Top 10 | Best Modems of 2020

Options considered: 40
Last updated: May 2020
Ranking criteria: value for money, customer reviews, popularity, brand trustworthiness
Table: Best modems
Rank modem Price
2 Netgear View product
3 Arris View product
4 NETGEAR View product
5 Arris View product
6 Netgear View product
7 Motorola View product
8 NETGEAR View product
9 Netgear View product


Our Ranking Criteria

In short, we do the research for you. You probably don't have time to read through reviews of top 40 products. We go through reviews for you, and try to paint a decent picture of your best options. We rank the products based on 4 weighted criteria:
  • customer reviews [30%] - how customers rated this product? Literally, the higher, the better.
  • popularity [30%] - how many people seem to buy this product compared to other options.
  • brand trustworthiness [15%] - the more other high-rated products by this brand, the more trustworthy we consider the vendor
  • value for money [25%] - adjust the above for price. If there is a better option for lower price, product is ranked higher.

What about the price?

Price only accounts for 25% of the score because price is a tricky thing. It boils down to your individual preference - do you want to go higher-end or budget?

Ideally, we try to recommend better-featured items that have a lower price and high customer score, but in most cases you can't espace the fact that extra features/quality cost extra money.

Please take a look at the price chart for modems to see the best picks in each budget.

In a nutshell: 3 most popular options

Top Brands and Price Ranges

As of May 2020 the most popular modem brand is Arris - it has 62 best-selling modems, with ARRIS SURFboard SB6121/41 and ARRIS SURFboard SB6121/41 being the top two. Second most popular brand is Netgear.

Summary: Top Modem Brands
Brand Top 3 Bestsellers
#1 Arris
Total bestsellers: 62
#2 Netgear
Total bestsellers: 49
#3 Motorola
Total bestsellers: 40

This month, out of 374 best-selling modems the top 3 most popular ones are TP-Link Wireless N , Netgear CM1000 and ARRIS SURFboard SB6121/41 .

Top modems can be split into budget, premium and mid-range ones. #1 premium modem is currently TP-Link Wireless N , followed by Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 .

The best budget modems are Netgear CM1000 and ARRIS SURFboard SB6190/83 . In the middle of the price range you have ARRIS SURFboard SB6121/41 and Netgear N450 .

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