Which Davis Weather Station Should I Buy? The Vantage Vue is Our Favorite

Davis Vantage Vue close up shot
The Weather Station Experts

We don’t make it a secret that we’re big fans of Davis weather stations. They might not be the fanciest weather stations out there, but they have a proven record of reliability that few other companies can match. Their stations last for decades and measured the highest wind speed recorded by a personal weather station, 199mph!

Davis sells a cheaper model called the Vantage Vue, and a pro-grade model, the Vantage Pro2. Each model has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which we’ll explain below. We’ll also compare specifications, discuss WeatherLink Live (the company’s new connectivity offering), and touch on AirLink, which adds air quality measurements to your Davis weather station setup.

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

What is the difference between the Davis Vantage Vue and Vantage Pro 2?

Davis Vantage Pro2 ISS outside

The most significant differences are the sensor suite. The Vantage Pro2 features a separate wind vane and anemometer. With the Vantage Vue, all the sensors are in a single housing. The Vantage Pro2 also offers expandability, although the new AirLink air quality sensor works with either model.

Who should buy the Davis Vantage Vue?

We recommend casual weather observers purchase the Davis Vantage Vue as it is significantly cheaper than the Vantage Pro2. Even in a significantly smaller package, the Vantage Vue is still a very accurate weather station.

Who should buy the Davis Vantage Pro2?

We recommend serious weather observers, organizations, and commercial users purchase the Davis Vantage Pro2 over the Vantage Vue. This station’s accuracy is unmatched among consumer weather stations, and the option to add additional sensors is a huge benefit for specialized applications, like agriculture and environmental monitoring.

Can I connect my Davis weather station to the internet?

Yes, both stations can, but it requires an additional device called WeatherLink Live. Davis offers packages with the WeatherLink Live included, which we recommend. While Alexa is supported, you cannot use your weather station data to control your smart home devices, unlike other weather stations.

Can I connect my Davis weather station to Weather Underground?

Yes, you can, as long as you have a WeatherLink Live base station. You’ll connect the station from within WeatherLink’s settings page. First, you’ll want to set up your account on Weather Underground, though. You can do that by clicking here.

What are the advantages of the Davis Vantage Pro2?

The Vantage Pro2’s expandability is its key feature. Among the additional sensors not available to the Vantage Vue are UV and solar radiation sensors. There is also an option for a fan aspirated radiation shield for more accurate temperature and humidity readings. The separate wind vane and anemometer improves wind readings (for why see our weather station installation tips).

What are the advantages of the Davis Vantage Vue?

The Vantage Vue’s compact sensor suite makes it much easier to install and better suited for those that might not have space for a larger setup. And despite its significantly lower price, the station’s sensors are no different than what is found in the Vantage Pro2.

What are some alternatives to a Davis weather station?

WS-5000 sensor suite

Davis’ stations are arguably the best personal weather stations on the market, but there are some excellent alternatives. If you’re considering either Davis weather station, we’d recommend also considering the following stations as well from Ambient Weather:

Ambient Weather WS-5000
Ambient Weather WS-2902C

Is there a difference in the accuracy of the Davis Vantage Vue and Vantage Pro2?

According to their spec sheets, no. But where you place your weather station plays a big role in how accurate your readings will be. With the Davis Vantage Pro2, you can place the anemometer in an elevated location while keeping the rest of the sensors near the ground: with the Vantage Vue, you don’t have that option.

Davis weather station comparison

Below we’ve laid out the specifications for both the Vantage Vue and the Vantage Pro2 below so you can see how they stack up against each other.

Price current as of October 6, 2021

WeatherLink Live

WeatherLink Live
Davis Instruments

The addition of WeatherLink Live seriously upgrades the communication capabilities of both the Vantage Vue and the Vantage Pro 2. Previously, you had to purchase an expensive (and outdated) ethernet dongle to connect your Davis weather station to the Internet.

While real smart home connectivity other than an Alexa app is still missing, WeatherLink Live makes more sense. It appears that the newer sensors that Davis is releasing are built to be compatible with the WeatherLink Live directly, so options may grow with time on what you can do.

We really like the live updating within the app when you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as your WeatherLink Live. It’s a nifty feature, and I’ll admit to watching it intently during some of our stormiest weather.

What’s nice is from what we’ve seen, it isn’t any more expensive than the old dongle, which didn’t have the functionality the WeatherLink Live has. Unfortunately, it’s also not any cheaper.

AirLink

Davis AirLink backyard 5
Davis Instruments

Davis’ newest device is an air quality monitor known as AirLink. It’s arguably the first of Davis’ “next-generation” weather stations and instruments, as it connects via the new WeatherLink base module. AirLink is one of the few air quality monitors that measures PM1 particulate matter and the more commonly found PM2.5 and PM10.

We found the sensors extremely sensitive in our tests (be careful where you place the AirLink sensor!) and accurate based on our experience for a consumer-grade air quality sensor. If you’re especially sensitive to particulate matter due to allergies or breathing issues, Davis’ AirLink is something you want to consider — especially for the fact it can detect PM1.

Final thoughts

Either Davis weather station is a great choice, but if you can afford it, the Davis VantagePro2 is a solid station overall. With best-in-class accuracy and a track record of proven reliability, it’s one of the best weather stations available. But it’s very, very expensive.

We’ve owned a Vantage Vue since 2016 and love it. We’ve had no major mechanical problems with our station, and the accuracy is outstanding as long as you properly maintain it. And we’ve also purchased AirLink and are happy with its performance as well. But our next station is a Vantage Pro2, for sure.

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