Buying a weather station is a very worthwhile enterprise. Whether you need the data for your own agricultural or business purposes or are a home enthusiast aiming to learn more about weather systems, the market today is full of options that meet the grade.
However, with so many different models to choose from, which you should go for in 2020? That’s where this guide comes in.
Below you will find 5 carefully selected weather stations covering a range of budgets, measurement sensors, and features.
For our findings at a glance, just head to the table below. For a comprehensive review of each of our picks, plus a detailed buyer’s guide, keep on reading.
Best Weather Station for Weather Underground
La Crosse Technology
8 Sensor Icons
Crosse View App
6152 Vantage Pro2
Over 10 Sensors
3 in 1 Sensor
Home Weather Station Reviews
The following home weather stations have been selected based on performance, accuracy, ease of use and price point.
Our testing method involves a combination of the above criteria, plus recent customer reviews and feedback on operational quality, as well as analysis of how each of the models fares against others on the market.
Our top pick weather station for 2020 is the high quality, Ambient Weather WS-2902A.
This professional-level station will allow enthusiasts to easily monitor home and backyard weather conditions with a great degree of accuracy and data.
The “Smart” system has enhanced Wi-Fi connection ability, allowing you to transmit weather data wirelessly directly into the Weather Underground network.
Ease of use comes from the fact the system has an intuitive LCD color display while also having the ability to connect to your computer, mobile phone or tablet with excellent support software.
This remote style monitoring allows the user to check in on the weather data no matter where you are.
The station has the ability to measure wind speed, wind direction, and rainfall, as well as important details such as outdoor temperature, humidity, solar radiation and UV.
Furthermore, humidity and barometric pressures can also be measured. Other readable data comes in the form of dew point, wind chill and heat index measurements.
Power consumption is low, (see specifications below). The reliability of the station instruments in terms of connectivity to the Smart Hub is good too.
The line of sight wireless sensor array RF transmission (in the open air): 330 feet, 100 feet under most conditions.
Overall the Ambient Weather WS-2902A is an excellent professional weather station that has everything the home user would ever need.
Easy to use with reliable performance and the ability to read the data fully remotely. The fact that it wirelessly connects to the Weather Underground network with minimum configuration is another major advantage.
Our number one pick weather station for 2020 for good reason.
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2. La Crosse Technology V22-WRTH-INT Professional Weather Station, Black/Silver
The La Crosse Technology V22-WRTH-INT is another high quality weather station to make the grade in our top 5 review round up.
This fully Wi-Fi connected station is able to link up to the NWS (National Weather Service) and will provide detailed forecast information.
This includes high and low temperatures ranges, precipitation and 8 additional forecast icons providing the user with useful information on the state of the weather.
The unit can measure wind speed & rain measurements with selectable history and has a display that will clearly signify temperature and humidity.
While the unit doesn’t provide the detailed measurements that can be obtained with our top pick from Ambient Weather, you can still increase the coverage of the La Crosse View weather station by adding extra sensors.
These are sold separately, however having the ability to expand the usefulness of the station as your knowledge and interest grows, is a definite advantage.
The La Crosse Technology V22-WRTH-INT is a great little station. While it doesn’t have the level of measurements built in that the Ambient Weather station has, this is still an easy to setup and use unit that features an intuitive app. Well worth checking out.
3. BEST PREMIUM: Davis Instruments 6152 Vantage Pro2 Wireless Weather Station with Standard Radiation Shield and LCD Display Console
Our top pick premium weather station is this hi-tech beast from Davis Instruments.
Packed with features and functions, the range of measurements this particular unit can take is extremely impressive.
Manufactured in the USA the build quality here is evident from the moment you remove the station from its packaging.
Switch it on and you’re in for a meteorological treat.
The Vantage Pro2 Display Console provides you with all the data you need at your fingertips.
Furthermore, should the above list of measurements not be enough, it is quit possible to purchase and expand the station with additional sensors and displays.
This can transform the unit into a comprehensive agricultural monitoring system.
The 1000′ operating range of the ISS transmitter means you have a great deal of choice on where to place your instruments.
Data can also be uploaded with the optional WeatherlinkIP.
There’s also solar power storage ability so that the station will function at night.
The station is actually very well regarded in the home weather station community. As an industry leader, Davis Instruments have been creating top of the range systems for a number of years now.
If you’re looking for a premium weather station with an extensive range of data measurement capabilities, the Davis Instruments 6152 is the unit to buy.
Packed with features, this accurate and easy to use system will help take your weather reading ability to the next level.
4. ECOWITT HP3501 TFT Wi-Fi Weather Station with Solar Powered Wireless Anemometer
The ECOWITT HP3501 TFT Wi-Fi Weather Station is another unit more than worthy of a top 5 placement.
