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#1

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.9010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 2730 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.9010
Build and controls

10

Created with Raphaël 2.1.210.0010
Compatibility and app support

9.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.9010
Value for money

9.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010

Pros

  • Weather intelligence automatically skips unnecessary watering
  • Easy installation
  • Can be controlled using a smartphone or Alexa

Cons

  • High end pricing
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#2

Image of Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 1078 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010
Build and controls

9.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.8010
Compatibility and app support

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Value for money

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Intelligent features automatically skips unnecessary watering
  • Can be controlled from anywhere using the mobile application

Cons

  • Doesn't connect to Wi-Fi easily
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#3

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 657 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Build and controls

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Compatibility and app support

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Value for money

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010

Pros

  • Convenient one-touch seasonal adjustments
  • Timer is easy to program
  • Durable built-in surge protection

Cons

  • Hard to setup

Feature wise top In Ground Sprinkler Controllers

In Ground Sprinkler Controllers : Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction

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#4

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 276 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.7010
Build and controls

9.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.6010
Compatibility and app support

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010
Value for money

9.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.5010

Pros

  • Dynamically creates and adjusts watering schedules
  • Local weather alerts minimizes the water consumption
  • Simple and modern design

Cons

  • Substandard Wi-Fi connectivity
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#5

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 2203 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Build and controls

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Compatibility and app support

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Value for money

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010

Pros

  • Smart watering sets automatic delays for rain and wind
  • Easy to install
  • Weather sense technology provides watering base on site conditions

Cons

  • Heavy
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#6

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 2203 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Build and controls

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Compatibility and app support

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Value for money

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010

Pros

  • Weather sense technology shuts off water during rain
  • Easy to install
  • EPA WaterSense approved and certified

Cons

  • Poor Wi-Fi connectivity
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#7

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 307 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.3010
Build and controls

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Compatibility and app support

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Value for money

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010

Pros

  • Durable built-in surge protection
  • Does not require battery backup
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Difficult to schedule sprinkling time
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#8

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 265 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Build and controls

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Compatibility and app support

8.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Value for money

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010

Pros

  • Fast and easy pairing using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology
  • Built-in fault detection and surge protection
  • Moderately priced

Cons

  • Below par responsiveness
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#9

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.7010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 55 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Build and controls

9.2

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.2010
Compatibility and app support

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Value for money

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010

Pros

  • Rainmachine can be accessed from anywhere using the mobile appliaction
  • Device continues to work in low connectivity
  • Convenient colored touchscreen

Cons

  • Hard to install
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#10

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 42 reviews
Owner satisfaction

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010
Build and controls

9.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.1010
Compatibility and app support

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Value for money

9.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.29.0010

Pros

  • Smart control system accommodates up to 8 sprinkler zones
  • Large backlit LCD display with Wi-Fi compatibility
  • 6 foot long power cord

Cons

  • Less detailed instruction manual
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#11

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 144 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.1

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.1010
Build and controls

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010
Compatibility and app support

7.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.7010
Value for money

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010

Pros

  • Flexible 3 independent programs
  • Features a 6 station capacity
  • Easy to install and customize

Cons

  • Lid is hard to open
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#12

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 37 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.9010
Build and controls

8.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.8010
Compatibility and app support

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Value for money

8.4

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.4010

Pros

  • Pocket friendly
  • Can be installed in any slot
  • Includes a 3-station expansion

Cons

  • Difficult to operate
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#13

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.0010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 44 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Build and controls

8.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010
Compatibility and app support

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Value for money

8.5

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.5010

Pros

  • Rain Bird ESP-Me offers easy programming
  • Controller features 4- to 22-station scalability
  • Easy to install

Cons

  • Does not include low battery indicator
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#14

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Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.9010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 55 reviews
Owner satisfaction

8.6

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.6010
Build and controls

7.0

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.0010
Compatibility and app support

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010
Value for money

8.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.28.3010

Pros

  • Comes with easy to use controller
  • Convenient installation process
  • Zones are easy to program

Cons

  • Unreasonable price
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#15

Image of Orbit 57860 Battery...: Bestviewsreviews
Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.6010
Overall BVR Rating
Based on 183 reviews
Owner satisfaction

6.8

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.8010
Build and controls

6.9

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.9010
Compatibility and app support

6.7

Created with Raphaël 2.1.26.7010
Value for money

7.3

Created with Raphaël 2.1.27.3010

Pros

  • Weatherproof and durable build
  • Built-in low battery indicator
  • Features 2 automatic watering programs

Cons

  • Shaky timer functionality

In-ground sprinkler controllers Buying Guide

If you want to manage a perfect yard, it is essential to have a monitoring device with advanced technology like an irrigation control system which is convenient and easy to use. They are connected to the main water supply valves to control the flow of water. It helps to make work a lot easier, especially for people who have large yards or gardens. Consulting with an irrigation expert before buying a sprinkler controller will help you select the right sprinkler for your land. This buying guide will give you more information on this product.  

Types of In Ground Sprinkler Controllers

Wireless Controller 

The wireless controller generally has more ability to manage multiple zones with customized schedules through user smartphones over a Wi-Fi network. 

Timer Controller 

These come under the category of manual controller. They are the most basic controllers which are quick and easy to install. It generally runs on battery and requires a manual watering schedule for every zone. 

Factors to Consider before Buying In Ground Sprinkler Controllers

On-device Controls 

Such devices are convenient to use as they have their controls on the device. This feature can be handy if you have multiple workers and want to give them access to control the water supply.  

Indoor/Outdoor Mounting 

Outdoor controllers are usually placed inside box containers to prevent degradation and rusting due to changing weather conditions.  

Zones 

Zones are the identified targeted areas that require more water supply than other sections of your yard. A good In-ground Water Sprinkler Controller should be able to manage different water supply schedules.  

Rain Sensor 

A rain sensor is an intelligent technology that prevents your yards from over-watering during the rainy season. If needed, it will only supply limited water to your yards. 

Notifications 

Notifications like warning after finishing the water supply, or after starting the water supply are quite common features in modern In-ground Water Sprinkler Controller.  

Conclusion 

In-ground Water Sprinkler Controllers are quite common sight these days as most of the people like to maintain a perfect lawn and do indoor gardening activities. If you are looking towards buying such a product, do take a quick look through our featured section above for more options. 

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