True story: Three nights ago, I heard an alarm sound from my kitchen. At first I could not fathom what this could be, but then I remembered: Earlier this year I placed a water leak sensor under the sink. And was coming down. And this was because water was dripping from the base of the tap.
How long would it be until I paid attention to the leak myself? Perhaps there was no real damage before. So, yes, I’m so glad I bought these things. You too, especially when the Prime Day Lightning deal is happening: for a very limited time, and while supplies last,On-page with $ 5-off coupon. Regular Price: $ 50.
The kit employs a Wi-Fi hub that plugs into any outlet and three battery powered sensors. Batteries are included and installed; You just drag a tab to activate the sensor. Although it took me two attempts to properly connect the hub to my home network, after that it was smooth sailing. (Your mileage may vary; if you look at user reviews, you’ll see that some people were having difficulty setting up everything.)
In addition to the kitchen, I placed my basement water-softener system under a sensor and a master-bathroom sink. Initially, I tested it on a little water by placing it on a plate. Within seconds, its loud (but not deaf) alarm sounded. A few seconds after that, I received a notification on my phone. And I got another notification in my inbox.
The sensor also has drip detectors built on top, so if you place one directly below a potential leak source (such as a faucet), it will catch those as well. Need more than three sensors? The system can accommodate expansion.
Here’s a potential deal-breaker for some buyers: The kit requires a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network; It cannot work only on those running at 5GHz. (My Eero system can do both at once, one of the reasons that I’m glad I spent a little extra when choosing a mesh network.)
This thing has already paid for itself completely. Not saying it’s silly, only that I have too much peace where water leaks are concerned – and there is clear evidence that it works as advertised.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new pricing and availability.
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