Highest-rated internet providers in Seattle
CenturyLink and Xfinity are both widely available in the city, but neither ranked highly in our annual customer satisfaction survey.
Xfinity customers are slightly more satisfied with speed and reliability, while CenturyLink customers rated their service better in price and customer service. It’s worth noting, though, that CenturyLink’s fiber customers gave significantly higher scores on average than its DSL customers, which would put that service specifically higher than Xfinity overall.
Wave Broadband wasn’t included in our survey, but it’s worth checking out. It offers gig speeds and smart home integration. It’s locally owned too, operating out of Kirkland, Washington.
Seattle residential internet coverage
Home of Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, and hundreds of other tech companies, Seattle has several internet providers throughout the entire area.
In North Seattle, you can get the fastest internet service from CenturyLink and Xfinity. Neighborhoods in the Northwest (west of 1st Avenue NE) can get Viasat and HughesNet .
Seattle University District
People living near the University of Washington can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) from Wave Broadband and CenturyLink—up to 1,200 Mbps with Xfinity.
Magnolia, Queen Ann, South Lake Union in Seattle
CenturyLink and Xfinity are the main internet providers in Magnolia, Queen Ann, and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. You can also get satellite service from HughesNet or Viasat .
Capitol Hill and Central District in Seattle
Wave Broadband , CenturyLink, and Xfinity all compete for the title of best internet in the Central Seattle area. These providers offer varying speeds and packages from 10 Mbps to 1,200 Mbps.
Downtown Seattle, Pioneer Square, and International District
Xfinity and Wave Broadband offer cable and fiber internet service to the downtown Seattle area. CenturyLink also offers internet in the downtown area and in the Chinatown-International District, but those areas have much slower speeds than other neighborhoods.
SoDo and Georgetown, Seattle
If you live just south of downtown (SoDo) or in the historic Georgetown area, you can choose from Wave Broadband , Xfinity, CenturyLink, Viasat , or HughesNet .
There are several good internet options in the neighborhoods east of the 5 and south of the 90. South Seattleites can choose from Xfinity, Wave Broadband , and CenturyLink, all of which offer gigabit speeds. CenturyLink comes in first among that bunch as the lowest price for a 940 Mbps connection. Xfinity costs more but its Gigabit plan speeds up to 1,200 Mbps.
In West Seattle, CenturyLink, Wave Broadband , and Xfinity all offer gigabit speeds. Viasat and HughesNet also offer satellite internet service in the area.