Sprinkler Timers

RainMachine Touch HD-12 sprinkler timer

This RainMachine in-ground sprinkler controllers has

  • manual controls on the unit
  • a WaterSense certification
  • 12 control zones
  • Smart scheduling


The RainMachine Touch HD-12 is part of the Sprinkler Timer test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Sprinkler Timer models like the Touch HD-12 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Weather responsiveness: How well the unit reads, adjusts to or responds to the actual weather forecast.

Convenience: Convenience is based on how easy each unit can be wired to your system, has buttons or controls on the unit, where unit can be mounted.

WiFi: WiFi is based on how easy it is to connect the unit to WiFi. Also if the unit can be controlled by an App.


Voice control Voice control Digital assistants that can be used with your voice to control the unit.
Smart scheduling Smart scheduling Unit can adjust the schedule based on weather, wind, or temperature.
App only control App only control The unit can only be controlled by App. No manual override on unit.
Sends notifications Sends notifications Unit sends notifications about watering schedule or if problem is detected.


Manual controls Manual controls Unit has controls on the unit that can be used instead of the App.
WaterSense certified WaterSense certified WaterSense, a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is both a label for water-efficient products and a resource for helping you save water.
Number of zones Number of zones Number of zones the unit can connect to.