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The Weather Station Experts

In the interest of transparency, we want to disclose how we select weather stations and gadgets, and how we test what we test on, and how we accept weather stations and gadgets for testing. Many review sites don’t actually test the products — they instead relying on customer reviews to form their opinions. We do things a bit differently.

How We Select What to Test

Weather stations and gadgets selected for testing meet our requirements for a standard feature set that we look for, and often for standout features. We do accept devices offered for testing from manufacturers. We do not accept monetary compensation in exchange for reviews from manufacturers.

How We Select Products for our Roundups

From time to time, it is necessary for us to include products that we have not had personal experience with. These frequently appear in our product roundups. When these products are included, we rely on on select reviews posted to retailer websites on Amazon and other sites.

Most sites mark actual customers with a “verified purchase,” which are the reviews we use to judge for selection in a product roundup.

How We Test

Weather station testing is far from an exact science. However, we do follow a standard method to test our stations.

All stations tested are placed on the same mount in the same location at our testing site. Sensors are compared with analog instruments where possible, and when an analog instrument isn’t available, a nearby NOAA weather observing station is used.

The typical test lasts about 2-4 weeks, depending on the variability of the weather during the testing period. Select stations remain installed past the initial review period, allowing us to provide long-term reviews of these stations.

Our rating system is structured on a five star scale, and a station must score three stars or higher in every category to be included in our recommendations. Here’s what the stars mean:

Five StarsSuperior or “best-in-class”
Four StarsAbove Average
Three StarsAverage, may have quirks or minor issues
Two StarsDeficient but useable
One StarSeriously deficient and/or non-functional

The four categories we use to come up with the final star rating are:

  • Accuracy
  • Durability/Construction
  • Feature Set
  • Value

Affiliate Disclosure

While The Weather Station Experts does not solicit or accept monetary contributions for reviews, we may from time to time be compensated for purchases made through links on our site. This may occur either through a relationship with a retailer offering the product, or from the manufacturer directly.

How we test or our opinions on a particular product are not influenced by this relationship. For more, read our affiliate link policy.

FTC guidelines require us to disclose this relationship, and where such links are present, we include a disclosure in a prominent location visible to the reader.

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