We’re living in a time where everything is “smart.” From refrigerators, to cars, and even furniture, almost everything we come in contact with lives on the internet of things whether we like it or not. However, one of the more surprising smart devices on the market today is the smart sprinkler.
“Why would a sprinkler need to be smart?” you may be asking yourself. That’s a great question. It turns out that smart sprinklers can actually save you a lot of time. They automatically regulate water use and can actually reduce the amount of water your irrigation system uses. With them, you have the power to schedule and power on and off the system remotely.
There are so many different systems on the market, it can be hard to pick which is best for you. The following three brands are the most popular options. Which will be best for you?
This Rachio 3 model is the highest-rated smart sprinkler system on Amazon (and our personal pick on our homestead). The system comes with a downloadable app, which allows you to control it remotely from your smart phone! It also comes with weather intelligence, and is able to adjust your schedule based on local weather forecasts. How handy is that?
Like the first option, the Orbit sprinkler system comes with an app that allows you to control it on the go. However, what makes this brand different are the integrated catch cups, which capture unnecessary water and reuses it. The Orbit system is so eco-friendly that it’s even been EPA approved.
If you live in an area where there are water usage restrictions, than the Netro system may be the perfect match for you. While doing it’s best to save you up to 50 percent of water, it’ll send updates of water usage rules in your local area, so you can be sure to be on top of them. The Netro is also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, allowing you to give and receive alerts from the comfort of your own home.
While all smart sprinklers are convenient and major time-savers, each system has individual qualities that make it stand out from a crowd. Whether you’re tech-saavy, eco-friendly or looking to make your lawn chores simpler, you’re sure to find a smart sprinkler system that works for you.