Acquired by Google in 2014, Nest Labs makes some of the most popular smart products for the modern home. These are known for their elegant designs, simplicity, artificial intelligence, and self-learning capabilities.
While probably best known for their smart thermostats, Nest now has a plethora of offerings and it can be hard to keep up with them. We know there is plenty of interest in these high-quality Nest products, so we have put together a list of everything Nest Labs has to offer. Trying to smarten your home? Keep reading and you might find some Nest products you didn’t even know you needed.
Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is likely the most popular Nest product of the bunch. It also happens to be the company’s very first venture into the smart home market, and it is a thing of beauty.
Priced at $249, it may seem a bit expensive, but the idea is that it pays for itself in savings. This is because the device has a learning system that adapts to your lifestyle. It knows the season, temperature, if you are away, and more.
According to Nest Labs, it can save about 10-12% on heating and 15% on cooling bills. This means it should pay for itself in less than a couple years.
This is also an amazingly well built product, with a rotating stainless steel ring that controls temperature and an elegant design.
Nest Thermostat E
Don’t need all that fancy stuff? There is a cheaper Nest alternative that costs $169. Is it any worse? Not really. You won’t be missing much in terms of functionality, unless you really care for Farsight, which is about the only real feature taken away. Farsight allows the Nest Learning Thermostat to detect when a person is passing by and activate the display.
You do get a lesser polycarbonate construction and only one color option (white). Furthermore, the 1.76-inch 320×320 display is inferior to the Nest Learning Thermostat’s 2.08-inch 480×480 panel. But for the savings who cares, right? The thermostat is not exactly something you are supposed to be looking at.
What I say is the biggest downside would be support. While the Learning Thermostat is known for supporting 95% of all HVAC units, the Nest Thermostat E drops that number to 85%. Still, if your HVAC supports it, this is one of the best Nest products you can buy and it’s at a great price.
Nest Temperature Sensor
Every home has micro-climates. Upstairs rooms tend to be warmer. Maybe your living room catches all the outdoor breeze, or the kitchen gets too hot while cooking. For such instances, there is the Nest Temperature Sensor.
This little device connects to your 3rd-gen Learning Thermostat or Thermostat E to ensure every room is at the desired temperature. Simply leave it in the room where temperature tends to go rogue and leave it be. This unique Nest product will then measure these differences and will do what it can to accommodate for them.
Basic smoke alarms do their job, but it’s time to get something a little smarter and less annoying. The Nest Protect might be the solution you have been looking for. It does more than just make an obnoxious noise when there is smoke in the house.
This Nest product will notify you where the smoke is coming from. It also recognizes steam, acts as a night light, and even tests itself. In addition, will send smoke notifications to your smartphone, from where you can also turn off the alarm.
A growing number of Nest products are of the smart camera variety. There are two versions of the Nest Cam: Indoor and Outdoor. Both share the same feature set and price. The only main difference is the body. While the indoor version is smaller and more discrete, the outdoor iteration comes with an IP65 rating. This means it can withstand both dust and water pressure similar to that of a nozzle.
These cameras will record everything 24/7 and alert you when it detects significant motion and noise. Want to scare someone off? Maybe let the mail man know what to do with your package? Simply use the camera’s mic and speaker to communicate.
Nest Cam IQ
[Price: Indoor $299, Outdoor $349]
There are also a couple versions of the smarter Nest Cam IQ. These can do everything the regular Nest Cams do, but have been improved with stronger specs and a smarter system.
Aside from having a 4K sensor, these tout a 12x digital zoom and HDR. Zoom and follow can be automized.
Not every person that shows up in camera is a stranger, and Nest Cam IQ can recognize familiar faces to avoid unnecessary notifications. A 3-mic array will provide clearer sound, and the LEDs are twice as bright.
Those who go with the Nest Cam IQ outdoor version can also enjoy an IP66 rating, tamper-resistant mount and a much louder speaker (about 15 times louder).
Nest Hello is more than a doorbell. This Nest product is connected to the internet via WiFi and can put you in touch with whoever is at your front door. Its camera can record in HD. It also has a 160-degree field of view, night vision, and even HDR. Without a doubt, this is one of our favorite smart doorbells.
Hello does work with Nest Aware, which means you can record up to 30 days of continuous video, just like with the cameras. It can even recognize family, motion, and sound.
[Price: $499 for starter kit]
The Nest Secure alarm system is meant to be simple and intuitive. It gets rid of complicated codes and the need to rush out of your own home. The system consists of 3 items: Nest Guard, Nest Detect, and Nest Tag. Let’s run you through what each does.
The Nest Guard (pictured above) is pretty much the brains. It triggers alarms, senses motion and controls everything. The unit also has a keypad for manual operation.
This looks like one of those sensors that make loud noises when a door or window is opened. And it is, but it is less annoying and can do more than sense when the two elements are far from each other.
Aside from detecting when doors/windows are closed or opened, it also has a motion sensor that will alert you of suspicious movement in your home.
While you can use a code, app, or Google Assistant to arm/disarm the system, the Nest Tag is the easiest way to do so. Simply pair them with your Nest Secure system and let family members control the alarm with a simple tap on the Nest Guard. Access can be disabled and even set on a schedule.
Works with Nest
That’s it for our look at the best Nest products you can buy. Liking what you see? As it stands, Nest is offering one of the best smart home ecosystems in the market. Nest products are not cheap, but they also aren’t amazingly expensive and are made to be super user-friendly. They also work with each other seamlessly, and support with 3rd parties continues to grow.
Are you guys getting any of these Nest products? Are there any alternatives you would recommend to your fellow readers? Hit the comments to let us know!