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Review the Ecobee 4

The Ecobee, costing around 249 US dollars, comes with all the good things from the previous thermostats from Ecobee. It comes with a highly responsive touchscreen display, a remote temperature and proximity sensor, easy-to-use mobile and web apps as well as integrations with Amazon Alexa, Apple Home Kit, Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT. However, it does not just work with Alexa as it is also an Amazon speaker.

This is not only an incredible device but also the smartest thermostat you can find on the market. After being connected to Wi-Fi connection, it is really easy for you to download the related app for both Android and iPhone devices in order to follow the clearly defined instructions. All the process takes only a few minutes. When the thermostat is connected to your local network, you will be able to approach it easily from the mobile or web app. You can have approach to the same features on both apps but the web app’s home screen would be easier to view.

What is more, the Ecobee 4 is also compatible with a lot of smart home partners, such as Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Wink. Ecobee can work with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Samsung Smart Things and IFTTT. Rather than just integrating with an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Tap speaker, the Ecobee4 can also work as an Alexa speaker. Similar to what you can do with a standalone device, you can ask your Alexa to turn on the light or change the temperature in the room.

Adding smart home integrations would take a little bit longer time in comparison with the first configuration, yet it is still really straightforward. If you connect the Ecobee4 to your Home app in iOS 10 or a shared Amazon account, you are then able to manage the thermostat with Siri through HomeKit and with Alexa directly from the thermostat.

The pairing works effectively. It can adjust the thermostat with the mobile or web app, or with Siri and Alexa voice control smoothly. If you add an Alexa speaker to the thermostat, you can more benefit from the layer of smarts.

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