Honeywell RTH7500D Conventional 7-day Programmable Thermostat Review

Published in Programmable Thermostats on 15th April 2012

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Another good thermostat from the Honeywell thermostat series that you can consider is the RTH7500D.

The Honeywell RTH7500D possesses the same specifications as the RTH7600D, with the sole difference that it possesses a soft-button instead of a touch screen interface.

For homeowners who do not fancy a touch screen interface for their thermostats probably due to fingerprints on the touch screen or fear of a faulty touchscreen, the Honeywell RTH7500D is the thermostat for you.

Benefits Of Owning A Honeywell RTH7500D

Clear Backlit Touchscreen Display

The Honeywell RTH7500D has a large backlit display with a soft-touch button interface that allows for easy programming. Its green backlight also allows you to read your programmed settings under low lighting conditions.

7-Day Programming

The Honeywell RTH7500D allows the customisation of your household’s heating and cooling schedule differently for 7 days (1 week). Within this heating and cooling schedule, you can further customise your settings differently for 4 periods within a 24 hour time frame.

Honeywell Smart Response Technology

This technology allows the continual and automatic adjustment of the pre-heating/cooling temperature of your home giving you precise comfort control within one-degree Fahrenheit of your programmed temperature.

Power Source

The Honeywell RTH7500D is powered by 2”AA” batteries.  For added convenience, this thermostat unit can also be run using power from your heating/cooling system, giving you the option of permanently eliminating battery changes.

Compatible with Most Systems

The Honeywell RTH7500D is compatible with a wide range of systems that include

  • Heating and air-conditioning systems, including both single-stage and multi-stage heating and cooling systems,
  • Heat pumps with and without auxiliary (back-up) heat
  • Heating/ Cooling Only
  • Furnace (Warm Air)
  • Hot Water
  • Central Air Conditioning
  • Gas fireplaces
  • Steam or Gravity
  • 750 Millivolt

But it is not compatible with electric baseboard heat (120 to 240 volts).

Green Product

This Honeywell thermostat allows you to save up to 33 percent on annual heating and cooling costs though it may depend on geographic region and energy usage.

Additional Features

The permanent day and time settings that you have programmed on the Honeywell RTH7500D are maintained even during power outages. There is also an option of automatic adjustment for Daylight Savings Time as well as a filter-change and low battery reminder function that ensure your heating-cooling system is operating at its best.

Dimensions Height = 3.25 in.
Width = 6.00 in.
Depth = 1.00 in.
Weight = 0.85 pounds
Shape Rectangular with Curved Edges
Display StyleDigital with Touchscreen Interface
Additional Features -Battery Free memory for all programs and settings
-Honeywell Smart Response Technology
-12/24 Hr Display
Programming7 Days Programming with 4 Periods per Day
Energy Star Certified Heating/Cooling ProgramYes; 4 Programmable Periods Daily allowing Settings for Wake, Leave, Return and Sleep will guarantee you savings
Power Source2 "AA" Size Batteries or Rewiring can be done to run it on the heating or cooling appliance power supply
Included Accessories -Wire labels
-Wall anchors
-Mounting hardware,
-An installation and user guide.

How does the Honeywell RTH7500D rank on popular websites?


127 customers at Amazon gave the Honeywell RTH7500D an average of 4.3/5 stars. Out of 127 customers, 77 gave it 5.0/5 stars.

Home Depot

27 customers at Home Depot gave the Honeywell RTH7500D an average of 4.6/5 stars. Out of 27 customers, 19 gave it 5.0/5 stars.


26 customers at Nextag gave the Honeywell RTH7500D an average of 4.4/5 stars. Out of 26 customers, 13 gave it 5.0/5 stars.


37 customers at Lowe’s gave the Honeywell RTH7500D an average of 3.7/5 stars. Out of 37 customers, 13 gave it 5.0/5 stars.

Customer Reviews on Honeywell RTH7500D

I have read many recent customer reviews and summarised the pros and cons of this Honeywell thermostat below:

The Pros 🙂

Positive reviews about the Honeywell RTH7500D range fron its clear and large backlit display, easy and intuitive programming setup and its elegant design. Its ease of installation, together with a clear installation and programming manual makes it a good inexpensive DIY project that you can consider installing to lower your carbon footprint.

The Honeywell Smart Response Technology ability to measure how fast your house is losing heat or warming up and then start up the system at the correct time to meet your programmed settings is also one of the pro that has been mentioned. Finally Honeywell RTH7500D ability to maintain a steady temperature, and program 4 different temperature settings in 24 hours plus excellent after sales and technical support from Honeywell are other pros to why customers purchase this product.

The Cons 🙁

No dedicated backlight button and also isolated cases where customers still find the display to be too small or not bright enough are some cons that have been mentioned. The Honeywell RTH7500D has also been mentioned by some customers as not really compatible with heat pumps while instllation as there are cases in which connecting wires do not match with each other. So to avoid this, it will be better to install the thermostat in conjunction with the Honeywell customer service on the line.

Other cons mentioned include the low temperature variance of the Honeywell RTH7500D that might result in unnecessary activation of the heat pump rather often in an effort to maintain the programed temperature that might cause you to lose more money on utilities. Besides that there are also isolated cases of bad customer service from Honeywell that could possibly be due to language barrier.

Warranty Information

The thermostat is backed by a one-year limited warranty that covers any defects in workmanship or materials from the date of purchase.

Best Deals for Honeywell RTH8500D

During my research for this review, I also found out that it is readily available and can be purchased easily from many online sites. However among these sites, I have to say that Amazon offers this Honeywell RTH7500D at a lower price than the other sites. So keeping this fact in mind, here is the link by Amazon offering this thermostat: Honeywell RTH7500D Best Deals

(Download the Installation Manual for Honeywell RTH7500D here)


(Last Updated 14th December 2013)