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The UK’s Best Home Weather Stations For Monitoring & Forecasting

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Written by April Foot

Modern home weather stations can allow you to monitor all aspects of your immediate climate, including temperature, humidity, wind speed, air pressure and quality, and rainfall.

Many also forecast weather conditions over the coming hours and predict events such as frost. Having such an accurate picture of your current and future environment can be extremely helpful, allowing you to dress appropriately, make plans for the garden, and schedule other activities, according to the weather.

When choosing a home weather station, take into account that they can vary significantly between models – there are cheaper, lower-quality ones which give basic readings, and more high-tech models that offer greater accuracy and detail. You’ll also need to think carefully about where to position the outdoor sensor – for best results, it’ll need an unobstructed location.

If you want to add one of these high-tech climate monitors to your garden, take a look at our list of the 5 best home weather stations below.

Our #1 Top Pick
Bresser Weather Station 5-in-1 with Outdoor Sensor and German  DCF Radio Control Clock and Manual...
Value Pick
Powcan Weather Stations Wireless Indoor Outdoor with Alert and...
Also Consider...
Moonraker WS200 Pro Professional Solar Weather Station
Power
6x AA Batteries
2x AA Batteries
2x AA Batteries
Weather Forecast
12-24 Hours
Yes
No
Air Pressure Readings
Yes
Yes
Yes
Price
£66.99
Price not available
£59.95
Our #1 Top Pick
Bresser Weather Station 5-in-1 with Outdoor Sensor and German  DCF Radio Control Clock and Manual...
Power
6x AA Batteries
Weather Forecast
12-24 Hours
Air Pressure Readings
Yes
Price
£66.99
Value Pick
Powcan Weather Stations Wireless Indoor Outdoor with Alert and...
Power
2x AA Batteries
Weather Forecast
Yes
Air Pressure Readings
Yes
Price
Price not available
Also Consider...
Moonraker WS200 Pro Professional Solar Weather Station
Power
2x AA Batteries
Weather Forecast
No
Air Pressure Readings
Yes
Price
£59.95

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We’ve based our selection on the measurements they offer, as well as accuracy, usability, and value – prepare to become your very own weatherman/woman!

Best Pick: Bresser 5-In-1 Weather Centre

Our best weather station is multi-functional, records past measurements, and forecasts the future

This Bresser 5-in-1 Weather Centre is our top pick of the best home weather stations. This is largely due to the number of features and measurements it offers, as well as the high-quality design.

Using this one piece of equipment, you can effectively monitor the inside and outside temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, air pressure and precipitation. It’s not only the current information that’s available either – the memory function allows you to recall measurements taken in the previous hours.

When it comes to predicting future weather, there’s a 12-hour forecast, and a frost/ice warning. Additionally, the display also advises the time, date and moon phase, and there’s an alarm function. This is all easy to read at a glance on the large 5.5” screen, and there’s an LED amber backlight which lasts for 4-5 seconds, to allow you to read it in the dark.

The station consists of the internal unit with the display, and the 5-in-1 sensor unit, which is placed outside. Both units are battery-powered, and communicate wirelessly, which does mean you’ll need to position them fairly close together. The provided batteries aren’t the best, and this may affect the ability of the units to communicate, so we recommend replacing them with your own.

Overall, there’s not much this home weather station can’t do, and whilst positioning might affect your results, and it’s by no means the cheapest option available, it is very reasonably priced for the quality on offer.

Pros

  • Monitors multiple variables, including temperature, humidity, wind, air pressure and rainfall.
  • The memory function allows you to retrieve previous measurements.
  • Additional functions, including alarm, frost/ice warning and 12-hour forecast.
  • Large 5.5” display with LED light is easy to read at a glance.

Cons

  • Not the most affordable option.
  • Battery-powered – and the provided batteries don’t last long.
  • Applies EU time difference in the UK.
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Value Pick: Powcan Weather Station

This functional and affordable home weather station offers incredible value

If you don’t want to invest so much in a weather station, take a look at this Powcan Weather Station, which offers you many of the same great features as the Bresser model, for a much lower cost.

This one allows you to measure indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, as well as outdoor air pressure. It can predict 6 types of weather and has a frost alarm function. It also keeps you up-to-date with the moon phase, time, date, and indoor climate comfort and offers an alarm.

The device records the maximum and minimum measurements, and the barometer keeps a record of the air pressure for the previous 24 hours. All of this is displayed on a colourful LCD screen with 4 backlight options, which it has to be said, looks a lot more appealing than the Bresser display, and can also be controlled with a remote.

The indoor screen and the outdoor sensor can be placed up to 60m apart in an open area, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble setting them up. The station can be powered by batteries or a USB cable, and the outdoor sensor is battery-powered (batteries not supplied).

Although there’s no wind speed or directional monitoring, if you want an affordable yet functional home weather station to try out before committing to a more expensive model, this is the one to choose.  

Pros

  • Displays temperature, humidity, air pressure and moon phase.
  • Weather forecast and frost alarm.
  • Built-in time, date and alarm function.
  • Colourful, easy-to-read LCD display.
  • 60m range for outdoor sensor.
  • Highly affordable.

Cons

  • Doesn’t measure wind speed or direction.
  • Instructions could be better.
  • Batteries not supplied.
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Moonraker WS200 Pro

A mid-range home weather station that records most of the measurements you might need

Our next home weather station, this WS200 Pro model from Moonraker, represents a good middle-ground option, in terms of both price and function.

The display shows indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, as well as wind speed and direction, rainfall and rainfall history, and the time and date. Missing from this model is a barometer function to measure air pressure, as well as any kind of forecasting ability – although there is an alarm for weather limits.

