Nest Learning 3 Gen review

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The manufacturer of Nest Learning 3 Gen Thermostat claims that this product has a great design, energy-saving capabilities, simple installation, and intuitive operation. Let’s check it out.

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This is the first thing you must look at in order not to end up with a useless product. Nest thermostats are not compatible with all the cooling and heating systems. In fact, the 3rd gen Nest Learning Thermostat is so advanced that some old homes may lack the compatibility.

Before buying the Nest thermostat, check your system:

  • Wired remote sensors can’t be connected to the Nest models
  • Proprietary systems use serial communications protocols, which are not available to Nest.
  • System using micro-controllers instead of relays may not be compatible.
  • High impedance systems don’t deliver sufficient power to the thermostat via HVAC wires.

There are a few ways to solve the compatibility problems with the above systems and install the Nest thermostat anyway. However, this will require a professional approach.

To make things easier for the consumers, Nest created a compatibility checker. It will help you find out if your system is compatible with Nest products.


Thermostat Design

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The model comes in four amazing colors:

  • Copper â€?To add a warm touch to your décor
  • Stainless steel â€?To give a modern and cool appearance
  • Black â€?To suit any interior design option
  • White â€?To add a bright spot to your wall

The sleek puck-shaped controller with lighting makes this thermostat a great addition to any room. You can choose what you see on thermostat display: one of the two clocks or the temperature.

The controller shows the temperatures as soon as you enter the room. You can turn off the display settings in case the light interferes with your sleep or if you pass by the thermostat so often that the display annoys you (this may happen if the thermostat is located in the hallway).

The controller has an intuitive interface. Even children can operate the thermostat (if you let them of course).

Easy Installation

Nest prides itself on offering easy-to-install products with highly detailed instructions. You may still need a heating engineer to help you deal with the installation. Once the heat link box is attached to the boiler, you can attach the thermostat to the wall you desire. Then you can choose to connect it to the heat link wirelessly.

In case you have an old or incompatible HVAC system, you may need a professional to help you complete the installation. Nest offers installation services but you can find an independent expert if you wish.


Third Generation Nest Learning Thermostat has a variety of convenient features that make it one of the top choices among homeowners, who are not afraid of high initial investments.


This wonderful option is an update. In the previous models, the display would “wake upâ€?when you come close to it. The farsight feature shows you the temperature as soon as you walk into the room. The display is so bright that you can easily see the temperature from another corner of the room.

Energy Use Report

If you use your smartphone to communicate with the thermostat, you can get a variety of interesting features. One of them is home report. It will show you how much energy you use every day. This information can help you improve the energy efficiency and cut energy bills.

The Leaf

The green leaf feature allows you to choose the optimal temperature for improving the energy efficiency. All you need to do is regulate the temperature until the green leaf appears. After some time, the thermostat will adjust the leaf indications to your preferences.

Smart Adjustment

The Nest thermostat learns your schedule and adjusts the temperature accordingly. After some time, it will learn when you leave home or go to sleep and which temperatures you prefer during each time of the day. You may need to play around with the controller for a few days. Shortly, you’ll notice that it’s adjusting the temperature automatically.

Wireless Operation

You can control your thermostat with a Nest app, which you can use on any gadget. You don’t even have to get off the bed to adjust the temperature. Do it with just a few clicks! Each family member can have his or her own access account.

By the way,Nest 3 gen provide 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz for different Wi-Fi environment.

Home and Away Modes

As soon as you leave the house, the thermostat will automatically turn the energy saving mode on. If you don’t like coming back to a cold house, turn the temperature up wirelessly on your way from work.

Safety Alerts

If the temperature in your house drops or rises to unreasonable levels, the thermostat will alert you of the situation. This way you can find out if your HVAC is malfunctioning even when you are away.


Pros and Cons


  • Improved learning capabilities (better than in the 2nd generation model)
  • Smart home integration options
  • One app for Nest Protect, Nest thermostat, and Nest cameras
  • Sleek design with an intuitive interface
  • High energy efficiency


  • No remote temperature sensors (these sensors are expected to be available in April 2018)
  • Doesn’t support Apple HomeKit.
  • High initial cost (which is negated by the money saved on energy bills)

Final Verdict

3rd Gen Nest Learning Thermostat is a high-quality product, which can become an integral part of any home. Its ability to learn your schedule and adjust the energy consumption and temperature accordingly is impressive. The thermostat has a sleek design and convenient wireless operation options. Even though its price tag is a bit high, this product pays for itself in the long run.