In this guide we’ll look at the best weather stations for the UK market.
I’ve compared accuracy, features, design and cost
to give you my top recommendations.
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This AcuRite Pro Color Weather Station will measure temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction and rainfall. It’s easy to set up, and the sensor stays outdoors, using Wi-Fi to transmit data to an indoor display. The display screen is clear, easy to read, and can be powered by batteries or mains power.
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More Detailed Weather Station Reviews
AcuRite Pro Color Weather Station Review
This AcuRite Pro Color Weather Station works extremely effectively. You place the weather sensor outdoors and it transmits data, via Wi-Fi, to a display unit indoors.
The station will measure:
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
The display will also show the current moon phase and allow you to track rainfall over time. It’s the best home weather station for any amateur meteorologist, perfect for keeping you in the know!
The indoor unit has an clear screen with a dimmable display; it can be powered by mains power or batteries – whichever is most convenient for you.
Setting up the station is easy and it’s simple to use. Providing loads of interesting data and useful information about the weather.
Overall, this weather station offers an excellent number of features at a very affordable price.
Youshiko Wireless Weather Station Review
This Youshiko Wireless Weather Station provides a full range of readings and is easy to set up and use.
This weather station will measure:
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- Heat index
- Dew point
- Wind chill
- Beaufort scale
- Barometric pressure
As you can see, quite a lot of data to be gleaned from this little machine!
It also gives a general forecast for sun, partial cloud, cloud, rain, storms and snowfall.
As well as offering all this meteorological information, the weather station also has a highly-accurate radio-controlled clock which automatically updates the time, date and moon phase.
It can even keep note of past weather readings, saving the hourly history of the past 24 hours. This can be interesting to see, and also allows you and your family to create some hypotheses about future weather.
The weather station can alert about extreme weather as well, including inbound ice and wind.
It comprises of a sensor that is placed outside and transmits data via Wi-Fi to the display unit which is located indoors.
The display unit is powered by 3 x AA batteries and has a clear black and white display. It also measures indoor temperature and humidity, so you get a lot of information for your money!
This is a brilliant home weather station that is extremely easy to set up. Because it is radio controlled, and connected with Wi-Fi, you don’t ever have to reset it.
Within ten minutes of putting the batteries in you can have it up and running, updating you with the time and location.
It’s the best weather station for giving an extremely detailed, full range of readings. If you don’t mind the black and white screen, this is a really great option to go for.
Bresser 5-in-1 Weather Station Review
This Bresser 5-in-1 Weather Station will measure 10 different values including air pressure, wind direction, wind speed, rainfall, and indoor and outdoor temperatures.
It also features radio-controlled time and date settings.
This home weather station will provide data on the moon phase and is fascinating to keep an eye on throughout the seasons.
If you travel frequently, you can even program this unit to supply ice alerts.
The LCD display is clear and easy to read, providing all the relevant information at a glance.
In terms of set up, this unit doesn’t take long to get going. Simply position the outdoor sensor and insert the batteries into the main unit; it will automatically set the date and time.
This weather station provides a good range of information and is accurate and easy to use.
Froggit Profi Radio Weather Station Review
This Froggit Profi Radio Weather Station is Wi-Fi enabled, easy to set up, and very straight forward to use.
It has a sensor that is positioned outside and then transmits data to an indoor unit. The external sensor measures:
- Solar radiation
- UV value
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
The indoor unit analyses the data to provide an accurate forecast. It features a full-colour display that is easy to read and makes it simple to understand the information.
It will also display the indoor temperate, humidity and air pressure.
Depending on where you wish to place the display, it can be powered via batteries or mains power.
This home weather station can also be used in connection with the ‘Weather Underground’ app. It transmits data in real time to this app meaning you can access the information collected by your station and get detailed reports.
Aercus Instruments Weather Station Review
This Aercus Instruments Weather Station is definitely one of the best weather stations on the UK market; it measures everything you could need to know about the weather and has lots of additional functions and features.
