The Sensi WiFi Thermostat – A (warm welcome) Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/19

| September 25, 2014 | 69 Comments

sensi thermostatI titled this post “A (warm welcome) review” because the Sensi Thermostat ensured my house gave me a warm welcome after a weekend away at an unseasonably cool time of year. My family and I travel quite a bit and because we try to be frugal, we tend to adjust the temperature to avoid wasteful heating or cooling of the house while we are away; however while we have enjoyed the financial savings, we have never enjoyed coming home to a house that is uncomfortably hot or cold. We thought about getting the free adjustable thermostat offered by our energy provider, but the “big brother” idea of them being able to adjust the temperature in our house at any time didn’t appeal to us, in particular me since I work from home.

sensi thermostatNeedless to say that when I was offered the opportunity to review the Sensi Wifi Thermostat I could hardly wait to install and start using it. My technically inclined husband did the install and when I asked him if someone like myself (who is doesn’t know much about electronic stuff. At. All.) would be capable of installing the thermostat he said that the instructions were user-friendly.

Before you start installing the Sensi Thermostat you should first download the intuitive Sensi Smartphone app (available for Android and iPhones). You can use the install instructions available on the app (just don’t close the app until you are done because the app restarts every time you close out of it) or you can go to the Sensi Thermostat website and follow the video tutorial to get started.

The Sensi Thermostat is the only Wi-Fi thermostat on the market that consumers are able to install on their own through the product’s Smartphone app (it doesn’t require a ‘C’ Wire, which means you don’t need any technical knowledge of wiring to install).

My husband said the step-by-step install instructions were very easy to follow and even included useful pop-up warnings. He also said the cable labels were a nice touch and would make it easy for someone who is unfamiliar with wiring (such as myself) to decipher what wire is to go where. The feature he was most impressed with was the level located in the thermostat’s base – this might seem like a simple tool, but apparently many thermostats don’t have a level included, making hanging it on the wall straight tricky.

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The install took my husband about half an hour. Once installed, the Sensi Thermostat is simple to use. You can start programming it with the Smartphone app once you have finished registering (one note about registering: be sure to put a space in your postal code otherwise the app will lock up and doesn’t display an error message to tell you what’s wrong). Once you have registered, the Sensi app will connect to your thermostat and you’re all set!

You can also control the temperature from the thermostat itself, which is just as easy to use as the Smartphone app.

I love that I can check the temperature of my house from my iPhone and that I can adjust the temperature of my house from anywhere, meaning I never again have to return from vacation to an unbearable hot or cold house!

The Sensi Thermostat retails for around $159.99 CDN and can be found at most hardware or department stores including Home Hardware. Given its sleek design, convenience, and ease of install and use, this product is worth the price. Never again will I contemplate leaving the air conditioning or heat on full while we are away all weekend because I don’t want to come home to an uncomfortable house! Thanks to my Sensi Thermostat I now have full control over the temperature of my house from the convenience of my iPhone.

For more information on the Sensi Thermostat visit them online at the Sensicomfort site or connect with them at:


Disclosure: For the purposes of this review, I received the above mentioned product free of charge. All opinions are my own.


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In addition to being a freelance writer and blogger, Tracy is a virtual assistant specializing in marketing and communication at She is also a devoted mother to an imaginative daughter and wife to her best friend of more than fifteen years. In her spare time she enjoys baking, kayaking, snowshoeing, walking her energetic Australian Shepherd, and cuddling with her perpetually grumpy cat. Depending on the time of day, Tracy's downtime is spent with a good book and hot cup of fair trade coffee or a glass of Canadian red wine.

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  1. I love that you program it with a Smartphone App…that is fabulous!!!

  2. Josh Siemens says:

    I like that you can program it with the Smartphone app.

  3. Suzanne G says:

    The feature I like best is I can control it with my iPhone from anywhere as it is Wi-Fi enabled.

  4. kathy downey says:

    I liked that its so easy to install

  5. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    I really love how we can control the temperature no matter where we are. That is one fine feature.

  6. Amy C says:

    I like that I can program it with my smartphone.

  7. Jonnie says:

    I love that you can control it even wen you’re not at home!

  8. lisa bolduc says:

    to me the biggest plus is the cost savings, with crappy windows our heating bills are pretty high so any savings will help

  9. Erin W says:

    I love that you control it with a FREE app on your phone! So awesome!

  10. Victoria Ess says:

    I’d like to be able to check the temperature with my phone.

  11. ginette4 says:

    I love that you can be away from your house longer and then program from where ever you are you punch in the new this, imagine the savings after a winter.

  12. May says:

    I like that you can control the temp remotely!

  13. Lori Jackson says:

    Wifi on it is my fave part…so when e go out of town we can adjust the temp a couple hours before we come home!

  14. nikki robak says:

    the Sensi app walks you through the process of how to set up the thermoset

  15. Maegan Morin says:

    I love that you are in control of your homes temperature and you can save a lot of money on your bill that way.

  16. Deanna Barkley says:

    I like that it is so easy to instal.

