A smart home device needn’t be expensive to deliver value. Or favorite budget-priced smart thermostat, the Honeywell T5, goes for about $125 on Amazon, and it delivers many of the same features as our favorite high-end model that costs nearly twice as much. The Momentum Meri smart thermostat—which sells for just $99 at Wal-Mart—on the other hand, is just plain cheap.
The Meri is round and has a colorful face to remind you of the family of Nest Learning Thermostats that shook up this sleepy industry back in 2011. But in place of a rotating stainless steel dial, the Meri has a fixed plastic collar. Momentum expects your HVAC system to have a C wire for power, which is not uncommon, and the physical installation process wasn’t much different from other smart thermostats I’ve reviewed for TechHive. So what’s not to like?