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Thursday, January 16, 2014

{Review & Giveaway} Honeywell Voice-Activated Wifi Thermostat

I can't thank you guys enough for all your kind and thoughtful comments on yesterday's sap-fest! You are the reason I love this blog and community so much.  It's amazing, and a little sad, that so many of us share similar stories. Thank you for welcoming me outside my comfort zone. Let's get back to home stuff now, shall we?!

There were a lot of fun presents opened at our house last month, but the one that's getting the most on-going attention is the talking box on the wall. That probably demands a little more explanation, right?

Honeywell contacted me several months ago to tell me about their smart little wizard...aka, their new Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control. I'm always interested in new technology, especially if it's going to lower my bills and reduce the bickering over who who forgot to adjust the thermostat.

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But while we were excited to receive the new gadget, I was nervous about the 'Simple Setup.' Our existing unit wasn't exactly cutting-edge. I was also concerned that all the fancy bells and whistles would make it too complicated for us to actually use! (We're simple folk.)

Hi Sugarplum | Honeywell Wifi Thermostat

When it arrived, I actually tucked it away for a few days, waiting for the right time to sweet-talk Mr. Sugarplum into helping me install it...aka, install it for me. Turns out all my anxieties were unfounded...it really was quite simple to install! The old box pops off, then you re-attach the new panel to the existing wires.

Hi Sugarplum | Honeywell Wifi Thermostat

We had a bit of a hiccup (and mini-panic attack) since our system is so dated, but the Honeywell website walked us through the steps that matched our scenario in easy-to-follow videos.

Hi Sugarplum | Honeywell Wifi Thermostat

Once we powered it back on, the Honeywell did all the work for us! The touch-screen display asks you a series of questions like,

"What time does the first person wake up?"
"What time does the last person leave in the morning?"
"What time does the first person come home?"
"Are there days when someone is home all day?"

Based on your answers to these and other questions, the Honeywell programs the thermostat for you! If you want to stray from the programming, you can do that manually, or just tell it! That seems to be everyone's favorite part...once you say, 'Hello, Thermostat,' she starts talking to you and asking what you need.

You can be vague like, 'make it cooler' or specific like 'warm the house 2-degrees.' She's quite lovely and agreeable. However, I haven't convinced her to start cooking dinner for us, too. My son already downloaded the free app to my phone, so we can also make adjustments from anywhere in the world! I guess there's a reason The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control was named Best New Product of 2013

You can also adjust the background color...so of course ours is currently pink.

Hi Sugarplum | Honeywell Wifi Thermostat
Our old unit was larger, let's pretend we patched and painted the wall for this review, shall we?!


Okay, how about we get to the good stuff for you?! Want to win your own wi-fi thermostat that listens, learns, saves. The Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat with Voice Control?!

Just hop on the Rafflecopter and do your thing, and one of you lucky ducks will be bossing the box on your wall in no time!

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honeywell International Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions and general bossiness are 100% mine.

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132 comments:

  1. I would love to give this a try!

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  2. You, my dear are hilarious! I think that I am too! ;) And yes, I'd love to be the boss of one more thing in my house!

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  3. You, my dear are hilarious! I think that I am too! ;) And yes, I'd love to be the boss of one more thing in my house!

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  5. Sounds fun! Hope I can make it purple.

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  6. I would love to boss one of these around in my home! What a great giveaway!

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  7. Would love one of these for our house!

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  8. I would love to win one of these for my house

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  9. Voice activated... I can just see it yelling at me in the morning to stop being so cheap and to turn up the heat ;)

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  10. Is it just me, or with all the NSA spying and Google/Facebook/credit-card data-gathering going on today, adding another gadget that somebody else can (and let's be honest, probably is) gather all the data and target me and my family in all kinds of new and invasive ways just not what I'm looking for? I am becoming that which I made fun of for so many years, time to go put on my tinfoil cloche (beanies are SO 2000).

