Xfinity vs. Spectrum Internet

From prices to data caps, our experts spent more than 20 hours researching which provider offers the best cable internet service.

Xfinity

Price: $20.00–$299.95/mo.

Download speeds: 50–3,000 Mbps

Data cap: 1.2 TB–Unlimited

Spectrum

Price: $49.99-$89.99/mo.

Download speeds: 200 Mbps-1 Gbps

Data cap: Unlimited

Xfinity’s internet plans are faster and more affordable than Spectrum’s. But if data caps are a dealbreaker for your household, you might be better off paying extra for Spectrum internet’s unlimited data policy.

Xfinity vs. Spectrum pros and cons

Xfinity

Excellent customer service
Affordable internet plans
Contracts on many plans

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Spectrum

A free internet modem
No contracts
Expensive starter internet plans compared to Xfinity

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Deals and promotions

Xfinity internet deals

Xfinity’s best internet deals include service discounts, the Xfinity Flex streaming stick, and Peacock Premium. Check out our Xfinity deals guide for more Xfinity savings.

Spectrum internet deals

Spectrum will cover up to $500 in early termination fees and include 90 days of free Peacock Premium for Spectrum Internet customers. Read our Spectrum deals guide for more information.

Compare Xfinity vs. Spectrum head-to-head

Xfinity vs. Spectrum

Pricing Download speeds up to Upload speeds up to Data cap Details
Xfinity $20.00–$299.95/mo.* 50-3,000 Mbps 5-3,000 Mbps 1.2 TB-Unlimited View plans
Spectrum $49.99–$89.99/mo.** 200-940 Mbps** 10-20 Mbps Unlimited View plans

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

*For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

** See full disclaimer.

Whether you’re downloading 150 GB PS5 games every week or simply answering emails, Xfinity’s seven internet plans cover every possible scenario.

We placed Xfinity ahead of Spectrum thanks to its affordable internet plans, but Xfinity’s data caps and contracts can be a hassle. If you’re looking for short-term internet service or have problems staying under a data cap, the last thing you’d like to be doing is combing through Xfinity’s fine print to avoid any extra charges.

Spectrum’s base internet plans are pricier than Xfinity’s, but you’ll also get sweet extras like unlimited data and a free modem. For most households, we’d still recommend Xfinity over Spectrum. But if your household has problems with data caps, we’d recommend getting Spectrum thanks to its unlimited data policy.

Spectrum vs. Xfinity packages and prices

Xfinity and Spectrum are both nationwide cable internet service providers (ISPs), but their plans have plenty of differences. Here’s what you need to know about Xfinity and Spectrum’s internet packages.

Xfinity internet packages (Central)

Package Price* Max. download speed Max. upload speed Internet type Details
Connect $20.00/mo. 50 Mbps 5 Mbps Cable View plans
Connect More
Our pick
$40.00/mo. 100 Mbps 5 Mbps Cable View plans
Fast $50.00/mo. 300 Mbps 5 Mbps Cable View plans
Superfast $50.00/mo. 600 Mbps 10 Mbps Cable View plans
Ultrafast $60.00/mo. 900 Mbps 15 Mbps Cable View plans
Gigabit Extra $70.00/mo. 1,200 Mbps 35 Mbps Fiber View plans
Gigabit X3 $299.95/mo. 3,000 Mbps 3,000 Mbps Fiber View plans

*For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

On Xfinity’s starter Connect and Connect More plans, you’ll get 50 Mbps or 100 Mbps download speeds for $20.00 and $40.00 monthly during your first year.

While these speeds aren’t anything spectacular, they’ll be perfect if your biggest concern is affordability. Connect and Connect More will be great fits if you have a small household that typically uses the internet for web browsing and occasional Netflix nights.

By comparison, Spectrum Internet ($49.99/mo. for 200 Mbps) is Spectrum’s competing starter internet plan. It offers faster download speeds compared to Connect and Connect More, but it’s also way more expensive than either of Xfinity’s starter internet plans.

Pro tip: Xfinity’s internet plans are split into three regions: West (approximately Colorado to California), Central (Midwest states), and Northeast (New England and greater New York area).

The prices and fine print for Xfinity’s internet plans vary a little bit between regions, but they generally fall into the same price brackets. Check out our Xfinity internet review to confirm Xfinity’s internet prices in your region.

