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What are some good irrigation controllers?

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Some of the best-rated irrigation system controllers on Amazon.com are the Rachio IRO Smart Wi-Fi enabled irrigation controller, the Orbit 57894 outdoor swing panel sprinkler timer system and the RainMachine HD-12 Smart Wi-Fi irrigation controller. All of these have received average ratings from users of at least 4.4 out of five stars as of January 2016. The Rachio and RainMachine devices are Smart Wi-Fi enabled and perfect for connected homes. The Orbit device is a more traditional, digital irrigation controller.

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Both the Rachio and RainMachine devices use weather information to make automatic adjustments to irrigation systems. Users can also connect the Rachio with NEST, Wink, Control4 and IFTTT, and they can connect the RainMachine controller with Alexa, NEST, Wink and SmartThings. It is cloud independent and only requires an Internet connection to download weather information from NOAA.gov.

Reviews for the Rachio controller indicate that the device works well and provides an excellent connected home experience. The RainMachine controller has also received reviews stating that it works as intended; however, one reviewer suggested that users not trust the automatic adjustments it makes.

The Orbit controller is a programmable digital controller that allows scheduling and independent control of multiple zones. It features a weatherproof cabinet and is for outdoor mounting. Many reviews of the controller suggest that it is a great value and fairly easy to use.

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