Best Home Weather Station of 2022: Expert Hands-On Reviews

Ambient Weather, Davis Instruments, and WeatherFlow compete for the title of best weather station

WeatherFlow Tempest best home weather station

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Are you looking for the best home weather station? If you’re a farmer, gardener, frequently outdoors, or want to know what the weather’s doing outside, a weather station is a great buy. Among the dozens of options out there, we’ve had the opportunity to test nearly a dozen. But only the best weather stations made our list — the six options below ranked the highest in our ratings, which consider accuracy/performance, affordability, durability, feature set, and ease of use.

The best weather stations for home use provide you with up-to-the-second weather conditions in your backyard, including indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, rainfall, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, and more. There are no wires or cords to worry about either, as wireless weather stations are the norm, allowing you freedom in where you place it (and that matters for accuracy!). Internet connectivity will enable you to monitor conditions even when you’re not at home and use your weather data to control smart devices.

With many cheap weather stations showing up on Amazon, you need to be careful with what you buy. Our goal is to help you get the best bang for your buck. We base our reviews on actual hands-on experience with the product, unlike many other sites on the web. If it’s not here, we don’t recommend it. It’s just that simple.

Editor’s Note: On June 1, 2022, we changed how we calculate our ratings for our reviews to limit subjectivity and judge all products equally. As a result, our ratings have significantly changed across the site, and we’ve added further analysis below to help you decide which is best for you based on our individual rating factors. Learn more about how we test and our new rating system. The process to transition the site over to these new ratings will take some time, so you may find some of our old ratings listed in places. We’re working to address those issues.

Top Rated Weather Stations

Best Expandability
Description:

If you own a smart home, the WeatherFlow Tempest is the weather station to buy. The lightning detection capabilities are also the best we've seen.

Description:

Ambient Weather's entry-level console has a surprising amount of functionality and accuracy for a weather station at its price point.

Description:

The WS-5000 is Ambient Weather's top-of-the-line weather station, and it shows. Accuracy is on par with the Davis Vantage Pro2, and smart home connectivity a new sonic anemometer make this our top pick.

Description:

While the Vantage Vue is showing its age, and its connectivity options limited, it remains the best mid-grade weather station on the market.

$329.00
$179.99
$449.99
$523.34
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi (with WeatherLink)
Display Size and Type:
N/A
Display Size and Type:
7.7-inch Color LCD
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7.2-inch TFT LCD
Display Size and Type:
N/A
Power Supply:
Solar
Power Supply:
Solar, 3 'AAA'
Power Supply:
Solar, 5 'AA'
Power Supply:
Solar, CR123
Editor's Choice
Description:

If you own a smart home, the WeatherFlow Tempest is the weather station to buy. The lightning detection capabilities are also the best we've seen.

$329.00
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Display Size and Type:
N/A
Power Supply:
Solar
Best Value
Description:

Ambient Weather's entry-level console has a surprising amount of functionality and accuracy for a weather station at its price point.

$179.99
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Display Size and Type:
7.7-inch Color LCD
Power Supply:
Solar, 3 'AAA'
Best Expandability
Description:

The WS-5000 is Ambient Weather's top-of-the-line weather station, and it shows. Accuracy is on par with the Davis Vantage Pro2, and smart home connectivity a new sonic anemometer make this our top pick.

$449.99
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi
Display Size and Type:
7.2-inch TFT LCD
Power Supply:
Solar, 5 'AA'
Best Accuracy
Description:

While the Vantage Vue is showing its age, and its connectivity options limited, it remains the best mid-grade weather station on the market.

$523.34
Connectivity:
Wi-Fi (with WeatherLink)
Display Size and Type:
N/A
Power Supply:
Solar, CR123
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Best Home Weather Station Reviews

Best Smart Weather Station
WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System
3.5
$329.00

If you own a smart home, the WeatherFlow Tempest is the weather station to buy. The lightning detection capabilities are also the best we've seen.

