Cox provides cable Internet, TV, and home phone plans — often bundled together in “double play” and “triple play” bundle deals.

As one of the top five largest providers in the US, they’re a common option throughout much of the country, usually as an alternative to slower DSL service providers.

They’re a good mid-level option if you need fast, reliable Internet paired with a decent cable TV selection.

Pros

  • Affordable bundle pricing for TV/Internet
  • High download speeds
  • Excellent sports options

Cons

  • High pricing for premium channels
  • Speed and performance varies throughout day

Cox High Speed Internet

Cox historically offers 5+ tiered cable Internet packages, ranging from small economy packages for single users with small bandwidth needs to “top-shelf” packages for large households with heavy streaming habits.

Considering that most providers only offer two or three speed/bandwidth pricepoints, this is a nice bonus and makes Cox Internet plans very flexible for tight budgets.

Cox Performance and Download Speeds

Download Speeds Over Time


CityCox Communications Average SpeedCox Communications Top 10% Speeds
Baton Rouge, Louisiana48 Mbps107 Mbps
Chandler, Arizona46 Mbps117 Mbps
Chesapeake, Virginia53 Mbps134 Mbps
Chula Vista, California43 Mbps107 Mbps
Glendale, Arizona46 Mbps113 Mbps
Henderson, Nevada49 Mbps123 Mbps
Las Vegas, Nevada45 Mbps118 Mbps
Mesa, Arizona41 Mbps98 Mbps
New Orleans, Louisiana35 Mbps78 Mbps
Norfolk, Virginia42 Mbps94 Mbps
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma49 Mbps127 Mbps
Omaha, Nebraska31 Mbps60 Mbps
Pensacola, Florida30 Mbps64 Mbps
Phoenix, Arizona49 Mbps123 Mbps
San Diego, California45 Mbps113 Mbps
Scottsdale, Arizona56 Mbps135 Mbps
Tucson, Arizona34 Mbps72 Mbps
Tulsa, Oklahoma52 Mbps133 Mbps
Virginia Beach, Virginia51 Mbps125 Mbps
Wichita, Kansas37 Mbps88 Mbps

Cox Cable Availability

Cox Communications Coverage & Availability Map

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Cox Cable Internet Plans

Unlike some competitors, the Cox website does a good job of honestly describing which plan is best for which type of household. Rather than emphasizing speed alone, Cox suggests Internet plans based on number of users and the types of online activities they enjoy.

With that said, some of the current plans offer more value than others.

DealsPrice MonthlyInternet SpeedPhone
Best Triple Play Cox Bronze Bundle — Best Triple Play $8999 100 Mbps Cable(855) 436-4273
Bronze Duo $8999 100 Mbps Cable(855) 436-4273
Cox Internet Gigablast $8999 1,000 Mbps Cable(855) 436-4273
Cox Internet Starter 10 $1999 10 Mbps Cable(855) 436-4273
Best Deal Cox Internet Essential 30 — Best Internet-Only Deal $2999 30 Mbps Cable(855) 436-4273

If you're looking to compare plans, make sure to check out our detailed guide on the latest Cox Communications deals and promotions.

Cable vs DSL and Fiber

In most areas, Cox’s competition is DSL or fiber.

DSL is usually less high-quality than a cable connection, but at a cheaper price (particularly if bundled with phone service).[1]

Fiber, meanwhile, is significantly faster and more stable than cable. However, fiber comes at a premium, and might not be a wise investment for casual Internet users who just want to surf Facebook and watch the occasional movie.[2]

Who should consider Cox?

Overall, Cox is a “middle of the road” pick for customers who want a mix of quality and value.

If your primary concern is cost, you should probably check if there’s a low-speed DSL option in your area. It won’t be as useful for “cord cutting” or home offices, but it’ll get the job done for the 90% of customers who just want decent Internet and extensive live TV.

If premium services are a key consideration, and you’re lucky enough to live in an area with 100% fiber networks from companies like Google or Verizon, then fiber is the ideal choice. The upload speeds are dramatically higher and latency is much better, which makes a huge difference for video conferencing and using cloud-based applications.

Most of us exist somewhere in between “occasional user” and “power user,” and Cox is a great pick in that middle area.

