I am a huge fan of Rachio, but when I compare just the quality of materials to other controllers on the market there is need for improvement.
- Rain Bird ESPTM2. I like the heavy quality of this controller. It has an internal transformer with a heavy weight cord and plug. This controller has stainless steel wiring terminals. I also like the faceplate programming, too. But this controller fails when it comes to the app and weather interface. Indoor outdoor cabinet
- Orbit B-hyve. Internal transformer and beefy cord, face plate programming, indoor outdoor cabinet. Excellent app. Cheap wiring terminals. Low price. Mystery where weather data comes from.
Bottom line: Rachio is best, but it needs some hardware enhancements as above. My two cents.