Comcast Xfinity X1 DVR Review

The fees for Xfinity's X1 can get pricey, but its technology might be the best in the industry
X1 DVR
Overall Rating 3.5 out of 5
Stores 150 HD / 300 SD recording hours
Smooth technology/ unique features
Lots of monthly fees

Xfinity’s X1 DVR gives you the best of all worlds.

Xfinity’s cable box gives you access to live TV, sports, loads of on-demand entertainment, your favorite streaming apps, a decent DVR storage space, and top-notch technology.

You can stream Peacock Premium for free, watch what you want within seconds with a voice remote, and get daily updates on the news and weather.

But more importantly, this DVR lets you record 150 HD or 300 SD hours of TV programming.

Let’s take a deeper dive into the details to determine if Xfinity’s X1 is right for you.

Pros

  • You'll get 500 GB of DVR storage space
  • The X1 provides smooth technology
  • It comes with an X1 voice remote control

Cons

  • The fees for the X1 can get pricey
  • There are other providers in the TV industry with more storage space

Compare Comcast Xfinity TV prices near you.

How much does Xfinity’s X1 DVR cost?

Unfortunately, Xfinity has a big list of fees. And most of those fees are for the X1 set-top box.

Your first TV box is $5 per month, and the additional TV box for your living room downstairs will be $10 per month. And you’ll likely want crisp HD channels ($10/month) and DVR service ($10/month).

So your X1 experience will be $40 per month on top of the monthly TV package price. Yikes.

Unfortunately, Xfinity’s TV box has the highest number of fees in the TV industry, but you won’t find a cable TV box similar to the X1. You might find the X1 is worth the price when you read more about the features you can’t get with another DVR.

How much are the fees for Comcast Xfinity's X1 DVR?
FeeMonthly price*
First TV box$5.00/mo.
Additional TV box$9.95/mo.
HD technology fee$10.00/mo.
DVR fee$10.00/mo.

*Data effective 6/28/2021.

If you want to know more about other fees Xfinity has, check out our full review, which includes regional sports and broadcast fees.

How many hours of DVR storage does Xfinity’s X1 have?

The X1 Cloud DVR can store 150 HD or 300 SD hours, and your recordings will save indefinitely.

Compared to other cable TV services, the X1’s storage space sits in the middle of the pack (scroll down a little for more comparisons).

How much storage space does the Xfinity X1 have?
DVRStorage spaceStorage hoursSimultaneous recordingsDVR service fee
X1 DVR500 GB150 HD or 300 SD hours6$10.00/mo.

*Data effective 6/28/2021.

To put 150 hours in perspective, you can record 30 episodes of The Office, 30 episodes of Family Feud, 20 episodes of The Murder Tapes, 10 soccer games, and 28 movies.

You’re not likely to run out of space, so you and the family won’t have to stress about finding more space for that final NBA championship game (since your kid so happens to have a dance performance the same night).

And to make family matters even better, you can record six shows at once when you’re not at home. Or you can record five shows at once while you’re actively watching TV.

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Does the Xfinity X1 require internet?
The Xfinity X1 requires internet because of its Cloud DVR, which means it can save your recordings online, making it possible for you to watch your recordings with your streaming device on the go. If you already have Xfinity TV, we recommend Xfinity internet for the simplicity of one bill.

How does Xfinity’s X1 compare to other DVRs?

X1 DVR

The Xfinity X1 is one of the best DVRs in the cable TV industry, primarily because of its features and technology. But the X1 might not be the best when it comes to pricing (it’s not the worst either).

It’s difficult to compare pricing across all cable TV providers because all cable companies have different fees.

Some give you a better deal when you order a certain number of set-top boxes, some include the first-set top box into your plan, and some let you choose how much storage space you’d like.

