Is Xfinity or Spectrum better for you?

We’ve done the research on Comcast 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.

The key difference between Xfinity and Spectrum is that while Xfinity offers more affordable plans and better customer satisfaction, Spectrum’s service is slightly more reliable and an overall better value.



Xfinity vs. Spectrum internet

  • Speeds – Xfinity offers some of the fastest maximum residential download speeds, up to 2,000 Mbps, but Spectrum internet is also plenty fast with speeds up to 940 Mbps.
  • Data caps – Xfinity data caps may vary by plan and location, but are typically around 1 TB/mo. All Spectrum internet plans come with unlimited data.
  • Contract – Xfinity has no term agreement options, but signing a one- or two-year agreement may get you better pricing. All Spectrum internet plans come with no contract requirements.
  • Price increase – Expect a price increase from Xfinity and Spectrum internet after one year of service. The size of the increase varies by plan, but the biggest price increases are likely to come with Xfinity plans.

Comcast 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. For instance, you can expect entirely different plans depending on whether you live in the Central and Southern or the Northeastern and Western regions of the U.S. Spectrum internet, on the other hand, offers fewer speed options, but has better price consistency across the country.

Xfinity internet plans

Spectrum internet plans

Xfinity and Spectrum hidden costs and contracts

Another factor to consider when choosing a internet service is additional costs for equipment, installation and data caps. You’ll also want to consider contract length before you commit to either provider.

Equipment

  • Xfinity Wi-Fi service and equipment rental fee: $14/mo.
  • Spectrum Wi-Fi service and equipment rental fee: $5/mo.

Installation 

  • Xfinity professional installation fee: $89.99
  • Spectrum professional installation fee: $49.99

Data caps

  • Xfinity: none
  • Spectrum: none 

Contracts

  • Xfinity: none required 
  • Spectrum: none

Xfinity vs. Spectrum cheapest internet plans

If you’re shopping for the absolute cheapest internet plan, Comcast Xfinity will likely be your best option as the starting price for their cheapest plan is less than half the cost of Spectrum’s. After the first year of service, however, monthly pricing for each provider’s lowest plan is about the same. 

Xfinity Performance Starter

  • Speeds up to 25 Mbps
  • $20/mo.*
  • Cable internet
  • No data cap

Spectrum Internet®

  • Speeds up to 200 Mbps
  • $49.99/mo.*
  • Cable internet
  • No data cap

Xfinity vs. Spectrum fastest internet

Comcast 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 1,000 Mbps are available in areas where Spectrum offers their gig internet service. Xfinity is likely the better option for Gig speed internet as its starting price is significantly lower and the lock-in price is two years compared to one year with Spectrum. 


Xfinity vs. Spectrum TV

  • Plans starting at $20/mo.*
  • 10-260+ channels available
  • Record up to six shows at once
  • No contract required for standalone TV
  • Plans starting at $44.99/mo.*
  • 125-200+ channels available
  • Record up to two or six shows at once, depending on device
  • No contract required

Spectrum and Comcast 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.

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.



Xfinity vs. Spectrum bundle packages

Xfinity and Spectrum both offer cable internet, TV and home phone bundles. Xfinity offers more ability to mix and match internet speed options with TV channel plans. Its starting prices are also fairly lower.

What shoppers should consider in different regions

Both providers’ pricing and package options vary across the country. For instance, Comcast 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.


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 Comcast Xfinity and Spectrum scored over the past three years for their internet and TV services.

You can see that both providers have improved in the past three years but Xfinity has improved slightly more in the past year. Xfinity is known for good customer service since customer reps from Xfinity regularly monitor Xfinity Reddit threads to help customers with their individual needs.


Xfinity vs. Spectrum FAQs

Is Spectrum owned by Comcast?

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.


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