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The 15 Best USB Hubs, 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 covered plenty of useful tech accessories — like the best iPad keyboardsthe best gaming mouses, and even a laptop brush from the folks at Hay — here we’ve hunted down the best USB hubs on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best 6-Port USB Hub

Noot products 60W 6-Port USB Charger

“This has been one of my best purchases in a while! I was very surprised to see the nice packaging this came in. Not to mention its weight. The weight of this item is very premium, as is its look and feel. The Quick Charge 3.0 does as described, and the unit had no problem at all charging six devices all at once when tested! I highly recommend this for everyone on travel. Why bring a pocket of power adapters when you can have this instead?”

Best 9-Port USB Hub

TP-Link 9-Port USB 3.0 Hub

“This one is saving my bacon. The price is worth the piece of mind that I’m able to organize all of my power cords for a professional image versus trying to find ‘one more plug-in’ on my laptop. And, I don’t have to sacrifice anything plugged into my laptop because I ran out of ports.”

Best 14-Port USB Hub

Anker 14-Port USB 3.0 Aluminum Data Hub

“The stablest and fastest USB 3.0 hub I’ve yet used. I’ve used many other cheaper USB 3.0 hubs (even models with external power). But, despite a hub’s outward appearance, there’s a lot that goes on inside of a quality hub. This hub costs more because it DELIVERS more. This has a sturdy external power supply, a convenient on/off switch on the front, a blue status light for each port, and a beefy USB 3.0 cable to connect to your ‘puter. The aluminum housing is solid and it’s heavier than you’d think. However, with the proof being IN the pudding, its performance is paramount. And it delivers. I use this for my work studio, and bought this out of my own pocket, but it is worth every penny.”

Best USB Hub for $10

Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub with Individual Power Switches and LEDs

“I was surprised to see that it had individual power switches for each of the four USB outputs!!! Are you kidding me? This is great, as I didn’t even think how useful that would be when I ordered it. And I didn’t notice it had them when I chose it, as I was not looking for it. Practically speaking, having the switches means that instead of wearing the connectors out by unplugging and plugging, I can leave everything plugged in and just reach over and shut off the devices I am not using. Unfortunately, I bought two four-port USB hubs, and while I am sure the other one will work fine, it doesn’t have on/off switches. I would NEVER buy a USB without on/off switches again.”

Best 5-Port USB Hub With Individual Power Switches

Atolla 4 Ports Super Speed USB 3 Hub Splitter With On Off Switch With 1 USB Charging Port

“I don’t know what it is about me and USB, but I never seem to have enough ports. Let me tell you, having a strip of ports is so much better than a round hub. Instead of having cords sticking out in every direction, it fits behind my monitor nice, slim, and covert, but is still easy to access. I also never thought having the on/off switches would be so handy as well. My old hub didn’t have that, but it’s really useful for some USB lights I have that don’t have an on/off switch themselves. Beats having to plug and unplug them every use. I also tend to turn off the power to my webcam when I’m not using it for peace of mind (yes, I’m paranoid).”

Best 8-Port USB Hub With Individual Power Switches

LYFNLOVE 7 Port USB Data Hub With Power Adapter and Charging Port, Individual On/Off Switches and Lights

“I often have trouble with hubs, which usually don’t work consistently. One or more ports are usually unreliable. So I bought one of these. I was so pleasantly surprised at the good construction, but was even more delighted when I plugged it in. Each of the four ports can be powered on or off and used only as needed without wasting electricity or burning out the unused port(s). It was so good that I bought another one for my office. I’ve had them about two months and they’re extremely steady. No problems and I’m very, very happy.”

Best Aluminum USB Hub

HooToo Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub

“This has been the answer to my prayers. I have a smaller computer with only one USB port … but several devices that need a USB port. My mouse is essential, but then I would have to take out the USB for the mouse to put the one in for my camera to download photos … plus other devices. Using this, I have four USB ports. It is perfect.”

