Spectrum Internet Plans, Packages, and Prices Review

Spectrum internet plans go as low as $49.99 per month for 300 Mbps.

$500 contract buyout when you switch

Price: From $49.99/mo.*

Internet speed: Starting at up to 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary)

Data cap: Unlimited

Top plans Price Max. download speeds Standout features Details
Spectrum Internet®
Cheapest internet plan
Starting at $49.99/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) No data caps, free modem, access to a nationwide network of Wi-Fi access points, free antivirus software View plan
Spectrum Internet®
Fastest internet plan
Starting at $89.99/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary) No data caps, free modem, access to a nationwide network of Wi-Fi access points, free antivirus software View plan
Internet + TV
Best TV and internet bundle
Starting at $99.98/mo. for 12 mos. Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) Free HD, access to thousands of on-demand titles, free modem View plan
Internet + TV + Voice
Best TV, internet and phone bundle
Starting at $114.97/mo. for 12 mos. Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 125+ HD channels, free modem, unlimited calling in North America View plan

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

Is Spectrum internet good?

We think Spectrum internet is good for folks who have larger households or want to bundle their internet with live TV. And in our recent customer satisfaction survey, happy Spectrum customers landed their internet provider in 4th place for overall satisfaction.

With fast download speeds, no data cap, a free modem, and no-contract flexibility, Spectrum has a lot of the perks we look for in an internet service provider. But when you get into the fine print, Spectrum’s higher starting prices and second-year price increases aren’t great for customers.

Spectrum internet pros and cons

Pros

  • Fast download and upload speeds
  • No contracts
  • No data caps
  • Free modem
  • $500 contract buyout

Cons

  • Higher internet prices
  • Price increases after 12 months

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Spectrum internet deals

Spectrum offers promotions to encourage folks to sign up for its internet service. Here are a few important ones, and you can find the rest on our complete Spectrum deals review:

  • 90-day Peacock Premium subscription ($4.99/mo. value)
  • Free internet modem
  • Contract buyout up to $500

Spectrum internet prices and packages

Plans Price Max. download speeds Max. upload speeds
Spectrum Internet Starting at $49.99/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 10 Mbps View plan
Spectrum Internet® Ultra
Best package
Starting at $69.99/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 500 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 20 Mbps View plan
Spectrum Internet Gig Starting at $89.99/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary) 35 Mbps View plan

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

The Spectrum Internet package is Spectrum’s entry-level offering with a maximum download speed of up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary).

The entry-level package isn’t bad, especially considering Spectrum just raised its speed up from 200 Mbps without changing the price. This package can be a potential fit for a family of moderate internet users, especially if you’re working from home.

Spectrum Internet Ultra offers even faster performance with maximum download speeds of up to 500 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary).

If we had to choose, we’d pick Spectrum Internet Ultra as the best Spectrum Internet package. With its high speeds, your internet connections will remain just as fast even if you have kids or housemates who regularly stream TV shows or game online, and it’s a more affordable option than Spectrum Internet Gig.

Spectrum’s top-tier Internet Gig package comes with maximum download speeds of up to 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary). With Spectrum gig internet service, your internet performance won’t collapse if your household has multiple people who regularly stream 4K videos, download large files, and take lengthy video calls.

On all three speed tiers, your monthly price will increase by $25 once Spectrum’s one-year promotional rate ends. Even though a lot of ISPs have similar fine print, we’re still not fans of the one-year price hike. We recommend marking down your promo price end date to make sure you’re not surprised, or try negotiating with Spectrum to bring your price back down.

Promotional rates aren’t the only way to save with Spectrum internet. Check out our Spectrum deals and promotions review for more ways to get a better deal with Spectrum.

Pro tip: Spectrum recently raised its download speeds for its cheapest two tiers, which means existing customers automatically receive faster internet. You might need to reset your modem first, though, which you can do remotely through Spectrum’s website.

