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Best Wi-Fi 6 Routers: The Outgoing Standard’s Final Collection Of Excellence

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In this post, you'll find the comprehensive top-five lists of "the best" standalone Wi-Fi 6 routers. The standard's first router became available in early 2019, and since then, I've reviewed dozens of them, but only those I'd use for myself make it here. Any of them will likely work out well—it's a matter of degrees, depending on your situation.

For Wi-Fi 6 mesh, check out this list of the best Wi-Fi 6 systems instead.

Wi-Fi 6 is on the way out—Wi-Fi 6E has been available for a few years, and Wi-Fi 7 became officially certified early in 2024. But that doesn't mean it's obsolete. As a matter of fact, this standard will be relevant for years to come as you can use all new clients with it.

Still, those mentioned here are likely the final best options in their category. Asus ExpertWiFi EBR63 is probably my last Wi-Fi 6 router review. And even if it's not, it's unlikely that the next one will make it to this list.

Find the one that best fits your needs here and read its in-depth review before making the purchase. Or you can make a quick decision and get one now!

Dong's note: I first published this frequently revised post on November 11, 2019, and last updated it on February 7, 2024.

Tips

A Wi-Fi broadcaster comes with a bandwidth indicator. For Wi-Fi 6, that's the "AX" prefix (short for 802.11ax) followed by a number showing its bands' collective bandwidth.

For example, an AX6000 router can theoretically handle up to 6000Mbps of total Wi-Fi bandwidth at any given time. Individually, each of its bands can only deliver part of that, with the real-world rate being noticeably lower due to overhead.

Still, a higher number generally means more bandwidth, which can be used as one factor to judge its capability.

Before we get to the lists, let's cut to the chase and jump right to why you're here: The very best Wi-Fi 6 routers. Yes, routers, as in plural.

This is a comprehensive post—the following Table of Contents below will come in handy. Open the drawer below for the performances and shopping links of all routers mentioned here.

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The shortlisted top-five

It's tough to call one router, or anything, "the best." It's impossible to find a router that gives us everything.

Even those on this short list don't have everything. But selectively, they are the best in their grade. I use the broadband connection as the main criterion, except for the case of the TP-Link Archer AX10, whose main strength is affordability.

To qualify as (one of) the best, all of them share the following excellent highlights in common:

  • Fast speed, extensive Wi-Fi coverage (for the specs and cost), and reliable performance.
  • A comprehensive set of networking features.
  • Local management via a robust web user interface.
  • An optional, well-designed, and helpful mobile app.

Again, it's important to note that none of these routers is perfect. But if you're in a hurry and want a "safe" purchase, you won't go wrong with any of them.

This list is sorted in bandwidth order from low to high.


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TP-Link Archer AX50
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The TP-Link Archer AX50 is a typical-looking Wi-Fi router. It's worth the cost.

The TP-Link Archer AX50 ( not to be confused with the similarly specced Archer AX3000) is a dual-stream (2x2) mid-range Wi-Fi 6 router.

But since there are only 2x2 clients on the market, this router can still deliver the top Wi-Fi 6 speeds, especially considering it supports the 160 MHz channel width.

In addition, the affordable pricing and excellent set of features make it a great deal. With the current pricing, it beats its older cousin, the Archer X10, to be the most affordable Wi-Fi 6 option.

TP-Link Archer AX50's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Archer AX50 Front Angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

160 MHz channel support with fast and reliable performance for mid-tier router

Tons of helpful networking and Wi-Fi settings

Valuable features, including free real-time online protection

Comparatively affordable

Compact design, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig network port or Dual-WAN

HomeCare requires a mobile app and login account with TP-Link to work

Slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Runs a bit warm


Best Wi-Fi 6 router for sub-Gigabit broadband: Ubiquiti UDR (AX3000)

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Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR) has a unique design and feature set.

Ubiquiti's UniFi Dream Router is probably the most exciting home router because it's an advanced enterprise-grade PoE-ready controller in a home-friendly design that can handle multiple hardware segments, with Wi-Fi and networking being one.

Unfortunately, it does not have a Multi-Gig port. All four network ports are Gigabit ports. Additionally, it has modest processing power. As a result, despite its generous set of advanced features, it is only suitable for homes with sub-Gigabit (800Mbps or slower) broadband and relatively simple networking needs.

Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router (UDR)'s Rating

9 out of 10
Ubiquiti UniFi Dream Router
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Built-in support for all of Ubiquiti's business hardware segments (Network, Protect, Talk, and Access)

Reliable Wi-Fi performance, excellent range, mesh-ready

Tons of useful networking features, a comprehensive web user interface, and a mobile app

Compact and beautiful design, two PoE ports

Comparatively affordable, quiet operator

Cons

No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation; middling Wi-Fi specs and modest processing power; only one additional app (Talk, Protect, or Access) is supported at a time

Security feature reduces Wi-Fi 6 speed, Power over Ethernet doesn't support PoE+ or PoE++

Requires an account with UniFi; not wall-mountable; internal fan


Best Wi-Fi 6 router for (up to) Gigabit broadband: Synology RT6600ax

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Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Synology RT6600ax looks like a typical Wi-Fi router

The RT6600ax is the first router from Synology in years and the first to feature the 5.9GHz portion of the 5GHz spectrum. Running the Synology Router Manager (SRM) operating system, it has one of the most comprehensive sets of features and can work as an excellent mini NAS server.

Unfortunately, it has just one 2.5Gbps port, meaning it won't be able to deliver connection speeds faster than Gig+. But it can provide full Gigabit broadband. If you're happy with that, it's easily one of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers to get.

Synology RT6600ax's Rating

9 out of 10
Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi with support for 5.9GHz UNII-4 spectrum, mesh-ready

Robust, comprehensive, yet user-friendly SRM 1.3 firmware with excellent web interface and DS Router app

Lots of useful built-in settings and networking features, helpful add-on packages with accompanying mobile apps

Can work as a full-featured NAS server

Practical design, wall-mountable

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port

No Link Aggregation, awkward Multi-Gig WAN, rigid default WAN port

Only client-based QoS, 5.9GHz clients are scarce


Best Wi-Fi 6 router for (up to) multi-Gigabit (2Gbps) broadband: Asus GT-AX11000 Pro

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is another powerful gaming router.
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The GT-AX11000 Pro is a powerful gaming router and one of Asus's best efforts in design.

The GT-AX11000 Pro replaces the GT-AX6000 (below) at this spot. It's a much more potent variant of the GT-AX1000 (also below) and one of a few that sports two 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports.

Consequently, if you have Gig+ and faster broadband (up to 2.5Gbps), it's a must-have.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus GT-AX11000 Pro Close up
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance; UNII-4 support

Lots of free and useful networking features and settings, including all gaming features collectively found in Asus routers

Two Multi-Gig ports with excelling port configuration; supports LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

No vendor required login account; improved design

Cons

UNII-4 clients are nonexistent; no 6GHz band

Only one 10Gbps port

Bulky design, not wall-mountable


Best Wi-Fi 6 router for (up to) 10Gbps broadband: Asus RT-AX89X

The Asus RT-AX89X Router Entennas Folded
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus RT-AX89X sure is a conversation starter.

The Asus RT-AX89X has the X (and not U) at the end of its name—I explained that in this post on Asus routers—for a good reason.

It's the first on the market to feature two 10Gbps network ports—one Multi-Gig and one SPF+. It also has eight Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port.

The SFP+ port is a bit less common and might require a supported switch, such as the XS1930-12HP before you can have a Multi-Gig experience.

Nonetheless, it's one of a few, if not the only, Wi-Fi 6 routers that can provide 10Gbps connections on both the WAN and LAN sides—a must for those with 10Gbps broadband.

For more viable 10Gbps Multi-Gig routers, you'll have to venture into Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 options.

Asus RT-AX89X's Rating

9 out of 10
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Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance

Uniquely cool design with two 10Gbps network ports

Eight Gigabit network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation

Super-fast network-attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive

Tons of useful features, including free-for-life real-time online protection and AiMesh

Cons

No universal backup and restoration with other Asus routers

Bulky physical size with an internal fan

Not wall-mountable


Have more time? Check out the following lists. You'll find something that fits your needs and budget even better.

Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The comprehensive top-five lists

Similarly, these lists are in reviewed order, with the latest on top. Consequently, the number in front of each product's name is numerical and not the ranking.

There are a few lists for different home sizes determined by the number of users and not necessarily the area—again, you need a mesh for a large home.


