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Last updated April 2021

If you’re looking for recommendations for the best anemometers to use at home in 2021 then you’re in the right place!

Whether you are looking for a handheld anemometer or one that mounts to your weather station, we have an array for you to choose from. Pole mounted anemometers are common, however, there are some new products on the market that use magnets to hold them in place.

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At A Glance: Best Mounted Anemometers 2021

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What Is An Anemometer?

‘Anemometer’ comes from the Greek word anemos, which means wind. An Anemometer is basically a device used to measure wind speed and is commonly used in meteorology.

A cup anemometer, therefore, is simply a type of anemometer. They measuring wind by counting the number of turns or rotations as the air flows and are known for being particularly accurate. The faster the wind speed, the higher the number of rotations will be.

Invented in the 19th century, they are still widely used today. Both by hobbyists such as myself, and by professionals. Three cup anemometers are an accepted industry standard for a lot of wind-based studies.

What Should I Consider When Buying An Anemometer?

I’m glad you asked. Let’s think about some of the factors to consider.

Firstly, how many cups does it have? You’ll find anemometers with 2, 3, or 4 cups. If you read up on Wikipedia (no need, I’ve done it for you), you’ll learn that the 3-cup anemometer was specifically designed for accuracy. No need to go into the details here, but basically, if you’re looking for something as accurate as possible, go for 3 cups.

Where will you be using it? Does it need to be portable? Some anemometers will be handheld & easily portable, while others… might still be portable-ish, but are more intended to be mounted on a pole or a vehicle etc.

What is your budget? An obvious one, but let’s not forget about it. When buying an anemometer, you’ll find quite a range of prices. Think about the features that you actually need. I’ve shown a wireless weather station with a bunch of bells and whistles in this article which I love, but if you’re on a tight budget, it’s probably overkill.

Best Anemometers 2021: Our Recommendations

So, without further ado, let’s get into our recommendations for the top cup / mounted anemometers you can buy online in 2021!

Pole Mount Anemometer by Inspeed

Another product by Inspeed, but I couldn’t leave this one out of an article about the best anemometers, really…

This sturdy cup anemometer with dual digital display handles reads wind speed from 5 up to 150+ mph. It’s a great option when you’re planning to fix it in one spot, perhaps at home (vs. the previous magnetic one for on-the-go, maybe). The Pole Mount anemometer by Inspeed is portable and can function where AC power is not available. The pole is not included, but it does include a handy metal bracket with holes for mounting. An extra wire and display mount plaque can also be bought separately.

Remember that the pole isn’t included with this!

Details and updated pricing found from Amazon

Magnetic Mount Anemometer Wind Meter by Inspeed

This digital cup anemometer with dual display is designed specifically for storm chasers. The wind sensor registers speeds of over 125 mph and the magnetic mount allows you to monitor the wind from inside your vehicle. It now comes with a metal cup rotor for increased durability.

While it is particularly suited as a vehicle-mounted anemometer, the powerful magnetic base really works with any metal surface. The product comes with a 25-ft cable too, which is great for checking wind speeds without going outside!

Details and updated pricing found from Amazon

BTMETER BT-100 Handheld Ademometer

If you’re looking for a handheld mounted anemometer then this is a great option. It’s great quality and has mutliple functions from wind speed, temperature and chill. BTMETER is reputable brand which builds great weather gadgets.

The BT-100 Handheld Ademometer is nice and light and of course extremely portable (der, its handheld!). It also has the ability to be mounted on to a tripod if you do want a fixed position.

Even though this is a small portable machine its wind measuring accuracy is pretty good and it measure a wide range of speeds (0.67~67.1mph).

This is a great handheld ademometer to use in a variety of activities including archery, shooting, sailing, drone flying and climbing.

Details and updated pricing found from Amazon

Best Weather Station With Mounted Anemometer 2021

Okay, so clearly this might be a little overkill if all you want is a cup anemometer. But, if you’re looking for more, one of these awesome bits of kit will do the job (and more!) very well.

ECOWITT GW1002 Wi-Fi Weather Station with Solar Powered Wireless Anemometer

I’ve recommended Ecowitt products before on this website, and this model is a particular favorite. With this gadget, you’ll be able to easily measure temperature, wind speed, humidity, rainfall, wind direction (and more) all in one.

With the solar powered wireless anemometer, you can mount this outside, e.g. on the side of a building, and stream the information to your phone / mobile app (the app comes free with the device).

Details and updated pricing found from Amazon ?

Portable Anemometers 2021

This article is focused primarily on cup anemometers & pole mounted anemometers, but I appreciate that some people like to know all the options. If you’ve read this far, and would also like to consider a handheld portable anemometer, this section is for you.

Here’s a comparison table with some links to get up-to-date prices & buy from Amazon. Enjoy!

 

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