Top 10 Best Anemometers 2017

NameWind Speed Range 
Holdpeak 866B0-30m/s Check Amazon Price
Proster LCD Digital0-30m/s Check Amazon Price
Holdpeak Digital0.3-30m/s Check Amazon Price
Tacklife DA021-25m/s Check Amazon Price
Hyelec Digital0.4-30m/s Check Amazon Price
I’ll let you into a little secret: when I was a kid I was obsessed with anemometers, mainly because it was one of the first long words I learnt! I never considered who would use them, but they were – and still are – placed in seemingly random spots alongside the roads where I grew up. Of course, I knew they were for measuring wind speed, so who needs an anemometer? Well, it seems they are very useful in may sporting pursuits – kite-surfing, for example, and sailing, as well as fishing and more.

The modern version of the anemometer tends to be a digital device that also measures wind chill, so you know just how cold you are getting when you take your boat out for a spin! They are also inexpensive, so if you want to build a small weather station at home – and who doesn’t – then one of these will certainly be a sensible addition. The models we chose are a good cross-section of what is available in the world of anemometers right now, and most of these are accurate enough for professional use as well as for using in the home.

So, you need an anemometer, and you don’t know which one to buy – you’re in the right place, because we have the pick of the bunch here. Easy to use and surprisingly useful, you will find that it makes a god investment, but before we have a look at the top ten, let’s talk a little more about what they do, and how they work.

How It Works

The measurement of wind speed has been part of science for several centuries; indeed, the very first mechanical anemometer was invented as long ago as 1450, by an Italian named Leon Battista Alberti. His design differed somewhat from that we know today – or even recently – and perhaps a more representative anemometer design was that invented in 1846 by an English scientist called John Robinson.

This the familiar ‘Robinson cup’ design, consisting of three or four horizontally mounted cups on outstretched arms, connected to a central pole that allows them to spin in the wind. This is the design I saw by the side of the road that fascinated me, and that is still used today. However, the advent of digital design means that we have more than one type of innovative anemometer, and it is these that largely make up our list of the ten best.

The modern digital design is probably the best in terms of accuracy and ease of use, although the Robinson Cup design is still used in weather stations across the world as it is a tried and tested device that does the job. Compact and easy to use, the latest models as reviewed here are very clever, and we think there will be one that is suitable for your requirements. So, less of the chat, let’s get on with our review of the top ten anemometers on the market today.

The Top 10

1: Holdpeak 866B

The first on our list of the top 10 anemometers is this one from Holdpeak, and it’s a very neat design that offers several functions. It is a fully digital battery-powered model that is simple to use, and is designed to be used by sportsmen of various pursuits. The range of speeds covered is up 30m/s – equivalent to a maximum of 69mph – and it offers excellent accuracy. You get a wide variety of measurement options, too, including mph and km/h, and it is easy to adjust.

It has a recording function so you can recall your measurements for further use, and also has an option for displaying averages, maximum and minimum, and has a clear digital readout that is very simple to read. It also has a backlight for ease of reading, and is an all-round decent model. At a little less than £20 it’s also very good value for what is a quality device.

Pros
  • Neat design
  • Hand-held
  • Battery powered
  • Easy to use and read
Cons
  • None in particular, it’s good

2: Proster LCD Digital

This model is typical of the breed and similar in concept and format to the above one, and it would be fair to say we are setting the standard with the first two models. This one is suitably compact and easy to handle, and it is also simple to use. You get the usual wind speed measurement feature, plus wind chill function and the memory for holding your measurement, and it comes with full instructions so you can get to grips with it very quickly. It’s a neat design with no flaws that we can see.

It is promised to be very accurate with a quality pressure sensor and provides all your maximum, minimum and average readings, and it also measures up to 30m/s which would seem to be the standard for these hand-held models, and also perfectly helpful for surfers, sailors and more. You can read in m/s, mph, km/h or knots, so you have plenty of variety in choice, and at around £15 this one is very good value indeed.

Pros: Compact, neat design, full memory, accurate, cheap

Cons: It does what it’s designed to do, so no!

 

3: Holdpeak Digital

Next on our list of the top 10 anemometers is this one from Holdpeak, and it’s a very neat design that offers several functions. It is a fully digital battery-powered model that is simple to use, and is designed to be used by sportsmen of various pursuits. The range of speeds covered is up 30m/s – equivalent to a maximum of 69mph – and it offers excellent accuracy. You get a wide variety of measurement options, too, including mph and km/h, and it is easy to adjust.