To get a better idea of pricing, check out our top cable TV providers review. But, for now, we’ll give you a quick rundown:

  • Xfinity TV‘s first cable box is $5 per month, the DVR service is $10, and you’ll most likely want HD channels ($10/month).
  • Spectrum TV‘s monthly price for one receiver is $9. The DVR service for two receivers is the same price as the X1, but you’ll get only one-third of the storage space.
  • Verizon Fios TV includes the first set-top box with two of its plans. If you’d like 500 HD hours of storage space, your monthly price will be $20 (that’s the price of Xfinity’s DVR service and HD fee combined).
  • Optimum TV charges $11 per month for each cable TV box. To get the same storage space as the X1, the monthly fee will cost $22.
  • Cox TV includes the first set-top box in your plan. And Cox TV certainly has the most generous DVR storage space, but you’ll have to pay $30 each month for the 1,000-hour DVR service.
DVRDVR storage spaceSimultaneous recordings
Xfinity's X1150 HD/300 SD hours6
Spectrum TV's DVR35 HD/80 SD hours2
Verizon Fios TV's DVR50-100 HD/100-500 SD hours2-6
Optimum TV's DVR25-150 HD hours15
Cox TV's DVR250-1,000 HD hours2-24

*Data effective 6/28/2021.

How does Xfinity’s X1 work?

Pause, rewind, and fast-forward live TV, or schedule a DVR recording up to two weeks in advance with the X1 (so you don’t miss the first episode of the new season of The Bachelorette).

Xfinity’s DVR has an easy-to-use guide, free on-demand content, a hands-free voice remote, and some extra features and technology that make this X1 stand out.

How does the Xfinity X1’s guide work?

Xfinity’s guide is intuitive, smooth, and easy to search through.

Xfinity’s X1 also makes it easy for you to record new episodes of a TV series.

Just use the search option or click on a show in the guide, click Record, and a pop-up will ask if you’d like to record the single episode or all future episodes.

Comcast Xfinity TV guide

We also like the Episodes button. With this convenient button, you’ll be able to see all episodes that are available for you to stream.

You can access the standard guide when you click the Guide button, but you’ll get more options when you click the Guide button twice.

From left to right, you can choose to see the following:

  • All Channels
  • Free to Me (on-demand titles)
  • HD channels
  • Favorites (channels you’ve favorited)
  • Trending (current popular shows)
  • Movies
  • Sports
  • Kids
Xfinity X1 guide options

Some guide features you movie buffs might enjoy are cast and crew information and movie reviews and ratings.

When you hover over a program in the guide, click info. Here you’ll find Series and Movie Info to find more information about the actors. You can even set up recordings based on your favorite actors or directors!

Additionally, you’ll see Rotten Tomatoes and audience ratings on the right-hand side when you hover over the program. No one wants to waste their time watching a movie with a critic rating of 50% or less.

How does the Xfinity X1’s voice remote work?

Say your command into the voice remote, and voila! You get what you asked for within seconds.

Just say “ESPN,” “Watch Paw Patrol,” or “Show me action movies.” You can also ask questions like “When is the next Chiefs game?” or “What’s on tonight at seven o’clock?”

Another convenient feature we really like on the remote: when you click the Last button, a pop-up at the bottom of the screen lets you see the last nine channels or recordings you recently watched.

So you can just quickly jump to your favorite channel you watch every day or to the This Is Us recording you didn’t finish.

First of all, you can stream NBC Peacock, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, YouTube, HBO Max, Pandora, and Spotify.

And the X1 has some cool everyday built-in features, such as sports stats, weather, and news. So if you’re looking to consolidate your daily activities from the couch, these features are convenient.

While you’re cleaning the living room or kitchen, you can throw on Pandora and listen to your favorite jams.

If you pause your movie because your spouse has to use the restroom for the third time, the X1 will keep you entertained with rotating images. There will be beautiful pictures of animals and landscapes while recent news headlines pop up on the bottom lefthand corner.

And lastly, you’ll get to enjoy everything in high-definition picture. Who doesn’t love to watch a Western and feel like you’re in the movie, as well?

You’ll also be able to rent and buy movies from the comfort of your home.

Elderly couple watching Xfinity TV with daughter

Photo credit: Comcast Xfinity

Recap: Is Comcast Xfinity’s X1 DVR worth it?

The X1 isn’t applauded for nothing

Xfinity’s X1 is worth it if you fall into the following categories:

  • You don’t have a DVR (record those MLB games or cooking shows)
  • You have Xfinity’s TV and internet service
  • You like the idea of a Cloud DVR so you can watch your recordings on any of your devices anytime
  • You want to record six shows at once (perfect for families)
  • You want to set up a DVR recording from your smartphone

If one of these categories made you raise your hand, the X1 would be worth it for you and your family.

