Best Weather Station Reviews for 2021

Our weather’s always changing. Why trust an often outdated (and inaccurate) weather app that might not even show your local conditions? A weather station is a great way to know exactly what’s going on outside. Our weather station reviews below will help you pick the right one.

Installing a weather station gives you up-to-the-second weather information in your backyard, including temperature, humidity, rainfall, barometric pressure, wind speed, wind direction, and more.

While we can’t control the weather, a personal weather station helps you react faster to it. Since many stations are internet-connected, you’ll be able to monitor the weather even when you’re not at home. You can even use the data to control smart devices like sprinklers and lights.

So what’s the best weather station you can buy? That’s the purpose of this site. I’ve been writing weather station reviews for the better part of a decade. Use my expertise to ensure you get a good deal.

Weather Station Reviews

Choosing the best weather station can be a daunting task, especially since there are so many options to choose from. We’ve listed our favorites below. Be sure to read our full weather station reviews for an in-depth look at each station.

The Weather Station Experts may earn a commission when you buy through links on this page.

Our Top Picks at a Glance

Price current as of July 26, 2021

Best Weather Station of 2021: Ambient Weather WS-5000 Ultrasonic Professional Smart Weather Station

WS-5000 sensor suite

The Ambient Weather WS-5000 is one of the most advanced personal weather stations we’ve tested, as well as one of the most expandable. The WS-5000 features a redesigned sensor suite, which now includes an ultrasonic anemometer.

The elimination of the vane-and-cup anemometer found on previous stations drastically reduces the number of moving parts. This should extend its useable life as the traditional anemometer requires ongoing maintenance to ensure trouble-free use.

The WS-5000’s sensors were much more accurate in our tests than previous Ambient Weather stations. The capability to add just about any sensor you can think of, including air quality, soil moisture, water temperature, and lightning sensors.

The brilliant color LCD console first introduced with the WS-2000 is also present in the WS-5000. However, with the new sensor suite, the WS-5000 sends data to the console in as little as every five seconds. That’s a dramatic improvement.

Of course, there’s AmbientWeather.net and the Ambient Weather app to view your data remotely. The company’s made it super easy to share your station data publicly through Weather Underground. Its smart home connectivity is best in class, offering IFTTT compatibility to connect your station to dozens of other smart home devices.

If you’re looking for a step up from the WS-2902, with accuracy that rivals any Davis station, the WS-5000 is the weather station for you. And even with all the advanced functionality, it’s still quite affordable.

Read our Review

Price current as of July 26, 2021


Best Mid-Grade Weather Station: Davis Instruments Vantage Vue Weather Station and WeatherLink Live Bundle

Davis Vantage Vue mounted on a pole

The Davis Vantage Vue might be getting a “long in the tooth,” as they say. It’s been on the market for over a decade. However, the addition of the new WeatherLink Live hub has breathed new life into Davis’ entry-level personal weather station.

The reliability of Davis stations is legendary in the weather enthusiast community. I’ve had my Vantage Vue up continuously since September 2016, and I know others that have had theirs for over a decade.

While you don’t get the unbeatable accuracy of the high-end Davis Vantage Pro 2, my experience has been nothing but positive.

With WeatherLink Live, sharing your data is super easy. While on your home network, you will be able to watch live conditions (updated every two seconds), and your data is uploaded to Davis’ platform once per minute.

While there is no smart home integration in this model, there is an Alexa app to hear your current conditions through your smart speaker. If you’d like, Davis does offer a package with the old console — but the WeatherLink Live does everything the console does.

Read our Review

Price current as of July 26, 2021


Best Pro-Grade Weather Station: Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Weather Station with WeatherLink Live Bundle

Davis Vantage Pro 2 ISS
Davis Instruments

The VantagePro 2 is hands down the best personal weather station you can buy, made even better by the new WeatherLink Live.

The Vantage Pro2 is a proven workhorse. Several years ago in the Caribbean, a VantagePro 2 station recorded a 199mph wind gust in a hurricane before its mast snapped. That’s the highest wind reading ever recorded on a personal 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 sensors is larger, allowing for better airflow.

Another difference between the VantagePro 2 and the Vantage Vue 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 speed readings.

While it takes a bit more time to set up, if you’re really serious about accuracy, there’s no other personal weather station on the market that even comes close. As a side note, there is also a bundle that includes the console. While the Vantage Pro2’s console is much more useful than the Vantage Vue’s, it does add to the price. Whether you need it is up to you.

