How does Spectrum compare to Cox internet?

Shopping around for internet providers? Spectrum and Cox are two internet service providers (ISPs) that offer all-around services for individual users and small families.

What is the availability of Spectrum vs Cox? Spectrum provides internet access in 44 states and offers a free modem and fast upload speeds, while Cox operates in 19 states and offers numerous internet packages, including good entry-level plans.

Who Spectrum and Cox internet are for

Cox offers six plans: an entry-level internet plan that offers 25Mbps for $19.99/month ($29.99 in some areas), two plans (Essential 50 and Preferred 250) with speeds ranging from 50Mbps to 250Mbps for $29.99 to $49.99/month (pricing is $39.99 to $59.99/month in some areas), a 500Mbps plan, and a 1000Mbps plan for $99.99/month.*

Spectrum offers three plans: an entry-level internet plan that offers up to 200Mbps for $49.99/month, a 400Mbps plan for $69.99/month, and a Gig plan for $109.99/month.

Individual users or small families that enjoy lite TV streaming, web surfing, and connecting fewer than 5 devices at once don’t need the fastest internet on the market. The Spectrum and Cox entry-level plans are a good option for doing these activities.

Gamers, remote workers, and TV buffs may need faster speeds to do their activities without internet issues and connect up to 10+ devices. Cox and Spectrum offer good options for you, such as high-bandwidth internet plans with up to 1 Gig.

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Comparison of internet services

Every internet plan has extra fees that will potentially increase your bills. Some of the fees you should be aware of and plan for include:

Installation fees

At $49.99, Spectrum offers one of the lowest installation fees on the market. On the other hand, Cox charges a $100 installation fee. However, Cox customers can choose to have their installation kit shipped to their address or pick one up at a Cox retail store and can avoid a fee by doing self-installation.

Modem fees

Cox and Spectrum charge the lowest equipment fee among major ISPs. Cox has a $13.99/month equipment fee, and Spectrum has a $10/month equipment fee. Cox customers can also choose to bring their own compatible modem at no charge.

Non-return equipment fees

At $78, Spectrum has the lowest non-return equipment fee, while Cox charges up to $120 if you don’t return your modem.

Data overage fees

Spectrum offers unlimited data so you don’t have to worry about a data overage fee. Meanwhile, Cox charges $10 per 50GB after you’ve hit the limit of your specific internet plan.

Early termination fees

Spectrum is a contract-free service that doesn’t charge an early termination fee. Meanwhile, Cox charges $10 for each month remaining in your contract. To avoid termination fees, Cox customers can opt for a no-contract plan which costs an additional $10/month.


Cox is famous for its bundle deals and has internet and TV bundles, internet and phone bundles, and Triple Play bundles. Spectrum also offers TV-and-internet bundles and TV-internet-and-phone bundles.

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What others say about Spectrum and Cox internet

In the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Residential Internet Service Provider Satisfaction Study, Spectrum received a better customer satisfaction rating than Cox in the South, West, and North Central regions. Meanwhile, Cox scored better customer satisfaction ratings in the East region.

  • Spectrum ranked #3 in the South, with a score of 725 on a 1,000 point scale, and Cox ranked #6 with a score of 707. 
  • Spectrum ranked #4 in the West region with a score of 711, and Cox ranked #7 with a score of 696. 
  • Cox ranked #3 in the East with a score of 708, and Spectrum ranked #4 with a score of 676. 

In the American Customer Satisfaction Index study, Spectrum and Cox scored 63/100 in customer satisfaction rating.

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How do Spectrum and Cox internet packages compare?

Cox and Spectrum offer several internet plans that are a perfect fit for individual users, small families, and more:

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*Pricing varies by location and availability. Speeds may vary. All prices subject to change; for current pricing and availability visit our internet service page. Prices as of 1/27/22.

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