Best Weather Stations to Control Your Environment in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 14, 2018
Get the latest data on all the weather conditions in your environment with a highly accurate weather station. With one of these five best home devices that we have narrowed down for you, you will always be ready for any weather changes. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Measures
Weather forecast
Temperature range
Data transfer
Inside module
Additional features
Power supply
Warranty
 
PROS

In addition to standard measurements, this wireless weather station is capable of determining humidity, air pressure, wind speed along with its direction, weather forecast, and more allowing you to be prepared for any weather changes in advance. 

CONS

The hinge out legs are comparatively short.

OUR VERDICT

The Aercus Instruments WS2083 is a user-friendly home weather station with a long transmitting distance and low energy consumption that can be mounted in several ways depending on your own preferences. One of the best weather stations both for home and commercial use. 

detailed parameters
Measures

Temperature, humidity, barometric pressure

Weather forecast

12 - 24 hours

Temperature range

-40°C to +65°C (-40°F to +149°F)

Data transfer

Data transmission: 433MHz;

Transmission distance: Up to 100 m

Inside module

Backlit LCD display

Additional features

Customisable weather alarms (high and low for each variable), Storm warning, User adjustable measuring intervals, PC connection

Power supply

4 x AA (Included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device outputs all information and data related to the weather forecast on a big, easy-to-read LCD display. Furthermore, it indicates rapid weather changes by sending alerts so that you know what to expect soon.

CONS

The indoor unit works only from the mains. 

OUR VERDICT

The Oregon Scientific BAR208HG keeps monitoring weather forecast, humidity levels, indoor/outdoor temperature and phases of moon round-the-clock. For better convenience, the station allows for connecting 3 sensors simultaneously, enabling you to control three different locations. 

detailed parameters
Measures

Temperature, humidity

Weather forecast

12 - 24 hours

Temperature range

-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)

Data transfer

Data transmission: 433MHz;

Transmission distance: Up to 30 m

Inside module

Backlit coloured LCD display

Additional features

Ice alert, Weather forecast, Moon phase, Weather alert alarms

Power supply

4 x AA (Included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With the Youshiko YC9360, you can keep track of moon phases, sunset, sunrise, moonset, and moonrise. This is very convenient especially for those who plan various activities according to the horoscope and moon calendar.

CONS

The viewing angles of the display might seem a bit narrow.

OUR VERDICT

You can get a lot of useful weather data with this user-friendly station. And thanks to an outdoor sensor that displays temperature and humidity, you won't have to come inside your house and check indoor unit each time you want to know this information.

detailed parameters
Measures

Temperature, humidity and barometric pressure

Weather forecast

12 - 24 hours

Temperature range

-20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F)

Data transfer

Data transmission: 433MHz; 

Transmission distance: up to 50 m

Inside module

LCD display with LED blue backlight

Additional features

Sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset times with graphical moon phase display, Up to 3 sensors for 3 different locations, Dual alarm with snooze function, Freezing notification

Power supply

4 x AA  (Not included)

Warranty

30-day refund guarantee

PROS

The biggest selling point of this weather station is that it's equipped with such a function as a frost alarm. Thanks to this, the device will inform you immediately if the temperature outdoors drops below zero. 

CONS

Some might find it to be a bit small. 

OUR VERDICT

The Youshiko Wireless Weather Station is a compact and very accurate device that will let you stay informed about ambient temperature and humidity levels both indoors and outdoors. It's reasonably priced and has a decent-size LCD screen that is straightforward and easy to read.

detailed parameters
Measures

Temperature, humidity

Weather forecast

12 - 24 hours

Temperature range

-20°C to +50°C (-40°F to 158°F)

Data transfer

Data transmission: 433MHz;

Transmission distance: up to 27 m

Inside module

Backlit LCD display

Additional features

Frost (ice) alarm, Radio controlled clock, Automatic time change for Spring & Autumn, Comfort temperature indicator, Low battery indicator

Power supply

Main unit: 3 x AAA (Not included)

Sensor: 2 x AAA (Not included)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The indoor unit of the Thinkgizmos TG646 can work either on two AA batteries or with a mains adaptor. Moreover, there is a USB jack on the back of this module that allows charging a smartphone or any other portable device.

CONS

The weather forecast is provided only for 8 hours.

