Order Placed: Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, 2nd Generation

The sprinkler controller at my parent’s home (Rain Bird ESP-6TM) was on the fritz, and I’d been aware of suitable replacements for some time. In an effort to modernize everything and conserve water, I selected an 8-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller (MSRP $199.99, Amazon.com).

The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller meets EPA WaterSense criteria, meaning the controller uses local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.

Programming is driven through a mobile app available on the iOS App Store as well as the Google Play Store, and each zone can be customized to account for plant types, soil types, nozzles, and sun exposure. Furthermore, the app can send real-time notifications and report on water usage.

Cloud connectivity means that the sprinkler system can be controlled remotely.

The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is available in 8-zone (Amazon.com) and 16-zone (MSRP $249.99, Amazon.com) models.