If there’s one thing that we like to do, it’s to talk about the weather. Especially for Brits, it’s the closest thing to a state-sanctioned small talk topic that there is. And from that, it’s fair to say that a certain degree of fascination has developed with understanding and predicting the weather, hoping to prove the TV weather reports wrong with your own predictions.
That’s a little more doable nowadays with the advent of home weather stations. So, whether (weather?) you want to just know a little more about what’s happening outside, and why that’s happening, or you have a full routine planned for the bemusement of your family/housemates, here’s what you need to know. Read on for a selection of the best weather stations for sale right now.
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- 1. Youshiko Weather Station
- 2. Froggit Profi Radio Weather Station
- 3. Bresser Weather Station
- 4. EpicWeather Wireless Weather Station
- 5. Oregon Scientific BAR206 Weather Station
- 6. Elegiant Wireless Weather Station
- 7. Zili Wireless Weather Station
- 8. Yuanguo Wireless Weather Station
- 9. Technoline WS9130 Weather Station
- Which Weather Station to Go for?
- Weather Station Buying Guide
This weather station by Youshiko is a 5-in-1 weather sensor unit. It measures wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity and rainfall, all clearly displayed on the large HD LCD display. The display is easy to read, with a true black background and colour changing information, which you can set to one of three settings, which includes a constant cycle of 256 colours or colours that change depending on external temperature. It also shows a large amount of other information, including barometric pressure, wind chill and dew points, as well as date/time.
The external weather unit connects wirelessly to the base and is supplied with all the necessary fittings. The base is wired but will also run on a backup CR2032 battery, one of which is supplied, and features a radio control clock with the option to even set alarms. It will also make generalised daily forecasts.
This weather station by Froggit utilises a built-in Wi-Fi module which allows for the upload of local weather data to larger servers. This, in turn, allows for potentially worldwide data sharing which ultimately increases the accuracy of the unit. The full colour display clearly shows off all the information you’d need, with humidity, UV values, solar radiation, wind speed and direction all shown on top of the standard thermometer readings. These are all updated every 16 seconds so that the unit can stay on top of its accuracy.
It also calculates humidity in and outside thanks to a built-in hygrometer, and by also taking regular pressure readings can create regular forecasts. There is also a companion app, available for both Android and iOS, to simplify the Wi-Fi setup and assist in sending data to the servers. The base unit is also a neatly compact 15.7×7.6cm, treading the line between slim profiles and being large enough to clearly read.
Bresser’s budget-friendly weather station is a unit that looks far more expensive that it’ll actually set you back. Featuring a sleek vertical display with grey backlighting and bold black characters, it’s also available in 3 different finishes (pictured: Black. White and Wood Look also available). Running on 6 AA batteries (not included in package) the 5-in-1 multi sensor, with requisite mounting accessories, gives you a display of more than 10 different data sets. These include wind direction and speed, precipitation quantity, air pressure, frost alerts and even moon phases as well as the standard thermometer values. It also utiltises all this data to display weather trends and offer 12-hour forecasts.
While immaculate German build quality is a bit of a stereotype, this fully leans into it with both the base unit and outdoor sensor built from high-quality plastic. The outdoor sensor can also withstand temperatures as low as -3°C and comes ready to install with all necessary fittings.
This weather station by EpicWeather comprises a base unit and outdoor sensor wirelessly connected. The base unit, finished in a sleek black plastic, is clear and bold, with a full-colour LCD display showing off a wide range of data with differently coloured text and bold, simple icons. It collects a good selection of data including indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, barometric pressure readings, as well as showing forecast icons, time and date.
The unit is equipped with an AC adaptor but can also run on battery power – 3 AA batteries for the base unit, and 2 AA batteries for the sensor. EpicWeather also offer a 100% money back guarantee on their weather station for peace of mind.
Oregon Scientific has made a name for itself over the years with high-quality scientific gear and consumer electronics. This weather station keeps firm with that reputation, as an elegant and functional option with three colour choices; silver with monochrome display, black with multi-coloured display and silver with green highlights (pictured). The data it shows encompasses temperature and humidity, both indoor and out, as well as a ‘Weather Alert’ forecasting feature. Giving you 12-24-hour forecasts, the alert feature shows what kind of weather to expect, from fog to rain and wind. An ice alert is also a useful feature.
One useful feature is the internal atomic clock, which ensures that the unit is always accurate and will automatically adjust for changes brought about by British Summer Time. 1 indoor sensor is included, but others are available to buy with the unit support
This wireless weather station by Elegiant comes with a super-bright and colourful LCD screen, making it easily read from different angles as well as in dark areas. The screen displays a simple spread of data, including indoor and outdoor temperatures and humidity (with a maximum/minimum record memory), 5 broad weather forecasts, phases of the moon and a real-time calendar. One indoor sensor is supplied, but with three different channels supported by the base unit you are able to buy up to two extras for different readings in different areas of the house.
The screen utilises touchscreen technology to keep it up-to-date and straightforward to use. It also has two different power sources for added versatility, running on mains power via a USB connection or using 2 AA batteries as a backup power source. Elegiant also offer the weather station with an 18-month warranty and lifetime tech support.
This wireless weather station by Zili is a simple-looking machine with a modern minimalist aesthetic to make it at home anywhere. The weather station is offered in 5 variants; orange, black, brown, pure white (pictured) and ecru; and features a good range of basic informative data. This comprises temperature both indoor and outdoor, a hygrometer to measure humidity (as well as memory capacity for minimum and maximum temperature and humidity) as well as time and date and moon phases.