Our Spectrum internet bill

CableTV.com team member Manuel chose the Spectrum Internet Gig plan to keep him and his wife connected as they both work from home. Here’s what he has to say about how his internet bill compares to his other expenses for his Florida home:

“I pay about $110 a month for Spectrum internet, which isn’t necessarily a deal, but isn’t robbing me either. Some quick, rough math shows that my Spectrum service makes up about 15% of my typical utility bills, which I feel is an okay percentage.”

Spectrum TV and internet bundles

Plans Price Max. download speeds Channel count
Internet (up to 300 Mbps) + TV Select Starting at $99.98/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 125+ channels View plan
Internet Ultra + TV Select Starting at $119.98/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 500 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 125+ channels View plan
Internet Gig + TV Select Starting at $139.98/mo. for 12 mos.* Up to 1000 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) 125+ channels View plan

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

We recommend Spectrum bundles over internet-only packages because Spectrum cable TV is as affordable as or cheaper than most live TV streaming services and comes with more channels.

Check out our Spectrum TV and Spectrum bundles reviews to learn more. And don’t forget that you can watch Spectrum TV on the go with the Spectrum TV app.

Spectrum internet speeds

Spectrum has three internet speed tiers: up to 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps, and 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary). These speeds and prices are pretty on par with most other cable providers. That said, there are better deals out there, depending on where you call home.

To learn more about what those speeds mean for your home internet, check out our internet speed guide or refer to the highlights below.

300 Mbps

Spectrum Internet
Up to 300 Mbps

(wireless speeds may vary)

Supports a few devices

Common uses

  • Photo sharing
  • Online shopping
  • TV streaming in HD
  • Video conferencing
  • Home networking
  • Online gaming
500 Mbps

Spectrum Internet Ultra
Up to 500 Mbps

(wireless speeds may vary)

Supports more devices

Common uses

  • Photo sharing
  • Online shopping
  • TV streaming in 4K
  • Video conferencing
  • Home networking
  • Online gaming
  • Live streaming
1,000 Mbps

Spectrum Internet Gig
Up to 1 Gbps

(wireless speeds may vary)

Supports the most devices

Common uses

  • Photo sharing
  • Online shopping
  • TV streaming in 4K
  • Video conferencing
  • Home networking
  • Online gaming
  • Live streaming
  • Sharing large files

Spectrum Wi-Fi

All of Spectrum’s internet plans include a free internet modem. But because nothing’s totally free in life, Spectrum also offers a Wi-Fi router rental for $5 per month. If you want to wirelessly connect devices to the internet, you’ll need a router to convert the signal into a Wi-Fi connection.

For new subscribers, Spectrum’s free modem is a nice convenience and removes one more thing you have to buy from the electronics store. But you’ll have to return the modem once you end Spectrum internet service.

If you’re going to stick with Spectrum for the long haul, we’d recommend springing for your own wireless router and modem or a combo Wi-Fi router/modem.

By buying your own router, you won’t have to pay unnecessary rental fees that can add up, and you can get models with faster wireless speeds than Spectrum would offer you. If you get your own modem, you can also keep it if you ever change cable internet ISPs down the road.

If you’d like to buy your own equipment for Spectrum internet, check out our suggestions for the best Spectrum-compatible modems and wireless routers to see our hardware picks.

An in-home photo of Spectrum's modem

Our Spectrum Wi-Fi experience

Manuel uses Spectrum’s free modem, decided to get his own Wi-Fi router. Here’s his experience:

“The Spectrum modem works just fine for me. Our hookup is in an indoor closet, which keeps it out of the way. It needs an occasional reset (probably once every six weeks or so), but I don’t mind that much.

“On the other hand, I started out using Spectrum’s Wi-Fi router but wasn’t a fan. I had a lot of dead spots in my home, and it required a lot more restarts the modem—I had to fiddle with it twice every week. So I switched to using two Google Nest routers, and I’ve had no issues since.”

Spectrum internet features

Spectrum WiFi hotspots

If your home ever has an internet outage right before a big video call, or if you’re out running errands and don’t want to burn through your smartphone’s mobile data cap, you can jump onto Spectrum’s WiFi hotspot network to get back online.

