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

Based on 331 customer ratings since 2020-05-14 (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.

738 Customer Reviews over 19 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    New Galloway
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Drops out frequently, but their customer service is unbelievable, they don't know a ******* thing about it, shocking, AVOID
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I signed up for this after reading a very positive Which review. How stupid. If I could give it 0 stars I would. It is quite the worse connection, drops out continually and is so weak - we have neighbours two whole houses down the road whose broadband has more bars than ours! And FORGET trying to speak to anyone at their customer service... you will be sitting on the end of the phone for hours. Rubbish! And we're tied in for another 11 months!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Took over a month to connect the service. The standard unlimited broadband service is always cutting out, too many drop outs. Sometimes the speed reduces to less than dial up speed. I have complained numerous times, the service has not been satisfactory ever since I joined them some 14 months ago. I have asked for a refund many times, alas my request falls on deaf ears.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Plymouth
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Same as all the others...dreadful nonexistent service. List my initial order so it took over 3 weeks to get connected...only it then didn't work. Takes an hour to get through to support...they then cant fix it and font call back as promised. Needed an Openreach engineer eventually who commented theyd turned the speed right down. A week later, after several drop outs and a painfully slow service.. apparently I shouldn't expect to rely on wifi!!!...I have no internet and they think a faulty router. I'm off to EE to buy their mobile internet. ADVISE NOBODY USES JOHN LEWIS INTERNET...well actually you cant as it doesnt work!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lincolnshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    put the price up mid contract yet offer the original price for new customers. I missed no payments, didn’t have any late payments ... Makes no sense to me at all, ergo gone to another provider. What happened to the John Lewis trusted name????
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridge
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I switched from a very expensive SKY service to John Lewis which I later found out was backed by Plusnet. My experience has been good. My costs reduced from £66.80 per month for SKY to £25 for mostly free phone calls and unlimited broadband (I now use freesat). Customer service has been excellent, bband speed is ditto (I'm close to the exchange) and I cannot fault the cost. I receive an email to inform me about my next bill and it's always accurate. I expected good, reliable service from John Lewis, and that's what I've got. Unless their prices skyrocket when my contract is coming to an end, I'll stick with them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newmarket
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Order arbitrarily cancelled over one week after placing it. No communication made prior to this. On the phone for half an hour before I get through to someone who is able to explain the situation. The woman was rude, and denied responsibility for the fiasco blaming her automated system (John Lewis) and the transferring phone company (bt retail, apparently). At no point did she take the view that I was correct and there was a mistake at her end.

    Having to call BT myself I have confirmed that there is indeed no active phoneline at the property and therefore it is definitely an administrative error with you guessed it.

    On calling them back I was again dealt with rudely this time by a male operative who again sought to deny responsibility saying the fault was now with btopenreach. I had to explain to the second operative in as many days that my contract was with John Lewis and the third party arrangements they had, functional or otherwise, were nothing to do with me.

    This operative offered to set up connection of a new line but was not prepared to expedite the process to keep to the original order date, despite wasting hours of my time due to their own screw ups.

    I am utterly appalled by this fiasco and how I have been treated throughout it. The do not even have a stock I can short.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Newmarket
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Order arbitrarily cancelled over one week after placing it. No communication made prior to this. On the phone for half an hour before I get through to someone who is able to explain the situation. The woman was rude, and denied responsibility for the fiasco blaming her automated system (John Lewis) and the transferring phone company (bt retail, apparently). At no point did she take the view that I was correct and there was a mistake at her end.

    Having to call BT myself I have confirmed that there is indeed no active phoneline at the property and therefore it is definitely an administrative error with you guessed it.

    On calling them back I was again dealt with rudely this time by a male operative who again sought to deny responsibility saying the fault was now with btopenreach. I had to explain to the second operative in as many days that my contract was with John Lewis and the third party arrangements they had, functional or otherwise, were nothing to do with me.

