iPhone, Perhaps if it were to use location to know when we left the house, and when we are going to return... it could help but to my knowledge does not. There have been times when I am in another room and it sets to "auto away" increasing the temperature and making it very uncomfortable. Other times in the middle of the night I will wake up sweating, realizing the Nest decided to raise the temperature 5+ degrees. Aside from that... installation was extremely easy, it looks very nice on my wall, and needs a lot of work from the Nest team.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Carrier

    • Written by from Reston

    I purchased a Nest for my wife for Christmas. Before opening the box, I watched the nest online installation video and went to the nest compatibility website. The website instructed me to take a photo of my existing wiring and send it to nest customer support. I called nest and spoke to a tech after a very short wait. He advised me that my nest "may not be compatible" but had me continue to investigate. After an 18 minute call, he determined that i should go ahead and instal my nest. After installation, my nest said a wire was not installed correctly. I went through troubleshooting and called the support telephone line again. This time they said "because of the proprietary wiring (in the photo i had previously sent) your nest is not compatible." I then went to google and immediately found an article on nest.com that explains Carrier Infinity systems are not compatible. I don't know why the box doesn't say "not compatible with Carrier Infinity Systems" and I don't know why the first phone technician didn't say "not compatible with carrier infinity system."

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay with traditional Programmables!

    • Written by

    In theory a great thermostat... that is IF YOU are a predictable person / family. As a retired construction / remodeling business owner, including HVAC, I would NEVER put one in a customer's home WITHOUT advising them of the potential problems with this "engineering marvel". AGAIN, IF you have a VERY regular AND predictable lifestyle, maybe an OK choice, but at the retail price (what the homeowner is charged by most contractors), I'd NOT recommend it! PERIOD! My business operated / grew on by-name-referral BECAUSE the products I installed were top-notch as was our craftsmanship -- "Old Worlde". W e did NOT do bandaid fixes NOR install junk! This item may not be junk, BUT it'll have you wanting to rip it off the wall and throw it out the window or in the fireplace... when you wake up at 3 AM sweating because the STUPID thing has decided no one is home! OR, you'll come home having set it back BEFORE you left for the week... only to come back to find it "had a mind of its own" AND turned the house into a meat locker when no one was home!!! Neither of my HVAC systems have one!!!! As I said, in theory (and design) may be an OK idea, BUT has far too many shortcomings -- PROBLEMS -- to be used in my high-end business. AND by "high-end", I mean QUALITY, NOT ridiculously expensive!!!! Stay with traditional Programmables! They're more dependable & trustworthy, like the KC-135s I flew, that are still in the air, while KC-10s may soon be history (retired USAF)

    30 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    good looking terrible product, made electric bill double~

    • Written by from louisville

    I have tried and tried to get this great looking thing to work, but alas we are putting the old thermostat back on. Frustration, every month with our heating bill out of control, and never able to really regulate the temperature in the house to a comfortable temp. Either freezing or burning up. Randomly turns off after it's turned on for 30 seconds and then comes back on for 5 and then turns off again! Don't waste your hard earned money because it looks so cool! Looks are deceiving.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Heat bill doubled

    • Written by from Charleston

    Swapped an old digital basic thermo for the Nest in Dec of 13. The aesthetic quality of the Nest had me hooked. I had a professional come by afterwards to check it out because the house was taking forever to heat. He said it was installed properly, just a Nest trait. It kicks on the first stage of heat and runs as much as it can with out utilizing the 2nd stage which really heats the house up quickly. My 1st stage of heat was running constantly. Well, it's been 3 months and average temps were with in a degree of the same time last year and my electric bills have doubled each month compared to last year.
    I requested support from Nest 2 months ago and have received no replies. My Nest is going back for an exchange to something more affordable that works.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working in the middle of a cold night!

    • Written by from Pitman

    Suddenly stopped working in the middle of the night! Woke up to a freezing downstairs and no response from the thermostat. Looks like my 7 month old baby will be sleeping in the cold again tonight. Total rip off!

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best gadget purchase of 2012

    • Written by from Omaha

    Awesome product. My "do it yourself" skills are limited to changing light bulbs, but even I was able to install this thing on my own in under an hour. Coolest app enabled accessory I've purchased so far. Very easy to use and intuitive. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    • Written by from roswell

    This Thermostat is beyond anything that I have seen. It has already saved me money on my heating for this winter. I would recommend it to any to buy!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful for Vacation Home

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Though this thermostat is very cool looking, and the learning feature interesting, it lacks two basic feature that make it terrible for a vacation home.
    First, it does not have a low temperature alert that emails you when the temperature drops below a certain level. This would give you a chance to try to get ahead of freezing pipes.
    Second there is no temperature hold feature. Sometimes I want to just set a temperature and leave it there... The most basic of functions.
    People have been complaining about these issues for the past couple of years on the Nest boards and the complaints are falling on deaf ears.
    Going to try to sell my 2 nests and get Honeywells.

    7 of 8 people found this useful