Read our Review


Best Budget Weather Station: Ambient Weather WS-2902C WiFi Smart Weather Station

Ambient Weather WS-2902C sensor suite

Ambient Weather gets a second mention on our list because it frankly surprised me how feature-packed and accurate the WS-2902C was given its price. Many of the weather stations I’ve tested over the years on the cheaper side had many issues that prevented me from truly recommending them.

The WS-2902C isn’t as accurate as the WS-5000 or either of the Davis stations, but it comes close. 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 your data with Weather Underground, as well as access your station data through the app or a web-based portal.

The LCD console in the WS-2902C is much improved over previous models. When we tested the WS-2902A, the console suffered from readability problems beyond a 30-degree angle. That issue is far less of a problem here.

If you can’t justify the price of any of our other recommendations above, the WS-2902C is your best bet.

Read our Review

Price current as of July 26, 2021


Honorable Mention: WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System

WeatherFlow Tempest Weather System

WeatherFlow is a fairly recent entrant to the personal weather station market, although it has years of experience. Its coastal network of 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 personal weather station. For the most part, it’s a good start. It’s the only one of our stations with built-in lightning detection, and it’s one of the Tempest’s standout features.

We found that the lightning detection matched up better with data from professional lightning detection networks. It regularly detected distant lightning faster than any other station we tested.

Like the WS-5000, the Tempest’s anemometer uses ultrasonic technology to measure wind speed and direction. But in a first for any station we’ve seen, the Tempest uses haptics for its rain gauge.

This allows for the Tempest to not only detect how much rain is falling but also the intensity. While the measurement side still needs work, we found the notification functionality extremely useful for both rain and lightning. If you’re frequently outdoors, the WeatherFlow Tempest is a solid option.

Read our Review


Choosing the Best Weather Station

What are you looking for in a weather station? Are you just interested in what the weather is in your backyard? Need to monitor for outdoor activities or gardening? Are you just looking to get an idea of the weather in your backyard? A gardener wanting to make sure your plants are growing in optimal conditions? A weather enthusiast that wants superior accuracy and reliability?

How you’ll use your station does matter (and will save you some time reading through all these weather station reviews!). At a minimum, choose a weather station with the following features:

  • Outdoor temperature and humidity
  • Barometric pressure
  • Rain gauge

However, just these features aren’t enough in our opinion. When writing weather station reviews, I also look for the following features and consider them equally important:

  • Wind speed and direction
  • Indoor temperature and humidity

The best weather stations offer functionality above and beyond the basic measurements above. Some offer UV and light measurements, useful for outdoor activities, while others can detect lightning. Others offer sensors for other uses, including measuring soil moisture and water temperatures.

Accuracy and Reliability

You get what you pay for when it comes to accuracy in personal weather stations. In our experience, price is often a good predictor of sensor quality and accuracy, although there are exceptions. One thing we don’t recommend is department store models. We don’t write weather station reviews on these models, mainly because the vast majority are junk.

These stations are built to be inexpensive, and the sensor quality is not there. I’ve found these stations to have the most issues in measuring temperature, humidity, and rainfall accurately.

We also find higher-end stations offer far more reliable performance and don’t suffer from connectivity issues or maintenance problems as much.

Connectivity and Smart Home

Nearly every weather station is wireless these days, and that helps give flexibility in weather station placement. They also are often Wi-Fi and smart home capable, which is important.

You can view your data from anywhere through an app or web-based portal. You can also use your data to control your smart home devices. When your weather station detects rain, it could turn your sprinklers off to conserve water, for example.

While some weather enthusiasts might not have a use for smart home connectivity, many do. And with smart home technology becoming ever more prevalent these days, our weather station reviews will focus on this in part. To get a high rating, this connectivity is necessary.

Most of our recommendations also offer the storage of historical data. With years of use, you’ll build a useful historical weather record of your location — and be able to compare your records with nearby official stations. Some owners have decades of data stored!

Expandability

Always opt for a station with expandability if you can afford it. Everyone’s needs change, and you might need to add new sensors to your station. Purchasing a weather station that has this option will extend the useful life of your setup.

Durability

Most weather stations these days are made of plastic. Cheaper models are often built with less durable plastic and show their age quickly. The elements will do a number on your equipment, and the best weather stations will hold up for years (and, in some cases, decades).

Budget

Expect to spend anywhere from $150 or so to as much as $1,000 for a personal weather station. However, it’s more likely that you’ll spend somewhere in the middle of that range — given the best weather stations are often mid-range models.

We recommend reading the weather station reviews above to start, as they represent a good range of stations at various price points to fit any budget. Start with the mid-range models first, and compare with cheaper and more expensive stations to ensure you’re getting the best station for your needs. Our weather station reviews will help you choose.