Best Digital Thermostat Reviews 2018

When it comes time to get a new thermostat for your home, our guess is that you will want it to be an upgrade from your older one which means digital is probably the best way to go. From there, you are going to need to decide whether you want one that is programmable and if so, how much control you want over the programming. Since there are so many to choose from, we picked a few of the top models – with a sampling of the different types – to help you make your decision about which digital thermostat is best for you.
Overview
PROS
CONS
Our Top Choice
Emerson Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
One of the most popular smart programmable thermostat in the market with a 5 year warranty to boot.
Easy to read 12” touch screen w/ blue backlight. Easy to operate. 7 day separate programmability.
Some isolated complaints from customers.
Best Value
Honeywell Deluxe 5-1-1 Programmable Thermostat
A great buy that that works with most home systems, energy efficient and the price is also pocket friendly.
Easy to program and install. Soft touch buttons with a green backlit display that makes it easy to use.
Works only on battery power.
Radio Thermostat CT50 7-Day Programmable Digital Thermostat
Excellent temperature control & Smart features makes this thermostat a great choice for most homes.
Works with most heat pumps, furnaces and HVAC systems. Connection thru Wi-Fi and Cloud. Free app for Android and iOS.
Some report that it needs some technical know-how to set it up. Only one year warranty.
Lux WIN100 Programmable Outlet Thermostat
Portable, plugs into outlet and gives you ability to control heating & cooling devices separate from main system.
Programmable thermostat for electric heaters and ACs. Easy to read and use display. Free of mercury.
Limitations to the times when you can schedule settings.
Honeywell FocusPRO® 5000 Non-Programmable Thermostat
By design, this is a non-programmable thermostat. If that’s what you need, this is one of the best on the market.
Easy installation. Easily adjustable. Intuitive and precise controls.
Have to manually adjust temperature settings.

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How Do I Choose the Best Digital Thermostat?

When it comes to choosing the right thermostat, the first thing you are going to need to do is decide what kind you want. Digital thermostats come in three types – non programmable, programmable and Wi-Fi enabled programmable (also known as smart thermostats). This review is designed to give you look at some of the best of each type so that you can do a bit of comparing to help you determine what’s best for your need.

Thermostats vary significantly in terms of the physical size and look, the features that they offer and of course price. The more it does, the more you are going to pay – but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. If a thermostat makes your life easier or can actually save you money in the long run, it’s an investment worth making.

There are many factors that need to be considered when looking for the best thermostat. The following is a quick overview, but if you want more details about how to choose the right thermostat, take a look at our more in-depth article. By the way, if you already know you want a smart thermostat – or just want to take a peek at the top 5 models – that’s the page to check out too!
Price
When you are shopping for a digital thermostat, there is more to consider than the amount of money you are going to put out at the time of purchase. You also need to determine whether the model that you are choosing can be easily installed or are you going to require the assistance of a professional.

In addition to the initial outlay of cash to get the thermostat working and doing its job, there is another factor to consider -- how much will you save in your energy bills by using a particular model. If you make the decision to spend more money on a programmable digital thermostat, especially if you go for a smart thermostat that has a mobile app, you are very likely to save tremendously on your energy bills. Depending upon your situation, the more expensive model could pay for itself in no time.

Depending upon the features that you go with, there is a wide price range for digital thermostats – anywhere from about $40 for a good quality non-programmable to $300 and up for a high end smart home thermostat.
Features
For the sake of this review, since our main topic is “digital thermostats” we are going to consider programmability an extra feature because not all models offer it. The extent and ways that you can program your thermostat vary between models. For example, some only allow for the same time settings for every day, whereas others will let you set different programming for the weekend – and others let you treat each day of the week separately. If you make the decision to go for a smart thermostat, you will have even more flexibility including the ability to manually override any programming that you have set – which is great when your schedule or the weather changes during the day.

