Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios Internet

We’ve written about Xfinity and Verizon Fios for years, and now we’ve put these internet providers head to head.

Best overall

Prices: $39.99–$89.99/mo.

Download speed: 300–up to 940 Mbps

Data allowance: Unlimited

Best for speed

Prices: $29.99–$299.95/mo.

Download speed: 50–2,000 Mbps

Data allowance: 1,200 GB–unlimited

Data effective as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas. (Optional for longer disclaimers: See full disclaimer regarding pricing and features for more information.)

The Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios match takes place primarily in the eastern US, from Massachusetts to Virginia. Xfinity Internet and Verizon Fios Home Internet offer similar download speeds and prices, but Verizon Fios has better upload speeds and no data caps.

We recommend Verizon Fios for its matched fiber internet speeds and unlimited data. But Xfinity’s still a good choice, especially if you’re looking for a small, affordable internet plan. Keep reading for all the nitty-gritty details on these service providers.

Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios Internet pros and cons

Xfinity

Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
No-contract plans available
Data caps on most plans
Expensive equipment fees

Verizon Fios

Closely matched upload and download speeds
No annual contracts or data limits
Expensive equipment fees

Among our best internet providers, Xfinity is our recommendation for the fastest internet plan (you won’t find 2,000 Mbps from many other providers). Still, Verizon Fios lands our choice for best overall.

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Deals and promotions

Both Xfinity and Verizon Fios offer sign-up incentives to tempt your hard-earned cash. Verizon’s tend to be flashier—think streaming subscriptions, gadgets, and big fat gift cards—but Xfinity often has neat deals for teachers, students, and veterans.

To see what cool stuff you can get when you sign up for Xfinity or Verizon Fios internet service right now, check out our internet deals page, which we update monthly.

Compare Xfinity and Verizon Fios head to head

Provider
Xfinity
Verizon
Price Download speeds up to Data allowance Wi-Fi gateway rental Details
$29.99–$299.95/mo. 50–2,000 Mbps 1,200 GB–unlimited $14.00/mo. View plans
$39.99–$89.99/mo. 200–up to 940 Mbps Unlimited $15.00/mo.–included View plans

Data effective as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.

Either Xfinity or Verizon Fios could be the more affordable option for you—it depends on what internet speed range you’re looking for. Check our breakdown of each provider’s plans below to see how much the speeds you want cost.

But don’t forget that Verizon Fios’s upload speeds are much more impressive, which can be helpful if you do a lot of video calls or upload large files like videos regularly. Plus, all of Verizon Fios’s plans come without a data cap, while most of Xfinity’s top out at 1,200 GB per month.

Both Xfinity and Verizon Fios charge a bit more than we like to rent home Wi-Fi equipment. But Xfinity lets you bring your own modem and router, and we’re impressed that Verizon Fios lets you outright buy its router, which isn’t too much more than one you’d pick up on Amazon.

Either option is an excellent alternative to renting if you’re planning on sticking with Xfinity or Verizon Fios for a while.

Packages and pricing

If you need only basic speeds for one or two people, Xfinity’s got the cheapest deal with its Performance Starter Plus plan (50 Mbps).

But for gigabit internet speeds, we recommend Verizon Fios Gigabit Connection (up to 940 Mbps) because of its high upload speeds (up to 880 Mbps) and unlimited data. It’s a bit more expensive than Xfinity Gigabit, but those perks—and the included router—make it worth the difference.

Xfinity internet packages and pricing

Price Download speed up to Upload speeds up to Data allowance Details
$29.99/mo. 50 Mbps 5 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$34.99/mo. 100 Mbps 5 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$39.99/mo. 200 Mbps 5 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$59.99/mo. 400 Mbps 10 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$69.99/mo. 600 Mbps 15 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$79.99/mo. 1,200 Mbps 35 Mbps 1,200 GB View plan
$299.95/mo. 2,000 Mbps 2,000 Mbps Unlimited View plan

Data effective as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas. See full disclaimer regarding pricing and features for more information.
*For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

Overall, Xfinity’s internet plans are well-priced and offer good speeds for cable internet. But cable internet technology doesn’t allow for the same high upload speeds as Verizon Fios’s fiber internet, so your video chats might not be as smooth as you’d like, and it will take extra time to post big files (like large photos or videos) online.

Plus, Xfinity has data caps that limit how much you can use the internet. Sure, they’re big data caps (1.2 TB), but we don’t like the look of that hefty overage fee.

With those drawbacks in mind, there’s no denying the appeal of the affordable Performance Starter Plus plan. It’s a good option if you want cheap internet and don’t need superfast speeds.

Or you could go all out with Xfinity’s Gigabit Pro plan. It’s got an enormous price tag—no doubt—but if you don’t mind the sticker shock, it’s one of the few 2,000 Mbps plans on the market, which makes it our choice for fastest internet provider.

Most folks don’t need 2,000 Mbps download speeds at home, but if you do, we say jump on it.

Verizon Fios internet packages and pricing

Price* Download speed up to Upload speeds up to Data allowance Details
$39.99/mo. 300 Mbps 300 Mbps Unlimited View plan
$64.99/mo. 500 Mbps 500 Mbps Unlimited View plan
$89.99/mo. 940 Mbps 880 Mbps Unlimited View plan

Data effective as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.
*w/ Auto Pay + taxes & equip charges

If you like affordable internet that gets you going fast, Verizon Fios’s Internet 300/300 plan comes with great speed but won’t break the bank. Comparatively, Xfinity’s Performance Plus plan (which is 200 Mbps) costs $39.99 too—but comes without the high upload speeds.

