Xfinity Internet Review 2020
|Performance Select||$34.99||100 Mbps||View Plans|
|Performance Pro Plus||$49.99||200 Mbps||View Plans|
|Gigabit||$84.99||1000 Mbps||View Plan|
Comcast Xfinity is one of the most well-known internet service providers (ISPs) in the US, and for good reason: it’s available across almost all of the US.
And while things get confusing because Xfinity’s prices and plans change depending on where you live, this ISP is still one of the fastest and most reliable internet providers you can get coast to coast.
Let’s dig into Xfinity internet prices, plans, download speeds, and customer service. And we’ll compare it to other ISPs to see if it’s the right internet provider for you.
|Plan||Price||Download speed||Data cap||Details|
|Performance Starter||$19.99*||25 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plan|
|Performance Select||$34.99*||100 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Performance Pro Plus||$49.99*||200 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Blast! Pro Plus||$64.99*||300 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Extreme Pro Plus||$74.99*||600 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plans|
|Gigabit||$84.99*||1000 Mbps||1.2 TB||View Plan|
- Reliably fast download speeds
- No-contract service options
- Available almost everywhere in the US
- Prices vary widely based on location
- Notoriously difficult Xfinity customer service
Xfinity internet deals
Looking for a Comcast Xfinity deal? Look no further.
Xfinity Black Friday deals
- Get a $100 Visa prepaid card with select internet + TV bundles.
- Grab a $200 Visa prepaid card when you add new internet and mobile service.
- Pair Xfinity Mobile with your internet service and save up to $500 when you buy a qualifying phone.
Data effective 11/23/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
*Offers available through December 7, 2020.
Students get $150 and 6 months of Amazon Music Unlimited
This Xfinity deal lasts through December 31, 2020, so you’ve got some time to pocket that rewards cash.
Data effective 11/23/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Offers end 12/31/20. Restrictions apply. Not available in all areas. New residential customers only. Student-exclusive offers require verifying student status and ordering the Xfinity services required for the offer at xfinity.com/student or by calling 1-800-XFINITY. Student-exclusive offers not available to students living in on-campus housing. Requires subscription to: Performance Internet; Extreme Internet; or Performance Internet and Extra TV. 1 year term agreement required for Performance Internet and Extreme Internet offers. Early termination fee applies if all Xfinity services are cancelled during the agreement term. After applicable promo. or agreement term, regular rates apply (subj. to change). May not be combined with other offers.
Xfinity internet prices and plans
Xfinity’s competitive internet prices earned it our Best Value award. But beware: Prices change based on where you live.
|Performance Starter||$19.99*||25 Mbps||View Plan|
|Performance Select||$34.99*||100 Mbps||View Plans|
|Performance Pro Plus||$49.99*||200 Mbps||View Plans|
|Blast! Pro Plus||$64.99*||300 Mbps||View Plans|
|Extreme Pro Plus||$74.99*||600 Mbps||View Plans|
|Gigabit||$84.99*||1000 Mbps||View Plan|
First thing’s first: Comcast Xfinity internet prices and plans change based on your location. A lot.
Xfinity breaks down its pricing and plan names by three different regions in the US: Northeast, Central, and West. So if you live in the Bay Area of California, your Xfinity promotional prices will be different than someone who lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
Here’s how prices (and plan names) for the Xfinity internet package with 600 Mbps speeds change based on which region you’re looking at:
|Northeast||Extreme Pro||$69.99†||600 Mbps||View Plan|
|Central||Extreme Pro||$70‡||600 Mbps||View Plans|
|West||Extreme Pro Plus||$74.99*||600 Mbps||View Plans|
Looks like those living in the Northeast and Central regions of the US pay a little less than someone living in the West—at least for the 600 Mbps plan.
No matter which region you live in, Xfinity’s prices still tend to be competitive. Still, it’s always a good idea to check which prices it offers in your area before you budget for a new internet plan.
An easy way to do this is to enter your zip code in our tool below. We’ll pull all the Xfinity internet plans (and competitors’ plans) together so you can see what kind of prices you’d be looking at before you sign up.
We also mentioned that Xfinity gives you the choice of paying a little less each month but getting roped into a contract versus paying more and going contract-free.