Best budget entry-level (AX1500) and mid-range (AX3000) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a small home

This list includes dual-band 2x2 routers that range from affordable to semi-affordable. They all have a bandwidth cap of 2.4 Gbps or lower when used with 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 clients—there are currently no faster devices.

These generally are routers for the budget-minded or those living in a small or medium home with modest bandwidth needs.


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5. Asus ExpertWiFi EBR63

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the latest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

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Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus ExpertWiFi EBR63 is a compact yet super-versatile Wi-Fi machine.

Available in late 2023, the EBR63 is the latest Wi-Fi 6 router on the market. It represents Asus's all-new ExpertWiFi series.

Despite its compact size, the router has many advanced capabilities for professional and business users, including VLAN and robust VPN options. It's easily one of the best among its peers, especially considering its friendly pricing.


4. Synology WRX560

Synology WRX560 Router Front
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Synology WRX560 comes in an exciting design. It's an excellent Wi-Fi 6 router... of yesteryear.

The Synology WRX560 is an excellent entry-level Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router. It is the only one among its peers that features the UNII-4 portion of the 5GHz band.

Released in late 2022, it's a bit late to the game. Still, it'll be relevant and a safe buy for a long time.

Synology WRX560's Rating

8 out of 10
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Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi, 160MHz and 5.9GHz UNII-4 support, mesh-ready

Comprehensive and user-friendly firmware, excellent web interface, useful DS Router app

Lots of useful built-in settings and features, valuable add-on packages

Can work as a full-featured NAS server

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port, no practical UNII-4 application

No Link Aggregation or dedicated backhaul in a mesh setup, rigid WAN setting

Impractical port design, not wall-mountable


3. Asus GS-AX3000

Asus ROG STRIX GS AX3000 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000 comes with a cool color-changing Aura light on the front. It's an excellent entry-level gaming router.

The GS-AX3000 is somewhat of a gaming version of the RT-AX3000 below, and as such, it's an excellent option. This new router, part of Asus's ROG STRIX series, has many gaming and non-gaming features for a small household.

In many ways, the GS-AX3000 replaces the Asus RT-AX3000, which used to be on this list.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX3000's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus ROG STRIX GS AX3000 Gaming Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent performance

Feature-laden, including those for gamers

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN

No Multi-Gig network port

Network storage performance, when hosting a portable drive, could be better


2. Netgear WAX204

Netgear WAX204 Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Wireless Access Point is out of the box
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Netgear WAX204 Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Wireless Access Point is actually a Wi-Fi router. It's a valuable budget Wi-Fi 6 router.

The Netgear WAX204 is different. Although Netgear calls it an Access Point, it is actually a Wi-Fi 6 router. And there's a catch!

Indeed, with a sub-$100 price tag and solid performance, the WAX204 is an excellent buy for a small home with a sub-Gigabit broadband connection.

Netgear WAX204 Access Point's Rating

8.3 out of 10
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Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9.5 out of 10

Pros

Affordable

Strong and reliable Wi-Fi coverage

Can work as a router or access point

Straightforward local web user interface

Useful Wi-Fi settings

Compact design, wall-mountable

Cons

Entry-level Wi-Fi specs

No Multi-Gig port

Limited Wi-Fi settings and features

No remote web-based management

No PoE support


1. Asus RT-AX68U

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus RT-AX68U
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus RT-AX68U is an excellent semi-budget entry-level mesh-ready router.

The Asus RT-AX68U is a bit odd. It's the only 3x3 Wi-Fi 6 router I've tested. But it proved an excellent choice as a standalone router or a member of an AiMesh system.

Asus RT-AX68U's Rating

8.9 out of 10
Asus RT-AX68U
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast performance, excellent range, reliable

Tons of helpful networking features and settings, including AiMesh 2.0

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Excellent NAS performance and features when hosting a USB storage device

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No Multi-Gig ports or 160MHz channel width support (at launch)

Not wall-mountable


Best mid-tier (AX5400) Wi-Fi 6 routers

These dual-band routers mix high-end (4x4) 5 GHz bands with a subdued 2x2 2.4 GHz band. They also lack a Multi-Gig network port and have relatively modest processing power.

However, considering we tend to care more about the 5 GHz bands and most homes only have Internet of 500 Mbps or slower, these are great deals since they deliver where it matters.