Pros:
  • Super quick setup
  • Outstanding lightning detection
  • Fairly accurate instrumentation
  • Ready for the smart home
Cons:
  • Haptic rain sensor doesn’t measure rainfall accurately enough
  • No expandability
  • Price
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WeatherFlow is a relatively recent entrant to the home weather station market, although it has years of experience. Its coastal network of weather stations has been delivering vital information to meteorologists for years and has proven useful (and durable) in landfalling hurricanes.

The Tempest Weather Station is WeatherFlow’s first attempt at a home weather station. For the most part, it’s a good start. It’s the only one of our stations with built-in lightning detection, and it’s one of the Tempest’s standout features, along with operating entirely on solar power. We found that the real-time lightning data matched up better with data from professional lightning detection networks. It regularly detected distant lightning faster than any other station we’ve tested.

WeatherFlow Tempest in hand best weather station homePhoto: The Weather Station Experts
The WeatherFlow Tempest packs a lot of functionality into a well-made weather station with no moving parts.

Ambient Weather WS-5000 vs Tempest Weather Station

If you’re frequently outdoors, the Tempest weather station is a solid option. Like the WS-5000, the Tempest’s anemometer uses ultrasonic technology to measure wind speed and direction. But in a first for any weather station we’ve seen, the Tempest uses haptics for its rain gauge. This allows Tempest Weather Stations to detect how much rain is falling and the intensity. While the measurement side still needs work, we found the notification functionality extremely useful for rain and lightning.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Indoor and Outdoor Temperature
  • Indoor and Outdoor Relative Humidity
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Wind Direction
  • Barometric Pressure
  • UV/Light
  • Lightning Detection

The Ambient Weather WS-2902C is surprisingly feature-packed and accurate given its price. Many of the cheap home weather stations we’ve tested had issues that prevented us from genuinely recommending them. This weather station does not.

The WS-2902C isn’t as accurate as the WS-5000 or Davis stations, but it’s also less than half the price. The connectivity is a standout feature at its price point, with full smart-home capabilities thanks to IFTTT, Google Assistant, and Amazon Alexa support. Like the WS-5000, connecting the station to AmbientWeather.net allows you to share data with Weather Underground and access station data through the app or a web-based portal.

If you can’t justify the price of other weather stations on our list, the Ambient Weather WS-2902C is the best budget model available. The LCD console in the WS-2902C is much improved over previous models. When we tested the WS-2902A, the console suffered from readability problems beyond a 30-degree angle, which is far less of a problem now.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Indoor and Outdoor Temperatures
  • Indoor and Outdoor Relative Humidity
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Wind Direction
  • Barometric Pressure
  • UV/Light

Best Mid-Grade Weather Station
Davis Instruments Vantage Vue
4.5
$523.34

While the Vantage Vue is showing its age, and its connectivity options limited, it remains the best mid-grade weather station on the market.

Pros:
  • Accuracy is nearly on par with the Vantage Pro 2
  • Extremely reliable
  • Well-constructed and durable
Cons:
  • Internet connectivity is optional, and expensive
  • 5-in-1 sensor isn’t the best for accurate readings
  • No expandability
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The Davis Vantage Vue might be getting “long in the tooth,” as they say. It’s been on the market for over a decade. However, the addition of the new WeatherLink Live hub has breathed new life into Davis’ entry-level home weather station.

The reliability of Davis is legendary in the weather enthusiast community. I’ve had my Vantage Vue up continuously since September 2016, and I know others that have had theirs for over a decade. There is also the story of a gentleman with a Davis Weather Monitor II (a predecessor to the Vue) who recently upgraded after 27 years (that’s not a typo).