Spectrum internet subscribers get free access to Spectrum’s Out-of-Home WiFi nationwide, which includes Wi-Fi internet networks at local businesses. The access point network is available across 41 states in cities including San Francisco, Denver, and New York City.

Wi-Fi networks may be a pretty common perk for internet providers, but they’re incredibly useful. We recommend you keep your Spectrum account information handy to log in while you’re on-the-go.

No contracts

Once you sign the dotted line at most ISPs, it’ll usually take a giant fee or more maneuvering than an Ocean’s Eleven heist to break your contract.

Spectrum doesn’t have internet contracts, so you won’t be required to stay with the ISP for a full year. Without contracts, you’ll have the flexibility to sign up for Spectrum even if you need the internet for only a few months, and then you can cancel without any early termination fees.

If you’re locked in an internet or TV contract with another provider, Spectrum will help buyout your contract up to $500 through their Contract Buyout Program. To qualify for the promotion, you’ll just need to sign up for a qualifying Spectrum bundle.

No data caps

Between streaming video services like Hulu and devices like smart home cameras, it’s easier than ever to use up more internet data than you’d expect.

Fortunately, Spectrum has no data caps, so your household can use the internet without having to keep an eye on Spectrum’s data meter. You get to pass on the monthly 1 TB data cap and overage fees other ISPs charge.

With Spectrum, you won’t have to worry about paying extra if you have kids streaming Paw Patrol all day, every day. That’s a doggone relief.

Parental controls

It’s nice to have some extra online protection for your family, and Spectrum delivers in this regard.

To keep your kids safe on the internet, Spectrum offers subscribers a free Security Suite application for Windows and Apple computers. With Security Suite, you can block sites based on their content, filter adult sites from search results, set computer and web browsing time limits, and track your kids’ online activity.

On Spectrum’s email service (which is different from services like Gmail and Yahoo Mail), you can block emails from specific people or websites. We still prefer using our Gmail accounts, though—Gmail’s block function works just fine for us.

Spectrum internet for gaming

Our “Best Internet Provider for Gaming” review showed that Spectrum has higher latency than providers like Verizon Fios, Optimum, Xfinity, and Frontier. While this may mean you won’t always be the quickest on the trigger, Spectrum internet plans have maximum download speeds that easily accommodate online gaming.

The Federal Communications Commission recommends a minimum download speed of up to 25 Mbps if you’re part of a typical four- or five-person household. With plans that start at up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary), Spectrum can handle your gaming sessions plus everyone’s web browsing or video watching.

But if you’re a frequent online gamer who wants to avoid lag, check out our online gaming guide to learn how to optimize your Spectrum internet connection before the next Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or League of Legends night with your friends.

Free Spectrum internet

If your family needs an extra boost to get internet at home, look into the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). If you participate in certain federal assistance programs and/or your household income is less than or equal to 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, you can get $30 per month off internet.

But since Spectrum’s lowest plan costs more than $30, you should also look into the Spectrum Internet Assist program if you want free internet. This program offers 30 Mbps download speeds for around $14.99 per month, and this offer can be paired with the ACP to make your internet service completely free.

Head over to our free and low-income internet guide to learn more about these internet assistance programs and many more.

Spectrum vs. the competition

In our 2022 internet customer satisfaction survey, Spectrum held its own against 13 other competitors:

  • Placed in the Top 5 for every major category
  • Placed 4th for overall customer satisfaction
  • Placed 3rd in internet speed satisfaction, after Xfinity and Verizon Fios
  • Placed 3rd in customer support satisfaction, after Verizon Fios and AT&T Internet

But internet costs are a sore subject for many, and not all Spectrum customers felt that they were getting their money’s worth. Of the customers surveyed, 47% felt Spectrum offers you good bang for your buck, while 21% said the price was poor or terrible given the quality.

That mixed judgment aligns with our review of Spectrum internet prices, which are statistically higher than average. But only you can decide if the fast speeds and free modem—plus lack of annual contracts and data caps—make up that value for you.

Final take: Is Spectrum internet worth it?

