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The Best Wi-Fi Routers 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 the best Wi-Fi-connected outlets, wireless keyboards, and wireless headphones, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed Wi-Fi routers on Amazon for keeping your internet up and running at top speed. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best Wi-Fi router for large homes

Linksys Max-Stream AC4000 MU-MIMO WiFi Tri-Band Router
$248 at Amazon

“This is our fifth Linksys router over the years and all have been reliable and lived up to their billing. The Max-Stream is no exception. It has significantly expanded our Wi-Fi signal throughout our 2,000-square-foot house, including the garage, deck, and yard. Our Roku and Apple TV streaming improved in both speed and resolution, and our seven Nest devices have had no Wi-Fi interruptions. We would highly recommend the Max-Stream, especially for homes with many Wi-Fi connections.”

Best Wi-Fi router mesh systems

Netgear Orbi Home Mesh WiFi System
From $320 at Amazon

“We moved into a new house in the hills a year ago. Our Wi-Fi was horrible since we moved in, and I thought it was the fault of the ISP. Our connection dropped all the time, and we could not stream a movie due to the constant buffering. Then, I saw an ad for Orbi. OMG, it is fantastic! Since I installed it, which only took a few minutes, we’ve had outstanding Wi-Fi. It is really unbelievable. We are beyond ecstatic. Our connection has never dropped, our devices connect automatically and quickly, and we have streamed movies with absolutely no buffering. Orbi is well worth the cost for the ease, the peace of mind, and not having to constantly mess the Wi-Fi.”

Google NLS-1304-25 WiFi System, 3-Pack
$256 at Amazon

“A must-have if you live in a vault like me. My house has tons of walls that block Wi-Fi signals. We have blazing-fast internet in the front of the house, but our bedrooms are dead zones. I decided to give the Google Wi-Fi system a try because I was tired of my wife nagging me about how frustrated she is with our internet. To say that this product exceeded my expectations is an understatement. I am absolutely wowed by the results. Our internet is now blazing fast no matter where you are in our house, and we even get great reception in our garage!”

Eero Home WiFi System
From $299 at Amazon

“I read a ton of reviews before I bought this because of the ridiculously high price. One thing is clear, Eero Wi-Fi router technology has finally caught up with consumer needs. This is the best router on the planet. It’s virtually idiotproof. I have a 4,000-square-foot, three-story home, and I was struggling to connect via several high-end routers on multiple floors. Now, my whole house is so fast. I hardwired each unit, one on each floor, and there is no spot in my home that doesn’t allow me to access the full speed of my ISP.”

AmpliFi HD WiFi System by Ubiquiti Labs
$340 at Amazon

“I have been having network woes for a bit now. I have a heavy network load in the house. The house itself is a single-story home built in the mid ’90s, so I didn’t think I should have the network issues I did … but man did I. Upon its arrival, I could certainly see that AmpliFi was started by a former Apple employee. It was incredibly easy to set up the router and its mesh points. My network now consistently tests in multiple places in the home, and even on the deck, at over 170 Mbps. I installed it a few days ago and it continues to test at that speed. It is a truly excellent product.”

Best Wi-Fi router-modem combo

Motorola MG7540 Cable Modem Plus AC1600 Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router
$130 at Amazon

“I bought this modem because my existing modem-and-router combo took up too much space and only got me speeds of about 45 Mbps, despite me paying for 100. This item has a small footprint and performs spectacularly. I get speeds of over 100 Mbps down and over 30 Mbps up. The 5G Wi-Fi is very fast and has a decent range as well. The setup process was very easy, and the packaging has everything you need. Overall, extremely impressed, easily the best modem and router I have ever owned. Definitely a must buy if you hate paying $10 a month for renting an ancient piece of garbage modem from the cable company.”

Best Wi-Fi routers under $100

Linksys EA6350 WiFi Wireless Dual-Band+ Router With Gigabit & USB Ports
$89 at Amazon

“I’m very pleased with this purchase so far. First of all, just by upgrading to this router, my wireless speeds increased right away from about 10 to 20 Mbps to a consistent 65. Also, I really like that this is a smart router, for a number of reasons. The phone app is very handy. It’s really easy and convenient now to handle things like changing my Wi-Fi name, changing the password, seeing what devices are connected, deciding which devices to prioritize, sharing the guest network password, etc. The price was reasonable, and setting it up was pretty painless.”

