Home Weather Stations: Simplify Your Daily Forecast

Last Updated on:

KestrelMet 6000

If pinpointing your local weather conditions down to the last detail is on your agenda, you’ve come to the right place. The value of owning a wireless home weather station extends beyond simple curiosity. Weather stations are indispensable tools for weather enthusiasts outdoor hobbyists, professional farmers, gardeners, and even for educational settings to foster STEM learning. Having spent a decade rigorously evaluating various models, we’ve developed a carefully selected list of the best home weather stations—each excelling in accuracy, cost-effectiveness, durability, feature richness, and ease of use.

Modern home weather stations offer real-time weather information—from indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity levels to wind speed, rainfall data, and barometric pressure readings. The good news? Most of our picks use Wi-Fi, streamlining installation and offering you flexibility in placement, a key factor to ensure precise data. They’re easy to maintain, and with regular tune-ups can last you for years, if not decades.

With a Wi-Fi connection, you can monitor local weather conditions even when you’re not home and use your weather data to control smart home devices. Some even provide a forecast based on your data! With many cheap weather stations on Amazon, you get what you pay for (Not all weather stations are created equal!) We want to help you get the best bang for your buck and avoid the junk. Unlike many other review sites on the web, we base our reviews on actual hands-on experience with the product.

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 wireless 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 monitoring our local weather 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 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, making up half of a weather station’s score.

However, a candidate for the Best Home Weather Station of 2024 can’t only be a great value: it must have accurate measurements, be user-friendly, and have excellent build quality. Our professional review staff has years of experience using weather stations and instruments: some 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 Buyer’s Guide details each weather station below.

Our Top Picks

Tempest Weather System
Editor's Choice

The WeatherFlow remains our top pick in weather stations.

KestrelMet 6000 WiFi
Pro Pick

The KestrelMet 6000 is pricey and not for everybody. But hardcore weather enthusiasts will find a lot to love.

Ambient Weather WS-2902
Budget Pick

We were surprised with how accurate the Ambient Weather WS-2902 weather station was, given its price. We wholeheartedly recommend this to weather watchers on a budget.

TWSE participates in Amazon Associates and other affiliate programs and may earn a commission as a result of clicking on one of the above links.

Best Home Weather Stations

1
Tempest Weather System
Editor's Choice

Tempest Weather System

The WeatherFlow remains our top pick in weather stations.

WeatherFlow is a relatively recent entrant to the home weather station market, although it has years of experience. Its coastal network of professional weather stations has been delivering vital information to meteorologists for years and has proven useful (and durable) in landfalling hurricanes.

The Tempest Weather System is WeatherFlow's first attempt at a wireless 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, one of Tempest's standout features, and operates entirely on solar power.

We found that the real-time lightning data matched better with historical data than from professional lightning detection networks. It regularly detected distant lightning faster than any other station we've tested. In addition to lightning data, the Tempest measures indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure, and UV and light intensity.

Wind is measured by a sonic anemometer which we found to be fairly accurate. And up until the Ecowitt Wittboy, the Tempest Weather System was the only home weather station to use a haptic rain sensor.

See our review for a way to save 10% off your next purchase from WeatherFlow.

What We Like
  • Super quick setup
  • Outstanding lightning detection
  • Fairly accurate instrumentation
  • Ready for the smart home
What We Didn't Like
  • The haptic rain sensor doesn’t measure rainfall accurately enough
  • No expandability
2
KestrelMet 6000 WiFi
Pro Pick

KestrelMet 6000 WiFi

The KestrelMet 6000 is pricey and not for everybody. But hardcore weather enthusiasts will find a lot to love.

At $999, the KestrelMet 6000 home weather station is not for the casual weather enthusiast. Despite this, its excellent features, such as top-tier accuracy, ease of installation, and high-quality construction, make it a worthwhile investment for hardcore weather fans.

