Rachio WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller Review
Owning a home with a lawn can take a lot of time and effort to maintain. According to NASA, it is estimated that there are about 40 million acres of lawn in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). The EPA reports that we're using 9 billion gallons of water per day on our lawns. Americans are each spending about 70 hours on yardwork per year, on average. While we all love the appearance of a well-manicured lawn, most of us don't want to spent our time or money maintaining it. That, combined with environmental concerns given water use, may lead you to wonder if its even worth it to have a lawn.
Rachio has created a smart watering system that saves you time maintaining your lawn while at the same time working to conserve water. It is easy to set up and customize, and you can control it all from the convenience of your smartphone! You really just need Wi-Fi access, an iOS or Android device, and the Rachio Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller, and you're good to go! Setup requires no special tools, and reviewers in general reported that it took them less than 30 minutes total.
The Rachio WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller allows you to use to smart phone as a remote control to customize your lawncare experience. Divide your yard into zones and create individualized watering durations for each zones. You can choose between the 8 Zone and 16 Zone Rachio models. Reviewers were wowed by the ability of Rachio to automatically water their lawns based in information they added such as sun exposure and plant type. Not only that, but the Exclusive Weather Intelligence will actually adjust water schedules for predicted weather conditions like rain and freezing. One less thing for you to remember to do!
You can also use the app to create specific watering runtimes for each zone, and you can set schedules to start after sunset or end before sunrise. The Cycle and Soak feature helps to prevent water runoff so you won't risk wasting water. If you thought it couldn't get any easier than this, you'll be happily surprised to learn that it also works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, SmartThings, and IFTTT! Just tell Alexa or whichever smart home assistant you use to start watering a specific zone for a certain number of minutes or turn off the sprinklers so as not to soak your friends who just stopped by for a visit. That said, reviewers note that it's important to learn the word-for-word phrases that work with Alexa or Google Assistant.
Reviewers were very impressed with Rachio, which they found easy to use and also truly "smart" when it came to meeting their yard's needs. It's incredibly convenient, whether you want to stop the sprinkler from your phone when you're crossing through the lawn or you just don't want to worry about changing the sprinkler settings due to rain, since this smart sprinkler predicts the weather and adjusts itself accordingly. The Rachio WiFi Smart Lawn Sprinkler Controller is EPA WaterSense certified, meaning you're eligible for up to 100% off rebates from your local water provider. Additionally, with this smart sprinkler controller, you can still have a beautiful, pristine lawn while reducing your water bill up to 50%.