The 7 Best Home Weather Stations to Buy in 2018

Be your own meteorologist

Ambient Weather WS-1200-IP
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Watching the weather channel can be informative, but nothing gets more local than your very own home weather station. There are a wide array of models out there, designed for everyone from the budget-conscious to campers to gardeners and farmers. Of course, your use case will determine the sorts of features you need in a system. Most capture data such as temperature, pressure, wind speed and humidity, but some go on to track more specific measures such as soil conditions and rainfall. Other important factors you’ll want to consider include accuracy, transmission distance, connectivity type and more.

Not sure where to start? Read our handy guide to help find the right home weather station for you.

Best Overall: Ambient Weather WS-2902

Ambient Weather is one of those brands that command the industry (alongside, perhaps, AcuRight). The WS-2902 is just about the absolute best the company has to offer, and the specs bring that through. This 10-in-1 station measures wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, outdoor temperature, outdoor humidity, solar radiation and UV. Inside the console, you’ll get indoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure to round out the measurements to inside. But beyond the normal home weather station operation, this thing connects via Wi-Fi, so you can read all the info when you’re on the go on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

The console has a sleek LCD display that is color-coded to show you all the measurements, and that Wi-Fi connection even pulls information from Ambient Weather’s huge network of home weather meters called Wunderground, so you’ll have the scale of crowdsourced data on your side. The outdoor sensors are top-of-the-line from a tech perspective, and the indoor controls are even compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa. You’ll feel like a legit meteorologist with this thing.

Best 5-in-1: AcuRite 01036 Pro Weather Station

This 5-in-1 high-precision wireless weather sensor measures temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rain. And it uses a self-calibrating technology to deliver the most accurate forecast possible. It updates wind speed every 18 seconds, wind direction every 30 seconds and temperature and humidity every 36 seconds.

Using the PC connect feature, you can hook up your display to a computer via USB, so you can monitor weather remotely and download data to review or share. You can also set up weather alerts for temperature, humidity, wind, rain, dew point, heat index and storms, so that you can get texts or e-mails when conditions change or reach specified levels. The transmission distance is standard, so you must place your unit within 330 feet of the display. All in all, the AcuRite 01036 packs a lot of features for a relatively low price.

Best 3-in-1: AcuRite 00589 Pro Color Weather Station

Some home weather stations come with five sensors, while others come with three. More sensors are not necessarily better, though; rather it depends on what you plan to use your station for. If you’re after fairly recreational data, the AcuRite 00589 will do the trick. The sensor unit consists of a thermometer, anemometer and hygrometer, so it can measure things such as temperature, wind speed, humidity, pressure and more at a transmission range of up to 330 feet. It records daily, monthly and all-time highs and lows, and has a history chart of the past 12 hours. It displays all the data on a compact color display. It’s simple, but that’s why we like it.

Best Budget: La Crosse Technology S88907

If cost is your primary concern, turn to the La Crosse Technology S88907. This integrated sensor system keeps it simple with a thermometer and a hygrometer. Data can be transmitted wirelessly over 300 feet up to every 30 seconds. It doesn’t offer the distance that higher-end systems do, but for beginners, that won’t be a deal breaker. It calibrates barometric pressure based on location, though you can expect it to take up to a month for calibration. You’ll also get forecasting (about 70 to 75 percent accuracy), which is rare in systems in this low price range, and it’ll even go so far as to alert you of extreme weather changes.

Other notably missing features include wind and rain sensors and PC connectivity. You’ll be glad to know, though, that it comes complete with a one-year warranty, so you don't have to worry about buying a budget device that doesn’t live up to its promises.

Best for Gardeners and Farmers: Davis Instruments 6250

The Davis Instruments weather stations are designed more for scale and function than they are for the hobbyist weather watcher. This particular unit supports home gardeners and full-fledged farmers in a variety of ways. First off, the tried and true accuracy Davis offers in all of their stations will ensure accurate humidity, precipitation and wind readings to expertly monitor growth conditions. The outdoor sensor included in this pack is impressively rugged as it survives cyclic erosion from the elements, and all electronics are fully covered and sealed to protect from any unwanted moisture. That meter reads the standard humidity and temperature (both indoor and out), barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction and more. But the integrated indoor panel display shows a unique amount of additional stats under each category that expand on the standard information gleaned from weather stations.

Its wind speed measurement is ultra-accurate, catching measurements from 2 mph all the way up to 150 mph. It’s all solar powered and connects to the panel up to 1,000 feet away (which Davis claims is 3x further than the competition). This is particularly important for larger gardens or farms when you want to measure the full spread of your field. In addition, Davis offers expandable units that let you add additional sensors that all connect to the same system, which means your weather system can expand with your farm.

Best for Weather Enthusiasts: Ambient Weather WS-0900-IP

The WS-0990-IP pulls together Ambient Weather’s sensor accuracy and connects them to the receiver(s) in a really unique way. It actually collects and sends the data via your home Internet system on the router level, which you can then access via the included remotes/panels, as well as any device that will run Ambient Weather’s proprietary apps. This app also pulls information through its network of home systems called Wunderground, just like some of its other units. This at-your-fingertips connection protocol is perfect for the weather-obsessed because it lets you stably check your weather, and the crowd-sourced weather data, from anywhere.

Those measurements are also super precise with humidity accuracy at plus or minus five percent and a more than encompassing temperature and wind speed range. It’ll also measure barometric pressure at a precise range set, and it does it all in a quick update speed of 48 seconds across all your devices through that ObserverIP tech we mentioned earlier. And that’s the name of the game with weather readings: accuracy and speed. The weather enthusiast will be more than pleased with this system.

Best Design: Netatmo Weather Station

To be honest, a lot of home weather stations are clunky and unattractive. Luckily, the Netatmo is not like most home weather stations. Not only does it look good, but it has some of the most advanced features you can find in a home weather station. The two monitors are sleek aluminum cylinders that can complement the interior of your home – no need to hide them away in some corner.

Its indoor monitor has a CO2 sensor that can detect the amount of pollution in the air. According to Netatmo, we spend about 80 percent of our time indoors, so monitoring the quality of your indoor air and then making necessary adjustments can drastically improve your health. On top of that, it measures things such as temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and sound, all of which can be viewed in a beautiful graph via the accompanying mobile app. Best yet, the Netatmo is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can ask for local weather forecasts and other data.

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