Best WiFi routers 2022 to improve your wireless connection at home

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Is your Wi-Fi sluggishly slow? Well then it’s time for an overhaul, and we’re coming the rescue with the top routers guaranteed to supercharge your upload and download speeds.

Let’s start with a quick guide to routers. When you initially set up a new internet connection in your home, you’ll use a router, configured with a username and password, to access the internet. But often the routers which form part of the package err on the basic side. They’re also often outdated, slow, out of warranty and vulnerable to attack. All of which are great reasons to invest in a new one and in order to give your current Wi-Fi a serious upgrade.

Currently, if you purchase a new router, it’s almost guaranteed to have Wi-Fi six, which is best described as the next generation of internet. Signals will be stronger, faster and more consistent, no matter how many devices are attached. For example, during our testing session we did a speed test on the router we were given when we initially set up our internet – a rather dated Wi-Fi four router – and found out that it provided download speeds 12MBps and upload speeds of 9MBps. None of the routers we tested provided download speeds of less than 60 MBps and upload speeds of 18MBps.

The testing process involved a lot of fiddling around with antennas and standing in remote corners of our garden while scrutinising upload and download speeds, whether the router was supporting 10 devices or 20. All of the routers below are more than up to the job, and we’ve deliberately included a wide range of types.

In summary, we’re certain your ideal router is somewhere in the list below, whether you’re a die-hard gamer looking for a router which will connect to multiple devices without any hint of lag, or someone who works from home and needs fast, efficient internet without any dead spots.

See our favourites below

ZyXEL Armor G5 NBG7815 router

Call us superficial but the first sign that we were onto a good thing with Zyxel’s router was the beautiful box, with its monochrome styling and the slogan, on the inside of the lid, telling us to “get ready for fast internet.” And boy were they right. Powered by a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, this compact, slimline (it’s comparable in size to a hardback book) router meant the download speeds in our house sky-rocketed to 71MBps, and were still pretty impressive when we did a speed test at the far end of our garden, where we still enjoyed download speeds of 65MBps (.2, for readers keen on the minutiae). Got a lot of devices? You’ll love the fact that you can quickly connect up to 30 devices to this router, as well as the ease with which the brilliant app can be used to configure accessibility and monitor network activities.

Buy now £194.00, Amazon

Linksys MR9600 Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router

Our favourite thing about this mesh router? The seriously powerful 1.8 GHz quad core processor, which makes it ideal for larger homes. Our newly-supercharged download speeds barely dropped during a speed test done at the end of our garden, where we still enjoyed download speeds of 69MBps and upload speeds of 18 – more than enough if we fancied working al fresco. The app makes it easy to add extra nodes to reduce the risk of dead areas, although in reality, if your house has four rooms or under there’s unlikely to be any need – this router will easily cover properties of up to 3000 sq ft. Our one gripe? It’s not the most stylish router, but to be honest we were so fixated by our new super-fast connectivity we barely had time to dwell on it.

Buy now £199.98, Amazon

D-link COVR AX1862 Dual Band Whole Home Mesh Wi‑Fi 6 System

Ensuring all corners of your home get super-fast WiFi has never been easier. Perfect for a wide range of requirements – whether it’s 4K streaming, VR gaming or video calling, this slick mesh system ensures your devices seamlessly connect to the strongest signal as you move from room to room, so there’s no need to reconnect. It’s simple to set up and parental control functionality – which makes it easy to assign devices to certain members’ profiles, set schedules for access and (God forbid) turn off WiFi - make it a brilliant option for families.

Buy now £102.00, Amazon

TP-Link AX1800 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System

This mesh system can be purchased with different numbers of nodes (which help extend the range) depending on the size of your home. Not only will it provide super-fast Wi-Fi of up to 1.8 Gbps, but it will keep your connection secure, thanks to parental control features and top notch antivirus protection. The brilliant Deco app is another one which makes the set-up process incredibly easy by simply walking you through the entire process, and if you pair it with Alexa it can be controlled with your voice, too. Got a lot of gadgets in the house? Not a problem for this mesh system, which will connect to 150 devices.

Buy now £70.99, Amazon

Rockspace AC2100 MU-MIMO Dual Band Wi-Fi Router

This Lego brick-like router has a surprisingly low price point, but don’t underestimate its power – it offered a major improvement on our previously sluggish internet speeds (which we’d somehow thought were adequate before we plugged this one in). Transforming your upload and download speeds for under £60 sounds like a pretty good deal to us. Setting it up is quick, easy and streamlined (we loved the ease with which we could import usernames and passwords from old router using an ethernet cable) and the four antennas do a great job of keeping the signal strong in small to medium-sized properties.

Buy now £30.99, Amazon

Netgear Nighthawk Tri-band AX8 Router

This spaceship-like router is the most stylish one we’ve come across, and it’s seriously powerful too, with a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor. We loved the fact that its antennas are built-in, allowing for a more streamlined look.

But is it up to the job? In a nutshell, yes. It’s incredibly easy to set up – it took us just a couple of minutes to download the Nighthawk app, scan the QR code on the box and create an account. It’s just as easy to configure, too - using the app to change network names, conduct speed tests and tweak various aspects was a breeze. It’s a great router for gamers (and parents, who will love the Smart Parental Controls) as well as larger households due to the ease in which multiple devices can be connected. We also loved the extra protection offered by Armor multi-layer security software.

Buy now £199.99, Netgear

Netgear Nighthawk Pro Gaming Router

Nighthawk gaming routers – the first routers designed especially for gamers - appeared on the scene around two years ago, and they’re some of the best in the business. The tri-core 1.5 GHz processor in this router means plenty of power no matter how many other devices are connected, and we loved the ease with which we could set this router up (a process sped up by the handy quick-start guide). After plugging it in, screwing in the four antennas, downloading the app and scanning the QR code on the box, there was a short wait while the router booted up (a large red light indicates this process is underway) and then we were good to go. It’s a great option for anyone with a weakness for Netgear’s kit – additional items such as range extenders can be added in a jiffy using the app.

Buy now £299.99, Currys

Netgear WiFi 6 Orbi WiFi 6 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System

One of the most powerful routers we tried (during our speed tests our download speeds were cranked up to an ultra-fast 74.6 MBps while upload speeds soared to 18.6), this brilliant mesh system comprises not only a router but a satellite – place the latter in the deepest, darkest corner of your home to ensure super-fast Wi-Fi throughout your property, thanks to the no-nonsense quad-core 1.5 GHz processor.

Buy now £319.99, Argos

Verdict

The Zyxel Armor G5 NBG7815 router is extremely nippy, has a slimline, compact design and can connect to a large number of gadgets. It was also one of the easiest routers to set up. The Netgear Nighthawk Tri-band AX8 Router is a brilliant option for gamers (and parents will appreciate the parental controls), while the Linksys MR9600 Dual-Band Mesh WiFi 6 Router is – in our humble opinion – the best mesh router you’ll find and an absolute essential for larger homes and anyone with a need for (internet) speed.

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