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
    2.7 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2.4 stars
  • Reliability
    2.6 stars

Based on 539 customer ratings since 2018-01-23 (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.

522 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
All, I have read most of the negative reviews stating some real challenges and it must be frustrating. However my experience has been the complete opposite. Signed up, new router arrived or be it broken and new one sent straight out and the service for me has been really good. Just as fast when measured compared to my old SKY and BT accounts. I also signed up and got a STATIC IP for £5 not too bad.. Enjoying the service and speed. PS the ZyXEL Router (WITH THE LATEST FIRMWARE) Actually outperforms my old SmartHub on 5G :) Nice
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
KENT John Lewis Broadband  
This service was okay to start with. (I joined on the basis of good service) Had problems with continual drop off for a week. Got through to the help desk, once, after waiting for 30 minutes. Supposed to have been fixed. Still have same problem. Tried to call, 4 calls totalling more than 1 1/2 hours. No response. Do not bother unless you just like listening to 80's pop music (must be aimed at there target demographic, or cheap like the service) How can they rate themselves as good. Will change provider as soon as possible. Seriously bad service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Fife John Lewis Broadband  
Decided to leave BT as prices are getting silly, particularly for loyal customers.
Switched today - and this was totally seamless, not one problem. Router delivered 2 days ago. So far, very good, and have not even had to phone JL customer services. I am not particularly IT savvy, so if I can do it, anybody could!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
East Yorkshire John Lewis Broadband  
Absolute rubbish. Broadband speed is like a snail . Constant problem with being disconnected from the internet everytime it rains you get disconnected every couple of minutes. John Lewis then decided to up their prices and said if customers wished to leave because of this they would not have to pay any exit fees. After advising them that I wished to change companies as a result of this price increase they then emailed me and said I would have to pay a cancellation fee. After sorting this out they then tried to bill me for their services after I had changed to another provider. It is impossible to contact this company by phone as you just get left on hold forever.This company do not deserve any stars.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
cardiff John Lewis Broadband  
I'm a new customer. It has never worked. Impossible to get Support phone answered. All help is internet based - I have no internet. Only phone line that gets answered is for new sales. Draw your own conclusions.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cheshire John Lewis Broadband  
Awful, incompetant, couldn't give a damn service from a supposedly good company. John Lewis Broadband is provided by Plusnet, and their service is the worst I have ever encountered. Long times on hold, terrible loud hold 'music', every month the bill is wrong and I am overcharged, customer support staff are incompetent and sometimes arrogant, they don't get back to you when they say they will. Unbelievable awful bad service. Very frustrating an annoying and - I am moving over to the Coop. Be warned - this outfit give a terrible service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
SOMERSET John Lewis Broadband  
I’ve been a householder for over 45 years and have never experienced such appalling service before. Incorrect bills are the monthly norm, hours waiting for customer service to answer the phone, whilst being forced to listen to the loudest and worst on hold music I’ve ever experienced. They are forever demanding money that is not owed, and just when you think you have finally sorted the problem, another on crops up

John Lewis Broadband is run by Plusnet, and if you have any problems, you are dealing with Plusnet. And it’s no good trying to complain to John Lewis head office – they just tell you to contact Plusnet who are absolutely appalling.

The whole thing is a complete con, John Lewis is an absolute disgrace – Don’t have anything to do with these cowboys!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
sOMERSET John Lewis Broadband  
Could not be more sorry that I changed to John lewis broadband, a total waste of money. The service from the technical team is a joke, ( very polite but have been useless). Am now waiting for my conttract to end..Shame on John Lewis for running such a bad company. From now on I will forget them and shop else where.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hoddesdon, Herts John Lewis Broadband  
SHOCKING, I too wish I had read the reviews before committing, its 2 months now from start to getting a line but, still no broadband and the support phone!!!! well I have not been able to speak to anyone yet just the music, had to hang up in the end as I have a life
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Haltwhistle John Lewis Broadband  
Changed from BT after too many drop offs and slow speeds and have been extremely pleased. After a slight hiccup on speed customer services were extremely helpful and no problems since.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Worcester John Lewis Broadband  
Well it would be minus all round. Trouble from 1st day. Tried to change our home phone no, after several calls to them we were told "sorry you should have been asked if you wanted to keep number too late now it's been allocated to someone else by BT . Weeks to sort this out, as a business we had to keep our number.
Next problem trouble with router hours on phone even being told to unscrew main BT socket. Apparently our phone line at fault -no it wasn't and so it went on. Even had a BT engineer turn up who said they have had numerous calls re this broadband service and on his log it even had a note that the manager had visited us. Not true.
Had our user name wrongly spelt again several calls to correct this.
Today unable to log in to try and get printed bills for accountant and as usual can't get through on phone.
Don't use this service & please read all reviews
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norwich John Lewis Broadband  
Hi was with BT before and when I went to John Lewis I did not see the feedback until I joined then I was a bit worried because a lot of the feedback was bad but for me I have had excellent service with no problems our family have been with Bt for 40 + years and the price just keep going up with no reduction for the loyalty so had to change I would recommend you try John Lewis
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Eastchurch John Lewis Broadband  
After having no problems for 8 years, we decided to switch to JL,and we received a welcome pack & new router.10 days ago we were informed by text we had been switched, both phone line and broadband,but not switched but obviously disconnected....!! Phone went off and broadband off.
No phone line and still no broadband,all over the BH weekend too.
They are really poor at customer care and attempts to resolve this is falling on deaf ears.
Multiple calls and emails from us, at great inconvenience and still nothing!
They blame Open reach who have already come out and tested everything, and cannot find a fault but accept there is no signal into the house. They went up the pole and checked, and the engineer said they have switched over , but .....to someone else.!!!!!!!
So we currently still have no phone or broadband, no online banking, online utilities etc etc. No contact with family or access to facetime, without standing in a supermarket doorway using their wi fi !!!!
Its a third world service and completely unacceptable. There is no continuity of personnel, no updates,just nothing!!!!!!!!!
Don't use this company JL I will not be shopping there anytime soon.
Just disgraceful.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
LIPHOOK John Lewis Broadband  
Astonishingly poor. Like others here service suddenly lost due to a network issue..not line. Long meaningless illogical discussion with JL..reset etc etc. Then just it was a network fault and you end up in online ticket system which they just ignore and delete. You can can only respond online ..but you have no service to do so.

