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If you’re tired of keeping up with ever-changing weather forecasts and dealing with clunky dials, it’s time to ditch your old-school manual sprinkler setup for an automatic, app-controlled smart sprinkler controller like the best one we’ve ever tested, the Rachio 3.
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Rachio’s smart irrigation controller, available in 8-zone and 16-zone models, is full of smart features to aid with remote management, including intuitive features that make automatic adjustments to keep your grass green and water bills low.
With features like Weather Intelligence, the Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller uses local weather forecast data to make intuitive adjustments to your watering schedule, like skipping a cycle when rain or high wind is predicted.
Too much water may cause disease and rot, and the more water you’re using, the more it will cost you.
Another Rachio sprinkler controller feature, Smart Cycle, splits watering times into shorter, more frequent cycles to prevent runoff, resulting in a more effective and efficient way to water the grass.
The controller is easy to use with the Rachio app, available for iOS and Android. It allows you to set watering schedules, check the status of your irrigation system and turn your sprinklers on/off remotely. The app also displays data about your water usage, providing helpful, real-time insight into your irrigation system’s overall consumption.
The Rachio 3 also supports voice control with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant. When using voice commands, you can ask your preferred smart assistant things like to only water certain zones or delay a watering cycle—all helpful features if you’ve got your hands full and a smart speaker nearby.
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