I've just started looking at smart sprinkler systems. Rachio and Rain machine are the two i'm considering. These two seem to be the best options currently. A big plus I see with the Rachio is the active online community and what looks like active R&D with new features being brought to market. This is great.
But I also have some reservations about the Rachio, it would be great if someone could provide feedback on whether these are real issues or not.
Local control. As I understand, if there is no cloud connectivity, the controller will run the last saved program. Is this correct? And typically, at any one time, does there need to be more than 1 program stored on the controller? (in other words, what am i losing without cloud access?)
Local control. Is there any way to turn the zones on and off without a phone or computer? Such as when the system is being serviced or winterized. If not, this is a hassle because I would need to be present for service calls? is there any way to give service staff temporary access to the system from their phone?
Winterizing. It appears only 1 zone at a time can be run for winterizing blow outs. Is this correct? If so, it would take a long time to blow out 17 zones. I have a Hunter system currently and I think they blow out multiple zones concurrently. As others have remarked, service companies have started charging more to service smart controllers!
These are what I have found so far.. any that others have had?