November 2021 Update highlights: Black Friday deals added
Originally, this post focussed on Amazon reviews as a key factor in the decision to recommend systems. However, Amazon, and companies that use it, keep messing around with things, merging products, having multiple products on one page etc. Then reviews themselves are not always reliable.
2021 Black Friday Highlights
The Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi RBK753(three pack) or RBK752(2-pack) is the system I would have bought if I had invested in mesh this year. It has high-end tri-band WiFi 6 performance without the same cost as the flagship RBK852.
For Black Friday, the four options available are all reduced:
- Two-pack RBK752 reduced from £449.99 to £324.99 – Buy Here
- Three-pack RBK753 reduced from £629.99 to £449.99 – Buy Here
- Four-pack RBK754 reduced from £879.98 to £720.98 – Buy Here
- Five-pack RBK755 reduced from £1,129.97 to £991.97 – Buy Here
If the above deals are too expensive then the Netgear RBK352 is also reduced and much more affordable. This is a dual-band system, so the satellite will lose about half the throughput speed due to signal loss.
For the price, the TP-Link Deco P9 is one of the best options on the market, a three-pack system that uses a powerline for the backhaul between the devices. You are not really saving that much on the Black Friday deal as it was £150 up until the start of October. However, this deal is at an all-time low.
- Wireless Class: AC1200 + HomePlug AV1000 whole...
- Wi-fi + plc Hybrid mesh: Hybrid network boosts...
- Powerful processing: Qualcomm quad-core CPU
- Simple and smart: easily setup and manage your...
Amazon eero Pro 6 mesh
I have not used eero before and it seems to be a bit expensive for what you get (dual-band systems). The Pro model is worth considering though, especially with the massive Black Friday discount. This hasn't been out that long and is reduced from £599 down to £419.
- Covers up to 560 m² and supports speeds up to a...
- Say goodbye to dead zones and buffering: our...
- More Wi-Fi for more devices: Wi-Fi 6 supports...
- Set up in minutes: the eero app walks you through...
This is a three-pack tri-band WiFi 6 system with a built-in Zigbee smart home hub. Apart from the Zigbee, it is perhaps not quite as well-specced as the cheaper RBK753 listed above, but many people love the eero system.
devolo Mesh Wi-Fi 2
The devolo Mesh Wi-Fi 2 is a good alternative to the TP-Link Deco P9. It costs more money but the G.hn powerline technology is superior to the HomePlugAV2 which TP-Link uses.
This is reduced from £299.99 to £214.99
- high-speed mesh performance: the 3 wi-fi adapters...
- the fastest tri-band system of its class: to let...
- for unimpaired performance: connect one adapter to...
- expand your mesh network: devolo mesh wifi...
What are the best mesh Wi-Fi Routers for 2021?
Mesh Wi-Fi systems seem to have become the most popular networking solution in the past couple of years. For anyone living in a property larger than a small house, a mesh system will offer you better performance throughout the whole home.
For normal users, they will be the best solution, but it is worth noting that for people wanting the best performance in total, a high-end Wi-Fi 6 (or Wi-Fi 6E) router will offer the greatest throughput overall. Routers are still a good choice if most of your devices are within a reasonable range of the router.
While you can use a Wi-Fi extender, a mesh system will allow you to roam around your home using the same Wi-Fi name without suffering from disconnections. The system should work seamlessly and it is much more user friendly than older options.
Typically, mesh systems are routers only, so you will need a modem/router to handle your internet connection. Generally, you can switch your ISP supplied router into modem mode and everything should work well.
It has become increasingly difficult to choose just one Wi-Fi mesh system. There are a growing number of options at various price points, you have 2 and three-pack systems and Wi-Fi 5 or 6 offering ultra-fast speeds but at a premium price.
I have reviewed and can personally vouch for:
- Taotronics Tri-Band AC3000 Mesh WiFi
- Netgear Nighthawk MK63 Mesh WiFi 6
- Netgear Orbi WiFi6 RBK852
- TP-Link Deco P9
- TP-Link Deco P7
- Tenda Nova MW5s
- Netgear Orbi RBK23
The Deco P series user powerline so they transfer data back to the main router via your home wiring, this, therefore, allows it to provide a bit more flexibility in the location of access points and is good for homes with thick brick walls.