It matches the Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station in size and accuracy, offering even better tools to view and analyze data. However, unlike the Pro2, it doesn't require additional hardware for internet connectivity and outperforms Davis Vantage Vue's temperature accuracy. Even compared to the WeatherFlow Tempest, KestrelMet 6000 proves superior in all aspects except for lightning detection and UV/solar sensors, the latter of which kept this from a nearly perfect score.

Standard are indoor and two outdoor sensors for temperature and relative humidity, measurements, rainfall, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure. Solar irradiance sensors and soil moisture and leaf wetness sensors are available as an option at the time of purchase. While the hefty price tag may be daunting, for those who value accuracy and the capacity for expansion, the KestrelMet 6000 is a solid choice.

What We Like
  • Installation is easy
  • Top-tier accuracy
  • The app and web portal are easy to use
  • High-quality construction
What We Didn't Like
  • High price (although a good value)
3
Ambient Weather WS-2902
Budget Pick

Ambient Weather WS-2902

We were surprised with how accurate the Ambient Weather WS-2902 weather station was, given its price. We wholeheartedly recommend this to weather watchers on a budget.

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

The WS-2902 isn't as accurate as the WS-5000 or Davis weather 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 weather 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-2902 is the best budget model available. The LCD display console in the WS-2902 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.

The WS-2902 weather station has all the features you'd expect including indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, rainfall, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure. A nice surprise is the inclusion of a fairly accurate UV/light sensor, something you typically don't see on other home weather stations even in this price range.

What We Like
  • Best value in terms of capabilities
  • Best-in-class smart home connectivity
  • Great accuracy for the price
  • Solid construction
What We Didn't Like
  • Console readings update less frequently than other models
4
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Best Expandability

Ambient Weather WS-5000

The WS-5000 is Ambient Weather's top-of-the-line home 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 a top pick.

Unfortunately, rising component costs and inflation have made the Ambient Weather WS-5000 one of our list's most expensive personal weather stations. That played a part in losing the top rank in our Best Weather Stations of 2024 rankings (it was the #1 best weather station back in 2022). But you do get quite a bit for your money.

The WS-5000 features a redesigned sensor suite, including an ultrasonic anemometer. Eliminating the cup anemometer found on other weather 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 Ambient Weather WS-5000's sensors were much more accurate in our tests than the WS-2000, WS-2902, and WS-1900A, which use a slightly lower-quality sensor suite. Thanks to expandability and a wide array of optional additional sensors here, 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 has 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 station to your smart home system. Of course, there's Ambient Weather Network and the Ambient Weather app to view your personal weather stations' data remotely on your mobile device or through the web app.

If you're looking for a step up from the WS-2902, with accuracy that rivals any Davis station, the WS-5000 is the best home 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.

What We Like
  • Great full-color console
  • An impressive list of optional sensors
  • Smart home connectivity
  • Improved barometer and rainfall accuracy (from WS-2902 series)
What We Didn't Like
  • Cumbersome console setup
  • Some sensors had to be reset to connect to console
5
Davis Instruments Vantage Vue
Best Mid-Grade Weather Station

Davis Instruments Vantage Vue

The WeatherLink Console makes the Davis Vantage Vue a modern weather station but also increases the price.

The Davis Vantage Vue got a much-needed update when the WeatherLink Console debuted earlier this year. It's the successor to the WeatherLink Live hub and changed how you interact with your station for the better. It's built on Android and appears to be upgradeable, so you're no longer stuck in the past with dated hardware.

The reliability of Davis weather stations is legendary in the weather enthusiast community. I've had mine running continuously since September 2016, and I know others who 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 home weather station, my experience has been positive. With the WeatherLink Console, sharing your data is super easy. While on your home network, you can watch live conditions (updated every two seconds), and your data is uploaded to Davis' platform once per minute.

If there's one thing I'd ding this weather station for, it's its lack of upgradeability. Sure, you get all the basics, but the only optional sensor you can add is the Davis AirLink.

