Elgato Eve Degree Review

If you’re looking to have total control over the climate of your home, the Elgato Eve Degree is a compact device that connects directly to your Apple HomeKit. The Eve Degree can accurately convey the temperature, humidity, and air pressure of any room. This is especially useful if you have a wine cellar, cigar room, or hydroponic garden. 

The Elgato Eve Degree costs $69.99, which doesn’t break the bank considering its accuracy and user-friendly design. In this Elgato Eve Degree review, you’re going to discover the good and the bad about this smart home device. We’ll cover the design, applications, features, and whether or not the Elgato Eve Degree is right for your home. 

Why People Love the Elgato Eve Degree’s Design

The Elgato Eve Degree has a nice design

Nowadays it’s not uncommon to find groundbreaking technology that can fit in the palm of your hands, and the Elgato Eve Degree is no exception. The dimensions are 2.1 x 2.1 x 0.6 inches and it weighs only 1.4 ounces. The body is made from anodized aluminum which makes it less susceptible to corrosion. This is helpful if you keep your Eve Degree in a moist environment.

The LCD screen is easy to read, so you don’t need to rely on the app to view data. However, the app does offer valuable information about the climate of the room (stay tuned). One neat aspect of the design is that it easily blends into any room, no matter the layout. Simply place the device in an appropriate spot and nobody will even notice it’s there.

Since the Eve Degree is so light, mounting it on the wall is super simple. There’s even a cutout on the backside to hang it on a nail or hook. The device has a CR2450 battery which comes included in the original packaging. The batteries are replaceable and can last up to a year. The power and reset buttons are located on the backside along with a switch between temperature and humidity mode.

The Eve Degree is water-resistant, so you can even keep it outside, but don’t expose it to large amounts of water. Light rainfall or humidity is okay, but heavy rainstorms could risk damaging your device. 

How Accurate Are The Sensors?

The sensors on the Eve Degree are passive. Which means they don’t directly change the climate of the room. What the sensors do is transmit information to other devices, such as your thermostat or humidifier, to regulate the temperature or humidity. This is what makes it so powerful as it gives you full control over all the devices linked to your Apple HomeKit. 

The Eve Degree can read temperatures between 0F-130F. The accuracy is on point, with just 3% error margins, which matches other more expensive Eve models. The Eve Room can only measure between 32F-130F with a 5% accuracy window. The air pressure measurements are also more accurate than the Eve Room. The range is 260-1260 mbar /7.7 – 37.2 inHg.

No Wi-Fi Needed

The Eve Degree does not require you to connect to Wi-Fi. Instead, the entire system is connected via Bluetooth. There was a lot of skepticism because users had a poor experience with Bluetooth connection on earlier models. The connection would randomly turn off without notice, rendering the data useless. Eve has made a huge upgrade to the quality of the Bluetooth connection, creating a more seamless user experience.

You can set up your Eve Degree in your bedroom or on your deck and still have a stable connection. Bluetooth will never be as strong as Wi-Fi, but few users seem to complain about Bluetooth connectivity with this device. 

Setting Up The App

Setting up your device in the Elgato Eve app is surprisingly simple. All you need to do after installing the app is go into Settings Add Accessory → Select your Eve Degree and it will begin pairing. Then the app will automatically open up your camera so you can scan the little HomeKit code located on the back of the device.

Once you’ve finished pairing your device, you’re going to need to choose a room. As mentioned above the Eve Degree works in just about any room, and it can even be placed outside. Then the Eve Degree is going to ask you to enter the elevation of your home. Not many people know the exact elevation of their property, so luckily the Eve Degree can have access to your location and detect this automatically. 

Finally, you’ll be prompted with a summary of the information to double-check if everything is correct. Now your Eve Degree is all set up and paired with your Apple HomeKit app and you can start viewing temperature and humidity right away. For those who want to set up automations, you can do so using the Eve Degree app. Unfortunately, you cannot do this directly from the Home app since Apple hasn’t added that feature. 

To create an automation, click on ScenesRulesAdd New Rule. Here you can set triggers to control other devices around your home and regulate certain conditions. For example, the Eve Degree can turn on a dehumidifier when the sensors read that the humidity has reached a certain level. If the temperature of a certain room gets too hot, your Eve Degree can send a signal to your thermostat to turn on the air conditioner or ceiling fan. 

The app also collects data and stores it so you can look at daily, weekly, and monthly comparisons. You can also use the Types function to connect other devices to your Eve Degree to fulfill the automations above. All in all, the Eve Degree acts sort of like a control center for the rest of your HomeKit devices. It’s a much more extensive resource than asking “Hey Siri, what is the temperature outside?”. 

Elgato Eve Degree Box

The Good And The Bad

The Eve Degree isn’t very useful when acting alone. Without its ability to connect to other devices, it’s just a simple sensor with no useful functions. This means for you to feel the benefits of the Eve Degree, you need to already have a few devices set up in your HomeKit. If you already have a few devices then this shouldn’t be an issue, but if you’re just starting with your HomeKit you might not realize its capabilities. 

