The best Wi-Fi 6 routers 2022: top Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers

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A selection of some of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers
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The best Wi-Fi 6 routers are the next-generation devices in router connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 is fast becoming the standard in wireless technology, and a lot of newer devices now support and use this next-generation technology. And, if you want to take advantage, only a Wi-Fi 6-capable router will do.

Make the most of Wi-Fi 6 technology with the best wireless router. You'll need a powerful one that will be more than capable of meeting your demands, especially if you have an overcrowded network. 

These days, middling internet speeds are inexcusable, especially with all the smartphones, tablets, Ultrabooks, and smart home devices we use at home or in the office. With a reliable and robust Wi-Fi 6 or even Wi-Fi 6E router, your internet signal will experience a boost in speed, which will not mean faster internet but a stronger, uninterrupted signal to every device and computer connected to your network.

We've tested our share of routers, putting them through their paces to help you find the perfect one to cover your space. And, we've gathered our top choices here, including some of the best mesh Wi-Fi routers that are perfect for larger spaces. 

The best Wi-Fi 6 routers 2022

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best Wi-Fi 6 router Linksys Hydra Pro 6 against a white background

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The best Wi-Fi 6 router for most people

Specifications

Network and speed: 802.11ax 2.4GHz, 802.11ax 5.0GHz
Connectivity: 1x Gigabit WAN, 4x Gigabit LAN
Features: Expandable intelligent Mesh WiFi

Reasons to buy

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Good value for UK buyers
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Simple but effective app
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Lots of physical ports

Reasons to avoid

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Weak parental controls
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Lacks customization

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6 is an affordable Wi-Fi 6 router that is ideal for regular users who aren't quick tech-savvy. It isn't the most robust option on the market, but it provides strong Wi-Fi performance and good coverage to satisfy the average household. During testing, it allowed us to achieve the maximum 100Mbps available from our broadband service, and up to 12.5MB/s downloads from Steam.

Better yet, it's incredibly easy to setup, thanks in large part to the basic Linksys app that automatically creates a single network that combines the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands and provides an overview of all the connected devices. 

Because it is more stripped down, there aren't a lot of extra frills or customizations to enjoy here. However, its affordable price more than makes up for that. Besides, most households do not require those anyway.

Read the full Linksys Hydra Pro 6 review

Asus RT-AX58U from the front on a white background

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The best Wi-Fi 6 router on a budget

Specifications

Speed: up to 3000Mbps
Connectivity: RJ45 for BaseT for WAN, 4 x RJ45 for BaseT for LAN, USB 3.1 Gen 1
Features: Router app, MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, AiProtection Pro, Parental Control

Reasons to buy

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Strong Wi-Fi 6 performance
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Simple set-up
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Good parental controls

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Dual-band only

There are some excellent Wi-Fi 6 routers coming to market. Unfortunately, quite a few are just way too much for most homes, not to mention too expensive. 

Enter the Asus RT-AX58U. It brings Wi-Fi 6 into your home at a fantastic price, with just enough features to keep most small to medium home networks at the top of their game. So while it might not have the port selection or gaming features that it’s big brother, the RT-AX86U, has, it does offer the same parental controls as well as excellent Wi-Fi 6 support.

Read the full Asus RT-AX58U review

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 at an angle on a white background

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A premium Wi-Fi 6 router that's great for gaming

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps, 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
Connectivity: 1 Gbps WAN x1, 1 Gbps LAN x8, 2.5 Gbps LAN x1
Features: Link Aggregation, MU-MIMO, Adaptive QoS, WTFast Gamers Private Network, Traffic Analyzer

Reasons to buy

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Excellent wireless performance
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Limited LAN ports

Sometimes running ethernet cable just isn't an option. In fact, if you're a gamer, it can actually be disastrous. You can count on the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 to help ease your pain. With 8 antennas, MU-MIMO and options to prioritize gaming traffic, this router can help reduce the latency that makes gaming via Wi-Fi a pain. 

This router has the same great, easy-to-use interface as the RT-AX88U, but only has 5+1 LAN ports. One of those LAN ports is a 2.5 Gbps line, however, which is great for connecting a NAS or other device that needs a lot of available bandwidth on demand. 

