Rachio - 8-zone 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller - White

Schedule your lawn watering to save money without losing lushness with this Rachio Smart sprinkler controller. The controller is compatible with Android, Apple and Windows operating systems, so you can set your sprinklers from just about anywhere. Let this Rachio Smart sprinkler controller do the scheduling based on past schedules or the weather.
$179.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • AC adapter
  • Owner's Manual
  • Rachio 8-zone 2nd Generation Smart Sprinkler Controller
  • Two mounting screws

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (98 out of 98)

Features


Easy to control

Download the free Rachio app to care for your lawn remotely with your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Exclusive remote design enables one touch run, pause and skip between zones. Available for Android, iOS and web.

Adapts to local weather

Rachio Weather Intelligence™ uses comprehensive weather data to automatically adjust your irrigation schedule based on the latest local forecasts.

Save water and money

Reduce your water bill by up to 50% while keeping your garden healthy. EPA WaterSense certified - eligible for utility rebates of up to 100% off (check your local water provider).

Customize to your lawn

Replace zone numbers with names and photos. Add input details like plant type and sun exposure to let Rachio automatically water your lawn with exactly what it needs to thrive.

Connect with top smart home platforms

Works with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, IFTTT and Nest.

Easy installation

Install it yourself, replace any controller - no special tools or expertise required.


Customer rating

4.9
100%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Offers great flexibility and is simple to use.

    Posted
    ammcb
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is a great way to control your watering if flexibility is needed. I replaced a standard Rainbird controller becasue I wanted to have a watering schedule and then be able to customize a second day only using one zone. The Rachio gives the user complete flexibility. Installation was easy. I took a photo of my previous configuration and copied it to the Rachio. Everything worked. Configuring took more time than I thought but I didn't follow the directions. I tried to connect with my iPhone and the directions clearly tell you to use the app once the second light starts to blink. Once I figured it out, the device was linked to my account. I love that it connects to local weather adjusting watering based on climate changes, season and weather. If you don't have a rain sensor, this will adjust without one. You can take pictures of the zones and link them so you can see what you are programming to water. You can configure sun exposure, grass and soil type as well as landscaping. The system will automatically configure times based on You can run on demand and it easily configures with Amazon Alexa. Love it. The only thing I don't like about it is to run manually, you need to remove the cover. I wish the buttons were exposed or accessed easier. However, you can run everything on the phone and won't likely need to run manually too often. Price is another drawback. I love this controller and like the flexibility it gives you. You can shut the system off remotely as well. This controller provided the most features and user friendly application.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    what happened during hurr. Harvey

    Posted
    GADGETLOVER

    We had just installed the unit, which was a piece of cake btw, when only a week later hurricane Harvey blew into Houston area. Needless to say, no need for watering for quite a while. Well Tuesday rolls around which is one of our permitted watering days. Mind you, there's still some standing water in some of the streets from Sunday and Monday flooding, when I suddenly ask my husband if it's raining AGAIN! Nope, sprinklers had come on. For a second I thought the Rachio was possessed because I thought I had read it wouldn't work without wifi. Then I realized, yes, it WILL work with only electric, apparently it WILL remember its settings, BUT it can't get any weather updates, such as, "we just had 30" of rain and DON'T NEED NO MO"! I had to unplug the unit to get it to stop going to 31" of water since the app can't work without wifi. INSTALLATION TIP: When installing, you need to strip the wires more than you think to get them to push far enough into the holes so they can be secured.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great So Far

    Posted
    Chris
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I've had my controller for about a month and so far it has worked very well. I had a small issue when hooking up the wiring from my old manual controller because the directions in the manual didn't give me the exact wiring details I needed, but that was quickly remedied when I asked my neighbor to show me a picture of his wiring hookup. The app works great; it's done a good job so far "skipping" a scheduled watering using the weather data. Occasionally I'll use the manual skip if I think it could go another couple days without watering following rainfall earlier in the week. But, the app is easy to use and understand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rachio is the smart way to water your lawn

    Posted
    johng2603
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I had been looking for a wifi enabled irrigation controller for some time so I could monitor and control my lawn watering, as well as to upgrade from the old Watermaster irrigation controller that was in the house before we bought it. The replacement to the Rachio 8 zone controller was very easy, including the wiring and setup in the app. Using the app I can easily turn on and off any of my 6 zones, as well as set up custom watering schedules. When the schedule starts and stops, I get a notification. It also tracks weather for the set zip code, and knew not to water at 6am a couple weeks back when the temperature was close to 32 degrees. I bought a second unit for our Florida home along with a separate rain sensor that should connect very easily. Highly recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Tech Meets Sprinklers

    Posted
    Mike
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    As the internet of things continues to expand in our lives I feel obliged to argue this is an absolute must. I took advantage of the water efficiency program in my Area and actually was reimbursed for the price of the unit. I would have bought it anyway though, as this is a very cool controller. Swapping out my old controller was very easy and the unit connected to my wifi effortlessly. The app lets you add pictures of your zones for reference and is very intuitive. It tracks water usage (estimated) and shows when you last watered. It even works with your Amazon Echo. Just ask Alexa to water zone X. I love this thing. If you don't have it yet, what are you waiting for? Oh... and it's made in America!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sprinkler System Controller

    Posted
    Chris
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This controller is awesome. It only took about 5 min to install and the setup is all done through your smartphone. It is very intuitive and easy. I get alerts on my phone when a cycle is run or skipped. I can see the status of the system at my fingertips from anywhere in the world. you can also see cool data like your estimated soil saturation levels in your different zones which is based on your watering schedule as well as recent weather events. Overall its been a great buy and very useful tool to help save me money and keep me connected.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my Rachio

    Posted
    Kubz
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Finally a controller that works flawlessly with my setup. The water for my lawn irrigation system is supplied by a 1.5 hp 220v pump. With my previous controller, it would take multiple attempts before the pump would actually turn on, and there was a long delay before it went on and off. With my Rachio, traction time for on/off is nearly instant. As far as the software, it takes into account so many types of conditions in your lawn to determine the ideal watering schedule. Since I installed my new Rachio, it actually only watered my lawn 4 times and breaks up the major zones watering on separate days, something I never considered when thinking of saving water. Overall I'm very satisfied with my new Rachio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy to setup, thoughtful features

    Posted
    Lemans
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought the Rachio to replaced my Rainbird controller. The time display on my old Rainbird was flashing for a while and I tried to fix it by reset (unplug / plug) and replaced the battery with no effect. Replacing and setting up the Rachio took me 15 mins max. What I like most is that I can snap photos of every zone of my front and backyards (which I have quite a few) and assign one to each of the zone. Rachio also allows very descriptive naming of the zones - such as, "Side yard with Neighbor John", "Common Area"...etc. The long names together with the photos allow me to instantly identify the zone that I need to adjust watering times or start a manual watering cycle.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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