Last week, we brought you our in-depth guide on choosing the right router for your home network. As mentioned in that guide, having a decent router can make all the difference when it comes to making the best out of your connected devices. Though considering the sheer number and variety of options available in the market, a lot of us simply don't have the time or patience to do all the research needed to make sure we're getting the best value for our money. And that's when recommendations by industry experts come handy. So, here's our list of best-in-class Wi-Fi routers for your home that give you the best bang for your buck, and come highly recommended by networking professionals considered an authority on the subject.
If you're familiar with router classification, you'll notice that we have skipped routers from certain classes altogether, specifically AC1300, AC750, AC580 and anything below N900. We believe these classes just aren't worth investing in anymore because the speeds they offer just don't cut it by today's standards, and better routers are available in higher classes at lower or comparable prices. At the other end of the spectrum, routers in classes even higher than AC1900 (such as AC3200) have started to surface, but we wouldn't consider them targeted at the home market for now, as their price range of over $300 would make them cost-prohibitive for most people who wouldn't get to utilize any of their additional benefits anytime soon. For those unfamiliar with router classification, we highly recommend you go through the section on router classes and speeds in our guide linked above.
Special thanks goes to Tim Higgins and his team at SmallNetBuilder for rigorously testing pretty much every router out there, and sharing their results with all of us. For most people, Tim suggests setting a maximum budget of $100 for your purchase and getting the best router available in that range, and we completely agree. That said, for those of us who do have the latest connected devices supporting AC1750 or above, or at least plan on getting some within the next few months but can't wait till then to get a new router, going into the $150+ zone might make more sense. Also, if spending a few dollars more gets you a router with some built-in extra features that could be very useful to you, that's all the more reason to go for it.
Now, without further ado, let's get to the list. For your convenience, we have organized the list by router class, and also discussed a few alternatives in each class that didn't make it to the top of our list.