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  • Control your watering from anywhere with the Rachio App
  • Saves time, money and water by adjusting to weather changes
  • Easily replaces your current controller
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Manage your water sprinkler with this Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller. With the app, you can run sprinklers, see upcoming schedules, and look at your estimated outdoor water usage, helping you to save money on your water bill. Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT compatibility allow more control.
  • Save money and water: See up to 30-50% savings on your monthly water bill
  • Avoid watering in the rain: Exclusive Weather Intelligence Plus automatically skips unnecessary waterings with features like Rain Skip, Wind Skip, Freeze Skip, and more
  • Control from anywhere with the easy-to-use app: Run sprinklers, view upcoming schedules, and observe your estimated outdoor water usage
  • Experience fast DIY installation
  • Rachio smart sprinkler controllers replace 97% of existing sprinkler controllers and are compatible with 95% of systems; Install in 30 minutes or less with no special tools needed; Our in-app installation tutorial helps you get online and watering in no time
  • Deliver all the water your plants need; No more, No less
  • Rachio creates tailored smart schedules based on the specific needs of your lawn, including plant type, soil type, sun exposure, and more
  • Save even more with local rebates
  • As a WaterSense labeled product, Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller may be eligible for rebates up to the cost of the controller
  • Enjoy Rachio with all major smart home platforms: Compatible with AmazonAlexa, Google Assistant, AppleHomeKit, Nest, and more



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Q:I have an 8 zone orchard with manual valve drip irrigation zones which are also fitted with 5v DC Solenoid valves in parallel. Can I use the R4 Smart sprinfler controller to control these 5v dc solenoid valves and replace the manual valves?
by|Oct 31, 2022
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A:  No, this irrigation controller was only designed to operate conventional 24VAC solenoids.

by|Nov 26, 2022
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    Q:Is the app free?
    by|Sep 20, 2022
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    A:  Yes

    by|Oct 13, 2022
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      Q:If i have 2 homes and have a rachio at each location, can the app run each seperately?
      by|Sep 18, 2022
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      A:  Yes, just be sure to change the name of each controller when setting up 

      by|Sep 20, 2022
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        Q:is this a 6 Zone Rachio 3? I don't see that offered anywhere else?
        by|Aug 15, 2022
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        Customer Reviews

