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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.

 

11/27/2018

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)

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Gen

Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller 2nd Gen Image

Highlights

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

User & Technical

Apps

Download3.5
Download4.0

Merchant

$229.99 - Direct

Online Pricing

$154.17 - Amazon See It
Best controller to use with HomekitNo well reviewed controllers support Apple's Homekit at the moment
Best controller to use with Alexa*Rachio $149Orbit B-Hyve $111
Best controller for use with SmartThingsRachioSpruce
Smart controller with top rated Itunes / iOS app:GreenIQItunes App (4/5)
Smart controller with top rated Android / Google Play appRachioAndroid 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:

WirecutterRachio 2nd Gen
TechhiveRachio 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

    User & Technical

    Apps

    Download
    Download3.6

    Merchant

    $179.99 - Direct

    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

      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 See It

      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)

      Additional

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      Smart Soil Sensors & Accessories

      Koubachi (Husqvarna Group)

      Zürich Switzerland
      Koubachi (Acquired by the Husqvarna Group) offers smart consumer outdoor garden products.

      PlantLink (Acquired by ScottsMiracle-Gro)

      Urbana United States
      PlantLink (Acquired by ScottsMiracle-Gro) sold a line of consumer soil sensors and watering devices.

      Open Source & DIY Sensors

      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.