The 8 Best Home Weather Stations of 2021

Our expert picks to watch the weather in your backyard

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The Rundown
The large sensor array and app options will meet the needs (and some wants) of any weather enthusiast.
This basic device has just enough data so you can easily plan your day around the weather.
This 5-in-1 station will give you access to: outside temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and rain.
The Vantage View 6250 has near real-data transfer from the station to the LCD, so it will be up to date as you look at the readings.
If you are weather-curious, but budget conscious, the AcuRite 00589 is one to consider.
Sure it’s the most expensive, but you will get a weather station that can survive conditions you likely can’t.
Best Precision:
Logia LOWSC510WB at Amazon
If you don’t mind some potential troubleshooting, you’ll be rewarded with accurate data on its display and any mobile device you want.
You’ll get accurate data and even data you don’t get from other weather stations.

We’re bombarded with weather on almost every screen we look at, from your smartwatch and phone to your computer (and even some smart fridges and bathroom scales). But if you want a truly personal look at the weather, and a heads up when things about to go south, a home weather station could be the answer.

It'll give you a live feed of data from your own backyard, which if you are a farmer or live in a storm-prone area can give you valuable time when bad weather is on the way. Even if you live where the weather is pretty steady, the amount of data you can collect with a home weather station is truly fascinating to look at, especially using the smart apps many of them can use.

There are several weather stations we like, but if you want to know just one to buy, it's the Ambient Weather WS-2902. It’s got the right amount of sensors to satisfy all your weather stations needs.

Best Overall: Ambient Weather WS-2902

The Ambient Weather WS-2902Cis a great weather device.
What We Like
  • Multiple features

  • Solid value

  • Wi-Fi connectivity

What We Don't Like
  • Complicated setup

  • Build quality

With its 10 sensors packed into a small, reasonably-priced package, the Ambient Weather WS-2902 is our best overall pick. It did everything well enough, making this model easy to pick as the one to get.

It’s not perfect, as our reviewer Andy thought the color-coded LCD was too hard to read from across the room and had some concerns about the long-term durability of the WS-2902. He also thought it was a bit complicated to assemble.

Still, we think its large sensor array will meet the needs (and some wants) of any weather enthusiast. You can get data on wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, outdoor temperature, outdoor humidity, solar radiation, and UV. Inside, you get indoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

Crucially, that sensor data is not only available for display on the slightly rubbish LCD; thanks to the Wi-Fi connectivity, it’s available on nearly any device you own, and is even compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant; we love the connectivity and accessibility here. The weather app collects weather data for analysis. . And you can store the data for further analysis if that’s your thing. Otherwise, the LCD will give you a solid picture of the weather around your home.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: Yes | Barometric Pressure: Yes

"A feature-rich weather station at an affordable price point, though it suffers from lower build quality." — Andy Zahn, Product Tester

Ambient Weather WS-2902A

Lifewire / Andy Zahn

Best Budget: La Crosse Technology C85845V3

La Crosse Technology C85845-1 Color Wireless Forecast Station
What We Like
  • Easy setup

  • Good value

What We Don't Like
  • Only takes basic measurements

If simplicity is what you are after, the La Crosse Technology C85845V3 is aimed at you. You’ll get indoor and outdoors temperatures, humidity, and animated forecast icons on the LCD screen, which is color coded and large enough to easily to read from across the room.

The weather station doesn't have all the bells and whistles that others do, but it has automatic time correction, daylight saving time, alarms and temperature zone alerts.