Between its starting prices and price hikes after a year, Spectrum isn’t the cheapest internet option on the market. But at the same time, you’ll be getting a bunch of benefits like no-contract agreements, no data caps, a free modem, and access to Spectrum’s Out-of-Home WiFi network.

You’ll definitely be paying for all of these features, but Spectrum internet will work well for your household if performance is more important to you than your monthly bill or if you want to bundle internet with live TV.

Spectrum internet FAQ

How much is Spectrum internet?

Spectrum internet starts at $49.99 per month for 12 months* for an up to 300 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) internet plan. Spectrum Internet Ultra starts at $69.99 per month for 12 months* for an up to 500 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary) internet plan. Spectrum Internet Gig starts at $89.99 per month for 12 months* for an up to 1 Gbps (wireless speeds may vary) internet plan.

What is the lowest price for Spectrum internet?

Spectrum Internet is Spectrum’s cheapest internet plan at $49.99 per month. You’ll get maximum download and upload speeds of up to 300 Mbps and up to 10 Mbps (wireless speeds may vary).

Can I just have internet with Spectrum?

Spectrum offers standalone internet service packages for between $49.99 to $89.99 per month for the first 12 months.

What is the cost of Spectrum internet only?

The price for internet-only Spectrum packages is between $49.99 and $89.99 per month depending on your internet speed requirements.

What is the cost of Spectrum internet after 12 months?

After 12 months, Spectrum increases your internet bill by $25 per month.

What kind of internet is Spectrum?

Spectrum is a cable internet provider with download speeds of up to 1 Gbps** (wireless speeds may vary).

Is the Spectrum modem really free?

Yes, the Spectrum modem is really free. Not too shabby, eh?

How much does Spectrum Wi-Fi cost?

Spectrum offers its Wi-Fi router for $5 per month. This is cheaper than most other providers, who charge between $10 and $15 per month for internet equipment.

Are Spectrum internet plans unlimited?

Every Spectrum internet plan comes offers unlimited data (no data caps). Spectrum internet plans also don’t require contracts, so you’re free to leave Spectrum service without facing a monetary penalty.

Is Spectrum internet the same as Wi-Fi?

To get Wi-Fi with Spectrum internet, you can rent a wireless router from Spectrum for $5 per month. You can also buy your own Wi-Fi router, which typically costs between $40 to $120. Check out our wireless router recommendations to find a model that best fits your needs.

I’m having a Spectrum internet problem. What should I do?

Check out our Spectrum troubleshooting guide for quick fixes to everyday problems you might encounter with Spectrum internet.

Are Spectrum and Charter Communications the same company?

Charter Communications offers internet, TV, voice, and mobile services under the brand name Spectrum. Because of this connection, you might hear some people refer to Spectrum as Charter Spectrum.

What is the best Internet that Spectrum offers?

Spectrum’s fastest internet package is Spectrum Internet Gig, which provides up to 1 Gbps download speeds and 20 Mbps upload speeds for $89.99 per month.

Methodology

Our experts spent hundreds of hours diving deep beyond the prices and speeds for Spectrum internet—we rated it based on bang for your buck, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction.

To learn more about our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

Bang for your buck

(3.0 /5)

Reliability

(2.0 /5)

Features

(4.5 /5)

Customer satisfaction

(3.94 /5)

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. 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.

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. 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.

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.

†Spectrum Internet + TV Select: 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 TV® Select promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Internet® promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) 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. TV: TV equipment required; charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. 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.

Spectrum Internet + Voice: 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. Spectrum Voice®: Price is $14.99/mo when bundled. 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. HOME PHONE: Unlimited calling includes calls within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and more. 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.

‡Spectrum Internet + TV Select + Voice: 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 TV® Select promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Internet® promotion price is $49.99/mo; standard rates apply after yr. 1. Spectrum Voice®: Price is $14.99/mo when bundled. Taxes, fees and surcharges (broadcast surcharge up to $21.00/mo) 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. TV: TV equipment required; charges may apply. Channel and HD programming availability based on level of service. Account credentials may be required to stream some TV content online. HOME PHONE: Unlimited calling includes calls within the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and more. 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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