The Nest learning thermostat is a green product that allows customers to have a programmable thermostat with the ability to memorise their living habits and come up with a suitable schedule for them.
And now available in the market is the T200577, which is the 2nd generation of this range. As compared to the 1st generation T100577, it was said to possess improved design and better software compatibility and functionality.
Therefore in line with the aim of this site, I have written up a Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd generation T200577 product review to give a clearer picture on this green product.
Benefits of having a Nest T200577
2nd Generation Design
This Nest Learning Thermostat is more streamlined and is 20% thinner than the previous design. The new model is covered by a premium solid stainless steel ring that will reflect and allow the blending into surroundings perfectly.
The unsightly sensor grille on the bottom of the 1st generation thermostat has been replaced by a sleek and smooth sensor lens.
Ease of Installation
Three out of four people can install the Nest T200577 by themselves in 30 minutes or less. This is comparable to the installation of a light fixture. Everything required for installation is in the box.
As compared to the previous model, the T200577 is compatible with 95% of low voltage and cooling systems, which include 2nd stage cooling, 3rd stage heating, dual fuel, emergency heat, and whole-home dehumidifiers and dehumidifiers.
The unique and new “*” connector that comes with this model can accept any of these 4 wires (W3, E, HUM or DEHUM) ensures its compatibility with almost all heating and cooling systems in US and Canada.
Improved and smarter software to fulfil consumers’ needs
The new 3.0 software installed in this thermostat contained improved features to the original Nest functions which I have summarised below.
Via this software function, the Nest Learning Thermostat utilises different algorithms and activates custom features that best suits your system. This will ensure smoother control and also make your entire heating and cooling work better. The features that will be activated depending on your inherent system are: True Radiant, Heat Pump Balance, Early-On or Filter Reminders.
This Nest exclusive feature will be automatically activated if one already has an in-floor radiant or boiler-and-radiator system. These systems, though more efficient, take a long time to heat up and cool down. With this function, it will reduce temperature swings and starts heating early so you can get the temperature you want when you want it.
Heat Pump Balance
Another Nest exclusive feature that is catered for households with heat-pump and auxiliary (AUX) heating. With this function, you can choose how much expensive auxiliary heat to use based on your preferences for comfort or savings. This also prevents AUX heating from kick starting too early when the heat pump could have been sufficient in maintaining the temperature.
*Note the Heat Pump Balance function will be activated in the Max Comfort setting if you have a heat pump with auxiliary heat.
This feature will ensure that you can get the temperature you want when you want via its pre-emptive capability of heating or cooling early to meet your scheduled temperatures.
*Note both Heat Pump Balance or True Radiant have Early-On technology built in.
Filters are very important parts for systems that blow air out of vents. Your bill can increase by 5% due to clogged filters. Unlike other similar functions in other thermostats that only alert you once yearly or monthly, the Nest’s Filter Reminders are calculated based on the amount of hours you’ve used heat or air-conditioning. This means they will only appear when it is required to change the filters.
The Power of Nest Sense™
The below features in a Nest Learning Thermostat will also allow the personalisation of your heating/ or cooling schedule and subsequently commit it to memory.
The new Auto-Away function can now activate itself as fast as within 30 minutes after you leave home. It is also smart enough to note if you are usually around at this period of time even there is no activity, it will wait longer before activating Auto-Away.
The original auto-schedule function can remember the temperature you like and self-program itself to meet either your heating or cooling schedule. The enhanced Auto-Schedule allows Nest to use this function for your schedule that have both heating and cooling mode and can switch between either of these modes automatically.
This function allows you to keep track of your energy usage by showing you when your system was on and if the weather, Auto-Away or your adjustments affected your energy use most.
The Airwave automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. Therefore the AC runs less while maintaining the coolness of your household.
Want to know if you are saving energy when you make any adjustments? The Nest Leaf icon will guide you by appearing when you turn Nest to a temperature that is energy efficient.