Though some users are juiced on the fact that it doesn’t need Wi-Fi connection, others have noticed that Bluetooth connection comes with some limitations. For example, to read new data, you need to be within range of your Eve Degree. Luckily, however, the range is good enough to use throughout most homes. The connection can vary depending on the interior design layout of your house. 

Yes, the Eve Degree is water-resistant and it can be used outside, but it’s more suitable to be used indoors. For one, the screen display is difficult to read in the dark since there’s no backlight. There wouldn’t be a real need to have your Eve Degree outside, as you can complete most of its core functions by keeping it inside your home. 

Here are some of the pros and cons we’ve found within our Elgato Eve Degree Review:

Pros

  • It comes with a long-lasting battery so you don’t need to worry about charging chords or energy costs. The battery can be replaced after a year for around $5.
  • The design is sleek, compact, and can blend into any room. It’s a much better (and cheaper) alternative to the Eve Room which is clunky and made from plastic. 
  • It connects well with other HomeKit devices. Upgrades have been made to improve the quality of the Bluetooth connection so it’s no longer spotty

Cons

  • The display is not backlit and is difficult to see in the dark. Therefore, the Eve Degree is not suitable to be placed outside at night. 
  • There’s no feature to connect the device to your email or text messages. This means it can be difficult to check data when you’re away from your home. 
  • Though the humidity sensors are on point, the temperature readings can be a bit unreliable. If located in colder rooms, the reading can be up to 4 degrees off.

The Eve Degree may not have the ability to command the climate of your home directly. However, there’s no doubt that the Eve Degree is everything you need when it comes to measuring temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure. 

Elgato Eve Degree Alternatives

The Eve Degree might have your attention, but perhaps you’re not convinced it’s worth the price. There are some alternative smart home climate monitors, however, each comes with their own set of challenges.  

The iHome 5-in-1 Smart Monitor 

The name says it all. This smart home device has five sensors capable of measuring temperature, humidity, motion, light, and sound. You can connect this device to others in your Eve HomeKit, allowing you to create different scenes, just like with the Eve Degree. However, the iHome 5-in-1 Smart Monitor isn’t portable and cannot be used outdoors. It’s priced at $30, almost half the price of the Elgato Eve Degree.

Onvis SMS1 Smart Motion Sensor

This battery-powered motion sensor can measure temperature, humidity, and of course, motion. It uses AAA batteries and connects to HomeKit via Bluetooth. The cool thing about the Onvis is that you don’t need to be at home to use it. It doesn’t need to connect to a Home Hub, so you can even take it with you when traveling. However, the connection is a bit spotty and isn’t as stable as the Elgato Eve Degree. The price is $26, which is a reasonable investment considering its capabilities. 

Aqara Smart Home Temperature Sensor

The Aqara is a high-speed sensor for both temperature and humidity. This device however uses a Zigbee radio instead of Bluetooth for connection. By using the Zigbee radio the connection is a lot faster and reliable. Updates are made almost instantly making this a sound alternative to the Elgato Eve Degree. The price is only $19; however, the material isn’t as strong as the Eve Degree. 

Kaiterra Laser Egg

For those looking to have the additional feature of air quality readings, this product is worth checking out. On top of temperature and humidity, the Kaiterra can measure CO2 reading which gives you useful data to improve the air quality of your home. The sensory is 100% portable and can be placed in any room. The rechargeable battery comes included in the packaging, so you don’t need to worry about ordering replacements every few months. The price is a bit steep at $200, but some would argue the features make the price reasonable. 

Arlo Baby 

This device isn’t a direct competitor to the Eve Degree, but it’s worth mentioning if you have an infant. Just like other smart monitors it gives you temperature and humidity readings. It also comes equipped with a built-in nightlight and camera that offers 2-way audio communications. The price, however, is much higher than the Eve Degree. This product will cost you $175 online. 

Why Is Climate Control Important?

More homeowners are adding smart home devices to improve the quality of their homes. Having a climate control device can improve the environment around the house, making you and your family more comfortable. Everyone has that Sweet Spot temperature that they love just before bed, so your smart monitor can interact with your HVAC system, and help you feel more relaxed in the evening. 

Dealing with humidity can be a drag. A smart monitor can power on your dehumidifier when necessary, and have it shut down as soon as the room starts to dry out. More advancements are being made in technology, so we can expect to have more features available in the next coming years. 

Bottom Line 

The Elgato Eve Degree is hands down a useful device for those already involved in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem. It’s a great way to connect all of your Smart home devices and give you complete control over the climate of your home. The design alone makes this a high-quality climate monitor. 

The price is quite reasonable considering its capabilities. But this product on its own won’t be very useful. Luckily, the Eve Degree is easy to set up in your HomeKit and works quite seamlessly. There are a few adjustments to the hardware needed to make this product perfect, but it’s worth getting your hands on. Now you have a solid understanding of this device and can conduct your own opinion if you choose to order it. 

About the Author Marvin J. Snyder

I'm the research analyzer and data interpretation here at Weather Station Lab. I test various weather stations and share my conclusion here. Since my childhood, I had a passion towards weather and I'm always fascinated by that. Eventually, I pursued Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona. I hope my contribution will help you to know more about weather stations. Read more about us, here