I’ve been using the Rachio Generation 2 WiFi sprinkler controller for the past few weeks and it lives up to the hype of being the most full-featured and polished offering in the market. It waters 16 zones and is controlled from anywhere on the web or with a smartphone app.
After a few months of installing, testing and reviewing smart sprinkler controllers here on my blog, I thought it was time for a head-to-head comparison.
It may seem like a niche feature to include a public API with your sprinkler controller hardware, but most products on the market allow you to tinker with their hardware with your own software.
The Aifro WaterEco is the latest WiFi sprinkler controller to join the market. It’s biggest – and most notable – feature is the 7-inch touch screen. No other controller has such a big screen, and this may be a killer feature for those who want manual control on a pretty screen.
After a couple weeks of testing and live-fire runs, the Blossom smart sprinkler controller has been a very quiet competitor in the WiFi irrigation realm.
Quiet can be a good thing depending on your perspective. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t want to think about your watering whatsoever, the Blossom will do the thinking for you. You have no choice but to let it run free and trust it’s doing the job right.
The Rachio Generation 2 Smart Sprinkler Controller has arrived and I can’t wait to get this device installed.
On paper the Rachio is the class of the WiFi sprinkler controller field, with a beautiful device, full-featured apps, IFTTT integration and EPA WaterSense Certification.
The next smart sprinkler controller that I’ll be checking out for review is the Blossom 12-Zone Smart Watering Controller. The Blossom has some of the nicest packaging I’ve seen on any product, so I hope that’s a good omen for the overall performance of the unit.