5 Best Home Weather Stations of 2018!

Aug 12, 2018 | Reviews, Technology

The power of technology keeps growing every day. Now, we can even use our own weather stations to determine whether we can expect a nice and shiny day or a massive thunderstorm instead. We don’t have to rely on professional meteorologists to tell us what the weather will be like, we can track it ourselves. The weather stations are very accurate and pretty simple to use as well. You don’t have to be an expert to handle these devices, you can make a reliable forecast with a single press of a button!

There are many different weather stations that you can choose from nowadays, and it’s not easy to pick the right one. Some models are very expensive, but they don’t provide the needed quality. On the other hand, some weather stations are relatively cheap, but they provide much more functionality than some of their more advanced counterparts. From our point of view, a weather station that truly stands out is Davis Instruments 6250. This is a very simple yet extremely powerful weather station that comes with an outstanding mix of price and value. However, it’s not the only good weather station out there.

Top 5 Personal Weather Stations

NameRangePros 

Davis Instruments

1000 ft.

  • A great mix of price and value.
  • It's very easy to use.
  • The station is able to simulate extreme weather conditions with greater accuracy.
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Ambient Weather

300 ft.

  • Modern design
  • The weather station has outstanding flexibility.
  • Great connectivity
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AcuRite

330 ft.

  • An outstanding mix of price and value.
  • A huge variety of different features.
  • Great connectivity.
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AcuRite

330 ft.

  • The station is very flexible and easy to use.
  • It provides very accurate readings.
  • You can analyze both long-term and short-term data.
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Netatmo

328 ft.

  • Outstanding design.
  • It’s a very affordable unit.
  • It has great connectivity.
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Davis Instruments

Coverage

1000 ft.

Pros

  • A great mix of price and value.
  • It’s very easy to use.
  • The station is able to simulate extreme weather conditions with greater accuracy.

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Ambient Weather

Coverage

300 ft.

Pros

  • Modern design
  • The weather station has outstanding flexibility.
  • Great connectivity

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AcuRite

Coverage

330 ft.

Pros

  • An outstanding mix of price and value.
  • A huge variety of different features.
  • Great connectivity.

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AcuRite

Coverage

330 ft.

Pros

  • The station is very flexible and easy to use.
  • It provides very accurate readings.
  • You can analyze both long-term and short-term data.

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Netatmo

Coverage

328 ft.

Pros

  • Outstanding design.
  • It’s a very affordable unit.
  • It has great connectivity.

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1. Best Overall

Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Station

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The first entry on our list is an amazing unit that comes from Davis Instruments. It may look old-fashioned, but its raw power is far greater than you can imagine.

This weather station has a self-contained monitoring system, LCD display, mounting hardware, and ISS (Integrated Sensor Suite). The 4-inch display is fairly easy to read, and it’s supported by a special keypad that can even glow in the dark.

You can use this weather station to track many different parameters (like temperature, humidity, or rainfall) and you can also forecast future events (like the sunrise and sunset times, as well as moon phases). The station can also simulate extreme weather conditions to give out even more accurate readings.

If you want a good weather station and you don’t have a limited budget, this model absolutely deserves your attention.

Pros and cons

  • A great mix of price and value.
  • It’s very easy to use.
  • The station is able to simulate extreme weather conditions with greater accuracy.
  • The model is very old-fashioned.
  • Some people reported issues with an anemometer.

2. Best Value

Ambient Weather Professional Weather Station

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If the previous weather station looked old-fashioned, this one will make you jump straight into the future. Not only does this model look great, but it also provides outstanding flexibility.

The weather station comes with impressive Wi-Fi connectivity, and it allows you to easily track and foresee the future weather conditions by connecting to the closest network in your area. It allows you to monitor all the crucial parameters and we can say that the accuracy is truly amazing. Moreover, we can also add that the display is truly one of a kind. The screen is huge, and you can see the numbers clearly, even at night.

This weather station can also monitor some more advanced weather conditions. For instance, it can track UV and solar radiation, and it can also calculate wind chill, dew point, and heat index. On top of that, you can easily connect your weather station to a PC/laptop and save your readings.

If you’re looking for something more than a traditional weather station, this is the product for you.

Pros and cons

  • It comes with a very modern design that showcases how a weather station should be made in the 21st century.
  • The weather station has outstanding flexibility.
  • It also has great connectivity and it allows you to save your readings to a hard drive of your computer and/or laptop.
  • The internal software is a bit more complex than it should be.
  • You may have issues connecting to a wireless network if you’re not in an urbanized area.

3. Best on a Budget

AcuRite Wireless Weather Station

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Here’s another great weather station that you have to consider if you want a modern solution that doesn’t cost a lot. This unit is a perfect choice for everyone who likes a detailed overview of the current (and future) weather situation.

This station comes with a 5-in-1 wireless sensor that can monitor several different parameters – temperature, air pressure, wind direction, wind speed, and, of course, rain. You can connect the weather station to your computer and view the forecast directly on your PC/laptop. You can also connect the station to your smartphone. Just make sure that you install the app before connecting the weather station.