TP-Link Archer GX90 at an angle overhead on a white background

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A high-speed Wi-Fi 6 router tailor-made for gaming

Specifications

Speed: IEEE 802.11ax/ac/n/a 5 GHz, IEEE 802.11ax/n/b/g 2.4 GHz
Connectivity: 1× 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN, 1× Gigabit WAN/LAN, 3× Gigabit LAN, 1× USB 3.0, 1× USB 2.0
Features: 4.8 Gbps Game Band, Game Accelerator, MU-MIMO

Reasons to buy

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Wi-Fi 6 running at 6.6Gbps
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Dedicated 4.8Gbps ‘gaming band’

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly fiddly set-up

There may be a few things you might not like about the TP-Link Archer GX90. It’s big, it’s bulky, and it’s expensive. However, those are easy to forgive when you realize that you’re getting a big bang for your buck. 

This is among the best Wi-Fi 6 routers out there, boasting a handful of features for hard-core gamers. That includes a dedicated 5GHz ‘gaming band’ that lets you hog most of your household bandwidth when you need it. Have younger gamers at home? It also provides good parental controls like content filters to block unsuitable material, with pre-set profiles for children of different ages. 

Read the full TP-Link Archer GX90 review

Two Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 routers on a white background

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An impressive mesh Wi-Fi system with Wi-Fi 6 support

Specifications

Speed: WiFi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) tri-band with 1x 2.4GHz (1200Mbps), 2x 5GHz (2400Mbps)
Connectivity: 2.5Gbps WAN, 4x Gigabit Ethernet; satellite - 4x Gigabit Ethernet
Features: Beamforming implicit and explicit for 2.4GHz/5GHz bands

Reasons to buy

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Excellent Wi-Fi range and speed
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Simple set-up, and easy-to-use app

Reasons to avoid

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Seriously expensive
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Little support for Wi-Fi 6 right now

If you’re ready to jump on the Wi-Fi 6 bandwagon, the Orbi WiFi 6 is your best bet when it comes to getting the best Wi-Fi 6 routers. That's especially if you need a mesh Wi-Fi system.

It’s not by any means a casual purchase, with its steep price tag, but if you’re looking to upgrade to a faster and more reliable router to cover a massive space – like your countryside mansion, perhaps, or your crowded smart home – then this one’s absolutely worth the money. Plus, it’s easy and straightforward to setup, making it great for people who don’t have too much experience with Wi-Fi networks.

Read the full Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 router

Asus RT-AX86U at an angle on a white background

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Another great Wi-Fi 6 router with many gaming-focused features

Specifications

Speed: up to 5700 Mbps
Connectivity: RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for WAN, 4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 BaseT for LAN, RJ45 for 2.5G BaseT for WAN/LAN, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Features: Router app, Link Aggregation- 802.3ad, MU-MIMO, Traffic Analyzer, Adaptive QoS, AiProtection Pro, Parental Control

Reasons to buy

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Fast Wi-Fi 6 performance
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Gaming-focused
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Security features

Reasons to avoid

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Not cheap

Asus has a winner on its hands with the Asus RT-AX86U. Not only does the company continue with its tradition of excellent gaming-centric devices but it has also introduced one of the more affordable Wi-Fi 6 routers out there, even if it’s still a bit pricey compared to most routers on the market. 

The device comes with some great features if you’re a gamer including assigning an ethernet port as a dedicated “gaming” port, a 2.5 Gigabit Wan port, and NVIDIA GeForce Now Cloud Gaming Optimization. It also comes with some other useful features such as robust parental controls.

Read the full Asus RT-AX86U review

Asus RT-AX88U at an angle on a white background

One advantage of the Asus RT-AX88U router over others on the list is the 8 LAN ports. (Image credit: Asus)

7. Asus RT-AX88U

Wi-Fi 6 comes to a gaming router near you

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ac (5GHz) : up to 4333 Mbps, 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps, 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
Connectivity: 1 Gbps WAN x1, 1 Gbps LAN x8
Features: Link Aggregation, MU-MIMO, Adaptive QoS, WTFast Gamers Private Network, Traffic Analyzer

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Plenty of LAN ports

Reasons to avoid

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Gamer aesthetic

The Asus RT-AX88U has all the bells and whistles that you could want out of a router, including Wi-Fi 6 compatibility. And, it’s because it offers so much while resting on the lower end of the current Wi-Fi 6 router price range that makes it our favorite on our list. One advantage of this router over others on the list is the 8 LAN ports. At twice the amount the most other routers carry, the RT-AX88U can save you from having to buy an ethernet switch. Couple that with the excellent web interface and gamer-friendly features, and you have one of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers available right now. 