OUR VERDICT

This model displays a moon phase and tide range, which is quite handy for fishermen and hunters. Moreover, it provides you with info about temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure on a large and well-readable display, the brightness of which is adjustable for your convenience.

detailed parameters
Measures

Temperature, humidity and barometric pressure

Weather forecast

8 hours

Temperature range

-20°C to 60°C (-4°F to 140°F)

Data transfer

Data transmission: 433MHz; 

Transmission distance: 60 m

Inside module

LCD display with adjustable backlight brightness

Additional features

MSF radio controlled time, Date and weekday display, Continuous calendar up to 2099, Daily alarm feature, Automatic snooze function, Moon and tide phases display, Temperature trend display, Temperature alert (incl. freezing notification)

Power supply

2 x AA (Not included) or mains adaptor (included)

Warranty

1 year

Aercus Instruments WS2083

Professional Weather Station

If you are serious about making weather predictions and are ready to invest in a professional-quality piece of equipment capable of providing you with all information regarding weather forecasting, this Aercus model can be right up your alley.

While it provides some of the more basic measurements such as indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity levels, which you'd normally expect from any weather station, it also displays such information as a barometric pressure, wind speed/direction, rainfall, dewpoint, date, time, etc, living up for the part "professional" in its name. Yet, the benefits of this model do not end here. In addition to the features we've already mentioned, the Aercus WS2083 is capable of monitoring the tendency of weather changes allowing you to be prepared for anything that comes with the new day. All gathered data are shown on a large backlit LCD display that is easy to read and navigate in any lighting conditions. Another advantage of the Aercus WS2083 over counterparts is that it allows you to store 3-month weather data gathered at 30 minutes intervals. If you don’t want to save measurements so often, you can change the frequency for your convenience.

The main unit and the sensors work on AA batteries. In case you decide to opt for the rechargeable type, make sure to consider its voltage since this weather station requires 1.5V batteries while most others need only 1.2V.

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Effortless Installation

Since this is a professional wireless weather station that has several sensors (wind speed and direction, rain gauge), it might seem that its installation is a real science. To be honest, this can’t be further from the truth. Connecting the sensors is actually very simple. Along with the comprehensive instructions the package contains all the needed mounting hardware so that the installation won't require you to put in a lot of effort. According to the instructions, it's best to install the sensors in the open area. Doing so will help them collect more accurate data. As for the distance between the receiver and the transmitter, you've got the whole 100 m - that's the exact distance across which wireless sensors are able to transmit weather data.

Aercus Instruments WS2083 Professional Weather Station with Internet Upload in the use

Professional Software for Professional Hardware

As we have mentioned before, this weather station by Aercus allows you to store the information about weather changes for the last 3 months on the main unit or PC. The computer is the best choice for information storage as chances that it might somehow get lost are minuscule. Yet, in the case of the main unit, this may happen during replacement of the batteries.

The manufacturer offers you to download the latest software for your station. What does it give you? Using this software, you will be able not only to store the information in a safe manner but also have an opportunity to display it on a big screen of your digital gadget and print it out from your PC. Furthermore, you'll get a chance to upload it to the website and share it with other users. And if you ever have any issues with this station, the support forum on the official website where the Aercus WS2083 issues are discussed will help you out. 

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Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA

Personal Forecaster

The Oregon Scientific digital weather station is the right choice for those who are looking for a reliable and affordable device to stay informed about weather changes.

In addition to standard temperature and humidity measurements both outside and inside, this model gives you quite accurate (75%) weather forecasts for the next 12 hours within a 30-50 km radius. It also informs you about the phases of the moon which update every 24 hours.

And still, these are not the only great features this model can offer you. For those users who would like to predict the weather changes for longer periods than just 12 hours, this wireless weather station features the warning alarm. It shows you the high risks of high/low temperatures, storms, foggy or icy conditions so that you could prepare for almost any climate change.

Aiming to produce a user-friendly device, the manufacturer has equipped this model with quite a large LCD screen. Thanks to pretty understandable icons, reading the information is very simple. Plus, all the alerts, weather forecasts, and other information are conveniently arranged on the screen. Except for the ice alert - it warns you with the green LED blinking indicator. Thanks to such an array of functions and the overall simplicity of use, you can use this weather station to develop in your child the interest for nature by monitoring together how the climate in your area changes every day. 

Review of Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA with Humidity and Weather Alert

Extended Options

Although the Oregon Scientific is equipped with only one sensor, it can receive signals from three different sensors. This gives you an opportunity to monitor several zones around your house simultaneously.

Since this is a radio-controlled model, it should be installed within a 30m radius from the main unit for a strong signal. The manufacturer also recommends a user to locate the sensor about 1.5 m over the ground. A place under the eaves would be the best location to get the most accurate readings.

Generally speaking, this digital weather station is easy to install; all you need to do after unpacking it is insert the batteries that come included with the purchase, select the location for the sensor, screw a bolt into the wall, and hang the sensor on it. Just a few minutes and your station is ready to gather weather information for you.

