Since early 2021, Wi-Fi 6E hardware has grown like mushrooms after rain. This post only includes the best among all Wi-Fi 6E routers I've reviewed.
Some of those mentioned here can work as a member of a mesh Wi-Fi system, but they are here primarily because they work well as the sole Wi-Fi broadcaster in a relatively small area that doesn't require a mesh system.
If you're living in a sprawling home, here's the list of the best Wi-Fi 6E systems. Loving your existing (Wi-Fi 6 or older) router so much? Check out this list of the best way to upgrade it to Wi-Fi 6E.
Dong's note: I first published this frequently-revised post on May 17, 2021, and last updated it on July 12, 2023, to add/remove applicable hardware options and information.
Best Wi-Fi 6E routers for 2023: The list
This list includes the top five standalone Wi-Fi 6E routers and is sorted in the review order. The numbers are just numerical and not meant to be the ranking. When applicable, I will also include worthy alternatives that will give you a similar experience.
Some routers on this list -- including all those from Asus -- can work together to form a mesh system, preferably via wired backhauling.
|Name||MSI Radix AXE6600's Rating||TP-Link Archer AXE300's Rating||Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300's Rating||Netgear Orbi RBRE960 Wi-Fi 6E Router's Rating||Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000's Rating|
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5. MSI RadiX AXE6600: The latest kid on the Wi-Fi 6E block
(If you didn't read the intro, this is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)
The RadiX AXE6600 is the first router MSI has released in over a decade. It's a simple, reliable "gaming" router with a bunch of eye-catching fancy lights.
MSI Radix AXE6600's Rating
Top Wi-Fi 6E specs; cool Mystic Light; Reliable Wi-Fi performance
Lightweight yet robust web user interface; helpful mobile app
Supports all standard home network settings, deep Wi-Fi customization
Nice design, low power consumption
Only one 2.5Gbps port; mediocre 5GHz specs
Thin on gaming and network protection features; no Dynamic DNS, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN
Mystic Light requires a PC app; Network storage requires SMBv1 with lackluster performance
4. TP-Link Archer AXE300: TP-Link’s best Wi-Fi 6E router to date
With uncompromising specs, the TP-Link Archer AXE300 has (almost) everything a home user would look for in a standalone home router.
Its only shortcoming compared to the Asus GT-AXE16000 below is that TP-Link's OneMesh approach has no option for Multi-Gig wired backhauling.
Looking for a single Wi-Fi broadcaster? You won't go wrong with this one.
TP-Link Archer AXE300's Rating
Top-tier hardware with excellent performance; three flexible Multi-Gig ports and LAN Link Aggregation support
Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings and a handful of valuable features for home users
Comparatively cheaper than competitors
Wall-mountable; useful optional mobile app; OneMesh-ready
No option for Gigabit WAN, Dual-WAN, or fast mesh with wired backhauling
HomeShield Pro requires a subscription, mobile app, and login account
Bulky design, the USB port's performance could be better
3. Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300: Netgear’s “good-deal” Wi-Fi 6E router
The Netgear RAXE300 is the lesser version of the RAXE500 (below), but it turned out to deliver a superior experience in my trial. It's a more refined piece of hardware that's more affordable with equally excellent performance.
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300's Rating
Wi-Fi 6E-ready with excellent performance
Flexible 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, USB-C
Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app
Cool fanless, wall-mountable design
Middling 6GHz specs, no standard Remote Management via Dynamic DNS
No 10Gbps port, only one 2.5Gbps port; not-well-thought-out Wi-Fi on/off button
Limited Wi-Fi settings and online protection/Parental Controls require a mobile app and subscription
Mediocre NAS performance when hosting a portable SSD; 100-120V power adapter
2. Netgear Orbi RBRE960: An excellent Wi-Fi 6E router that’s handicapped
The Orbi RBRE960 is technically the router unit of Netgear's RBKE960 Orbi mesh. But it's also available as a standalone router.
As a single broadcaster, the RBRE960 is excellent, except there's no way to use its 5GHz-2 band for clients, which is generally the predicament of Netgear's Orbi product line.
Netgear Orbi RBRE960 Wi-Fi 6E Router's Rating
Multiple Multi-Gig ports, reliable and large Wi-Fi coverage
Fast 6GHz performance
Mesh-ready with a dedicated backhaul band, or Multi-Gig wired backhaul
Easy to use
Expensive, limited 5GHz bandwidth, second 5GHz band is never available to clients
No web-based remote management, few free features
Rigid Multi-Gig ports' roles, no 2nd 10Gbps port
Limited Wi-Fi settings, mobile app required to be useful
1. Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000: The ultimate Wi-Fi 6E router
(If you didn't read the intro, this is the first member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)
The Asus GT-AXE16000 is the 2nd Quad-band Wi-Fi broadcaster besides the Netgear Orbi RBRE960 above. It has everything any user would want in a Wi-Fi 6E broadcaster -- as a standalone router or an AiMesh member.
- Asus RT-AXE7800: A simple and affordable Wi-Fi 6E router. Buy it now.
- Asus GT-AXE11000: A similar Wi-Fi 6E gaming router with lesser support for Multi-Gig. Buy it now.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000's Rating
Powerful hardware, Quad-band with Wi-Fi 6E support, three Multi-Gig ports (one 2.5Gbps and two 10Gbps)
Stellar performance throughout
Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support
Unmatched port flexibility, including interchangeable WAN, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations
Beautiful ROG Aura lighting
Expensive, 10Gbps ports' sustained rates and NAS performance (when hosting a storage device) could be better
Awkward backhaul band design in a wireless AiMesh setup, no UNII4 (5.9GHz) support, no SFP+
Bulky design, not wall-mountable
Best Wi-Fi 6E Routers for 2023: The takeaway
Considering the fast speed but short range of the new 6GHz band, Wi-Fi 6E is an exciting addition to the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands -- it's not a replacement for either.
The new band is excellent for those living in an airy home or having clients close to the broadcaster. In many ways, it's a bridge between Wi-Fi 6 and the upcoming Wi-Fi 7, which will likely have increased the ranges thanks to the use of AFC.