Another feature that some of the more advanced digital thermostats have are sensors that can monitor the outside temperature and adjust accordingly. There are also ones that “know” that seasonal temperature settings in your home change. In the winter, you might like a room that’s a toasty 74 degrees but in the summer, perhaps not so much.
Construction and Design
There are two things related to the construction and design of a thermostat that are essential. You need to make sure that the device you get is compatible with both your heating and cooling system, as well as the power source (low voltage or high voltage?). Some digital thermostats are designed to only work with a single system (either heating or cooling), and others will do both. There are also thermostats that can monitor heat pumps as well as external dehumidifiers and humidifiers.

Once you are sure that a thermostat you are considering is compatible with your system, it’s time to take a look at the quality of the construction and materials. Needless to say, the better the quality, in general, the more you will pay.

For digital thermostats, you want to make sure that you like the display. Some are not so easy to read and simply provide temperature readings (with the actual controls done by buttons). And then there are some really nice looking programmable digital thermostats with full color touch screen displays and controls.
Performance and Ease of Use
There are basically three things that you need to consider in terms of the performance and ease of use for any digital thermostat:
  • Can it be installed easily? Is this a project you can do on your own over the weekend or will you need professional installation? Does the thermostat work by batteries or does it need to be hardwired in to your electrical system?
  • How well does it control your temperature? Does the system effectively monitor the environment and adjust the heat or cooling settings accordingly? If it can’t do this, then it’s not doing the one purpose for which it was designed – and any other fancy or extra features are just wasted.
  • Is the user interface easy to use? Do you have to squint or be right up next to your thermostat to be able to see the temperature or is it clear and easy to read from distance? Is it easy to operate – and if it’s programmable are the instructions easy to understand?

What is the Best Digital Thermostat?

Ultimately what you decide is the “best thermostat” for you will depend upon your personal needs and preferences. With that being said, let’s see how the digital thermostats that we chose to feature in this review stack up.
Our Top Choice
White-Rodgers, a subdivision of Emerson, has set some industry standards with its Big Blue Touchscreen line of programmable thermostats which offer multiple features such as security codes to prevent tampering, vacation and temporary overrides, filter reminders and audio confirmation of all entries. Emerson also makes a one of the best smart thermostats on the market.
White-Rodgers/Emerson Universal Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Digital Thermostat - 12" Display

Emerson - 1F95-1277 Thermostat


Features
The Emerson Universal Programmable Thermostat is available with programmable fans, remote sensors, humidity control plus an exclusive Cool Savings feature. We have chosen this product because it has some great features and at the moment of this writing, it is one of the most sought after thermostats in the non-smart thermostat category. Here is a recap of the features you get when you purchase this product:
  • A 12” display touch screen with large character size.
  • A seven day programmable schedule with the ability to set a different schedule on different days of the week.
  • Multi-stage, heat pump and single stage universally compatible systems.
  • Single degree temperature control.
To make things even better, Emerson throws in a five year warranty which is currently the best in the industry.

If you’re looking to get value for your money with a product that lets you wake up to a house with your dream temperatures, then Emerson Universal is the way to go.
Construction and Design
Choosing a thermostat can be tricky especially if you are not the technical type. So what should you look out for to be able to make the right choice? If you are looking for a thermostat that is smartly programmed to control your home temperatures without breaking the bank because of energy costs, then the Emerson Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat might just be the right model for you.

The dimension of the Emerson Universal is 1.8 x 6.2 x 5.8 inches and only weighs 15.2 ounces. The large character size and blue back light display makes it easier to read and program. This thermostat also allows you to program it for a 7 day schedule with each day having a different schedule (compared to many with a 5-2 day, or 5-1-1 day – meaning only the days you set as “weekends” can be different).

This thermostat is compatible with heat pumps, multi stage and single stage oil, electric and gas systems -- making it possible for you to find one that is a perfect fit for your home. If you have a dehumidification/humidification system, the Emerson 1F95-1291 includes humidity control – it will monitor the conditions and let your system know when it’s time to go to work.
Performance and Ease of Use
The single degree range gives the Emerson universal thermostat an edge over its competitors. If you are operating on a tight schedule, the last thing you need is to have to program your thermostat on a daily basis. With the ability to program it for seven days, this helps to focus on other more important things, knowing your heating and cooling system is taken care of for the entire week.