Just demand you pay but will not provide any service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hereford John Lewis Broadband  
This is a Company that is not remotely interested in Customer Service. They emailed me to inform me that my broadband has been connected. After trying unsuccessfully for over 3 hours to set up my broadband I called John Lewis Support who told me that my Broadband is not yet connected and it will be connected any time before midnight. So I asked why this information was not in their email. The reply was ‘everyone complains about that’! So how difficult would it be for John Lewis to add this information to their email? Very easy, but they simply don’t care!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bayswater John Lewis Broadband  
Broadband speed is poor comparing to other copper line providers we have had. Fluctuates quite a bit In the second week speeds dropped below 1mbps on a Saturday night. Bad move
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Welwyn Garden City John Lewis Broadband  
Changed to JL after reading Which review. Wish I had stayed with BT. Even though their customer service is abysmal and pricey at least their broadband speed was reasonable. JL is dire. Don't switch!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Ringwood John Lewis Broadband  
We moved from BT to JL because BT was so slow and expensive (our contract having expired) and we didn't think things could get any worse. How wrong we were! We can barely browse the web now whereas the problem with BT was the odd stutter when streaming. Whether it is the cheap looking router or throttling of the network is unclear. Their customer support is awful - phoned Technical Support a few days ago who said it would get better. It didn't. Phoned them again today waited for half an hour and then gave up. Then called Customer Services who said they'd jump me up and the queue and guess what was put on hold until I had to hang up. Before he transferred me he told my that my 14 day cooling off period actually expired before my service even started! What an utter farce and rip off. Completely despicable it makes me sick. AVOID AVOID AVOID
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dingwall John Lewis Broadband  
The webmail service is appalling; its rarely functioning and when it is, it is so slow as to be unusable. Some days you can't get into it all. Their technical support is execrable, and aims only to blame your IT system, and their customer service is non existant.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Bedford John Lewis Broadband  
Quick review. Generally these who are happy with a service don't come to a website like this, but only those who are unhappy. We've been with JLB for about 6 months now, after many expensive years with BT. Should have done it years ago! A very positive exoerience. Thanks.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Wiltshire John Lewis Broadband  
Absolutely terrible - DO NOT USE JOHN LEWIS!! The speed is flakey and drops all the time. When you try and cancel they make it next to impossible - you can't get through to their customer service department, or when you do the call drops - then they over charge you in the hope that you give up trying to get a refund, which you will because they are unbelievably painful to deal with AVOID AVOID AVOID!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Devon John Lewis Broadband  
Do not trust John Lewis! We signed up for a 3 year contract in April 1916 as per the offer on the website, still available today, with a lower rate for year 1. After 6 months it was raised to the year 2 rate. No copy ot the contract was ever supplied but my husband agreed to the online deal as shown. We are told that he agreed to the deal for only 6 months and that there is a transcript of the conversation, available for £10. The terms were obviously hidden in the conversation, after a life working in finance my husband would never have agreed to an inferior deal, he is not an idiot. Just be warned and be very careful and be aware that this company, who have such a good reputation, may be taking advantage of you.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Guildford John Lewis Broadband  
Given the low ratings for all major providers on here you would probably never switch from a problem free provider no matter how much they put up prices if you only read the bad reviews on here.

My experience of JL fibre ISP. Worked without a hitch with my high end ASUS router when changing the basic connection address and password. within a week easily hitting well above (75 MPS) minmimum speed (40MPS) even using a 128 bit VPN tunnel from the router client VPN setup.

8000 Avios did not track within 5 days (thats an Avios issue not limited to JL) but a quick email to Avios to add manual track and the 8000 Avios arrived on time. 8000 Avios should easily be able to be redeemed at 1p per Avios so 8000 Avios worth a minimum of £80.

£75 John Lewis Voucher arrived with stated timescale. Check.

overall very happy with JL broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Leicestershire John Lewis Broadband  
Brilliant, even with poor speeds and old line, 60+ years old apparently.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Colosseum Rome John Lewis Broadband  
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!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Kent John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cheshire John Lewis Broadband  
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
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
shropshire John Lewis Broadband  
fairly reliable but slow
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Coxley John Lewis Broadband  
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!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Perth Scotland John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Oxford John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hengoed John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Eastbourne John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Salisbury John Lewis Broadband  
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
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
UK John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
UK John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Rural Wiltshire John Lewis Broadband  
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.....
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Exeter John Lewis Broadband  
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??!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Tonbridge John Lewis Broadband  
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!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
London John Lewis Broadband  
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
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Ely, Cambs John Lewis Broadband  

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