The 8 Best USB Hubs of 2021

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The Rundown
This hub from Anker features ten ports total and all of them are USB 3.0, supporting data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps.
This ultra-slim, four-port USB hub from uni is perfect to toss in a backpack, handbag, or luggage.
It has a dedicated power supply, so it delivers plenty of energy to power all your peripherals, devices, and more.
It offers a lot more than just standard USB, thanks to an integrated SD card reader, PD port, and an HDMI port.
All 11 of the ports are USB 3.0, but four (marked in red) support fast charging for mobile devices up to 2.4A.
Most Versatile:
Sabrent 4-Port at Amazon
This model can be upgraded to seven- and ten-port variants.
It's sleek and ultra-portable at just 0.27 inches thick.
All 16 ports are USB 3.0, they all support fast charging up to 2.1A, and they each support fast data transfers up to 5Gbps.

USB hubs expand the number of usable ports and offer additional features such as fast-charging support. All devices that include USB ports, from desktop PCs to game consoles, have a limited number of ports. That means you can plug in only so many peripherals, hard drives, and auxiliary devices at once.

The best USB hubs include several ports, ranging from four and up, to expand the total number of usable spaces. Most hubs are designed for data transfers and file syncing, but some will also charge your devices. More capable USB hubs have additional ports such as USB-C or HDMI, and can be used to connect multiple devices. 

If you’re concerned only with charging your devices, you should check out our list of the best charging stations. If you want one of the best USB hubs for data transfers, connecting devices, or expanding available ports, read on.

Best Overall: Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port USB Data Hub

What We Like
  • Supports fast data transfers

  • Easy to use and hot-swappable

  • Dedicated power supply

  • Built-in surge protection

What We Don't Like
  • Has only USB ports

  • Just one fast-charging port

This hub from Anker features ten ports total and all of them are USB 3.0, supporting data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. That means you can transfer data between devices in seconds or minutes rather than hours. Bright blue LEDs illuminate the ports at the top of the hub when it’s powered on, offering an attractive, futuristic glow.

One of the ten ports delivers fast charging, at speeds up to 2A, while the other nine deliver 0.9A each. An integrated surge protector ensures any devices plugged in won’t be damaged by electrical issues. Hot swapping is also possible, which means you can plug and unplug devices while connected to a computer without rebooting or shutting it down.

The hub comes with a 2.6-foot USB 3.0 cable and a power adapter. It’s easy to set up, simple to use, and has a minimal, albeit attractive, design.

Interface: USB, DisplayPort, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0 | Number of Ports: 10 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

"The charging port delivers more power than the other nine, making it ideal for charging more power hungry devices like phones and tablets." — Jonno Hill, Product Tester

Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub

 Lifewire / Jonno Hill 

Most Compact: uni 4-Port Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub

What We Like
  • Sleek and durable aluminum chassis

  • Supports fast data and simultaneous transfers

  • Nylon braided USB cable built-in

  • Safety chip for hub and connected devices

What We Don't Like
  • No dedicated power

  • Rounded underside slides on flat surfaces

This ultra-slim, four-port USB hub from uni is one of the more compact options, making it ideal to toss in a backpack, handbag, or luggage. A flexible, braided nylon cable is built into the unit so you never have to worry about leaving it behind. An optional variant is available, which still has the built-in cable, but it’s much larger at 4 feet long. 

It supports fast data transfers at speeds up to 5Gbps for expanding USB ports or connecting multiple devices. It also supports USB on the go and simultaneous transfers across all ports. It’s plug-and-play, and no extra drivers are needed for PC, Mac, or select versions of Linux (2.6.14 or later). An integrated safety chip offers overcurrent, overcharge, overvoltage, overheat, and short circuit protection for both the hub and any devices connected to it.

The durable aluminum shell rounds out the features list, and also offers a sleek look. It matches particularly well with aluminum Chromebook and laptop models, as well as most Macbooks.