In a nutshell, it's a basic device, but has just enough data so you can easily plan your day around the weather.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: No | Rainfall: No | Barometric Pressure: No

Best 5-in-1: AcuRite 01528 Wireless Weather Station

AcuRite Pro 5-in-1 Color Weather Station will accurately tell you the weather.
What We Like
  • 5-in-1

  • 12 to 24-hour forecasting

  • Setup is easy

What We Don't Like
  • Durability is questionable

This 5-in-1 station will give you access to: outside temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and rain. If you have a long day coming up, the station can provide a 24-hour forecast. Its LCD is easy to read from across the room, too.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: Yes | Barometric Pressure: No

Best for Farmers: Davis Instruments Vantage Vue 6250 Wireless Weather Station

The Davis Instruments weather station will tel lyou the weather.
What We Like
  • Great accuracy

  • Awesome range

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • No Wi-Fi

  • Expensive

  • Old-school design

The Vantage View 6250 has near real-data transfer from the station to the LCD, so it will literally be up to date as you look at the readings.

Now, the Vantage View could also be called the Vintage View based on its dated design and the fact the station does not hook up to the internet out of the box. Still, it’s a solid unit with the looks of when products used to be more reliable (and less flashy).

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: Yes | Barometric Pressure: Yes

"A nearly professional grade weather station that doesn’t cost that much more than other hobbyist units." — Jeremey Laukkonen, Product Tester

Davis Instruments Vantage Vue 6250

Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

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

The AcuRite Notos 3-in1 Weather Station will tell you the weater.
What We Like
  • Good value

  • Setup is easy

What We Don't Like
  • Poor viewing angles

  • Missing some key metrics

If you are weather-curious, but budget conscious, the AcuRite 00589 is one to consider. While it’s data is not as spot-on as the more expensive units on this list and it lacks a rain sensor, the model is far less expensive than many others.

But the data remained consistent in our testing, so we feel this is something to look at if you are just starting out in the hobby.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: No | Barometric Pressure: Yes

"A great entry-level unit, but it’s missing key measurements like wind direction and rainfall." — Jeremy Laukkonen, Product Tester

AcuRite 00589 Pro Color Weather Station

Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

Best Splurge: Davis Instruments 6153 Vantage Pro2

The Davis Instruments 6153 Vantage Pro2 will tell you the weather.
What We Like
  • Transmits up to 1,000 feet

  • Expandable

  • Good build quality

What We Don't Like
  • Optional subscription

  • Archaic design

  • Expensive

If you know for sure you want an amazing weather station then stop right here. Just click the link to buy the Davis Instruments 6153 Vantage Pro 2. Sure it’s the most expensive, but you will get a weather station that can survive conditions you likely can’t (200 mph winds, for example) and, based on its build quality, last longer than you, too.

We don’t love the fact that Davis Instruments charges for data to be sent to the internet, but if it’s enough to say this is the best, then we’ll say it again: This is the best weather station you can buy.

Display: LED | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: Yes | Barometric Pressure: Yes

Best Precision: Logia LOWSC510WB 5-in-1 Weather Station

Logia 5-in-1 weather system
What We Like
  • Setup is easy

  • Bright display

  • Accurate measurements

What We Don't Like
  • Setup instructions unclear

This Logia 5-in-1 (wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, rainfall) weather station is a bit frustrating. So much of this unit is really good: very accurate data, and data is pushed to the cloud and then accessible via free iOS or Android apps.

But the data is synced slower than some others on this list, and apparently getting Wi-Fi set up is more trouble than it should be. If you don’t mind some potential troubleshooting, you’ll be rewarded with accurate data on its display and whichever mobile device you want.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: Yes | Rainfall: Yes | Barometric Pressure: Yes

Best Design: Netatmo Weather Station

The Netatmo Weather station will tell you the weather.
What We Like
  • Gorgeous design

  • Superior accuracy

  • Good software

  • Expandability

What We Don't Like
  • Limited included instrumentation

  • Pricey

  • Slow app refreshes

  • No display (Requires an app)

The Netatmo Weather Station reminds us of one of those products that does NOT look like any other in its category. So much so you can identify it from far away (like the Volkswagen Beetle, for example).

So what’s the summary on the Netatmo? You’ll get accurate data and even data you don’t get from other weather stations, but you have to use a separate device to view the data, as there's no included screen. And, to get what many would consider basic functions of rain and wind reports, you have to pay extra. Oh, and the data sometimes takes 10 minutes to sync.

