Wired vs Wireless Rain Sensors

Are you looking to invest in a rain sensor? If you’ve done a little bit of research, you’ve likely seen that there are both wired rain sensors and their newer, fancier wireless counterparts. But which one is right for you? And should you spend a few extra bucks to get all the bells and whistles?

First, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of wired and wireless rain sensors.

Wired Rain Sensors

We’re not here to knock on wired rain sensors – at least not too much. These are a great option for people who have a lower budget for irrigation system upgrades. And if you already have a wired rain sensor in place in your home, we don’t think you need to ditch it and upgrade to a newer model (unless you need the additional features).

Here are the pros and cons of wired rain sensors:


  • less expensive
  • no battery replacement
  • less maintenance


  • limited number of viable mounting locations
  • must run wire from sensor to irrigation controller
  • can look unsightly

Wireless Rain Sensors

Wireless rain sensors are great in terms of convenience and customization – but these extra features come at a price. You can tweak the settings of your wireless rain sensor so that it is specific to your individual climate, watering fewer days in humid climates and more days in arid ones. You can also adjust the level at which the rain sensor kicks in, making these truly convenient machines. Many can also detect freezing temperatures.

Here are the pros and cons of wireless rain sensors:


  • can be placed far away from irrigation controller
  • variety of possible mounting locations
  • discreet and unnoticeable
  • adjustable rain sensitivity options


  • more expensive
  • requires battery changes
  • can require more maintenance

Wired vs Wireless Rain Sensors – So What’s the Verdict?

So who wins our vote in the battle between wired vs wireless rain sensors?

While wireless rain sensors cost more, they also provide a wide range of additional features that help conserve water and save money on irrigation expenses. Wireless rain sensors are a viable option for those who can afford it, or who desire more fine-tuned control over their irrigation system.

However, wired rain sensors are still a great option for homeowners with a lower budget who still want to conserve water in Sacramento.

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