Auto-Tune will find ways to lower your energy bill while keeping you comfortable, and then automatically does them for you.
French and Spanish language functions have been added to the Nest T200577.
Android tablet compatibility
The Nest Mobile app is now compatible with all Android tablets, including Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. The improved Web and Mobile apps included more detailed info about how and where temperatures were set can now be found in “Energy History”, the upgrading of the “At a Glance” screen that allow you to lock Nest remotely and switch the apps between English, Spanish or French.
Remote Control Capability
The Nest Learning Thermostat can be connected to Wi-Fi and controlled from your smartphone, laptop or tablet.
Dimensions 18 in. x 14 in. x 3.75 in.
Weight 11.25 lbs
Installation Mode Indoors
Temperature Range 80 Deg Fahrenheit to 140 Deg Fahrenheit (26 Deg Celsius to 60 Deg Celsius)
Temperature Control Digital
Pipe Fittings 3/4" NPT
Energy Efficiency 99.8%
Certification ETL Listed to UL 499 & CSA
Warranty Limited lifetime warranty for mainland US and Canada
Check out the installation video for the Nest T200577 below!
How does the Nest T200577 rate on popular websites?
3408 customers at Amazon gave the Nest T200577 an average rating of 4.0/5.0. Out of 3408 customers, 2175 gave it a rating of 5.0/5.0.
170 customers at Apple gave the Nest T200577 an average rating of 3.0/5.0. Out of 170 customers, 77 gave it a rating of 5.0/5.0.
736 customers at Best Buy gave the Nest T200577 an average rating of 4.6/5.0. Out of 736 customers, 588 customers gave it a rating of 5.0/5.0.
311 customers at Home Depot gave the Nest T200577 an average rating of 4.4/5.0. Out of 311 customers, 225 gave it a rating of 5.0/5.0.
397 customers at Lowes gave the Nest T200577 an average rating of 4.4/5.0. Out of 397 customers, 299 gave it a rating of 5.0/5.0.
Customer Reviews on the Nest T200577
I have read through recent customer reviews for this product and have summarised the pros and cons of this product.
The pros 🙂
Functionality; the savings incurred by installation of this Nest learning thermostat has been mentioned to be an asset,
Sleek and compact design; the design of T200577 with its glass and metal material has been mentioned by customers to be sturdy and can last,
Ability to memorise your habits; via motion, light sensors and also manual adjustments have been mentioned as well as a pro,
Ease of installation; the fact that 4 wires are only required to be connected to suit the appropriate HVAC system have been mentioned by customers to be a pro. This mechanism features a snap/clamp set-up which allows easy and secure connection,
The rectangular trimplate that comes with the T200577 that can cover up holes from the previous thermostat is also a good aesthetic feature mentioned by customers,
Ease of programming; customers have remarked that the step-by-step instructions that guide them through installation make this process very straightforward and easy,
Ability for wireless control via Apple™ or Android™; this ability and the email updates have been mentioned by customers to be an asset as well,
The cons 🙁
Insufficient information provided; this have been mentioned by customers to be a con in the installation manual pertaining to the registration of the thermostat to the main Nest website for wireless control,
Pricing; the pricing of this thermostat is also a con that has been mentioned by customers,
Insensitive sensors; this has been mentioned for the motion sensor which has been described as flaky, with sporadic responses that might cause inaccuracies in the memory function of this thermostat.
There is a 2 year limited warranty that covers this product from any defects in workmanship or materials from the date of purchase when used in accordance with the documentation furnished by Nest Labs.
This limited warranty is also transferable from customer to subsequent product owners, but the warranty period will not be extended for any such transfer.
Best Deals for Nest T200577
During the process of researching for this review, I found out that Amazon is still the best place to get this product that has been proven to be one of the better products available in the market to help one in saving money in energy costs.
If you are interested here is the link for this product: Nest Learning Thermostat T200577 Best Deals
(Published on 20th October 2013)
(Last Updated 7th March 2015)