If not, you can save money by not paying those pesky fees (and use it toward movie snacks).

Check out our Xfinity TV Review to find out more about channel lineups, bundles, and compatible devices.

FAQs

What is the advantage of the Xfinity X1?

The Xfinity X1’s greatest upside is its technology and features you can’t get with another DVR.

The X1 makes it possible to do the following:

  • When you click on a program, you can see cast and crew information along with movie reviews and ratings.
  • Set up recordings based on your favorite actors or directors.
  • Record a show two weeks in advance.
  • You’ll get access to lots of on-demand content.
  • Click “Last” on the remote, and you’ll be able to choose one of the nine channels or recordings you recently viewed.
  • The X1 has everyday built-in features, such as sports stats, weather, and news.
  • Like other set-top boxes, the X1 comes with a voice remote control and lots of integrated apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Spotify.

Is the Xfinity X1 free?

The Xfinity X1 isn’t included in the pricing of your Xfinity TV plan.

Your first set-top box is $5 per month, additional TV boxes are $10, and DVR service for the X1 is an extra $10.

Is Netflix free with the Xfinity X1?

Comcast Xfinity doesn’t include a free subscription to Netflix with its plan, but it does include a free subscription to NBC Peacock.

  • http://www.steveberlinmusic.com smb

    Its not exactly what they promise- there are only a ridiculous subset of channels available when not on your home server- like almost useless. The DVR quality is mediocre to horrible- by no means is it ever HD or even Tivo quality by a long, long shot. Their own people seem to have no clue what it does and doesn’t do so I have been told diametrically opposed things/lies by salespeople and techs. It is still Comcast so prepare for horrendous customer service. I switched from a legacy/Tivo combo which worked way better all around and I am considering switching back

  • prisoner223

    Those are all features that are part of X1, and have been for quite some time. Not exactly sure what you’re suggesting we need to catch up on. The X1 platform is by far the most connected and integrated platform of any TV/phone/internet provider in the world. Nothing else even comes close.

    • rudeboyrg

      “The X1 platform is by far the most connected and integrated platform of any TV/phone/internet provider in the world. Nothing else even comes close.” You didn’t really say this with a straight face did you? PS VUE as a streaming service destroys the DVR functionality. Dish satellite kills it and even Uverse tops this system. X1 is considered by many as by far the worst when it comes to integration, and DVR capabilities. It loses in virtually all areas.

    • Terrill Johnson

      Too bad none of those features work when the internet is down. You are stuck watching one channel even though you’re paying for hundreds.

      • Rafael Swinney

        Not true you can still watch tv if the internet is not working

        • Terrill Johnson

          Yes, the tv still works but you can’t change channels with the remote, in fact you can’t do ANYTHING with the remote. (X1)

  • Squidly 🇺🇸

    Because we’re the greatest country this planet has ever known. Now zip it or we’ll invade and occupy your stupid country because of your back talking big mouth! Lol.

  • Thoughtfully Yours

    So Delores…have you ever lived in another country? Lived there and not just visited? I actually don’t care, but you sound rather naïve about international affairs. A statement like “no countries are SUPERIOR….only DIFFERENT” appears to be the kind of nonsense spouted by a person who doesn’t understand the United States of America and our role in a very real, very wonderful, and yet, very dangerous world.
    At it’s most basic level, America (USA) is internationally accepted as a “super power”. We did not make that up. It’s a simple fact like gravity, and for good reasons. We are superior economically, academically, politically, technologically, socially, intellectually, etc. Yes, I am proud of this country. Not so much because of our superior attributes but how we came by them.
    The key to understanding the USA is in knowing the value we place on freedom. Freedom is the heart and soul of the USA. Because of this, this American will always support (even fight for) your right to say whatever you want without fear of retaliation, prosecution, or humiliation even when we disagree. Our freedom is what makes us different in the world. It is our freedom and our success in promoting and defending it is what makes us superior and different in the world.
    I bid you peace.

