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​Top reviewed Weather stations for you:

Best Professional Weather Stations

1. Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2

We really cannot talk about home weather stations without starting our list of reviews with a product by Davis Instruments.

The company is behind some of the most remarkable weather stations on the market and is often the go-to brand among enthusiasts and even business users read more...

​Interesting Facts

  • ​Console can be powered by three C batteries or AC adapter
  • ​It uses a solar-powered transmitter to transfer data (up to 1,000 ft (300 m))

Pros

  • ​​Best accuracy of any home weather station
  • ​Has Standard Radiation Shield (passive)
  • ​Compatible with additional consoles to view data in more than one location
  • ​Compatible with additional stations such as Leaf & Soil Moisture

Cons

  • ​Internet connectivity is an extra expense
  • ​Does not have 24-Hour Fan-Aspirated Radiation Shield

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2. Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue

The Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue, or the Vantage Vue for short, offers good accuracy like the Vantage Pro2, but without the hefty price tag or the complicated setup.

The system is designed to be simpler and friendlier to home users. It uses a 5-in-1 sensor kit that you can set up in minutes.

While the Vantage Vue is very accurate, it is not as flexible as its more expensive brother. For starters, you don’t have the option to add more sensors to the system, so you are stuck with the five sensors you get out of the box. You also still need to buy additional hardware to add internet connectivity to the kit.

In exchange for that slight loss of flexibility, Vantage Vue offers immense reliability. ​It's sensors include a rain Collector, an anemometer, temperature/relative humidity sensor, wind direction sensor and built in bubble level.

​Interesting Facts

  • ​Has a radiation shield.
  • Has a solar panel that energizes the ​station during the day.

Pros

  • ​Accuracy is nearly on par with the Vantage Pro2
  • ​Solar-powered transmitter with battery backup
  • ​Well-constructed and durable

Cons

  • ​Internet connectivity costs extra
  • ​No expand ability

Best Value Weather Stations

If you're not ready to commit to the big bucks of the professional weather stations then this section may be for you, these weather stations are the best trade off between price and features. You don't spend a fortune but you still don't lost most of the features you would find valuable. Check them out below.

3. Ambient Weather WS-2902A Osprey

The WS-2902A Osprey by Ambient Weather is another great kit to choose, this time because of its incredible price-to-performance ratio.

Available at ​reasonable price, the Osprey is the most valuable home weather station you can get right now. It is certainly not lacking in features and capabilities compared to its rivals read more...

​Interesting facts

  • ​Solar powered with battery backup
  • Color Film LCD display
  • Supports both imperial and metric units of measure

Pros

  • ​Best-in-class feature set
  • ​User-friendly internet connectivity
  • ​IFTTT, Alexa, Google Assistant integration
  • ​Timely and knowledgeable after-sales support

Cons

  • ​Limited viewing angle on the display console
  • ​Doesn't accommodate additional sensors

​4. AcuRite 01024 Pro

AcuRite’s 01024 Pro is one of the most popular home weather stations on the market right now, and it is so popular for many good reasons. Aside from a complete 5-in-1 sensor kit, the device also comes with its own lightning detector. The 01024 Pro is also the most expandable station you can buy for home use.

Beyond the 5-in-1 sensor, you can add additional instruments directly to the sensor unit. The included display console will adjust readings based on the instruments you add. There is also a mobile app that enables mobile weather monitoring through AcuRite Access.

acurite home weather station

There have been reports of minor accuracy issues with the AcuRite 01024 Pro, mainly due to the fact that the basic kit doesn’t come with radiation shielding. You may also find calibrating the barometric sensor to be a bit of a challenge, particularly when you are giving it a go for the first time.

Best Casual Weather Station

If your interest in weather stations is just casual, or you are just beginning then I recommend trying out one of the below, they are more cost effective and will suit your needs. If you are a more serious shopper then I would stick to the above options.

5. La Crosse Technology 308-1414B

Another product by La Crosse Technology that you want to consider if you are looking for a straightforward entry-level home weather station is the La Crosse Technology 308-1414B. The 308-1414B is the kind of device that you don’t need to set up to get working. It is an all-in-one unit that works right out of the box.

la crosse technology 308-1414B

Still, you get the usual indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity sensors along with a dew point sensor. You get straightforward readings from these sensors on the screen and you can view the weather forecast based on the current condition. As an added bonus, La Crosse Technology adds an atomic clock to the 308-1414B.

Similar to the AcuRite 02007, the La Crosse Technology 308-1414B also costs less than $50. There is an optional sensor protection shield with mount designed to work with the 308-1414B, and – once again – it is a highly recommended option to get. The La Crosse Technology 308-1414B suffers from accuracy issues without the radiation shield.

Best Portable Weather Station

6. Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter

There is one more product that you want to consider if you are looking for a capable home weather station, and that is the Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter. Kestrel is a household name in the portable weather meter market, so you know you are getting the best even before you start listing other features included in the Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter. Trust me, there are a lot of features to go through.

For starters, the Kestrel 5500 comes with built-in temperature and humidity sensors. It also measures wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, and dew point. When you take into account the size of this weather meter, the wealth of sensors you get is nothing short of incredible.

​The Kestrel 5500 Weather Meter also displays heading – both true and magnetic – and altitude. There is a reason why the Kestrel 5500 is a favorite among those who spend a lot of time outdoor, and these features are among them. The unit is no bigger than your standard outdoor GPS navigation device.

You also get native LiNK apps for your computer and mobile devices. After connecting your Kestrel 5500 via Bluetooth, you can monitor the weather and get forecasts in real-time.

How to make a decision when buying a home weather station

  • ​How to make a decision when buying a home weather station
  • ​Choosing The Best Home Weather Station
  • Setting Up a Home Weather Station

Setting Up a Home Weather Station

Most good home weather stations are not difficult to set up in your home and you shouldn’t need any specialist knowledge to get yours up and running. Look for a unit that comes with comprehensive instructions, fixtures and fittings, and telephone support, just in case you get stuck. Fitting external sensors is pretty easy, but if you intend to fit sensors to a mast or somewhere at height, bear in mind you may need to hire a specialist installer, check out la crosse technology for more information on that.

Decide in advance where you want to site your sensors. It is handy to have a plan drawn up before you start the installation. Think about access and whether you need to bury cables (if applicable).

Viewing Weather Data from Your Home Weather Station

Data is transmitted back to the console. Depending on which davis instruments model you purchase, you should be able to view current as well as historical data. Some home weather station models have graphs and other visual tools to make the data easier to digest.

If you are keen to do more than view the day’s weather data, look for a model (maybe the ambient weather ws) that offers a computer interface. This lets you download data from your weather station and analyze it and/or upload it to a weather site. It’s a useful option if you want to maintain weather records over time.

Check whether the model offers automatic data transfers. That way, you can leave your computer on and the home weather station will upload data at set intervals each day. You can then view the data remotely, via an app or computer interface.

​List​ in a nutshell

​Read Reviews

It should go without saying that it is sensible to read as many reviews as you can before you buy a home weather station. Look for unbiased reviews on consumer websites, as reviews on the manufacturer’s own website may not be a genuine representation of consumer opinions. 

​For further reading I suggest our review on the Ambient Weather WS-2902.

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