What We Like
  • Accuracy is nearly on par with the Vantage Pro2
  • Extremely reliable
  • Well-constructed and durable
  • The WeatherFlow Console makes it even better
What We Didn't Like
  • A 5-in-1 sensor isn't the best for accurate readings
  • You pay a premium for the name
The Weather Station Experts participates in Amazon Associates and other affiliate programs and may receive a small commission as a result of clicking links on our site.

Also Consider

Ambient Weather WS-2000
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Ambient Weather WS-2000
Our Score

The Ambient Weather WS-2000 is a combination of two wireless home weather stations. The sensor array from the WS-2902 is combined with the TFT LCD console from the WS-5000, allowing for a cheaper alternative to the now $449 (MSRP) WS-5000. While this combination comes at the cost of accuracy, it adds some important functionality over the budget-minded WS-2902.

With Ambient Weather internet-connected stations, the communications are handled by the console. The cheaper color LCD console in the Ambient Weather WS-2902 package only supports the sensor suite. 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 weather station.

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

Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Our Score

The Davis Vantage Pro2 is one of the best high-end wireless home weather stations you can buy and is made even better by WeatherLink Live or the WeatherLink Console. 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 home 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 weather station 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, no other personal weather station on the market 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.

Depending on the model you select, you may also have UV and Light Sensors (standard on the Pro2 Plus), and fan aspiration, which we strongly recommend if you're very concerned about accuracy. Further optional sensors include soil moisture and leaf wetness sensors, and air quality measurements via AirLink.

Compare Our Top Picks

Tempest Weather System
Davis Instruments Vantage Vue
Ambient Weather WS-2902
KestrelMet 6000 WiFi
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Product Title
Product Title
Tempest Weather System
Davis Instruments Vantage Vue
Ambient Weather WS-2902
KestrelMet 6000 WiFi
Ambient Weather WS-5000
Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2
Power
Power
Solar
Solar, CR123 battery
No
Solar
Solar
Solar, CR123 battery
Console
Console
No
Yes
Yes, LCD
No
Yes, TFT
Yes, TFT
Connectivity
Connectivity
Wi-Fi
900mHz to console, Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
900mHz to console, Wi-Fi
Smart Home Ready
Smart Home Ready
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Anemometer Type
Anemometer Type
Sonic
Cup and Vane
Cup and Vane
Propeller
Sonic
Cup and Vane
Rain Gauge Type
Rain Gauge Type
Haptic
Tipping Bucket
Tipping Bucket
Tipping Bucket
Tipping Bucket
Tipping Bucket
Expandability
Expandability
No
No*
No*
Yes
Yes
Yes
Range
Range
1,000 feet
1,000 feet
330 feet
1,000 feet
1,000 ft (330 ft for rain gauge)
1,000 feet

Other Manufacturers

We tested 12 stations for our Best Home Weather Station of 2024 rankings. While only six made it above, a few other stations scored well. AcuRite’s stations are probably the most well-known in this group, and a good alternative if you’re looking for a cheap wireless weather station.

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 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 devices with generally good results. However, none of their stations made our Best Home Weather Station of 2024 rankings.

How much does a home weather station cost?

Home weather stations vary in price. A cheap weather station costs generally between $100-150, and is generally accurate. However, for the best mix of functionality, accuracy, and durability, we strongly recommend purchasing a mid-range station for the best results. Prices vary considerably (even more now with inflation), so you may pay anywhere from $150 to as much as $500 depending on what you’re looking for.

Most of our recommendations fall in this category. Weather enthusiasts would be best served by high-end professional-grade home weather stations, which offer the most functionality, and the best accuracy. However, these stations are expensive, often $1,000 or more.

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, as those are the hardest months on your equipment. Depending on weather conditions and the surrounding environment, some may need to perform maintenance on their weather station as frequently as every month. You’d be surprised how quickly it gets dirty; 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.

Installing your Home Weather Station 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 thermometer and hygrometer at eye level (4′ to 6′ off the ground) and protect it from direct sunlight. Your rain gauge should also be at the same level to prevent splashback and be free of any obstructions. The barometer is typically found within the console, and will likely require calibration.

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