Featuring a fully solar-powered anemometer that station has the ability to measures wind direction, wind speed, wind gust, UV & light data. This information is then updated on your data console every 16.5 seconds.
The station has a self-emptying rain collector in order to provide real-time rainfall data, this is easy to install and will not need to be touched during normal operation.
The weather data that the unit takes is displayed via a high-resolution TFT screen, the information is available via a weather app or PC software.
As you will see by clicking the specifications tab below, this is another unit that has a long list of features and sensor functionality, for both indoor and outdoor use.
Similar to other units in our top 5 the Ecowitt can also be expanded in line with your changing demands.
The optional WH31 multi-channel thermo-hygro sensor and the WH41 PM2.5 sensor and WH51 soil moisture sensors can be added to the station in order to meet the needs of agricultural weather data collection.
Overall the ECOWITT HP3501 is an extremely capable system. While not packed with as many features as the top premium pick from Davis Instruments, or as cost effective as a number one pick this year, this station still delivers in a big way.
If you end up choosing this weather station for home use, you will not be disappointed.
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Our best budget pick weather station for 2020, is the affordable unit from the ever reliable AcuRite.
With a large range of weather stations currently on the market, these guys are one of the leaders in the game.
And here they do not disappoint with the budget-friendly 01530M 3-in-1.
Featuring Wi-Fi connectivity to Weather Underground, this unit can accurately measure indoor/outdoor temperatures, humidity, and current, average and peak wind speed readings.
The indoor comfort monitor will also measure important data such as dew point and heat index and it is possible to set up customizable alerts should things reach problematic levels.
The station is able to provide 12-24 hour future forecasts with daily high and lows
The easy setup makes it great for newbies to the scene and also includes sensor mounting hardware for simple installation.
The 2-year battery life for maintenance-free operations combined with the patented Self-Calibrating technology makes this an ideal entry point for those looking to own a home weather station for the first time.
For reading the data the illuminated color display features three different lighting settings. Whether day or night, you will be able to see the important information that the unit displays.
There’s also a one-year limited warranty on the station for an extra bit of peace of mind.
If you are looking for a good, budget weather station as an entry way into measuring weather data you will not go wrong with the AcuRite 01530M.
Accurate and easy to use, you will be up and running in no time with very little in the way of configuration. A perfect starter kit from a very reputable brand.
Weather Station Buyer’s Guide
A home weather station with networking capabilities to connect to the likes of Weather Underground is a sophisticated tool.
If you are in the market for buying one, you will likely have realized that the systems vary widely in terms of specifications.
There’s a unit that will simply measure a few main variables such as temperature, wind speeds, and rainfall, while others will provide data on a whole host of factors.
Knowing which weather station to buy can, therefore, be confusing.
In this short guide, we have gone through some of the main issues you should be thinking about before you buy your new weather station.
So if you’re ready, let’s take a look…
Accuracy levels can be difficult to determine before you have used a machine, however, a mixture of user reviews and manufacturer specs should give you an idea.
Some weather stations will have information on their margin of error. Clearly the higher percentage accuracy the better.
It is difficult to measure like for like between systems however, as stations that take into account a wide range of weather variables should not be compared to units that take just simple measurements.
Essentially, you need to do your research to ensure that the system you are interested in has a proven track record in terms of accuracy.
Power Type (and consumption)
Weather stations operate wirelessly with important measuring equipment being placed outside away from the grid.
This means that they will run via battery and/or solar power.
A station that users a combination of both is what you should aim for; reliable solar power generation with battery backup should the days turn grey.
Full reliance on solar will be problematic in areas with lack of sunshine and only battery-powered units will need recharging or changing on an all too regular basis.
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Build Quality and Durability
Considering the fact that the measuring instruments of your weather station will be positioned outside where they will face the elements, it stands to reason that everything needs to be well built.
It’s no good opting for a cheap, low-grade plastic station even if you live in a temperate climate.
Wind, rain, sunshine and of course the cold will all take its toll. Those measuring units need to be constructed accordingly.
Again, user reviews and spec sheets will help you determine whether a particular unit will be up to the job.
Internet connectivity and Network Ability
The majority of weather stations on the market today have Wi-Fi capabilities.
This allows you to control your station remotely via software or mobile phone app. It also means that the station can feed data to and from Weather Underground and other networks.
However, it is still worth checking the power of the Wi-Fi in terms of data speed.
You should also do your research on the intuitiveness of the software/app that the system runs with.
A station with a hard to use interface could well be a deal-breaker, especially if you are just starting out.
Another important factor when buying a weather station is expandability.
Beginner or otherwise, as your skills develop you will want to have a system that can grow with you.
The expandability of a unit will also allow a newbie to start on more budget-friendly terms.
You can buy a unit that has the measuring ability that suits your beginner status. As your needs change, you can simply add more sensors to increase the measuring capabilities of the station.