i would like to offer the REASON i bought this irrigation controller.
i think the feature set is comparable to the other smart controllers, but, and this is the most important to me, my personal assesment is that rachio is extremly active in their forums. i felt they were more active than a few of the others that allowed me to lurk the forums anonymously.
i feel that these guys are headed in the right direction based on franz's and emil's reactions to user requests.
i also feel (and i could be wrong) that this company is in its early stages but with a well thought out product. their landscapre access shows they are aware of security concerns when providing access to your irrigation controler by a 3rd party. i feel that their flex schedules are a nice feature that will mature into a true fire and forget controller.
i personally hope these guys end up building out some of their own moisture sensors that integrate with their hardware...i personaly feel they will be forced into this market based on their high standards.
i have convienced 2 of my neighbors to switch over to rachio and they both have confessed it was the best thing they have done for their lawn.
they have an api to their cloud interface, im not using it, i personally have not needed a reason to do so, but plan on getting around to a zway integration effort this winter. i personally feel that is shows a great amount of forward thinking because api's usually show up much later (i would like more reporting interfaces).
and finally, these ppl seem to be highly focused on consumption reduction. actually, ill say obsessed?
for me, i was getting ready to go etherain, but im super stoked that i found this one at the last minute.
so for me, it boils down to the team behind the product. this was the only product that i could get a feel for the team behind it. i dotn want a product run by a bunch of shitbirds.