People have been creating weather forecasts for a long time and have quite succeeded in this matter. Modern weather forecasters are able to predict precipitation, sunny weather, and so on with a very high percentage of probability. However, still many people do not trust them. Especially for them, such a device as a home weather station was developed.
There are enough such equipment in stores today, but not everyone knows how to choose the right products. So that you can buy yourself the best and at the same time not very expensive home weather station, we decided to write our today’s review. Before proceeding to the analysis of specific models, let’s see what indicators should be considered when choosing products. Let’s start with this.
How to choose a weather station for your home?
By itself, a home weather station is a fairly compact product, which is simply crammed with a huge number of sensors. With its help, it will be possible to quickly calculate the temperature, atmospheric pressure, air humidity not only in the room, but also outside it. The device includes two elements — a remote one is located outside the premises, where it will collect information about weather conditions, the second one processes the received data and displays information about them on a digital display.
Not so long ago, wired units were widely popular, in which the display with the sensor was connected by a wire, but recently wireless stations have also begun to appear. They are characterized by mobility, compactness and ease of use. The sensor is connected to the display via Wi-Fi or via Bluetooth. In this case, the display can contact several sensors at once (usually up to five pieces), due to which the most accurate readings are obtained, they can be located at a distance of up to one hundred meters.
In addition, there are weather stations that can be connected to a personal computer, laptop, tablet and even a smartphone. The outdoor element has a special thermal sensor that will detect fluctuations in ambient temperature, an electronic barometer is provided. It should be noted that the device practically does not consume electricity, the sensor can even function on batteries or accumulators.
When compiling the ranking of the best home weather stations of 2020, we took into account all the above factors, took into account user reviews, as well as value for money products. We have tried to include inexpensive products in the review so that each reader can choose the best products for themselves. Now is the time to start analyzing the characteristics of the weather stations themselves.
The best models of weather stations for home use
10. La Crosse WS9057
Today, this French company launches about 10 products on a wide market, which include both professional and home devices. As the manufacturer notes, this model is characterized by the highest measurement accuracy, and also has a large number of various unique features that are not characteristic of products from other manufacturers. The appearance is quite strict — in design it looks more like a digital photo frame, which is equipped with a chrome baguette. It combines the positive qualities of vertical and horizontal placement of such products. At the same time, the station can be installed both on the table and attached to the wall — for this, there are fasteners and retractable stands on the back side.
It should immediately be noted that the device is quite overall. The design control panel is located on the back side. It includes five buttons at once, with which you can adjust all the basic parameters, view the minimum and maximum values of air temperature, humidity, and select a channel for connecting wireless sensors. There is no backlight here, so it will be a little difficult to use the equipment at night. The station runs on standard R14 batteries, which will last much longer than AA batteries. There is no reset button here, so to return to the default settings, you will need to remove the batteries and return them after a while to their place.
- Very high accuracy of all measurements;
- Large diagonal LCD monochrome screen;
- Excellent production quality;
- Attractive appearance.
- Lighting is not provided;
- There is no reset button.
La Crosse WS9057
9. Kweller S-8200
The device has a very rich set, and each element is designed to determine certain parameters. There is an anemometer here, which determines the wind speed, and its direction will be measured by a special electronic weather vane. It will read this indicator relative to the cardinal points, so during installation it will be necessary to orient it according to the corresponding marks located on the product body. Both of these elements are able to withstand wind gusts up to 50 m/s. These modules are combined into a block using ordinary RJ11 telephone connectors. The rain sensor shows the amount of precipitation. The solar panel is designed to measure the intensity of lighting, besides, it is equipped with a solar battery, therefore, it is able to work completely offline. According to the owners of this station, it can be used both at home and for professional measurements of weather conditions.
The base unit has quite impressive overall dimensions, a decent display diagonal and large buttons. Separately, it resembles a small LCD TV, it has a stand for installation on the table. All buttons are signed, the design is based on three AA batteries, however, if necessary, it can be made networked by connecting to a power supply (not included in the kit, you will have to purchase separately). On the front side, you can find a USB jack for connecting to a personal computer. There is a green light backlight — it is very convenient to use at night.
- A huge number of different sensors;
- Very easy to understand setup and use;
- Decent measurement accuracy, more typical for professional products.
- It will take a decent amount of time to assemble, install and connect.
One of the cheapest models in our entire review of the best weather stations for the home. The design is available in white or black, takes up a minimum of free space, and can be mounted on the wall. The design is quite interesting. The case is entirely plastic, the front side is glossy, the back has a matte finish. The display is not too large compared to the models reviewed earlier, but everything is clearly visible on it — the numbers and other data are large. All buttons for controlling this device are located on the back of the case, which is not very convenient, but you won’t often have to use them, since they will be needed mainly to set up the weather station after the first turn on, set the time and date on it.