While you don’t get the unbeatable accuracy of the high-end Davis Vantage Pro 2, my experience has been nothing but positive. With WeatherLink Live, sharing your data is super easy. While on your home network, you will be able to watch live conditions (updated every two seconds), and your data is uploaded to Davis’ platform once per minute. While there is no smart home integration in this model, there is an Alexa app to hear your current conditions through your smart speaker. If you’d like, Davis does offer a package with the old console — but WeatherLink Live does everything the console does.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Temperature (Inside/Outside)
  • Relative Humidity (Inside/Outside)
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Barometric Pressure

Optional


Our Top Pick - Weather Stations
Ambient Weather WS-5000
5.0
$449.99

The WS-5000 is Ambient Weather's top-of-the-line weather station, and it shows. Accuracy is on par with the Davis Vantage Pro2, and smart home connectivity a new sonic anemometer make this our top pick.

Pros:
  • Great full-color console
  • An impressive list of optional sensors
  • Smart home connectivity
  • Improved barometer and rainfall accuracy (from WS-2902 series)
Cons:
  • Cumbersome console setup
  • Some sensors had to be reset to connect to console
Connectivity: Wi-Fi
Display Size and Type: 7.2-inch TFT LCD
Power Supply: Solar, 5 'AAA'
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Unfortunately, rising component costs and inflation have made the Ambient Weather WS-5000 one of the most expensive home weather stations on our list. That played a big part in losing the top rank in our Best Weather Stations of 2022 rankings (it was #1 last year). But you do get quite a bit for your money.

The WS-5000 features a redesigned sensor suite, including an ultrasonic anemometer. The elimination of the cup anemometer found on other stations drastically reduces the number of moving parts and can measure wind speed as accurately as the cup-and-vane. This should extend its useable life as the traditional anemometer requires ongoing maintenance to ensure trouble-free use.

The WS-5000’s sensors were much more accurate in our tests than the WS-2000, WS-2902C, and WS-1900A, which use a slightly lower quality sensor suite. Thanks to expandability and a wide array of optional sensors, you can add just about any sensor you can think of, including air quality, soil moisture, water temperature, and lightning, all of which send data to the console in as little as every five seconds.

The company’s made it easy to share your data publicly through Weather Underground. Its smart home connectivity is best in class, offering IFTTT compatibility to connect your weather station to your smart home system. Of course, there’s Ambient Weather Network and the Ambient Weather app to view your weather data remotely on your mobile device or through the web app.

If you’re looking for a step up from the WS-2902C, with accuracy that rivals any Davis station, the WS-5000 is the weather station for you. The price, however, might scare some away. If you can do without the console, a version of the WS-5000 with app access to your data is available.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Indoor and Outdoor Temperature
  • Humidity (Inside/Outside)
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Barometric Pressure
  • UV/Light
  • Fan Aspiration

Optional

  • Lightning Detector
  • Soil Moisture/Leaf Wetness
  • Leak Alarm
  • PM2.5 Air Quality Monitor
  • Up to 7 Additional Temperature/Humidity Sensors

Ranking just behind the WS-5000 is the Ambient Weather WS-2000, which is essentially a combination of two weather stations. The sensor suite from the WS-2902C is combined with the TFT LCD console from the WS-5000. While this combination comes at the cost of accuracy, it adds some important functionality, making it an attractive alternative to the WS-5000.

With Ambient Weather internet-connected stations, the communications are handled by the console. The cheaper color LCD console found in the WS-2902C package only supports the sensor suite itself. However, the TFT LCD console supports any accessory sensor Ambient Weather makes. It’s not like the sensor suite is that inaccurate either: as we noted in our review, readings were often not far from our Davis Vantage Vue.

We’d personally opt for the WS-5000, as the sensor accuracy is better and little maintenance is required. But we’d understand why somebody would go for the WS-2000 given its much lower price.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Indoor and Outdoor Temperature
  • Humidity (Inside/Outside)
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Direction
  • Barometric Pressure
  • UV/Light
  • Fan Aspiration

Optional

  • Lightning Detector
  • Soil Moisture/Leaf Wetness
  • Leak Alarm
  • PM2.5 Air Quality Monitor
  • Up to 7 Additional Temperature/Humidity Sensors

Also Consider

Best Pro-Grade Weather Station
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Weather Station with WeatherLink Live Bundle
4.5

You can't get any better than the Vantage Pro2 when it comes to accuracy in a home weather station. However, you'll pay quite a bit for it.

