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Selected products from this vendor are presented on this page, with my assessments where I have personal experiences to share. The links are primarily directed to the vendor’s own pages, in English; for local pages/prices you will have to conduct your own search.

About the vendor and its products

tado offers a small number of products for climate control. The three main products are:

  • Smart thermostat for central heating and underfloor heating

  • Smart thermostat for radiator

  • Smart control device for climate control

  • A temperature sensor, which also shows the measured temperature on a display that looks like the one the thermostats have

The former two require an internet bridge, which is part of kits.

tado has its own app for controlling the thermostats, but also offers support for Apple HomeKit, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and IFTTT.

Our experiences

When I started our project to smarten up our home, a tado smart thermostat was actually the very first smart home device I ever purchased, intended to control the underfloor heating in the conservatory. The project seemed very promising, being very easy to install, up to the point where I was about to connect the floor temperature sensor. That was when I discovered that tado doesn’t support external temperature sensors, and since the thermostat would be placed next to the door outside the actual room, this was not a good solution. Thus, we ended up with thermostats from Heatmiser, which allow choosing among floor sensor, external room sensor, and the built-in sensor.

As a reversal of this, for controlling the living room heat pump, a Sensibo Sky was replaced with a tado AC controller, primarily because the tado version has HomeKit support, see details below.

Notice that on phones, the table might only display in landscape mode

Component Room Experiences

Smart AC Control V3+ inverter control

Living room

After some bother to change the default mode to heat, not cool, it has worked very well. It is also good-looking and it can also be manually operated from the device itself. Lately, I also discovered that it can set in a mode where it takes over all functionality of the inverter, including temperature measurement, and we have noticed that the inverter is now completely turned off for longer periods. Previously, it would remain on and often keep blowing rather cool air, so I assume that this saves even more power.

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