The best choice there really boils down to how long you plan to keep your Comcast Xfinity service—or how contract-averse you are. (Hey, we get it.) If you don’t plan to stay signed up for Xfinity internet for more than a year, check out those no-contract options to see if your wallet can handle the additional monthly cost.
|Plan||Price||Download speed||Data cap||Details|
|Performance Plus (no contract)||$49.99^||60 Mbps||1 TB||View Plan|
|Performance Pro (no contract)||$64.99°||200 Mbps||1 TB||View Plan|
|Blast! Pro (no contract)||$79.99°||300 Mbps||1 TB||View Plan|
|Extreme Pro (no contract)||$111.95°||600 Mbps||1 TB||View Plan|
Xfinity internet speed and data
Xfinity is known to deliver the download speeds it promises—and then some.
One of the things we like about Xfinity is the number of choices you have for speed. Especially the option to slingshot yourself into the interwebs at 2,000 Mbps with the Gigabit Pro plan.
Depending on where you live, here’s a quick glance at some of the download speeds Xfinity offers:
|Plan||Download speed||Upload speed|
|Performance Starter||25 Mbps||2 Mbps|
|Performance Select||100 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|Performance Pro Plus||200 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|Blast! Pro Plus||300 Mbps||5 Mbps|
|Extreme Pro Plus||600 Mbps||15 Mbps|
|Gigabit||1000 Mbps||35 Mbps|
And hey, here’s something else that might soften your heart toward Xfinity: The ISP boosted download speeds for most of its plans in 2019. And without touching your monthly bill too. Not bad.
As for actual speed performance, you might be happy as a clam knowing Xfinity was seventh out of 38 ISPs we analyzed in our fastest internet providers list. It also ranked fourth out of all large ISPs.
|Provider||Reviews.org weighted score|
|Xfinity||46.6 out of 100|
We should note that Xfinity’s score isn’t a representation of its actual download speeds. Instead, the weighted score is a combination of the average download speeds, upload speeds, and latency that Xfinity internet users saw in more than 1 million speed tests taken in 2019.
And while a score of 46.6 out of 100 may seem low, it’s actually pretty excellent. The top-ranked ISP scored 75.6 out of 100, and Xfinity was the second fastest cable provider overall.
But there is one strange trend we’ve noticed with our Xfinity internet service in both Utah and Florida: we lose internet service for a few minutes in the wee hours of the morning.
What gives? We’re not sure—Xfinity has never commented on this random connection drop that occurs almost every day. The only saving grace here (unless you’re a night owl) is that it tends to happen around 2 or 3 a.m.
Xfinity data caps
For most of us, that data limit isn’t an issue. But now that working—and vegging with Netflix—from home is becoming our “new normal,” that data cap can get gobbled up faster than you can say, “Om nom nom!”
This might be a familiar sight to some. Here’s our Xfinity internet data usage from April to July 2020. Yikes.
If your data usage looks like ours above, you do have a few options for adding data to your Xfinity plan. But be warned, extra data costs extra money.
|Data overage fee||$10 per 50 GB, up to $100/mo.|
|xFi Complete (already have xFi Gateway)||$11/mo.|
|xFi Complete (not renting xFi Gateway)||$25/mo.|
|Unlimited Data add-on||$30/mo.|
Data effective 7/28/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Option 1: Pay the overage fee
Xfinity charges $10 (plus tax) to add an extra 50 GB of data to your internet plan, up to a max of $100 each month.
If you don’t go over your data limit that often, this may be the least expensive option for you. But if you go through data like we go through a bag of white cheddar popcorn, you’ll want to look at Options 2 and 3.
Option 2: Sign up for xFi Complete
The new xFi Complete program comes with unlimited data plus a few other perks:
- Unlimited data
- Whole-home Wi-Fi
- Xfinity xFi Gateway modem and router combo
The xFi Complete program costs an extra $25 a month (or an extra $11 a month if you’re already renting the Xfinity Gateway). That’s not a bad price to get unlimited data (we’ve seen more expensive options). And the xFi Gateway isn’t a bad piece of equipment either.
Option 3: Get the Unlimited Data add-on
If you prefer to use your own router instead of the xFi Gateway, you can still get unlimited data. You’ll pay a little more than you would for the xFi Complete program though, to the tune of $30 extra a month.
