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The question is what do you want from it? The nest is simple with some performance logging and wifi enabled. The sensi can is nearly the same without the logging. It's on par for price and features with the more basic honeywell wifi stuff. (like the 6000 series with wifi) There are more advanced and more basic stats out there. You just have to list what you want from it.

PS. The nest is one of the easiest to setup. They all have decent tech support, and are only a hair more difficult to install. The honeywell stats can have a million and one options, but at the cost of complexity

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I'm not overly wild about nest. It's a work in progress and getting better but it still has its quarks. It most definitely is a good looking stat and if "pomp and circumstance" is what you're looking for then who am I to shoot you down.

Honeywell is a real work horse in my book (and I prefer it), but I guess it comes down to what kind of heating system you have. If you have a plain jane furnace/ac then any one of those stats will work for you. Ecobee is probably the best balance point between "pomp and circumstance" and "work horse" and a good fit for a plain jane system.... it's also a pretty consumer friendly install. In fact if plain Jane... I would seriously think Ecobee

If you're running a heat pump with aux heat (especially heat strips) then I wouldn't bother with any of those stats and instead jump up to the Honeywell Prestige 2 IAQ system. A heat pump can save you lots of money if controlled properly, and cost you a lot if not. The IAQ goes deep into depth and detail in level of control that I have not seen on any other stat. It's redlink system also lets you customize and add on other features. It also gets you around the dreaded lack of "C wire" issue that many have. The stat only requires 2 wires instead of the standard 4... 6... 8...
On the down side it is slightly more complicated to install and Honeywell does not like diy'ers installing it and won't be too helpful if you have a problem.... but that's why sites like this are so good :smile:

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/ecobee

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honeywell-YTHX9421R5127WW-Prestige-IAQ-Thermostat-kit-with-Redlink-/131565805671?hash=item1ea1eee067:g:Ge8AAOSwT5tWOCKl
 

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The newer redlink pro8000 series (one of the stats that will work with the iaq2) will ask you about 40 technical questions on startup. Like I said, very customizable, and adaptable, but at the cost of complexity.

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I won't make a recommendation, since I am only three days into using the Prestige 2 IAQ that Bob noted above, but while various Honeywell t-stats may be recommended to you I will share this link, which helped in my decision process, as Honeywell offers a variety of t-stats and kit combos. This selection chart helped me hone-in on the Prestige 2 IAQ, but I did also purchase an outdoor sensor to accompany it. For the immediate, I'm using their wireless sensor but some have suggested better stability with their wired sensor. Good luck!
https://www.forwardthinking.honeywell.com/related_links/50-1376.pdf
 

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I'm not overly wild about nest. It's a work in progress and getting better but it still has its quarks. It most definitely is a good looking stat and if "pomp and circumstance" is what you're looking for then who am I to shoot you down.

Honeywell is a real work horse in my book (and I prefer it), but I guess it comes down to what kind of heating system you have. If you have a plain jane furnace/ac then any one of those stats will work for you. Ecobee is probably the best balance point between "pomp and circumstance" and "work horse" and a good fit for a plain jane system.... it's also a pretty consumer friendly install. In fact if plain Jane... I would seriously think Ecobee

If you're running a heat pump with aux heat (especially heat strips) then I wouldn't bother with any of those stats and instead jump up to the Honeywell Prestige 2 IAQ system. A heat pump can save you lots of money if controlled properly, and cost you a lot if not. The IAQ goes deep into depth and detail in level of control that I have not seen on any other stat. It's redlink system also lets you customize and add on other features. It also gets you around the dreaded lack of "C wire" issue that many have. The stat only requires 2 wires instead of the standard 4... 6... 8...
On the down side it is slightly more complicated to install and Honeywell does not like diy'ers installing it and won't be too helpful if you have a problem.... but that's why sites like this are so good :smile:

http://www.ebay.com/bhp/ecobee

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Honeywell-YTHX9421R5127WW-Prestige-IAQ-Thermostat-kit-with-Redlink-/131565805671?hash=item1ea1eee067:g:Ge8AAOSwT5tWOCKl
I looked at the Ecobee and was really considering it but everyone complained about the same thing, the touch screen is not responsive and sometimes it locks
 

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I have the ecobee. Haven't seen those issues. I really like it. It's the guy in the middle between nest and honeywell. It's has more options then the nest and more detailed history without much added complexity added to the stat screen. A few of us disagree completely on how well it works. I've had absolutely no problems with it, have been more comfortable, which I didn't think was possible from my setup. I had previously been using the honeywell pro8000 series stat.

I agree the sensi is a bit of a generic looking stat, but I recommend it for it's simplicity and pricing.

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