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Close-up photo of a Davis Instruments home weather station. Credit: Davis Instruments

The Best Home Weather Stations of 2022

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Close-up photo of a Davis Instruments home weather station. Credit: Davis Instruments

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Ambient Weather WS-2902C

For an easy out-of-the-box installation, the Ambient Weather WS-2902C offers easy access to data and less maintenance in a solar-powered system. Read More

Pros

  • 100-foot Wi-Fi range
  • Solar powered with battery backup
  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Requires mobile device
  • No backup battery for the monitor
  • Wi-Fi connection struggles
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Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue

As an entry to the well-known Davis brand, this weather station offers a good value with significant data storage. Read More

Pros

  • Backlit battery console
  • 1,000-foot transmission
  • Stores 24 months of data

Cons

  • Rain-gauge failures
  • Questionable accuracy
  • Concerns about durability
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Davis Instruments 6152 Vantage Pro2 Wireless with Standard Radiation Shield

If you’re more concerned about accuracy than price, consider this upgrade for additional bird deterrents and radiation shielding. Read More

Pros

  • Solar powered with battery backup
  • Backlit battery console
  • Upgraded bird deterrent

Cons

  • Additional purchase required for PC connectivity
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AcuRite Iris 5-in-1 Weather Station with Color Display and Weather Ticker

For milder climates, the easy-to-use AcuRite Iris will get you all the value of a home weather station at a reasonable value. Read More

Pros

  • Offers forecast data
  • Color display
  • Battery powered

Cons

  • 12 minutes between readings
  • Struggles in cold and snow
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WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System

If you already have smart appliances in your home, the Tempest will add to that functionality. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to share information online
  • Simple installation
  • Solar powered

Cons

  • Inaccurate rain gauge
  • Three sensors require setup

Some folks just want to know if it’s raining or not. Other folks, well—they need more than that. If knowing how fast that wind is blowing, or how many inches of rain have already fallen, is important to you, you might be interested in a personal weather station. A home weather station can offer a variety of data points, like wind speed, wind direction, or rainfall measurements. Some systems, thanks to internet connectivity, can offer services like forecasts and data storage, allowing your collected data to be shared with other users online for more accurate weather reports. All of this information is at your fingertips through an indoor console, showing you any changes in the weather before you step outdoors. If knowing the weather helps you plan out your day—or if you’re looking for a geeky hobby with tons of data points—having a home weather station is a great idea.

To help you find the right weather station, we dug through thousands of reviews for a variety of products available online. Based on our research, these are the best home weather stations you can get right now.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Ambient Weather WS-2902C

With the Ambient weather station’s Wi-Fi connectivity, you can connect the unit to your mobile phone or browser fairly easily. While some reviewers struggled to get Android phones to connect with the weather station, users with Android 6.0 and up reported fewer issues. Reviewers recommended setting the station up indoors to help calibrate, noting that the manual suggests this, as well. Several reviews praised the quality of Ambient’s customer support, either when troubleshooting weather stations or needing to return the unit.

The console is a good-sized desktop model with a stand, with color-coded groupings of the data points collected. Users described the viewing angles on the console as limited, adding that it works best at about eye level. The console does not have a battery backup, so it requires a nearby plug-in for power.

To help with installation, there’s a built-in bubble level; however, the mounting bracket doesn’t tilt, so the surface the bracket is mounted on must be level to accurately measure wind and rain. Many reviewers remarked on the straightforward setup, while others struggled with the Wi-Fi connectivity. Overall, reviewers seemed happy with the value and performance here.

Pros

  • 100-foot Wi-Fi range

  • Solar powered with battery backup

  • Easy setup

Cons

  • Requires mobile device

  • No backup battery for the monitor

  • Wi-Fi connection struggles

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Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue

With a detailed console, 24 months of data storage, and a 2.5-second update cycle, the Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue has several great features to recommend it. Several reviewers mentioned that the high quality attached to the brand name was part of the appeal, often purchasing a replacement unit after many years of service from an earlier Davis weather station. Others mentioned the weather station being especially durable in challenging environments, like cold winters and marine shores.

For several shoppers, the most appealing feature of the Vantage Vue over other weather stations was the increased frequency of the updates. By offering up-to-the-minute data, reviewers were willing to overlook the lackluster LCD panel and lack of bird deterrents. One user noted that the weather station relays some unexpected information, like meteor-shower predictions. Some said the setup was a challenge, but that the instructions were clear and detailed. Tech support was described as helpful and willing to replace parts under warranty.

