Spectrum Internet plans
Joe Supan Last updated: January 19, 2022
Spectrum makes it easy to set up internet service with three simple plans. Dive in and compare Spectrum Internet prices and speeds to find the best fit for you.
Top Spectrum Internet plans
Spectrum Internet – Best for smaller households
Equipped to handle online gaming and streaming in 4K
Starting at $49.99/mo
Spectrum Internet Ultra – Best for heavy gaming and streaming
Will accommodate a family of moderate internet users or a couple of high-demand users, even over Wi-Fi and during peak usage times
Starting at $69.99/mo
Spectrum Internet Gig – Best for large households
Great for hardcore gamers, households with multiple people streaming at once and people who work exclusively from home
Starting at $109.99/mo
Spectrum home internet review
In 2016, Charter Communications acquired Time Warner Cable, thus expanding their coverage to more than a third of U.S. households. Now as the second-largest cable internet provider, Spectrum is a common internet option for many, including those who live in areas previously served by Time Warner Cable.
We scored Spectrum Internet service on a scale of 1 to 5 across four major categories. To learn more, read about our review methodology.
Spectrum internet rating
3.5 / out of 5 stars
This score is based off of the 3 plans Spectrum has available
2.98 / 5
4.06 / 5
3.69 / 5
3.75 / 5
Spectrum Internet plans are widely available and come with some unique advantages, but they aren’t for everyone. Its prices go up by $25/mo. after the first year, so you may end up paying more than you’re expecting when you sign up — part of the reason Spectrum Internet earned our second-lowest score for affordability of any provider. That said, you will get fast and reliable speeds for those high prices.
How we scored internet providers
We evaluate broadband providers in four categories: affordability, performance, value and customer satisfaction. Each category contains multiple sub-factors, all of which are weighted differently to impact the provider’s overall score.
For each sub-factor, we score all providers on a continuous scale of 1 to 5, relative to the industry as a whole. Because the average download speed in America is currently 180 Mbps, for example, we assigned all plans with download speeds between 100 and 299 Mbps a score between 3 and 4. Xfinity’s 200 Mbps plan received a 3.50 score for download speed, while Spectrum’s 400 Mbps plan got a 4.16.
We only considered standardized data points in our scoring system. More abstract data like consistency of service and brand reputation is still part of our analysis, but we opted to let our writers address them in the context of each review.Learn more about our methodology
Compare Spectrum Internet prices and speeds
Spectrum Internet service presents up to three plan options to choose from which you’ll find in our table below. All Spectrum Internet plans come with unlimited data and no contract requirements — perks you may not find with most internet providers.
All customers also have access to thousands of free public Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. For new clients looking to switch to Spectrum in the middle of their current internet contract, Spectrum will provide up to $500 to subsidize any early termination fees you may face.
|Spectrum plan||Download speed*||Upload speed*||Starting price||Price after 12 mos.|
|Internet||200 Mbps||10 Mbps||$49.99/mo.||$74.99/mo.|
|Internet Ultra||400 Mbps||20 Mbps||$69.99/mo.||$94.99/mo.|
|Internet Gig||1,000 Mbps||35 Mbps||$109.99/mo.||$134.99/mo.|
*Wireless speeds may vary
Expert tip: Watch for discounted pricing for Internet Ultra
Spectrum has been testing lower price points in markets they compete with Google Fiber so keep an eye out for potentially discounted pricing on its internet plans, particularly the Internet Ulta plan. These discounts are most prominent in southern metropolitan areas, such as Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville.
You’ll get the speed you pay for
According to the latest FCC report, more than 90% of users reported their actual Spectrum Internet speeds to be within 95% or higher than their plan’s advertised speeds, even during peak usage times. Spectrum WiFi speeds will be slower than your plan’s advertised speeds, but this isn’t a Spectrum thing, it’s just the nature of using a Wi-Fi connection.
On paper, 200 Mbps is ample speed, so why would we recommend this plan for basic use and a few users? Because those are the minimum recommended speeds using a wired connection, and if you’re like most, your internet activity will rely heavily on a Wi-Fi connection. It also only gets 10 Mbps upload speeds, so multiple people working from home or gaming might run into issues.
Spectrum Internet will still offer a suitable connection for gaming and streaming over Wi-Fi, but if you’ll be doing it on multiple devices and during peak usage times, a faster plan will likely give you a better experience.
A connection of 300 or 400 Mbps with Internet Ultra will accommodate a family of moderate internet users or a couple of high-demand users, even over Wi-Fi and during peak usage times. That said, you’ll still only get 20 Mbps upload speeds, so several people working from home or gaming at the same time might need more bandwidth.
While not for everyone, a gigabit connection is great for hardcore gamers, households with multiple people streaming at once and people who work exclusively from home. With 35 Mbps upload speed, it should be able to handle multiple people gaming and working from home simultaneously.
Gigabit internet is growing in popularity, but speeds of 1 Gbps are overkill for the average user. That said, if you want to all but guarantee enough speed for all, or you want an internet connection so fast you can brag about it, gigabit may be the way to go. And as new technologies like 8K and next gen gaming systems emerge, gig speeds may be more practical for the average household. But for now, they’re likely to be more than you’ll need.
