CNET First Look
Orbit B-hyve offers clever sprinkler smarts at a prudent priceThis Wi-Fi connected controller can watch the weather and schedule your sprinklers for you for less than half the cost of the competition.
Look at this thing. With its giant clunky buttons and dated interface, I definitely would not have guessed at first glance that it's a fancy new smart sprinkler controller, but it is. This is the orbit b-hyve. It costs 100 bucks for the six zone model or $120 for 12 zones. You've installed a b-hyve in place of your existing controller or timer for your in-ground sprinklers. Hook it up to your wi-fi and download the app, then you can let b-hyve schedule your sprinklers for you. It'll monitor the weather, ask you some questions about your yard, and set your ideal schedule, adapting as necessary. You can control the sprinklers with an app Better yet, you can control the sprinklers with your voice. Beehive works with Amazon's assistant Alexa so I can give a voice command to any Amazon echo device. I can even bring in Amazon Tap with me into the yard. Ask Beehive to run the sprinklers. Your shimmer is now watering all stations. [UNKNOWN] skill for the beehive is actually really good and a bit more polished than competitor [UNKNOWN]. Now the Beehive app isn't as intuitive as [UNKNOWN] and there aren't as many flexible scheduling options but the Beehive has full onboard controls and [UNKNOWN] doesn't but [UNKNOWN] works with more smart home devices than Beehive So they're frozen kind [UNKNOWN]. Overall I called the [UNKNOWN] here the smarter sprinkler controller but the beehive is more than confident. It's good and it's worth considering if you want some smarts but also wanna save money.