7 of the best home weather stations

Keep an eye on indoor and outdoor weather conditions with our list of the best home weather stations

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While owning a home weather station won’t turn you into the next 6 o'clock news weather presenter, they will allow you to gain further knowledge of both your house and garden microclimate and the wider local forecast as a whole.  Most weather stations consist of an internal unit, or interface, which digitally displays the data recorded from various sensors around your home, while techy ones may display data via an app. 

The more money you throw at your weather station investment, the more you’ll get out of it. For the most part, they all do the same, with cheaper to mid-range weather stations settling on taking basic measurements including temperature, humidity and pressure. If you’re willing to go all out on your weather station, there are ones that will collect intricate data such as rain volume, light and UV Index.

If you’re interested in submitting data to an online weather community, your best bet, if you’re a beginner, is something like the Aercus Instruments Weather Station, which submits and stores data from several different external sensors. Those looking to analyse the data they collect may be interested in our top pick, the Netatmo Weather Station, which sends data to an app and converts it into interpretable graphs for you to study over time. 

When buying your weather station, think about whether you have a suitable place to put your external sensors – most require somewhere sheltered and shady to protect them from rain and direct sunlight. You’ll also need to consider the distance between your sensors and the internal unit, as modern weather stations work on a wireless connection, which can be limited. 

Other than that, what else do you want the interface to display? Most are programmed to show GMT, while others can double up as an alarm clock so you’re completely aware of the current weather conditions as soon as you open your eyes. The best retailers to go to for home weather stations include Amazon and John Lewis, where you can get hold of units to suit all budgets. To help you decide on the best weather station for you, we’ve come up with a guide that features the most popular on the market right now, so you’ll be forecasting in no time. 

1. Netatmo Weather Station

This stylish weather station makes the perfect addition to modern living spaces

Specifications
Best for: Connecting to smartphones
Wireless: Yes
Module: Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Stylish appearance + Additional sensors available 
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn’t come with an interface (uses an app) 

This stylish weather station from John Lewis teams up with your smartphone and a couple of sensors to deliver a load of data for you to interpret. The indoor sensor should allow you to maximise your family’s comfort, with the indoor temperature, humidity, air quality and C02 levels clearly displayed on the app.  The outdoor sensor collects temperature, relative humidity, air quality, pressure and weather details for a comprehensive collection of graphs and a clear display of all the weather information you need to plan your day. This is probably the most stylish weather station on our list, with a sleek exterior perfect for displaying in living areas. Those looking to receive more data from their weather station may be interested to learn that you can purchase compatible rain and wind gauges as extras, allowing you to create your own, stylish weather station.  

2. Aercus Instruments Weather Station

A traditional weather station for in depth data collection

Specifications
Best for: Data collection
Wireless: Yes
Module: Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Creates graphs from the data + Stores data for three months 
Reasons to avoid
- Transfer data via USB only 

If data is your focus, this weather station is certainly one to take a look at. In addition to the basics, the traditional external sensor will collect in-depth information including wind, rain, dew point, windchill and the forecast for a complete picture of the environment outside your door. Those who like to be fully prepared for any weather event will be pleased to hear that you can set a range of alarms that sound when readings reach a high or a low. All of the data is displayed on a clear, easy-to-read digital interface, which also doubles up as alarm clock so you’re completely aware of the current weather readings from the moment you wake up. To view the data in depth, you can transfer it to your PC via USB and upload it to online weather communities for a detailed insight into your local weather.  

3. Youshiko Wireless Weather Station

A cost-effective weather station that collects basic data from three sensors

Specifications
Best for: Multiple sensors
Wireless: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Easy-to-read interface + Easy alarm function 
Reasons to avoid
- Only 1 sensor included in basic package 

A little more basic than our first two picks, this weather station is purely for reading internal and external temperature readings and displaying the forecast prediction for 12 - 24 hours time. The interface itself is an indoor sensor, and will help you to keep your internal environment at maximum comfort, while the external sensor will give you an indication to the type of attire you should be wearing, and should be kept in a sheltered spot to prevent it from torrential rain. The interface also doubles up as an alarm which can be easily set and controlled from the back of the unit, which makes your bedside table the ideal place to put your weather station unit.  

4. ThinkGizmos Wireless Weather Station

An eye-catching, stylish interface for a clear display of indoor and outdoor environments

Specifications
Best for: Large screen
Wireless: Yes
Module: Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Colourful forecast display + Clear differentiating between indoor and outdoor figures 
Reasons to avoid
- Display is dimmer when running on battery power 

With its slim design and colour panel, this weather station certainly provides plenty of stylish features. The interface displays eye-catching animations of the next 8 hours of weather, internal and external temperatures, humidity and accurate time, making it the perfect addition to any living environment where quick reference to the current and future weather conditions is required. The interface itself is supplied with one wireless sensor, which you can place in a sheltered external area, and it has the ability to hook up to a further two for a more accurate reading. The unit itself can be mains powered or battery powered, great if you don’t like wires on display, and it even comes with a USB socket so you can charge up your phone or tablet if you’re short on socket space.  

5. Technoline Digital Weather Station

Basic, battery powered and fantastically cost-effective

Specifications
Best for: Battery powered
Wireless: Yes
Module: Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Simple, clear display + Compact in size 
Reasons to avoid
- Batteries are an additional expense 

This basic digital weather station has a compact interface, perfect for a discreet display of  the future forecast and current weather trends. Thanks the internal unit and external weather sensor, this weather station shows the indoor and outdoor temperature, with maximums and minimums displayed so you’re prepared for all circumstances. The unit has an integrated alarm clock, great if you’re looking for an all-in-one to place on your bedside table. Although on the pocket-friendly side, bear in mind the ongoing AA battery expense before you buy.  

6. Oregon Scientific Wireless Hygrometer

A fairly intelligent weather station that doesn’t cost the earth

Specifications
Best for: Data collection
Wireless: Yes
Module: Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Alerts for adverse weather + App allows to access data on your phone 
Reasons to avoid
- App is a bit buggy 

This small and nifty device is actually capable of a fair bit of forecasting, with temperature, humidity, forecasts, alerts and moon phases all displayed on it’s interface. The weather station can process data from up to 5 different sensors, with a 7 day history available to view via Bluetooth on your smartphone, great if you want a reading while you’re pottering around the house. More intelligent than our previous pick, you can expect heat, fog, frost, rain and wind alerts so you’re aware of any obscene weather that may be going on outside, while the app allows you to keep tabs of individual readings from each room sensor- great if you’re looking to monitor kids’ rooms, the living room or even the greenhouse.  

7. TFA-Dostmann Weather Station

A fun, simple weather station that doubles up as an alarm clock

Specifications
Best for: Fun graphics
Wireless: Yes
Module: : Indoor and outdoor
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to interpret graphics + Informative and fun 
Reasons to avoid
- Can disconnect from the external sensor 

The standard cloud or sun graphic can get a bit dull, so if you’re looking for a weather station that offers something a little outside of the box, you’ll be interested to learn that this station uses the clothing of the boy graphic to symbolise the weather. In addition to displaying the current local weather conditions, this simple weather station also details the outdoor temperature, humidity and indoor conditions. If you’re looking for a fun way to read the weather, this weather station is certainly one to consider and it doesn't break the bank, either.  

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