A weather station is a perfect gift if you have a weather enthusiast or meteorologist to buy for this holiday season. As you might have guessed from our name, we have tested quite a few weather stations (and own quite a few too! So what are the best weather station deals this holiday? Keep reading!
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The Best Weather Station Deals
We’ve scoured Amazon for the best weather station deals, and found the following we think you should check out.
Ambient Weather's entry-level console has a surprising amount of functionality and accuracy for a weather station at its price point.
The Ambient Weather WS-2902C weather station is incredibly compact and includes all the main components of a professional weather station at a fraction of the price, with accurate readings that rival stations many times its price. Professional equipment can cost hundreds of dollars for one instrument, so this weather station is a great deal. If you are thinking about purchasing a beginner weather station that includes the basic weather monitoring instruments already pre-calibrated, this weather station is a great option.
The Ambient Weather WS-2902C features the following:
- Integrated indoor and outdoor hygrometer/thermometer (relative humidity and temperature)
- Cup anemometer (wind speed)
- Wind vane (wind direction)
- Rain gauge
- Solar radiation and light intensity
- Barometer (barometric pressure)
If the WS-5000 is too expensive for you, consider the WS-2000 instead, which features the same higher-end console, but with the WS-2902's sensor suite.
The Ambient Weather WS-2000 is like a mix of the best of both the WS-2902C and WS-5000 in a more affordable package. The WS-2000 uses the WS-2902C’s console but opts for the WS-5000’s console, which is a significant (and worthy) upgrade. The better console allows you to add optional sensors and view them on the console screen, something the WS-2902C cannot.
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.
The Ambient Weather WS-5000 weather station is another affordable weather station with easy assembly and is one of the best weather stations on the market. It reports live wind speed, direction, temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind chill factor, sunrise and sunset time, UV index, and solar radiation. Its long-range WiFi allows stable and fast connection with the included automated display. All of the included sensors are in a single sensor suite, so the weather station requires minimal assembly. This weather station also has an optional rain gauge with an electronic sensor that you can add for $60. The Ambient Weather Station WS-5000 is also solar-powered and plug/battery-free.
The display includes additional variables, including dew point temperature, wind chill factor, UV index, and more. The additional information is a plus if you are looking for more commonly used metrics for weather forecasting. While it’s currently not on sale, we’re including it in this list because we think it’s the best value in home weather stations at the moment.
- Solar radiation and light intensity (also measures sunrise and sunset times)
- Ultrasonic anemometer (measures wind speed and direction)
- Solar panel
- Measure indoor outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, and rainfall
- Large Color LCD
- Weather Forecasts out 12 hours in advance using observed data
Another option for a highly compact and affordable weather station is the AcuRite Iris 5-in-1 Wireless Weather Station. The included weather clock adjusts to brightness for both indoor and outdoor settings. This compact and wireless weather station is one of the most affordable options for a basic weather station on this list, and it is suited for both indoor and outdoor environments. The only thing it doesn’t have is internet connectivity.
The AcuRite weather station includes:
- Cup anemometer
- Wind vane
- Rain gauge
- Wi-Fi built into console for sharing data to the internet
- Measures indoor outdoor temperature and humidity, wind speed/direction, barometric pressure, and rainfall
If you’d like a version of the AcuRite Iris with Wi-Fi connectivity, then choose this package deal. The only difference is the console, which has Wi-Fi built in to connect to AcuRite Access. With this, you’ll be able to use the AcuRite app to view conditions even when you’re not at home, as well as share your data with Weather Underground and other services. While the station isn’t on sale, it’s the cheapest Iris weather station that supports AcuRite Access. And we really like that console, too.
The WeatherFlow Tempest is the weather station to buy if you own a smart home. The lightning detection capabilities are also the best we've seen. And you can use promo code TWSE for 10% off if you buy direct from WeatherFlow.
- Super quick setup
- Outstanding lightning detection
- Fairly accurate instrumentation
- Ready for the smart home
- Haptic rain sensor doesn’t measure rainfall accurately enough
- No expandability
The WeatherFlow Tempest is another great buy for those looking to purchase a complete weather station. It connects real-time weather data to a well-designed smartphone app. The Tempest includes more precipitation metrics than the other weather stations, including rain intensity, duration, and net accumulation. It even features a lightning detector, making it a better option for areas with frequent thunderstorms and severe weather.
The Tempest weather station includes the following:
- Reports of station pressure and sea level pressure
- Rain sensor (detects rain intensity, duration, and accumulation)
- Ultrasonic wind sensor (measures wind direction and wind speed)
- Lightning detector
While the Vantage Vue is showing its age, and its connectivity options limited, it remains the best mid-grade weather station on the market.
- Accuracy is nearly on par with the Vantage Pro 2
- Extremely reliable
- Well-constructed and durable
- Internet connectivity is optional, and expensive
- 5-in-1 sensor isn’t the best for accurate readings
- No expandability
If you own a Davis weather station, then WeatherLink Live is a must-have. It connects your station to the Internet, and when you're on the same network, the ability to monitor real-time weather conditions.
- Super quick setup
- Live in-app data when on your home network
- Adds expandability to your Davis station
- Ready for the smart home
- For current Davis users, no way to merge data
Davis has put together a bundle that we think is worthy of mention. It’s very rare to score a good discount on Davis weather stations, but this particular bundle is a 20% savings off of buying everything separately. Our own Ed Oswald has owned his Vantage Vue since 2016, and picked up both the WeatherLink Live and AirLink so we can attest to their quality.
The entry-level Kestrel 1000 measures wind speeds only and is perfect for budget-conscious weather watchers.
- Wind Speed and Gusts
This handheld anemometer is not just a gift for weather nerds; anyone who needs to measure wind speed will appreciate this gift. The Kestrel 1000 Pocket Wind Meter is a compact and affordable way to measure wind data quickly and easily. It displays the instantaneous wind speed, average wind speed, current wind speed, minimum velocity, and maximum velocity. Like other Kestrel handheld devices, the Kestrel 1000 Pocket Wind Meter is drop-tested, making it preferable for intense sports and activities.
More weather station deals to come.. keep checking back
Are you looking for more weather gift ideas? We’ve got you covered. Our main website, The Weather Station Experts, has reviews on dozens of weather gadgets! And keep checking back here, we’ll update this list regularly (and year-round) to help you find the perfect weather gift.