Amazon offers the Rain Bird 8-Zone Smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler/Irrigation System Timer/Controller (ST8I-WIFI) for $113 shipped. Normally closer to $140 at retailers like Home Depot, this is within a few dollars of its all-time low at Amazon and is the best available. If you’ve always wanted to say “Alexa, water the lawn” now’s your chance. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

Nomad Base Station

Rain Bird 8-Zone Smart Wi-Fi Sprinkler System features:

  • Wi-Fi signal conveniently places control of your timer in the palm of your hand
  • Super easy to program; allows access to timer functions from anywhere in the world
  • Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple iOS 8 or greater, and Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later
  • Access timer functions via: wireless network, in-range mobile device, or directly through control panel
  • Daily watering schedule automatically adjusts based on season, local weather, temperature, and humidity
  • Enabling Notifications in the Rain Bird app will inform on what’s happening in your yard; even when you’re away from home
  • Watering Delay feature suspends watering from 1 to 14 days; programming resumes automatically once delay has ended


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