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  11. We've been talking about getting this so would love to win it!

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  12. What an awesome gadget! I'd love to have one!

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  13. I would love to win this! We are about to move into our big drafty 1902 house, and while lovely, it's not the most efficient thing in the world. I love that you can control this thermostat from your phone!
    ~Sarah @ 702 Park Project

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  14. Well this is just awesome. And a pink background would clearly be the choice in our house too.

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  15. yep, i would love to boss this little thing around. :)

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  16. Oh I hope i win! This would be perfect for our family.

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  17. Oh I hope i win! This would be perfect for our family.

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  18. A new, and really smart, thermostat is what we need!

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  19. very cool... or, um warm depending on the mood? :)

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  20. Would love to update my completely antiquated system!!

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  21. I would love this thing. Perfect for lazy control freaks like me!

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  22. I would love this gadget! Make life a lot easier!

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  23. I NEED this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I Love That You Can Adjust It With Your Phone. Perfect For Coming Home From Vacatio.

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  25. I would love this, more for the summer heat than the winter cold, as we are currently in the high seventies!!

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  26. This sounds like a great thermostat! Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  27. We have actually been looking to replace both of our units! How fortuitous! We have a 19 month old and get little sister on the way so we could definitely use it for more accurate temperatures in our home. Right now, we have one of those old dial thermostats...Yuck.

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  28. I would LOVE this for our older home. I think our thermostat is from 1910 when it was built (:

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  29. I would love to have this box rock the wall of my house!

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  30. How cool is that?!? I'm always on thermostat patrol to try to keep our bills down. This would be fun!

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  31. wow what an awesome idea - i've been thinking that our thermostat needs an upgrade for a while now - i love this one and it is definitely going on my wish list

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  32. Sign me up. Better temp control and house savings == MAJOR SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. We need this. This little thing is amazing!

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  34. I would LOVE to have one of these! I like to be bossy when I have the chance. :)

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  35. This sounds really interesting. Would like to try it!

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  36. I would love to win one of these fun bits of technology - our old current system is one of those slide bars so you're making a guesstimate as to the temperature you want.

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  37. eeee! i'd love to boss one of these bad boys around! thanks for hosting this!

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  38. We were just looking at these *wishing* we had one....

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  39. My husband and are thinking about getting a new one and this would be great!

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  40. I love this idea! We're hoping to buy our first home this year and it would really help us save on energy costs

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  41. Our system is so dated (like yours) and this would totally help us keep our bills down each month. I would tell this guy who's the boss (pun intended), but in a very nice and kind way of course. :)

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  42. Our family just got the Nest for Christmas. Similar to the Honeywell, but no voice command. I do love that the thermostat has an app. Now I can adjust the thermostat without getting off the couch or out of bed. I would love to get one of these for my parents or my mother-in-law. If the Nest has treated me so well, I would imagine the Honeywell if just as cool.

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  43. This would be great to win - I have some joint issues so this would be great!

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  44. This would make my life so much easier!

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  45. I really need this. I love so many of the features. Thanks you, thank you.

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  46. My husbands been talking about this thing for months!

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  47. I want this! I need this!
    Help dissolve one more disagreement when we arrive home and we both forgot to turn our thermostat down! :0(

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  48. Sounds really neat! I would love to try it out:)

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  49. This sounds great for our home... Thanks!!

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  50. I would love to switch out my old thermostat for one of these!

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  51. I hope I win! AWESOME gadget to own :)

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  52. I love the look. It definitely would modernize my 21 year old house. Plus I could have the house warm when I am home!

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  54. This looks so cool. I'm closing on my first house soon and I would love to upgrade the thermostat.

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  55. Our AC guy told us these were the best on the market right now! We figured we could update to them eventually so one free is would be awesome!

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  56. Yes!! I would love to have one of these!!

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  57. We had been looking at the Nest, but this looks better!

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  58. Yes, I want to boss a box on my wall!! Who wouldn't??