Pros:
  • Best accuracy of any home weather station
  • Top-notch reliability
  • Durability is impressive
  • Expandability through additional sensors
Cons:
  • Internet connectivity is optional, and expensive
  • 5-in-1 sensor isn’t the best for accurate readings
  • No expandability
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The Davis Vantage Pro2 is one of the best high-end home weather stations you can buy and is made even better by WeatherLink Live. The Vantage Pro2 is a proven workhorse. Several years ago in the Caribbean, a VantagePro 2 recorded a 199mph wind gust in a hurricane before its mast snapped. That’s the highest wind reading ever recorded on a personal weather station!

So why is the Vantage Pro2 more accurate? The sensors in the Vantage Pro2 are of higher quality than in the Vantage Vue. A larger rain gauge collects rain more efficiently, especially in windy situations. The radiation shielding around the temperature and humidity sensor is larger, allowing for better airflow. Another difference between the VantagePro 2 and the Vantage Vue is the anemometer. Since it’s separate from the rest of the sensor suite, you can place it in a high location to improve your wind readings.

While it takes a bit more time to set up, there’s no other personal weather station on the market that even comes close if you want the most accurate weather data. As a side note, there is also a bundle that includes the console. While the Vantage Pro2’s console is much more helpful than the Vantage Vue’s, it does add to the price. Whether you need it is up to you.

Features at a Glance

Standard

  • Temperature (Inside/Outside)
  • Relative Humidity (Inside/Outside)
  • Rainfall
  • Wind Speed and Wind Direction
  • Barometric Pressure
  • UV/Light (optional on Pro2, standard on Pro2 Plus)

Optional

  • Fan Aspiration
  • Soil Moisture/Leaf Wetness
  • Fan Aspiration
  • Air Quality Monitoring (via AirLink)

Other Manufacturers

We tested 11 stations for our Best Weather Station of 2022 rankings. While only six made it above, there are a few stations that scored well. AcuRite is probably the most well-known brand in this group. The best of these stations is the AcuRite Atlas. However, the AcuRite Iris is also a decent low-cost home weather station.

Another popular model is the Netatmo Weather Station. While it was great for the smart home when it was first released over a half-decade ago, the Netatmo Weather Station feels dated today, especially when you can get something like the WeatherFlow Tempest for about the same price.

Another manufacturer is La Crosse Technology. We’ve had a few La Crosse Technology devices with generally good results. However, none of their weather stations made our Best Weather Station of 2022 rankings.

How Our Home Weather Station Reviews are Different

Unlike many sites, we test the products we recommend or have direct experience with the company. We test select home weather stations for several weeks, giving us critical insight into long-term reliability, something a quick review cannot. For example, our Davis Vantage Vue weather station has been continuously operating since our initial test in September 2016! You can see our testing protocol here and our rating formula here.

We’ve also developed a 100-point rating system that judges each home weather station tested on the same metrics. We judge accuracy (or performance), affordability, durability, feature set, and ease of use. These categories are weighted to emphasize accuracy and affordability — which makes up half of a home weather station’s score itself.

However, a candidate for the Best Weather Station of 2022 can’t only be a great value: it must have accurate measurements, be user-friendly, and have excellent build quality. Our review staff has years of experience using home weather stations and instruments: some of us are degreed meteorologists and scientists. Our writers independently research each device: we do not recommend a station simply because a manufacturer sends it to us.

