Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat Review

In our previous reviews, we have discussed several Honeywell smart thermostats, namely the Honeywell Lyric T5 and Honeywell Lyric Round. With both reviews for those Honeywell products being favorable, you might want to ask whether reviewing another Honeywell thermostat is necessary.

However, the Honeywell WiFi Smart Color Thermostat has some interesting features that differentiate itself from the Lyric Round. Before we discuss the features, however, we should keep in mind that the Honeywell WiFi Smart Color Thermostat is priced relatively similar to the Lyric Round.

The Honeywell WiFi Smart Color Thermostat is actually an upgrade of Honeywell’s first entry into the smart wi-fi thermostat market: the RTH9580WF Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat. It was actually a fairly successful product, mainly because of the large touchscreen LED display that provides a versatile onboard control functionality. That large screen is upgraded on the Smart Control Thermostat, bringing you a fully customizable color LED screen with even more control than before.

With the large screen, there is another useful feature you can’t get from the Lyric Round: the ability to view both indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity. Being a smart thermostat, this is actually a very useful feature especially if you have a lot of people in your house so that they can view the on board information.

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So, let us begin the Honeywell RTH9585WF review by discussing its key features.

Key Features

Smart Adjustments and Alerts

Regarding smart alerts and automation, the Honeywell RTH9585WF is very similar to the Lyric Round and Lyric T5. It can automatically adjust each HVAC device to operate in cooling or heating mode and can send smart alerts like air filter change reminders, extreme temperature warnings, internet connectivity status, and many more. As a smart thermostat, it is simply one of the smartest around.

Flexible Programming

With the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat, you can fine-tune just about anything and create a flexible program depending on your needs. This is especially useful for office or industrial usage, where you can set programs depending on the office schedule. For home usage, you can also set programs depending on peak rate pricing, and many other factors.

Customizable Touchscreen

The main highlight of the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat is the large LED touchscreen that is fully customizable. You can easily read the information provided on the screen, including local weather conditions, indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, and many more.

Advanced Control

Thanks to its large LED touchscreen, you can have an advanced manual control on board. For example, you can adjust fan and comfort setting directly on the Smart Color Thermostat unit. When you are away from home, you can have similar control from your smartphone app, bringing you the extra dimension of versatility.

Third Party Integration

The Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Color Thermostat supports Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Samsung SmartThings, Google Home, Stringify, Wink, and more. So, you can use this smart thermostat with just about any smart home hubs available today.

Honeywell Smart Thermostat RTH9585WF Review

The Honeywell RTH9585WF follows an old-school thermostat design with a large touchscreen and a lot of onboard control, albeit with much smaller overall size. Even with the mobile app, many people still prefer onboard manual control with their thermostat, so there is definitely a value for this design.

With the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat, you will need the connect the C (Common) Wire of your HVAC system during the installation. So, the installation process can be a hassle. Some HVAC system doesn’t have a C-Wire available, and although there are specific workarounds for that, the physical installation process is simply not for everyone. Consult the instruction manual if you don’t have a c-wire available, or get the help of a professional when necessary.

You can also opt for an easier installation process using a simple power cord (not included). However, to get the most of it, we will recommend connecting the c-wire or the workaround versions.

After you’ve installed the physical unit, you can download the Honeywell app and connect the thermostat to your Wi-Fi network. Thankfully, this time it is a fairly straightforward process. Simply download the app and follow the on-screen instructions. You can then fine-tune your preferences for smart alerts and adjustment.

As we have mentioned, there are a lot of programmable options available with the Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Color Thermostat. In our opinion, in fact, this smart thermostat will really appeal to tech-savvy users looking for more customization and flexibility. It is definitely more versatile compared to say, the Lyric Round or Nest Learning Thermostat with a more ‘install it and forget it’ approach. With the Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Color Thermostat, you can simply customize just about everything.

The smart thermostat also offers a wide range of third-party integration options. You can basically use all kinds of popular smart home hubs with the Honeywell Smart Wi-Fi Color Thermostat, and so it will again be appealing to tech-savvy smart home enthusiasts.

As with the Lyric Round, the Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat also supports a wide range of HVAC devices from air conditioner to dehumidifiers.

So, in our opinion, the key highlight for the Honeywell Smart Color Wi-Fi Thermostat is its versatility and customization features.

Pros and Cons

PROS:
  • Large, fully customizable touchscreen for both monitoring and control
  • Excellent support for many HVAC products from air conditioner, heater, multi-stage systems, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and more
  • Excellent third-party integration with various protocols and smart home hubs
  • Very versatile with a wide range of customizations both onboard and in-app
  • Smart alerts and customizations
  • Flexible programming with many available variable controls

CONS:
  • Relatively expensive with a similar price tag to the Lyric Round
  • The large, clunky design might not appeal to everyone

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Bottom Line

The Honeywell RTH9585WF Wi-Fi Smart Color Thermostat is a very flexible smart thermostat with a lot of customization features, which is the main highlight of the product. With flexible programming, excellent third-party integration, and customizable screen, the Smart Color Thermostat will appeal to tech-savvy users looking for more flexibility and customization.

Being priced similarly to the Honeywell Lyric Round with a lot of similar core features, we feel that the Honeywell Smart Color Thermostat can cater a different market: The Lyric Round will appeal more to users looking for a great physical design and automation, while the Smart Color Thermostat will appeal more to tech-savvy users as mentioned above.

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