I’ve been using the Skydrop 8-Zone WiFi sprinkler controller for the past few weeks and it has shined with beautiful design and smart watering. But I have had a few minor glitches along the way with the installation and notifications.
The most consistent question I get on my YouTube videos is “What about the Skydrop?” Now that I’ve got my hands on the 8-Zone Skydrop smart sprinkler controller I can finally answer that question.
The Rainmachine Mini-8 smart sprinkler controller is just as good as it’s bigger brother, the HD-12. It’s easy to install, has a beautiful app with plenty of stats, and is EPA WaterSense certified.
The guys from RainMachine have sent over the Mini-8 for an honest review and I went through the install and setup today.
The RainMachine Mini-8 Smart Irrigation Controller is an EPA Watersense certified WiFi sprinkler controller that will skip waterings when it rains. The unit can be controlled with an iOS, Android or web device and also integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That), which can wire up with other smart services like Amazon’s Echo.
After a couple years of startup companies inventing and dominating the WiFi-connected smart sprinkler controller market, one of the biggest players in the irrigation world has joined the fray.
Orbit’s B-Hyve 12-Zone WiFi Sprinkler System Controller is the first try at a smart sprinkler controller for a big company with a household name. After testing the unit for two weeks, it’s clear that the B-Hyve is not ready for prime time. I ran into bugs all the way through the process. I’ve been assured by the team at Orbit that this is an evolving product and that bugs are being squashed and new features will be added.
Orbit is the first big irrigation company to offer a smart sprinkler controller, and I’ve got it in my hands.
The 12-Zone B-Hyve controller is built into a weatherproof enclosure and downloads weather data to determine a watering schedule. It can be controlled with web, iOS and Android devices. It even has manual control buttons on the device itself.
If you’re looking to buy a smart sprinkler controller you should make sure the unit is EPA WaterSense certified. Certified controllers have been thoroughly tested by the EPA and are proven to save water by monitoring the weather and adjusting the irrigation schedule as needed. Some water agencies even offer rebates to offset the cost of a smart controller.