    • Jordan Ketterer

      Have you ever noticed that Canada is just a free, and lets be honest, more free in many ways. and to say that the usa is superior “economically, academically, politically, technologically, socially, intellectually, etc” is just naive.
      American citizens are the most in debt persons on the planet, and the country as a whole is not much different.
      Academically things are only superior because you don;t allow any others standards have meaning in your countries. countries all over the world have higher rates of academic success. see in other countries you don’t need to give an arm and a leg and the first two children to go to school, and the standards are actually higher because everyone is working together to accomplish something rather then against each other.
      politically? well you kind of have to understand that this would be very subjective. By this i mean you will think that your politics are the best if you think that you are the best. Americans are so afraid of socialism that they are breaking the capitalism just to stay away from it.
      Technology, ha ha this is laughable, maybe just if your talking about military tech. Look at some other counties, like japan, and many European countries. Here in Canada, we have used and trusted chip and pin tech for years and tap(nfc payments) for just about as long. Look at the cellular systems in place around the world (and interestingly how the usa’s 4 company monopoly and locked phones make the whole statement of “Freedom is the heart and soul of the USA” kind of funny. you have so many monopolies and allow corporations to take away your “FREEDOM”.
      As for socially, I don’t really know if you mean you have social get together and parties or you mean socialism and working together for a common good.
      Intellectually you do have an edge in some things, but remember you also have some of the most nonintellectual people also. and i don’t know why you wanted to mention academic and intellectually.

    • Johnny Walker

      If we live in a free country in the USA then why can’t we choose our president instead of having some archaic system called the Electoral College. Unless you have served as an elector, you have never voted for president in your whole life! You only vote for some electors who then choose for you. Do you think that is the land of the “free”. At least in Canada and the UK they get to vote for their prime minister.

  • http://www.sharadkantpatel.com ufoclub1977

    Just got of the chat with Xfinity support, and they are telling me to take my new x1 boxes and trade them in for standard x1 boxes. The reason? The newest x1 boxes have a type of digital noise reduction or skin smoothing effect built in that you cannot turn off! It makes skin and faces and other areas of the image lose detail. Erases blemishes and pores… that you should be seeing in 1080 HD! There’s an example right on their own message board if your scroll down: http://forums.xfinity.com/t5/X1/X1-Video-quality-seems-poor/m-p/2966822#M136521

    I noticed it immediately watching these last episodes of Game of Thrones on HBO… thought I was losing my sight! I think Xfinity is aware of this. They took away all the detailed menu options for customers to turn off stuff like this on the new boxes. 🙁

  • Ron Turner

    I have X1 and used to be able to download a program from my DVR to my mobile device, then watch it on my TV. I can no longer do this, any idea why they took is feature away?

    • Jerilyn Johnson

      Maybe you were watching it on demand on the tv while it was still on the mobile device. On demand comes up as an option for “Ways to watch”.

  • William Holmes

    My X1 will not record some HD stations. defaults to non-HD.

  • mnedes

    the xfinity dvr boxes are huge honking piles of feces. A joke in this day and age for the box to be so big.

  • Sarah Gopher-Stevens

    Xfinity is getting worse. Contrary to your write up, you now CANNOT set a recording from anywhere. This is new. Xfinity just made the service less appealing. You CANNOT set a recording from your computer, your tablet, your phone. You can only do it from your TV at your home. TERRIBLE!!!!

  • barbzilla

    I also worked for Comcast for a few years (though I worked in internet and wifi) and while I do not agree with numerous corporate policies and decisions, I can agree with you that for the service they offer is typically far better than the majority of other companies, the main issues plaging them on the network and tv sides are the local stores sending antiquated and often untested machines that often have not had any of the requisite updates and maintence performed.

    I would often receive callers with issues that directly link to being given hardware that was already supposed to have been pulled and decomissioned. Sometimes this was because the cx had the device for an excessive amount of time, but most of the time it had just been installed by one of or techs. Thankfully the SIK’s were generally the new model device, but few customers want to do their own installs.

