The best weather station for the home: opinions and buying advice


Everyone has their own morning routine. Some of us are going for a run, some of us are getting the kids ready for school, some of us just want to know if everything will be smooth during their rush hour commute. The weather can hamper any of those plans.

Having a personal weather station is one way to stay on top of mother nature. Yes, you can open an app, but the information there comes from a remote station miles away and is up to an hour old. With a home weather station, you get up-to-date information on what’s going on right outside your door.

We’ve done extensive evaluations on various home weather stations and picked our favorites. We’ll also discuss the features to look for when purchasing one of these systems.

The best home weather station platform

Ambient Weather does the best job of designing and manufacturing a home weather station that can be incorporated into a smart home. The WS-5000 impressed us with its easy setup, accurate reporting, and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. We also like its app and color console. That’s a big increase in price compared to Ambient Weather’s WS-2902, which is still available, but you’ll find the investment worth it.

runner-up

WeatherFlow Tempest is still a solid home weather station, but over time we discovered (we reviewed it in June 2020) that its haptic rain sensor wasn’t as accurate as we thought it should be. It’s still a good product, and like our top pick, it’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT. The Ambient Weather WS-5000, however, is slightly better and slightly cheaper.

How we test

We test weather stations over a period of at least a month to ensure we get as wide a range of weather conditions as possible to see how well the station performs. We pay special attention to ease of use and installation, and also use nearby National Weather Service stations to assess accuracy.

Weather conditions can vary dramatically in just a few miles, so with temperature we judge readings to plus or minus two degrees, and all other measurements within a five percent tolerance of the NWS station as accurate.

We also evaluate each system’s ability to connect with and influence smart home systems. What platforms are supported? Can you use voice commands? Did it work as expected?


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