Oregon Scientific BAR208HGA with Humidity and Weather Alert in the use

Thought-out to the Evevry Detail

The Oregon Scientific can rightly be called one of the best weather stations for home use. It offers its user a lot of accurate and helpful data about their environment, includes many sensors, and has a pretty attractive design of the main unit. You may put it everywhere and be sure that it will blend into the interior perfectly.

Are you looking for a reliable home weather station that will help you always be prepared for snow, rain, or even a storm? If yes, the Oregon Scientific is the right choice.

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Youshiko YC9360

Reliable Station for Accurate Measuring

We are happy to introduce this great weather station by Youshiko to you. Being absolutely wireless, the units of this station can be installed at a distance of up to 50 meters from each other. The outdoor sensor determines temperature and humidity and has a small display that shows this information, which is quite convenient if you don't want to come inside your house to check that data. As for the indoor module, it has intuitive controls and a large display with four reading sections. In addition to indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity, the display informs you about the phase of the moon, the Barometric pressure, and the time when the sun will go down. Moreover, it tells you the current date/time and has a blue backlight for more convenient use at night. To adjust the system, you need to set up your country manually at the very first use. The Youshiko YC9360 is a very user-friendly device with a very attractive design.

Review of Youshiko YC9360 Digital Wireless Weather Station

Enjoy Its Operation

Youshiko gives you an opportunity to add three more sensors to this weather station. You can locate more sensors in your garden, garage, and inside your house to get more information about your environment. Each sensor runs on 2 AAA batteries, while the indoor unite requires 2 AA batteries which are not in the box; however, you can easily find them in any store. The manufacturer recommends changing batteries in outdoor and indoor modules at a time and resetting both units after replacement.

As for the location of sensors, you almost don't have limitations. The only thing that you should remember is that they mustn't be installed in direct sunlight. In spite of the fact that their housing is splash-proof, you need to keep the device away from heavy rain to prolong its shelf life and get the most accurate readings.

Youshiko YC9360 Digital Wireless Weather Station in the use

Smart Station

If you look at the display of this model, you will see that it has a lot of information divided into four separate sections for your convenience. The current weather forecast is displayed in the top left corner. There is also a smiling face right next to the indoor temperature indicator that shows you how comfortable it is in the room. The clock is on the bottom corner; the device can automatically change spring/autumn time, just set this function up. If you place the indoor module in your bedroom, you can also use the device as an alarm clock. Without a doubt, once installed and setup, the Youshiko YC9360 will provide you with accurate data on time, data, and your environment.

Detailed review of Youshiko YC9360 Digital Wireless Weather Station

 

Youshiko YC9330

Swiss Accuracy for a Reasonable Price

We are happy to introduce the Youshiko YC9330 to you, a weather station that has attracted our attention with its simple and stylish design and exceptional operation. 

Although this model looks pretty simple on a first glance, it packs quite a punch. In addition to the weather forecasts, this weather station can also display warning messages and has a frost alarm which activates when the device detects below-zero temperature outside. The display on this model is quite large in size and easy to read. The station displays the outdoor temperature and humidity levels at the top part of the screen and the indoor climate data, time, and date at the bottom. The weather forecast is animated and understandable for everyone. The only negative thing that can be said with regards to the Youshiko YC9330 is that its screen has no backlighting. However, if you don't intend to monitor the weather from morning to night, this minor shortcoming shouldn't be a deal breaker. 

Now, moving to the main unit, as we've said earlier, it looks quite simple, which makes it well suitable for setting up virtually everywhere. All the controls are placed on the back side of the housing so there's nothing that might spoil its looks. As for the installation, the Youshiko YC9330 can be used as a free-standing unit if you'd like to keep it on your table or wall-mounted if this option suits you more. 

Some other perks we should mention about this home weather station is that it has an auto self-set up function facilitating its maintenance, is able to synchronise the clock eliminating the need for you to do it manually when spring or autumn comes, and can pick up the signal right from the Cumbria UK transmitter. Amazing. 

Review of Youshiko YC9330 with Radio Controlled Clock

Check the Data There and Then

As we have mentioned before, the sensor of the YC9330 weather station features exceptional operation and gathers very accurate data. It's quite compact and transmits a strong signal when installed within about 30m from the main unit.

A small display is what we liked the most about its design though. It is small but all the information is shown in a big font to be easy-readable. Plus, the availability of a display leaves you no need to go into your house to check whether it's getting hotter or colder outside.

