The smart radiator thermostats are easy to install and the almost iconic design is beautiful to look at, technically you can see Netatmo’s many years of experience. The app leaves a mature impression, but requires a certain degree of familiarity. A free account with Netatmo is required for setup, access via the web browser is well implemented.
Netatmo smart radiator thermostat starter kit
Granted, sadness is usually the order of the day when it comes to design and radiators. And even more with the voluminous radiator thermostats, which are designed according to the motto “form follows function”. With Netatmo things are different, the thermostat is smart and not too conspicuous, optionally colorful stickers are used on the front for individualization. The design clearly bears the signature of the well-known industrial designer Philippe Starck.
Netatmo Smart Radiator Thermostat, add-on module
The starter package with two thermostats
The starter package contains two smart radiator thermostats with six different radiator adapters and a connection module. The connection module is plugged directly into a socket and should, if possible, be placed in the middle of the room. The connection between the radiator thermostats and the connection module takes place in the 868 MHz wireless network, the connection module requires Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) for the router. A display is missing, if you want to know the current room temperature, you must consult the relevant Netatmo app or buy the smart thermostat separately.
The radiator thermostats themselves offer an easy-to-read e-paper display with the target temperature. You don’t need to use an app or voice control to adjust the temperature, it can also be done directly. With the six included radiator adapters, the radiator thermostats can be mounted on almost all common radiators in Germany.
The system recognizes open windows and supports Alexa, Google and Siri voice control – the smart radiator thermostats are fully integrated into Homekit. A starter pack is intended for one room. If you have more than two radiators in a room, there are individual radiator thermostats for expansion. A connection module or alternatively the smart thermostat is required for each room. The starter package costs 230.95 euros, a single smart radiator thermostat 85.19 euros.
smart apps with practical assistant
The Netatmo system gets really smart with the app. Netatmo’s long experience is here, not only in design, but above all in the functions. But before you can enjoy a warm radiator, the system must be set up. And here Netatmo has created an excellent setup assistant, which also enables beginners to setup for the first time in great detail.
The app is very clear and easy to use. Clear symbols, for example to leave the house or frost watch, help. The integration into Homekit also makes it possible to carry out automations, such as automatically turning off the heat when leaving the house or apartment.
The heating plan for the individual rooms is also solved very well. In addition to times, preset temperatures can also be assigned to individual times. The preset temperatures such as comfort, night and eco are assigned globally, and if the four presets are not enough for the user, he can add his own. A window opening detection, a graphical display of the temperature profile and a forecast round off the large selection of functions. If the display on the app is too small, for example the graph of the temperature profile, you can also access all functions via a web browser. Unfortunately, there is no export function to be able to evaluate data externally.
With the smart radiator thermostats, you choose a modern radiator control that not only impresses with its discreet and reduced design by Philippe Starck. But it is a welcome change compared to some of the very bulky competitors.
Installation was easy, which is also due to the excellent user guide of the app. The app’s large selection of functions, on the other hand, must first be prepared by the user. But the beauty of it is that you don’t necessarily need it. The integration into Homekit makes the Netatmo Energy app almost redundant. It’s a shame as the design is very successful. The smart radiator thermostats are in the top league in terms of price and functionality. So it’s a shame that the connection module lacks a display.
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