Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller, 16 Zone 3rd Generation, Alexa and Apple HomeKit Compatible with Hyperlocal Weather Intelligence Plus and Rain, Freeze and Wind Skip
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- Save money and water! See up to 30-50% savings on your monthly water bill!
- Avoid watering in the rain. Exclusive weather intelligence plus automatically skips unnecessary watering with features like rain skip, wind skip, freeze skip, and more.
- Control from anywhere with the easy-to-use app. Run sprinklers, view upcoming schedules, and observe your estimated outdoor water usage. Watering schedules automatically adapt to your preferences, soil moisture, climate, and the season for unparalleled accuracy
- Experience fast DIY installation. Rachio Smart sprinkler controllers replace 99% of existing sprinkler controllers. Install in 30 minutes or less with no special tools needed. Our in-app installation tutorial helps you get online and watering in no time!
- Deliver all the water your plants need; no more, No less. Rachio creates tailored Smart schedules based on the specific needs of your lawn, including plant type, soil type, sun exposure, and more.
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Build schedules with confidence. Guided setup walks you through every detail, customizing the timing and frequency of watering to your specific landscape.
Exclusive Weather Intelligence Plus
Premium Weather Intelligence Plus
Weather Intelligence Plus is an exciting feature available only for Rachio 3 that provides hyper local accuracy into the current and projected weather that’s not only in your area, but right outside your door. No other smart sprinkler controller offers weather monitoring this precise or reliable.
Combining data from national weather stations, more than 270,000 personal weather stations, satellite data, and radar data, Rachio makes sure you’re never caught watering in the rain, wind or snow.
- Rain Skip
- Wind Skip
- Freeze Skip
- Saturation Skip
- Seasonal Shift
Smarter Watering – Easy as 1, 2, 3!
Replace your old controller
Test your sprinkler system and remove the old controller, then mount your new Rachio (our handy mounting template can help save time!)
Plug existing wires into Rachio
Easy-press terminals help you quickly snap into place – no screwdriver needed! Match the wires from your old setup for ready-made wiring.
Complete setup in the Rachio app
The streamlined Rachio app helps connect your controller to Wi-Fi and then customize your zones and watering schedules.
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|Program and control your sprinklers from your smartphone||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Supports 2.4-GHz Wi-Fi||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Compatible with rain and soil sensors||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Most- and highest-rated smart sprinkler controller brand||✓||✓||✓|
|Variety of schedule types customized to meet the needs of each of your different zones||✓||✓||✓|
|Rain, freeze, and wind skips||✓||✓||✓|
|Works with Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Nest, SmartThings, IFTTT, and more||✓||✓||✓|
|Supports 5-GHz Wi-Fi||✓||✓||-|
|Hyperlocal Weather Intelligence Plus||✓||-|
|Compatible with the Rachio Wireless Flow Meter||✓||-|
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The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller raises the smart watering bar with foolproof installation, dual-band Wi-Fi and an expressive light bar. Rachio 3 is the only controller equipped with hyperlocal Weather Intelligence™ Plus and Rachio Wireless Flow Meter compatibility. The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller automatically creates watering schedules that lower your water bill and ensure a beautiful yard, while the mobile app lets you manage your sprinkler system from anywhere. Rachio partners with the top smart-home platforms including Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT – making it the most connected controller on the market. App Compatibility - iOS 10.3+ and Android 4.4+; subject to change. Mobile app is required to connect the controller to Wi-Fi. Web app available on most browsers.
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During the winter in California, we had massive rains and Rachio was smart enough to basically never water at all. However, now that we're into the summer, we are experiencing our typical temperatures into the nineties. I was getting my regular pop-ups that Rachio was watering, so I was happy. Then I noticed our lawns all turning brown. I looked into it some more and realized Rachio was watering them for five minutes every other day! In 95 degree weather no less.
It's nice to have a remote control for your sprinklers, but that's not why you buy this product. You buy it to have the intelligence to water your garden without having to worry about it. The app has some *complex* scheduling options, but why would I want that? The whole point was to make things easier. I'd rather go back to the old Rain Bird, program the zones manually, and buy a remote. The intelligence isn't there, and Rachio is killing my lawn. Trying to figure out how to modify the schedule, by the way, is neither intuitive nor easy.
Oh, I called their technical support for help and after 10 minutes on hold, the system tells you there are no agents available. Nice trick. I could have saved 10 minutes of my life if they told me that earlier.
I was swayed by the positive reviews but definitely would recommend against buying this product.
I've been using this device for about three weeks now and I am very happy with the results. The device is hyper intelligent and will run as automated or as manual as you prefer. You can run it every day exactly when you want to, or you can set it up to monitor the weather conditions in your area and allow it to determine when and how much to water. I have a personal weather station on top of my house and I have connected my Rachio to the weather data received by my PWS. Smart watering is based on actual rain fall amounts at my house and not for some remote weather station miles away from me.
It is obvious Rachio has done their homework and have produced a high quality device that works extremely well. The app is equally amazing and you can run everything from the phone app or from the controller itself. At a glance you can verify if the system is on-line and connected to wi-fi and if it is actively watering a zone. This unit supports up to 8 zones. I only have 6 so I have disabled the last two from my setup. If you have an Amazon Echo you can control everything through that device but if you use HomeKit like me, that functionality is waiting in the wings. I am hopeful that feature is added soon, but honestly, the controller is already so automated there's really not much advantage to the voice controlled aspect anyway. Highly recommend this unit. I am thoroughly impressed and pleased with my purchase.
Update several day later: They responded after the review. Eventually needed to do a firmware update (that was unknown). Works again ok now as expected.
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2. Installation is a swift for my 3-zone Rain Bird sprinkler system, there is no compatibility issues or whatsoever. Took a photo of the old unit's airing, took the old unit off, and put the Rachio 3 on the wall and replace the wires; power it up, download the app on my android phone and follow the on screen instructions, after a minute or two, the Controller is connected to my WIFI and I stated setting up my zones. easy like that.
3. so far so good, I am receiving notifications on watering cycles, skipping based on the weather intelligence, etc. I actually changed internet provider after the installation, my modem was reinitialized by the provider and my Rachio 3 controller reconnected itself automatically without any human interactions.
for short, I am loving it and I will highly recommend this controller to anyone who needs one.
It was so simple i didnt bother with directions, just mount on wall, wire up, download the app and scan the barcode and you are pretty much done.
App looks intuitive, it uses local weather stations to predict the incoming rain and avoids watering those days, app interface very simple and easy to use, manually watering separate zones is a breeze. Im very happy with the purchase, it was a bit pricey compared to other controllers but i wouldnt change my decision, the app made it all worth it for me,
Connected easily to our wifi through the iPhone app.
Ability to design multiple watering programs is straightforward and flexible.
I like that it can be controlled from the unit itself if I don't have my phone.
It's pricey versus other controllers, but I have no regrets.