Rachio has released its Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller and Rachio 3 Wireless Flow Meter to its water management product lineup. The company designed these new products to help homeowners take complete control of outdoor water use from their smartphone for as little as $249.99.
The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller is designed for easier installation, with 5 gHz wireless compatibility and a new long-range radio to connect with a wireless flow meter. The Rachio Wireless Flow Meter uses patented Vortex technology to get highly accurate readings of water flow. The Rachio app alerts homeowners when leaks are detected, and the Flow Meter automatically shuts down water supply, protecting against landscape damage and flooding.
“Rachio is not only saving homeowners frustration, water, and money, we are helping communities conserve water on a much larger scale,” says Chris Klein, CEO and co-founder of Rachio. “Sixty percent of residential water waste in the United States happens outdoors. Our new products empower consumers to be smarter with water, so they don’t have to choose between conservation and easily maintaining a beautiful landscape.”
The Rachio 3 Sprinkler Controller harnesses cloud-connected software that allows consumers to run their sprinkler system anywhere, anytime, right from their smartphone. The Rachio app takes the guesswork out of watering by recommending days and times for watering based on location, vegetation, and soil type. Rachio Weather Intelligence automatically adjusts watering schedules to reflect hyperlocal weather forecasts that skip watering based on rain, wind, and freezing temperatures, helping to save water and money. Rachio is also the most connected smart sprinkler controller on the market, working with everyone’s favorite smart home platforms, including Amazon Alexa.
Rachio recently raised $10M Series B financing with Eastside Partners and Bonaventure Capital, in which the Amazon Alexa Fund also participated. Benjamin Cobb, partner at Eastside Partners noted, “Rachio is so much more than a smart sprinkler company. While they clearly lead this exciting segment of the smart home market, they are also rewriting the book on water conservation. Their innovation mentality extends to all aspects of their business.”
The Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller and Wireless Flow Meter will be available for pre-order with special promotional pricing starting March 20 on Rachio.com.
[UPDATED: The Gen 3 Rachio MSRP was reduced in April 2018 by $30, so consumers may now purchase the 8-zone for $229 and the 16-zone for $279.)