Xfinity’s Fast to Gigabit Extra plans will work best if your home has a lot of people who watch Netflix or download games. The premium-priced Gigabit X3 ($299.95/mo.) plan is best suited for people who need blazing-fast gigabit speeds for work (and who’ll hopefully have work covering their internet bill).

But we’re not the biggest fans of Xfinity’s contract requirements. Xfinity’s exact policies vary by region, but you’ll generally need to pay around 30% extra for a contract-free plan. Meanwhile, providers like Spectrum have long allowed customers to go month-to-month for added flexibility, and we wish Xfinity made it easier to do the same.

But even with this minor hassle, there’s still a lot to like about Xfinity’s internet plans. The ISP’s wide availability, extensive catalog of internet plans for every type of customer, and relatively low prices translate into more options for internet shoppers.

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Spectrum internet packages

Packages Price* Max. download speed** Max. upload speed Details
Spectrum Internet $49.99/mo. for 12 mos. 200 Mbps 10 Mbps View plans
Spectrum Internet Ultra $69.99/mo. for 12 mos. 400 Mbps 20 Mbps View plans
Spectrum Internet Gig $89.99/mo. for 12 mos. 1 Gbps 20 Mbps View plans

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. See full disclaimer.

Spectrum’s three internet plans give customers a decent number of options, but its prices simply aren’t competitive compared to Xfinity. And Spectrum Internet offers great download speeds up to 200 Mbps, but at $49.99 for the first 12 months (and $74.99 afterward), it’s hardly a budget-friendly plan.

By comparison, most of our top ISPs have starter plans that cost around $20.00 to $40.00 monthly. These plans are rarely blazingly fast, but you’ll save money with these plans if you’re not using your computer for things like downloading games or livestreaming on Twitch.

Spectrum Internet might technically be Spectrum’s most affordable internet plan. But its high price leaves budget-focused shoppers out in the cold and puts Spectrum a step behind Xfinity’s budget internet plans.

Spectrum internet packages

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Spectrum internet plan**Comparable Xfinity (Central) internet plan*
Spectrum Internet ($49.99/mo., 200 Mbps)Superfast ($50.00/mo., 600 Mbps)
Spectrum Internet Ultra ($69.99/mo., 400 Mbps)Ultrafast ($60.00/mo., 900 Mbps)
Spectrum Internet Gig ($89.99/mo., 1 Gbps)Gigabit Extra ($70.00/mo., 1.2 Gbps)
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*For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

Data effective as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change. See full disclaimer.

Spectrum’s other internet plans fare just as poorly compared to Xfinity. Across the board, you’ll get faster download speeds for less per month with Xfinity. Even after both providers’ second-year price increase ($25 on Spectrum, around $20 on Xfinity depending on your plan), you’ll still be paying less on Xfinity compared to Spectrum.

Pro tip: Spectrum Internet Assist offers 30 Mbps download speeds for $14.99 per month, but it’s available only for eligible customers on government assistance programs.

If you’re dead set on Spectrum Internet service, Spectrum Internet Ultra and Spectrum Internet Gig offer the strongest value among Spectrum’s internet plans (and its cable TV plan is among the best around). But when it comes to price, Spectrum’s internet plans can’t compare to Xfinity’s larger selection and more competitive prices.

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Spectrum vs. Xfinity features

Price is just one part of your overall internet service experience. Let’s break down what else you’ll need to plan for with Xfinity or Spectrum internet service.

Equipment

Spectrum takes the win over Xfinity in this department thanks to the ISP’s free modem and lower monthly rental costs.

Spectrum bundles a free modem with its internet plans, and you can rent a Wi-Fi router for just an additional $5 per month. Xfinity offers the xFi Gateway, which is a combo wireless router/modem, for $14 monthly. Under the hood, Spectrum and Xfinity’s Wi-Fi routers have standard features like Wi-Fi 6 and Ethernet ports, so Spectrum wins by price.

Device Rental cost (optional)
Xfinity xFi Gateway $14.00/mo.
Spectrum Wi-Fi router $5.00/mo.

Thankfully, both providers let you use your own equipment if you already have a Wi-Fi router or modem. We typically recommend buying your own router to save on rental costs, but rentals can be a convenient option if you want your ISP to take care of your equipment.

Customer satisfaction

Xfinity narrowly beat out Spectrum with a third-place finish in our annual ISP customer satisfaction survey. Although Xfinity’s customer support could be hit-or-miss, Xfinity customers were highly satisfied with their internet speed and overall service.

