Cox Bundles Review
Cox bundles at a glance
Cox offers cable-based internet, TV, and phone service, which makes for a wide variety of bundling options. You can even combine home security with your entercomms (“entertainment” + “communication”—we’re trying to make the phrase happen). If you like the convenience of a single provider bill, Cox can do that for you.
There’s some trade-off for that convenience, though. While Cox’s internet and phone service is good-to-excellent across its various pricing tiers, its TV service is just adequate (unless you buy the most expensive plan available).
But, as the great philosopher Meat Loaf once said, “Two out of three ain’t bad.”
- Wide variety of bundling options
- Good-to-excellent internet and phone service
- So-so TV service
- 12–24 month contracts depending on the plan
Best Cox bundles
|Package||Price†||Download speeds up to||Channel count||Digital phone|
|Bronze Bundle||$89.99/mo.||150 Mbps||140+||Voice Premier|
|Silver Bundle||$129.99/mo.||940 Mbps||170+||Voice Premier|
†For 12 mos. w/ 2-yr. service agreement.
Of Cox’s nine internet/TV/phone bundles, we like the Bronze Bundle because it delivers sufficient internet speed for a household of surfers and streamers at a reasonable price, as well as a decent representation of popular cable channels. For being a basic package, it’s better than “basic.”
If you’re looking for a significant bump in internet and TV juice, the Silver Bundle more than triples the internet speed and adds 30 channels for just $40 more monthly.
FYI, there’s a second Silver Bundle package priced at $109.99 a month that offers 300 Mbps of internet speed and 140+ channels. We don’t know why Cox didn’t name it the “Mercury Bundle” to avoid confusion, either.
Cox bundles and pricing
Cox internet + TV packages
|Package||Price†||Download speeds up to||Channel count|
|Bronze Duo||$89.99/mo.||150 Mbps||140+|
|Silver Duo||$109.99/mo.||300 Mbps||140+|
|Silver Duo||$129.99/mo.||940 Mbps||170+|
|Gold Duo||$129.99/mo.||300 Mbps||250+|
|Platinum Duo||$159.99/mo.||940 Mbps||250+|
|TV Starter + Internet Essential 10||$54.99/mo.||10 Mbps||75+|
|TV Starter + Internet Essential 30||$64.99/mo.||30 Mbps||75+|
|Contour TV + Internet + Internet 30||$147.99/mo.||30 Mbps||140+|
†For 12 mos. w/ 2-yr. service agreement. Data effective as of 03/02/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
That’s a lot of packages, but we wouldn’t recommend any that feature download speeds under 150 or a channel count under 140. Sure, some of Cox’s lower-tier internet/TV bundles are attractively cheap, but they’re also slow and sparse when it comes to internet performance and channel selection.
Cox internet + phone packages
|Package||Price‡||Download speeds up to||Digital phone|
|Internet Essential 30 + Voice Premier||$49.99/mo.||30 Mbps||Voice Premier|
|Internet Preferred 150 + Voice Premier||$69.99/mo.||150 Mbps||Voice Premier|
|Internet Ultimate + Voice Premier||$89.99/mo.||300 Mbps||Voice Premier|
|Internet Gigablast + Voice Premier||$109.99/mo.||940 Mbps||Voice Premier|
‡For 12 mos. Data effective as of 03/02/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Cox’s internet/phone bundles are basically $10-more versions of its standalone internet plans. Since Voice Premier is internet-based (voice over internet protocol, or VoIP), you’ll be getting (limited) internet service even if you ordered only Cox Voice. Copper telephone lines are so last century.
Cox internet + TV + phone packages
|Package||Price||Download speeds up to||Channel count||Digital phone|
|Bronze Bundle||$89.99/mo.†||150 Mbps||140+||Voice Premier|
|Silver Bundle||$109.99/mo.†||300 Mbps||140+||Voice Premier|
|Silver Bundle||$129.99/mo.†||940 Mbps||170+||Voice Premier|
|Gold Bundle||$109.99/mo.†||300 Mbps||250+||Voice Premier|
|Platinum Bundle||$159.99/mo.§||940 Mbps||250+||Voice Premier|
|TV Starter + Internet Starter 10 + Voice Premier||$64.99/mo.†||10 Mbps||75+||Voice Premier|
|TV Starter + Internet Essential 30 + Voice Premier||$74.99/mo.†||30 Mbps||75+||Voice Premier|
|TV Starter + Internet Preferred 150 + Voice Premier||$94.99/mo.†||150 Mbps||75+||Voice Premier|
|Contour TV + Internet Essential 30 + Voice Premier||$141.48/mo.‡||30 Mbps||140+||Voice Premier|
†For 12 mos. w/ 2-yr. service agreement. §For 24 mos. w/ service agreement. ‡For 12 mos. Data effective as of 03/02/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Cox perks, cool stuff, and deals when you bundle
When you opt for a Cox triple bundle of internet, TV, and phone service, Voice Premier is essentially thrown in for free on top of an internet/TV package. The value here depends on if you want or need a landline phone in 2020 (we don’t, but maybe you do).
Most Cox bundles include free pro installation with the listed price. That’s about it for “deals” here.
Our final take on Cox bundles
There’s no lack of bundles to choose from with Cox, so finding one that matches your budget and needs should be easy. Again, we think the mid-level Bronze and Silver packages would be the best bargains for most households.
If you’re trying to keep costs way down, though, we’d suggest getting a standalone internet plan and either streaming your TV with a separate service or buying an antenna (or both). Cox’s cheaper TV plans don’t bring much in the way of value to the bundle solution.
Cox bundles FAQ
Does Cox offer home security services?
Cox offers Homelife security and smart-home automation in a combo package for $54.99 a month, or smart-home automation alone for $29.99 a month. On some internet bundles, smart-home automation can be added for an extra $10 a month. Home security has to be added separately, and there’s no bundle discount.
Is Cox internet service DSL, cable, or fiber?
Like its TV service, Cox residential internet is carried by coaxial cable, which is much faster than DSL but slightly slower than fiber. Cox does offer fiber internet service in some areas of the US, but it’s available only to professionals through Cox Business.
Do I have to sign Cox’s service agreement?
Cox’s service agreements, which lock in a price for 12 months or 24 months depending on the plan, aren’t mandatory to sign up for service. You can opt out of the agreement at checkout, but doing so will add an extra $10 to your monthly bill. If you’re not planning on staying with Cox for long, it might be worth skipping the agreement.