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The Best Cable Modems on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about other tech gadgets, like Wi-Fi-connected outlets, external hard drives, and expert-recommended ergonomic keyboards and mouses, here we’ve rounded up the best cable modems on Amazon, according to reviewers. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Comcast/Xfinity-compatible cable modem

Netgear CM500 Cable Modem
$55 at Amazon

“Great router and super easy to register with Comcast. This model is recommended by Comcast and they don’t joke when they say that this router is certified for Xfinity. The router asked for my Comcast account number, and seconds later it was registered and ready to go. I was amazed that registration took less than the start-up time with my old modem provided by Comcast. Also, it is DOCSIS 3.1 and 3.0 backward compatible, so it should be good for years. This is my first Netgear, and after reading some horror reviews with other brands either running hot or not registering with Comcast, I purchased this one and have no regrets.”

Best Spectrum/Time Warner–compatible cable modem

Arris SURFboard SB6183 Cable Modem
$67 at Amazon

“I’m a Time Warner customer and I’ve always leased my modem until now. I took a gamble and bought this modem. Got it this morning, activated it with Time Warner, and when I connected my router, it worked flawlessly! Wireless speed was great, but most importantly, all the computers I plugged into the router via Ethernet cable got the full 300 Mbps speed! If you are a Time Warner customer, I highly recommend this modem!”

Best Verizon Fios–compatible cable modem

Verizon Fios Gateway AC1750 WiFi
$170 at Amazon

“If you have Verizon Fios and you don’t have the new Quantum router, then get one right away. I had the Actiontec router for a few years, and honestly, didn’t think the new router would be that big of a difference to justify the cost, but recently we’ve been experiencing a lot of Wi-Fi gaps, drop-offs, and lags, so what could we lose? Bottom line, it’s well worth the money. We no longer need a signal booster. Our download speeds have doubled. I honestly cannot be happier with the new Quantum, it’s faster and even looks better visually than most other modems.”

Best cable modem compatible with most providers

TP-Link TC-7620 Cable Modem
$50 at Amazon

“I bought this modem because it’s compatible with Time Warner Cable and it provides data rates up to 680 Mbps for download and 143 Mbps for upload. This modem has worked flawlessly for me so far, I’ve been getting a fast and stable connection. This modem works far better than the Arris modem that was leased to me by TWC. The Arris modem had a lot of disconnection and slow speed. This modem was very easy to set up, pretty much plug in and play.”

Best high-speed cable modems

Arris SURFboard SB6190 Cable Modem
$86 at Amazon

“I stream everything I watch and noticed over the past six months or more that slow load times and buffering was becoming a problem. I suspected that the three-year-old modem supplied by Charter might be the culprit and thought I would give this unit a shot based on the great reviews. After speed testing all of my toys, I saw an immediate improvement in performance. No more slow load times on Netflix and YouTube. The signal strength on the Roku went from ‘Good’ to ‘Excellent.’ Problem solved.”

Netgear CM1000 Gigabit Cable Modem
$160 at Amazon

“As fast as it can get. I definitely didn’t want to worry about a device going out of date from day one. With this Netgear modem that won’t happen for a while. Very happy with the product. It does what it’s supposed to do as if it’s not even there. I went with a separate router setup so that I can change either the modem or router as needed. With the modem, it will be a long time before it will need to be upgraded.”

Motorola MB8600 Gig-Speed Cable Modem
$160 at Amazon

“This modem flies!!! I am extremely impressed. We have DirecTV NOW, Netflix, and Hulu. I just replaced the old modem with this one. The old one lost the internet signal frequently, causing our online shows to stall or stop playing. We had to restart the old one often. I installed this modem in minutes, quick call to Comcast to register the modem to my account, and it was working right away. Web pages seem to load immediately within seconds. Huge difference. Very happy with my purchase.”

Best cable modem under $50

Linksys CM3016 Cable Modem
$90 at Amazon

“I am so glad that we finally bought our own modem instead of continuing to lease from our cable-and-internet provider. It saves us money over time with no monthly rental fee, and also appears to be much stronger than the modem that they provided us with! We are now streaming media all over our house at the same time, with no issues!”

Best cable modem–Wi-Fi router combos

Motorola MG7540 Cable Modem Plus Dual Band Wi-Fi Gigabit Router
$130 at Amazon

“We moved to a new house, and the old router/modem just wasn’t cutting it. The new cable-and-internet provider was happy to rent us a modem, but I was looking to cut expenses. I bought this modem, connected it to my computers and printer, set it up — which was very easy — and have had no problems with it at all. We stream shows through our Roku, which is across the house from the router, and have had no problems with that either. My wife’s tablet easily connects to the Wi-Fi and also has no problems.”

Netgear Nighthawk C7000 WiFi Cable Modem Router Combo
$197 at Amazon

“With the Netgear Nighthawk, my internet is now amazing, and I can finally make use of the internet speed I pay for with dual streaming on multiple devices, no problem. The Netgear modem/router is worth the nearly $200 because you use your internet every day. It’s only been two weeks since I got this, so I hope the product continues to perform.”

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The Best Cable Modems on Amazon, According to Reviewers