It has a recording function so you can recall your measurements for further use, and also has an option for displaying averages, maximum and minimum, and has a clear digital readout that is very simple to read. It also has a backlight for ease of reading, and is an all-round decent model. At a little less than £20 it’s also very good value for what is a quality device.

Pros: Neat design, hand-held, battery powered, easy to use and read

Cons: None in particular, it’s good

 

4: Tacklife DA02

This is another that follows the usual concept: these devices feature a very sensitive pressure sensor that gives the basic readings, and they are designed for hand-held use so are very versatile. It is very accurate and measures speed up to almost 5000ft/min, so you can use this one for sporting pursuits or simply for fun. It’s easy to use and comes with full instructions, and you get the battery in the pack plus you also get the benefit of a two-year warranty.

Like the others, this one features an easy to read LCD screen that is large enough to display results clearly. It is also adjustable between different speed measurements – including km/h, mph and knots – so you can get your readings how you want or need them, and it offers a full memory function with averages, minimum and maximum all recorded and saved. It’s great for leisure use and for professional industrial purposes, and at under £15 is certainly very good value.

Pros: cheap, accurate, flexible, hand-held

Cons: It’s difficult to find any so far

 

5: Hyelec Digital

When looking into who might use an anemometer, we came across several interesting niche markets. One that had not occurred to us was that of model aeroplanes, the type that are radio controlled, as any wind speed above a certain level will render them grounded, a bit like normal vintage planes! Anyway, what’s special about this one? Nothing, in fact, but that’s not a bad thing. This one does the job it is made to do, and does it well.

You get the usual large scale LCD screen for easy to read measurements, plus the five speed measurement scales including knots, m/s and mph, and it is a very compact device that is easy to use and can be either hand-held or fixed. It’s suitably accurate and of a sensible quality, and you get the memory for maximum, minimum and average should you need it. You also get real-time USB upload capability, so you can have your information on a computer in front of you for better analysis. At around £25 it is one of the more costly models, but still not expensive for what it is.

Pros: neat, hand held or fixed, varied measurements, full memory, USB upload

Cons: not the cheapest

 

6: Holdpeak Handheld

The Holdpeak brand does a good range of anemometers, and this is one of the most compact and easy to use of all. It also gave us another interesting group of users of these devices – shooters! Of course, windspeed is important in sport shooting, yet we had no idea these things were so widely used! What do you get with this one? Pretty much what you get with all of them, as with devices like this, there is no need to offer anything other than what is needed.

So, it provides accurate wind speed readings, plus chill and temperature recordings; you also get the full memory function for maximum, minimum and average data. It’s a nice size and very compact, and comes with a suitably large LCD screen. It does what it says on the tin, can be adjusted to different measurements of wind speed, and is very easy to use. It also comes with a very handy carry case and a lanyard, so is practical too. At around £15 it is priced as most of these seem to be, and is good value.

Pros: neat, compact, all speed scales, easy to use, lanyard and case

Cons: We’re still looking!

 

7: KKMoon GM8908

This one differs from most of these in one particular way: it’s not black. Instead, it is a sort of pale orange colour, but that is not really relevant when we are talking about its ability to measure wind speed with a sensible level of accuracy. It is accurate, as all of these are, and measures up to the usual maximum speed of 30m/s. You also get the usual temperature readings, with a scale of between -10 to 45C, so you can get plenty of information on your large LCD screen.

It has a precision pressure sensor and thermostat, and is easy to use as are most of these. In fact, it handed us another possible use – measuring the temperature of your cooling fans on your computer! That’s a very useful trick that may be worth remembering. You get all the speed measurement options, a full memory for maximum, minimum and average recordings, and the screen has a handy backlight. This one is very compact and designed for pocket carrying, so you get added portability. At around £10 it’s one of the cheaper models, so well worth checking out.

Pros: pocket-sized, neat, clever design, cheap, accurate

Cons: are there any with any of these? We think not!

 

8: Fixkit Anemometer

This one is unusual in that it actually differs from the rest in a quite notable way. While all those above are a single hand-held unit, this one has the display section as one piece, but the measurement device attached by a cable to be held away from it. We’re not sure what the advantage is, but this one does boast some impressive claims. Accuracy is said to be to plus or minus 3%, and it can measure in all available air velocity scales, and both common temperature scales too. It’s a quality device that is suitable for both leisure and professional use, and one that we grew to like.