    This operative offered to set up connection of a new line but was not prepared to expedite the process to keep to the original order date, despite wasting hours of my time due to their own screw ups.

    I am utterly appalled by this fiasco and how I have been treated throughout it. The do not even have a stock I can short.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Torpoint
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Been with John Lewis Broadband for 18 months after enduring years of problems and dropped connections with BT. John Lewis Broadband has been completely reliable with speeds always close to the promised estimate. Only a few minor niggles with the free antivirus program. Customer service generally very good. Simple pricing structure is a plus.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Horley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Agree with the poor reviews. Customer service is abysmal, never contact you before the 24 hours are up. I didn't know before I signed up that it was run by PlusNet (owned by BT) had bad experiences with them in the past and resorted to legal and obtained compensation.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Tenterden, Kent
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Technically seems fine, but billing and customer services are chaotic. Strongly recommend avoiding them until they have these problems sorted.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stirling
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    We switched from Talktalk 5 months ago to save £10/month. We can no loger watch BBC iPlayer without it pausing frequently to load. Web pages load slowly. Even listening to internet radio such as via BBC iPlayer radio doesn't work properly. It keeps dropping out. It is supposed to be a minimum guaranteed speed of 3mbps yet I can't even stream radio reliably! Online speed test websites say I'm getting a decent speed but actual usage is terrible. This was never a problem with our previous provider TalkTalk.
    The online help says I have to try a different router. Fantastic! I'll spend my evening configuring my old TalkTalk router and see if that works. Thannks a lot John Lewis broadband. We've paid you £120 so far for dial-up quality internet connection. Complete rip-off and wasted loads of time reloading pages, missing radio and tv programs and now messing around with router configuration like it's 2001.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Herne Bay
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Awful! Polite staff who don't know what they are doing. They assured me I would keep my own phone number, then when the change over happened advised me of my NEW number!!! They don't seem able to get my number back, different advice from three staff I have spoken to about it. One said he is on holiday soon but will see if he can get someone else to chase it!! My new router didn't work, after three phone calls I got nowhere and then fixed it myself by experimenting with the settings. The username and password were missing! Each time you phone technical help you are on hold for 45 mins each time being forced to listen to insanely bad music, although sales answer straight away!! PLEASE GO ANYWHERE ELSE BUT NOT JOHN LEWIS!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Burton-on-Trent
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    It would seem that most people have had problems, Although there have been problems it makes agreat deal of difference when the operators speak clear english and are very helpful. The speed is slightly lower than bt but it is consistant where bt used to drop considerably. All in all I am well satisfied
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I was pretty happy with JL initially. It gave me what I need from a contract despite initial set up problems due to Openreach. I switched to VDSL and have had now 2 bad experiences with customer services. They are patronising and not helpful. I;ve been using my own router as their ADSL offering didn't have 5G. Person 1 thought I had a password problem when in fact I needed to input Plusnet VDSL as the provider, which no-one told me. They changed my password; when I tried to change it my internet would not connect. I one to TP link customer services and we went though a complete reboot. Still no connection, I finally got though to JL customer services today and the young man I talked to assumed it was my password while my router is saying contact your service provider. He wasn't listening but was trying to be reassuring. I didn't want reassurance, I wanted them to check my connection. Wake up boys this is the 21st century and women know about technology. Patronising to a fault and not helpful I ordered a JL router to save my temper and sanity.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Surrey