Interface: USB | Number of Ports: 4 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

If you want something portable and reliable, that still looks fantastic, you can’t go wrong with the uni hub. The nylon braided cable and safety chip ensure it will last and keep your devices safe.” — Briley Kenney, Tech Writer

Best Standalone: TP-Link Powered USB Hub 3.0

What We Like
  • Fast charging and hot-swap support

  • Dedicated power supply

  • Built-in surge protection

  • Plug-and-play with PC, Mac, and Linux

What We Don't Like
  • Uninspired design

  • Plastic chassis

TP-Link has certainly made a name for itself in recent years by delivering quality and reliable smart home and tech products, and this hub is no exception. It features seven USB 3.0 ports, two of which offer fast charging (which TP-Link calls “Smart Charging”). You’ll get data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps, indicative of USB 3.0.

All USB ports support hot-swapping, and the hub is plug-and-play compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux systems. An integrated surge protector keeps the hub and connected devices safe during use or electrical events. What’s more, it has a dedicated power supply, so it delivers plenty of energy to power all your peripherals, devices, and more.

There are no fancy materials here, and the design is rather uninspired. But it’s not completely ugly, and it’s highly functional so it gets a pass. If you’re looking for something to match your gorgeous laptop or Macbook, however, you might want to consider a more stylish hub.

Interface: USB 3.0 | Number of Ports: 7 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

"The plug-and-play support makes this one of the better options for casual users who just want to expand available USB ports.” — Briley Kenney, Tech Writer

Best for Apple: HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub

What We Like
  • USB-C for support with MacBooks

  • 100W PD charging

  • Built-in SD reader and HDMI output

  • Fast data transfers

What We Don't Like
  • No safety features

  • No dedicated power supply

If you want something that’s going to pair up nicely with your Mac, complementing both its design and features, this HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C Hub is an excellent choice. It offers a lot more than just standard USB, thanks to an integrated SD card reader, PD port, and an HDMI port.

The built-in cable makes it extra portable, alongside the sleek profile that weighs just 2.72 ounces. But it does have a USB-C plug, so you will need a computer or device with USB-C too—Apple’s devices are a great example. The HDMI output can handle 4K video at 30Hz or 1080p video at 60Hz. The three USB 3.0 ports support fast data transfers up to 5Gbps.

The 100W PD charging port delivers enough power to charge a MacBook Pro or any laptop with a Type-C power port. There is no mention of built-in safety features, however, which is concerning. But its sheer adaptability makes it an ideal candidate if you have a wide variety of devices.

Interface: USB 3.1 Type A, USB Type C, HDMI | Number of Ports: 6 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

"All devices were recognized immediately on our computer when connected to the hub, and we didn’t experience any dropouts during testing, including when moving the hub around slightly." — Jonno Hill, Product Tester

HooToo USB-C Hub 6-in-1

Lifewire / Jonno Hill

Best Design: WENTER Powered USB 3.0 Hub

What We Like
  • 11 ports total; seven USB 3.0 and four with fast charging

  • Dedicated power supply

  • On/off power switches for every port

  • Fast data transfers

What We Don't Like
  • No safety features

  • Power and USB cables must be connected

This massive 11-port USB data hub from Wenter has one of the best overall designs. All 11 of the ports are USB 3.0, but four (marked in red) support fast charging for mobile devices up to 2.4A. Each port has a corresponding power switch with an LED indicator to match. That means you can turn individual ports on and off without cutting power to the entire hub. The LEDs will flicker when data transfers are happening to help you discern which ports are currently in use.

It comes with a power adapter and has a dedicated supply, which makes sense considering it’s so large. It should be noted that both the power and main USB cable must be connected for it to work.

The chassis is plastic, so no premium materials were used here, but it’s so big it’s hard to imagine anyone breaking this thing without some serious force. It’s about the size of your average surge protector and measures 7.9 x 2.4 x 0.9 inches.

It’s not exactly portable, but it’s certainly a good option for anyone who needs a huge boost in available USB ports. The option to fast-charge four mobile devices at once is ultra convenient. Moreover, it’s plug-and-play compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux systems.