So all in all, if you want something in the 200-300 Mbps range, Verizon is your better option.

Those Verizon Fios perks are too essential to ignore, especially if you want a big ole plan like Fios Gigabit Connection (up to 940 Mbps). The faster your internet, the easier it is to eat up data. But with Verizon Fios’s unlimited data, your whole family can use social media, stream TV, and run smart-home devices without any overage fees.

Plus, did we mention that all Verizon Fios plans come without an annual contract? You can get no-contract plans from Xfinity, but they’ll cost you an extra $10 per month. Verizon Fios plans are the way to go if you value flexibility.

Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios fees and extra charges

On top of the monthly fees for your internet service, here are a few more charges to consider.

Xfinity fees and extra charges

Fees
Professional installation
Self-installation
Modem/router rental
Data overage fee
Reactivation fee
Late payment fee
Taxes and surcharges
Amount
$89.99, waived with online order
$15.00, waived with online order
$14.00/mo.
$10.00 per 50 GB over 1.2 TB
$6.00
$10.00
Vary by area

Data effective as of post date.

Keep an eye out for Xfinity’s data overage fees—those stack every extra 50 GB you use beyond your monthly 1,200 GB.

Verizon fees and extra charges

Fees
Professional installation
Router rental
Router and Wi-Fi extender rental
Late payment fee
Taxes and surcharges
Amount
$99.99, waived with online order
$15.00/mo., $299.99 to buy
$20.00/mo.
$5.00 or up to 1.5% of the balance due
Vary by area

Data effective as of post date.

There’s nothing too spicy in Verizon Fios’s extra charges. But note that Verizon Fios will charge you whichever late fee is higher between $5 or 1.5% of your balance due.

Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios installation

Provider
Xfinity
Verizon Fios
Pro install Self-install Details
$89.99, waived with online order $15.00, waived with online order Schedule install
$99.00, waived with online order $99.00, waived with online order Schedule install

Data effective as of post date.

Signing up online is the way to go since it will save you nearly $100 in installation fees from either Xfinity or Verizon Fios.

Oh, and if you go with Xfinity, we can help you get started with our Xfinity installation guide. We’ve self-installed Xfinity a few times, and we’ve found it pretty darn simple.

Want to help us get info for installing Verizon Fios? We’re hiring folks to test Verizon Fios at home, and we’d appreciate it if you applied.

Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios equipment

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ProviderPriceDetails
Xfinity Xfi Wireless Gateway$14.99/mo. Schedule install
Verizon Fios Fios Router$15.00/mo., $299.99 to buySchedule install

Data effective as of post date.

You’ll need a wireless router for your internet service to work as a Wi-Fi network. Most internet providers will rent you a modem/router for about $10 per month, but both Xfinity and Verizon Fios charge more than that.

Xfinity has four different models of the xFi Wireless Gateway, and it will provide you with a version that works with your internet plan. With so many models, it’s hard to make a quick comparison, but you can read our full xFi Wireless Gateway review for all the deets.

Verizon Fios’s Fios router is a bit more clean cut. It comes with Wi-Fi 6 technology, the latest generation of router tech. It hits the expected tri-band frequencies, making it suitable to pair with a Wi-Fi extender rental ($5 more per month) if you have a big home.

We recommend bringing your own modem and router to your Xfinity plan, to save money. And if you’ve got the cash, paying outright for the Fios Router will pay for itself in about 20 months, which isn’t too shabby as far as these things go.

Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios bundling with TV

Both Xfinity and Verizon Fios let you bundle your internet service with TV. But Xfinity has the better bundle deals—you can save up to $20 per month when you bundle your services, and Verizon Fios doesn’t offer any bundling incentives.

Check out our Xfinity bundles review to learn more about how Xfinity bundles save you money. Or check out our Verizon Fios bundles review for recommendations on the best packages.

Final take

Overall, we think Verizon Fios is a better internet service provider. It’s a surefire win with fiber technology, matched upload and download speeds, unlimited internet, and no annual contracts. Check out our full Verizon Fios internet review if you want to dig in further.

But Xfinity is a reliable cable internet provider, and its cheap starting plan is an excellent option if it’s just you (and maybe one extra person) at home. We also have a full Xfinity internet review if you’re not sold yet.

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Xfinity vs. Verizon Fios FAQ

Is Xfinity cheaper than Verizon Fios?

Xfinity’s internet plans tend to be cheaper than Verizon Fios’s plans. However, Verizon Fios plans also have unlimited data, fast upload speeds, and no data caps.

Who has faster speeds—Verizon Fios or Xfinity?

Xfinity’s Gigabit Pro plan reaches download speeds of up to 2,000 Mbps, which is much faster than Verizon Fios’s Fios Gigabit at up to 940 Mbps. But Verizon Fios offers higher upload speeds on its plans than Xfinity can.

Methodology

Our experts have been researching Xfinity and Verizon Fios for years, so putting the two head to head was no trouble at all. We examined their plans, promotions, equipment, and more, considering what kind of reader might prefer each option.

Our editorial scores focus on each provider’s bang for your buck, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction scores. To learn more about these scores, check out our How We Rank page.