The US’s largest home weather station manufacturers are AcuRite, Ambient Weather, and Davis. However, buying one of these stations outside the United States is expensive. In the rest of the world, Ecowitt is the largest home weather station manufacturer globally. Their stations are of such high quality that others license them for sale in their home markets. Ambient Weather’s station designs are Ecowitt weather stations here in the US.
We were shocked to find very little on the internet looking at the company’s home weather stations in detail. so we created this guide. Keep reading for an in-depth look at Ecowitt’s current lineup.
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We’ll start with some commonly asked questions about Ecowitt weather stations. But first, here is some bad news for our US readers.
Are Ecowitt weather stations available in the USA?
Not for the most part. This is due to Ambient Weather’s contract to sell some Ecowitt weather stations under its brand. A few sensors are available to US customers, like the digital rain gauge, but most weather stations are not (only the Wittboy is available stateside so far). If you want to purchase an Ecowitt weather station, you’ll need to buy it from a retailer outside of the US. Still, there’s not much point in doing that because Ambient Weather’s rebranded models are essentially the same (with the added benefit of smart home connectivity).
What is the difference between the Ecowitt weather station models?
The differences between Ecowitt weather station models are insignificant, and the main difference is in sensor quality and reporting frequency. The HP2553 reports the most frequently and has a sonic anemometer. Other models, like the HP2551, use lower-quality sensor suites and don’t report data as often.
What is the Ecowitt Wittboy?
The Ecowitt Wittboy is the company’s newest weather station, with a similar design to the WeatherFlow Tempest. Like the Tempest, it includes a haptic rain gauge and no moving parts. However, it doesn’t have lightning detection capabilities (an optional sensor), and the sensor suite requires batteries: the Tempest doesn’t. It is also one of the first Ecowitt stations directly sold to the US.
Who should buy the Ecowitt HP2553?
The Ecowitt HP2553 is the company’s top-end model and features a brand-new sensor suite. Ecowitt replaced the traditional cup-and-vane with a sonic anemometer. We tested the US model, the Ambient Weather WS-5000, and found the station performs near-flawlessly. The Ecowitt HP2553 is identical, except it does not include smart home support. It does support adding additional sensors, which you can view on the large, easy-to-read console.
Who should buy the Ecowitt HP2551?
If the Ecowitt HP2553 is too expensive, the HP2551 is a decent alternative. It shares the sensor suite found in lower-end Ecowitt stations but includes the console found in the HP2553. As a result, the HP2551 supports additional sensors, something lower-end Ecowitt station consoles cannot do.
Who should buy the Ecowitt HP3500B, GW1102, or WS2910?
Depending on your market, two lower-end stations from Ecowitt may be available. Canada readers should consider the HP3500B, while UK/EU readers can choose between the GW1102 and WS2910. The GW1102 is an excellent option because the gateway allows for expandability, while the HP3500B is one of the cheapest Wi-Fi-enabled Ecowitt weather stations available. The WS 2910 is quite similar to the Ambient Weather WS-2902C.
Can I connect my Ecowitt weather station to the internet?
Ecowitt supports sharing your weather data with Weather Underground, WOW, Weather Cloud, and Ecowitt Weather. However, Ecowitt offers no smart home support unlike Ambient Weather’s rebranded stations.
How accurate are Ecowitt weather stations?
Our experiences with Ecowitt-designed weather stations have been nothing but positive. The sensor suite on the HP2553 is as good as you’ll find on a home weather station without paying for a pro-grade model. The sensor suite found on cheaper models isn’t as good but is accurate enough for casual use.
What are some alternatives to an Ecowitt weather station?
It will depend on your market. If you don’t mind paying the premium to import it, the Davis Vantage Vue or the Vantage Pro2 are our top picks and have a significant international presence. We also have market-specific recommendations; see our recommendations for Australian, Canadian, and UK/EU readers.
The Best Ecowitt weather stations in 2022
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The HP2553 is Ecowitt's top-of-the-line weather station, and it shows. Accuracy is on par with the Davis Vantage Pro2, and smart home connectivity and a new sonic anemometer make this our top pick.
The Ecowitt HP2553 is the company’s high-end weather station (and sold as the Ambient Weather WS-5000 in the US). Our tests of the American version of this weather station were stellar. With practically nothing different — save for the lack of smart home support — we had no reservations about making this our top pick.