Digital Cable Channels on Cox: Contour TV

Flat screen TV installed on the wall.
Cox’s Contour TV platform offers strong value for appointment TV fans.

Taking a quick glance at Cox’s Contour TV options, you might not think that they offer as many channels as some of the competition. But as with any TV service, access to your specific favorite shows matters more than pure variety.

If slick DVRs and comprehensive channel selection is what you’re looking for, it may be worth checking satellite TV options such as DirecTV and DISH, although you might wind up paying more than if you bundle both TV and Internet from Cox for a deal.

Channel Variety

Cox’s cable TV offerings offer surprisingly few channels on the low end, maxing out around 40. Most TV watchers will have a much better experience with their more expensive plans which offer hundreds of channels. However, be sure to compare those channels to satellite alternatives like DirecTV and DISH.

Something that Cox does well is offering a lot of flexibility on channel options, organizing interests into “Paks” (Sports Pak, Movie Pak, etc) that can be mix-and-matched when you sign up for service, or updated later.

Cox Sports Packages and Expanded Programming

For sports fans, Cox has a variety of Sports Paks offering general sports channel bundles. They also offer season and half-season packages including NBA League Pass, NHL Center Ice, and MLS Direct Kick.

Keep in mind that these come at an extra cost on top of your base TV bill, but to be fair that’s pretty standard among TV providers. The season passes for specific sports (hockey, soccer, etc.) are more expensive than the “Pak” bundles overall.

Cox has extensive International Programming, particularly their Spanish-language plans for Hispanic viewers.

Again, the main benefit Cox’s cable TV plans have over satellite is that they can be bundled with Internet to lower your overall cost.

Equipment and DVRs

Cox offers two DVRs, a set-top box, and a receiver for customers who want to extend their TV plan functionality.

There are two tiers of DVR options: a “Record 2 HD-DVR” and a “Record 6 HD-DVR.” The price difference between the two is minimal, so we’d recommend spending the few extra dollars for the Record 6. It can record a full 340 hours of HD programming, while the Record 2 maxes out at a measly 120 hours.

Common Issues with Cox Cable

There are three big cost and quality issues with Cox cable: bandwidth sharing, Early Termination Fees (ETFs), and equipment fees.

Bandwidth Sharing

While DSL and fiber offer “dedicated bandwidth” that’s more or less guaranteed, cable infrastructure like Cox’s is generally shared between houses within a neighborhood.

Because of this, it can sometimes slow down during peak use times (think 6–9pm when everyone gets home from work).

Early Termination Fees

Contract plans with Cox offer good savings for your one-to-two-year commitment, but they come at a price — cancel before the contract ends, and you could owe a hefty termination fee. As of 2017, the highest fee was a whopping $360.

As is standard for cable contracts, you get a pass if you cancel within the first 30 days, so be sure to thoroughly test your plan before then to make sure it will meet your needs for the long haul.

Buying vs Renting a Cox modem/router

As with most cable providers, Cox will encourage you to rent a modem/router “gateway” device with your Internet plan. Unlike some other cable providers, they make it easy to use your own, and even encourage free self-installation during the signup process.

Since most cable providers charge around $10/month for a “gateway” device, buying your own modem and router to replace it can save you hundreds over the course of your contract. On the low end, it’ll only cost you $60–150 to purchase outright from third party. Not to mention, it’ll allow you to have more control over your network and get the most out of your plan.

A full list of modems compatible with Cox is available at their site, including detailed information about which specific plans and packages they are sufficient for.

Conclusion: Cox Cable is the “Goldilocks” option

Guy on a computer.
Cox is a common pick for dependable, traditional cable TV and Internet service.

Cox doesn’t measure up to next-generation options from 100% Fiber providers so far as Internet speeds, but they’re often the only option for customers who want to switch away from DSL.

The prices are a bit high for the services offered, but they make up for it by offering a high level of customizability for TV customers.

If you’re looking for a double-play Internet/TV plan, Cox is likely your best option.

Cox Communications at a Glance

StatisticCox Communications
Price Range$19.99 - $89.99/mo+
Connection Type(s) Cable & Fiber
Customer Recommendation Rating on BroadbandNow.com45.4%
ACSI Customer Service Rating63/100
Netflix Ranking9th
Population Served20,881,180


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