Our Home Weather Station Test Results

Jump to: Full Rankings | Accuracy | Affordability | Durability | Feature Set | Ease of Use

11 weather stations were considered for our rankings for the Best Weather Station of 2022. To determine the best weather station, we look at five areas: accuracy/performance, affordability, durability, feature set, and ease of use. We then compare them side by side, giving a rating in each area. The overall rating is weighted in the following manner:

  • Accuracy/Performance: 25%
  • Affordability: 25%
  • Durability: 20%
  • Feature set: 15%
  • Ease of use/usability: 15%

To decide which home weather station is the best, we’ve developed a 100-point scoring system to determine the five best that we will feature in our rankings. Below, we’ve ranked our top stations in each area. Where the scores are the same, the weather station’s overall ranking is used to break the tie. Generally, scores between 80-100 are considered the best, 70-80 good, 60-70 average, and 59 and below poor. Here are those scores for the 11 weather stations we tested.

Which weather station is the best overall?

Our Pick: WeatherFlow Tempest. The Tempest offers a full suite of sensors, including a well-performing lightning detector. While it is not the most accurate weather station we’ve reviewed, it generally performs well, and smart home compatibility is a big plus. The Ambient Weather WS-2902C is an excellent alternative, as is the WS-5000.

The WS-2902C scores well thanks to an expansive feature set, which is far more than most other stations its price. While it doesn’t include a lightning detector (you’ll have to top for the WS-5000 for that option), it does have UV and light sensors. While the high price of the WS-5000 weighs on its score, sensor accuracy is much better than the WS-2902C, and you can add any of Ambient Weather’s optional sensors to your setup.

We are partial to the Davis Vantage Vue, however. It is the most accurate home weather station outside of the Davis Vantage Pro2, and Davis stations last for years. However, everything feels a bit dated, and there’s little expandability unless you also purchase WeatherLink Live, adding to its price.

Total Score
WeatherFlow Tempest
WeatherFlow Tempest sensor on pole
86
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
ambient weather WS-2902CPhoto: The Weather Station Experts
83
Ambient Weather WS-5000
ambient weather ws-5000 review wider shot of instrumentationPhoto: The Weather Station Experts
82
Davis Vantage Vue
Davis Vantage Vue home weather stationPhoto: The Weather Station Experts
79
AcuRite Atlas
Acurite weather station close upPhoto: The Weather Station Experts
76
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Ambient Weather WS 2000Photo: Ambient Weather
75
AcuRite Iris
acurite iris 5-in-1 weather stationPhoto: AcuRite
75
Davis Vantage Pro2
vantage pro2 issPhoto: Davis Instruments
74
WeatherFlow Tempest sensor on pole
The WeatherFlow Tempest excelled in many areas and is reasonably priced, making it the Best Weather Station of 2022.

Three home weather stations on our list scored high in our scoring model but did not meet the minimum requirements to be included in our best of lists (they have a low rating in a category where a minimum rating is required). These are still good choices for certain types of users, however.

The Ambient Weather WS-1900A scores very high thanks to its low price and functionality that matches the WS-2902C. However, the WS-1900A feels like it’s missing something without Wi-Fi connectivity. The Netatmo Weather Station does have Wi-Fi connectivity (in fact, it was the first “smart” weather station), but not much has changed in the half-decade since, and the base package only includes the temperature and humidity sensors.

Finally, the AcuRite Notos is the cheapest home weather station we considered. It’s quite small and is perfect for small yards. But it only measures wind, temperature, and humidity — you’ll need a separate rain gauge to get a complete picture of your backyard weather.

Total Score
Ambient Weather WS-1900A
WS-2902C UV and light sensorsPhoto: The Weather Station Experts
81
Netatmo Weather Station
Netatmo Weather Station on RoofPhoto: Netatmo
67
AcuRite Notos
acurite notos wi-fiPhoto: AcuRite
69

Which weather station is the most accurate?

Our Pick: Davis Vantage Pro2. The Davis Vantage Pro2 was the most accurate home weather station in our tests. These stations are used in scientific and commercial applications worldwide. However, the Davis Vantage Vue or the Ambient Weather WS-5000 are great alternatives and significantly cheaper.

You get what you pay for when it comes to accuracy in home weather stations. In our experience, price is often a good predictor of sensor quality and accuracy, although there are exceptions. One thing we don’t recommend is department store models, mainly because the vast majority are junk. These stations are built to be inexpensive, and the sensor quality is not there. I’ve found these stations to have the most issues in measuring temperature, humidity, and rainfall accurately.