The large LCD screen is backlit for convenience, and you can record up to 20 measurements for averaging, which is quite impressive. It’s very easy to use and has an auto-off function after 20 minutes, and while not as compact as some, it is very effective. The sensors are very sensitive and accurate, and it returns a reading every second. It has full memory functions and a low power indicator, and is very easy to use. At a little more than £20 it is one of the more expensive, but we reckon it might also be one of the best.

Pros: very accurate, fast readings, full memory, sensitive

Cons: not the cheapest, but still very good

 

9: Proster MS6252

Back to the standard one-piece hand-held models with this one from Proster, and it is a surprisingly impressive device with some nice touches. This one is suitably compact and easy to handle, and it is also simple to use. You get the usual wind speed measurement feature, plus wind chill function and the memory for holding your measurement, and it comes with full instructions so you can get to grips with it very quickly. It’s a neat design with no flaws that we can see. It’s a compact design that is easy to handle and comes with all the functions you want from one of these.

It is promised to be very accurate with a quality pressure sensor and provides all your maximum, minimum and average readings, and it also measures up to 30m/s which would seem to be the standard for these hand-held models, and also perfectly helpful for surfers, sailors and more. You can read in m/s, mph, km/h or knots, so you have plenty of variety in choice, and at around £22 this one is not the cheapest, but by no means expensive.

Pros: Compact, neat design, full memory, accurate

Cons: It does what it’s designed to do, so no!

 

10: KKMoon Digital

This is another from the KKMoon stable, a maker with a number of these devices in its range. This one is another of the neat, hand-held models and offers a full range of functions, so would be suitable for home leisure or professional and industrial use. It is accurate, as all of these are, and measures up to the usual maximum speed of 30m/s. You also get the usual temperature readings, with a scale of between -10 to 45C, so you can get plenty of information on your large LCD screen.

It has a precision pressure sensor and thermostat, and is easy to use as are most of these. In fact, it handed us another possible use – measuring the temperature of your cooling fans on your computer! That’s a very useful trick that may be worth remembering. You get all the speed measurement options, a full memory for maximum, minimum and average recordings, and the screen has a handy backlight. This one is very compact and designed for pocket carrying, so you get added portability. At around £28 it is among the more expensive here, and we’re not sure that it is justified in the company, but it still does the job.

Pros: pocket-sized, neat, clever design, accurate

Cons: more expensive than some similarly capable models

There you have it: ten of the very best anemometers available on the market, each with its own attributes, and each does the job it is meant to do. Before we go on to sum up, let’s remind ourselves of some of the important features to look out for when choosing one of these devices.

Important Features to Consider

When we began this review we had no idea of the huge variety of different people who may have a use for an anemometer; from sportsmen to people who fly model aircraft, through rifle shooting, archery and more, and even fishermen and sailors – there is more demand for them than we might ever have imagined! Choosing one of these should be easy as they all do pretty much the same thing, so before we wrap up, let’s consider the functions you need.

Accuracy – perhaps the most important feature you want from an anemometer is accurate reading of wind speed, temperature and wind chill. All of these promise impressive accuracy, so you have no problem finding one that will do the job.

Measurement Scale – you need a device that can be scrolled through all the possible measurement scales, from m/s to mph, so you can get your readings in the units you want them.

Memory – your anemometer needs to be able to record your readings and deliver you maximum, minimum and average readings as and when needed, and as most of these do this, you should have no trouble finding one that suits your requirements.

Price – budget is always a concern, and as the price of these ranges from about £10 to a little less then £30, it is certainly worth looking at.

That’s our list of main points to consider, and you may have your own, so all that remains now is to wrap things up!

Let’s Wrap It Up!

So you need an anemometer – we really didn’t think they had so many uses! To be honest, each of these does pretty much the same thing, and each does it as well as the next one, but there are a couple that stand out, so the one we would recommend is the very neat model that is at number 8 on the list, from Fixkit.

We like the fact the sensor is apart from the body, and it promises greater accuracy and also ease of use, and it is clearly one of the better quality models in this collection.

So, check them out further, and get yourself an anemometer so you can tell how fast the wind is blowing, whenever you want!

 

 

 

 

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