Can this Starck-de­signed Wi-Fi ther­mo­stat beat the com­pe­ti­tion?

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£130 Man­u­fac­turer Ne­tatmo, ne­

Con­nec­tiv­ity Wi-Fi Dis­play e-ink Com­pat­i­ble with gas, oil and wood boil­ers

Ne­tatmo joins the grow­ing band of learn­ing ther­mostats from the likes of Bri­tish Gas (with Hive), Honey­well and Google­owned Nest. All play nicely with iOS de­vices and en­able you to re­motely change your home tem­per­a­ture as well as set up heat­ing pro­grammes and tell it when you’re away or want frost pro­tec­tion on. You can also view graphs of your home tem­per­a­ture over time so that you can see when you should be try­ing to cut down on en­ergy use – per­haps your home is un­nec­es­sar­ily warm dur­ing the day, for ex­am­ple.

As with sim­i­lar de­vices, there are sev­eral parts to the Ne­tatmo pack­age – a re­lay that goes next to and at­taches to your boiler (this can be boiler or mains pow­ered) and a wall-mount­able, bat­tery­pow­ered ther­mo­stat box that can be placed any­where in your home that you choose.

Pair­ing via the iPhone app was no prob­lem – it found the re­lay right away (via Blue­tooth) and up­dated its firmware di­rectly af­ter that. It then au­to­mat­i­cally ex­tracts your Wi-Fi de­tails from your phone and joins the net­work.

Aside from the easy day-to-day us­abil­ity, one of the main things in the Ne­tatmo’s favour is the price, which com­pares favourably with the £199 (£159 for Bri­tish Gas cus­tomers) price of Hive, although you do get in­stal­la­tion in­cluded in that, and even more so when com­pared to the £249 Nest. Ne­tatmo cus­tom in­stall­ers are avail­able, but you’ll have to pay.

In­stal­la­tion along­side your boiler isn’t the eas­i­est for the Ne­tatmo, but you can sys­tem­at­i­cally work through it (you might be wise to en­list some help if you’re not a DIYer). We’d ad­vise you check com­pat­i­bil­ity with your boiler be­fore buy­ing, too. Dan Grab­ham

Pro­vid­ing you’re happy to fit the Ne­tatmo your­self, this is a good value al­ter­na­tive to the other op­tions out there.

The Ne­tatmo comes with five in­ter­change­able colour sheets that slot into the ther­mo­stat.

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