Honeywell is announcing a new HomeKit-enabled Wi-Fi thermostat today called the Lyric T5 that will cost $149.99. HomeKit support means you can control the temperature with your voice using Siri or with Apple’s new Home app on iOS 10 and watchOS 3. Lyric T5 features a highly improved design over Honeywell’s other HomeKit thermostat and a larger touchscreen display that makes it worthy of being called a smart home accessory.
As you would expect from a smart thermostat, Lyric T5 features a touchscreen display that presents the current temperature, the target temperature, the current heating or cooling mode, and access to change the target temperature.
Lyric T5 is smarter (and cheaper) than the other Honeywell Lyric thermostat that I reviewed previously as the touchscreen display also lets you browse through Lyric’s menu without a hidden function, plus it displays the current time and Wi-Fi connection status. My big complaint about the previous Lyric HomeKit thermostat was that it wasn’t all that intelligent aside from basic HomeKit support without relying on the mobile app.
Lyric T5 also features a new design that looks more gadgety than traditional, and it drops the rotating dial for adjusting temperature in favor of on-screen controls.
Honeywell touts the usual smart thermostat features like geofencing to adjust temperature when you’re home and away, scheduling based on your preferences, alerts for changing the filter and for extreme temperatures, and Amazon Echo support in addition to HomeKit support.
Honeywell Lyric T5 is available for pre-order for $149.99 starting today. For Amazon customers, the Lyric T5 is already listed but stock appears not to be filled yet and the price doesn’t yet reflect accurately so stay tuned. Honeywell says the new Lyric T5 will start shipping in October.