Xfinity contracts, equipment, and fees
The good? Xfinity offers no-contract plans. The bad? You still have to pay fees for installation and more.
While those location-based prices can be frustrating, Xfinity makes up for it a little bit by giving you the option to skip out on a contract. Of course, if you choose to have the freedom of canceling your Xfinity service at any time, you’ll pay about $10 more each month.
If you’re sure you’ll stick with Comcast for at least 12 months, going for that contract can save you $120 that year (12 months x $10). In the end, it’s your call: save money or have the option to cancel Xfinity at any time.
Xfinity service fees
Sadly, there’s no getting away from Xfinity fees, just like with every ISP. Here are a few to watch out for:
Professional installation: $89.99; Xfinity says you can get pro installation even at night or on weekends. One heads up though: your pro install price might change based on where you live.
Self-installation kit: $15; You might be able to find a deal or negotiate for a free Comcast Xfinity self-install kit.
One-time fees: Make sure you understand which one-time fees you’re subject to, like activation fees, before you order. As always, we recommend negotiating lower fees if you can.
Early termination fees: There’s a 30-day “money-back guarantee” period to cancel after signing up for a 12-month Xfinity plan. After that, you can expect to pay a fee for the remaining months of your service contract. Xfinity doesn’t list exact amounts, but you can expect to at least pay for the months of service remaining on your contract.
Before you rip your modem out from your wall, hear us out: you can turn this internet sharing off, and it may not be as bad as it first seems. Check out our Xfinity internet sharing guide to find out more.
If you decide to go with Xfinity’s xFi gateway modem, it’ll run you $13 a month extra. That’s a pretty typical equipment rental fee, but if you plan to keep your Xfinity service for longer than a year, you can save some money by buying your own.
- Xfinity xFi gateway rental fee: $13/month
Bringing your own equipment to the table, like this NETGEAR modem and router combo from Amazon, tends to cost less than a full year of renting the xFi.
Wondering if you should upgrade to the Xfinity xFi or Flex system? Take a look at our chat with Xfinity reps at CES 2020 to learn more about new dashboards, Wi-Fi 6, and more.
Xfinity customer service
Let’s face it: no one likes dealing with customer service reps . . . from any company.
The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) shows that Xfinity improved its customer service over the last year. It scored 66 out of 100, up from its 2019 score of 61 out of 100.2 That’s a pretty dramatic improvement as far as internet provider customer service goes, and we hope Xfinity continues that trend.
|ACSI 2020 rating||66 out of 100|
Usually when we call Xfinity support, it’s the same old story. The representatives talk over us and constantly try to upsell us.
But from time to time, customer service looks a tad bit brighter. Just last week, one of our teammates called Xfinity to try and downgrade her internet plan. Once she got to the customer loyalty department, the rep there did his best to explain all her options and even cleared up some misinformation previous representatives shared with her.
There were also two tips our teammate came away with after her call with Xfinity customer service:
- Before you call, have a goal in mind. Do you want to cancel your service? Lower your bill by removing a feature? If you can clearly tell the representative what you want, it’s easier for them to help you. (And you spend less time on the phone!)
- Xfinity doesn’t list any customer service phone numbers. But you can still chat with them over the phone. You’ll need to request that they call you by using the automated chat on your My Xfinity app.
When you chat with the bot in the Xfinity app, you can request to talk to someone and either live chat with a representative or have them call you at a later time.
Along with doing every step of your order online, Xfinity offers self-installation kits. So no need to wait around for a technician to show up. Or worry about sanitizing and social distancing when they come to hook up your internet. The self-install kits are pretty easy to use and often don’t cost anything extra.
We should add that, of all the ISP websites we’ve visited (and we’ve visited a lot of sites), the Comcast Xfinity site is one of the easiest to use. Finding information and selecting plans, upgrades, and equipment is pretty easy.
Think that should be a given? We do too, but sadly some ISP sites are stuck in the early-2000s era of the internet. Or require you to fill out what seems like a ridiculous amount of information just to see if you can get their service in your area.
