In Rogers “ Diffusion of Innovation” Model, 5 adopter types are identified : Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority and Laggards.
IoT and its groundbreaking devices are set to be the next step to the future of automation. Consumers recognise in innovations, such as IoT devices, many benefits but there are different social patterns and timescales of adoptions within consumers.
Can you recognise yourself as an “Innovator”? or Would you say you are between the “Late Majority”?
||Innovators are risk seekers with the highest social status and financial liquidity, have closest contact to scientific sources and interaction with other innovators. Their attitude towards risk allows them to adopt technologies that may ultimately fail. Financial resources will make up for these failures.
||These individuals present the highest degree of opinion leadership among the adopter categories. Early adopters have a higher social status, financial liquidity, advanced education and are more socially forward but still more cautious in adoption choices than innovators. They are in a central communication position and use judicious choice of adoption to help them maintain their status.
||It will take them significantly longer than the innovators and early adopters in adopting innovation. Early Majority have above average in social status and are in contact with early adopters which allows them to hold positions of opinion leadership in their social context.
||They adopt an innovation after the average participant. These individuals approach an innovation with a high degree of skepticism and after the majority of society has adopted the innovation. Late Majority are typically skeptical about an innovation, have below average social status, little financial liquidity, in contact with others in late majority and early majority and little opinion leadership.
||They are the last to adopt an innovation. Unlike some of the previous categories, individuals in this category show little to no opinion leadership. These individuals typically have an aversion to change-agents. Laggards typically tend to be focused on “traditions“, lowest social status, lowest financial liquidity, oldest among adopters, and in contact with only family and close friends.
Our homes are more connected than ever. According to a recent consumer research carried out by Deloitte (Deloitte consumer review “Switch on to the connected home” July 2016), 52% of consumers own at least one smart device for their home ranging from smart TVs to smart home appliances.
Most us can see the potential usefulness of such devices and the positive change that can bring to our day-to-day lives but before committing to purchase, the way to know which device to choose is gruelling and tempestuous.
Everybody has a say; the internet is jam-packed with reviews from customers to critics and many end up investing in the latest hyped product from exhaustion… thinking aren’t these products supposed to make my life easier in the first place?
This is a series of articles dedicated to Smart devices that will make you home a little closer to the ultimate idea of the “Smart Home”.
We scouted the internet looking for products reviews from critics to the average Joe that just bought his first smart device. We have given each product an average score based on our findings, comparing the products head-to-head to help you find the one that suits you.
This series is on-going project therefore we introduce more articles when they become available.
Only 3% of consumers already own a smart thermostat but these connected devices alongside security and lighting systems are expected to be the next biggest growth area in IoT. So, for those of you that don’t belong to that 3% or do but want to upgrade to the latest model, here are the most popular Smart Thermostats on the market at the moment.
Nest 3rd Generation
- Auto-Schedule: Nest learns the temperatures
you like and programs itself in about a week.
- Home/Away Assist: Nest automatically turns itself down when nobody’s home to help you save energy.
- Remote Control: Connect your thermostat to Wi‑Fi to control the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
- Farsight: When Nest spots you across the room, it lights up to show you the time, temperature or weather.
- Energy History: Check your Energy History in the Nest app to see how much energy you use and why.
- Nest Leaf: You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction. The look and feel are changed from previous Nest models with a much bigger screen with higher resolution and sleek/modern design. It also works with other Nest products such as the Nest Protect and Nest Cam.
Ecobee Wifi Thermostat
- Intuitively understands when to turn on your heating or cooling equipment based on your home’s unique energy profile, the weather outside, and thousands of other data points to make sure you’re comfortable at all times
- Knows you have a life – senses whether anyone’s home and which rooms are occupied, delivering comfort when you’re at home and saving you energy and money when you’re not
- Lowers your energy bills – ecobee saves homeowners an average of 23% annually, paying for itself in energy savings
- Homekit-enabled Ecobee3 – the world’s first homekit-enabled smart thermostat – is an evolution of our previous Ecobee3 smarter wi-fi thermostat
Honeywell Wifi Smart Thermostat
- Simple setup that adjusts temperatures to fit your daily life. Onscreen Help” button answers questions as you go
- Know about extreme indoor temperatures. Stay up-to-date on local weather conditions.
