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Nest Thermostat officially launches in the UK priced at £179

Michael Sawh


Nest Smart Thermostat

Nest Labs continues to build its presence outside of the US after recently launching the Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in the UK.

The company founded by two former Apple employees involved in the creation of the iPod and the third generation iPhone, is finally bringing its energy-saving smart thermostat to the UK some two years after launching in the US and Canada.

A thermostat and programmer in one, the aim of the device is to encourage people to be more energy efficient with their heating. It can be set up to adjust heating conditions on certain days and includes sensors that can detect when you are not in the house to turn the heating off. According to Nest and its own research, using the smart thermostat can help make an annual saving from anywhere between 4% up to 29%.

Entering into the UK market has meant a re-think for the Nest thermostat system and that included the hardware. Now in two parts, there's the sleek, hockey puck-sized thermostat and a new Heating Link device that sits on the boiler. The Link communicates with the thermostat whether it's over either Wi-Fi or manually via cables.

Nest is also offering an optional stand (only in the UK) to prop it up on a bookshelf so you don't have to mount it to the wall. If you don’t fancy setting it all up yourself, Nest is offering a professional installation service option as well.

UK owners will be able to benefit from all the key features already available like creating schedules based on temperature changes and the ability to control settings from web, Android and iOS applications. There's now also a new UK-specific True Radiant mode that can crank on the heating early whether you have an underfloor radiant system or a radiator.

If you already own the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, it will also work together with the Protect switching off the boiler if the carbon monoxide alarm goes off eliminating the possible source of the poisonous leak.

As well as announcing availability, Nest also revealed that Npower would be its first UK energy partner making the smart technology available to its customers.

The Nest Thermostat is available to buy now from Apple, Amazon and stores like B&Q and John Lewis. The standalone thermostat package costs £179 but if you want it professionally installed that rises to £249. The optional stand will cost you £29.

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April 2, 2014, 10:54 am

I can't see any way to control hot water independently of central heating - which given a large number of UK households have a hot water tank and central heating driven off the same boiler it seems like this is a no go for many UK consumers. Or am I missing something
At least British Gas Hive system seems to understand this need and provides for it.


April 2, 2014, 12:14 pm

I've just purchased the Nest, and we have a water tank boiler (so that's why Hive seemed the only option).. BUT! .. I called Nest, and asked them how it'll work with water and they said that another programmer (essentially a 3rd piece) will be plugged into boiler which controls hot water. So smart function will only work for heating, but will still have full hot water control. Hope this helps :))


April 2, 2014, 12:28 pm

Much prefer the Tado concept - it tracks your smartphone so knows when you're on your way home etc... The Nest just picks up movement in the house?


April 2, 2014, 2:12 pm

Thanks. I did the same, and got a similar answer. However, he just talked about the installer leaving the existing programmer in place to control the hot water, and just disconnecting the heating control from it so that the Nest would take over that.
I finally found this too http://support.nest.com/uk/...


April 2, 2014, 2:13 pm

I'm about to have my boiler replaced and wanted to get the Nest controller. Unfortunately it needs to be wired into the boiler, and I didn't want to have wires run across half the house.

The Tado doesn't have that issue, but I still wasn't comfortable having only manual on-off control if my net connection or their servers were down.

In the end I'm getting the Salus IT500BM. Pretty traditional in most respects, RF between the boiler unit (which slots straight into the boiler, no wiring) and the battery-driven thermostat. The clever bit is the bridge that plugs into the router and allows control over the net. It's not smart, doesn't learn your routine or know where you are, but control over the net was the main thing we wanted.


April 4, 2014, 9:34 pm

"So smart function will only work for heating, but will still have full hot water control"

I can't help thinking that exactly the other way around would be far more useful. Hot water's either there or not, and once it's there, it's there. That sort of thing is ideal for routine scheduling.

But heating needs react to current use, and react fast.

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