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  59. Yes, I want to boss a box on my wall!! Who wouldn't??

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  60. just thinking about how easy this would make my life...makes me giddy!

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  61. An amazingly efficient Honeywell thermostat, and drive my hubby crazy making it PINK?? Yes please! :)

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  62. This is awesome. Was considering the Nest, but this looks great!!

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  63. OMG! Someone I can talk to that does not talk back???!!! I will take one, please! :)

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  64. Would one of these or I should say my husband would go crazy for it

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  65. Hell yeah, our thermostat we have right now sucks....kinda need a new one!

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  66. I'm not sold on the voice controls, but the phone control definitely would be worth it.

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  67. yes would love it on the wall... and voice controls...wonderful. Does it go completely dark at night in case you have it in a bedroom?

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  68. This unit sounds wonderful and would save me lots of money on my heat bill. Would LOVE to have it!

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  69. This gadget sounds practical and fun all rolled up into one! Thanks for the chance!

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  70. That looks like so much fun (you know, for being a thermostat)!

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  71. My hubby would LOVE this! Who am I kidding? I would too!

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  72. I'd love one! I don't get to boss anyone around (certainly not my current thermostat, which seems to have a mind of it's own) ;)

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  73. I think my entire family would have a blast bossing a thermostat around! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  74. I would to be the boss of more than 1

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  75. This sounds like a great product thanks for the chance!

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  76. I need this. I would set it to UP the heat after hubby leaves (since he is the one who turns our 1989 thermostat up each morning), and turn it back down again a bit before he comes home, as he is the frugal one (and being gone all day at work, doesn't understand the house might need to be WARM for those of us who are in it all day). Ahem.

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  77. It's amazing how technology is taking over everything. Would love to try this out!

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  78. Yes this is so cool I want to boss it for sure ;)

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  79. We've talked for years about getting a programmable thermostat. This would be so great to win.

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  80. We are about to buy our first house so this would be great

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  81. The Jetsons! Showing my age but this would be fun. Great giveaway!

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  82. Yes! I would love a new remote access thermostat, it would make life much easier (and heating costs lower)

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  83. I'd love to save money with this bad boy!

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  84. Finally a thermostat that my husband would be excited to program and use....if it's a gadget he will love it!

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  85. Even I would think this was fun to use....been wanting a programmable thermostat for a long time, in hopes that I can lower our heating bill slightly...this would be fun!

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  86. How awesome is this!! Great giveaway Cassie:)

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  87. NEED one soooooo bad - we have a dinosaur one and if you just touch the box it comes on :-( FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

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  88. I am a little bossy, this would just give me another outlet.

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  89. Our thermostat goes down to 62F during the night and we can't make it stop, so it would be great if we could just tell it to heat up to 70F before we get out of bed.

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  90. How fun that you can talk to it!! Would love to adjust the temperature for my sweet little 8 year old girl that spends most mornings whining saying, "I'm cold, I'm cold"!! The weather changes so often in Kansas City; it would be fun to control it when you're not even home!!!

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  91. heck yes! I would love to own this thermostat!

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  92. Yes. I would love to tell it what to do.

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  93. My husband installed a programmable thermostat, but not as cool as this one;)

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  94. Yes I would. Sounds like fun to me!

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  95. I would love one of these for our home!

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  96. We've been putting off getting a programmable thermostat for some reason ... This would be perfect!

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  97. Cool, we could use one of these!

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  98. This would be also for our home! we also have a very outdated one currently!

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  99. This would be so awesome for those middle of the night adjustments - no more turning on the lights!

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  100. Yes, Please! This is amazing!! Thanks for the chance.

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  101. o it would be so heavnly to keep warm and not freeze yes id boss it around

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  102. Yes I would love to have this on my wall! It would make things so much easier. Thank you for the chance!

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  103. Yes. This would be great to have. Ours is old.

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  104. Yes I want one of these.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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