Compare Xfinity vs. Spectrum

Compare Spectrum and Windstream internet and TV services to see how they stack up.

Is Xfinity or Spectrum better for you?

We’ve done the research on Xfinity and Spectrum, so you can easily compare and choose the best cable provider for your home. Depending on what you’re looking for in your new TV and internet service, you may find one of them better fits your internet and TV needs. Check out a full comparison of Spectrum and Xfinity bundles, cable TV and internet plans to find the best services for your home.

  • Best for internet plan optionsXfinity offers the most internet package options and the fastest internet speeds with plans ranging from 25 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps where available.
  • Best for internet plans without data caps: Spectrum internet plans come with unlimited data. Xfinity data limits vary by plan and location, or you can add unlimited data for an added monthly cost.
  • Best for TV channel packages: Spectrum and Xfinity offer similar TV packages, but you’re likely to get better bundle discounts with Xfinity.

Xfinity vs. Spectrum quick comparison

 Xfinity

  • Available in 39 states
  • Bundles starting at $64.99/mo.*
  • Speeds from 25 Mbps to 2,000 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 10+ to 260+
  • DVR up to six shows at once
  • No contract, one-year contract and two-year contract plans available

 Spectrum

  • Available in 46 states
  • Bundles starting at $89.98/mo.*
  • Speeds from 100 Mbps to 940 Mbps
  • Channel counts from 125+ to 200+
  • DVR up to two shows at once with standard DVR, up to six shows with Enhanced DVR
  • No contract, one-year price guarantee with select bundles
  • Internet modem included

*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 07/18/19.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum availability

Xfinity and Spectrum are the two largest cable providers in the U.S., covering nearly 69% of the U.S. population combined. Though Spectrum is available in more states than Xfinity, a slightly greater portion of the population is eligible for Xfinity services (37.5% vs 33%).

Regions where the two providers overlap include central Indiana, parts of Vermont, parts of Massachusetts, New York City, eastern Tennessee, Orlando and more. States where they differ include Texas, North Carolina, California, Florida and others. For instance, Xfinity offers internet in the Houston area while Spectrum offers services in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and other parts of Texas.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum packages

Xfinity and Spectrum both offer cable internet, TV and home phone bundles. Xfinity customer service offers more ability to mix and match internet speed options with TV channel plans. However, Spectrum offers higher starting internet speeds for bundles.

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Xfinity Performance Starter + TV Extra bundle

  • Starting at $70/mo.*
  • Internet speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • Data cap varies by location
  • 125+ channels

Bundled savings: $20/mo.*

Charter Spectrum

Spectrum Double Play Select bundle

  • Starting at $89.98/mo.*
  • Internet speeds up to 200 Mbps
  • No data cap
  • 125+ channels

Bundled savings: $0/mo.*

*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 07/18/19.

What shoppers should consider in different regions

Both providers’ pricing and package options vary across the country. For instance, Xfinity offers different internet speeds, TV packages and pricing for its bundles in different regions. Spectrum also offers varying internet speeds with starting speeds at 100 Mbps in some locations and 200 Mbps in others. Click “Shop plans” below to see which providers, speeds and bundle offers are available in your area.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum internet

ProviderStarting price*Starting speedsFastest speedsData capsWi-Fi hotspots
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Xfinity
$29.99/mo.25 Mbps2,000 Mbps1 TB, unlimited data availableMore than 18 million nationwide with Xfinity mobile
Charter Spectrum
Spectrum
$44.99/mo.100 Mbps940 MbpsNoneMore than 500,000 nationwide

*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 07/18/19.

Xfinity and Spectrum both offer high-speed cable internet. The two providers differ most in speed and pricing consistency. Xfinity internet speed ranges a lot and they vary quite a bit by region. Spectrum offers fewer internet speed options, but has better price consistency across the country.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum fastest internet

Xfinity currently offers the fastest internet speeds available in residential markets—the Gigabit Pro Internet plan has 2,000 Mbps. However, the high speeds are expensive and availability is highly limited. Xfinity also offers internet plans with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps where available.

Spectrum offers gig internet in select areas. Speeds up to 940 Mbps are available in areas where Spectrum offers their gig internet service.

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Xfinity Gigabit Pro

  • Speeds up to 2,000 Mbps
  • $299.95/mo.*
  • Fiber internet connection
  • No speed throttling

Charter Spectrum

Spectrum Internet GIG

  • Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • $104.99/mo.*
  • Cable internet
  • No speed throttling

*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 07/18/19.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum TV

Spectrum and Xfinity both offer cable TV service. Spectrum offers three main TV packages, plus an array of sports, premium and international channel add-ons. Xfinity offers three to five channel packages, depending on location, and similar add-on packages to Spectrum.

Xfinity also offers a “basic” TV package, an economy package that has little more than local channels for a low monthly cost. In select locations, this package is not available as a standalone package and must be bundled with Xfinity internet. Spectrum does not have a similar “basic” cable package.

Xfinity vs. Spectrum TV packages and pricing

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  • Plans starting at $20/mo.*
  • 10-260+ channels available
  • Record up to six shows at once
  • HD DVR device included, starting at $5.99/mo.* for each additional
  • No contract required for standalone TV

Charter Spectrum

  • Plans starting at $44.99/mo.*
  • 125-200+ channels available
  • Record up to two or six shows at once, depending on device
  • HD DVR device included, starting at $7/mo.* for each additional
  • No contract required

*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 07/18/19.

Available channels for Xfinity and Spectrum TV services will vary by location. Use our Xfinity channel guide and Spectrum channel guide to find and compare channels in TV packages from each provider. Click “Shop TV plans” below to see available TV packages in your area.

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Xfinity vs. Spectrum customer satisfaction

The American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) takes feedback from real customers of major internet and TV providers and gives annual customer satisfaction for those providers. Here’s how Xfinity and Spectrum scored over the past three years for their internet and TV services.

Service2019 score2018 score2017 scoreAvg. past three years
Xfinity Internet61606060.3
Spectrum Internet59606561.3
Xfinity TV57575857.7
Spectrum TV59586360

Xfinity vs. Spectrum frequently asked questions

No. Spectrum is the brand name for the internet, TV and home phone services offered by Charter, not Comcast.

No. Time Warner was acquired by Charter. Time Warner services including internet, TV and home phone are now part of the Spectrum brand.

Between Xfinity and Spectrum, Xfinity offers faster speeds and is available to more people. Spectrum, however, gives you more speed for the money on most plans and does not have any data caps.

Xfinity offers a low-cost “basic” cable package, making it a cheaper cable option than Spectrum. When it comes to more standard cable TV packages, Xfinity and Spectrum offer similar packages and pricing.

Last updated 07/18/19.

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