Overall dimensions are compact — 80x80x12 mm. The station does not have an external sensor, so it will only give readings indoors. Temperature units can be selected — Celsius or Fahrenheit, shows in the range from 0 to +50 degrees C. The humidity range is in the range from 20 to 95%. On the display, you can find an arrow that indicates how comfortable it is in the room — it is always in one of three positions — dry, humid or comfortable. The display backlight is not provided here, the alarm clock is not very convenient, since it is necessary to configure, turn it on and off using the buttons. The products themselves were developed by the German company Hama GmbH, and such a weather station is produced in China.
- Very budget products;
- Compact overall dimensions;
- Laconic design;
- Quite accurately measures all indicators indoors.
- Not very convenient to use the alarm clock;
- There is no remote sensor for measuring atmospheric parameters on the street;
- There is no display backlight.
7 Netatmo Urban Weather Station
Another development of French scientists. It includes almost all modern technologies, making it very convenient and easy to use. It has a huge variety of functions. The set is not too big — the station itself, a remote module, an adapter for connecting to the network, batteries for the external part of the station, mounts for it. The inner and outer elements are cylinders, the body of which is made of high-quality aluminum. The base here is plastic, in design they are very similar to each other. The quality of materials and assembly is very high. The device displays all the data on the display of a computer or mobile phone, for this you will need to download a special application and go through the mandatory registration process. When you turn it on for the first time, you will need to configure the Wi-Fi module, through which the station will communicate with all external devices, including the remote unit. In terms of network settings, it should be noted that the station can only work with one network, in order to integrate it into another, you will have to reconfigure the design.
There are really a lot of settings and sensors in this station. With its help, you can not only get a set of standard weather data outside the window, but also find out the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air, determine noise pollution both indoors and outdoors. All data is saved, so you can find out exactly when the neighbors drilled the walls. The application for a computer or mobile device is very easy to set up, and it also has a stylish and intuitive interface. The wireless communication module is very powerful, so you can place the main and remote units at a considerable distance from each other. Using the application, you will be able to find out a fairly accurate weather forecast for the next few days. The indoor module will help determine how comfortable it is to be in the room, and tell you what is best done to achieve ideal parameters.
- Very wide functionality;
- A huge number of high-precision sensors;
- There is a sensor to determine the concentration of carbon dioxide;
- Additional blocks can be added as needed.
- There is no own display;
- Fairly high cost.
Netatmo Urban Weather Station
According to users, this station is characterized by a very attractive appearance. The outer frame is made of high-quality glossy plastic, the display is black, the contrast is decent — the numbers can be seen even at a considerable distance. All data is located quite compactly, you can get used to it pretty quickly. The back panel is made of matte plastic. The assembly is of high quality and reliable — not a single backlash was noticed. All main controls are on the back. The only exception is the button responsible for turning on the backlight and repeating the alarm. If desired, the design can be placed on the wall. The kit includes a magnetic stand, painted in silver and featuring excellent stability.
The weather forecast is very accurate, all icons are clear. Time can be displayed in 12 or 24 hour format. The weather station is multilingual, support for the Russian language is available. The main unit has a built-in barometer, so even without an external sensor, it will display pressure data. The remote sensor is wireless, made entirely of plastic, it is possible to mount it on the wall. It can be located at a distance of up to 30 meters from the main unit, it works on the basis of a radio signal with a frequency of 433 MHz, and is powered by AA batteries. The charge lasts for a long time — about a year, regardless of weather conditions.
- Beautiful and quite stylish appearance;
- Russified interface;
- Accurate weather forecast;
- Saves the history of received data.
- The external sensor is not very well protected from external influences;
- Great value.
5. Beurer HM 16
Another very compact design that allows you to measure the current readings of temperature and humidity. The weather station can be installed on a horizontal surface, it is possible to mount it to the wall. The display is relatively large, all information is displayed large. The device works completely autonomously — from two CR2025 batteries, which are supplied in the kit. The functionality is not very wide: you can find out about the ambient temperature, humidity and see the time. The device stores in memory the so-called extreme values - the peak maximum and minimum values that were recorded by it during the entire operation. Data is displayed in different temperature scales — Fahrenheit or Celsius. There are only two buttons on the case — one is used to adjust the temperature scale, and when you press the second one, you can see the peak values u200bu200bmentioned earlier.
This device is ideal for indoor climate control. If necessary, the weather station can be taken with you on vacation or fishing. Small dimensions allow you to carry it in your pocket. Often this product is placed in offices, industrial premises or medical institutions to monitor the state of the environment. Overall dimensions are insignificant — 81x89x11 mm, the edges are rounded. The front side is made of high-quality glossy plastic, but there are also options with a metal front panel on sale. The back is monolithic except for the battery compartment.
- Ease of use;
- Acceptable cost;
- Reliability and durability;
- Excellent build quality;
- Very user-friendly interface;
- Stylish and strict appearance.
- There is no backlight.
