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If you have an automatic sprinkler system at your home, you probably already know the hassle of making adjustments to the sprinkler timers. The Rachio promises to make the process easier by adjusting your watering schedule with local weather forecasts. But does it live up to the promise?
With the Rachio (check price on Amazon here) you can monitor or make changes to the operation of your sprinkler system from your computer or mobile device regardless of where you are.
The Rachio works like any other smart device in that it takes a traditional appliance you rely on and adds internet connectivity and monitoring to it. Usually, this means slight improvement in its function.
When it comes to sprinkler controllers, however, this upgrade means a huge improvement to the way your garden is watered. Just check out the level of detail it goes into when calculating how much water to spray on your plants:
And this is customizable down to the tiniest detail, for each zone.
It then records all the data and presents it in a chart showing you how much water was used and when and if your sprinklers went on today.
It also uses some pretty sophisticated algorithms that track where every segment of your yard is, what plants are located there, and how much water they need.
The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is EPA WaterSense Certified. You may be able to get a rebate from your utility company, negating the price of your purchase. This varies depending on your location, of course. For more information on the rebate, check out this rebate lookup page here.
No, you have to pay for the enclosure separately. This was probably done to make the base unit as affordable as possible. Still stings a bit though because unless most people would opt to protect their fancy high tech smart sprinkler controller, and it’ll cost extra to do so.
All the improvements of Rachio Gen 2 over Gen 1 are minor, “quality of life” improvements that make the Rachio slightly easier to use. These include:
If you are in the market for a new sprinkler controller, the Rachio is a no brainer. With how expensive water is today, the money you will save on overwatering will pay for the device in no time. See more customer reviews on the Rachio on Amazon here.