The unit is supplied with one sensor unit, which can be placed indoors or outdoors. Up to 3 sensors can be paired with the base unit for a good spread of data around the home, which can be quickly navigated between on the base unit. These extra sensors are sold separately. The whole unit, base and sensors, are powered by 2 AAA batteries each, which are not included.
This wireless weather station by Yuanguo features a bold, easy to read screen and solid functionality. The display features a white backlight, designed to be softer on the eyes, while data is displayed in black and blue. The data that it does display comprises of temperature and humidity, both indoor and outdoor, time and date, and bold weather icons to display weather forecasts.
The supplied sensor can work at a range of up to 100 metres away from the base unit, and as such can be placed indoors or outdoors. The Yuanguo also has 3 different channels to support up to 3 sensors, although only one is supplied in the pack and the others must be bought separately. A lifetime warranty is also offered with the product, and it is powered by 3 AAA batteries in the base unit and 2 AAA batteries per sensor (not included).
Technoline’s WS9130 Weather Station is a radio-controlled clock and weather station offering a good spread of data in a smart package. The time setting can be either synced with an atomic clock timing signal from Technoline in Frankfurt, or manually set for UK time zones and British Summer Time changes.
It displays a straightforward amount of data on a simple, easy to read monochromatic display. Grey backlighting displays the time and date, internal and external temperature, and weather forecasts through bold icons that also display weather trends. The sensor supplied has a range of up to 100 metres from the base unit and can be kept outside. The base unit is powered by 2 AAA batteries, while the sensor takes 3 AA batteries (not included)
Which Weather Station to Go for?
Best quality & features – The Froggit Profi Radio Weather Station features great accuracy and other useful features to justify it as having the best quality and features. The main selling point is the accuracy which relies on a Wi-Fi connection module which shares your data with other machines on the network, and in doing so boosts its own accuracy. There’s also a huge spread of data available on the unit, with the full-size external sensor updating every 16 seconds for all the real-time data you could ask for.
On a budget – Yuanguo’s Wireless Weather Station is a great choice for those wanting to get stuck into weather tracking without forking out a huge amount for full-sized sensor sets. With three channels to support up to two additional sensors as well as the one included, it displays a good amount of basic data – temperature, humidity, time and date and forecasts – on a smart, stylish and especially easy to read display.
The most accurate – Froggit’s Profi Radio Weather Station comes out on top as the most accurate here thanks to its Wi-Fi connectivity and regularly-updating outdoor sensor. Sharing your data with other units connected to Froggit’s servers boosts the accuracy on every unit, with all the data received combining for more accurate readings. There readings are update on each unit every 16 seconds by the external sensor, so you can always be sure of the highest standards of accurate data.
For the data-obsessives – Youshiko’s Weather Station would be a great choice if you want lots and lots of data to sift through. Displaying all the basics of temperature and humidity, it also shows a large amount of extra information. This includes rainfall, heat index readings, dew points, wind speed, direction and chill factor as well as barometric pressure readings. All of this data is also stored in 24-hour maximum/minimum memory record, with alerts for record highs and lows. There’s so much to unpack here that data obsessives will be set until they can predict the weather with unnerving accuracy.
Weather Station Buying Guide
You know that classic joke about the magic weather rock on a string? If the rock is swinging, it’s windy. If it’s wet, it’s raining. And so on and so forth. But for you budding meteorologists out there, there’s a lot of information out there to consider and it can all get a bit confusing. That’s what this buying guide is here to do, to give you a set of criteria to help you better understand what it is you’re looking for in a weather station.
What information do you want?
Even the most basic of weather stations will have thermometers for both inside and outside, so that you can tell at a glance whether you need a jumper on, a jacket when you go out or a cold shower. But there are so many other functions that a lot of weather stations can offer – humidity readings, a barometer, wind and rainfall readings and even short-term forecasting. It’s up to you to decide how many of these things you want and/or need, as it’s not worth buying a model with all the bells and whistles if you don’t really know what you’re looking at.
There’s little point to forecasting the weather if it’s simply not correct! Of course, nothing can predict the weather and make readings on the current situation with 100% accuracy – you’d probably make millions if you found the answer to that. BY and large, most weather stations are accurate to, in terms of temperature for example +/- 1oC, which would be a sufficient level of accuracy for most. However, there are some that are even more so, and if this is something that’s important to you it would definitely be worth shelling out for a unit with a much higher degree of accuracy.
Appearance and size
You only have to look at some of the ornate weathervanes produced over hundreds of years to realise the importance of the look of something that, at least in part, is going to be stuck to the outside of your house. As such, considering the look of the unit, both the base unit and any external parts, is something that might be worth considering. Granted, no external weather station is going to look like a hand-sculpted weathervane, which prioritises form over function, but not all stations are created equal and it’s worth spending a little time which is going to look best for your house.
Build quality and robustness
The whole point of a weather station is that it’s exposed to the elements. How else is it going to record them? So, you need something that can actually withstand the rigours of everything your local climate systems can throw at it. This is multi-faceted, with the life and power source of the base unit paired with the materials and general longevity of the external parts just as important as each other. So consider your local climate and how much stress it might put on a weather station before you buy.
You’re not going to put the local weather reporter out of a job but buying a weather station is certainly going to be cheaper than enrolling in a meteorology degree program. There’s a wealth of potential data out there for you to learn from when it comes to home weather stations, but at the very least you now have the know-how to make the right choice for you when it comes to buying one.
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