Rainmachine Smart WiFi Irrigation Controllers
Design and Ease of Use
Rainmachine’s local touch interface ups its advantage by a notch – something the beautiful controller shares with Skydrop. And, you’ll be able to adjust the software’s features on its ultra bright touchscreen display with nary a glitch.
Just like the Rachio, a series of commands can be relayed to the Rainmachine via an iOS or Android app. And if your Wi-Fi suddenly conks out, you’ll still be able to set your preferred watering schedule using your mobile network.
If a stand-alone smart sprinkler controller is what you’re looking for, Rainmachine will be your best bet.
Weather adjustment capability
RainMachine is dependable when it comes to pulling in weather data in order to set a watering schedule that will yield efficient and effective results.
Aside from the schedule that you have programmed, the controller will be dependent on the information that it will receive from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Forecast.io, MET.NO, Weather Underground, and NetAtmo. It can be connected to various local based IP sensors through their API network, too.
It’s also equipped with a Freeze Protect feature that will stop any watering activity when a certain temperature is reached.
The Snooze option, on the other hand, will allow you to delay your preprogrammed schedule for a couple of days.
Giving your lawn the extra soak it needs during extremely hot summer days is also possible using RainMachine’s Hot Days setting.
RainMachine works without a fuss with Wink, Amazon Alexa, and Nest. Integrating the controller with SmartThings is possible via IFTTT as well.
Several minor problems makes the cloud independent smart sprinkler controller slightly less efficient. To start with, compared with Rachio’s app, Rainmachine’s app is not as intuitive.
Setting detailed watering schedules that will specifically cater to each zone is not at all possible.
You cannot rely on the controller to do the scheduling for you either; something Rachio is really, really good at.
Unlike the Rachio Generation 2, the RainMachine is built entirely for indoor use. Don’t expect an optional waterproof outdoor case for this smart sprinkler controller.
In addition, RainMachine flow sensor is currently unreliable. You won’t be able to check how many gallons of water your irrigation system is consuming.
Both EPA WaterSense-certified controllers are some of the best smart irrigation controllers on the market, but Rachio still outperforms RainMachine given its top-notch capabilities.
Yes, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but the rebates being offered by different counties makes Rachio not only affordable, but a smart investment as well.
Through their partnership with the EPA, Denver Water, for example, will provide you with a generous, one-time $100 rebate.
All you have to do is complete the designated form on their website and upload or mail a copy of your receipt.
Several other counties and municipalities in Colorado will give you a rebate for a smart sprinkler controller upgrade as well. This includes Fort Collins, Lakewood, and Aurora among others.
Want to know if your area qualifies for a rebate? Check it out here!
Want to Get a Rachio Installed?
While Rachio says homeowners can install their own controllers, many of our clients have found that wiring one to a poorly-documented existing system can be complicated.
The good news is that we offer sprinkler installation in Lakewood, Colorado and throughout the western Denver area, and we would love to install a smart sprinkler controller for you. Give us a call any time for pricing and availability.