Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat Review

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Updated June 27, 2022
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With budget smart home thermostats, they have to be special in some regard to be considered the Best Smart Thermostat for your money. The Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat, however, might do enough to aid in its efforts to be the Best Smart Thermostat For Multiple Zones. It can send you smart alerts, adjust your HVAC systems when you’re away, and it’s compatible with Apple Homekit.

Why We Like It – Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat

Installing the Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat into your home is one of the fastest ways to save on your HVAC energy usage, thanks to its geofencing, and the sending of smart alerts when the environment isn’t ideal.

  • Can adjust HVAC systems when you’re home & away
  • Compatible w/ Apple Homekit
  • Affordable
  • Lacks remote sensors


When you put the Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat to work, it does as well as you can hope. When connected to Wi-Fi, you rarely have to worry about disconnections, other than your network getting overworked. Customer reviews note the app can be frustrating to deal with if your connection is less than stellar. You can get the Honeywell Home T9, if you want a thermostat that works even on 5gHz wifi.

Advanced Features

The Honeywell Lyric T5 WiFi Thermostat isn’t as advanced as its big brother, the Lyric Round, or the Ecobee SmartThermostat With Voice Control. It makes due with what it has to provide maximum comfort. It is a programmable thermostat, which is a step in the right direction. You can create schedules, with an added Smart Response to set the temperature correctly just as you come into the store. There’s also Home Away mode—that’s geofencing—to adjust your HVAC systems when you’re home or away.

Ease of Use

You get the whole kit and caboodle with the Honeywell T5 Thermostat. Making adjustments with the touchscreen is simple enough, like the Glas Smart Thermostat, but since these are Wi Fi smart home devices, you can make changes via the Honeywell Home app or with voice control. The great thing is having access to most major voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but also Apple Homekit.

Ease of Install

Like some of the most expensive thermostats—think the Ecobee SmartThermostat With Voice Control—the Honeywell Lyric T5 Wi Fi Thermostat is easy to install. Instructions are straightforward, and even use the Honeywell Lyric app for help. One fact to note: a C wire is required, or else the unit won’t work.


The Learning Thermostat Honeywell Lyric T5 is one of several of Honeywell’s budget smart home thermostats, so it’s tough sussing out where the Lyric T5 would fall on the scale of value. You’re getting the essentials with the T5, like scheduling, smart alerts, and general energy savings. Drop $60 more and you could have the Honeywell Home T9, another budget option that also includes remote sensors.

Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat Wrap Up

The market for budget smart thermostats is, to be frank, too full, and the Honeywell Lyric T5 Smart Thermostat isn’t expressing any features that help it really stand out. Lacking remote sensors hurts it further. Still, it’s very affordable, you get the basics, and a few extra features for good measure.

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