Hive 2 – Active Heating and Hot Wate r without installation (works with Amazon Alexa)
By G. K. on 4 Dec. 2016
Size: No InstallationStyle: Heating and Hot WaterColour: No frame
I am now a big fan of the Hive 2 thermostat and the Hive ecosystem but if I am honest it was the Nest thermostat with its more appealing design and intelligent learning that I initially set out to buy. I opted for the Hive 2 because combined with installation it was significantly cheaper and I am convinced I made the right choice.
– 2 x ‘Hive 2’ Thermostats
– 1 x Dual Channel Receiver (downstairs heating zone & hot water)
– 1 x Single Channel Receiver (upstairs heating zone)
– 1 x Hive Hub
I paid £278 for the above during the sale (on hive’s website) which also included installation by British Gas. I was offered an appointment within 6 days of ordering with a noon to 6pm slot; the engineer turned up at 5:30pm and finished 3 hours later! The engineer was excellent in making sure everything was installed professionally but had an issue with the two receivers showing offline. This was the main cause of the 3 hours it took for installation; normally it would be around 2 hours for a dual zone installation.
The thermostats (1 downstairs and 1 upstairs because I have two heating zones) are each powered by 4 AA batteries (included). The screen only lights up when you press a button or move the dial and is quick to turn off to save its battery. As you can probably guess I do prefer the design of the Nest thermostat but the Hive 2 isn’t far behind. The thermostat allows you to control the normal things including setting and resuming a heating schedule and has a heating and hot water boost button on top.
Using the thermostat is likely something you wont do all that often because Hive have a great mobile app to control everything including it telling you what the current temperature of the heating zone is and not just the target temperature.Read more ›