Skydrop seems like a peculiar name for a sprinkler system controller, given that when water is dropping from the sky is precisely the time when you don't want to be using it. However, unless you're using a drip watering system, the sky is precisely where the plants will think their water is coming from, so from the vegetation's point of view the name is precisely right. The SkyDrop 8 Zone can handle -- you guessed it -- eight different vegetation zones in your yard, giving each one the precise amount of water it needs at the precise times. The included app will let you define zones by type of vegetation, soil, sun intensity and the number of sprinkler heads in the zone.
Once you've got the zones programmed into the app, the SkyDrop can draw weather reports from a local weather station so that it can modify the sprinkling when water actually is dropping from the sky. Unfortunately, it bases its weather report on your zip code and, as many weather watchers have noticed, zip codes can be surprisingly large in terms of meteorology and there's a chance that the weather station reporting to your controller is getting different weather than your yard is.
The SkyDrop may be the best-looking sprinkler controller on the market, with a glowing LCD donut-shaped dial that lets you enter setup information into its bright-blue backlit LCD display. Because the SkyDrop is EPA WaterSense Certified, there are many areas of the country where you can get a rebate on this system that's equal to the full cost, making it essentially free, so there's no question that this unit is competitive on price, unless some other company is paying you to buy their controller. You may or may not want to install the SkyDrop yourself, depending on how handy you are with a screwdriver and a multitude of colored wires that look like the contents of a bomb in a suspense movie. ("Now cut the red wire. No, wait, I meant you should cut the yellow...")
While shopping around for sprinkler controllers, you might also want to look at the popular Orbit B-hyve 12-Station or the Rachio Smart Sprinkler 2nd Generation, which lets you choose your weather source.
I installed the Skydrop system to my sprinkler system with much ease and in less than 30 minutes. I have found the system to work excellent.
Installation and setup was a breeze, and managing your sprinklers & watering couldn't be easier, whether remotely or directly from the unit.
We bought 2 Skydrops to cover 16 zones. They have been working flawlessly. Install was easy once we figured out how to install two units, and we were off!
The controller has water usage reporting which is also nice because it shows me how much water my lawn is getting from rain or from my sprinklers.
Product is great but it doesn’t seem ready for prime time. There are way too many glitches in the ‘back end’ .
The mobile app works well but for creating complex schedules I would suggest using the web site at skydrop.com.
Ever since then it has been working great. The color ring and the screen look really cool especially with the lights off in the garage!
For starters, look at it's cool, stylish look. The jog dial glows Green when it is idle, Blue when it is watering, and Red when it detects a problem.
Overall a great system, there's only one drawback: it doesn't have a setting for native / drought-resistant plants, and therefore is prone to want to over-water.