We also find higher-end stations offer far more reliable performance and don’t suffer from connectivity issues or maintenance problems as much.

Accuracy Rating
Davis Vantage Pro2
Davis Vantage Vue
Ambient Weather WS-5000
WeatherFlow Tempest
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
AcuRite Atlas
AcuRite Iris

Which weather station is the most affordable?

Our Pick: Ambient Weather WS-2902C. The WS-2902C is the most affordable home weather station on our list, but we strongly recommend either the Ambient Weather WS-2000 or WeatherFlow Tempest as they have far more functionality. Here, the Ambient Weather WS-2000 may be a good pick as it has expandability and is $30 cheaper (MSRP) than the WS-5000.

AcuRite’s stations also rank high in this category, as they are some of the cheapest stations on the market, with the Iris a bit cheaper than the WS-2902C. However, we’d strongly recommend the AcuRite Atlas instead if you’re set on an AcuRite home weather station. It’s an overall better deal.

Regardless of what you pick, expect to spend anywhere from $175 to $1,000. However, it’s more likely that you’ll pay somewhere in the middle of that range — given the best weather stations are often mid-range models. We recommend using our brand guides to start, as they represent a good range of stations at various price points to fit any budget. Start with the mid-range models first, and compare with cheaper and more expensive models to ensure you’re getting the best station for your needs.

Affordability Rating
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
AcuRite Iris
AcuRite Atlas
Ambient Weather WS-2000
WeatherFlow Tempest
Davis Vantage Vue
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Davis Vantage Pro2

Which weather station is the most durable?

Our Pick: WeatherFlow Tempest. Our tests found the WeatherFlow Tempest to be the most durable home weather station. With absolutely no moving parts and solid construction (and it operates entirely on solar power), this station is built for the long haul. The Ambient Weather WS-5000’s only moving parts are in the rain gauge, and the Davis weather stations are known to last up to a decade or longer.

AcuRite’s stations rank at the bottom here as we’ve found through experience (and user reviews) that they don’t seem to hold up as well as the other stations. The plastics used seem to be of lower quality than other stations, and overall station life is shorter than others in our rankings for the Best Weather Station of 2022.

Regardless of which home weather station you choose, all stations are made of plastic. The elements will do a number on your equipment, and the best weather stations will hold up for years (and, in some cases, decades). However, cheaper models are built with less durable plastic and show their age quickly.

Durability Rating
WeatherFlow Tempest
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Davis Vantage Vue
Davis Vantage Pro2
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
AcuRite Atlas
AcuRite Iris

Which weather station has the most features?

Our Pick: WeatherFlow Tempest. It’s close, but the WeatherFlow Tempest has the most features standard of any home weather station, although the Ambient Weather WS-5000 has the expandability that the Tempest doesn’t. We’re huge fans of the Tempest’s lightning detection, which has been the best of any weather station we’ve tested. The AcuRite Atlas’ solid feature set and expandability help that home weather station to rank high in this particular category.

But the Ambient Weather WS-5000 and WS-2000 aren’t far behind. You can add lightning detection via an optional sensor (but it isn’t as good in detection). However, the expandability is something the Tempest currently doesn’t have. The Davis Vantage Pro2 does have some optional sensors, but its high price might be a turn-off.

Everyone’s needs change, and you might need to add new sensors. We recommend that you always opt for expandability if you can afford it. Purchasing a weather station that has this option will extend the useful life of your setup.

Functionality Rating
WeatherFlow Tempest
Ambient Weather WS-5000
AcuRite Atlas
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Davis Vantage Pro2
Davis Vantage Vue
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
AcuRite Iris

Which weather station is the easiest to use?

Our Pick: WeatherFlow Tempest and Ambient Weather WS-2902C (tie). The WeatherFlow Tempest and Ambient Weather WS-2902C are the easiest weather stations to use. Setup for either is straightforward, and the apps (and the console on the WS-2902C) are easy to use.