Beurer HM 16
All-weather design, characterized by small dimensions — 85x65x21 mm, which comes with a convenient and high-quality wireless sensor. It can be located at a distance of up to 30 meters from the base. It operates at 433.92 MHz. The signal is transmitted approximately once every 36-40 seconds. It can be hung on the wall or placed horizontally. The device will measure the temperature both outside the room and in it. The operating temperature range is from -40 to +50 degrees, the measurement accuracy is 0.1 degrees. The memory will store the peak temperatures, humidity and pressure with the date. In addition, the unit has one interesting feature — it will show the user the dynamics of changes in ambient temperature in real time (growing, stable or decreasing). If necessary, the base can receive signals from three sensors at once.
There is an alarm clock that repeats every 5 minutes. Air humidity is measured in the range from 20 to 99% in 1% increments. The time is displayed in 12 or 24 hour format. The liquid crystal display has a pleasant blue light backlight, which is activated by pressing a special button. This makes the device very convenient to use at night. The meteorological station itself looks quite stylish. The case is painted black, made of reliable and dense plastic, the front side is glossy — it collects various kinds of dirt (fingerprints, dust, and so on), but it looks very nice. The base station is powered by three standard AA batteries.
- Acceptable cost;
- Sufficiently informative display;
- There is a screen backlight;
- Russified products.
- Do not place the sensor behind a wall that is too thick or install the base two walls from it — the signal may be lost.
In third place in our ranking of the best home weather stations is another model from this manufacturer. Many users prefer it for a number of reasons. First of all, everything you need to start working with it is supplied with the device — you do not have to purchase anything extra. The only exceptions are batteries — two will need to be installed in the wireless sensor, and three more are placed in the station itself. The manufacturer recommends using only lithium batteries in the sensor, as they have proven themselves well during operation at low temperatures. The appearance is quite interesting and attractive — the station will fit well into any interior of the room. The display here is liquid-crystal, monochrome, all data is displayed in a fairly large font, so you don’t have to peer or look for the necessary information for a long time. Provides a nice blue backlight.
The backlight button is located on the top end, so it is very convenient to use. It burns for only 5 seconds, but usually this time is enough to find out everything you need. The main unit can work with three wireless sensors at once, but they are not sold separately. The set of basic functions and parameters is standard — temperature, air humidity, pressure, units of measurement are quite familiar. A pressure histogram is provided for the last 12 hours, based on this information, the station is able to develop and offer the user a fairly accurate weather forecast for the next 1-2 days.
- Decent functionality of the device;
- Usual units of measurement;
- The button for turning on the backlight is located on the top, not on the back.
- Some users find it a bit pricey.
The design of the device is quite simple — there is nothing superfluous in it, but this gives the device additional rigor and attractiveness. The display has a very decent size, the user does not have to switch between different data, as they are immediately displayed on it. The device well calculates all the data received and, on their basis, gives the owner an accurate weather forecast, which almost always comes true. The weather station has a beautiful backlight that turns on when you press the button and remains active for about 10-15 seconds. Many users note the cost-effectiveness of the device — on one set of batteries it can work for about 2 years, and this applies to both the station itself and the wireless sensor. There are quite a few buttons for setting up and controlling the unit, but they are all located on the back of the device. In principle, it is assumed that they will have to be used only once — the first time they are turned on.
Functionality is about the same as other similar devices. The main positive feature of the device is the display of all data on the display in a fairly large format, so even a person with poor eyesight will see everything he needs. When installing the wireless sensor, choose a place where the sun does not reach, otherwise it will distort the temperature and humidity data outside the room.
- Small overall dimensions;
- Strict appearance;
- Economical battery consumption;
- All readings are accurate.
- The weather forecast does not always come true.
1. HAMA EWS-200
And here is the leader of our review. The main unit of this weather station has small dimensions — a square with a side of about 11 cm and a thickness of about 2 cm. It is powered by two AA batteries. Management is intelligent. There are a decent number of buttons on the back side, and depending on the duration of pressing, they can perform a variety of functions. The sensor for outdoor installation has dimensions of 11×3 cm, it will also have to insert two AA batteries. It can be located at a distance of up to 30 m from the base station. If the temperature changes critically, the alarm will turn on, and it can be turned off if necessary. The accuracy of the data is very high, the deviation from the real parameters is a couple of tenths of a degree for temperature and no more than 5% for humidity.
An interesting feature of the external sensor is the presence of a small display on it, where all the data is duplicated. As many users say, this element does not provide reliable protection against moisture penetration, so it is better to take care of tightness right away. The backlight is blue, soft enough, pleasing to the eye. The signal transmitter is quite powerful — it passes well through concrete walls, regardless of their thickness. The display here is monochrome, the backlight in the dark will not dazzle. It has an icon about the strength and stability of the signal. The time is set by radio signal, and the clock is regularly synchronized with it, which allows you to show only the most accurate time. The device will even output data regarding the phase of the moon.
- Very accurate indicators;
- Reliable weather forecast;
- Can work with three sensors at once;
- Attractive appearance.
- The button for turning on the backlight is not very convenient;
- The external sensor is not sealed.
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Our review of the best home weather stations has come to an end. We really hope that after carefully studying it, you will be able to choose the most suitable model for yourself. If you still have any questions about the device you like, then you can ask us in the comments to this article. We will try to respond promptly to these comments and provide you with more data regarding this device.