Interface: USB 3.0 | Number of Ports: 11 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

The option to turn on and off ports, at will, with the press of a button is ultra-convenient. Not to mention the blend of Red and Blue LED lighting looks great.” — Briley Kenney, Tech Writer

Most Versatile: Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub

Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub
What We Like
  • All four USB ports are 3.0

  • Fast data transfers

  • LED indicators with on/off switches

  • Built-in USB cable

What We Don't Like
  • Data transfer only

  • No premium materials

This relatively compact four-port USB 3.0 hub works with both Mac and PC devices, but only supports data transfers—no charging. It has a built-in USB cable that’s 8 inches long and offers decent maneuverability.

You’ll notice right away it features brilliant blue LED indicators for each port, with an on/off switch for each one, as well. You can turn individual ports on or off without disabling power to the rest of the hub. Each port supports fast data transfers up to 5Gbps, and the unit is both plug-and-play and hot-swap compatible.

The chassis is plastic, not a premium material like aluminum, but it’s still plenty durable. What’s most exciting is this model can be upgraded to seven- and ten-port variants. Both of the larger models feature a similar design, with power switches for individual ports. In that way, this hub is incredibly versatile, as you can choose which size best matches your needs.

Interface: USB 3.0 Type A | Number of Ports: 4 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

This hub is affordable and adds four USB 3.0 hubs that support transfer speeds up to 5Gbps. It’s a good option if your laptop or desktop is lacking enough USB ports for data transfers.” — Patrick Hyde, Tech Writer

Best Budget: Wonkegonke 4-Port Mini USB 3.0 Hub

What We Like
  • Super sleek and portable

  • Built-in USB cable with damage protection

  • Rugged but lightweight metal chassis

  • Fast data transfers

What We Don't Like
  • Only one USB 3.0 port

  • No dedicated power supply

Forget the silly brand name—this four-port mini USB hub from Wonkegonke is anything but. Wonkegonke didn’t just slap the "mini" moniker on it for no reason. It's sleek and ultra-portable at just 0.27 inches thick. The built-in USB cable adds convenience, while the rugged but light metal housing keeps it protected even in the messiest of handbags or backpacks. The cable is also surrounded by a damage-resistant shell.

It features one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports on the side. The 3.0 port can handle fast data transfers up to 5Gbps, but it is a shame there’s only one. There is no dedicated power, and it doesn't support charging.

The trade offs mean this isn’t the ideal device for home or office setups, but it is a good choice for anyone who's constantly on the move with a lot of devices in tow.

Interface: USB 2.0, USB 3.0 | Number of Ports: 4 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5Gbps

Don’t let the name of the brand fool you, the Wonkegonke 4-port mini USB hub is one of the best for travel, and limited budgets! Just toss it in your bag and go. Plus, it’s compatible with nearly anything USB-related.” — Briley Kenney, Tech Writer

Best High Capacity: ACASIS 16-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub

What We Like
  • All 16 ports are USB 3.0

  • Durable aluminum chassis

  • Built-in surge protection

  • Fast data transfers and fast charging

What We Don't Like
  • Not ideal for travel

  • Connection latency for offset ports

If quantity of ports is your biggest concern, the Acasis 16-port USB hub is one of the biggest you’ll find. All 16 ports are USB 3.0, they all support fast charging up to 2.1A, and they each support fast data transfers up to 5Gbps. No compromises, no ports left behin—just full functionality across the entire unit. There are also seven- and ten-port variants if you want something slightly smaller.

This beast is almost 9 inches long and weighs 1.8 pounds. Every port has a power switch, and a bright blue LED indicator. You can turn ports on and off individually, and the light will tell you what’s powered and what’s in use. It’s plug-and-play compatible with PC, Mac, and Linux systems. Plus, it has a built-in surge protector to keep all your devices and the hub safe and secure from electrical failures.

The chassis is aluminum, so it’s tough yet lightweight, and it looks great too. This is the ultimate hub for anyone who wants to connect several devices or transfer data from multiple USB sources at once. It's worth noting that when plugged into a computer, there is some connection latency for the higher-count ports. But the first four ports are fast and responsive.