One thing that makes the Emerson stand out from other “basic digital thermostats” is that it has a programmed cool saving feature to help save on energy during the AC’s peak time. This translates to more comfort and less worries on energy costs.
Best Value
The Deluxe 5-1-1 Programmable Thermostat by Honeywell is a straightforward digital thermostat with separate programs for weekdays, Saturday and Sundays and features a easy to read backlit display . If you are looking for a thermostat that has more features, we recommend checking out one of Honeywell’s smart thermostats with full color touch screens.
Honeywell Deluxe 5-1-1 Programmable Digital Thermostat - Smart Response Technology

Honeywell Thermostat - RTH6450D1009


Features
The Honeywell RTH6450D1009 programmable thermostat uses Smart Response Technology to pre-heat or cool your home at the times you program – and it’s capable of auto-changing from heating to cooling too. This product offers a great deal of value for your money. In addition, by using the programming features, you can save money on your energy bills by regulating the temperatures while you sleep or when you are not at home.

Let’s highlight of some of its top features:
  • The Honeywell Deluxe is curvy in shape, with soft touch buttons and an easy to use menu
  • Green backlight display makes it easy to read in dim lighting
  • Exclusive Honeywell smart response technology makes sure the temperature is what you want at your set times
  • Compatible with single-stage heat pump plus cooling and heating systems
Construction and Design
Reduce your household energy costs and maximize your comfort with the Honeywell Deluxe Thermostat. Commonly referred to as the 5-1-1, it’s user friendly design allows you to program your weekdays, Saturday, and Sunday separately, making it easier to sync your home cooling and heating system with your daily schedule. Measuring 3.75'' H. x 6'' W. x 1.25 W, the Honeywell Programmable Digital Thermostat with its soft touch keys can easily fit anywhere.

This programmable thermostat is compatible with most oil, gas and electric single stage furnaces. However, if you have electric baseboard heat, this Honeywell thermostat won’t work. The Smart Response technology of the Honeywell Deluxe sets it apart from other thermostats in the market.
Performance and Ease of Use
Using Smart Response technology, the Honeywell RTH6450D1009 continually monitors the temperature of your home, making automatic adjustments to the pre-heating and cooling, according to your programmed settings – ensuring your ultimate comfort. For example, if you want your house to be at 65 degrees by 8 am, the unit kicks in a few minutes before so that by 8am your house is already heated to your desired temperature. There are separate programs for both of the days that you designate as weekends (unlike many others that require the same schedule for both).

There is a manual override for days when the outside temperature falls out of the norm – or for when you just want a different temperature. You can also easily switch from heating to cooling without a “wait period” in between.

Installation, set up and programming of the Honeywell thermostat is actually a piece of cae! The large, back lit display makes it easy to read from a distance, even when the room is dimly lit. The soft touch buttons are another nice feature, adding to the ease of use for this thermostat.

By using the programming features, you can save money on your energy bills by regulating the temperatures while you sleep or when you are not at home. Because this is an energy star rated thermostat, this helps to keep costs down as well.
You may not have heard of the Radio Thermostat Company of America before, but this Wi-Fi enabled programmable thermostat earned its spot on our short list not just because of its affordable price, but because of the features it offers. It would have made it to our top smart thermostat review, but we ran out of spots! Radio thermostat makes models that senses and monitors both temperature and humidity.
Radio Thermostat 7-Day Digital Programmable Thermostat - WiFi Enabled - iOS & Android Apps

