Top 15 routers
A great-value three-pack mesh system, which performs well, and is quick and easy to set up
The idea of a private network you can keep to yourself is extremely tempting, and TP-Link has brought this option to a device, undercutting other tri-band routers. It performed well in our tests, particularly at a distance on the 5GHz network, which is exactly where its power needs to be concentrated. It’s not as slick to set up and configure as some of its rivals, but there’s nothing here that would confuse anyone who’s happy to explore their router’s settings.
It’s too soon to be sure which of these new systems will prove the best deal but BT is off to a great start at a lower price than Orbi.
There's still value in having a high-performance single router, and the VR2800 is the best value around at the moment
The TP-Link Deco M5 is a worthy competitor to the other mesh-networking routers we’ve reviewed. It’s well priced for three nodes and includes useful network-based antivirus and excellent parental controls.
The Multy X delivers both lightning fast Wifi and impressively wide coverage for a reasonable price
Class-leading performance and features largely justify this router’s incredibly high price.
Not the fastest or best-value router on test, but the Synology's superb user interface and extra features make it a great all-rounder.
NOT QUITE AS FAST AS CLAIMED...