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Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Starter Kit £89.99 @ Argos (Free Click & Collect)
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Tado Smart Radiator Thermostat Starter Kit £89.99 @ Argos (Free Click & Collect)

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Posted 18th Oct 2019

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Horizontal version also available for £89.99. This is the V3 kit, so you can pay £19.99 for lifetime Auto Assist features.
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This is an additional product of the tado Starter Kits. Smart heating with tado Smart Climate Assistant. Its unique features enable you to save up to 31 percent on your heating bill, whilst making your home more comfortable. It works with the majority of vertical radiator. Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant.

Geofencing. Tado automatically turns down your heating when the last person leaves home and begins to warm up again when it detects the first person returning - using your smartphones' locations. Multi-Room Control. Individually control multiple radiators for maximum control within the tado app.

Smart features: Geofencing, Weather Adaption, Open Window Detection, Multi-Room Control, Insightful Reports and Smart Schedule.

  • Compatible with iOS and Android operating systems.
  • App needed for use: tado app.
  • Operates over mobile internet.
  • Operates over wi-fi.
  • Requires wireless router for use.
  • Controls heating.
  • Monitors energy consumption.
  • Sets schedules for devices.
  • Components include 2 x tado Smart Radiator Thermostat, 2 x 2 AA batteries, 2 x 6 adapters, tado Internet Bridge, Power adapter, USB-Cable, Ethernet Cable.
  • Batteries required 4 x AA (included).
  • W7.8, D5.2cm.
  • 2 year.
  • EAN: 4260328610725.
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Is this is genuinely V3 then this is a sweet deal 👌
rbpltr18/10/2019 22:48

Is this is genuinely V3 then this is a sweet deal 👌


Haha so is V3 now worth more than V3+?
ec9wrr19/10/2019 06:44

Yes.


Not really encouraging for their soft dev team is it?
Edited by: "TellyLover" 19th Oct 2019
Great price.. have some HEAT!
rbpltr18/10/2019 22:48

Is this is genuinely V3 then this is a sweet deal 👌



EAN: 4260328610725
TADO SMART RADIATOR THERMOSTAT VERTICAL STARTER KIT V3
Part Number: 2SRT01VIB01-TC-UK-03
(Purchased - image attached)
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EAN: 4260328610718
Appears to relate to:
TADO SMART RADIATOR THERMOSTAT HORIZONTAL STARTER KIT V3
TellyLover19/10/2019 07:02

Not really encouraging for their soft dev team is it?


It's not like this hacking a V3+ back to V3. This is hardware that Tado produced when their business model was soft dev bankrolled by hardware sales. I see no problem in seeking out the last remaining stock.
rbpltr19/10/2019 07:26

It's not like this hacking a V3+ back to V3. This is hardware that Tado …It's not like this hacking a V3+ back to V3. This is hardware that Tado produced when their business model was soft dev bankrolled by hardware sales. I see no problem in seeking out the last remaining stock.


I am just saying that V3+ is rightly shunned for its design and other changes.
Surely a newer version should have brought improvements not be a downgrade of user experience which is why I said that it's not encouraging for their development team that their work on improving the V3 has resulted in a software of lower value...
TellyLover19/10/2019 07:38

I am just saying that V3+ is rightly shunned for its design and other …I am just saying that V3+ is rightly shunned for its design and other changes. Surely a newer version should have brought improvements not be a downgrade of user experience which is why I said that it's not encouraging for their development team that their work on improving the V3 has resulted in a software of lower value...


I completely agree. V3+ is a disaster by all measures. Changing the design, removing genuinely useful functionality, introducing questionable functionality AND introducing a subscription all at the same time was a terrible decision.

I sincerely hope they can get past this as the per-room-zoning capabilities of their hardware are second to none.
Edited by: "rbpltr" 19th Oct 2019
Lifetime auto assist? What's that for please??
KatsudonVince19/10/2019 08:45

Lifetime auto assist? What's that for please??



Essentially if you upgrade from the V3 app, it will allow some automatic features:
“Geofencing
Everybody has left home, tado° has set your heating automatically to Away Mode.”

“ Open Window Detection
An open window has been detected in the kitchen. tado° turns the heating automatically off for 15 minutes to save energy.“

Differences between the V3 and V3+ starter kits and be found here:
support.tado.com/hc/…ns-

Details on the software (Auto Assist) upgrade can be found here:
support.tado.com/hc/…es-

Details on the Auto Assist Skill can be found here:
tado.com/gb/…ist
KatsudonVince19/10/2019 08:45

Lifetime auto assist? What's that for please??


