Best overall

Synology DS216+II

Synology DS216

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Synology's DS216 ($299.99) is a pricey option that fails to come with any hard drives, but the product is a joy to use if you are planning on storage swapping frequently.

Bottom line: Our best pick as an overall solid NAS choice and super user-friendly.

One more thing: Tool-less bays to quickly install and remove hard drives.

Why the Synology DS216+II is the best NAS

Synology's NAS solution is an ideal option for those who don't have vast amounts of PC-building experience to fall back on.

Powered by a competent dual-core Intel Celeron N3060 and 1GB of DDR3 RAM, the DS216+II by Synology is not only a well-designed black box, but it is also a capable streaming machine for the home. The system supports H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), MPEG-2 and VC-1 at a maximum resolution of 4K (4096 x 2160, 30FPS). This device will certainly put that shiny new 50-inch 4K TV to good use.

Its hot-swappable drive tray design allows for easy installation & maintenance, destroying the requirement for a screwdriver to remove or install a hard drive. Simply pull out, swap, re-insert, and you're good to go!

Two hard drive bays are joined by USB 3.0 and eSATA ports. As touched on already, this product listing fails to come with any hard drives, but there are some great options available like the Western Digital RED NAS 3TB hard drive. Throw two of these beasts into the NAS to enjoy an instantaneous 6TB worth of storage.

As a bonus, the unit comes packed with advanced features to allow for secure cloud storage, and file synchronization. Popular services like Dropbox and Google Drive can be connected. Overall, this is a great, well-rounded package.

Best Value

ASUSTOR AS1004T

ASUSTOR AS1004T

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The AS1004T by ASUSTOR ($249.99) doesn't come with hard drives included, but you get a total of four bays at a great price, and the storage bays are tool-less for easier installation.

Bottom line: Among the most affordable four-bay NAS units you'll find for purchase.

One more thing: Isn't quite powerful enough for hardware transcoding.

Best for Media

QNAP TS-251+

QNAP TS 251

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The TS-251+ ($319.99) is an interesting NAS unit, sporting an Intel Celeron (quad-core at 2.0GHz), 2GB of DDR3L RAM, hardware transcoding, HDMI output (With Kodi), and can easily handle media consumption as well as basic file storage. Support is offered for external services and platforms, and QNAP also makes it possible for multiple isolated Linux systems to run.

Bottom line: A feature-rich NAS solution with hardware transcoding.

One more thing: Comes with a handy remote.

Best Capacity

WD 24TB My Cloud EX4100

WD My Cloud EX4100

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Sometimes going all-out with an expensive product is the way to go if requirements and expectations are set in stone. The Western Digital EX4100 ($1,277.90) is overkill for most homeowners but is available as an option if included features and capacity will be put to good use.

Bottom line: If money isn't an issue and maximum storage is required, this 24TB solution is a great choice.

One more thing: Comes packing a 1.6 GHz Marvell ARMADA 388 dual-core processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM.

Best Affordable

WD 4TB My Cloud

WD My Cloud

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Western Digital's more affordable My Cloud (second-gen — $120.74) NAS is a stylish solution for the home. The 4TB My Cloud NAS is tailored to file storage and cloud synchronization. The unit is also incredibly easy to use, making it a capable storage dump.

Bottom line: Has two drives pre-installed. Simply plug the unit in, and you're good to go.

One more thing: Easily configure RAID to have the second drive clone the first drive.

Best overall

Synology DS216+II

Synology DS216

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Synology's DS216 ($299.99) is a pricey option that sadly doesn't come with any hard drives, but the product is a joy to use if you're planning on swapping storage frequently.

Bottom line: Our best pick as an overall solid NAS choice and super user-friendly.

One more thing: Tool-less bays to quickly install and remove hard drives.

Updated August 19, 2017: We've gone through our list to ensure that the best NAS solutions for the home are included, adding the QNAP TS-251+ for media consumption.