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 in previous Ecowitt stations, and you can add additional sensors, including air quality, soil moisture, water temperature, and lightning. 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.
- The outdoor sensor contains a haptic rainfall sensor, light and UV sensors, an ultrasonic wind speed sensor, and both temperature and humidity sensors
- Connects to Weather Underground and WeatherCloud
- Includes Wi-Fi hub
Compatible with other Ecowitt sensors
The Wittboy is Ecowitt’s latest Wi-Fi weather station, and it’s aimed at those outside of the U.S. who might not want to pay the extra duties to import in the WeatherFlow Tempest. It doesn’t have lightning detection or smart home capabilities (that we can tell), but it does pretty much everything else the Tempest does.
The outdoor sensor contains a haptic rainfall sensor, light and UV sensors, an ultrasonic wind speed sensor, and temperature and humidity sensors. Ecowitt also includes its Wi-Fi hub, which allows you to send your data to Weather Underground. The Wittboy is new, so we’re hesitant to give it our full-throated endorsement, but it’s worth considering.
- All-in-One Outdoor Sensor: wind vane, wind speed cups, UV / solar radiation sensor, thermo-hygrometer sensor, and rain gauge
- Wi-Fi Capable, no software needed, support for Ecowitt Weather, Weather Underground, and more
- Large TFT Color Screen
- 100-meter long-range wireless connectivity
- Supports up to 8 WH31 multi-channel temp and humidity sensors, one WH51 soil moisture sensor, and one WH41 PM2.5 air quality sensor
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.
- Wi-Fi Capable, no software needed to upload to Ecowitt Weather, Weather Underground, and more
- The 7-in-1 outdoor sensor array includes wind vane, wind speed cup, UV / solar radiation sensor, thermo-hygrometer sensor, and rain gauge
- High-Resolution TFT Screen
- Optional PC Software
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 want to save money.
- Wi-Fi enabled
- Individual sensors, package includes 3-in-1 GW1100 Wi-Fi gateway, WS68 wireless solar powered anemometer, WH40 self-emptying rain gauge and WH32 outdoor temperature and humidity sensor
- View the live weather data on WS View Plus or Ecowit App, or send data to Weather Underground / WOW / Weather Cloud / Ecowitt Weather or other customized sites(using either Wunderground or Ecowitt protocol).
The Ecowitt GW1102 is a solid option for those looking for better accuracy out of a budget home weather station. All parts are separate (much like the HP2553) but with lower-quality sensors. But you get all the benefits of more expensive stations, including expandability and the capability to share weather data online without much fuss natively.
If budget is an issue, we strongly recommend considering the GW1102 before any options below. You’ll get better performance and accuracy overall thanks to the capability to place each instrument in the best possible spot.
- Wi-Fi enabled, publish your data to Ecowitt Weather/Weather Underground/Weather Cloud/WOW
- Wireless 7-in-1 Outdoor Sensor: Wind vane, wind speed cups, UV / solar radiation sensor, thermo-hygrometer sensor, rain gauge, bubble level and solar collector 7-in-1 integrated sensor.
- Clear Color LCD Display
- Weather Alerts based on station measurements
If you prefer an “all-in-one” sensor suite (especially with limited space), opt for the Ecowitt WS2910. It’s slightly cheaper than the GW1102 but includes the same sensor suite as the HP2551, just a more basic console. You lose the capability to add additional sensors to your station. However, the WS2910 still features the Wi-Fi connectivity of more expensive Ecowitt weather stations.
Our personal preference is the GW1102 at this price point.
If you can’t afford to import a weather station from the States, Ecowitt weather stations are just as good, if not better. We’re big fans of their stations and highly recommend them if you’re in the market for a well-performing weather station. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.
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Fine offset is the maker of the Ambient, Ecowitt, Tycon, Froggit weather stations among others. Historically their sensors were inferior to those of Davis with respect to accuracy and durability and fine offset based weather stations were considered cheap, inferior but decent alternatives for those not wanting to spend 5 to 10 times more on a prosumer Davis WS. I have had owned Davis, tycon, ecowitt and ambient WS. The combined cost of the fine offset based WS came to less then half what I paid for the Davis and while the Davis was clearly a better and more reliable unit, the cost difference of the fine offset units is too great to overlook for my casual purposes and fine offset continues to innovate. I turned to fine offset when Davis stopped supporting the unit I had purchased but I had the unit for over a decade.