The Best Cable Internet Providers

We rounded up the best cable providers of the year. Check your location to find the speeds and data you need.
Best Overall
Advertised Price:
$29.99$299.95
Download speeds:
152000 Mbps
Data Cap:
1 TBUnlimited
Fast and Cheap
Advertised Price:
$44.99$64.99
Download speeds:
200400 Mbps
Data Cap:
Unlimited
Solid Speeds
Advertised Price:
$29.99$119.99
Download speeds:
101000 Mbps
Data Cap:
1 TB
Good Value
Advertised Price:
$44.99
Download speeds:
200 Mbps
Data Cap:
Unlimited

Overview

Did you know you might be able to upgrade your cable internet service? Cable internet prices, speeds, and availability vary across the country, so depending on your location, you may have plenty of choices or none at all. You can start by narrowing down your choices using our ZIP finder tool.

We believe in finding the best bang for your buck, so we looked at prices, speeds, and data caps to find the top cable internet providers.

ProviderAdvertised PriceDownload speedsData CapLearn more
Xfinity Internet$29.99$299.95*152000 Mbps1 TBUnlimitedView Plans
Optimum Internet$44.99$64.99200400 MbpsUnlimitedView Plans
Cox Internet$29.99$119.99101000 Mbps1 TBView Plans
Spectrum Internet$44.99200 MbpsUnlimitedView Plans
WOW Internet$29.99$69.99^1001000 MbpsUnlimitedView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
For the first 12 months.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
^ For the first 12 months with a 2-year agreement.

1. Xfinity—Best overall

Xfinity’s cable internet serves high speeds to a lot of people

You may be surprised to find out Xfinity has the largest footprint out of any internet service provider, which means a lot of people have access to high cable speeds at a reasonable price—the more internet available across the country, the better.

Xfinity’s large footprint means a lot of people can get high-speed cable internet at a reasonable price.

Xfinity’s plans—including names, speeds, and pricing—can vary a lot from region to region. We’ve included a sample of plans below, but be aware that the packages in your area might not be exactly the same.

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Performance Starter$29.99/mo.15 MbpsView Plan
Performance Plus$39.99/mo.60 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Performance Pro$54.99/mo.150 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Blast! Pro$69.99/mo.250 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Gigabit$70/mo.°1000 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
° For the first 24 months with a 2-year agreement.

Xfinity is reaching for some of the fastest cable internet speeds on the market, up to 1000 Mbps in some areas. That means fewer loading circles and more fun when you’re trying to get your Netflix on or meet up with some gamer homies online.

And while they don’t have the cheapest service we came across, Xfinity is a reasonable value when it comes to the speeds you get.

Bundle with Xfinity TV for a better deal

Xfinity’s also known for its X1 TV service, which you can bundle together with internet to save some cash. And saving some ducats is never a bad thing. The X1 DVR is pretty cool for a lot of reasons, but we like seeing updated sports scores and weather forecasts. Plus, you can directly access your Netflix library and YouTube channels.

Log in to Wi-Fi hotspots around the country

Looking for the fastest Wi-Fi provider? Well, Xfinity has literally millions of hot spots throughout the country. We can’t tell you what a relief this is when it comes to your phone’s service being dropped and you’re trying to upload dope Instagram pics.

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Be aware

Xfinity will tack on an extra $10 if you go over your 1 TB data limit. If you’re constantly going over, consider going for unlimited data at $50/mo.

Who is Xfinity best for?

Xfinity’s high speeds and reasonable prices work best for the following:

  • People and families who need fast download speeds
  • Movie streamers, even up to 4k
  • HD online gamers
  • Families looking to bundle internet with TV, home security, and home phone

At the end of the day, Xfinity can work for everyone at every budget level, but it’s particularly nice for bundling. You can get one convenient bill and save some cash, which is always a positive thing in our book.

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2. Optimum—Fast and cheap

You’ll get optimal service from Optimum, provided you’re in New York or its surrounding areas.

Optimum doesn’t bother you with data caps, which will spare you overage fees and speed throttling. This is good news for photographers and videographers who need to send large files, or just a ton of smaller ones. It’s also a bonus for video streamers and online gamers who live that HD life.

Optimum’s speeds go up to 400 Mbps. And comparatively, Optimum is cheaper than Xfinity for similar speeds.

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Optimum 200$44.99/mo.200 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Optimum 300$54.99/mo.300 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Optimum 400$64.99/mo.400 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months.

It’s unfortunate that Optimum is only in a small area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, to be specific) because it seems like one of the better and more affordable options out there.

On the flip side, when you bundle with Optimum TV, you’ll get exclusive NY-area programming, which is a pretty cool perk.

For having limited coverage, Optimum still connects you to over two million Wi-FI hotspots. So even when you’re catching a train or chilling in a park, you’ll stay connected.

Who is Optimum best for?

Optimum’s fast speeds and lack of data cap are great for the following:

  • Larger families
  • Movie streamers, even up to 4k
  • HD gamers
  • Media specialists who need fast download speeds

If it’s available to you, Optimum really stands out as a great deal in the internet landscape.

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3. Cox—Solid speeds

High speeds for those who need them, reasonable plans for those who don’t.

