Best Internet Providers of 2021

A strong, reliable internet connection at home is borderline essential these days, especially given the recent uptick in remote work, which seems to be sticking around even as coronavirus restrictions ease. That means it's more important than ever to understand whatever internet options are available at your address, and ultimately, to pick the best provider for the job.

Finding the right ISP can be easier said than done, though -- particularly if you live in a rural part of the country with limited options for getting online. That's why we've spent the past few months evaluating all of the top internet providers in the US, from household names like Comcast and Verizon to little guys like Rise Broadband and Wide Open West.

Our goal is to sift through the sales pitches, speed claims and fine print to put each provider into context, and to provide you with all of the information you need to pick out the plan that makes the most sense for your home. To date, we've reviewed more than a dozen ISPs, and you can expect us to continue covering the category throughout the rest of 2021. For now, here are the top providers we'd recommend first.