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5. Asus TUF-AX5400

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the latest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus TUF-X5400 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus TUF-AX5400 directly rivals the GS-AX5400 below. It's an easy recommendation for gamers.

The TUF-AX5400 is a different shape from the GS-AX5400 below. It has the same hardware inside but is part of the more affordable TUF product, which is more popular in Asia and the EU than in the US.

If you need a budget-friendly yet well-performing (gaming) Wi-Fi machine, you won't go wrong with this router.

Asus TUF-AX5400's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus TUF AX5400 Gaming Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Excellent overall performance, comparatively affordable

AiMesh 2.0 support, including system-wide Guest network

Excellent web interface, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Lots of useful features, including those for gamers

Cons

No Multi-Gig port

Performance as a NAS server could be better

Not wall-mountable, small Aura RBG lighting


4. Asus GS-AX5400

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400 Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The GS-AX5400 is another excellent gaming router from Asus.

The GS-AX5400 is a better version of the GS-AX3000 above and an excellent alternative to the RT-AX82U below.

It's another gaming router from Asus, and it proved to be a solid performer for any small or medium home. And like all Aus Wi-Fi 6 routers, it can also work as part of an AiMesh system.

Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus ROG STRIX GS-AX5400 Gaming Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent overall performance

Complete AiMesh 2.0 support, including system-wide Guest network

Robust web interface, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Lots of useful features, including those for gamers

Cool-looking front-facing AURA Game light

Cons

No Multi-Gig port or Gamer VPN (WTFast)

Performance as a NAS server could be better

The ROG logo doesn't light up, a bit boring


3. TP-Link Archer AX73 (AX5400)

TP-Link Archer AX73 Wi-Fi 6 Routers antennas
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The TP-Link Archer AX73 starts a new design for TP-Link routers.

The TP-Link AX73 has an excellent combo of features, performance, design, and cost. It's one of the most sensible Wi-Fi 6 routers you can find.

TP-Link Archer AX73's Rating

8 out of 10
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Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi with an excellent range

160MHz Channel width support

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with lots of useful settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds

Mobile app and login account required for advanced features

Mobile app not reliable

Write performance for network storage when hosting a portable drive could be better

2. Asus RT-AX82U (AX5400)

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Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus RT-AX82U has unique programmable front-facing Aura RGB lighting, making it possibly the coolest-looking router to date when in action.

The Asus RT-AX82U is almost identical to the RT-AX86U above in performance and features. "Almost" because it's a lesser option with less processing power and no multi-gig network port.

In return, it's the only router with awesome-looking programmable front lighting—much cooler than the GS-AX5400 or GS-AX3000 above. You'll likely love the combination of excellent performance and a relatively friendly price tag.

Asus RT-AX82U's Rating

9 out of 10
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Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent performance

Beautiful design with tons of helpful networking, game-related features, and settings

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN

No multi-gig network port

Network storage performance (when hosting a portable drive) could use some improvement

Not wall-mountable


1. Netgear Nighthawk RAX50 (AX5400)

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Netgear RAX50 Router 7
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The RAX50 is a compact, good-looking Wi-Fi 6 router. It's a just-right option for most homes.

I called the RAX50 a just-right router because it can offer the same 5 GHz performance as the higher-end, like the RAX120, yet much more affordable.

Among other things, it does so by giving you lesser specs in the 2.4 GHz band, of which the higher tier generally doesn't necessarily give you faster speeds anyway.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX50's Rating

8.5 out of 10
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8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi performance

160 MHz channel width support

Excellent NAS performance when hosting a storage device

Responsive web user interface, useful mobile app with built-in online protection

A good set of network features and settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

A bit pricey

No multi-gig port, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

Limited Wi-Fi settings

Mobile app requires a login account with the vendor


Best high-end (AX5700 - AX6000) Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers

This list includes 4x4 routers with a cap Wi-Fi bandwidth of 4.8 Gbps when used with Wi-Fi 6 clients. These Wi-Fi 6 routers are great for a medium or possibly large home with an average number of devices and a fast Internet connection.

Most of these routers have a Multi-Gig network port and many features. When coupled with an external portable drive, they can all work as viable mini NAS servers.

That said, these routers apply to a home with a Gigabit-class bandwidth requirement.


