HughesNet vs Viasat Review – Between COST and SPEED, who’s the best?


Today we’re reviewing the two titans of satellite internet: HughesNet and Viasat (formerly Exede). I was originally going to do a review just of HughesNet, and then one for Viasat. And maybe I still will. But it turns out it’s really hard to talk about one without talking about the other. So we’re going to go over the strengths and weaknesses of each today. We’ll talk about price and speed — those are the two most important categories — and we’ll also touch on data caps and customer service.

Here’s the bottom line: I love that HughesNet keeps things simple. There are no games with introductory pricing, their plan structure is easy to understand, and that’s all good. If simplicity and transparency are worth a lot to you–first of all, I don’t blame you. If 25 Mbps is enough speed for you, HughesNet might work! But with all the necessary caveats in place, I’d generally point people toward Viasat. It’s got a better variety of plans to choose from, so you’re more likely to find something that fits your style. And on top of that, Viasat can be cheaper in absolute terms (although it can also be much, much more expensive) and it’s often cheaper on a per-Mbps basis.

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