  17. Jennifer P. says:

    My favourite feature is that I would be able to set the temperature of my house from anywhere – how awesome is that?! I think that would be so handy when coming home from a long day at work, or from a vacation. We tend to do all our traveling in the winter, to hot places, so it always is chilly coming home – would love to crank the temp up a bit for the day we’re arriving back! 🙂

  18. I like that I can control it with my smartphone.

  19. angela m says:

    I love that you can program it with the Smartphone app.

  20. Julie Bolduc says:

    I love that you can control it even wen you’re not at home such an awesome idea

  21. Piroska says:

    I love the WiFi feature. It makes you totally in control from anywhere.

  22. Manuel Vizcaya says:

    I like the wi-fi feature

  23. loriag says:

    I love that even for set up the Sensi app walks you through the installation.

  24. Darwin says:

    I like that it can be controlled by a smartphone.

  25. Selma says:

    I like that you can control the temp from anywhere 🙂

  26. Tava says:

    That it’s easy to install and program – none of our family is particularly skilled in home improvements!

  27. Karine says:

    You control the temperature wherever you are with the Sensi app

  28. Heidi C. says:

    The fact that you can program it via a smartphone app.

  29. Amanda Neilson says:

    I LOVE that it has a smartphone app! My dad had a thermostat like this a while ago and I thought it was so cool!

  30. sarah jackson says:

    I like everything about it but the smartphone app that lets you control and helps you install the thermostat is pretty awesome

  31. Juliee Fitze says:

    I like that its so easy to install can do it myself.

  32. Jim says:

    The possible “up to 30% in energy costs” is certainly the most appealing. A close second is the programmable schedule.

  33. Sylvia says:

    The Sensi App sounds great

  34. aarone mawdsley says:

    I like that you can check the temperature with my phone

  35. holly o'gorman says:

    handy that you can program it through an app on your phone

  36. diane welburn says:

    you can program it on your smartphone!

  37. Julie G. says:

    I like the potential savings to heat your home, that’s always a plus.

  38. jan says:

    love that it is integrated with a smart phone

  39. Sherry K says:

    I can change the temp when I am away from work.

  40. Gina Fleury says:

    I would love to try this but I do not have an I phone =does it work with Samsung windows also?

  41. Tracey says:

    I love that you can control the temperature using your smartphone whenever
    and from wherever you want.

  42. Dawn walsh says:

    i like that i caninstall it myself

  43. Gillian Chester says:

    I like that you can use it remotely.

  44. RaeD. says:

    I like that you can program your thermostat from distance through the app.

  45. Keith says:

    I like the WiFi part of it. i can monitor the temp while I am away, and make adjustments as necessary. Really need to get a handle on my heating/cooling costs right now.

  46. Audrey Skinner says:

    I like that it is easy to install.

  47. GARRY S says:


  48. Alyssa C says:

    I really like that the thermostat can be controlled via smartphone … in the house or out of the house or across the country. For all those many times that we have forgotten to turn the thermostat down before leaving on holidays!! Thanks for this opportunity!

  49. Margaret H says:

    It is so easy to install thats what I like

  50. Shannon b says:

    I love that I can control the temp from my iPhone . . I won’t love that hubs can do the same!!

  51. Shannon Wood says:

    I love that you can program it with your smartphone

  52. Kim says:

    So cool that you can view and set the temp from your phone

  53. Steph Bkn says:

    I Love Love Love that you can program it wth your smart phone, perfect for making sure the house is warm or cold returning from holidays!!!

  54. chris arnott says:

    its amazing what we can do with technology

  55. cheryl hodgkins says:

    I like the fact that it fits in almost anywhere.

  56. Amber F says:

    I love that it has an app to help you with installation! Also, it’s great that it is controllable by wifi.

  57. Tracy D says:

    I love that you can log in and adjust from anywhere!

  58. diane welburn says:

    I would love to control the temp from my iphone! How cool is that!

  59. Donnas says:

    The thermosat is wonderful that it can be set to come on and heat your home before you come home from work.

  60. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My favorite feature is being able to change the temperature of your house when you’re not even home.

  61. Bailey Dexter says:

    I really like that it has the Smartphone app for when I am not home, something if I am out longer at work or wherever & the weather changes I worry about my pets in the house ( too hot or too cold) for them. This is perfect!

  62. Robert says:

    looks to be simple to use, good for my parents

  63. SueSueper says:

    I like that you can change the settings while you are away from home! NICE!

  64. Lisa Neutel says:

    I love that your can monitor and change your thermostat temp via wifi from your phone

  65. andie says:

    I guess the app that allows you to adjust from anywhere – pretty cool.

  66. Angela Mitchell says:

    I love that I can turn the heat on before I get home from a weekend away.

  67. Jen F says:

    I love you can control it by phone anywhere

  68. Lee-Ann S says:

    That it is Smartphone compatible so I can adjust temperatures when out.

  69. Kelly M says:

    It’s so convenient that I can tell it to warm up the house sooner than scheduled on the days when I’m heading home early.

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