In the interest of transparency, we want to disclose how we select weather stations and gadgets, test these devices, and accept weather stations and gadgets for testing. Many review sites don’t test the products — they instead rely on customer reviews to form their opinions. We do things a bit differently.
How We Select What to Test
Weather stations and gadgets selected for testing meet our requirements for a standard feature set that we look for and often for standout features. We do accept devices offered for testing from manufacturers. We do not accept monetary compensation in exchange for reviews from manufacturers. From time to time, manufacturers might purchase advertising either through our ad partners Ezoic and Google AdSense or directly through us. We do not actively solicit companies to advertise on their reviews, nor do any ad purchases have any bearing on selected products.
How We Select Products for our Roundups
We must include products that we have not had personal experience with from time to time. These frequently appear in our product roundups. When these products are included, we rely on reviews posted to retailer websites on Amazon and other sites.
Most sites mark actual customers with a “verified purchase,” which are the reviews we use to judge for selection in a product roundup. Non-verified reviews are not used in our product selections.
How We Test
Weather station testing is far from an exact science. However, we do follow a standard method to test our stations.
All stations tested are placed on the same mount in the same location at our testing site. Sensors are compared with analog instruments where possible, and when an analog instrument isn’t available, a nearby NOAA weather observing station is used.
The typical test lasts about 2-4 weeks, depending on the variability of the weather during the testing period. Select stations remain installed past the initial review period, allowing us to provide long-term reviews of these stations.
Our rating system is structured on a five-star scale, and a station must score three stars or higher in every category to be included in our recommendations. Here’s what the stars mean:
|Five Stars||Superior or “best-in-class”|
|Four Stars||Above Average|
|Three Stars||Average, may have quirks or minor issues|
|Two Stars||Deficient but useable|
|One Star||Seriously deficient and/or non-functional|
The four categories we use to come up with the final star rating are:
- Feature Set
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