    As for the X1 itself, it is going in the right direction, but hasnt quite gotten there yet. This is very typical of new tech, and i still see it as a sign that they are trying to be more foward thinking (though honestly the old single def boxes were the best DVRs in the world without being a DVR at all. The on demand content was fully time controllable so there was no question if a comercial could be FF through or not. The X1 did away with this and while Comcast will flat out tell you that is just how their OnDemand content works now, it is a blatent lie. All they did was keep the old OD system and charge us more money to be able to access 60 shows of our choosing at any given time from that OD service or be forced to have to watch comercials period (even if you just accidentally rewound too far when you got distracted by the fact the New OnDemand system is about to make you rewatch that same 2-6 minute comercial break because the ir sensor sucks on the mini extention boxes.

    the service has great potential, but the dirty corporat dealings ensuring most customers have zero other options in their area giving them the financial foundation they need to push their services and their hardware closer to the top in hopes of being allowed to do business in cities that have denied them because of shady practices or bannend them from access there at all.

    enough ranting from me, i just wanted ti say hello and have a great day

  • Terrill Johnson

    When was the above article written? It states the X1 DVR can record 6 channels at once and an external hard drive will expand storage. My X1 “anyroom” DVR costs an extra $10.00/month, records 4 channels and will not accept an external hard drive.
    Also, when the internet is down the tv is locked on to one channel, can’t change channels or access the dvr.

  • Richard Wall

    I have talked with customer service rep, chatted on line with Xfinity and searched google. I have been unable to get a straight answer to this question. I currently have only TV service, not and do not want internet. If I upgrade to X1 will it work with the DVR and other features that I have with my existing equipment. Can anyone provide a yes or no answer that isn’t a maybe or a guess?

  • Gary Ruth Saxon

    Xfinity/Comcast is the worst TV service around. I am being charged for digital but getting analogy, they do not even have digital here but they sure charge for digital and laugh at you if you complain. STAY AWAY FROM THEM.

  • Ricky Pye

    This is an absolutely TERRIBLE system. I have had it for almsot two years now and it is one buggy mess. The modem/router is the biggest pile of garbage on the market. It has terrible range and it constantly kicks you off the internet. Plus dont let two people use the Wifi at the same time because that is when you really start to have problems.

  • Tim Max

    Not true! You CANNOT EXPAND the space on a X1 DVR with a external HD

  • GN

    All Comcast equipment is trash. The box in my house is completely unreliable.

    • Adrian Boslooper

      Agreed, and where is all the HD programming , not to receive BEIN Sport in HD is ludicrous
      36 premium movie channels and only 6 are in HD , a SD picture on a HD TV is useless

    • Ed

      I’m on my 4th set-top box in less than a month, only 2nd new modem

  • Maria Millett

    Hey There – we didn’t delete your comment. As you can see on all of our pages, we let people comment positive and negative reviews of the company. We manually approve comments and your comment came in when we weren’t in the office.

  • Stephen Aragon

    From experience, if you plan on using your own router to avoid paying the rental fee for the Comcast Gateway, be forewarned. It will not work with the wireless cable boxes, nor will it work with Xfinity Home security without them having to add an additional comcast router behind your own personal router. I had the TG3482G Gateway that Comcast provided but the wifi range would not reach my Ring Floodlight or Ring Doorbell. Comcast suggested I purchase their mesh devices to strengthen the signal, but why would I want to pay extra for something that worked with my previous AT&T router? I decided to go with a compatible router (ASUS CM-32) from their own website, only to find out that it can’t run the wireless cable boxes or home security. Had I known this prior, it would have saved me a ton of money in purchasing the ASUS. I just want to warn those of you shopping for Xfinity service, and if you want to use your own modem to save money, you will have issues. Make sure when the install is done, you have them connect your own modem because you will be charged another install fee if you decide to install your own modem afterwards. All of this could have been avoided if the TG3482G gateway they provided (which is their newest gateway to date) had an adequate wifi signal to begin with.

  • Ray Harrell

    Yes they do. Some titles aren’t available and won’t come up, but it does work.

  • Ray McGee

    The main Problem is that you CAN NOT turn off the New Set-Top box with your remote You have to turn it off manually. This could be a problem if your set-top box is out of site.

  • Ray McGee

    The “B” is for browsing. The video stream is condensed into a scaled window that hovers in front of the browser so you can keep watching and/or listening as you scroll and search.(This is No longer true as Comcast has disabled this feature.)

  • BB

    If I have had double play for about 5 years or so, how much would it cost to switch my old box and remote with a x1 box and remote?