- Smart Response gives you the right temperature at the right time
- Choose a color scheme that blends with your home’s decor or adds contrast
- Free highly rated app with no monthly fee
- Simple set-up with one touch weather and smart alerts
Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wifi Smart Thermostat
- Integrated with the Apple HomeKit Technology
- Includes a 3-Year limited manufacturer’s warranty on materials and workmanship
- Capable of monitoring temperatures in 32 rooms simultaneously (must purchase additional remote sensors to make this possible)
- Includes a remote sensor, which is capable of determining whether or not a specific room is occupied and needs heated or cooled
- Compatible with most iOS and Android devices
- Equipped with a touchscreen display, which allows for temperature adjustments, etc.
- Monitor data energy history via your Ecobee3 app enabled device
Sensi Wifi Programmable Thermostat
- No other Wi-Fi thermostat works in more homes (no “C-wire” required for many HVAC applications). Refer to Sensi’s online compatibility resources to verify compatibility in your home
- Connect Sensi thermostat to your home Wi-Fi Network and control from anywhere via free mobile app (compatible with Android and iOS)
- Optional 7-day scheduling helps reduce wasteful heating and cooling when no one is home
- Quick and easy installation in 15 minutes or less. The Sensi app includes a step-by-step installation guide and video tutorial
- Works with Amazon Alexa for voice control and Wink app
Smart Thermostats Comparison
|Nest 3rd Generation
||Ecobee3 Wifi Thermostat
||Honeywell Wifi Smart Thermostat
||Schneider Electric Wiser Air Wifi Smart thermostat
||Sensi Smart Thermostat
|Larger display than 2nd generation and thinner.
The Mary Poppins of smart thermostat that everybody wants to match.
Not as straightforward to set up for non DIYers.
|Intuitive interface and integrated with alexa apple homekit and Samsung smartthings , IFTTT.
On the pricey side if you want the latest version with sensor.
|Similar look and feel as old school thermostats.
The screen shows a lot more information than others on the market.
Usability over looks – tricky installation – not for beginners.
| Slick and glowy design but heavier than others.
Intuitive screen commands and easy installation but chunky on your wall.
|Within the affordable range of smart thermostats.
Basic smart thermostat.
It has an app No touchscreen and no fancy features.
Each of the devices we have presented is definitely worth considering by its own right. Needless to say that the most important aspects to focus on when purchasing is the value that we attribute to certain features over others and the price tag that comes with it.
Nest 3rd generation, ranked the highest in terms of score and popularity but we all know that sometimes , most popular doesn’t mean best for us. For, instance a really good point made by customers living in multi-storey homes, is that a Nest device is needed for each floor in order to cover the entire house and make the most of its abilities. This can be an expensive business if you think of each of these devices pricing and let’s hope that your house is not over 3-4 floors otherwise it would turn into a real investment.
To answer to this problem Ecobee3, is probably the next and more eligible option . It does in fact come with the sensors , the original comes with one but a set of two sensors can be bought separately for just under $80 on the internet. Overall score is not far from Nest 3rd Generation, that we humorously refer to as the Mary Poppins of thermostats “Practically Perfect in Everyway!”. or is it?
Truth to be said as natural anti conformists, we would chose the next best device to the most popular but in this instance we do have reasons to believe that Ecobee3 is comparable if not superior to the sought after Nest 3rd Generation. The sensor addition is a game changer which allows the occupancy feature to work at its best. These features are just created with efficiency and comfort in mind. Looks wise is great, modern, neat, slick and mostly not bulky on the eye and on the wall. Integrates with the major smart devices and of course the ever popular Amazon Alexa. It comes with the free app that let’s you control HVAC from a distance and of course as any smart device nowaday has free software upgrades.