What AcuRite Weather Station Should I Buy? These 3 are the Best

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The Weather Station Experts

AcuRite is likely one of the world’s most prolific weather station manufacturers. Chances are you’ve seen at least one AcuRite weather station at your local retailer: retailers like Walmart, Target, and the Home Depot sometimes sell either the AcuRite 3 in 1 weather station or AcuRite 5 in 1 weather station or even both in their brick-and-mortar stores.

But as you may have already read in our weather station guide, we don’t recommend purchasing these as they often are cheaply made and often don’t have a good track record of reliability. Yes, that includes some AcuRite stations.

To answer this, the company introduced the AcuRite Atlas, a higher-end personal weather station, and has often been rumored to be working on the AcuRite Atlas Elite. They’re definitely a step up from previous models.

Let’s get started with a few questions we frequently hear from readers.

What is the difference between the AcuRite weather station models?

The AcuRite Notos is the cheapest model. The station does not measure wind direction or rainfall but does measure temperature, humidity, and wind speed, along with barometric pressure. The AcuRite Iris includes all of the aforementioned measurements, while the Atlas adds UV and light intensity (lux).

Who should buy the AcuRite Notos?

acurite notos 3-in-1 weather station

The AcuRite Notos, formerly known as the Acurite 3 in 1 weather station, is best for those with limited space and those who might need wind speed data instead of the typical digital thermometer. The Notos is not internet-connectable, either. We’d recommend it for purely casual use — those looking for better accuracy are better served by the Iris or Atlas.

Who should buy the AcuRite Iris?

The AcuRite Iris, formerly known as the Acurite 5 in 1 weather station, is best for general use. This is a great entry-level station, and AcuRite offers several models. We recommend the model with the better console and AcuRite Access for connectivity, but you should also consider the Ambient Weather WS-2902C if you’re considering the Iris.

Who should buy the AcuRite Atlas?

The AcuRite Atlas is the company’s most advanced weather station. It adds an optional UV and light intensity sensor, and there is the capability to add lightning detection. If you’re considering the Atlas, select the model with the Wi-Fi console and the optional lightning detection. This package is cheaper than the Ambient Weather WS-5000.

Are AcuRite weather stations accurate?

We often get questions as to the accuracy of AcuRite weather stations. In our experience, we’ve found AcuRite weather stations’ accuracy to score below their competitors, with the notable exception being the AcuRite Atlas. The Atlas is currently the only station that we recommend, although the Iris is an attractive alternative to the WS-2902C.

What happened to the AcuRite Atlas Elite?

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When AcuRite first announced the AcuRite Atlas several years ago, they also announced the AcuRite Atlas Elite. At the time, the console was billed as a competitor to the Davis Vantage Pro2. Among the rumored features were built-in UV, light, lightning sensors, and “professional grade housing and instruments.” While the Atlas Elite has disappeared from AcuRite’s site, we’re told it is still in development.

Can I connect my AcuRite weather station to the internet?

Both the Iris and the Atlas connect to the internet via AcuRite Access. You can do this either by adding the AcuRite Access base station or selecting a Wi-Fi-enabled console. We’re big fans of their web and mobile app, although it’s not as feature-packed as other stations, nor does it have smart device connectivity.

Should I wait for the AcuRite Atlas Elite?

We wouldn’t recommend it. AcuRite hasn’t provided any timeline for the AcuRite Atlas Elite’s release, so it might still be months, if not years before it appears. We’d recommend purchasing the AcuRite Atlas instead.

AcuRite weather station comparison

Below we’ve laid out the specifications for the AcuRite Notos, Iris, and Atlas weather stations. Remember, the AcuRite Notos is the new name for the AcuRite 3 in 1 weather station, and the AcuRite Iris is the new name for the Acurite 5 in 1 weather station.

Price current as of October 6, 2021

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AcuRite AcuRite Iris

AcuRite Notos vs. AcuRite Iris

The AcuRite 5 in 1 weather station, the Iris, is clearly the better of the two stations in this comparison. We feel as if the Notos is not much more than a glorified digital thermometer. However, its price certainly makes it an attractive alternative to the more expensive stations out there.

If you’re okay with losing rainfall and wind direction and don’t have a lot of space to spare, then opt for the AcuRite Notos. However, if you can afford it, opt for the AcuRite Iris instead; we think you’ll be happier overall.

AcuRite Iris vs. AcuRite Atlas

Whether you select the AcuRite 5 in 1 weather station, the Iris or the higher end Atlas again comes down to budget. Both support AcuRite Access to connect to the internet, which the AcuRite Notos does not. They also support all of the most common weather measurements you’d find on just about any other good weather station.

The Atlas instrumentation is more accurate overall, thanks to an included daytime aspirating fan in the sensor housing. In our tests, this made the AcuRite Atlas more accurate than even the Davis Vantage Vue in temperature and humidity readings. If you’re looking for better accuracy at a price significantly lower than other stations, the AcuRite Atlas is it.

acurite atlas 7-in-1 weather station

AcuRite Atlas vs. AcuRite Atlas Elite

It’s tough for us to truly judge how much better the AcuRite Atlas Elite really is because it’s yet to release. But we’d venture to guess a lot of the issues in the Atlas would be corrected. With our Atlas, the lightning detection wasn’t as accurate as we would have liked, and the rain gauge significantly undercounted rainfall.

AcuRite promises professional-grade instrumentation the Atlas Elite, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Wrapping Up

As we said previously, we strongly recommend you do not purchase an AcuRite weather station from a retailer. These are lower-quality models of what you see above. Instead, stick with the recommended packages above to get the best value for your money.

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