Chances are, you're going to hit up your local Home Depot and look at their selection of sprinkler controllers and timers. You will be faced with a few different choices. One quick way to narrow it down is to decide on a brand.
As you shop around you're going to find that there are a few different brands that make very similar looking timers. Some brands include:
- Hunter Industries
But which should you choose? Let's look at some reviews:This review is from: Melnor 3015 6-Cycle Electronic AquaTimer Digital Hose Timer (Lawn & Patio)
"Considering how much landscaping costs, there's little reason to scrimp on timers. I learned this the hard way, coming home from vacation to find my yard brown and parched. This timer, which was less than a year old had failed, and as a result, so did my grass.This review is from: Toro 53787 Ecxtra 6-to-8-Zone Sprinkler Timer with Software and Module (Lawn & Patio)
I'm now in the market for a new one that actually works."
"The controller itself is solid and is a snap to install and set-up. The software and timepod are a great concept but suffer form horrible execution. By themselves, I would give them 1 star. They are supposed to be releasing new software shortly (the current software is copyrighted 2004), which will hopefully address the stability and feature issues."This review is from: Orbit 57096 Super-6 Controller with Remote (Lawn & Patio)
"I've used Orbit in the past and have controllers that have lasted many years. I've purchased multiple high-end, much more expensive Rainbird units that never had lasted more than 2 years."
Hose Faucet WateringIf you don't have a huge lawn or are not equipped with an underground sprinkler system you can always go with a Hose Faucet Watering system. Orbit makes timers that make hose watering a breeze.
Afraid you're going to forget to turn off the hose? Problem solved!
Here's what people are saying.This review is from: Orbit 91213 One-Dial Garden Hose Digital Water Timer (Lawn & Patio)
"This is the best water timer we have ever had! It is so simple to program and one can easily make changes. We love it!"This review is from: Orbit 91213 One-Dial Garden Hose Digital Water Timer (Lawn & Patio)
"I water the horses 4 times a day. The Orbit One-Dial Water Time takes care of that for me now! It frees up my time for other chores. It was easy to set up and easy to override if I need to. I love it!"
Consider EverythingBefore you settle on a timer, make sure you've done your research. There are hundreds of options and even more reviews at your disposal.