Pros

  • Backlit battery console

  • 1,000-foot transmission

  • Stores 24 months of data

Cons

  • Rain-gauge failures

  • Questionable accuracy

  • Concerns about durability

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Davis Instruments 6152 Vantage Pro2 Wireless with Standard Radiation Shield

Generally, labeling something as the “Pro” model needs to represent a serious step up, or someone’s going to be disappointed. For some reviewers, Davis’s Vantage Pro2 meets their high expectations. From a hardware perspective, the Pro2 is definitely an upgrade in terms of bird deterrents and a solid, independent tripod mount.

Some reviewers warn that setup is a bit complex, requiring additional purchases like a dongle to connect the weather station to a PC that’ll record data. If you’re looking for a one-purchase, plug-and-play experience, this is not it.

Several users felt the extra cost justified the better quality, and often noted that their earlier Davis weather stations had worked several years longer than expected. Reviewers in adverse conditions, like deserts, noted that the UV shield helped the weather station last longer than other stations with less shielding. If a weather station is something of a passion project for you, or useful in your day job, upgrading to a professional model might serve you best in the long run.

Pros

  • Solar powered with battery backup

  • Backlit battery console

  • Upgraded bird deterrent

Cons

  • Additional purchase required for PC connectivity

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AcuRite Iris 5-in-1 Weather Station with Color Display and Weather Ticker

Most reviewers describe setting up the AcuRite Iris and then simply enjoying seeing all the weather details on the indoor monitor. In a nutshell, this experience is what most people are looking for with a personal weather station. The Iris offers easy installation of a second indoor monitor, as well, allowing people to set up monitors in two separate rooms.

Reviewers appreciated the color screens, noting that the scrolling feed on the bottom offers great weather-related information. The three brightness levels also allow you to customize the amount of light appropriate for a given room. While batteries in the monitor might only last a couple of months, many reviewers tended to keep the monitor plugged in anyway.

Pros

  • Offers forecast data

  • Color display

  • Battery powered

Cons

  • 12 minutes between readings

  • Struggles in cold and snow

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WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System

A slick unit that looks like an oversized Q-tip head, the Tempest is low maintenance and easy to install. As another type of smart-home appliance, integrating the Tempest into a smart home offers some interesting options, since it can interact with other appliances like fans and lights. Integrating the Tempest with your existing home network would let your smart watering system know not to use the sprinkler when it’s raining, and to start up your smart fans when the temperature is high outside.

But, as with most futuristic things, performance can be disappointing. There are some mixed reviews about the effectiveness of the sensors. Users report that the rain sensor often underreports rainfall—as well as offering inaccurate wind and lighting-strike data. Reviewers noted there are two outdoor sensors that need to be installed; the aforementioned Q-tip-looking one and a second, domed box. Installation is reportedly easy, and connecting wirelessly to your network ought to be straightforward.

Reviewers have generally praised the customer service, so if a smart weather system would complement other appliances in your home, this could be an excellent choice.

Pros

  • Easy to share information online

  • Simple installation

  • Solar powered

Cons

  • Inaccurate rain gauge

  • Three sensors require setup

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Logia LOWSC510WB

For someone new to weather stations, the Logia 5-in-1 offers an easy entry to collecting weather data at home. Many reviewers called it a particularly great value, with responsive customer support. Setup and installation varied between reviewers; some struggled with installation, pointing out that the stand is non-adjustable, while others struggled to get the unit connected to their Wi-Fi. Other shoppers felt the system struggled with Apple devices. Generally, users have found Logia’s tech support to be helpful.

Unlike more expensive weather stations, the Logia 5-in-1 runs only on batteries. When installing, keep in mind that the batteries are expected to run for two years before needing to be swapped out. The indoor console runs off a battery or a wall outlet. Shoppers have praised the intuitive layout and color quality of the display, which shows 14 different data points as well as a 24-hour weather summary.

Overall, users seem satisfied with the unit’s accuracy; however, some found the system was miscalibrated out of the box. Given the 90-day warranty, be sure to check the system soon after arrival to make sure that any setup issues get corrected.

Pros

  • Color LED console

  • Responsive tech support

Cons

  • Setup can be difficult

  • Battery powered only

  • Limited to certain Wi-Fi setups

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Rebecca Boniface

Rebecca Boniface

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Rebecca Boniface is a certified PADI dive instructor, full-time nomad, and DIY enthusiast.

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