Between the outdoor sensor and the main unit you can measure:
- Indoor/outdoor temperature
- Indoor/outdoor humidity
- Barometric pressure
- Wind speed and direction
- UV & light
- Dew point
- Wind chill
It allows you to create a short-range forecast and check sunrise and sunset times as well as moon phases. These are extremely accurate and useful, but also provide family fun to compare with the official national weather forecast.
You can also use this weather station to create history reports and graphs on the weather. Plus, it can be programmed to give you alerts in case of severe weather such as ice and storms.
The main unit has a full colour console that is easy to read.
This weather station can be connected to the weather server, Wunderground, transmitting data in real time to the app.
This means you can access you weather station via the internet wherever you are and get detailed reports.
You can also export data to an SD card for analysis with programmes such as Excel. The station is compatible with PC, Mac, and iPads.
The unit is simple to install and set up. It comes with brackets to attach the outside sensor in a suitable location. It also has a solar panel to extend the battery life.
This is a top-quality weather station that will provide you with all the information you need to make accurate reports and record data.
Its compatibility with the ‘Weather Underground’ server is excellent. It allows you to see comprehensive graphs of your station data, as well and archive and share data to improve local weather forecasting.
If you are a keen meteorologist this will be the best home weather station for you. It’s incredibly detailed, with a lot of different features, and will provide all you need to pursue your passion.
Things to Know Before Buying a Weather Station
Home weather stations are great bits of technology. They allow you to collect environmental data as well as forecast the weather in your area – accurate to the minute!
Not only are they fascinating, they’re also extremely practical too. Weather stations are useful for gardeners planning their planting schedule, general outdoor enthusiasts, or anyone needing to be aware of extreme weather events.
The best weather stations can collect huge amounts of data including wind speed, air pressure, rainfall, humidity and more.
If this sounds right up your street, or you have a budding amateur meteorologist in your family, I highly recommend getting a weather station for your home. Take a look at the following advice to make sure you’re fully informed and know exactly what you’re buying:
Choosing either a basic, medium, or upper-end model, depending on your budget, will help you get the most from your weather station.
It’s not worth buying a cheaper model which claims to be able to take all the same readings as a higher-end machine. Ultimately it will likely be inaccurate and not worth buying.
A basic weather station will report on temperature, humidity, and pressure. These are the three most generally useful readings across the board. Better to buy a slightly more expensive basic machine that will do these well, than hope to get a station that can do more for the same price.
A mid-range weather station will measure the basics (featured above) as well as record more specific data about wind speed, wind direction and rainfall. If you are particularly interested in keeping an eye on the wind or rain, perhaps for specific outdoor activities, consider spending a bit more to get a good quality mid-range weather station.
An upper-end weather station will have added capabilities such as the ability to measure UV, soil moisture or the temperature of water. These are useful if you’re trying to keep a closer eye on your garden and the growing conditions for specific plants.
The most standard way for weather stations to work is via your Wi-Fi. Using the network, the sensors outside are able to connect to the display unit inside. This is the same across the board, whether you go for a basic or upper-end model, but bear in mind that cheaper models may have more difficulty picking up your Wi-Fi signal from further away.
Many mid-range models, and the majority of upper-end models, can be connected to an app. Their data can then be viewed from a computer or smartphone.
From your computer or smartphone it is possible to convert the data into graphs and view the weather data in different formats.
Using an app means you can check on your weather station even when you are away from home.
What’s more, these units often have the ability to connect to the Weather Underground server. This is a big database of weather information, providing data for meteorologists worldwide. By sharing your weather data, you may be able to offer valuable information to meteorologists about your area – especially as the next reliable weather station might be several miles away!
Smart Home Connectivity
This is the most recent innovation when it comes to weather stations; some of them can connect with your ‘Smart Home’ technology.