Other than basic features, this model also has a set of programmable alarms for many different weather parameters and even the email and text notifications that can instantly alert you if there are any changes. It’s certainly a great feature to have.

Overall, if you prefer “standard” weather stations, you may not like this particular model. However, if you want to enjoy all the benefits of modern and contemporary weather stations, you should give this one a go.

Pros and cons

  • An outstanding mix of price and value.
  • A huge variety of different features.
  • Great connectivity.
  • Sadly, the LCD display is monochromatic.
  • The app is unstable.

4. Best for Beginners

AcuRite Pro Color Weather Station

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With this model, we are getting a 3-in-1 wireless station that can measure three vital parameters – temperature, wind speed, and humidity. Unlike 01036M, this model can’t measure the more advanced parameters, but it’s far more precise when it comes to these basic ones.

The station keeps track of all forecasts, and it even allows you to see the all-time high and low records as well. You can also log your recent forecasts. When you enter the history section, you can see the trends for all three parameters in the last 12 hours. You can easily access any information and make both long-term and short-term analysis.

Compared to 01036M, this station has an illuminated color display, and it offers great visibility. The screen itself is highly customizable as well. The station uses raw electricity to operate, but you can also use batteries in case there is no electrical power in your home at the moment.

In our humble opinion, you don’t need anything more complex than this weather station. This one has it all – it’s easy to use, it’s very precise, and it gives you enough analytical information for all of your previous forecasts. On top of that, the station is very affordable too!

Pros and cons

  • The station is very flexible and easy to use.
  • It provides very accurate readings.
  • You can analyze both long-term and short-term data.
  • You can analyze both long-term and short-term data.
  • If you don’t place the unit properly, you may get highly inaccurate wind speed readings.

5. Best for Indoor Outdoor Usage

Netatmo Weather Station

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The last entry on our list is a wonderful weather station that comes from Netatmo. This model combines some of the key features of the two previously described AcuRite models, and it’s a great solution for everyone who wants to access their data remotely.

This unit can monitor all of the notable weather parameters – temperature, air pressure, humidity, etc. Just like the previously described unit, it can also keep track of your previous readings.

One of the strongest aspects of this weather station is the ability to control the unit remotely. You can connect the station to your smartphone and get instant notifications if, for example, the humidity levels become too high. This way, you will be able to monitor all the parameters directly on your smartphone. At the same time, you will also be notified when you need to air out your home. The station is also reliable when it comes to forecasting the weather for the entire week ahead.

The design is top-notch, and the station looks amazing. The unit is very easy to install and even easier to use. The app is user-friendly, and you can access any feature with just a simple push of a button.

If you want a nice-looking weather station that provides plenty of flexibility and is affordable on top of that, look no further – Netatmo Weather Station is waiting for you!

Pros and cons

  • Outstanding design.
  • It’s a very affordable unit that provides a lot of features for the given price tag.
  • It has great connectivity, and it can send instant notifications when certain parameters change.
  • It has great connectivity, and it can send instant notifications when certain parameters change.

What to Look for in a Personal Weather Station

As you can see above, these weather stations come in a variety of shapes, sizes, uses, and prices. You should take all these into consideration before deciding on which is best for your personal needs.

Wired vs Wireless

All weather stations need a way to communicate the data from the sensors to a processor and then deliver that data to a monitor. Typically there are two styles of home weather station, wired and wireless.

Wired Systems

It’s easy to say that this system may be more reliable than the wireless option. This is due to connectivity issues that a wireless system might experience. Typically these systems require extra grunt work before they are able to work. You may also run into issues if a wire becomes damaged.

Wireless Systems

This system is definitely the most popular today. As the name implies the base unit communicates wirelessly with the sensors. These typically require less setup hassle and the only downfall are an connection issues that might arise with the wireless communication.

Basic Weather Measurements

Most home weather stations report outside temperature and barometric pressure. If you’re after specific weather readings you should check that they record these items. If you need to know if it’s going to rain or how windy it is then ensure that you have sensors to monitor these metrics.

Sensors and Metric Measurement

Sensors are the most important factor when it comes to picking a weather station. The sensors provide metric data that your station interprets and reads out on your monitor. As mentioned above, at a minimum your sensor should monitor three metrics; Wind speed (anemometer), temperature (thermometer), and humidity (hygrometer).

As you get more advanced with your weather station you may see metrics like rain gauges for precipitation, pyranometersensoren for solar radiation, as well as ultraviolet sensors.

You should keep in mind that when you decide which sensors to use, you should pick them based on your location. If you live in an area prone to high UV rays, consider buying a sensor for UV.

Conclusion

All five of the previously mentioned units will allow you to track and forecast the weather with outstanding precision. Which of these units is the right one for you personally depends on your own preferences. If you want a more basic solution, you may want to go for Ambient Weather WS-2902A. Moreover, if you want a modern station, you should check out Netatmo Weather Station. Our personal recommendation is the Davis Instruments 6250.

However, as we noted, it depends on what your aspirations are. The key point is that, if you follow our instructions closely, you will undoubtedly end up with a weather station that will serve you well in years to come.

Amy Williams

Writer for Homefaith.com

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