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5. Asus RT-AX88U Pro (AX6000)

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the latest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Asus RT-AX88U Pro Wi-Fi 6 Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus RT-AX88U Pro is the latest in Asus's "Pro" lineup

The RT-AX88U Pro is a 4-year-in-the-making replacement of Asus's first Wi-Fi 6 router, the RT-AX88U, which used to be on this list.

The new router looks identical to the old variant but is completely new inside. It supports two Multi-Gig ports, VLAN, Guest Network Pro, and much more.

Asus RT-AX88U Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus RT-AX88U Pro Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi, wired, and network storage performance

Tons of useful features, including AiMesh 2.0 and Pro-only Guest Network Pro and VLAN

Two 2.5GbE Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation support

Universal setting backup and restoration

Merlin firmware support

Cons

Pro-enabled features are still in the Beta

Only 6 network ports (instead of 9 in the previous variant)

No Wi-Fi 6E, not wall-mount-ready


4. Asus GT-AX6000

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Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 is massive. Most importantly, it's Asus's ultimate Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router.

Like all Asus routers, the GT-AX6000 has robust firmware and valuable features. It's also an official gaming router, supporting all of Asus's high-end game-related features.

Most importantly, it has two 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig and four Gigabit flexible network ports, allowing it to handle up to 2.5Gbps of connection speeds on both the WAN (Internet) and LAN sides.

In addition, when using multiple units, you'll get an AiMesh system with a Multi-Gig wired backhaul.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Dual Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN, Link Aggregations, and more

Tons of helpful networking features and settings, including AiMesh 2.0 and gaming-related applications

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Bold-looking design, no fan, runs cool

Cons

Lowest Multi-Gig grade (2.5Gbps), there could be more ports considering the router's massive physical size

A bit pricey

Impractical antenna design, bulky, not practically wall-mountable


3. Asus RT-AX86U (AX5700)

The Asus RT-AX86U is an Excellent Gaming Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: While mundane-looking, the Asus RT-AX86U has enough to once qualify as the best dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router.

I considered the RT-AX86U the "best dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router" for over a year.

And the router is still excellent despite being "deposed" by the GT-AX6000 above. In fact, for the cost, it's still an easy recommendation.

Asus RT-AX86U's Rating

9 out of 10
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Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast performance, excellent range, reliable

Tons of helpful networking features and settings

Useful settings for online gaming

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance and features when hosting a USB storage device

Comparatively affordable

Cons

Single, low-speed (2.5Gbps) Multi-Gig port

Not wall-mountable

Gaming features turn Adaptive QoS off

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN


The TP-Link AX6000 Router
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: There's nothing around in the TP-Link AX6000's appearance, but it sure is a well-rounded router.

The TP-Link AX6000 is anything but round. However, it offers a lot, from reliable performance to a good feature set. Its main rival is the Asus RT-AX88U below, and the two are comparable in more ways than one.

If you live in a medium home and have a super-fast broadband connection, the TP-Link AX6000 can be an excellent fit.

TP-Link Archer AX6000's Rating

8.1 out of 10
TP-Link Archer 6000 Box
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent QoS and Parental Control features

Robust web user interface, helpful mobile app

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig LAN port

Bulky design

Not mesh-ready

Certain functions of the interface could use some improvement

Mobile app requires a login account


1. Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 (AX6000)

In case you didn't read the intro: This is the oldest member on this list—the number is only numerical, not the ranking.

Netgear RAX120
Best Wi-Fi 6 routers: The Netgear RAX120 is an excellent router overall and one of the best-looking routers.

The Netgear Nighthawk RAX120 is a Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router uniquely with a 5Gbps Multi-Gig port.

So, in addition to fast Wi-Fi speeds, it also delivers top network-attached storage performance when hosting an external drive. Like its cousin below, it, too, has a futuristic design.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX120's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Netgear RAX120 Router
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware, fast performance

Beautiful design

Multi-Gig network port (5Gbps)

Well-organized web user interface

Ultra-fast network storage performance

Cons

Expensive

No online protection, gaming, or mesh features

A bit bulky


Best high-end Tri-band (AX6100 - AX11000) Wi-Fi 6 routers for a large home

These are currently the non-compromising Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market. They collectively have everything you'd want from a single router.

While they have Wi-Fi coverage similar to the 4x4 dual-band routers above, they feature double Wi-Fi bandwidth thanks to the additional 5 GHz band. If you have lots of devices or Gigabit Internet, one of these is a must.


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