TP-Link AC1900 Smart Wireless Router
$100 at Amazon

“Over the years, I’ve tried many brands and models, including so-called ‘elite’ wireless routers. This router is, by far, the ‘biggest bang for the buck’ router I’ve ever owned. The router I replaced would give an anemic, borderline one bar in our bedroom two floors up. I had to use an extender to get coverage everywhere in the house. When the main router went belly-up, I saw this one and was a little skeptical of the reviews. It sounded too good to be true. But I kid you not, I now have three bars up in the bedroom, and the poor little extender is going to atrophy due to lack of use! The range on this thing is absolutely, without question, the best I have ever seen.”

Asus RT-ACRH13 Dual-Band AC1300 WiFi 4-Port Gigabit Router
$70 at Amazon

“I had originally spent almost $200 on a Netgear Nighthawk. I don’t know what it was about it, but I was not getting anywhere near the speeds I should have been getting on my 150 Mbps connection. I decided to dump the Nighthawk and try this. I was very skeptical because the Asus was much cheaper, but I tried it anyway. Let me tell you, this thing is a beast for the price! The speeds on all the devices in my house are much, much better now. It is excellent for basic home networking and internet usage. Very pleased with this purchase and would definitely recommend to others.”

Best $20 Wi-Fi router

TP-Link N300 Wireless WiFi Router
$20 at Amazon

“I didn’t know what to expect from a router for $19.99, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I have various smartphones and devices connecting to this at once and have never had a problem. Setup was extremely easy; it came with a CD, but I simply got it out of the box and plugged it in, and then it immediately started broadcasting my wireless signal. I would recommend this to anyone, even those who are power internet users. I use this to connect my work PC remotely and it works great!”

Best travel Wi-Fi routers

TP-Link N300 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router
$30 at Amazon

“There’s an ugly, open secret about hotels: The internet connection always sucks. They haven’t kept up with the proliferation of devices or the popularity of streaming services like Netflix. Some have per-room log-ins, and limit each room to two or three devices. So, if my wife and I want to use our notebooks and phones, we’re already over the limit. Bring along a tablet, or an eBook reader, and it’s nearly impossible. With this adapter, though, you plug it in, connect to the adapter with one device, go to the setup URL, and get it working with either Ethernet or the hotel Wi-Fi. The range isn’t great, but for most hotel rooms, it’s fine.”

HooToo Wireless Travel Router
$20 at Amazon

“This is an amazing portable router. I consider this a must for any techie who finds themselves out and about, going on trips, or visiting any place they may need an internet connection. HooToo has got your back for almost any situation. This little router has actually come in handy many times in college and on trips, as well for its network capability. If I’m in an area without Wi-Fi but they have an Ethernet connection, it’s as simple as plugging a cable in. Even if you’re on a plane and can only afford to have one device connected, with the bridge function on this router, you can simply connect it and run all of your devices through it.”

Best Wi-Fi routers for gamers

Netgear Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Dual Band Smart WiFi Router
$230 at Amazon

“I have used this router for a little over a week and it is by far the best router I have ever used in my life. The router’s range and strength of its Wi-Fi are insane, and its connection via Ethernet cable is even more rock-solid. It has increased my Wi-Fi and Ethernet speeds overall and has reduced my latency in games. It also has many excellent features, so if someone is considering picking up a router for their hard-core gaming and streaming needs, then they should definitely get this one! My experience with this router has been a fantastic one!”

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router
$179 at Amazon

“We have, at any given time, several devices (PC, Xbox One, Roku TV, cell phones, tablets, etc.) running off the internet through both wired and wireless connections, so we need a router than can handle the high traffic. This thing has turned out to be just the router we needed! With the expanded coverage, buffering is something that happens way less often now! It also has a setting for online gaming where it auto-prioritizes the traffic for gaming systems. It takes the guesswork out and makes it easy. I was getting some random lag issues while playing Xbox through my old router, but I haven’t lagged since having this router installed.”

Best-looking Wi-Fi router

Symantec Norton Core Secure WiFi Router
$175 at Amazon

“First off, I am very technologically un-savvy, but this was a very easy product for me to install and begin using! The product itself is very beautiful and looks very decorative. Friends have asked me where I got it and are shocked when I tell them it’s actually a router! Since using, I’ve loved the abilities to see all of the devices on my network, block malicious sites, create guest networks, and use a very streamlined and polished app to manage everything. Overall, very pleased with the product!”

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The Best Wi-Fi Routers on Amazon, According to Reviewers