Now you need to tell us what you consider "the best router", else we don't know what is wrong with the Vodafone and may recommend something you won't like once you have it .
I'm not looking for Enterprise-grade! However, there's been enough reports on the VF router dropping connection etc., plus it doesn't have any QoS capability. Other than that I just want a modem/router that syncs well and is stable and has most of the standard features you get from the main manufacturers, e.g. DHCP, address reservation, QoS, port forwarding, UPnP etc. I've some devices wired (NAS, console, Sonos, blu-ray), plus handful of wireless. Nothing out of the ordinary.
One option is to buy a Netgear D6220 or TP-Link VR600 as these have decent functionality, but I obviously don't need their wifi. Is there a better/cheaper alternative or do these represent decent modem/routers even though I won't use the wifi?