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Vine is a California-based tech startup developing quality smart home products. The Vine TJ-919 Smart Thermostat is their flagship product with its voice control and flexible programmer.


9.4
Top Pick
A connected thermostat

The Vine Model TJ-919 is not just a regular thermostat; it is your weather assistant. Never miss out on a weather report, as the Vine thermostat app updates users regularly. Supports 1 Heating Stage & 2 Cooling Stages

Top Features
  • The thermostat can be controlled with virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

  • Programmable scheduling features with ultra-flexible one-week period settings.

  • Distance from home is not an issue as; users can control the thermostat via the Vine app.

With a Vine premium cloud account, you will get alerts on harsh weather, constant reminders to adjust your filters, and initiate service calls as needed.

It takes less than 30 minutes to install the smart thermostat and in less than 20 minutes, you can master its use. Its installation is simple. For safety reasons, customers are advised to turn off the furnace’s master power switch before installing the thermostat.

The wall-mounted Vine Model TJ-919 adds value and elegance to your home. The color is white, its thickness is 20 cm, and it has a rectangular shape.

Besides elegance, the thermostat was designed with the users’ safety in mind. Its case material is made of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), a flame-resistant thermoplastic that is tougher, lighter, and more flexible than its PLA (Polylactic Acid) alternative.

The 24 volts thermostat comes with a screwdriver, jumper wire, and screws. No batteries are included or required.

What we liked
  • The device saves up to 23% on energy bills every year.
  • The smart thermostat can be controlled verbally with the aid of virtual assistants
  • Users do not need ‘special’ skills to install and use the thermoregulator.
  • The smart device was designed with a modern and classy 4.3-inch touchscreen.
  • The device system is compatible with Wi-Fi. It was built with a Qualcomm QCA 4004X Wi-Fi chipset and works well under a frequency standard of IEEE 802 B/G/N (2.4 GHz).
What we didn't like
  • Model TJ-919 lacks geofencing abilities which allow smart thermostats to know when the user is around.
9.2
Runner-up
A flexible thermostat

Vine model TJ-610 is a more affordable alternative to model TJ-919. It keeps the smart and elegant touchscreen while adding a dial control. The touchscreen size was reduced fashionably to make space for the dial control. Supports 2 Heating Stages & 1 Cooling Stage

Top Features
  • Vine cloud storage allows users to back up their settings and programmed schedules in case of a temporary power loss.

  • Control your Vine thermostat from the comfort of your bed with the aid of virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

  • Programmable scheduling features with ultra-adjustable 7 days period settings.

Like all Vine thermostat models, the model TJ-610 is easy to install. You should be done installing the smart thermostat in less than 30 minutes (no special skill needed). You can watch their tutorial video or go through the manual to learn how to install the device. A typical user takes not more than 20 minutes to master its use.

The 11.8 ounces thermostat is compatible with a gas furnace, electric furnace, air conditioner, boiler, and heat pumps. To function properly, it needs a C wire and power source. It does not use the pilot light or ‘waste energy’. In addition, the wall-mounted device does not come with batteries.

Every Vine Smart Home thermostat was made with the safety of users in mind. The primary material used in designing the external part of the model TJ-610 is made of ABS, a tough, light, and flexible thermoplastic.

What we liked
  • Alongside a 3.5” touchscreen, the thermostat has a dial control, which is easy to use.
  • The thermostat reduces your annual energy bill by 23%.
  • The device system works perfectly with Wi-Fi.
  • It has the AM and PM indicator, which makes it easy for users to program and schedule the thermostat.
  • The materials used in making the thermostat are environment friendly.
What we didn't like
  • Model TJ-610 lacks geofencing features.
8.9
Budget Pick
A compact thermostat

The Vine TJ-225 is the cheapest of the three thermostats detailed with it’s screen having the smallest size. Supports 2 Heating Stages & 2 Cooling Stages

Top Features
  • Compatible with Wi-Fi

  • Works perfectly with auxiliary heat

  • Users can operate the Vine thermostat with the aid of virtual assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Coupled with seamless buttons, the 2.5” TFT-LCD screen thermostat is simple to navigate and control.

Unlike the previously reviewed models, the TJ-225 thermostat does not have a touchscreen, but it can be equally controlled and programmed using the up, down, menu, back, and ok buttons. The thermostat design is perfect for every home.

In case you are going for a short/long vacation, you can put the thermostat on a temporary or permanent hold.

Compatibility

The 4.9 ounces thermostat is compatible with the electric furnace, air conditioner, gas furnace, boiler, and heat pumps.

You cannot use the model TJ-225 with a battery, as it needs a C-wire and constant power source to operate efficiently.

The model TJ-225 design is smart and elegant. You have nothing to worry about as the materials used in making the thermostat are reliable. Also, they are approved by the EU RoHS.

What we liked
  • Users can save 23% on energy bills annually with the aid of the model TJ-225 thermostat.
  • The device is easy to use and install.
  • You can control the room temperature from the comfort of your bed when the thermostat is connected to your virtual assistant.
  • Model TJ-225 thermostat is Wi-Fi enabled. It is designed with a Qualcomm QCA 4004X Wi-Fi chipset and works well under a frequency standard of IEEE 802 B/G/N (2.4 GHz).
What we didn't like
  • The thermostat does not have a touchscreen, and the screen is comparably small.
  • Like every other model discussed in this review, the model TJ-225 thermostat lacks a geofencing feature, a feature that allows thermostats to conserve more energy when the users are not around.

The Verdict

The Vine Model TJ-919 is not just a regular thermostat; it is your weather assistant. Never miss out on a weather report, as the Vine thermostat app updates users regularly. Supports 1 Heating Stage & 2 Cooling Stages

Top Features
  • The thermostat can be controlled with virtual assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

  • Programmable scheduling features with ultra-flexible one-week period settings.

  • Distance from home is not an issue as; users can control the thermostat via the Vine app.

Sources

www.vinesmarthome.com

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    danny collins
    Posted December 14, 2020 at 9:30 am

    hi i purchased the tj-225 thermostat everytime i try to set up it ask for a tempory access code i can never find the code anywhere and when scan box says not right code about ready to send back please help if you can

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