Generally, from my experience, anything from TP-Link and Netgear Orbi is superb.
Overall Best Premium Wi-Fi Mesh System for 2021
The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) looks like an excellent alternative option, offering a similar sort of performance you find on the expensive Netgear, but with the benefit of 2.5GbE. I haven't used any Asus router or mesh system, which has ruled them out of my top spot recommendation for now.
Overall Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System for 2021
If money is no object then the Netgear Orbi RBK852 is a fantastic option, offering unparalleled levels of performance and a price to match
Overall Best Mid-Range Wi-Fi Mesh System for 2021
If you can't justify the expense of Wi-Fi 6, the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is an excellent tri-band Wi-Fi 5 mesh system. I find TP-Link devices are very easy to set-up, you can then expand the system mixing and matching devices, so you could get a cheaper add on if you have a less important area of the house that is struggling with Wi-Fi.
An alternative option would be the TP-Link Deco P9 which is just £199 for a 3 pack. It is a dual-band system but it uses powerline for the backhaul, which transfers data across your home electrical wiring.
|TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi with Built-in...||£169.00||Buy on Amazon|
|TP-Link Deco P9 Whole Home Powerline Mesh Wi-Fi System, Up...||£149.99||Buy on Amazon|
Overall Best Budget Wi-Fi Mesh System for 2020
If you only need a two-pack system, then the recently launched TaoTronics Mesh WiFi Router is typically £159 and offers tri-band Wi-Fi 5, this makes it perform considerably better than the next two routers I recommend.
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I previously recommended the TP-Link Deco E4, but for £13 extra, you would now be better off with the TP-Link Deco M4. Both are three pack dual band systems, but the M4 has gigabit ports vs 100Mbit.
- Seamless Wi-Fi in every room: covers up to medium...
- Parental Controls limits online time and block...
- Easy setup in minutes: download the TP-Link Deco...
- Ideal way to find the connection: TP-Link Mesh...
The Tenda Nova MW3 series is the cheapest you are going to find, it works perfectly well and is good to extend your Wi-Fi across the house at the same speeds you get on a sub 100Mbps connection. So most people that are on VDSL or even ADSL should be fine with this option assuming you don't do big file transfers between devices in the house.
New Mesh Wi-Fi systems for 2021
The range mesh Wi-Fi systems have expanded considerably since I first did this post, it is hard to keep up with the options available. You have both dual-band or tri-band options, then each of those can come in Wi-Fi 5 or Wi-Fi 6.
In 2021 we will see the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E systems which will feature a 6Ghz channel which is used for the backhaul. These won’t arrive until later in the year, and they will likely be extremely expensive, so I wouldn’t worry about holding off buying a system right now.
The best Mesh Wi-Fi options available in the UK – Mesh Router Comparison
Amazon reviews should be taken with a pinch of salt, apart from fake reviews, some companies pool up products together which increases the review count. They can also do the reverse, separating products. This can result in review number jumping up or down, and also the overall scores.
Since originally writing this post, most companies have pooled their products together, allowing you to select different products from the same page. From my experience, companies like TP-Link and Netgear offer the same app, set up experience and software features. The quality of the hardware seems to stay the same too, so the different prices will normally only affect the Wi-Fi performance, ethernet ports and a few other features.
The below options are all for the 3-pack mesh Wi-Fi systems if you only need 2 devices you can select a 2 pack option in Amazon.
|Price||Amazon Links||Reviews||Avg||1-star %||Type|
|BT Whole Home||£199||N/A||3092||4.5||5%||Wi-Fi 5
|TP-Link Deco M5||£177||Spain|
|Linksys Velop Tri-Band||£282||Spain|
|Netgear Orbi RBK852 |
|NETGEAR Orbi RBK23||£299||Spain|
|Zyxel Multy X||£377||Spain|
|ASUS ZenWiFi AX||£399.99|
Original post – January 2019
Last update – April 2020
Last update on 2022-06-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API