Nintendo Switch docking station: The best dock for your console

A shot of a Nintendo Switch in the docking station against a screenshot from Breath of the Wild
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Owning one of the best Nintendo Switch docks transforms your beloved console from a handheld powerhouse to a traditional-style console that can be hooked up to your TV or monitor. Not only does a docking station mean you can play your games in TV mode on a larger screen, it will also charge your console and joy-cons as well as allowing you to use accessories like the Pro controller and Nintendo Switch Ring Fit. 

Excluding the handheld-only Switch Lite, all Switch consoles already come with a dock straight out the box, but that's not to say owning a spare is a bad idea. A spare docking station is perfect if you're taking you console out on the road, and a lot of third-party dock options below actually offer features not found in the original model such as the ability to display your Switch whilst it's hooked up.

It can feel risky buying third party tech online, especially for a console as pricy as your beloved Nintendo Switch. That's where we come in: we'll be linking you to direct trusted retailers to make sure you're buying a legitimate product. It's also important  to note the vast majority of third-party don't include a power supply or HDMI cables. Most of them use similar connectivity to the original dock however, so they're easy to familiarise yourself with and you can easily pick up extra cables online.

This list documents the best Nintendo Switch docks all in one convenient place for you to browse. We've included a wide variation to cover different budgets and features as well as directing you directly to the retailers. If you have yet to purchase a Switch of your own, we have a regularly updated guide to the best Nintendo Switch deals available right now and make sure to get yourself kitted up to play with some of the best Nintendo Switch games. For now, let's check out some of the best docks available today.

The best Nintendo Switch docks available now

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Nintendo Switch OLED dock

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01. Nintendo Switch OLED dock

The best official Nintendo Switch dock

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: 2xUSB, HDMI, LAN
Weight: 315g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Official Nintendo dock
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LAN port
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Solid and reliable

Reasons to avoid

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Not a cheap option

Buying a replacement Nintendo Switch dock can be a risky endeavour; while a third-party dock may work just fine now, there's always the possibility that a future Switch update may prove incompatible and brick your console. Paying extra for Nintendo's own Switch OLED dock could be a wise choice, then; it's compatible with the original Switch, it's guaranteed to update flawlessly, and as an added bonus it features a LAN port for a more reliable wired online connection. The downsides? There are just two USB ports on this model, and you can only buy it from Nintendo (and right now stock is extremely limited).

A product shot of the SiWiQU Switch Docking Station on a white background

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02. SiWiQU Switch Docking Station

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: HDMI, USB-C, USB 2.0, USB 3.0
Weight: 100g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Great price
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Beautiful Switch-themed colour details
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Minimal yet sleek design 

Reasons to avoid

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Can't adjust viewing angle

This unique dock is a perfect alternative for the original if you're looking for something simplistic yet stylish. The red and blue colour details thematically match the original neon Joy-Cons, making it really feel like a Nintendo product at a third party price. Length wise, it lines up perfectly with the Switch screen so if you're wanting to just charge your console whilst playing in tabletop mode (with the Joy-Cons detached) it's unobtrusive. It's even compatible with both the OG Switch and the OLED!

RREAKA Digital AV Multiport Hub

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03. RREAKA Digital AV Multiport Hub

Not exactly a dock but still worth a look

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch
Ports: USB-C. 2xUSB-A, HDMI
Weight: 32g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Compact and portable
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Plenty of ports
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Works with other devices

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't act as a stand for the console

Okay, this isn't exactly a dock, but the RREAKA Digital AV Multiport Hub does pretty much everything a hub can do except enable you to prop your Switch up on it. It still enables you to play Switch games on your big screen, and it has all the ports you need: a single USB-C, a pair of USB-A ports and of course an HDMI port. It's maybe a little less tidy than an actual dock, but it's perfect for taking your Switch away with you without having to pack a bulky dock. And as an extra plus, it'll also work with tablets, phones and laptops.

GuliKit Switch Dock Station

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04. GuliKit Switch Dock Station

A simple and minimal Nintendo Switch dock

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: USB, HDMI
Weight: 108g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Anti-slip base
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Works with other devices

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal design

This neat little Nintendo Switch dock is compact and unobtrusive when not in use, but when you lift off its magnetic cover to reveal the male USB-C connector for your Switch, it transforms into a fantastic little dock that shows off your Switch in all its glory rather than hiding it away. It's short on ports with only one USB-A and an HDMI, but if you like to keep things minimal then this is an excellent choice at a good price, and it'll also work with other devices with a USB-C connection.

Knofarm Portable TV Docking Station

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05. Knofarm Portable TV Docking Station

A dock to match your Nintendo Switch's colours

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: USB, HDMI
Weight: 70g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Matches Switch colour scheme
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Compact and portable
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Anti-slip design

Reasons to avoid

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Just one USB port

If you've opted for a Switch with the neon-coloured joycons, this good-looking and lightweight Nintendo Switch dock will complement it perfectly. The Knofarm docking station is a compact and portable option without too much in the way of ports – just a USB-A and HDMI – but it also features oversized venting holes so it won't overheat, and like many of the other options here it leaves your Switch on display and makes it impossible to scratch your screen when you put the Switch in place.

ikedon Switch Dock

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06. ikedon Switch Dock

Light up your Switch with this illuminated dock

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: USB 3.0. 2xUSB 2.0, HDMI
Weight: 130g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Illuminated panel
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Light and compact
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Adjustable play angles

Reasons to avoid

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Clashes with screen protectors

Enjoy playing games in a darkened room? You should definitely check out the Ikedon Switch Dock, as it has a little illuminated panel on the front so that you can easily find it and slot your Switch in when it needs a bit of a charge (although you might have a bit of trouble if your Switch has a case or a thick screen protector). It also features adjustable play angles so that you can get your console into the best position for you when playing in tabletop mode, and it comes with a single USB-A port as well as the obligatory HDMI port.

A product shot of the Ponkor Switch Docking station

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07. Ponkor Docking Station

The best lightweight Switch dock

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch, Switch OLED
Ports: USB 2.0 x 2, USB 3.0, USB-C, HDMI
Weight: Not specified
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Screen is visible while docked
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Small and lightweight design
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Includes ventilation ports

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to properly line up USB-C connection
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US only

Look no further than the Ponko Switch docking station for a lightweight, simple dock that will display your Switch console and not obstruct the screen. It features ventilation slots and plenty of ports for connectivity (although it doesn't come with a power supply, so be wary of that when buying).  A few reviews have said the USB-C connectivity can be fiddly when docking your Switch, but considering the affordable price it's definitely not a deal breaker of an issue!

BASSTOP Portable Dock Replacement Case

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08. Basstop Portable Dock Replacement Case

A Nintendo Switch dock for DIY enthusiasts

Specifications

Compatibility: Switch
Ports: 2xUSB, HDMI
Weight: 136g
Power supply included?: No

Reasons to buy

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Cheap
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Fairly easy to assemble
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Fits Switches that have cases

Reasons to avoid

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A DIY solution

This bargain Nintendo Switch dock isn't for the faint-hearted. The reason it's so cheap is that it's essentially an empty case; to make it actually work you're going to have to open up your old Switch dock, remove its circuit board and fit it in the new case yourself. If you're comfortable with doing that, you'll get a decent little dock in a choice of four colours, and one that won't get broken by software updates because it still has the official Nintendo hardware inside.

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