Leviton VRCS1-1LZ - 1-Button Zone Z-Wave Controller Reviews

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Good, But Better Options Exist
Submitted on 01/02/2020 Alarm Grid

The Leviton VRCS1-1LZ is a Z-Wave button controller that serves two main functions. It can serve as an in-wall Z-Wave Switch for operating the Z-Wave devices and executing smart scenes. The other function is that it can serve as a 3-way switch for multi-pole setups alongside other Leviton Z-Wave in-wall switches. Although the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ was a very good device at its time of release, it has since been replaced by more advanced Z-Wave Plus devices. As such, it as been discontinued, and new models are no longer available. But if you have an existing Leviton VRCS1-1LZ, or if you come across a used model somewhere, then it should still work fine. All things considered, we give the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ 4 Stars.

There are some things we like about the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ. For one, we like its versatility. The device can be used as an in-wall switch for activating Z-Wave scenes. This is pretty convenient if you want to have multiple devices respond to a single input. The other purpose of this device is that it can be used as a pairing switch for other Leviton In-Wall Z-Wave Switches. This can allow for a multi-pole setup, in which multiple switches control one lighting load. Other benefits for the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ include the fact that it is easy to install and use, as well as the fact that it comes with multiple faceplates for added customization.

The biggest downside to the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ is the fact that it is discontinued and can no longer be purchased new. It is also fairly limited in terms of compatibility, as you will really only use it with certain Leviton devices and as a Z-Wave scene controller. The fact that this is just a standard Z-Wave device is also a downside. You will not be able to take advantage of the extended range of Z-Wave Plus, even if you have a Z-Wave Plus hub. If you are looking to establish a new setup, then you will probably want to get more advanced equipment that can utilize Z-Wave Plus. Overall, we think the Leviton VRCS1-1LZ is a fine product, but there are better options available. It gets 4 Stars.

Good: In-Wall Switch for Z-Wave Scenes, Pairing Switch for Compatible In-Wall Z-wave Switches, Easy to Use & Install, Multiple Faceplates Included

Bad: Discontinued, Limited in Compatibility, Standard Z-Wave

Bottom Line: 4 Stars