If you’re looking for the best smart home technology, don’t overlook smart sprinkler controllers. And if you’re looking for the best smart sprinkler controllers, don’t overlook Skydrop. This is one smart home upgrade I would never want to live without now that I’ve got it setup and running. While there are other benefits, which I’ll discuss shortly, the big deal here for me is convenience. Lots and lots of convenience.
So if you’re unfamiliar with smart sprinkler controllers in general or with the Skydrop specifically, they basically let you remotely manage your sprinklers using your phone (or sometimes a browser). One of the big draws is that they can help you save money by using exactly how much water is needed — not a drop more. Additionally, the idea is to take all the hard work out of watering your landscape — something that Skydrop has definitely succeeded at. Using the Skydrop is kind of like hiring an expert to handle your landscape watering.
Let’s start by talking about the setup. It was easy. And that is coming from someone who had never installed anything sprinkler related before. Initially I have to admit I was a little nervous about messing with my sprinkler system, but I was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly and quickly the whole experience made.
There are some basic instructions included in the box but what really made things so easy was the online installation tutorial. It was informative, to-the-point and very well produced. It clearly shows every step with visual demonstrations and text explanations.
It took me exactly 35 minutes to install my Skydrop!
The Skydrop has a screen on it to display watering and setup information and you control the device using a rotatable ring (that glows several cool colors) or using the accompanying app. The ring is very usable — and unique among Sprinkler controllers — but I do feel like a touch screen would be slightly more convenient. That said, I’m in no way disappointed; the easiest way to control any smart device is via an app.
And I really love using the Skydrop app. While the main dashboard does feel somewhat crowded (I’d love to see it simplified a bit in the future — there’s no need for a digital depiction of the control ring, for instance) it’s very usable. Even though everything is automated for me, I do open ...