10 Best Smart Sprinkler Systems | April 2017

10 Best Smart Sprinkler Systems | April 2017
Best Mid-Range
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Best High-End
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Best Inexpensive
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Smart sprinkler systems don't just provide better control and more accurate watering of your lawn and outdoor plants, but will save on water bills, too. Coming with advanced scheduling capabilities and WiFi connectivity, some of these controllers may even be eligible for valuable city rebates in certain areas of the country. Skip to the best smart sprinkler system on Amazon.
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The iWater Wizard uses Google Maps to create a labeled map of your yard through its own app, so you never have to remember what zones have what names. It's also Bluetooth compatible. Unfortunately, it can get a lot of bugs in areas with high temperatures.
  • front led power indicators
  • has fault detection and reporting
  • doesn't have a good warranty
Brand Plantraco
Model iWater12
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Blossom AWICD-0100 is one of the only options that can be placed outside of Wi-Fi range because its Powerline technology lets it use any electrical outlet for connectivity. Unfortunately, sometimes the schedules get mixed up, and it waters on the wrong day.
  • operates between 0 and 130 degrees f
  • can assign a plant type to zones
  • rain sensor doesn't always work
Brand Blossom
Model AWICD-0100
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
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The Lono Connected calculates how much water you need based on advanced information, like evapotranspiration and geographic location. If you're hosting an outdoor event and need to delay your sprinkling, simply hit the snooze button and pause watering.
  • the app supports multiple user accounts
  • easy-to-read schedules
  • doesn't work well with android
Brand Lono
Model LONOSCV1
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0
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The Orbit 57950 B-hyve lets you type in your budget for water, and helps you calculate the best schedules accordingly. It also takes special conditions into consideration, like the type of landscape you live on and the number of sprinkler heads.
  • b-hyve app works with android and ios
  • cabinet is weather-resistant
  • control screen is hard to navigate
Brand Orbit
Model 57950
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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The SkyDrop SDCRW1.0 has a unique feature that detects if there is a fire and turns the sprinklers on to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas. It also has advanced settings for soil and slope type and incorporates local water restrictions.
  • calculates moisture loss of your lawn
  • configures to irrigation head types
  • has some wireless connectivity issues
Brand Skydrop
Model pending
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The BlueSpray Lawn & Garden can be set to control up to 24 zones, making it suitable for commercial applications. It allows for unlimited start times and programming, so you can perfectly water your property, regardless of unique conditions and needs.
  • works even if the internet goes out
  • leak detection and automatic shut off
  • not enough logs that track data
Brand BlueSpray
Model BlueSpray
Weight 2.9 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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The Rachio 8ZULW-B doesn't require any manual scheduling; once it's connected it waters based on real-time weather data, helping you save money on water bills and prevent accidental over or under-watering. It even tracks water usage and savings.
  • may qualify for city rebates
  • works with home automation systems too
  • installation takes a long time
Brand Rachio
Model 8ZULW-B
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The Toro EVO-4OD can be adjusted to control between 4 and 16 zones, making it great for small and large properties alike. It's computer programmable through the USB port and can be hooked up to additional wireless devices, so you can control it from anywhere.
  • has a convenient water-now button
  • remembers preferred settings
  • uv resistant plastic protects components
Brand Rain Bird
Model pending
Weight pending
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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The Rain Bird SST600I lets you control the watering of six zones around your home to meet the specific moisture needs of each part of your garden, all for under $60. It also boasts a sealed case that protects against moisture, insects, and grime.
  • very user-friendly control pad
  • links to existing drip watering systems
  • one-touch seasonal adjustments
Brand Rain Bird
Model SST-600i
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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The RainMachine HD-16 shows you the week's weather forecast on the backlit display screen and has numerous manual settings, such as no watering under 50° or daily run times. It also automatically adjusts your water use by lowering it on rainy or cold days.
  • allows for month to month scheduling
  • epa watersense certified
  • can access historical weather stats
Brand RainMachine
Model HD-16
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

A Map For Your Water Flow

In case you don't have any sprinkler system installed on your property, and you're researching these controllers as part of an initial purchase, I'd like to take a moment to show you how this stuff gets laid out, so you can better pick the controller that's right for you.

Ideally, these systems are designed to connect and control the flow of water to different watering areas (or zones) which are comprised of a number of water delivery devices (sprinkler heads, drip lines, bubblers, etc.).

With the kinds of advanced systems we're reviewing here today, you can set individual zones to water at different times, for a different duration, on different days. You get the idea.

It's kind of like how your body sweats in certain areas depending on the situation producing the perspiration.

General cardiovascular exercise produces a kind of lawn-wide sprinkle, where every part is getting roughly the same amount of water.

Nervous sweating in just the arm pits and palms is more like a brief burst at one in the afternoon to compensate for the heavy evaporation that's taken place over a hot morning.

It would be nice if we could have the kind of control over our glands that we do over our sprinklers, but that might take the fun out of it in the end–and the surgery would be pretty painful.

Sprinklers And Sling Blades

There's a smart sprinkler system out there with your name on it. Or there was, and somebody else with your name came along and bought it, and they love it.

But now you've got to figure out which one to buy without such an easy help.

Fortunately, you only need to look briefly at your options to narrow down your choice to only a few controllers.

As you'll note in the general comments above, some of these units are easier to install than others, particularly when it comes to running the wires that control your sprinkler function.

If you and Carl from Sling Blade share the same affinity for technical play, regardless of your feelings toward french fried potatoes, you'd be just fine with one of these tough nuts.

However, if you've left your nutcrackers in storage with the Christmas decorations, you might consider a unit more lauded for its ease in setup.

Beyond the simplicity of the setup and the features and quality of the user interface, there isn't a whole heck of a lot to differentiate one controller from another other than price.

Price, however, is an interesting point. Some of these controllers only operate at their fullest when you contract to a monthly term, usually not more than $5.00/month, but, perhaps, enough to make you chafe at the presumption.

Look into whether these companies want to charge you for their full feature set, whether those features are among the things you want, and whether you're willing to pay for them.

Keeping The American Dream Hydrated

While smart sprinklers that incorporate information from the Web into their water management are relatively new to the market, automatic sprinklers of one kind or another have been available since the late 19th century.

Before then, lawns were primarily a luxury of only the upper classes in society, but now the lawn is an integral part of the American dream as we know it.

You've got the family, the house, the white picket fence, and the well-watered lawn that the fence borders.

Now, whether the development of that particular American dream is a product of propaganda amid a conspiracy to build up and eventually subjugate a perceived middle class is not the focus of our page.

What we're primarily interested in is how we went from having to stand around for a half an hour with our gardening hose to having merely to program in a few schedule points and let technology do the rest.

The first bits of technology to automate sprinkler function were basic timers, like you might see indoors to turn your lights on as the sun sets.

Later, sprinkler systems incorporated past data, like a farmer's almanac, into their programming.

The last thing taken into account before these systems received Internet hookups was a local weather station, one that, ideally, would also be connected to the property. Information gathered by this station could augment the data preset according to regional rain averages and produce a more efficient system.

Now that we have the Internet telling our sprinklers what to do, it's only a matter of time before some sneaky hacker finds his way into the NOAA database and drowns all our lawns. Heck, it'd be a fitting punishment for the folks who abuse their sprinklers to water their massive properties.



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