If you’re looking for a unit that can talk to your heating, and prompt it to turn on when the temperature drops, there are models that can do that. Equally, some weather stations connect with Amazon’s Alexa, allowing you to simply ask your friendly household robot to tell you about the weather outside.
As you can imagine, this smart home compatibility is currently reserved for upper-end weather stations, but as technology develops, these features will likely filter down into cheaper models as well.
The outside unit of the weather station is wireless. This is great news because it means it can be placed wherever is most appropriate in your garden (we’ll get round to that in the next section). However, wireless units require the power to either come from batteries or solar panels.
Ideally, you want to look for a weather station which has the option to run off both batteries and solar power. The best weather stations will run off solar power the majority of the time, switching to using batteries when there isn’t enough sun.
As you can imagine, the drawback of having a unit that only runs off solar power would be that the UK weather isn’t reliably bright enough to keep a weather station going every day.
Indoor display units tend to run off either batteries of mains power, or have the capacity for both.
Where you want to place this unit will influence which option you should go for. If mains sockets are a valuable commodity in your house, you may prefer a battery-powered option.
Equally, if you don’t want to be messing around with changing batteries when they run out – go with mains power.
It’s important to choose a spot that will be able to accurately record the environmental conditions.
The outside sensor, particular that reading temperature and humidity, should not be placed near the house. Any heat escaping from the house through windows, pipes, etc. will alter the weather station’s readings.
The best place to position the temperature and humidity sensors is over grass, in a shaded area, approximately 1.5 m off the ground.
For a rainfall sensor, height is less important but you should avoid placing it too near the ground. If rain splashes up from the ground onto the sensor, you will get an inaccurate reading. Most importantly, the sensor should be placed somewhere clear of obstacles. Any buildings or trees could interfere with the amount of rain that reaches the sensor.
When it comes to the wind gauge, you need to find somewhere high up to position it. Any quick googling will tell you that wind speed is normally measured at a height of 10 m – not necessarily achievable in a standard garden!
You can mount your sensor on a fence post or pole or perhaps on a chimney or flat roof. If you plan on fixing your sensor to a chimney, situate it on the side of the prevailing wind – in the UK this is the South East
Aim to position the wind gauge at least 3 m higher than the majority of the obstructions in your garden. The more clearance you can get, the better!
Seeing as many home weather stations have all the sensors in one unit, it can be hard to choose the ideal location. However, a 1.5 m fence post or pole located in the most open area of your garden, set in concrete to keep it level, is often the best solution to provide accurate readings across the board.
Some weather stations can be ‘customised’ with add-ons at a later date.
This is handy to look out for if you’re keen to see how you get on with a basic unit first, but might want to branch out into more measurements at a later date.
Not all units can support add-ons, but those that can will often allow you to add wind monitors and rainfall gauges, amongst other things.
If you think you might be interested in expanding on the type of data you collect, but want to start out simple, make sure to buy an initial unit that can be added to.
Weather Station FAQs
For the temperature and humidity sensor: locate your sensor in a shaded environment out of direct sunlight. The north-facing side of a wall is a good option. Beware of the potential heat radiating from an occupied building. If you can’t avoid placing the sensor in direct sunlight, create some improvised shade with a piece of black painted metal to reflect the sun.
For the wind sensor: place it as high as you can in an area of clear air flow. Consider a fence post, pole, chimney or flat roof.
For the rain gauge sensor: your sensor needs to be in a level position, ideally 30 cm above the ground. Most importantly, ensure that the rain gauge is not in the lee of a building or tree as it will not provide accurate data if it is sheltered from rain.
Home weather stations provide up-to-date readings of the weather – if you check an online forecast the reading may have been taken several hours ago. They’re practical and easy to check, provide accurate and local information, and can provide alerts about severe weather warnings.
Some weather station display units are radio controlled. This means they are able to automatically set the date and time. As a result, they are easy to set up, accurate, and low-maintenance; you won’t need to alter any settings when the clocks change and can trust these units to always be correct.