The auto assist turns heating between home and away modes automatically. So last night we went out for a few hours - tado sensed we were away, turned off the heating (or rather set it to our away temp of 5 deg) and then turned it back on again when we were on our way home. This was all done completely automatically - this element of it requires a small monthly subscription if you bought V3+ equipment; if you bought V3 or earlier, you have the option of upgrading to the auto assist for life for a one off fee of £20.
You can get BNIB V3 gear at a good discount on eBay.
Is this kit standalone? Or do I need the thermostat for this to work?

What I'm getting at is, can I buy two or three of these packs, and independently control the temperature in each room from my phone?
Dylan_Baker19/10/2019 09:34

Is this kit standalone? Or do I need the thermostat for this to work?What …Is this kit standalone? Or do I need the thermostat for this to work?What I'm getting at is, can I buy two or three of these packs, and independently control the temperature in each room from my phone?

You can just have the TRVs if you want but will need to keep your current thermostat also if you have one. I think these starter kits are more designed for people in an apartment who don't necesarily have call-for-heat control over central boilers.
Dylan_Baker19/10/2019 09:34

Is this kit standalone? Or do I need the thermostat for this to work?What …Is this kit standalone? Or do I need the thermostat for this to work?What I'm getting at is, can I buy two or three of these packs, and independently control the temperature in each room from my phone?


I had a similar question. If I fit this to all radiators (bar an always-on towel rail) any point in upgrading my 'dumb' thermostat?
As I already have the V3+ thermostat. Is there any way by adding this I could downgrade to V3 and then pay the £19.99 as a one off payment rather than the monthly subscription?
Thanks in advance.
andisitadeal19/10/2019 09:44

I had a similar question. If I fit this to all radiators (bar an always-on …I had a similar question. If I fit this to all radiators (bar an always-on towel rail) any point in upgrading my 'dumb' thermostat?


Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart thermostat; otherwise there is no connection at all between your Smart TRVs and your boiler. This starter kit would be better for someone with an always on heating system such as an apartment.
You could retain your old themostat, but the temperature of the TRVs would be dictated to by whether your "dumb" thermostat is asking for heat. Basically if your dumb thermostat is warm enough but another room with a TRV is freezing, the smart TRV will open but your radiator won't get any warmer.
ukflyboy19/10/2019 09:49

Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart …Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart thermostat; otherwise there is no connection at all between your Smart TRVs and your boiler. This starter kit would be better for someone with an always on heating system such as an apartment. You could retain your old themostat, but the temperature of the TRVs would be dictated to by whether your "dumb" thermostat is asking for heat. Basically if your dumb thermostat is warm enough but another room with a TRV is freezing, the smart TRV will open but your radiator won't get any warmer.


Also worth pointing out that if you have a tado TRV in the same room as your tado thermostat (as well as tado TRVs in other rooms) then the system can send heat to all the room completely independently (i.e. without having to send to the room with the thermostat at the same time)
ukflyboy19/10/2019 09:49

Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart …Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart thermostat; otherwise there is no connection at all between your Smart TRVs and your boiler. This starter kit would be better for someone with an always on heating system such as an apartment. You could retain your old themostat, but the temperature of the TRVs would be dictated to by whether your "dumb" thermostat is asking for heat. Basically if your dumb thermostat is warm enough but another room with a TRV is freezing, the smart TRV will open but your radiator won't get any warmer.


Thanks for this. Do you think buying this and then a smart thermostat seperately is still a good deal?
ukflyboy19/10/2019 09:49

Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart …Yes, as I believe the call for heat has to go through your smart thermostat; otherwise there is no connection at all between your Smart TRVs and your boiler. This starter kit would be better for someone with an always on heating system such as an apartment. You could retain your old themostat, but the temperature of the TRVs would be dictated to by whether your "dumb" thermostat is asking for heat. Basically if your dumb thermostat is warm enough but another room with a TRV is freezing, the smart TRV will open but your radiator won't get any warmer.


My use case is to have the kids bedrooms at a lower temp in the evening but normal in the morning because they complain about it being too warm to sleep and too cold to get out of bed in the morning when using the dumb TRV.
I used £10 of Nectar points to bring it down to £79.99
SomebodE19/10/2019 10:27

My use case is to have the kids bedrooms at a lower temp in the evening …My use case is to have the kids bedrooms at a lower temp in the evening but normal in the morning because they complain about it being too warm to sleep and too cold to get out of bed in the morning when using the dumb TRV.


I'm not an expert, have only fitted it myself relatively recently but think your use case should work well; as you want the bedrooms to be cooler than everything else then the TRVs can turn off the heat fine when the main thermostat still has a demand.
Dylan_Baker19/10/2019 10:21

Thanks for this. Do you think buying this and then a smart thermostat …Thanks for this. Do you think buying this and then a smart thermostat seperately is still a good deal?


