Meri is a super-cheap smart thermostat that's gunning for Nest

Budget thermostat from Momentum goes for style over smarts

Meri smart thermostat is gunning for Nest

There's (another) new smart thermostat on the block, but this time it's under $100. California-based Momentum, manufacturers of inexpensive smart home cameras, has added the Meri Wi-Fi Thermostat to its product line-up - available now at Walmart for $99.

Unsurprisingly at this price point, the Meri lacks any serious smarts - no learning, geofencing, or deep smart home integrations here. But thanks to built-in Wi-Fi you can program your schedule through an app or use the on-device touchscreen controls. Eco and Away modes, vacation scheduling, and a keypad lock are all useful features (standard on most Wi-Fi thermostats) to help manage your energy use.

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Notable features include a built-in humidity sensor, which the company says helps inform a room temperature history accessible in the app, plus an ability to set a schedule according to your utility company’s peak pricing.

The Meri smart thermostat won't break the bank

Round with a white plastic exterior and a color touchscreen LCD display (320x480 resolution), at first look it has a more stylish design than most Wi-Fi thermostats near this price range (think Emerson’s Sensi or Honeywell’s Wi-Fi range).

It clearly takes inspiration from the granddaddy in this category - the Nest - although the screen is far more cluttered, showing set and current temp, time, humidity and five other icons - but it is about an inch and a half larger than Nest.

Compatible with most heating, cooling and heat pump systems, Meri does need a C-wire and only works on 2.4GHz networks. If you're looking for a simple, Wi-Fi-controlled thermostat with a bit more design chops than the standard white rectangle, this might be worth a look. It's available now at Walmart.

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