Gadgets to make your home smarter are nothing new, but what about a gadget to help you take your smart home to the great outdoors? Now, that is something new! I can’t say I’ve ever had the opportunity to review something like this, until now. Meet the Rachio 3.
In our family, we all have sprinkler systems, and we all probably spend a fortune watering our plants and lawns when we honestly don’t need to. What on earth am I talking about? Rain! None of our sprinklers can detect when it is going to rain, and if we’re not home or if we’re away on vacation, we’re paying to water our lawns when nature already did us a favor. Ugh. I don’t even want to know what we’ve all collectively spent on that. Definitely a disgusting amount of money, and definitely a waste. Not to mention, not all the plants in your yard are going to be ok with overwatering.
The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is going to save you a small fortune. The $229.99 price tag is a very small investment to make now so you can save a lot in the future. What makes the Rachio 3 so smart? It’s basically a small weather man in a box. The Weather Intelligence™ Plus can forecast the weather within a 36 foot radius from you, which is insane! The Rachio 3 then adjusts the watering schedule accordingly, so you’re no longer wasting water; and money. It will also work with any existing sprinkler system that you have, so you won’t need to worry about if it is compatible with your system!
Their website claims the Rachio 3 can be set up in 30 minutes or less, and would you like to hear something funny? I write about tech, but I’m pretty much technically inept. Yeah, you read that one right. It takes me FOREVER to set up any technology, and forget an instruction manual. I’ll be reading that one and decoding it all day.
I apprehensively decided to rise to the occasion and see if I could set this thing up in 30 minutes or under. No, I did not set up my sprinkler system, someone else did that for me. Surprisingly, it took me about 30 minutes to unbox the Rachio 3, read their informative and non-cryptic instructions, install it, connect all the freaking wires, and then test it out on the zones. I also did not need any fancy tools to do all this. If you have trouble, they offer a support team ready to help you. Although I did not need them, other people who have used them spoke very highly of them!
So, you might be wondering if the Rachio 3 lives up to expectations, and I found after using this for a week that it does not live up to expectations. It far exceeds them!! The Weather Intelligence™ Plus is so spot on and does adjust for any inclement weather. I live in a very weird micro-climate where it tends to rain on and off without warning, to the point where my iPhone doesn’t always accurately pick up what’s going to happen outside. The Rachio 3 is really one amazing gadget.
Rachio 3 also comes with a very easy to use and understand app that helps you keep on top of what in your yard is going to get watered when. It can be used on your smartphone, tablet, and even your laptop. I would highly recommend you get the Rachio 3 if you have a sprinkler system. Your wallet and plants will thank you! I definitely will be spending the money on their latest version when it comes out, and all my family members with sprinkler systems ran out and bought this!
Please note though you can’t use the Rachio 3 outside without the waterproof outdoor enclosure that’s available on their website. Other things you should know: you can use it with Amazon Alexa and you can use different voice commands to run zones! It can also be used with Nest and Google Assistant.
Chip Chick was provided with this product for free, in exchange for our honest feedback. All thoughts and opinions expressed are our own and not influenced by the company and/or its affiliates in any way.
Images courtesy of Rachio