Three Netgear Nighthawk MK63 routers on a white background

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Fast mesh networking with Wi-Fi 6 for gaming and video

Specifications

Speed: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Connectivity: 1 x WAN 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port, 1 x LAN 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet port
Features: WiFi 6 technology, remote management via Nighthawk app

Reasons to buy

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State-of-the-art Wi-Fi 6
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Strong Wi-Fi performance
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Easy to set up and use

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Best suited to home over 2000 sq.ft in size

Larger homes need more robust solutions, and while the Netgear Nighthawk MK63 might be an overkill for smaller homes, it’s just the ticket if you have a space of up to 3500 sq.ft and need an extremely reliable network for gaming and 4K video. 

There are some neat features you’re getting here as well, including the ability to create a guest network and a network map for monitoring all devices connected to your network. There are no parental controls, however, and as long as you can live with that and the high price tag, this might be the best Wi-Fi 6 router for you.

Read the full Netgear Nighthawk MK63 review

NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 RAX80 at an angle on a white background

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9. NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000

Wi-Fi 6 for gamers on a budget

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1.2 Gbps, 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4.8 Gbps
Connectivity: 1 Gbps WAN x1, 1 Gbps LAN x5
Features: Link Aggregation, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, Traffic Analyzer

Reasons to buy

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Plenty of features
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Limited LAN ports

Netgear's Nighthawk routers have always come highly recommended, and the Wi-Fi 6 models don’t fall from the tree. This is another Wi-Fi 6 router that ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to features, and surprisingly is on the cheaper side of the market. The one thing that made the RT-AX88U beat out the AX8 is the fact that it only has 5+1 LAN Gigabit LAN ports. Otherwise, this router is an excellent affordable alternative for ASUS's model. 

NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 at an angle on a white background

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10. NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 - AX6000

The cheaper Wi-Fi 6 alternative that flaps in the night

Specifications

Speed: 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1.2 Gbps, 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4.8 Gbps
Connectivity: 1 Gbps WAN x1, 1 Gbps LAN x4, 5 Gbps LAN x1
Features: Link Aggregation, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, Traffic Analyzer

Reasons to buy

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Included 5 Gigabit port
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Excellent performance

Reasons to avoid

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Divisive style

The Nighthawk AX12 is Netgear's analog answer to the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, and as such it a great alternative. Inside the Batwing-looking appendages on the side are eight antennas, which delivers increased range and high-performance even when multiple devices are connected. If you have a device that needs high bandwidth on demand, this is an excellent router for you. One of the 5+1 LAN connections is a 5 Gigabit port, which once again, is great if you have a NAS. 

Should I buy a Wi-Fi 6 router?

Operating over 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequency bands, Wi-Fi 6 delivers a faster connection and much better performance than its predecessor. Upgrading to a Wi-Fi 6 router, therefore, will give your network a significant boost.

That isn’t all Wi-Fi 6 does, however. Besides that uptick in speed, Wi-Fi 6 routers also offer better support for crowded environments – that means networks to which several PCs, mobile devices, smart home devices, and Internet of Things are connected. They are much better equipped to handle multi-device households, offices, and other areas, which – let’s face it – are most spaces these days.

This means that a Wi-Fi 6 router allows for larger amounts of data to be transferred all at once without worrying about overwhelming your network and experiencing slowdowns.

Still, even if your network isn’t congested with devices and traffic, it’s still a wise choice to buy a Wi-Fi 6 router. More and more devices are coming out with Wi-Fi 6 support, and you’ll have to get one just to stay up to speed.

How we test Wi-Fi 6 routers

Because Wi-Fi 6 is a new wireless technology, we have to do things a bit differently. Still, doing so is very similar to testing non-Wi-Fi 6 routers, and we take it just as seriously as we do the other.

We take a look at the design first, naturally. We make sure that there are enough ports for wired connectivity, see just how easy (or hard) initial setup is, and check that the overall look doesn’t turn off the target market. 

Because some Wi-Fi 6 routers are mesh routers, we determine whether or not they have the type of aesthetic that will blend well into any space. Having several routers spread around your home or office, after all, isn’t exactly something to easily miss. 

We then move on to performance. We check the range and strength of coverage, perform the usual Ookla speed and file download tests, and of course, test them against real-world scenarios like having multiple devices connected at once. 

We then take all that information we’ve collected from each router we test and set it against the price to determine whether or not the router is a great value to consumers. That’s when we finally decide whether or not it’s worth our recommendation.

Michelle Rae Uy
Buying Guides Editor

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives.