The 7 Best Home Weather Stations in Canada for 2022

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As we’ve grown, we’ve gotten more and more visits from our friends north of the border. However, many of the weather stations we’ve reviewed in the States either aren’t available in Canada (or elsewhere internationally), or prohibitively expensive. So, we got to work and researched the best home weather stations in Canada and were surprised (if not a little bit envious).

While brands like Ambient Weather and Davis Instruments are available in Canada, importing them into Canada is expensive due to shipping rates. All is not lost: Ambient Weather licences some stations from Ecowitt. For example, the Ambient Weather WS-5000 is pretty much the same as the Ecowitt HP2553 weather station. They’re identical in functionality, except at the moment Ecowitt doesn’t offer any smart home functionality.

FAQ

Are you thinking about purchasing a weather station? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions we hear from readers, some of which are unique to Canada.

Is a home weather station durable?

Yes. While most will not need to worry about extreme weather conditions, those living in the North deal with more significant extremes. In these areas, weather station maintenance will be necessary

I want to place the station in an area with little (or no) sunlight during the winter. What should I do?

Weather stations typically include a battery backup in the event there isn’t enough sunlight (all of the models we recommend do). Regardless of where it is installed, we recommend that you use lithium batteries, as they perform better in colder temperatures than a traditional battery. Most home weather stations will operate without much trouble down to temperatures of -20C, although any battery will have reduced battery life when temperatures fall below 0C for extended periods of time. We do not recommend installing home weather stations in climates where temperatures are well below freezing for much of the winter.

I don’t live in Canada. Can I still buy these weather stations?

Sorry US readers, but Ambient Weather is the exclusive seller of Ecowitt stations in the US under their own brand, see our homepage for our recommendations (some Ecowitt accessories are available in the US store, though). Ecowitt is available in many countries outside of the United States. While the prices below are in CAD, your local Amazon site might carry the weather station if you’re outside the US or Canada.

We have a much more detailed FAQ and installation tips available on our US weather station page.

Best Home Weather Stations in Canada

After quite a bit of research, including comparing stations to their counterparts (or competitors) in the States, we’ve come up with this list of Canada’s best home weather stations.

Our Top Pick - Weather Stations
Ecowitt HP2553 Weather Station
5.0
$399.99
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10/01/2022 02:45 am GMT

The Ecowitt HP2553 is the company’s high-end weather station (and sold as the Ambient Weather WS-5000 in the US). With practically nothing different — save for the lack of smart home support — this station is our pick for international readers and one of Canada’s best home weather stations. Our tests of the American version of this weather station were stellar.

The HP2553 features a redesigned sensor suite from previous models and an ultrasonic anemometer, drastically reducing the number of moving parts. This should extend its useable life as the traditional anemometer requires ongoing maintenance to ensure trouble-free use. The sensors are more accurate in our tests than previous Ecowitt stations, and you can add additional sensors, including air quality, soil moisture, water temperature, and lightning sensors. The brilliant colour, easy-to-read LCD console looks great just about anywhere.

The company’s made it easy to share your data publicly through Weather Underground, Ecowitt.net, and many other networks, which is a nice touch and view station data from the Ecowitt app.

Runner Up - Weather Stations
Ecowitt HP2551 Wi-Fi Weather Station
4.0
$299.99
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10/01/2022 12:03 am GMT

The Ecowitt HP2551 isn’t sold in the US under the Ambient Weather brand, but its feature set is similar to the Ambient Weather WS-2000. While you won’t get the accuracy of the HP2553, it is significantly cheaper and measures everything its more expensive sibling does. The nice console you get with the HP2553 is paired with Ecowitt’s base instrument suite.

AcuRite Atlas Weather Station
$275.05
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10/01/2022 12:15 am GMT

AcuRite is the only U.S.-based weather station brand to sell directly to the Canadian market, so its prices are in line with others in our list of best home weather stations in Canada. The Atlas is their top-of-the-line station and is much better than what you might find at your local home improvement store. We tested the Atlas right when released and found it to be a decent station overall, although the HP2551 and HP2553 are generally more accurate.

Like the HP2551 and HP2553, the AcuRite Atlas can be paired with additional sensors, using the included AcuRite Access base unit to connect. This package does not come with a display, but you can view everything from the MyAcuRite app, one of our favourites as far as UI goes. It’s super easy to use.

Best Budget Weather Station
Ecowitt HP3500B Weather Station
$229.99
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10/01/2022 03:25 am GMT

The Ecowitt HP3500B is the company’s cheapest weather station that doesn’t require PC software to share your weather data online. The console isn’t as flashy as the HP2551 but is still readable from a reasonable distance and can display graphs on its screen, something the cheaper WS2320 cannot do.

You do lose the capability to add additional sensors, which may be a reason to opt for any of the above three models if expandability is a concern. But the savings make the HP3500B a contender if you are looking to save money.

Ecowitt WS2320 Wi-Fi Weather Station
3.0
$169.99
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10/01/2022 04:50 am GMT

The Ecowitt WS2320 is an odd one for sure. Most home weather stations these days use Wi-Fi to connect to the internet. Not the Ecowitt WS2320 — this home weather station requires PC software (and sorry, Mac users, only Windows is supported). However, for this, it is by far the cheapest of our options here, and you can still upload your data to Ecowitt Weather and elsewhere. You’ll have to do it through the software.

AcuRite Iris (5-in-1) Weather Station
$183.59 $168.29
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09/30/2022 10:16 pm GMT

Finally, the AcuRite Iris is an option that is also available to Canadian readers for about C$270. While it can’t add additional sensors as the Atlas can, the AcuRite Iris has a better console than the Ecowitt WS2320 and arguably looks nicer than the HP3500B’s bulky console.

As far as accuracy goes, the Iris will be similar to Ecowitt’s cheaper consoles, although we’ve found from time to time AcuRite’s construction to not hold up as well in the elements. However, for southern Canada, the Iris will do just fine.

Wrapping Up

Once again, thanks to our Canadian readers for your support. After seeing that many of our station recommendations weren’t available outside of the US (or were too expensive after shipping), we thought a list of the best home weather stations in Canada was the least we could do. Now pass the poutine.

(Sorry, we couldn’t resist at least one Canadian joke!)

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