        4.7 out of 5
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        We had contacted CGL Landscaping
        We had contacted CGL Landscaping to do a Irrigation inspection we knew that our timer was not working to start but CGL still ran a system inspection and had determined that the timer was not working also so they recommended to us a Rachio smart timer and after they installed it they walk through the installation and the program and I was very satisfied with the information they have provided for us I would recommend CGL Landscaping thank you
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          Really well designed!
          I just installed our smart sprinkler controller yesterday and it was a pleasure to install and set up. Very nice design touches throughout, from the magnetic case cover to the easy wire connections that don’t require a screwdriver, to the really nice app that guides you step-by-step. Clearly a well refined product. Thoughtful instructions. Installation took about 10 minutes, setup with the app about 10 more. Based on reviews, I feel comfortable using the automated watering schedules it will provide, and based on what it is currently scheduling, it makes sense. Options such as being able to specify specific days of the week to not water, or to have the total time for each zone divided into smaller segments so the water is better absorbed, show the level of lawn expertise behind the device capabilities.
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            Awesome product
            This is my 3rd purchase of Rachio controllers and it could not be better! My lawn would not be watered correctly without it!
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              This was a great improvement over the 10-year old Rain Bird "smart" irrigation controller which h...
              This was a great improvement over the 10-year old Rain Bird "smart" irrigation controller which had an Irritrol rain / humidity / temperature / weather controller added on by our city. If you take the time to properly configure it, the Rachio R3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is: 1. MUCH easier to set up, monitor and use... ESPECIALLY for occasional manual watering. No more bending down in the bushes to try to figure out how to make our Rain Bird do a "one time" run one of the zones for a specific period of time. 2. SIGNIFICANTLY more water efficient since each zone has it's OWN watering schedule... each zone changing it's watering FREQUENCY and RUN TIME *** AUTOMATICALLY *** depending on the weather. BRILLIANT 3. MORE information on past run times... and future watering schedules for EACH zone all esily available on your iPhone, iPad, or computer. Honestly I should have bought and installed our Rachio R3 irrigation controller when they first came out... Especially since SoCal WaterSmart gave us a REBATE for our ENTIRE purchase price. It only took my wife and I about 2 hours to remove our "vintage" Rain Bird controller, connect our Rachio R3, and go through the entire setup on my iPad. This included time to take pictures of EACH Zone for easy reference (much better than Zone names or numbers), draw the landscape area of EACH Zone on their Google Maps satellite view of our property, select the soil + plants/grass + leval/slope of EACH Zone. 100% worth it since this will save us $$$ on our water bill... and actually make our yard look better too!
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              Easy to install and when I needed support they actually responded on a holiday. Here is an image...
              Easy to install and when I needed support they actually responded on a holiday. Here is an image with the cover off showing how simple it is to do the wiring.
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              Initial setup was difficult because the product would not connect to wifi using the app. Rachio ...
              Initial setup was difficult because the product would not connect to wifi using the app. Rachio support was able to get the device updated using a file that had to be run from a PC or Mac. After the device was updated it connected fine. Setup is as easy or as detailed as you want. You can select zones, grass type, soil type, and even draw the zone area on a map to figure approximate square footage. There are several schedule types you can choose from and it is smart enough to not water if it has been raining or will rain soon. Overall a great product that I would have given 5 stars if it worked out of the box without an additional update.
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              Beat Controller I have owned
              By far the best controller I have owned. Its technology allows for smarter watering, it works with google assistant, has an app to control all the scheduling and functions. Extremely easy to install. Definitely recommend spending the extra money.
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                4.9 stars, but really 5
                Super easy installation -so long as you know your wiring amd which colors/wires go to what zones in your yard. Fortunately I did, so install did take under 30m as advertised, including install of outdoor enclosure. However setting up of the zones in the app took a bit longer, though still super easy. Loved that the app determines best watering times and durations and auto adjusts to the weather.
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                  A sprinkler system that’s caught up with current tech... finally!
                  This controller is spectacular. It’s a breeze to install, it has built in flexibility for watering days (e.g. skipping rainy and windy days), and it just looks great. Connecting the wires for each zone was simple, Rachio made it easy to plug them into the respective zone on the controller. It’s a simple easy plug system that you slide up on a lever, insert the wire, and then let go of the lever and it’s locked in. The step by step walk through is awesome as well. They walk you through the steps of swapping out your old one with the new one, and then they have a detailed walk through for configuring your controller and the zones. Once configured, the active zone will glow a blue color as its watering. Neat! Another couple of handy features were zone pictures and Internet connectivity. You can snap pictures to represent your different zones. This allowed us to be able to quickly identify which zone is which. You can also start and stop your system from your phone, which is very useful! Overall, I highly recommend this system for your home lawn watering needs. It was a simple installation, it’s pretty to look at, and it’s extremely flexible with how you want to configure it.
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                    Great Fathers day gift, better yet with HD's veterans discount. The unit is great. Easy to setup...
                    Great Fathers day gift, better yet with HD's veterans discount. The unit is great. Easy to setup and to migrate from my old controller. The App is intuitive and has many features for you to customize for your lawn. Live in an area with water restrictions. Set the specified dates. The unit calculated my zone run times of 24 minutes each. You can adjust if you dont agree. The Rachio3 determined it would be best to split the run times in half and make two passes of 12 minute each. It aslo calculated the start time to finish by sunrise. Wife loves that she can also control it by voice commands. Still haven't finished playing with all the options. Worth it!
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                    Smart TechnologyWi-FiApp Controlled,Smart Timer,Smart Watering,Voice Controlled,Wi-FiApp ControlledApp Controlled,Smart Timer,Smart Watering,Voice Controlled,Wi-Fi
                    Indoor/OutdoorIndoor/OutdoorIndoorIndoor/OutdoorIndoor
                    Timer TypeDigitalDigitalDigitalDigital
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                    Program TypeOdd/Even Day Program,ProgrammableCalendar Setting,Interval Setting,Multi-Zone Programming,Odd/Even Day Program,Programmable,Rain Delay,Schedule ProgrammingProgrammableCalendar Setting,Interval Setting,Multi-Zone Programming,Odd/Even Day Program,Programmable,Rain Delay,Schedule Programming
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