John Lewis Broadband Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for John Lewis Broadband.

Recent Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • Satisfaction
    2.4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.4 stars

Based on 306 customer ratings since 2020-06-19 (Show all time ratings)

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 ratings placed, whichever is largest.

747 Customer Reviews over 19 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Colosseum Rome
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Brilliant, even with poor speeds and old line, 60+ years old apparently.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Kent
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worse broadband I have ever had. When I joined John Lewis broadband I upgraded to fibre optic thinking this would make it quicker but it was slower than I've had for years and the service was intermittent (daily crashes). I would have called for technical support but was advised I have to go through a long complicated process trying to get it fixed myself before calling - I'm not too bad with technical things but I couldn't follow the directions. I have now moved to BT and have fast reliable broadband but John Lewis keep sending me bills! Only on leaving did I find out that John Lewis broadband is Plusnet. I would recommend avoiding at all cost - unless you don't actually need working broadband and you're happy to continue being billed after you leave them!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    LONDON
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Before John Lewis, I used to have Sky Broadband and I really sorry to leave them. I thought both company use same BT lines and assumed there would not be difference. I failed too bad. Johnewis keeps dropping and very very slow. During last 11 months I had to keep raise query and never seen problem solved permanently. Never had such problem with SKY. Don't waste your money and energy for nothing
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cheshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Awful and avoid. Log calls online and they take over a month to respond. I followed process online to cancel only to be told they don't accept cancellations online - despite having the process there. So, I've written to them to cancel by snail mail - Whats the betting the letter gets mislaid.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bath
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If you’re expecting the level of customer service usually associated with John Lewis, think again. The brand reputation was one of the deciding factors in choosing this broadband service but it has been atrocious so far. Encourage you to look elsewhere unless you’re happy to wait forever and experience many bumps in the road which should not even be a consideration.
    Come on John Lewis, there are many, many 1 star reviews on here, suggests there’s an issue. Please don’t destroy your lovely brand.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    AVOID IF YOU CAN!! I have tried to set up a fibre installation with them. We agreed on a date for the engineer to come (within 5 days) but suddenly decided to change the visit up to 2 weeks later (without asking me for permission). This is completely unprofessional. I called them back and they tried to explain it with the National situation. Well we all understand what is happening with the virus at the moment So just tell me the truth from the beginning don’t lie to me. How can I trust a company who lies. They are 100% unreliable. The only positive thing is that I could cancel my account as quick as I created it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    shropshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Having seen some of the reviews, I wonder whether the people are dealing the same company. Apart from some delays in getting through on the phone, I found customer service excellent, very helpful and problems sorted very quickly with ringbacks and really useful information
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Coxley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    fairly reliable but slow
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Perth Scotland
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Brilliant company. Just swapped over from BT. Saved £200+ per year, Speed up from 51Mb to 63Mb for download, 9Mb to 18Mb for upload. Everything came as promised. Instructions were the clearest that I have ever seen. They answer the phone very quickly. I will not be going back to BT. What is not to like!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    This broadband is rubbish, slow, and pathetic. My mother spent £40.00 for it.
    The internet speed is terrible. I keep cutting out from it, it goes off for no reason then 3 seconds later, comes on again. My mother is considering to switch to a better one. Avoid this broadband. You got my advice.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oxford
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Dire customer service. Impossible to get through on the phone. Try emailing and they say phone. No complaint option. Will ruin the great John Lewis name.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hengoed
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worst decision we ever made! John Lewis is a name synonymous with quality but their broadband service has dragged their name into the abyss! The telephone switch was fine but they left us without broadband for 10 days because of problems their end and Customer Service was a bad joke. It never takes less than 25 minutes to get past their appalling “musical” hold system to speak to a real person and when you do, their scripts are so basic that they can’t actually help you in any meaningful way. They have failed to correctly set up the direct debit and are now hounding me with emails and text messages for a payment that their Customer Service team member confirms they have actually received! The icing on the cake? I have never had such a slow broadband speed! Can’t wait to switch away.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Eastbourne
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Avoid. It took over a month after the agreed switch date to actually switch. There was no notification that they were going to switch on that day. I was working and suddenly my internet dropped. Poor communication for something which these days should be a standard process.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    cambs
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    customer service.....awful
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Salisbury
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    A disaster! Customer support very pleasant and knowledgeable but it appears the router has packed in after a month. Unstable connection, dial-up-slow speed internet. Totally unusable.

    Avoid.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    UK
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    i had previous issues with the quality of the line speed and technical support last year but managed to get over that episode eventually.

    i am now back to un-usable download speeds of under 1mbps so there's no point in using the service any more.

