How to Pick the Weather Station that’s Right for You

Looking for the perfect professional weather station to suit your needs? There are many options and so much data that factor into choosing your weather station. We’ll cover all the features and qualities to look for before throwing money at a weather station.

Hobo Davis KestrelMET
1st Year Cost $1,706 $1,855 $1,299
3 Year Cost $2,006 $2,295 $1,399
Warranty 1 Year 1 Year 2 Year
Configuration Time 20 Mins 45 Mins 5 Mins
Installation Time 45 Mins 60 Mins 20 Mins


As you can see, there are big differences in cost and setup time for weather stations in the same commercial class.  There are also differentiating product features, such as aspirated temperature and RH sensors, which are not available on the HOBO platform.  This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about buying a new commercial-grade weather station and the details behind the summary data!  Our team of experts has done all the research so you don’t have to.

For this review, we’ll go over three of the top choices in rugged, quality, cellular weather stations. We’ll provide details on each weather station and cover the following:

  • Cellular vs W-Fi
  • Online Ordering Experience
  • Set Up & Installation
  • Sensors & Features


Weather Stations for Onsite Conditions Monitoring

We prefer cellular weather stations for ultimate data reliability, ease of setup, and flexibility in siting location. There are many benefits to choosing a cellular weather station over a traditional wifi weather station or a weather service like, dark sky, and wunderground.

The weather reports you see in a weather app or website use data from NOAA weather stations. Unless you live next to an airport or NOAA site, the weather data displayed for your location is coming from a station several miles away. Many factors contribute to determining the local atmospheric conditions such as surrounding terrain like mountains, trees, and proximity to water. There can be a huge difference in a general forecast for an area versus what’s happening at your specific location. Installing an onsite weather station gives you accurate weather conditions at your fingertips.

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