Best Overall: CalDigit TS3 Plus

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This "Plus" version of CalDigit's standard TS3 dock has 15 total ports, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, S/PDIF, SD card reader, and 3.5 mm audio in and out. It support two 4K displays or one 5K display at 60Hz, and it will charge your laptop with up to 85W of power while plugged in. All this from a small aluminum box that weighs about a pound and costs about $250.

Bottom line: Though it doesn't have an HDMI port, the CalDigit TS3 Plus offers excellent performance and a wide selection of ports.

One more thing: Have a look at my review for far more information about the CalDigit TS3 Plus docking station.

Why the CalDigit TS3 Plus is the best Thunderbolt 3 dock

Most modern Ultrabooks are including at least one Thunderbolt 3 port, and while the latest standard offers superior performance and supports plenty of devices — you can charge a laptop one minute and send a signal to a display the next — not all of your peripherals will use the USB-C-shaped port. Likewise, as laptops get thinner, manufacturers are more likely to include less ports. The answer? A Thunderbolt 3 docking station that provides ports for multiple accessories.

This option from CalDigit (normally about $350 but priced at $250 until further notice) has 15 total ports that let you connect keyboard, mouse, multiple displays, an SD card, Ethernet, and more to your laptop or PC. The dock accomplishes all this while also delivering up to 85W of power to your laptop to keep it topped up.

If you're looking for something that will eliminate the myriad other adapters and hubs you have lying around and want something that can quickly charge a demanding laptop, this is it.

Runner-Up: Plugable Thunderbolt 3 docking station

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With up to 60W charging, support for a single 4K display at 60Hz, and myriad other ports, including five USB-A 3.0, Ethernet, two Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, and 3.5 mm audio, this product from Plugable (about $250) is a decent option. This fact will be especially true when the CalDigit TS3 Plus returns to its regular $350 pricing.

Bottom line: For a dock with 60W charging but not quite as many ports, check out the Plugable Thunderbolt 3 docking station.

One more thing: The stand attached to this dock is removable, allowing you to let it sit flat.

Best Budget: Cable Matters aluminum dock

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The price of this docking station from Cable Matters seems to fluctuate between about $200 and $240, making it only slightly cheaper than the other options. Still, these docks are all pretty expensive. Here you're getting support for two 4K displays at 60Hz, and you can charge your laptop with up to 60W of power. Ports include five USB-A 3.0 ports, Ethernet, an SD card reader, HDMI, and two Thunderbolt 3.

Bottom line: This is a great Thunderbolt 3 dock that you should often be able to find for less than the other options.

One more thing: Have a look at our roundup of affordable Thunderbolt 3 docks for more options.

Conclusion

The best Thunderbolt 3 docking station out there right now is the CalDigit TS3 Plus, though other options seem to be hitting the market faster than ever.

Best Overall: CalDigit TS3 Plus

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This "Plus" version of CalDigit's standard TS3 dock has 15 total ports, including five USB-A 3.1, two USB-C 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2, two Thunderbolt 3, Ethernet, S/PDIF, SD card reader and 3.5 mm audio in and out. It supports two 4K displays or one 5K display at 60Hz, and it will charge your laptop with up to 85W of power while plugged in. All this from a small aluminum box that weighs about a pound and costs about $250.

Bottom line: Though it doesn't have an HDMI port, the CalDigit TS3 Plus offers excellent performance and a wide selection of ports.

One more thing: Have a look at my review for far more information about the CalDigit TS3 Plus docking station.

Updated April 19, 2018: This list has been refreshed to ensure you're still looking at the absolute best Thunderbolt 3 docks available now.