    John Lewis wont answer the phones and are taking 3-4 days per message to get back to me so i am reduced to tethering my mobile phone to my laptop in order to get a half decent signal.

    i thought i would get a superior level of service with this company but it's been quite the opposite.

    switching back to virgin
  • Reviewer
    Location
    UK
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    I've been very frustrated with customer support from JL. They just don't seem to make it easy to get issues resolved in the shortest possible timeframe. I know it isn't deliberate - they are all nice enough to speak with on the phone but seem to lack any gumption or purpose to get the job done right or even follow up on time to current issues.

    Even when I registered an official complaint before Xmas about the poor service, the ticket expired without anyone contacting me. I half expect that it’s in the hope that customers will forget and won’t bother them again although I do hope I am wrong here.

    People should also know that this isn’t the real John Lewis that you deal with btw, it’s Plusnet who are delivering the service on behalf of John Lewis so for anyone about to sign up, don’t think you’ll be getting the legendary JL customer service when you have a problem because you definitely won’t.

    Just to balance things up a bit, I should say that the service, when it works, is quite good and the prices are quite competitive too, but heaven help you if you ever run into a problem because it can take weeks before a resolution is found.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Rural Wiltshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Easy internet order. Router arrived in good time. Landline phone line switch seamless. Broadband transfer worked as it said it would within 15 mins at 0800. Speed on day 1 slightly slower than BT it replaced, router has equal coverage if not slightly better. Basic cost (70% of BT after intro deal ends) which was the top, mobile calls inclusive package will save bundles. Well worth it so far.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Exeter
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Very disappointed to find I had switched to get away from PlusNet only to find I was still dealing with them, complete with 30-40 minute waits and dreadful music. Pleasant people but frequent lack of knowledge and competence. Switchover was messed up, and 6 weeks late. If I had an alternative, I'd leave but there's only BT.....
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Durham
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    DO NOT USE. This service has nothing to do with John Lewis. It is Plusnet on the cheap. After I made the order they didn't send a router out. They didn't respond to emails, and the customer service rep had the cheek to tell me to be "civil" by challenging him that he was wrong. Apparently it's my fault that I didn't have the router because I must have it. Utter incompetence verging on fraud to advertise this as John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Tonbridge
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Do not switch to JL broadband, the speed and reliability are very poor. Our fibre JL service is slower and more expensive than our old BT copper service. Big mistake and currently trying to get out of deal, who regulates this industry??!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Derby
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    So I cancelled with JLB when they put their prices up. Paul Coulton (Operations Director) immediately emailed me to say they would charge me £105 as an early termination fee. I called Customer services who refused to let me talk to the elusive Mr Coulton but they said the charges were wrong and I would not be charged. Next I see they have billed me and were about to take the charges from my account so I cancelled my direct debit to stop this happening. I also called again to talk to Mt Coulton - not allowed apparently.
    Now I have another threatening e-mail from the said Paul Coulton threatening court action if I do not pay within 14 days!
    I guess I'm going to court. Perhaps Mr Coulton will turn up there but I somehow doubt it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Ordered a package on Tuesday, and Broadbad was up & running by Fri! With a new router delivered inbetween.

    Customer service took 20mins to get through to, but fixed the connection problem in 5mins, so very happy.

    First day and speed is extremely slow, but this should improve in the next few days once line is established.

