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Buyers' Guide

Buyers' Guide

Welcome to our guide on choosing a weather station. You are in the right place. First, think about what is most important to you - are you shopping with a budget in mind? Is there a key element you would like to measure? What about the importance of access your data away from home or having access to your raw data? 

In each section, we will suggest the first ones to look at which we think are the best options within that heading.

 

Price - what is your budget?

1.  Stations below $150

2.  Between $150 and $300

3.  Between $300 and $500

4.  $500 or more

 

1.  Stations below $150

These are a great place to start and typically are designed to view recent data and give a sense of the history. They do not offer data download and are not internet devices unless otherwise stated.

Aercus WS1173 - $69

Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity with a well laid-out LCD screen. Also measures pressure, so offers a forecast.

Aercus KW9015 - $79

Indoor and outdoor temperature and rainfall data. Compact indoor LCD unit with history indication.

La Crosse c82929 - $125

Alarm clock with projection, colour screen with indoor data. When connected to internet adds internet forecast. Can be used with additional sensors and the La Crosse View App.

La Crosse WS9160U-IT - $49

Indoor and outdoor temperature. Possible to add additional sensors. Easy-to read screen.

 

2.  Between $150 and $300

At this price range, you should expect either more sensors, or internet connectivity. Data is downloadable, but may require a third party service, or subscription.

La Crosse V10-TH - $181 (Low Stocks)

Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity with a colour screen. Links to the La Crosse View App for remote viewing and supports additional sensors. When connected to internet adds internet forecast and wind tendency.

La Crosse V21-WTH - $228 (Pre-order)

Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity and wind speed with a colour screen. Links to the La Crosse View App for remote viewing and supports additional sensors. When connected to internet adds internet forecast and wind tendency.

Netatmo Smart Home Starter - $279

The most internet-ready of the three, taking an Apple like design ethic. It will measure indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity out of the box (and indoor CO2 and sound levels) and there are additional sensors available to purchase for wind or rain measurements. There is no console with this model. Measures air pressure and there are several extra sensors that can be seamlessly added. Uploads to Netatmo's portal. Good for automation including Alexa and IFTTT.

Aercus WS2085 - $279

Great all-round offline weather station. Stores up to three months' data and is fully featured with indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, pressure, rain, wind speed and wind direction. Compatible with Cumulus, Weathercat and many other weather software options. Best set of sensors at this price.

 

3.  Between $300 and $500

The best range of sensors and remote viewing of data. Some models also store data (may require additional subscription)

Aercus Weather Ranger - $499

Our best seller, with the best range of sensors available, with indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, pressure, rain, wind speed and wind direction as well as UV index and light level. Will store all your data ins its memory and will also upload to Weather Underground for easy remote viewing.

Tesa WS2900-Pro - $339

The fully features weather station with the best connection options - uploading to Weather Underground, WOW (for Metservice), Weathercloud and Ecowitt. Measures with indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, pressure, rain, wind speed and wind direction as well as UV index and light level

La Crosse V22 - $335 (Pre-order)

Indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity and wind speed with a colour screen. Sensors are separate allowing for optimal placement. Links to the La Crosse View App for remote viewing and supports additional sensors. When connected to internet adds internet forecast and wind tendency.

Netatmo + Rain - $409.50

The most internet-ready of the three, taking an Apple like design ethic. It will measure indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity out of the box (and indoor CO2 and sound levels) the separate self-emptying raingauge can trigger alerts. There is no console with this model. Measures air pressure and there are several extra sensors that can be seamlessly added. Uploads to Netatmo's portal. Good for automation including Alexa and IFTTT.

 

4.  $500 or more

Commercial grade weather stations with best features and accuracy

Davis Vantage Vue (with WeatherLink Live) - $950

Davis Vantage Pro2 (with WeatherLink Live) - $1430

Netatmo +Rain + Wind + Additional room sensor - $719

 

Sensors - what aspects of the weather would you like to measure?

Apps - do you need a mobile App or webpage to view your weather?

Accuracy - how accurate do you need your device to be?

Data download - do you want to store your data for analysis or archival?

 

 

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