Radio Thermostat - CT50e Wifi


Features
The Radio Thermostat CT50 7-Day Programmable Thermostat comes with many great features and it is not an overpriced product. For example, the app of this thermostat provides you with a toolbox of useful information including minute by minute data about your heating and cooling system, temperature alerts, filter replacement notices as well as compressor protection alerts.
To take a look at some of the highlights…
  • Toolbox app that provides useful information about how your HVAC system is operationg, including notification for when it’s time to change the filter.
  • Four programmable sessions per day – and programmable for 7 days.
  • Wi-Fi module to control your thermostat when you are away from home - free Android and iOS app.
  • Works with almost any HVAC system.
Construction and Design
The Radio Thermostat CT50 is an extremely user-friendly digital programmable thermostat that offers Wi-Fi smart features. It requires a power supply of 24VAC to operate and has a battery back up. The thermostat is compatible with almost all HVAC systems and provides control of up to two stages of cool and two stages of heat that gives you total control of your home environment.

This thermostat has a large touch screen (4.5 x 1.2 x 4.5 inches) for both great visibility and ease of use. Not only do you get separate programming for 7 days of the week, but you get 4 “scheduling blocks” for each day.
Performance and Ease of Use
With the ability to access it from anywhere with an internet connection, the Radio Thermostat CT50 gives a new meaning to scheduling your home’s heating and cooling system. The advanced features of the CT50 allow you to program your day with up to four different settings (many thermostats only offer 2, day and night). You also can program each day separately (where others only allow for separate scheduling for the weekend).

In addition to the ability to program your temperatures from the actual thermostat, with the Radio Thermostat app, you can control and adjust the settings with any mobile device – either from another room or when you are away. Will you be coming home early or staying out late and want to override your normal temperature settings? Simply go to the app and do a manual override.

The Radio Thermostat offers a feature that many other’s don’t – by using the geolocation feature of your smartphone, the thermostat actually knows when you have left the house and will automatically switch to save you energy while you are away AND will be able to tell when you are on the way home to get the house to your desired temperature just in time for your arrival. The app can be shared with family as well as house guests so it will always know if someone is in the house or whether it's empty – and knows when people are heading back home. Now that’s smart technology!
Did you know that it’s possible to program when your portable space heater or window air conditioner turns on and off? Simply plug the Lux Programmable Outlet Thermostat into the outlet and then plug your appliance into the thermostat outlet and program! Lux also makes traditional home thermostats.
Lux Heating & Cooling Programmable Outlet Thermostat – Portable Digital Thermostat

Lux WIN100 Thermostat


Features
Lux WIN100 Programmable Outlet Thermostat comes with presets for 4 time periods each day and has separate programs for cooling and heating. This product features a low price tag and if you have a home that uses either a window air conditioner or a space heater, it could quite possibly pay for itself in a single season. It gives you the ability to control when these devices turn on and off, as well as the temperature so that you can have the perfect temperature while you sleep, or return to a home that is comfort-ready.

Take a look at some of the features you are likely to enjoy when you purchase it:
  • 1 year warranty bullet
  • The temperature readout is spot on and it's easy to program
  • 100% mercury free which makes it environmentally friendly
  • Different programs for cooling and heating
  • 45 degrees to 90 degree Fahrenheit setting range
Construction and Design
Before we go any further, we need to clarify that this is a totally different type of thermostat than your standard wall thermostat that controls your main heating and cooling systems. The Lux Programmable Outlet Thermostat is designed to give you programming control for space heaters and window air conditioners. You simply plug the Lux thermostat into the wall and then plug your heating or cooling device into the outlet on the thermostat.

Yes, space heaters and electric AC units have their own thermostats, but you need to be there right next to the appliance if you want to make a change. For example, lets say you want to run the AC cooler while you are falling to sleep in the hot temperature of the summer, but don’t want to wake up to a cold room in the morning (when temperatures drop overnight). This thermostat gives you that kind of control.

In terms of programming, Lux has designed the Lux WIN100 as a resourceful thermostat with a 5-2 option that lets you set a program for Monday through Friday and a different program for the weekend. Please keep in mind that it is not possible to set different programs for each day of the weekend.