Yeah it is still a reasonable deal, the only minor snag you'll have is getting an additional thermostat off eBay on its own - most of them seem to sell as the smart thermostat starter pack.
The other way to do it is maybe get a smart thermostat starter kit off eBay (circa £80-90) and then wait for Amazon to have the dual pack of Smart TRVs for £61 again. Either way you should be able to get a smart thermostat, Internet bridge (from the starter pack) and two smart TRVs for around £150 which I think is fantastic value compared to what else is out there on the market!
ukflyboy19/10/2019 10:51

Yeah it is still a reasonable deal, the only minor snag you'll have is …Yeah it is still a reasonable deal, the only minor snag you'll have is getting an additional thermostat off eBay on its own - most of them seem to sell as the smart thermostat starter pack.The other way to do it is maybe get a smart thermostat starter kit off eBay (circa £80-90) and then wait for Amazon to have the dual pack of Smart TRVs for £61 again. Either way you should be able to get a smart thermostat, Internet bridge (from the starter pack) and two smart TRVs for around £150 which I think is fantastic value compared to what else is out there on the market!


Amazon sell the add on thermostat for £99 - would this work instead of the starter kit?
So if I had a "dumb" wireless thermostat I could set it to let's say 30 degrees and then set different temperatures in different rooms using these?
But then the boiler would still be constantly on ?
So confused (and I googled!)
I have a V3+ with 2 thermostats and several TRVs. Can I use the 2 TRVs that come with this to add to my current setup or are they a different type?

Also could I replace my V3+ bridge with this one if, as some are saying, it's better?
SomebodE19/10/2019 10:52

Amazon sell the add on thermostat for £99 - would this work instead of the …Amazon sell the add on thermostat for £99 - would this work instead of the starter kit?


Provided you pair it with this TRV smarter kit. Effectively you just need an Internet bridge to plug into your router via ethernet cable.
So either this TRV starter kit plus an add on thermostat or a thermostat starter kit plus the smart TRVs on their own.
SomebodE19/10/2019 10:52

Amazon sell the add on thermostat for £99 - would this work instead of the …Amazon sell the add on thermostat for £99 - would this work instead of the starter kit?


I picked up the add on smart thermostats from Amazon the other week for £75, so if you aren't in a hurry you'll get everything cheaper with some camelcamelcamel alerts.
mcdarius19/10/2019 10:55

So if I had a "dumb" wireless thermostat I could set it to let's say 30 …So if I had a "dumb" wireless thermostat I could set it to let's say 30 degrees and then set different temperatures in different rooms using these?But then the boiler would still be constantly on ?So confused (and I googled!)


I have a Vallant wireless controller and it controls the boiler better than many smart thermostats, inc Tado (from my research) so I’m happy to keep that and just control the bedrooms separately.

All the radiators in the house are sized to heat rooms properly at 50 degrees flow rather than the traditional 60-65 degrees.

Condensing boilers are most efficient around the 50degree temp so leaving it on via the Vaillant modulating controller is fine in my set up. YMMV.

What this means for me is while the other rooms are heating, I can control specific rooms with these TRVs.
ukflyboy19/10/2019 11:00

I picked up the add on smart thermostats from Amazon the other week for …I picked up the add on smart thermostats from Amazon the other week for £75, so if you aren't in a hurry you'll get everything cheaper with some camelcamelcamel alerts.


No, not in a hurry but would like to validate my research that the Vaillant controller works better - Amazon so easy returns, hence the ask.

I figured the question might help others for different reasons too
Have I understood this item correctly that for a single person this system can supply heat to just the room the person is currently in and not elsewhere? Assuming that is required and other radiators have these thermostats on them. Likewise you could control to have say lounge, study and bedroom on higher temp making them warmer than the hallway and another bedroom where the heat doesn't need to be high as nobody is there?

Making these useful due to the above for people living alone in a house as it will reduce wasted heat and reduce bills?

Do you really need one on all radiators in the property to gain the most benefit? Or just manually adjust a couple of rads like bathroom and not have one on that radiator?
ukflyboy19/10/2019 11:00

I picked up the add on smart thermostats from Amazon the other week for …I picked up the add on smart thermostats from Amazon the other week for £75, so if you aren't in a hurry you'll get everything cheaper with some camelcamelcamel alerts.


Am I right in thinking that the v3+ is specific to the bridge? So if I got this kit and then bought a few add on thermostats, I could then pay the one off £20 fee and avoid paying the monthly subscription fee required for v3+?
One other question. Do these replace the need for lockshields in a way as these adjust the flow and the lockshields are just set to open?
Dylan_Baker19/10/2019 11:09

Am I right in thinking that the v3+ is specific to the bridge? So if I got …Am I right in thinking that the v3+ is specific to the bridge? So if I got this kit and then bought a few add on thermostats, I could then pay the one off £20 fee and avoid paying the monthly subscription fee required for v3+?


