The 10 Best Wireless Routers of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Google Wi-Fi at Amazon

"If you want a simple, fast set-up and a 'set it and forget it' router, this is the one to get."

Best for Range: Netgear Orbi at Amazon

"The Netgear Orbi can cover up to 6,000 square feet and can handle speeds of up to 2.2 Gbps."

Best for Larger Homes: Linksys Wireless Router at Amazon

"An affordable router that is great for handling lots of devices."

Best for Smart Homes: Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi + Hub at Amazon

"SmartThings makes you the master of your domain, with total control over all your devices."

Best Under $50: TP-Link AC1200 at Amazon

"A great little router for an extremely reasonable price."

Best for Full Home Coverage: Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System at Amazon

"Comes with three individual routers that you can place around your home for up to 5,000 square feet of coverage."

Best for Gaming: Netgear Nighthawk XR500 at Amazon

"The ultimate router for top-notch performance and lag-free gaming."

Best for Streaming: ASUS AC5300 at Amazon

"If you’re a serious gamer, you need a powerful router, and the AC5300 is it."

Best for Speed: NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200 at Amazon

"The Nighthawk is a phenomenal router that will last you a very long time."

Best Technology: NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 at Amazon

"For the most up to date tech you can find in a router, the AX8 is where to look first."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Google Wi-Fi

What We Like
  •  Attractive and simple design

  •  A reliable 500 Mbps speed per unit

  • Easy installation and set-up

  • Covers up to 4,500 square feet

What We Don't Like
  • Network settings are lacking

  • Setup can be a clunky (you'll need a phone)

Google Wi-Fi uses satellites that communicate with each other to eliminate dead zones in your home and offer a reliable wireless network for high performance. Each unit gets 500 Megabits per second, which just indicates how fast your Internet can be while performing tasks like downloading. With 3 Google units together, you get 1.5 Gbps, which equates to fast and reliable Internet. It can cover up to 4,500 square feet of blanketed coverage by utilizing its quad-core CPU, 512 MB of RAM, 4GB of flash memory, and combining 2.4GHz and 5GHz into a single band. Simply download their app for Android and iOS and get going. If you want a simple, fast set-up and a “set it and forget it” router, this is the one to get.

Best for Range: Netgear Orbi

Netgear Orbi
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What We Like
  • Covers up to 6,000 square feet

  • One of the best Tri-band routers

  • It stands vertically unlike most routers

What We Don't Like
  • Very pricey

  • Tech support costs extra

The Netgear Orbi can cover up to 6,000 square feet, which is excellent, and can handle speeds of up to 2.2 Gbps over that range. Each Orbi unit is 8.9 x 6.7 x 3.1 inches and small enough to fit just about anywhere or be tucked away near your modem. It also stands up vertically, which adds to its already great specs and doesn’t need antennas or any adjustment. As for the hardware, you’ll find both 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio connections in a tri-band, 802.11ac support, four Ethernet ports and a great mobile app for all your needs.

Best for Larger Homes: Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router

Linksys AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router
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What We Like
  • Simple and intuitive router

  • Excellent for streaming with multiple devices

  • Great price for the specs you get

  • Hits speeds up to 1.9 Gbps

What We Don't Like
  • Speeds can fluctuate wildly

  • Software is not robust

If you have a large home, you might have a lot of people with a lot of different devices: Tablets, Alexa, TVs, gaming consoles, phones, and VR rigs all compete for the Internet. So thankfully the Linksys AC1900 can let you connect 12 or more devices at once. It sports both USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, four gigabit Ethernet ports, speeds of up to 1.9 Gbps and unobtrusive design. You don’t get much in the way of software, and if you stretch the router too thin with way more devices than is normal you’ll get inconsistent downloads, but otherwise this will perform just fine for everyday means.

Best for Smart Homes: Samsung SmartThings Wi-Fi + Hub

What We Like
  • Covers up to 1,500 square feet

  • Great app to control all devices

  • Sleek, elegant design

What We Don't Like
  • Not the easiest to install

  • Lackluster tech support

  • Not the fastest (866 Mbps)

If you want to create a Smart Home, you need a smart router, and that means a Wi-Fi mesh router that extends throughout your home and connects all of your devices together to function in harmony. Therefore, we highly recommend the Samsung SmartThings line of products. This is the all-in-one solution for controlling over 100 devices, and if you buy a pack of three routers you can cover up to 4,500 square feet. Once you get everything installed, the app allows total control over your smart home.

Best Under $50: TP-Link AC1200

What We Like
  • Affordable and reliable router

  • Can get over a Gigabit per second of speed

  • Set-up is easy and hassle free

What We Don't Like
  • The range is lacking

  • Missing some features like Alexa voice support

If you are on a budget, check out the TP-Link AC1200. It can get up to speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, has a two-year warranty, a USB port, and even has detachable antennas. This is a simple to use, easy to install dual-band router that is tiny (9.05 x 5.68 x 1.45 inches) and lightweight (about a pound). The AC1200 also has MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input and output) technology powering it, which essentially means more than one device can be on the Internet simultaneously without sacrificing speed.

Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best routers under $50

Best for Full Home Coverage: Eero Mesh Wi-Fi System

What We Like
  • Up to 5,000ft/sq coverage

  • Works with Alexa

  • Quick and easy setup

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Reports of weak signals

  • Slows down dramatically when multiple devices are connected

If you’re looking for a Wi-Fi system that will cover your whole home, look no further than the Eero Mesh system. This system comes with three individual routers that you can place around your home for up to 5,000 square feet of coverage, so you can have a reliable connection everywhere from your basement to your garage and even your backyard.

The entire system sets up in as little as 10 minutes with the Eero app, which also allows you to monitor device usage, change your passwords, and manage parental controls that pause the internet so your children cannot access the web during restricted times. The Eero Mesh system is Amazon certified to work with Alexa voice assistant to turn your house into a smart home.

Moreover, in addition to integrating security that encrypts your data and scans your devices for malicious software, it automatically updates to keep you and your data safe at all times. The system is expandable with other Eero products to give you a larger coverage area. The slim profile and modern design of each router make them blend seamlessly into almost any home decor.

Best for Gaming: Netgear Nighthawk XR500

What We Like
  • Great bandwidth allocation

  • Lots of ports for PCs and consoles

  • Low lag latency for gaming sessions

What We Don't Like
  • Big and bulky

  • Antennas aren't flexible for repositioning

Sure, the Nighthawk XR500 is pricey, but it also has beefy specs. Namely, it can achieve speeds of 2.6 Gbps thanks to its dedicated 1.7 GHz processor and four external high-performance antennas (you can’t really position them around, but you might not need to). The XR500 can even designate express lanes of traffic to avoid network congestion and reduce lag spikes. Finally, there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports for gaming and streaming, so you can connect your PC, console, surround sound system, and more.

Best for Streaming: ASUS AC5300

What We Like
  • 8 LAN ports for any smart devices

  • Great 5.3 Gbps speed

  • Award winning security built-in

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Inconsistent at longer ranges

The AC5300 is well worth the hefty price tag. It’s what’s on the inside that counts here, and Asus provides it in spades. With up to 5.3 Gbps, 512 MB of memory, a tri-band 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, and 802.11ac 4x4 tech, you’re getting the goods where it counts. On top of all of that, the AC5300 has up to 5,000 square feet of coverage and four gigabit Ethernet ports for all your gaming needs. The only thing we noticed was some inconsistency at longer ranges, but if you’re gaming you want a wired connection with fiber optics anyways.

Best for Speed: NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 AD7200

What We Like
  • Blazing fast three-band speeds of 7.2 Gbps

  • Versatile and durable

  • Easy to install and use

What We Don't Like
  • Very expensive

  • Signal can’t penetrate walls well

Netgear’s Nighthawk X10 AD7200 is powered by a 802.11ac quad stream Wave2 along with a 60GHz 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which gives you up to 7.2 Gbps of throughput. It also includes a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, media server with two external USB 3.0 ports and six Gigabit Ethernet ports. This router can absolutely handle whatever you throw at it: 4K streaming, VR gaming, and instant downloads, all lag free. If you can stomach the entry price, this router will be with you for long haul.

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best Netgear routers

Best Technology: NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8

What We Like
  • Up to 6 Gbps of wireless speeds

  • Can pair with up to 50 devices

  • 8K streaming

What We Don't Like
  • Will take a big bite out of your wallet

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 is the cutting edge in router technology. It boasts a staggering ability to handle 30 to 50 devices at once and can output both 4K and 8K video streaming. But with its Wi-Fi 6 technology, can absolutely handle 20 devices at high volume with blazing fast speeds. The AX8 sports a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, a full gigabyte of RAM, 512 MB of flash memory, and supports backward compatibility for all existing Wi-Fi devices. And having up to 6 Gbps is well above average for router speeds, so you won’t be having a problem streaming, playing games, or downloading big files.

How We Tested

We bought and tested seven top-rated wireless routers. Our reviewers spent 370 hours connecting multiple devices, browsing the Web, streaming video, playing games, and more. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these routers, from range to connection speed. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Wireless Router

Compatibility - As wireless standards change fairly frequently, a router more than a few years old is likely out of date. Even if your devices aren’t yet using 802.11ac standards, we recommend a router that supports it as a means of future-proofing.

Single- and dual-band - Dual-band routers have both a 2.6GHz band and a 5GHz band, which ultimately increases your connection speeds. If you live in a densely populated area, you probably want a dual-band router to avoid too much interference, but if you’re in a more rural area, and this single-band solution will likely suit you just fine.

Range - The ability of your router to deliver a strong signal to all corners of your home is important, but its positioning will likely make just as much of an impact. Higher-end routers will offer up the better range, but a Wi-Fi extender can also work wonders if dead spots are an issue.