Updated March 20, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

The 10 Best Irrigation Controllers

video play icon
Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

We spent 24 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Whether you live in a drought-stricken region and wish to conserve resources or you need a way to automate the sprinkler system around your property, look no further than one of these nifty irrigation controllers. Our choices offer easy-to-use programming interfaces and an ability to use real-time weather data to deliver the proper amount of water to plants at the right time. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best irrigation controller on Amazon.

10. Rain Bird SST900IN

9. Blossom 7

8. Orbit B-Hyve

7. Hunter I-Core

6. Netro Sprite

5. NxEco HWN12-200

4. Rain Bird ESP-Me

3. Aeon Matrix Yardian

2. Rachio 3

1. RainMachine Touch HD-16

Editor's Notes

March 14, 2019:

Convenience, automation, zone control, and savings are all ideas I kept in the back of my mind when working on this topic. These WiFi-enabled devices have the ability to leverage real-time weather data to create dynamic schedules that ensure plenty of water gets delivered to various forms of vegetation without wasting resources. The RainMachine Touch HD-16, for example, offers nearly all of these values, thanks to its use of NOAA data to calculate water output levels. It's also compatible with Amazon Alexa. I thought the Rachio 3 was an intuitive option because of its ability to interpret plant types and overall sun exposure as a means of determining optimal irrigation time. Also added the Aeon Matrix Yardian for its integrated security camera, surge protection, and motion detection functionality. Included the Rain Bird ESP-Me for the 14-day activation delay feature. Although it might not be as high-tech as some of the other options, the valet key feature built into the design of the NxEco HWN12-200 makes it perfect for use when professional gardeners and other non-family members may be on the property. I also thought the Netro Sprite was a worthy contender, thanks to its internal database of over 1,000 common plant species, which makes it easy to create customized schedules based on the contents of a particular garden. Also added the Hunter I-Core, as it can monitor flow patterns and automatically shut off specific zones that don't conform to predetermined water delivery levels. Added the Blossom 7 for its ease of installation and lightweight design. Finally, I included the Rain Bird SST900IN for its convenient dial-based operation.


Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on March 20, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

Jeff is a dedicated writer and communications professional from San Francisco with a bachelor of arts in anthropology from UC Berkeley. He began his career in computer consulting and later branched out into customer service. Jeff focuses on making complex topics easy to understand. With over 10 years' experience in research, his relentless curiosity fuels a love of writing and learning how things work, and has helped to build expertise in categories such as heavy-duty power tools and computer equipment. Jeff's passion for animals affords him a strong understanding of pet products, including dog houses, beds, and grain-free foods. When he's not writing, he prefers spending time with his family and three dogs, while kicking back and relaxing with a nice glass of red wine.


Thanks for reading the fine print. About the Wiki: We don't accept sponsorships, free goods, samples, promotional products, or other benefits from any of the product brands featured on this page, except in cases where those brands are manufactured by the retailer to which we are linking. For our full ranking methodology, please read about us, linked below. The Wiki is a participant in associate programs from Amazon, Walmart, Ebay, Target, and others, and may earn advertising fees when you use our links to these websites. These fees will not increase your purchase price, which will be the same as any direct visitor to the merchant’s website. If you believe that your product should be included in this review, you may contact us, but we cannot guarantee a response, even if you send us flowers.