Last updated on October 4th, 2022
Cost of smart thermostat
Smart thermostats are brilliant devices for the home. They can save you money and let you control your home’s heating with a tap of the screen. If you’re considering installing a smart thermometer, we’ve put together this guide to show you the average cost of smart thermostats in the UK.
Smart thermostats are brilliant devices for the home. They can save you money and let you control your home’s heating with a tap of the screen. If you’re considering installing a smart thermometer, we’ve put together this guide to show you the average cost of a smart thermostat in the UK.
Whether it’s a Hive, Tado or another brand of smart thermostat you’re considering, it’s worth checking with your energy supplier first to make sure the thermostat is compatible with your current heating system.
|Type of smart thermostat||Range - Low||Range - High||Average cost|
|Hive (materials and installation)||£175||£300||£225|
|Nest (unit only)||£190||£220||£205|
|Wave (unit only)||-||-||£180|
|Ecobee (unit only)||£130||£200||£165|
|Honeywell (unit only)||£135||£210||£170|
|Electrician hourly rate||-||-||£40|
Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now
How much does a smart thermostat cost?
The cost of a smart thermostat can range from £120 to £220, depending on the make and model that you choose. On top of the unit cost, you also have to factor in the smart thermostat installation cost, which is usually around £30 to £80 (based on 1-2 hours of labour for an electrician).
Factors affecting the cost of a smart thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat is fairly straightforward, so there aren’t a huge amount of factors to consider. The main ones that will affect how much you pay for your smart thermostat are:
- Make and model of thermostat
- Installation costs
- Where you live (electrician hourly rates will vary across the country)
Hive smart thermostat costs
The average cost to supply and install a Hive smart thermostat is about £225. The main chunk of that cost is the thermostat unit itself, with a little labour time to carry out the installation.
If you’re buying your first Hive unit, you’ll need to buy the Hive Hub, which is around £200. This lets you connect your Hive units to your smartphone. Any additional Hive thermostat units for your home will cost about £105.
Key features of Hive smart thermostats are multi-zone, hot water control, temperature notifications and holiday mode. To find out more, check out our Hive installation cost guide.
Nest smart thermostat costs
For Google fans out there, Nest is the smart thermostat that belongs to the Google family. Depending on the exact unit you choose, you’re looking at around £200 for the Nest smart thermostat, plus the installation cost.
One of the key features of a Nest thermostat is that it learns your habits and so will bring an extra layer of smart to your home heating. It also has a handy green leaf symbol that appears when you’ve adjusted your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature, to help you have a greener home.
Find out more about Nest thermostat installation costs.
Tado smart thermostat costs
The average cost of a Tado smart thermostat is around £120 for the unit itself. You then have the option of booking installation with a Tado engineer for £50, if you pay when buying your thermostat. Equally, any qualified electrician can easily install your Tado unit for you – and potentially cheaper.
A Tado unit offers many of the standard features of other smart thermostats, such as hot water control, frost protection, weather forecasts and holiday mode. It will also estimate your energy savings based on the number of hours you would be heating your home without it.
For more information about installing Tado in your home, check out our Tado installation cost guide.
Wave smart thermostat price
Wave is the smart thermostat brand from Worcester Bosch, and comes with a price tag of around £180 plus labour. It’s similar to the other major smart thermostat brands, and will allow you to pair up to eight thermostat devices in your home.
Other smart thermostats
Although Hive, Nest, Tado and Wave are the most popular smart thermostat brands in the UK, there are some others gaining popularity in the UK such as Ecobee and Honeywell.
The average Ecobee smart thermostat price is around £130 to £200 per unit. Similarly, the average Honeywell wifi smart thermostat price is around £135 to £210. Both Ecobee and Honeywell offer a number of different smart thermostat models to choose from at different prices.
Benefits of a smart thermostat
If you’re still undecided as to whether a smart thermostat is right for you and your home, here are a few of the benefits to help you decide:
- Complete control of your home heating. Smart thermostats combine the power and convenience of modern technology to help you manage your home heating. Use your smartphone or tablet to control temperature and hot water with a tap of your finger.
- Save money on your energy bills. This is one of the biggest motivators for many homeowners, saving money. Smart thermostats give you greater control, which means you can be more precise with how and when you heat your home and water – and save up to 30% on your heating bills.
- Use less energy. Another benefit of controlling your heating with a smart thermostat is that you use a lot less energy. You can have specific controls for times and days, including holiday mode when you’re out of town. No more wasting energy when you don’t need it!
- High tech extras. Enjoy a heap of additional features, powered by the smart thermostat technology. From monitoring the weather to detecting the location of your phone to see when someone is home, many smart thermostats have features to help give you the best performance for your home heating – and it does all the heavy lifting for you.
Useful smart thermostat checklist
- First, speak to your energy supplier to check that a smart thermostat will be compatible with your existing heating system.
- Always research the options and features of each smart thermostat to decide which one is right for you and your home.
- If in doubt, speak to your local smart thermostat specialists for their professional advice.
- Shop around for fair and competitive smart thermostat prices.
- When hiring a tradesperson, always choose someone with experience and relevant qualifications and accreditations, such as the Competent Person Scheme, BESCA or Blue Flame Certification.