Cox gets points for covering a wide range of users, including those who want to bundle TV, phone, or home security with internet. And Cox offers speeds up to 300 Mbps, which should cover even larger families.

Plus, if you’re a laid-back homie who just wants to browse the internet and check email, we do like that Cox has an inexpensive 10 Mbps plan.

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Cox Internet Starter 10$29.99/mo.**10 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Cox Internet Essential 30$39.99/mo.**30 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Cox Internet Preferred 100$59.99/mo.**100 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Cox Internet Ultimate$79.99/mo.**300 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Cox Gigablast$119.99/mo.1000 MbpsVIEW PLAN
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
** For 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.

Cox’s prices aren’t amazing, but they’re reasonable. Comparatively, Xfinity’s plans can cost more in some areas and less in others (so check your area’s internet availability).

Also, check your data usage. Cox charges an extra $10 per 50 GB of additional data. For most people, 1 TB should be fine, but it’s always good to know what to expect on your bill. You can always opt for an additional 500 GB of data or even an unlimited data plan.

Who is Cox best for?

Cox’s internet plans are best for these types of users:

  • Those who want to bundle internet, TV, home phone, and home security
  • Individuals who don’t necessarily need a high-speed plan
  • Larger families who need a high-speed plan

Overall, we’re not in awe of Cox’s plans, but they take care of most folks just fine. Especially when you consider you have three different data options: 1 TB, 1 TB + 500 GB, or unlimited.

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4. Spectrum—Good value

Only one plan doesn’t give you a lot of choice, but no data caps or modem fees make Spectrum a good deal.

If you’re all about speed without sacrificing all of your hard-earned cash, Spectrum knows what’s up. With speeds up to 200 Mbps, Spectrum offers a good service, but not the fastest. You won’t deal with data caps, annoying overage charges, or speed throttling, so you can use your internet freely.

NamePriceDownload speedView plan
Spectrum Internet$44.99/mo.200 MbpsView Plans
Data effective 11/19/18. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months.

Also missing from Spectrum’s internet plans is a modem leasing fee, which is common with other providers, so you can save about $10–$20 per month. That’s enough to get your special someone a sick new succulent at the shop.

Plus, Spectrum’s 200 Mbps is about $10–$15 cheaper than competitors. For some folks out there, this may be the perfect plan.

Your fees (and speeds) can vary by location, but that comes with most cable providers.

Who is Spectrum best for?

Spectrum’s single plan is a good option for the following:

  • Individuals and smaller families with fewer than five devices (anything more than five devices may start to suffer slower speeds)
  • Those looking for an inexpensive internet option
  • Folks who don’t want to buy a modem or pay for leasing one

Overall, Spectrum doesn’t have a lot going on in the way of choice, but it delivers the goods with one simple package. We’re not gonna hate on Spectrum too much for lacking options, but it would be nice to see some lower speeds for lone riders and higher speeds for big families with six devices watching different seasons of Grey’s Anatomy.

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Recap

Most data caps are either unlimited or 1 TB, which should be enough for most users, but be sure of your internet provider’s data usage limits—you might face overage charges or throttled speeds for hitting your monthly data cap.

Best overallFast and cheapSolid speedsGood value
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When you’re looking for a good ISP, make sure the price you’re willing to pay gets you enough speed and data. Most cable speed plans cap out around the 300-500 Mbps range, but you may also be able to get up to a gigabit download speed with some providers.

If you’re not sure which providers are in your area, use our ZIP finder tool.

  • Xfinity delivers high speed to most of the country and it’s great for bundling.
  • Optimum is in the New York area only, but you’ll be happy with its speeds and prices.
  • Cox internet has high speeds, reasonable prices, and three data plan options.
  • Spectrum may only have one plan, but it’s an affordable deal for reasonably fast speeds.

We get that y’all might have different opinions. Let us know which internet service you’ve loved or hated in the comments below.

  • AJ

    I am currently looking for an ISP and came across your post. This kind of comparison really does help. I was going through the Charter Spectrum Internet Plans at S9 .com, and found some really good deals there. You also have answered a lot of questions that I was looking answers for. I was fiddling with the idea of getting it and now I am more sure about my choice. Thank you.

    • Doride Uvaldo-Nelson

      You’re welcome! Glad we could help.

  • Brandie Dewey

    Lol, glad I saw the reviews on this

  • Brent Purdy

    I just went to upgrade my service from 300 mbps, to the 1000 mbps. I found out they wouldn’t be changing any lines or doing any actual installation, just receiving a new modem, and I have to pay $200. Yes, $200 to upgrade. I could go to a local spectrum store and just swap out my modem and poof, I have everything I need, nope. They will still charge you $200. FUCK SPECTRUM. They are are ripping people off and they could care less about losing customers. The reps, supervisors are trained like robots to say, I’m sorry I can’t help you with this one, is there anything else I can help you with. I hope charter tanks and burns in Hell. This is infuriating.

  • http://www.theplrstore.com/ Ron Killian

    Funny so many people complaining about Charter. We’ve been with them for years and had little to no trouble. No services is perfect, but they have not given us any trouble. Last time I went to the local office, waited maybe 5 minutes and was taken care of quickly, efficiently and friendly. Course there are many different locations, maybe some are better than or worst than others. Just our experience. Plus, we live some what out in the country, don’t have any other options. But over all we are happy.