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Amazon: Up to 25% Off + Save Extra $20 with Amazon Coupon on Rachio 8ZULWC-L R3e Generation: Smart, 8 Zone Sprinkler Controller, Works with Alexa, Gen, Gray

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From Rachio, difference in R3e is it is limited to 8 zones and does not have the following features:
Weather Intelligence Plus
Flex Daily schedules
Yard Map feature
HomeKit integration
Future premium software features
Any wireless integrations
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That's funny. I have a Rachio 3 and those features missing in 3e are the only features of my Rachio 3 that I use... hahaha.

My opinion, 3e isn't worth it - get the original 3 or get the 2 which is lower priced and only missing the Weather Intelligence Plus as opposed to the 3e which is missing a bunch of features and it will also be missing future enhancements...
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If you live in Texas, it's Tax Free weekend from May 23-25 for WaterSense items. That saves about $10 in tax and brings the Rachio R3 down to $170 total.

Here's a link to the Texas Comptroller - https://comptroller.texas.gov/tax...8-1018.php

Chat up Amazon customer support, and they should set you up with a refund for the tax charged. They didn't give me any grief when I showed them the links. They just wanted me to message them when the item was delivered before they issue the refund.
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At least the 8 zone was even cheaper today. Should be about $170 w/tax and $157 if you're in texas and get away without tax.
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If you live in Texas, it's Tax Free weekend from May 23-25 for WaterSense items. That saves about $10 in tax and brings the Rachio R3 down to $170 total.

Here's a link to the Texas Comptroller - https://comptroller.texas.gov/tax...8-1018.php [texas.gov]

Chat up Amazon customer support, and they should set you up with a refund for the tax charged. They didn't give me any grief when I showed them the links. They just wanted me to message them when the item was delivered before they issue the refund
I bought the 12 zone one from costco in texas.. but it's not tax free on this item. anyone got it from costco ?
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Be sure to check if your local water utility has rebates. I ended up getting 2 Ranchios for nearly free. There are also rebates available for the sprinkler heads.

Here's the site for Southern California:
https://socalwatersmart.com/
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So I have rachio 2 and what additional benefit would I get from 3?
I'm pretty happy with 2.

Also it seems like all these intelligent features will be a sold as a monthly subscription no matter what Rachio you have. So I'm worried that we (existing customers) will have a dumb controller that you can access from phone, that's it.
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So I have rachio 2 and what additional benefit would I get from 3?
I'm pretty happy with 2.

Also it seems like all these intelligent features will be a sold as a monthly subscription no matter what Rachio you have. So I'm worried that we (existing customers) will have a dumb controller that you can access from phone, that's it.
Go to the amazon link for the normal version 3 unit and they provide a chart versus the series 2. Better weather data specific to your actual home, 5Ghz, and you can use the flow meter.
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Scottsdale Arizona will pay 100% up to $300 for Rancho or other smart meters
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I bought the 12 zone one from costco in texas.. but it's not tax free on this item. anyone got it from costco ?
You've got to email Costco in that case for your tax refund. It's not going to happen automatically. You've got to request it from them manually, but it shouldn't be a hard process process with Costco's reputation.
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