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    A follow up to the review below. Over a month without Internet despite having moved and elderly relative. The worst time to lose your connection. Spent more time on phone. 40 mins last night. Great chap. Admitted they had made another error at the start of the order and said that I would be connected in 15 mins! Joy!!! Rubbish! Still not connected and red light still on, BT says lines and exchange all working fine. What the hell shall I do next? This is really the worst company I should have connected with.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cumbria
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Diabolical
    Cancelled after a week. No idea of speeds or reliability as we never got connected to broadband. Received two routers still nothing. Surely John Lewis can't continue to distance themselves from this fiasco
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Brackley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    If there was a no star option, I would give that! Basil Fawlty style customer service - they blocked me changing provider 3 times and when I queried it, was told that someone must really hate me!! I realise this is plusnet, but John Lewis ought to team up with a better partner. Just awful, AVOID!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hampshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    1 star is to much. 0 stars would have been more appropriate. Rubbish customer service. Rubbish, unreliable, slow service. I had 26 engineer visits during my 18months with this shambles of a company. And, now, I am being hit with a 'cessation charge' because I moved house and am getting my services from Virgin Media. AVOID AVOID AVOID, this company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    exeter
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have been very patient with the service dropping out regularly as I seemed lucky when calling the helpline. The last time I contacted JL the young lad who talked at me was vile. I was so upset that I am stopping shopping at JL and Waitrose. Have moved providers to a small company based in Devon who are professional and only very slightly more expensive.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Downpatrick
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Stay away from them 1 month still no broadband the date it was meant to be turned on still didn't work said there was a problem with my line and that an engineer was calling out I took a day off work and the engineer didn't show phoned them they said he changed the date and they could of told me I cancelled the broadband service and they still took money from my account I went with ee broadband two weeks broadbands in and working great
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Edinburgh
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    Comments
    Started account early May 2018 because liked price but now NOT satisfied with service, Direct debit notice Not given (DD Guarantee states 10 days notice to be given when price difference (as prices of differ each month 10 days notice must be given each month, and NOT allowed to collect before set due date 5 months 5 different pay dates, and always taken before due date),speed (download 17 Mbps upload 1.2 Mbps)Customer service, unaware of product, DD rules, and the ability to communicate, overall cheap get what you pay for, no get less for what is paid for, My advice leave alone if you have not got the time to give them hassle, or of a nervous disposition, my score is 0, 0, 0, 0.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilkley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worst internet provider ever had.
    Stay away! A month has passed, already had a engineer visit and still no problem solved.