Best USB-C Hub With HDMI Port and Card Reader

Sinstar 8 in 1 Aluminum Multi Port Adapter Type C Combo Hub for MacBook Pro

“This is by far the best Type-C accessory that I own. I have a new MacBook Pro, the kind with the special toolbar, and finding a port replicator has been a real issue. But this is different. I plugged all my cables in, plugged this into my laptop, and my video popped up, and lo and behold, the Ethernet was working, too. Not only that, but I plugged my Type-C charger into the extra Type-C port on this device and it began charging my device at full speed. I am so happy with this, I want to tell everyone with a MacBook to run out and buy one. The device is nice and sturdy; it has plenty of ports. I love that they added the memory-card slots, too. I have so many adapters, and now I don’t need them unless I am on the road. This device has become my docking station, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Best 4-Port USB-C Hub

HooToo Type C Adapter Hub

“The following is my long, woeful story of trying to find the solution to an unnecessary problem with which Apple chose to torture its loyal users. I love Apple, but sometimes … GRRRRRR! Those of us who went out and got the new MacBook Pro in late 2016, with only 4 USB-C ports (no USB?), immediately made all our USB peripheral devices useless doorstops — without spending a small fortune for obscenely overpriced dongles … Not to be victimized by Apple’s Next New Thing that hasn’t arrived (still waiting), I resorted to good old Amazon. Would you believe Apple doesn’t even manufacture multiple C hubs? Then a HooToo Type-C Adapter Hub came to my front door. I plugged it into the MacBook, tight fit. So far, so good. Plugged in two 5 TB drives, a DVD player, and speakers. Everything mounted and worked perfectly! OMG! I died and went to Heaven for only $22!”

Best Swiveling USB Hub

MAKETECH Ultra Slim Aluminum 4 Port Rotatable USB 3.0 Hub

“All I care about is functionality. I’ve had other USB hubs die on me. This is so great, I got a second one, some extension cords, and taped them together to make a superlight and versatile USB hub. The two hubs together have a higher cumulative bandwidth and create no noticeable lag. These are awesome.”

Best 6-Port USB Tower Hub

Jelly Comb Universal 6-Port Desktop USB Hub / Charging Station With Smart Identification Technology

“I could talk about this all day and would keep going for days to come. The size, the look, the little blue light underneath it. Now I understand why they have the light because you may forget where you place it. If I could, I would have this all over my home. It charges very rapidly compared to other similar products. I have to move it around so many times because I constantly want to charge my device from it. This is the product to own. I may have to buy a few more in the near future.”

Best Non-Powered USB Hub

UGREEN 4 Port USB 3 Data Hub

“After purchasing and returning several ‘powered’ USB hubs that could not handle multiple external drives and the wireless-mouse dongle for my brand-new PC, I bought this one based on various glowing Amazon product reviews. I was initially very disappointed upon opening the box because although this product is labeled as a ‘powered’ hub, it is not. Nonetheless, I decided to try it out. To my utter surprise and delight, it worked. In fact, it is the only hub I have tried that does. The irony is that it is the least expensive one I bought.”

Best in-Car USB Hub

Anker 50W 5-Port USB Car Charger

“I have this five-port USB hub in my car attached to my dashboard so that everyone that rides with me can charge their devices. I usually run my GPS off of this hub and charge my phone. While I have never used all five ports at once, I love looking down and seeing ports to spare in case I need them.”

Best Mini-USB Hub

Plugable USB 2.0 2-Port High Speed Ultra Compact Hub/Splitter

“It’s small. About eight inches total, tip to tip. Perfect for getting your keyboard and mouse down to one cable. I wanted a small USB hub to plug the keyboard and mouse together, so I would only have to deal with one cable running through the office furniture to the PC. It works perfectly, as a USB hub should. No lights or anything that I noticed, so it’s stealthy. It’s small enough to hide easily.”

Best USB Hub With Card Readers

ERCRYSTO Card Reader and 3 Ports USB Hub

“I bought a laptop recently and it’s very sleek and light, but a downside is that it has only one USB port and no card reader, which is a bummer since I take a lot of photos and like to use the card reader to transfer them to my laptop. This item is cheap and works well to my needs, allowing me to plug in multiple data sources at once. Not a bad buy for under $10.”

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The 15 Best USB Hubs, According to Amazon Reviews