Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat Review

Last night I couldn’t fall asleep, and it was largely because of my air conditioning, which I turn on and off with a remote. Unfortunately, as I go to sleep, I can never find the right temperature, which leads to a lot of tossing and turning. Ideally, it would be cold until I fall asleep, and then the A.C could turn off and ideally turn back on a few minutes before I wake If only there was a solution!

Oh wait— there is. Smart thermostats let you set schedules for your heating and cooling, along with a ton of other great features that keep you comfy and save you money. Because who wants to pay for utilities, especially if you’re not even home to use them? This review tackles the Kono Smart Thermostat from LUX, from its design all the way to its mobile app. Let’s see how it works!

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If you're in the Amazon, Google, or Apple smart home ecosystems, then you'll be able to change your home's temperature using your voice alone with the Kono Smart Thermostat. 

Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat Design

Kono Smart Thermostat. Photo provided by Kono.

I must say that I’m not super pleased with the look of the Kono Smart Thermostat. At over six inches across, it’s a bit large and the big silver button definitely stands out on the black background. As well, I think the screen that displays the temperature is too big and will draw eyes in a home. But of course, this is a personal aesthetic preference so judge it how you will.

The Kono Smart Thermostat will work with forced air, oil, gas, electric furnaces and AC units with a c-wire. A c-wire isn’t necessary to use the Kono Smart Thermostat, as you can use the LUX power bridge, included with your purchase. While the actual thermostat itself is black, LUX sells covers in deep blue, hibiscus red, midnight black, sea green, and true white. Again, I’m not trying to bring much attention to my smart thermostat, but that’s just me.

Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat Closeup on Wall
Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat Closeup on Wall. Photo provided by Kono.

I’ll talk more about how the Kono Smart Thermostat will save you energy in a bit, but just know that the thermostat is ENERGY STAR certified, meaning that the Environmental Protection Agency has deemed it energy efficient. There’s no limit on the amount of Kono Smart Thermostats you can have in your home, and no maximum on the number of homes you can have per account. You’ll hardwire your Kono Smart Thermostat into your home, and it’ll connect to the LUX Smart app via Wi-Fi. And that’s it for design!

Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat Features

Smart Thermostat Schedules

Aside from schedules and the LUX Smart app, there’s a ton of awesome ways to control your Kono Smart Thermostat. Not only will they make your life that much more simple, but they’ll also save you energy, and you know what that means— a lower utility bill. That’s right, you’ll have more money in your pocket, free to spend on clothes, yachts, cruises— whatever your little heart desires.

Smart Thermostat Geofencing

One way to control your Kono Smart Thermostat is to set up geofencing. That means that you’ll link the thermostat with the GPS on your phone, so it automatically gets to a comfortable temperature when you’re home, and turns off when you’re not. You can also vocally command your thermostat using Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, or Google Assistant. No matter what smart home ecosystem you’re a part of, the Kono Smart Thermostat will fit right in.

Now, the Kono Smart Thermostat is lacking some sensors that I wish it had. One is humidity sensing. Humidity greatly affects how warm a room feels, even if it’s technically a different temperature, so that’s a drawback of the Kono Smart Thermostat.

There’s also no occupancy or proximity sensing to see when you’re home. While occupancy measures body heat, proximity measures motion. That’s important for knowing if you’re home, home sleeping, or not home, as well as seeing which room you’re in. Occupancy and proximity sensing help to save energy, so I’m a bit disappointed they’re not included with the Kono Smart Thermostat. However, you will be able to monitor your energy usage through a report, so it’ll definitely save you more than a regular old thermostat.

The Kono Smart Thermostat also lacks ambient light detection, meaning that its screen won’t adjust to the light in the room. This certainly isn’t as big a deal of the lack of proximity and occupancy sensing, but just know that you’re not saving the maximum amount of energy usage possible with the Kono Smart Thermostat.

Installing the Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat on Wall
Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat on Wall. Photo provided by Kono.

You can either install the Kono Smart Thermostat yourself or get professional installation, which currently costs $238.94 per unit on Amazon— yikes. Again, you can use the Kono Smart Thermostat whether you have the following HVAC systems:

  • Forced air
  • Gas
  • Oil
  • Electric furnaces
  • AC units with c-wire connections
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If you're in the Amazon, Google, or Apple smart home ecosystems, then you'll be able to change your home's temperature using your voice alone with the Kono Smart Thermostat. 

The LUX Smart App

The Lux Products App
The Lux Products App. Photo provided by Kono.

The LUX Smart app is where you’ll control your Kono Smart Thermostat remotely, set up geofencing and smart platform integrations, create schedules, view your energy usage report and add multiple users.

I’m disappointed to say that the app has very poor ratings, a 2.6 from the Google Play store and a 2.5 from the Apple store. Why so negative? Android-user Sidney Strabo wrote in a one-star review,

“Good idea but poorly executed implementation. The app is hard to configure properly. In addition, I get 504 Gateway errors whenever I attempt to use the graphing feature.”

It looked like most people had issues controlling the Kono Smart Thermostat through the app, as of the most recent update. Of course, you can always control your Kono Smart Thermostat through geofencing or vocal commands, but you’ll need to set those features up using the app, which concerns me.

Recap of the Kono Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat

At only $133.09, the Kono Smart Thermostat is the most affordable smart thermostat I’ve reviewed, and for good reason: its app isn’t user-friendly and it lacks occupancy, humidity, ambient light, and proximity detection. For those reasons, I can’t recommend the Kono Smart Thermostat, even at its low price.

Of course, if those features aren’t important to you, then the Kono Smart Thermostat might be a good option, particularly if you want:

  • Geofencing: Have your Kono Smart Thermostat turn off when you’re away and vice versa.
  • Schedules: If you do the same thing every day, putting your Kono Smart Thermostat on schedules will make your life more convenient as well as lower your energy bills.
  • Affordable price: Smart thermostats typically run around the $200 range, making the Kono Smart Thermostat quite the economical option.

But stay away if you were looking for:

  • Proximity, humidity, ambient light and occupancy sensing: The Kono Smart Thermostat can only tell the temperature, making it much less versatile than its competitors.
  • Highly-rated app: The LUX Smart app makes it difficult to control the Kono Smart Thermostat remotely, defeating the purpose of the IoT device in the first place.
  • Battery-operated thermostat: You’ll have to hardwire the Kono Smart Thermostat into your home, which makes for a more complicated installation process.

To explore other options, read about 2019’s best smart thermostats or leave a comment below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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