There’s so much to like about the Netatmo. Give our full review a read and see if it meets your needs.

Display: LCD | Humidity: Yes | Wind: No | Rainfall: No | Barometric Pressure: Yes

"As is the case with other home weather stations, the Netatmo Personal Weather Station requires a minimal, but somewhat tedious setup process." — Dallon Adams, Product Tester

Netatmo Weather Station

Lifewire / Dallon Adams

Final Verdict

If you read this far and are still unsure, follow our lead advice: Buy the Ambient Weather WS-2902 (view at Amazon). We’re really sure you’ll be happy with it. If you just want the best of the best, get the Davis Instruments 6153 Vantage Pro (view at Amazon). You’ll be paying top dollar, but it’s excellent.

About Our Trusted Experts

Meredith Popolo is a Stockholm-based writer specializing in consumer technology designed to streamline users' lives, including home weather stations.

Andy Zahn is a writer specializing in tech. He's reviewed cameras, weather stations, noise-cancelling headphones, and more for Lifewire.

Jeremy Laukkonen is tech writer and the creator of a popular blog and video game startup. He is a consumer technology expert and reviewed some of the home weather stations on this list.

Dallon Adams is a Portland, Oregon-based tech writer who specializes in consumer technology. He reviewed the Netatmo Weather Station on our list.

Adam Doud has been writing in the technology space for almost a decade. When he's not hosting the Benefit of the Doud podcast, he's playing with the latest phones, tablets, and laptops. When not working, he's a cyclist, geocacher, and spends as much time outside as he can.

FAQ
  • How difficult is installing a home weather station?

    This depends. Some weather stations barely need any installation at all. However, more complicated stations like the Davis Instruments 6153 have a variety of instrumentation and masts that require a more substantial amount of setup. Furthermore, mast-based sensors may require that you have permission from a specific property before installation. 

  • Does your home weather station need access to Wi-Fi?

    If you want to remotely access readouts from your weather station, you should ensure that it has a relatively clear and stable connection to your home network. This isn't always necessary. Some home weather sensors have built-in LCD panels that can provide up-to-date information without the need for internet connectivity.

  • Why should you have a weather station?

    If you live in an area that's prone to hazardous weather conditions, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, home weather stations can provide you with advance warning far faster than a local weather forecast can, especially if you live in a more rural area. Beyond just providing a heads up against dangerous weather patterns, home weather stations can give you localized data on humidity and rainfall if you're an avid gardener. For others, monitoring the weather is a fun hobby. Measuring rainfall and wind direction can be a fascinating look into your local meteorology. You can even contribute that data to a number of crowd-sourced weather services like Weather Underground.

Ambient Weather WS-2902 Weather Station

What to Look for in a Home Weather Station

Durability

Because your weather monitor is intended to measure all sorts of conditions, you’ll need an outdoor sensor that can stand up to even the snowiest storms. Look for one that has rugged features, like casing for protection from cyclic erosion or moisture. Also check on the warranty, as some companies will reimburse you if the product doesn’t live up to its promises.

Transmission Distance

Setup of your weather station can be crucial to its accuracy. Most importantly, it needs to sit within a certain distance of the display. Standard sensors usually work within 330 feet, but more premium models have a transmission distance of up to 1,000 feet away. It's important to keep transmission distance in mind when shopping for a weather station.

One other important consideration is that transmission distance is generally advertised in clear, line of sight conditions. If you get a weather station that can transmit 300 feet, you should plan to mount the outside sensors within a circle or roughly 200 feet. Also, bear in mind, some sensors should not be mounted in areas that receive direct sunlight, while still others require mounting in direct sulight.

Connectivity

In a standard setup, your outdoor sensor will connect to an indoor monitor that displays measurements. Some more advanced setups will also connect to your computer or mobile device, so you can view stats remotely. Still not impressed? Certain models are even integrated with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Homekit so you can ask your assistant for your local weather.

Davis Instruments Vantage Vue 6250

Lifewire / Jeremy Laukkonen

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