Update: This deal has expired and is no longer available. Home improvement retail giant, The Home Depot is offering a “today only special buy” on Rachio’s HomeKit sprinkler controllers. Starting at just $159, the Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller supports up to 8 different zones for watering, and connects to HomeKit allowing for remote operation using Wi-Fi. For those that have larger irrigation systems, the 16 zone Rachio 3 controller is also on sale, for $199.
In addition to HomeKit support, the Rachio 3 Controllers also work with Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, Wink, and IFTTT, making them quite a flexible option. Although HomeKit support for irrigation systems is rather limited, with no scheduling options, Rachio’s App allows users to make a customized watering routines and can even adjust itself based off of local weather conditions. For even more customization, the Rachio 3 App can also factor in the watering needs of specific plants that you enter into the App.
Both of these options are “factory renewed”, or refurbished by the manufacturer, and come with a limited 1-year warranty. These refurbished units are about $50 cheaper than the cost of buying them brand new, and along with the aforementioned warranty, it makes them quite a solid buy if you are in the market for a HomeKit sprinkler controller. The manufacturer does state that some minor cosmetic flaws may be seen on some units, but for a device that will either be outdoors, or within a garage, the cost savings should be worth the trade off.
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