Orbit announces a second generation of its B-Hyve hose faucet timer – Michael Brown

If you’re among the 75 percent of homeowners who water their lawn and garden with a garden hose or drip system, versus an in-ground sprinkler system, using a hose-based timer can help your garden thrive while saving you money and reducing your impact on the environment. Orbit makes our favorite hose-based sprinkler controller, the B-Hyve Smart Hose Watering Timer, and now it has introduced a second-generation of that product.

Like its predecessor, the B-Hyve XD Hose Faucet Timer features a Bluetooth radio that lets you program and control it with your smartphone. The most important feature on the new model is a display and user interface that lets you program and control the timer at the faucet, even if you don’t have your smartphone handy.

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