While the WS-2000 and WS-5000 aren’t that hard to set up, we struggled to navigate the console’s UI in our tests, which knocked a bit off the final score. AcuRite’s stations are generally easy to use but with a few hiccups. Davis’s consoles are very dated, making them even more challenging to navigate, and setup takes some patience. All in all, none of the home weather stations we tested were too tricky to use.

Usability Rating
WeatherFlow Tempest
Ambient Weather WS-2902C
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Ambient Weather WS-2000
AcuRite Atlas
AcuRite Iris
Davis Vantage Vue
Davis Vantage Pro2

Also look for: connectivity and smart home support

Nearly every home weather station is wireless these days, which helps give flexibility in weather station placement. They also are often Wi-Fi and smart home capable, which is important. When determining our Best Weather Station of 2022 rankings, we looked for internet connectivity.

You can view your data from anywhere through an app or web-based portal. You can also use your data to control your smart home devices. When your weather station detects rain, it could turn your sprinklers off to conserve water. While some weather enthusiasts might not have a use for smart home connectivity, many do.

Most of our recommendations also offer historical data storage. Some owners have decades of data stored, we’re into our sixth year ourselves. With years of use, you’ll build a useful historical weather record of your location — and be able to compare your records with nearby official stations.

Choosing the Best Home Weather Station

What are you looking for in a home weather station? Are you just interested in what the weather is in your backyard? Need to monitor for outdoor activities or gardening? A gardener wanting to make sure your plants are growing in optimal conditions? A weather enthusiast that wants superior accuracy and reliability? Reading through all of our reviews will help you make a wise decision.

How you’ll use your station does matter (and will save you some time reading through these reviews!). At a minimum, choose a one with the following features:

  • Indoor temperature
  • Outdoor temperature
  • Indoor and Outdoor humidity
  • Barometric pressure
  • Rain gauge

However, just these features aren’t enough in our opinion. When writing reviews, we also look for the following features in more advanced home weather stations and consider them equally important:

  • Wind speed and wind direction
  • Dew point
  • Heat index and wind chill measurements

The best home weather stations offer functionality above and beyond the basic measurements above. Some offer UV and light measurements, useful for outdoor activities, while others can detect lightning. Others offer sensors for other uses, including measuring soil moisture and water temperatures.

Weather Station Maintenance and Installation Tips

We recommend that you perform maintenance at least once per season. This is especially important in the fall and winter months, as those are the hardest months on your equipment. Depending on weather conditions and the surrounding environment, some may need to perform maintenance as frequently as every month. You’d be surprised how quickly weather stations get dirty, and this build-up causes your readings to be inaccurate.

We’ve written an entire post on this subject, breaking it into manageable steps and telling you exactly what you need to do the job right the first time.

weather station installation wide shotPhoto: The Weather Station Experts

Placing Your Sensors Correctly

There are standards for weather observations. Using the National Weather Service’s Cooperative Weather Observer Program (CWOP) standards is an excellent place to start. We have more tips available in our installation and siting guide.

Temperature is measured in the shade. But generally, you should place your temperature/humidity sensor at eye level (4′ to 6′ off the ground), and protected from direct sunlight. Your rain gauge should also be at the same level to prevent splashback and be free of any obstructions.

Place your anemometer at least 10 feet above your roofline for the most accurate readings.

Wrapping Up

We hope our guide was helpful. You’re about to spend quite a bit of money, and we hope you’re now armed with information that helps you get the best home weather station for your particular needs. There are many options out there, and increasingly, a lot of junk. But our recommendations, all personally tested by us, rise above the rest in accuracy, reliability, and durability.

This is an investment, and making the wrong decision can be costly. But with the correct station, you’ll get years of enjoyment out of it. And who knows, with the weather trends you observe over time, even learn to create your own weather forecasts. Have any questions? Feel free to contact us, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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