Spectrum landed right behind Xfinity at fourth place overall and beat Xfinity in a few areas including customer service. So generally, you can expect fairly consistent customer service from either provider.

Xfinity and Spectrum also both have resources like numerous retail stores and live support agents.

Spectrum is one of our top cable TV providers, but Xfinity’s cable TV and streaming options are nothing to sneeze at. Check out our Xfinity cable TV and Spectrum cable TV reviews to learn more about each provider’s plans.

Data cap

Spectrum doesn’t have a data cap, so you can download video games and watch 4K Netflix shows without missing a beat. Although Spectrum reserves the right to throttle internet speeds during high-traffic times, it won’t force you to pay extra for overage fees or track your family’s monthly data every month.

Spectrum’s unlimited data is a far cry from Xfinity’s 1.2 TB data cap. You’ll get a warning the first time your household exceeds the data cap, but after that, Xfinity charges $10 per 50 GB of additional data. But you can get unlimited data by paying an additional $30 monthly or upgrading to Xfinity’s gigabit internet plans.

Although 1.2 TB of data will be enough for many households, your household could run into problems if more than three people are regularly using the internet for Zoom calls or video game downloads.

And in general, we’re never fans of data caps and overage charges, which ISPs like AT&T and Verizon have long left by the wayside. So Spectrum’s unlimited data policy helps the ISP take the win over Xfinity in this section.

Final take

If you’re purely looking at price, Xfinity’s cheaper and faster internet plans make the ISP a clear-cut winner over Spectrum. But when you look at the fine print, Spectrum’s unlimited data policy and free modem narrow the differences between both ISPs.

Overall, we’d still recommend Xfinity over Spectrum thanks to Xfinity’s affordable internet plans. But if your household is full of gamers or work-from-home employees who need unlimited data (or if you’re interested in cable TV service too), Spectrum could be worth a second look.

Methodology

Our experts analyzed all 24 internet plans from Xfinity and Spectrum for more than 20 hours to see how each provider held up when it came to value, features, and service. We also drew data from our annual internet customer satisfaction survey to see what actual Spectrum and Xfinity customers thought about their internet service.

For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

Xfinity vs. Spectrum internet FAQ

What's the difference between Spectrum and Xfinity?

Spectrum and Xfinity are competing cable internet providers. Although they both offer TV and internet plans nationwide, each provider has its own prices and speed options. Xfinity’s internet plans are affordable, while Spectrum’s internet plans come with unlimited data.

Is Spectrum faster than Xfinity?

Xfinity has faster internet plans than Spectrum. Xfinity offers internet plans with speeds up to 3,000 Mbps, while Spectrum’s fastest internet plan has download speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps.

What Wi-Fi is better than Xfinity?

You’ll get better Wi-Fi performance with fiber internet compared to Xfinity’s cable internet plans. Fiber internet offers faster upload speeds and a more reliable connection compared to cable internet.

Xfinity’s Gigabit X3 plan offers the best fiber internet performance with 3,000 Mbps download speeds, but it also costs $299.95 monthly. Fiber internet availability also depends on the internet options available in your area.

Disclaimer

*Spectrum Internet ®: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet ® promotion price is $49.99/mo.; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.

Spectrum Internet® Ultra: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet® Ultra promotion price is $69.99/mo.; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.

Spectrum Internet® Gig: Limited time offer; subject to change; valid to qualified residential customers who have not subscribed to any services within the previous 30 days and who have no outstanding obligation to Charter. Spectrum Internet® Gig promotion price is $89.99/mo.; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges extra and subject to change during and after the promotional period; installation/network activation, equipment and additional services are extra.

General Terms: INTERNET: Speed based on wired connection and may vary by address. Wireless speeds may vary. Services subject to all applicable service terms and conditions, subject to change. Services not available in all areas. Restrictions apply. Enter your address to determine availability. ©2022 Charter Communications.

◊To qualify for the Contract Buyout Program, a customer must order and install a qualifying Triple Play or limited Double Play promotion; offers not available in all areas. Offer available to qualifying customers only who have no outstanding obligations to Charter. Payment amount will be determined by the Early Termination Fee on the final bill from the previous provider, not to exceed $500. For Contract Buyout qualifications, go to Spectrum.com/buyout.

**Speed based on wired connection. Available Internet speeds may vary by address. Gig capable modem required for Gig speed. For a list of Gig capable modems, visit Spectrum.net/modem.

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