Equipment, installation, data caps and contracts
Overall, Spectrum Internet prices on equipment and installation are very reasonable. Here’s what you can expect to pay on top of your plan’s base pricing:
- Equipment: Spectrum charges $5/mo. for router rental — the modem is free — whereas most providers charge around $10-15/mo. You also have the option of purchasing your own Spectrum-compatible modem and router.
- Installation: You’ll have to pay a one-time $19.99 Self-Installation Activation Fee on all Spectrum Internet plans. In some areas, professional installation is available. You’ll pay a $49.99 Professional Installation Fee.
- Data caps: None of Spectrum’s plans have data caps, so you won’t have to worry about limiting your internet usage.
- Contracts: There are no contracts on any Spectrum Internet plans.
3.5 / 5
Spectrum Internet vs. other top providers
Spectrum Internet probably isn’t the only option in your area. Take some time to compare Spectrum Internet services and prices to other providers to find the best one for your needs.
|Provider||Allconnect score||Starting prices||Download speeds||Upload speeds|
|Spectrum||3.50/5||$49.99-109.99/mo.||200-1,000 Mbps*||10-35 Mbps*|
|AT&T Internet (DSL)||2.80/5||$45.00/mo.||10-100 Mbps||1-20 Mbps|
|AT&T Fiber||4.05/5||$35.00-60.00/mo.||300-940 Mbps||300-940 Mbps|
|CenturyLink DSL||2.96/5||$50.00/mo.||10-140 Mbps||1-20 Mbps|
|CenturyLink Fiber||3.95/5||$50.00-65.00/mo.||100-940 Mbps||100-940 Mbps|
|Frontier DSL||3.02/5||$37.99-54.99/mo.||9-115 Mbps||1 Mbps|
|Frontier Fiber||3.79/5||$49.99-79.99/mo.||50-940 Mbps||50-880 Mbps|
|Verizon Fios||4.07/5||$39.99-74.99/mo.||200-940 Mbps||200-880 Mbps|
|Windstream DSL||2.76/5||$37.00-55.00/mo.||15-100 Mbps||1 Mbps|
|Windstream Fiber||3.94/5||$37.00-67.00/mo.||200-1000 Mbps||200-1000 Mbps|
*Wireless speeds may vary
Pricing per month plus taxes for length of contract. Additional fees and terms may apply. Pricing varies by location and availability. All prices subject to change at any time. May or may not be available based on service address. As of 10/14/21.
In most cases, the choice between Spectrum Internet and other providers is pretty simple. If you can get fiber internet, do it. If there’s only DSL available, Spectrum’s cable internet service is almost always better.
It essentially just comes down to the technology. Fiber internet is faster and more reliable than cable, which is usually much faster than DSL. And the price difference isn’t that significant between the different network types. Sometimes fiber is even cheaper than DSL, as is the case with Verizon Fios and some of Frontier and Windstream’s DSL plans.
How to bundle Spectrum Internet with TV
You can bundle internet with Spectrum TV plans, but the savings aren’t especially significant — just $5/mo. on packages over $100/mo. Spectrum has three TV packages to choose from, ranging from 125+ to 200+ channels. They add an additional $40 to $90 onto your monthly bill and you’ll also have to pay an $18/mo. broadcast TV surcharge. With a minimum added cost of $58/mo. for TV, you might be better off going with a live TV streaming service instead.
The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) gave Spectrum a score of 63/100 in 2021, the same as last year’s score. This puts Spectrum Internet in the middle of the pack, behind AT&T, Verizon, Xfinity and Cox.
J.D. Power also gave Spectrum Internet average satisfaction ratings. Their rankings fared best in the South region, where they scored relatively high marks for Performance and Reliability, Customer Service and Overall Satisfaction, ranking behind only AT&T and Xfinity.
In general, complaints about Spectrum Internet center around billing. Many customers don’t expect the $25/mo. price increase in year two, or the $18/mo. broadcast TV surcharge. If you’re not aware of these fees going in, your bill could end up being almost twice as much as you expected.
Spectrum Internet prices start at $49.99/mo. for up to 200 Mbps, $69.99/mo. for up to 400 Mbps and $109.99/mo. for up to 1,000 Mbps.
Yes. Time Warner Cable has operated under the Spectrum brand as of 2016 when Charter Communications purchased it.
One way to lower your Spectrum internet bill may be to use your own router, which can save you $5 or more off your monthly bill. You can also try contacting Spectrum customer service to negotiate for a lower price, or consider these ways to lower your monthly internet bill.
Cable internet can experience slowed speeds during peak usage times. Additionally, using a Wi-Fi connection and connecting multiple devices can result in slower speeds. Take our Spectrum internet speed test. If your speeds are slower than you expect, contact Spectrum tech support to troubleshoot the issue.
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Written by:Joe Supan
Senior Writer, Broadband Content
Joe Supan is a senior writer for Allconnect. He has helped build the proprietary metrics used on Allconnect’s review pages, utilizing thousands of data points to help readers navigate these complex decisions. … Read more
Edited by:Robin Layton
Editor, Broadband Content
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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. ©2021 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. ©2021 Charter Communications.
Spectrum Internet Gig
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.
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 $109.99/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. ©2021 Charter Communications.