    All in all, has been super smooth and highly recommend them!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ely, Cambs
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Slow connection at times. No built-in parental control! Been charged separate for what was part of the package. Ridiculous ‘house move’ fee. Line cut-off despite confirmed extension of the service. DO NOT RECOMMEND under any circumstances
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Be aware NO PARENTAL CONTROL! Very bad customer service. Migrated earlier than requested. Both first two months billed more and had to keep chasing it up several times! Normal waiting on cust.serv. about 20mins. What a disappointment as went for JL due to the standard of their cust.service and fairness. All resolved in the end but took hrs on the phone with them. Stuck now for a year as no way to cancel contract based on non-satisfaction unless paying over £100! Not recommended at all. Not what you expect from John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Northampton
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Complete rubbish. It's like being on Dial up again! Will not be renewing
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Limehouse
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    On hold for an hour for the second time this week. Have only been a customer for 5 weeks and really regretting switching. Customer service is non existent - had to threaten reporting them to Ofcom over a billing issue - and now have now service for the last 24 hours. John Lewis need to review this partnership before it damages their brand.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    burnham market norfolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    They keep writing threatening to charge me because i have exceeded their credit limit of £50, they are treating me more like a delinquent teenager who is over his overdraft limit at Barclays than a retiree who gets really peed off when threatened by a supplier.
    No amount of calls to them have made any progress, so its off to Sky next month.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Generally fine. However, I've just discovered I've been on maximum rate for a year and they have only just told me. I am extremely disappointed as I only chose John Lewis in the evidently misplaced hope, that they would treat their customers fairly.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Marshfield, Chippenham
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If I could give zero or negative ratings, I would. Dire customer service, broadband speeds not as promised and additionally they promised an engineer to visit for connection purposes on signing up. The engineer didn't show up and I had taken a day off as A/L. Losing a day of A/L. When i phoned they said even though I had received confirmation of the engineer visiting by email, my order had not yet been placed! No refund of anything given for this and internet connection delayed by a month. Please guys cut your loses. Do not sign up with JL broadband.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Liverpool
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I ordered this a month ago. The delivery date was two weeks ago. I had to ring to ask where it was.
    The guy said he would send a router immediately but refused to start the Broadband so I could use an existing router.
    The router arrived, so I rang to ask them to start the broadband. Apparently they have no record of an order.
    It will take another 4 days.
    I think the problem is PlusNet but who knows.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Argyll
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Do not sign up with this company.My poor experience reflects that of others 2 months of waiting with 4 new contracts. Long waits to call customer service. Excuses given and existing provider blamed Money taken immediately at the set up of first contract not returned despite promises. I gained a better deal with my existing provider BT but plus net left a tag on the line causing a two week delay. Stressful from start to finish. I have complained to ofcom suggest other reviewers do the same
  • Reviewer
    Location
    McNeill
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have been with John Lewis Broadband for 7 months and I have to say that if TalkTalk is at the very bottom of the scale in terms of 'awfulness' of service, JL is very close.

    For 7 months I've been having nothing but problems. They'd initially linked me with another of their sister companies which caused problems for over a month. JL tried to blame it on Openreach and it took a number of cocky customer service workers (not to mention many wasted hours on my part) to actually accept that they needed to solve the problem.

    Since then, I keep having issues with the speed dropping right down roughly every couple of months, which makes it impossible to use the internet. It takes serious hand twisting to actually get the customer service people to check what the problem is and adress it.

    I would strongly discourage potential customers from signing a conrract with JL as their broadband provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Scotland
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    John Lewis and plusnet are the same broadband providers. When I signed a contract with JL, they connected my account with plusnet by mistake. It took them nearly a month and many hours of my time spent on the phone to them to resolve it. No compensation was offered. I'm now with no broadband due to JL/openreach issue and I'm told I have to wait nearlly 5 days for someone to fix it. Very poor service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have only been with JL for a month. Broadband drops out every time I use the phone. This results with a very slow download speed currently running at 112kb/s. Have had this problem for the whole four weeks. Phone JL and they fix it for a few hours ad then it starts all over again. I have been holding on the phone this evening for 58 mins and still no answer. Time to give up and have just been answered. HOORAY.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Just horrendous! Constantly dropping connection - drops out roughly 8 to 15 times per day and is dropped for about 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Have tried calling customer service but there is NOONE THERE!! Phone just goes to hold then eventually times out and drops the call. They are of course still collecting payments so their billing system is obviously working fine. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY - DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THEM.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hampshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Why oh why has John Lewis used the terrible Plusnet to deliver their Broadband? I have just left Plusnet and now realise that JL use them. I get an email today increasing my monthly by 15% after JL PROMISED to keep my £20 a month the same for 12 months! Plusnet are underhand and a disgrace, they treat customers like dirt - JL break away from Plusnet as they will drag your name down into the mud!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Tadley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Sadly this is actually Plusnet :-(

    Together with usual lies from Plusnet - I was told that I wouldn't have to pay the increased monthly charge (on the phone and via e-mail) ... today I get an e-mail that my INCREASED payment will be taken.

    I have been with Plusnet for 8 years, they have started to lie in the last 2 years and why I left them, and joined John Lewis ..... who are actually Plusnet and being marred by the same brush.

    I would give ZERO stars if only I could ....... John Lewis needs to dump the pathetic lying Plusnet!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North West
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    DREADFUL on all counts! Very unsatisfactory service with download speeds a pitiful 1.64Mb when I signed up for fibre broadband of 36Mb!!! Internet drops constantly making watching a program an impossibility. I would not recommend John Lewis (i.e. plus-net) for broadband. Can’t wait to switch and will never touch them again!. Don’t be tempted they are rubbish! A very unhappy customer
  • Reviewer
    Location
    U.K
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I changed to John Lewis recently, and needed help , phoned there help line, all you get is loud music, nobody says anything at all, I am seriously thinking of cancelling already, the service is hopeless. so much for the John Lewis name. I really thought I could rely on them WRONG AGAIN ;

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