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Top Smart Irrigation Sprinkler Controllers

Compare the top smart sprinkler systems for your lawn and garden. Decrease water use and remotely monitor and control zones from your Android or iOS phone using Wifi or Ethernet Connectivity.

Smart sprinklers and irrigation controllers can simplify home lawn and garden care, and reduce water consumption.

Instead of fixed timers, these systems draw on data from sensors, weather forecasts and plant-care databases to determine watering needs and deliver just enough moisture at just the right time. Lower your water bill, and check up on your plants from anywhere in the world using mobile and web apps.

The following Channel Guide will help you:

  • Determine which connectivity type you need (WiFi or GSM Cellular)
  • Get app reviews, and see if the box integrates with your other smart home system.
  • Filter based on number of available zones and integration with smart moisture sensors.

 

03/25/2019

Top Rated

Orbit B-Hyve

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Highlights

  • Live weather feed and auto-adjusting capabilities
    • WiFi Connectivity
      • Complete control at the timer (Even without Wifi)

User & Technical

Apps

Download4.3
Download4.2

Merchant

$114.99 - Direct

Online Pricing

$105.39 - Amazon More

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Gen

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Highlights

  • Auto weather adjustments
    • WiFi Connectivity (Works with Echo, Nest, Wink, others)
      • Get alerts when schedule changes..

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.4
Download4.0

Merchant

$229.99 - Direct

Online Pricing

$144.99 - Amazon More
Best controller to use with Homekit No well reviewed controllers support Apple's Homekit at the moment
Best controller to use with Alexa* Rachio $149 Orbit B-Hyve $111
Best controller for use with SmartThings Rachio Spruce
Smart controller with top rated Itunes / iOS app: GreenIQ Itunes App (4/5)
Smart controller with top rated Android / Google Play app Rachio Android App (4.2/5 with 542 Reviews)
Cheapest smart controller with good reviews: Orbit B-Hyve $111 (4.5/5 with 794 Reviews)

By Publication for best overall and Editors Choice:

Wirecutter Rachio 2nd Gen
Techhive Rachio 2nd Gen

 

Off-the-Shelf Sprinklers & Irrigation Controllers

Aifro WaterEco

Aifro WaterEco Image

Highlights

  • 7-inch full color screen
    • 16 Zone Support (Expandable to 52)
      • Built-in temperature sensor and optional rain sensor support

BlueSpray

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Highlights

  • Models for 8, 16 and 24 Zones (Supports up to 64)
    • WiFi and Ethernet Connectivity (Optional Cellular support)
      • NOAA weather forecast integration

User & Technical


Merchant

$249.99 - Direct

Online Pricing

from $199.99 - Amazon More

GreenIQ Controller

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Highlights

  • Integrations with PlanLink, Parrot, Koubachi, Netatmo weather and TORO® Precision soil moisture sensor
    • 6 irrigation zones Supports 24VAC valves
      • Integrates with Echo, IFTTT, Nest, Cresteon, Muzzley

IrrigationCaddy

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Highlights

  • Support for 10 Zones (11 if the master is disabled) and is expandable to 43 zones
    • WiFi and Ethernet Connectivity
      • 1 Rain Sensor Port and 1 Flow Sensor Port

User & Technical

Apps

Download2.3
Download2.6

Merchant

$49 - Direct

Lono

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Highlights

  • Supports up to 20 zones
    • WiFi & Bluetooth Connectivity
      • Automatically adjusts your watering schedule based on current and upcoming weather

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.0
Download1.6

Online Pricing

$61.95 - Amazon More

Orbit B-Hyve

Orbit B-Hyve Image

Highlights

  • Live weather feed and auto-adjusting capabilities
    • WiFi Connectivity
      • Complete control at the timer (Even without Wifi)

User & Technical

Apps

Download4.3
Download4.2

Merchant

$114.99 - Direct

Online Pricing

$105.39 - Amazon More

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Commercial Smart Irrigation Controllers

Property managers and farmers with more land to cover may be interested in these larger-scale smart irrigation systems.

UGMO UG1000

UGMO UG1000

"The UgMO UG1000 System, powered by Senlink, becomes your outdoor water manager by controlling the irrigation system and monitoring groundwater....

Cyber

CYBER-RAIN LONG RANGE CONTROLLER

"Cyber-Rain Long Range Pro Controller with Cloud Technology is perfect for light commerical settings. It uses the power of the internet to...

rain bird

RAIN BIRD MI SERIES

"Rain Bird MI Series Mobile Controllers are designed to work on a standard cell phone with Internet connectivity and offer far more remote options...

BASELINE BASEMANAGER AND APP

BASELINE BASEMANAGER AND APP

"With BaseManager you can manage any number of BaseStation 3200 and BaseStation 1000 controllers from a single web interface. The map-based...

DIY & Open-Source Sprinklers & Irrigation Controllers

If you prefer to get your hands dirty, try building a home-grown smart irrigation system. Here are a few projects that will walk you through the process.

OPEN SPRINKLER

OPEN SPRINKLER

$155 - "OpenSprinkler will improve your lawn, garden, or farm irrigation. Create custom programs and use our automatic weather-driven algorithms....

OPENSPRINKLER PI

OPENSPRINKLER PI

$78 - "OpenSprinkler Pi (OSPi) Plus is an extension board for Raspberry Pi (RPi) 1 Model A+ / B+ or RPi 2 (does not work with RPi 1 Model A or B)....

ARDUINO SPRINKLER SYSTEM + WEB CONTROL

ARDUINO SPRINKLER SYSTEM + WEB CONTROL

Instructable by nicoo "A smart sprinkler system for the rest of us... No soldering involved ! Just pile up a couple of shields on top of an...

Additional

Apps

  • SprinklerAce "controls your EtherRain, OpenSprinkler, and IrrigationCaddy web-enabled sprinkler controllers. Use your iPhone or iPad to remotely start and stop zones/stations on any number of controllers, from indoors or outdoors. Ideal for trouble-shooting irrigation system problems."

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Looking to just monitor a single plant? Visit our round-up of wireless plant monitoring solutions here.