Interface: USB 3.0 | Number of Ports: 16 | Data Transfer Rate: Up to 5 Gbps

It doesn’t get any bigger than this. A massive 16-port hub with all 16 ports offering USB 3.0 and fast-charging support.” — Briley Kenney, Tech Writer

Final Verdict

Our best overall pick is the Anker SuperSpeed USB 3.0 10-port Hub (view at Amazon) because it’s large, reasonably priced, well designed, and highly functional. It also has a built-in surge protector to keep it, and any devices connected to it, safe from electrical failures.

If you want something smaller, the uni 4-Port Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub (view at Amazon) is your best bet. It’s affordable and it has a sleek, durable aluminum chassis and a built-in braided nylon USB cable. You can just toss it in a bag and go. Apple loyalists may want to check out the HooToo 6-in-1 USB C Hub (view at Amazon) because of its USB-C plug and PD charging port.

About Our Trusted Experts

Briley Kenney lives in the always-exciting state of Florida where he works as a freelance copywriter and technology enthusiast. He’s been around computers and electronics his entire life, which has earned him plenty of experience and knowledge in the field. 

Jonno Hill has been obsessed with technology ever since he built his first computer in middle school, and began writing for Lifewire in January 2019. He specializes in computers and their peripherals, and he has reviewed several of the USB hubs on this list.

Patrick Hyde lives in Seattle where he works as a digital marketer and freelance copywriter. He has job in Seattle's booming tech industry and is an expert in consumer electronics, including personal computers and their peripherals.

FAQs

Why will some devices not work with a USB hub?

There are a few reasons devices may not be compatible with a USB hub. Ones that don’t have a dedicated power supply, for example, tend to deliver less overall power, so some powered peripherals may have issues. Compatibility also depends on the power draw of the device in question. If you’re trying to plug in a printer it’s probably not going to work, because it needs more power than something like a mouse or keyboard. Devices that have a dedicated power source, such as an external hard drive, tend to work better with USB hubs.

Why do some USB ports not work?

Outside of a faulty port or a failing hub, there are a few reasons certain ports may not work. The device you’re trying to plug in may not be compatible, or it may not have enough power. The port could be dirty and have debris inside. Sometimes computers have trouble detecting certain USB devices, especially older systems.

What happens if you plug a USB 3.0 device into a USB 2.0 port?

The USB standard is backward compatible, so USB 3.0 will work fine with USB 2.0 or even USB 1.1. The older USB standards are limited by data transfer rates, so as you go backward you’ll see data transfers taking longer. For instance, when plugging a USB 3.0-ready hard drive into a USB 2.0 port, and initiating a data transfer, you will see only USB 2.0 transfer speeds—up to 480Mbps as opposed to 5Gbps. They work fine, but USB 2.0 and below are slower.

Anker USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub

 Lifewire / Jonno Hill

What to Look For in a USB Hub

Number of Ports

There is no ideal number, it just depends on what you’re looking for. If you want something lightweight and portable then you’ll want to choose something with fewer ports, sacrificing quantity. If you want something with a lot of ports, you’ll be choosing a much larger hub, sacrificing portability. Typically, the smaller hubs have about three or four ports, while the larger ones can have up to 16 or more.

Versatility

Some USB ports offer additional functionality such as fast charging, extra ports, and sometimes extra hardware like an SD card reader. If you need only the standard USB ports, then it doesn’t matter what else the hub offers. If you want something with a little more versatility, however, consider some of those extra features.

HooToo USB-C Hub 6-in-1

Lifewire / Jonno Hill

Compatibility

Almost all hubs are plug-and-play and hot-swappable. The former means they can plug into most computers and you don’t need to install drivers or third-party software. The latter means you can plug in, unplug, and remove USB devices all while the hub is plugged into a computer, and without turning off the system or rebooting. For added compatibility, it depends on what ports and functions are available. A USB-C port, for example, ensures compatibility with Apple devices and other USB-C systems like some Chromebooks.

Safety Features

Surge protection, overcharge protection, and overvoltage protection are all important especially when you have several devices simultaneously plugged into a hub. They’re also important when you’re transferring data, especially if you have a hard drive or flash drive plugged in. An energy surge can corrupt the data and ruin those drives.

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