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

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 108 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Offers great flexibility and is simple to use.

    Posted
    ammcb
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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rachio is the smart way to water your lawn

    Posted
    johng2603
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great So Far

    Posted
    Chris
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    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

    Awesome Tech Meets Sprinklers

    Posted
    Mike
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    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

    Easy to setup, thoughtful features

    Posted
    Lemans
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my Rachio

    Posted
    Kubz
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works as described

    Posted
    Koolaide
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    This sprinkler system brain is phenomenal. It does exactly as it describes. Install and wiring were super simple. My only gripe is that you can't input 2 types of sprinkler heads per zone when setting the system up. I have 1 zone that half of it is drip irrigation, and it would be nice if the system recognized that. It would probably increase the length of watering for that particular zone. That's the only reason it doesn't have five stars; in fact if It would let me I would give It 5.5 stars This system will save you water with the intelligent weather skips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this thing!

    Posted
    SanAntonioTechFan
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    I didn't expect to save money buying this, but I am. We're watering about half as much and the lawn looks better than before. The system cycles through the zones (watering for less time allowing water to soak in and then coming back and watering again) and skips days when it doesn't need to water... Also, I get alerts and can start and stop things manually if I need to. Install was really easy (just replaced the old unit in a few minutes) ... I could go on and on, but I will just say, if you want more control without having to ever physically approach the controller box, buy this! I'm so glad that I finally did.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Sprinkler System Controller

    Posted
    Chris
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    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

    App is Awesome

    Posted
    WAMA
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    Bought this to replace an old super simple unit that was good at the time of install but way antiquated. This unit is great for set and forget watering and maybe even hit a zone when it looks like it needs it. One of the best features f this unit though was the ability to do my winter blow out without ever touching a valve. No digging out valve covers and switching by hand just walk around the yard and flip valve open with the app and shut the system into standby in about 20% of the time it used to take.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Addition to Home Automation

    Posted
    WateringHole
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    The 2nd Generation Rachio is an excellent addition to any home, but especially a home that love automation. The installation was easy and the setup within the app was well guided and got me running in minutes. There are plenty of deep lawn options that if someone really knows the details about their lawn and soil they could create a very detailed, automated watering plan. I love the weather look ahead. Better than a rain sensor because it's proactive rather than reactive. Integration with Wink is awesome and this product has really saved me time and water!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Product

    Posted
    fastbackmustang
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    I love this product as it makes managing the sprinkler a breeze. In the past I was always manually cutting the system off during heavy weeks of rain and forgetting to turn it back on (not a good idea in Houston). Now I just forget about the sprinkler all together and it basically manages itself. The only thing I do now is periodically turn off a session if I don't think it needs water. This is super easy because it sends an alert to my phone each watering session and I simply open the app and stop the watering. This thing is pretty much fool proof and is well worth the money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Takes some work to fine tune

    Posted
    jmac92123
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    Make sure you tell it every detail of your zones. If you do not, it could grossly overwater. You will know more about your yard then ever before if you set it up correctly. Now that it is fine tuned, my yard is greener than before and I am clearly using less water. My old controller was hard to setup skip days based on city rules, this made it easy. The estimates on how much water you use are all based on what you give it for information, so don't take them as gospel. My neighbor liked mine so much, he purchased one as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome piece of equipment

    Posted
    Shoab
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    I couldn't be any happier with my purchase of the Rachio smart sprinkler controller. The setup was fairly easy. I made sure that I wrote down all the settings from the old controller before ripping it out. Once the setup was done, it took me some time to fully understand the app. You have to play around a bit to get a hang of the various program profiles. Now the entire system works like a charm. I also got the rachio linked to my nest thermostat. It's a supposed to turn off the sprinklers in case of a fire.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    Posted
    bigticket99
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    I have been using this controller for a few months now, and absolutely love it! It has saved me from watering based on the forecast feature, so it will not run the zone's if rain is predicted. If the forecast is wrong, I just run my zones the next day via the app, and it's really easy and flexible that way. Since you can start your zone's from anywhere (like when I remember from work). Huge upgrade from my old Hunter controller. Water smarter and use less.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well Done!

    Posted
    Noah
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This was super easy to connect to WiFi and set up. The app makes setting up zones easy as well. I really like the detailed control you have. I was able to find a weather station that is one mile from my house. This should help with the accuracy in what the weather is doing. I am hoping to more accurately water my lawn, saving water.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice Product, Great Customer Support

    Posted
    alirmoh
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    I studied most of the available smart sprinkler in the market and found this one the best. I love the fully automated planning mode, and ability to check the status while even I am not at home. I also had a great experience with their customer support. One of the terminal taps broke during installation, and I contacted them for support. I received the replacement unit in 48 hours!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    Posted
    Acm928
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    I set this sprinkler system up and since then we have been saving so much water. It tells you your previous water consumption and your current saved. My grass is still green and it helps knowing were helping save water for the environment. It knows when it rained and what the weather forecast is so that it knows when to go off and if a certain part of grass doesnt get wet enough it waters just that section. Its pretty cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So far I love it

    Posted
    BCSTPA
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    I got this in an effort to make my home more efficient and utilize "smart" accessories for my home. The unit was very easy to install and the app setup was very user friendly. I was able to quickly setup my zones and adjust for the slope, sprinkler type, and plants in my zone. I hope to see some water savings, but even if I don't I really like the control that this gives me over my irrigation.

    I would recommend this to a friend