The LCD display is clear and easy-to-read, but it is more similar to the Bresser Weather Centre in that it’s black and white, and lacks the colourful, modern and user-friendly aesthetic of the Powcan.

The indoor unit is connected to an outdoor sensor which incorporates a solar panel to collect accurate data, and the transmission distance between indoor and outdoor units is a long 100m in an open field. Both units require batteries, which are not included.

It is a little difficult to set the time on this one, and the LCD backlight could be easier to access, but overall, it functions very well as a monitor of current weather conditions.

Pros

  • Measures temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, and rainfall.
  • Built-in time and date function.
  • Alarm for weather limits.
  • Clear LCD display.
  • Relatively long 100m transmission distance between indoor and outdoor units.

Cons

  • No built-in barometer; doesn’t measure air pressure.
  • No weather or frost forecast.
  • Uninspiring black and white display.
  • Can be difficult to set the time.
  • Batteries not included.
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Floureon Wireless Home Weather Station

This affordable home weather station has its limitations, but the colourful display is highly appealing

It’s back to a more colourful and aesthetically-pleasing display with this Floureon Wireless Home Weather Station – which coincides with a more appealing price!

This device monitors the temperature, humidity and pressure, and forecasts weather changes in real-time. It has a built-in clock, calendar and alarm function, but unfortunately, there’s no measurement of wind speed, wind direction or precipitation.

Measurements are displayed on a bright and attractive LCD screen, with big numbers which make it easy to read. The wood-effect frame on the indoor unit ensures it will look great on your bedside table, bookshelf or mantelpiece.

The device has a transmission distance of 30m between the indoor and outdoor units, which is relatively short, compared to other models, and may not be suitable for larger homes and gardens. It can, however, be connected to up to 3 outdoor sensors (only 1 is included), which means you can monitor conditions in multiple places – for example, in shade and sun.

The indoor unit can be powered by battery or USB, whilst the outdoor sensor relies on batteries. Some users seem to have experienced issues with the two units connecting, which could be due to the short transmission distance. However, the overall consensus is that this is another great value home weather station, that’s more than sufficient for the average user’s needs.

Pros

  • Monitors temperature, humidity and pressure.
  • Forecasts weather changes.
  • Colourful, easy-to-read LCD display.
  • Attractive wood-effect frame.
  • Built-in alarm clock, time and date function.

Cons

  • Relatively short transmission distance of 30m – may not be suitable for larger homes.
  • Limited measurements compared to other weather stations – no wind speed, wind direction or precipitation.
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Netatmo Indoor Outdoor Weather Station

This home weather station is a pricier, more high-tech option

Our final home weather station, this Netatmo Indoor Outdoor Weather Station, is also our most expensive option. The reason for this is apparent when you take a look at the features and compatibility.

This smart weather station can be linked to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, allowing to access your weather readings from anywhere, as well as receive alerts when you need to ventilate your home. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple Home – perfect for the modern home.

Measurements on offer include temperature, humidity, pressure, air quality and indoor noise levels. This is a weather station focussed on your health and comfort, on monitoring your internal environment as well as your external one, and on helping you understand and interpret the readings you receive.

Past readings can be analysed to help you understand weather trends, and you can also access a 7-day weather forecast. All this is contained in two modern, stylish units, which just need to be connected to your home Wi-Fi.

Ultimately, if your budget will allow you to invest in this high-tech weather station, it undoubtedly offers you the most information, interaction, and fun.

Pros

  • Monitors temperature, humidity, pressure, air quality and indoor noise levels.
  • Access your weather readings and receive notifications from your smartphone.
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa and Apple Home – use your voice to control it.
  • Analyse past readings and access a 7-day forecast.

Cons

  • The most expensive weather station on our list.
  • Doesn’t measure wind speed or direction, or precipitation.
  • Poor battery life reported on the outdoor unit.
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How Accurate Are Home Weather Stations?

The accuracy of home weather stations varies significantly from model to model, as they have different sensors, and are of varying quality. Accuracy is also affected by the installation and positioning of the station.

However, if you invest in a reputable brand and high-quality model, and position it correctly – that is, in an unobstructed, shaded area, well off the ground – it is possible for modern home weather stations to be extremely accurate.

How To Make A Weather Station At Home

It is relatively easy to make your own home weather station to measure rainfall, wind direction and temperature. Although this will be unlikely to produce as accurate results as the products listed here, it can still give a good indication, and be a fun activity to engage in with children.

To make a basic rainfall gauge, you can simply place a glass measuring jug outside. Alternatively, you can create your own using a plastic bottle. To do this, cut a 2-litre bottle across the width two-thirds of the way up, and fill the bottom with jelly, to create a flat base. Turn the top third of the bottle upside down, replace it in the other half, and secure it with tape, to create a funnel for the rain.

Next, create a measuring gauge for the rain by sticking a ruler to the bottle, with 0cm at the jelly level. Once you’re finished, place the bottle outside, and secure it to the ground by digging a hole, or barricading it with bricks. Each time it rains, check to see how much has fallen and empty the bottle, ready for next time.

To measure wind direction, you can make a crude wind vain using paper, a straw, a pin, a pencil and clay. First, draw the head and tail end of an arrow on the paper, cut them out, and stick them to each end of the straw. Pierce the centre of the straw with a pin and push the other end into the rubber end of a pencil.

Secure the pencil by setting it in clay, to keep it upright. After making sure the straw can spin freely on the pin, place the device outside, and see which way the wind is blowing by which way the arrow points. There’s no DIY way to accurately measure temperature, so you will need to buy a thermometer for this, and place this near your DIY weather station, out of direct sunlight.

About the author

April Foot

April is a freelance writer who specialises in travel, home and garden design, and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.

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