Youshiko YC9330 with Radio Controlled Clock in the use

Good Value for Money

Considering all the above, it certainly will be an exaggeration to call the Youshiko weather station a professional model. It doesn't have by far as many features and measurements as more sophisticated weather stations. However, given the fact that it costs several times cheaper, you will need to look quite hard to find a similar product with that many options. The Youshiko YC9330 is simple to use, reliable, and accurate. So if you're after a high-quality station that will be inexpensive yet precise enough to put your trust in, the Youshiko YC9330 is a sound investment.

Detailed review of Youshiko YC9330 with Radio Controlled Clock

 

Thinkgizmos TG646

Made by Professionals for Everyday Use

The Thinkgizmos is the UK company that has been producing sophisticated home gadgets and RC toys for more than 10 years. Their TG646 model is a good example of their highly professional approach. It is a wireless model for measuring indoor/outdoor weather data. It is equipped with a remote sensor and has the ability to support three more if need be. The main unit has a large colourful LCD display. You can locate the indoor module within 60 meters from the outdoor sensor. 

This precise weather station works on two AA batteries or the mains adaptor. The battery compartment is on the back side of the indoor module under the protective lid, so it is very simple to replace batteries. As for the measurements, this model monitors temperature indoors in the range of 0 - 50°C, and in the range of -20 - 60°C outdoors. The humidity level is measured in the range of 20% - 95% RH for both indoors and outdoors. The Thinkgizmos TG646 also allows you to check barometric pressure, lunar and tide phases, and even a weather forecast for the next 8 hours.

Review of Thinkgizmos TG646 Weather Station

Thought-Out Design and Useful Options

The Thinkgizmos TG646 is available in three different modifications: tall, wide, and extra wide. All the three are very simple to use, have control buttons on the back side of the body, and come with large LCD displays easy to read. All readings are arranged conveniently - time, day, and alarm are at the top of the screen, while the tide/moon phases and weather forecast are arranged below. The display shows the current outdoor/indoor temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure as well as their changes. The display features a backlight that can be turned on with a press of a single button.

If you need to charge your smartphone or any other device, simply connect them to the unit with your USB cable. The station has a USB port which adds to its usability drastically. With the Thinkgizmos TG646, you can really make your home a bit smarter.

Thinkgizmos TG646 Weather Station in the use

Get the Most out of It

In order to make pictures on the LED screen brighter and figures clearer, we recommend you to use the mains adaptor instead of the batteries. Besides, the remote sensor will also work better and the signal will be stronger. And if the weather outside is very cold, you can install lithium batteries in the sensor instead of alkaline ones for a more powerful signal.

Detailed review of Thinkgizmos TG646 Weather Station

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What Is a Weather Station?

A home weather station is a device that allows you to get accurate meteorological data right from your backyard or living room. It has a sensor for outdoor measurings which transmits obtained data to the main module. This unit has a comprehensive display that shows all the information in digital format. With a climate station, you can always keep up to weather conditions and know for sure when you need to take an umbrella or wrap in a warm jacket. Moreover, this device enables you to measure the temperature and humidity inside your house in order that you can see when it's time to air the room. You can also check on lunar and solar tides.

In case you are looking for a device for moisture measuring only, we recommend you to consider getting a portable hygrometer, a device with sensors that is used for determining humidity indoors as well as inside certain things like a cigar trunk, for example. 

What Features to Compare

Measurements

Undoubtedly, when selecting a weather station, you should pay close attention to the measurements it can take. All stations have an outdoor module with sensors that measure temperature and humidity, the amount of rainfall and its intensity, a wind speed and its direction, barometric pressure, etc. Most stations can determine temperature either in Celcius or Fahrenheit. As for a rainfall, it is usually measured with the help of tipping buckets of rain gauge or sensors inside the module. Humidity measuring is also important, as too dry or too moist air is not good for your health. The indoor sensor allows you to monitor and control the humidity level inside your house. Also, some models offer you a weather forecast for 12 or even 24 hours.

Data Transfer

Data transfer from outside to inside modules will depend on the frequency range, which can be 433MHz - 868MHz. The highest rate enables good signal transfer within 305-meter range while weaker 433 MHz frequency shows great performance in the areas up to 100 meters. Also, knowing the accuracy of your weather station, you will always analyze the data correctly. The error in temperature usually equals 2-5 degree, humidity level may differ by 10%. For your comfort, some models have LCD displays with a backlight for clear readouts. Most screens are well-readable and can show you not only temperature and humidity but also time and data.

Extra Features

Such additional options as an ability to store data and compare the readings attract many users. Modern stations have the function to transfer all information to your PC or smartphone and burn it on CDs so that you could monitor climate changes over years. Some meteorological stations save minimum and maximum measurements for future analysis. Automatic time setting is a useful option if you often travel and are used to taking a weather station with you.

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