    Took them a month to realize there was a real problem...I was even told my phone and tablet where the cause of the problem....
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilkley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Worst costumer service experience ever!
    If they had negative scoring I would have given -10.
    Stay away, after 4 months I still do not have reliable connection.
    They just don't care.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ilkley
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Worst Company ever. Stay away.
    They forgot to close my account, over charged me and now cant refund my account (they say).
    They want to send me a check when i an no longer residing in the UK!!!

    Worst ever. No consideration...
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hastings
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I do like john lewis broadband I have the fiber broadband package , i have seen so much negative reviews its not funny,
    So I decided to leave a modest review
    First of all when my package started with john lewis broadband the contacted me via text kept me informed when my server has gone live, payed my bills no problem , the connection is ultra reliable and a good speed for gaming , minimal jitter and lag,

    However just today Billing information had got muddled, When they direct debit your account it doesnt say John Lewis Broaband it says john-(whatever)
    Which made me worry , But they have a good team and resolving the issue within 48 hours , So far at the moment I am very happy with John lewis broadband, they just need to fix there billing system so when direct debited it does say JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND (accno) and then would be no problem
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Terrible. Takes over half an hour to get through to customer services, that is if you ever get through. Broadband speeds are terrible, and to top it off they increase their prices mid contract. They make talk talk look good!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Dorset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Cannot get on to server to clear, therefore email not working. AGAIN!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Suffolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    My worst nightmare. July 21 agreed phone/fibre for 4 Aug. 6 Aug told no fibre until 6 Sep. Tried to change back to TT; they prevented it. Now expect to change 16 Oct, when 4 Oct promised. Broadband fails daily; emails never transmit. Tried to charge 12 months canx fee only day after I was told of fibre date. Their emails never worked, still using old one. Often take my phone/computer to stores,pubs, McD's, etc. to use broadband. Customer Service? useless. Average wait is 30 minutes to talk to someone in tech or CS. Today got email for new broadband contract I didn't request. Left hand never talks to right hand? They really deserve ZERO stars for what I have received. If you ever use house phone and broadband, get another provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    kings lynn
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    been with john-lewis broardband and phone, had a lot of trouble the dial tone was there when dialling out. eventually got sorted after 3 engineers, no communication from the company to the engineers, had to relate the problem each time, then show them what was happening each time. just found out the bullgaurd internet security last a month so have to take it out then reinstall it each month while subscribing to john-Lewis, they don't tell you that. problems for them to take direct debit out , had to end up paying them by card, have got assurance from them that this will not happen again. on the whole would not recommend this service
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Notts
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We've been with John Lewis for less than a month (having been with Sky and BT for over 5 years before that) and the reliability of the broadbankd is poor low. We had no issues with the wifi with Sky or BT but have had issues since joining John Lewis to the extent we have not been able to watch anything properly online since joining them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Norfolk
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Just came from over priced BT, i have more than halved my monthly costs, but it shows why, BB speeds are dreadful, even though they say the line is fine, i was getting with BT from a ADSL line a good 7 mb DL speed and a ping of constant 29/30
    Now with LJ, i have had 0.33 DL and a ping of 1403, it is up and down and isn't stable, JL is Plusnet, i tried to leave but im too late as ive just gone over my 14 days, stuck with them for a year of headaches, maybe a better router will help, as they did say theirs is crap!! avoid.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Decon
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    if you are using an ISP than used openreach, there won't be much of difference in performance

    what set them apart is the quality of the router and their customer service.

    unfortunatly for john lewis though their customer service is very good (should be after all they are using plus net staff) their router is next to useless.

    unless you are using a wired connection and even then only got once device connected you will have problems.

    broadband works fine if you use a decent router either directy or connect wire device to their router.

    having tried a few routers (have a box full from over years) you can get better performance with a bargin basement router from likes of amazon then with the provided john lew router
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Berkhamsted
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Not a good experience, never got service.
    Did my order by phone as web method redirected me to a phone number when ordering the most basic (10Mb) service.
    Lost all trace of my order, but had already taken the initial month's payment on a credit card. Then it took a month to get that refunded.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Derby
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Total and absolute rubbish. Nearly a month in and still no broadband. Come back Talktalk all is forgiven. No one cares when you phone up, all they are interested in is fobbing you off for another week.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cardiff
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I take the engineers about a month to install the broadband. You pay one month for nothing. When you put your order they suggest times within a week. Very disappointing! The reason I chose them over BT is that they offer the service for only 12 month instead of 18.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Milton Keynes
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I have had John Lewis for 4 days in that time they have tried to over charge me more than the agreed contract , the speed is poor , the laptops and I phones loose connection all the time , and it refuses to stream any device . After speaking to customer sévices 3 times they refuse to cancel contract although it is obviously useless . In short do not go near this service .
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  • Reviewer
    Location
    Market Harborough
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We changed from Sky to John Lewis and we have regretted it since, broadband speed very poor and huge variations in download speeds
  • Reviewer
    Location
    west bromwich
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    My 70 year old Mother cancelled with John Lewis and they tried to say that she hadn't..the customer service team were rude,aggressive and down right ignorant..eventually telling her she would be charged and cut off so she wouldn't have a phone for two weeks..nothing more than bullying which caused her upset..she's now waiting for reconnection to bt..John Lewis your a disgrace..
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Crosskeys, Wales
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    JohnLewis botched the transfer from Sky which meant I spent 3 weeks with no phone or internet access whatsoever. When it finally got up and running there was no apology or any attempt at compensation. For most of my year with them, the service was acceptable until a month ago when my speed dropped from 6Mbps to 2 and has been pretty much unusable ever since. I logged a service call and got an automatic email saying someone would be in touch in 24 hours. A week later and I'm still waiting. Currently waiting to transfer to BT

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