pcmag.comWe review products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. Terms of use. Catching a water leak early can mean the difference between a quick cleanup with paper towels and water damage repairs that can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. With the Kangaroo Water + Climate Sensor ($29.99), you'll get a push notification whenever it detects water so you can take steps to minimize any damage, and it'll let you know if the room temperature has become too hot or too cold or if the humidity has reached an unsafe level. The sensor is easy to install and works as advertised, but it doesn't integrate with third-party devices such as smart plugs and thermostats, and it doesn't send an audible alarm or provide a history of triggered events. If you're serious about protecting your home from water damage, the $50 Flo by Moen Water Detector paired with the $500 Flo Smart Water Shutoff system offers the best protection around, but it's a significantly more expensive solution. Design and Features Shaped like a Milano cookie, the Water + Climate Sensor measures 3.9 by 1.6 by 0.7 inches (HWD) and has a matte white finish. There are two sensing probes on the bottom of the device and a reset button on the front. Whereas other sensors like the D-Link DCH-S161, the Eve Water Guard, and the Flo by Moen Water Detector all offer extension cables for areas that may be hard to reach, the Kangaroo sensor does not. It is designed to be placed directly on the floor in an area where water may collect, or it can be hung on a wall or the side of a cabinet directly below a water fixture. The sensor is powered by two AA batteries (included) that are accessed by removing a screw on the base and taking off the cover. The Kangaroo sensor will send a push notification to your phone when it detects water and will also monitor temperature and humidity conditions to provide an early warning for frozen pipes and moldy conditions. If you subscribe to Kangaroo's Complete Plan ($10 per month or $99 per year), you'll also receive text and voice alerts. It has a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio and doesn't require a hub, but it lacks a speaker and doesn't emit an audible alert when triggered. You can pair it with a Kangaroo Siren + Keypad ($69.99), which has an 85dB alarm, but it doesn't support IFTTT applets that allow it to work with third-party smart home devices, nor does it work with Apple's HomeKit platform. The Water + Climate Sensor uses the same app (for Android and iOS) as other Kangaroo devices. Tap the Climate button at the bottom of the My Home screen to view tabs for all installed water sensors. The tab displays the name and location of the sensor and shows the latest temperature and humidity readings and if there is an active water alert. Tap the Humidity or Temperature tabs to set alert thresholds, and tap the Water tab to enable or disable water leak alerts. To access more settings, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner. Here you can edit the sensor's name and location, enable text and voice notifications (if you have a Complete Plan), check battery life, and access the same temperature, humidity, and water settings mentioned above. Installation and Performance Installing and using the sensor is very easy. Simply download the app, enter your mobile number, and enter your verification code when prompted. Next, fill in your address, tap Add a Security Device, and select the Water + Climate Sensor from the list. Tap Begin Setup and follow the on-screen instructions to activate the sensor by pulling the yellow tab and pressing Find Device. In testing the sensor was found immediately and the LED began blinking blue. I tapped the arrow, connected the sensor to my home network, and configured the temperature, humidity, and water settings. I gave the sensor a name and location and the installation was complete. The Kanagaroo Water + Climate Sensor responded instantly when it came in contact with water. Although there was no audible alarm, I immediately received push and text alerts. Temperature and humidity alerts also arrived quickly when they exceeded my thresholds, and the sensor's temperature and humidity readings were in line with readings from a Nest Thermostat located in the same room. Conclusions If you're looking for an affordable smart water sensor that will let you know if you've got a leak, the Kangaroo Water + Climate Sensor will get the job done. Installation is quick and easy, and the sensor responded quickly in our tests, but it doesn't offer an audible alarm like most other water sensors and it won't trigger other smart devices such as fans, plugs, and lights. For around $20 more, the D-Link DCH-S161 Water Sensor offers interoperability with IFTTT devices as well as other D-Link devices, and it comes with an extension cable. For the ultimate water leak solution and our Editors' Choice, the Flo by Moen Water Detector paired with a Flo By Moen Smart Water Shutoff valve will not only alert you to water leaks, freezing pipes, and overly humid conditions, but it will trigger the valve to shut off the water supply to your home to help keep water damage to a minimum. Kangaroo Water + Climate Sensor Bottom Line: The Kangaroo Water + Climate Sensor is a Wi-Fi-enabled sensor that will send a push alert when it detects a water leak and will also monitor temperature and humidity conditions.

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