Being 100% mercury free makes the WIN100 an environmentally friendly thermostat for your home. It is also preprogrammed to save you up to 33% on energy consumption.
Performance and Ease of Use
What you need to get started with this thermostat in terms of power is a 120 volt power outlet that is grounded. If you do not have this feature in your home, do not panic, talk to your electrician for a work around. The thermostat’s clock also uses two 1.5 volt G13 alkaline button cell batteries.

The WIN100 offers straight forward operation with its patented Lux Speed Dial, which makes programming a lot easier and also comes with a memory storage that doesn’t rely on battery. Another added convenience for this thermostat is that you can program it from the comfort of your armchair before plugging it into the wall.
For people who don’t need the ability to do any scheduling, the FocusPRO® 5000 Digital Thermostat is one of the best sellers on Amazon. It can be configured to monitor two conventional heating and cooling systems and a heat pump. If you want more options, Honeywell also makes highly rated programmable thermostats too.
Honeywell FocusPRO® 5000 Non-Programmable Digital Thermostat

Honeywell Focuspro 5000 - TH5110D1006


Features
The Focuspro 5000 by Honeywell has a digital display that is back lit to make it easier to read under all different lighting conditions – seasonal replacement of batteries is super easy to with a flip-out door. Though it may appear troublesome for those who are too busy to keep pressing buttons on a daily basis – it’s exactly what some people want--pure simplicity along with reliability (as compared to going out and getting a cheap thermostat that breaks down or doesn’t work properly). This dual powered (hard wire and or battery) thermostat comes in handy, especially when you have to replace one for your parent’s home.

Here is an overview of some of the great features you get to enjoy when you purchase it:
  • Green backlit display that is easy to read in any lighting condition
  • Battery door that is easy to change
  • Comfort control that is so precise at +/- 1 degrees Fahrenheit with the highest level of accuracy
  • Good sized display size
Keep in mind, if you do decide to go with a digital thermostat that you can program, Honeywell holds the spot on our recommendation list for best value for your money.
Construction and Design
Because not everyone needs the ability to program their thermostat, we wanted to give you information about one of the best non-programmable thermostats available on the market today. The FocusPRO® 5000 Non-Programmable Thermostat works with 1 Heat/1 Cool conventional systems and heat pump. You have two options for power, either battery or hardwire to your electrical system. Battery replacement is simple with an easy access panel.

The Focuspro 5000 measures 4.5 x 1.5 x 3.4 inches and is designed with a white clear panel with a more than average sized screen. The screen is lit in green, making it even easier to operate. Honeywell simplified this model with only four buttons, making it a perfect buy for those who don’t see well anymore or who want a model that is super easy to operate.
Performance and Ease of Use
Even though it’s a basic thermostat, what Honeywell’s Focuspro 5000 non-programmable thermostat offers it does well. It is known to deliver some of the highest temperature control accuracies. It is easy to operate and maintain, providing home owners with comfort and simplicity at the touch of a button.

This non-programmable digital thermostat is so easy to use after installing it that you can put away the manual in a safe place never to look for it again. With only four buttons to operate, you do not have to worry about not having programmed it correctly for the whole week because you only need to press a button and you are set.
Although this thermostat offers basic functionality, it is still an Amazon best seller at the moment of this writing! This tells something about its quality and reliability, doesn’t it?

Get the Best Digital Thermostat of 2018!

We hope this information has provided you with useful information about some of the best digital thermostats available as well as the different kinds that are there. Based upon user reviews and the information from our research, we recommend any of these as a great choice. Remember, if you are specifically looking for or considering a smart home thermostat, check out our separate review that covers the top 5 Wi-Fi compatible thermostats.

Our Top Choice
Emerson Touchscreen 7-Day Programmable Thermostat
Best Value
Honeywell Deluxe 5-1-1 Programmable Thermostat
Radio Thermostat CT50 7-Day Programmable Digital Thermostat
Lux WIN100 Programmable Outlet Thermostat
Honeywell FocusPRO® 5000 Non-Programmable Thermostat