Our Xfinity internet plan recommendations
Best for budgeters: Performance Starter
Who it’s best for: Budget-minded HD streamers and solo web browsers
Why we picked it: For around $25 a month, you get speeds around 25 Mbps. That’s not that fast, we know, but it’s enough if you care more about saving money than waiting around for an Amazon Prime movie rental to finish downloading.
Best for gamers and binge-watchers: Performance Pro Plus
Who it’s best for: Gamers or anyone who has a large family of binge-watchers.
Why we picked it: Performance Pro Plus rings in just under $50 a month. Sure, that’s more than the Performance Starter plan, but it boasts eight times the speed of Performance: 200 Mbps vs. 25 Mbps. That means the next time you download a movie, it’ll be ready to watch before the popcorn finishes popping.
Recap: Is Xfinity internet good?
Xfinity is one of our top picks for internet service thanks to its competitive prices, great range of plans to choose from, and excellent download speed performance. We also like that it’s available across most of the US, plus it has one of the largest Wi-Fi hotspot networks.
On the downside, we wish Xfinity would just swap to unlimited data already. And we’d love to see it improve its customer service even more.
Still, Xfinity is an internet service that does what it should: it lets us binge-watch the latest and greatest Netflix Originals or hop online for a Fortnite match.
Comcast Xfinity internet promotional prices
- Performance Starter: $24.99/month*, 25 Mbps download speeds
- Performance Select: $34.99/month*, 100 Mbps download speeds
- Performance Pro Plus: $49.99/month*, 200 Mbps download speeds
- Blast! Pro Plus: $64.99/month*, 300 Mbps download speeds
- Extreme Pro Plus: $74.99/month*, 600 Mbps download speeds
- Gigabit: $84.99/month*, 1,000 Mbps download speeds
Data effective 10/12/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* For the first 12 months with a 1-year agreement.
Q: Does Comcast Xfinity offer COVID-19 relief?
Xfinity’s pledge to Keep Americans Connected officially ended on June 30, 2020. That means no more free unlimited data—but the ISP did permanently boost its data caps to 1.2 TB.
Additionally, Xfinity is continuing to offer a few resources that might help anyone still undergoing financial hardship due to COVID-19. These resources include:
- Free Wi-Fi hotspot usage for anyone through the end of 2020.
- Two free months of Internet Essentials service for new customers, as long as you’re approved by December 31, 2020.
- Flexible payment options for customers whose income is affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Be sure to chat with an Xfinity rep to let them know you may need a flexible payment plan.
Q: What kind of modem does Xfinity use?
It depends on the plan, but Xfinity promotes its xFi Gateway modem and router combo. There are various models of the xFi Gateway, and if you need to troubleshoot or get started setting yours up, we recommend checking out this xFi Gateway support page.
Q: Which router should I use with Xfinity?
If you prefer to buy your own, we recommend this TP-Link Archer CR500 modem and Wi-Fi router combo from Amazon.
We always recommend double-checking compatibility with a Comcast representative just to be sure, or you can check compatible equipment here.
Q: How can I check my speed with Xfinity?
Our internet speed test will tell you your download and upload speeds and how much latency you experience.
Q: Are Comcast and Xfinity the same thing?
Pretty much. “Comcast” and “Xfinity” are often used interchangeably, but Xfinity is specific to Comcast’s cable TV/internet/voice services.
Q: What is Xfinity Blast! Pro and is it good for gaming?
The Blast! Pro or Blast! plans offer 250 Mbps or 150 Mbps, respectively. Let’s put it this way—you won’t be able to blame your Fortnite losses on your internet connection. If you lose, it’s your own dang fault.
Want to see how other ISPs compare when it comes to MMOs or FPS games? Check out our Best Internet for Gaming review.
Q: Can I bundle my Xfinity internet with cable TV?
Yes. There are quite a few ways to get high-speed internet and cable TV together with Xfinity. We recommend the Preferred XF Double Play, which gets you 220+ channels (including ESPN and STARZ ENCORE® plus 150 Mbps internet).
1. Catherine McNally, Reviews.org, “Fastest Internet Providers 2020,” August 2020. Accessed August 12, 2020.
2. American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), “ACSI Telecommunications Report 2019–2020”
3. Pittsburgh’s Action News 4, “Comcast is raising rates for cable and internet again”