Correct, they haven't changed the thermostats or TRVs over the years, just the bridge. Provided this is a V3 bridge you're good.
thetarget19/10/2019 11:10

Have I understood this item correctly that for a single person this system …Have I understood this item correctly that for a single person this system can supply heat to just the room the person is currently in and not elsewhere? Assuming that is required and other radiators have these thermostats on them. Likewise you could control to have say lounge, study and bedroom on higher temp making them warmer than the hallway and another bedroom where the heat doesn't need to be high as nobody is there?Making these useful due to the above for people living alone in a house as it will reduce wasted heat and reduce bills?Do you really need one on all radiators in the property to gain the most benefit? Or just manually adjust a couple of rads like bathroom and not have one on that radiator?


This system is perfect for people that only use parts of their house sporadically and those who have an irregular schedule. If you're always in and out of the house at the same time and only ever use the same couple of rooms you probably won't save much over a normal programmer and normal TRVs which you can just turn down to frost protection in rooms you don't use.
ukflyboy19/10/2019 12:18

This system is perfect for people that only use parts of their house …This system is perfect for people that only use parts of their house sporadically and those who have an irregular schedule. If you're always in and out of the house at the same time and only ever use the same couple of rooms you probably won't save much over a normal programmer and normal TRVs which you can just turn down to frost protection in rooms you don't use.



Thanks for that information.

I do have a Hive hub & Hive heating thermostat. Issue is the when the rads are on in the colder months they don't seem to heat the rooms up enough even though the system had been balanced after a power flush. Personally I don't like a room to be too warm or hot but downstairs is sort of open planned to an extent and the lounge area still seems cold during winter. Even when the boiler has been on for 2 or 3 hours. The radiator sizes should be sufficient for the room sizes and the boiler (quite old but working fine) has plenty of power to handle a lot more radiators. A different boiler service guy suggested the radiator lockshields may need replacing as they are old as they may be a bit stuck. He only does boiler servicing and repairs so didn't want to quote to do the job of replacing the lockshields. I haven't got around to getting someone in to do that task yet, even though I bought some Drayton lockshields from Screwfix/Toolstation earlier in the year. I do adjust the TRVs so they're set higher for the rooms which are in use a lot more of the time.

TRVs did get replaced a while ago. Suppose I need to do some more research about this product to see if the investment will be worthwhile for my own situation or not. Like you said TRVs can be adjusted manually and I suppose it wouldn't take too long for a rarely used room with a low setting to heat up once it is set higher.

Reviews on Amazon seem to be mainly it is really good or it is really bad: amazon.co.uk/tad…PTT
Hi Folk. does this connect to the HIVE system by any chance as I have 1 room (kids bedroom) that seems be colder than all the others so want to make sure it focus on that room etc.
All too complicated for me, I've nest in two zones and thermostats on my rads it seems to work. All I can say is I'm wondering with all the things in life to make it simpler I think I'm going to go back the log burner.

This does seem like a good deal BTW so voted hot

Sorry for the ramble
Is anyone up to date on all the different makes and models of smart TRVs?

The last couple of winters I've looked into them, because we've got a couple of rooms that get really cold, but we can't turn the radiators up without the warm rooms getting too hot, because the warm rooms have room thermostats and therefore can't have TRVs. So there's no way to turn the TRVs in the cold room higher than in the warm rooms.

So smart TRVs around the house seems ideal... but when I looked into it in previous years, I never got the confidence that any of the manufacturers were big enough to be supporting the product range and the software for years to come...

I think the best ones were the Draytons but they were brand new so were too risky at the time.

Just wondering if anyone is more up to date and can recommend a particular product that is here to stay?
thetarget19/10/2019 11:10

Have I understood this item correctly that for a single person this system …Have I understood this item correctly that for a single person this system can supply heat to just the room the person is currently in and not elsewhere? Assuming that is required and other radiators have these thermostats on them. Likewise you could control to have say lounge, study and bedroom on higher temp making them warmer than the hallway and another bedroom where the heat doesn't need to be high as nobody is there?Making these useful due to the above for people living alone in a house as it will reduce wasted heat and reduce bills?Do you really need one on all radiators in the property to gain the most benefit? Or just manually adjust a couple of rads like bathroom and not have one on that radiator?


To get the most benefit you need to have them on all, otherwise the rooms that don't have them will heat up when any one of the smart rads calls for heat. Though like you can, you can turn down the manual ones you don't care about.
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