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
    2.6 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 431 customer ratings since 2018-08-22 (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.

560 Customer Reviews for John Lewis Broadband

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

The worst broadband quality and poorest service I’ve ever encountered

Service just cut out endlessly every day.. Spent 4 months trying to rectify by speaking with technical support. 8 different people suggested 8 alternative ‘fixes’. None worked. Am currently in process of transferring.

Relative also experiencing similar pitifully slow interrupted broadband. Have terminated contract and despite JL agreeing on the phone to waive the early termination fee, they’ve immediately written to an 81 year old lady demanding early closure fees.

By the way JL broadband is just Plusnet with JL fronting it

They are the worst company I’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with a recommend to avoid like the plague
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sussex 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  
John Lewis, via Plusnet BT apparently.

Never missed a beat since moved and stayed for another year, as they matched the cheapest price at the time, i shop around for Cheapest every year as the speed is rubbish here, So satisfaction and service get a 5*
Speed is *****, as very old line, so that's BT's fault not J Lewis'.
Reliability only seems a problem when the BT men have been up the pole, playing in the box for whatever reason, so again a BT issue, not J Lewis.
Overhead fibre strung up by BT 12 months ago, went active 1 month ago, will see what prices are like before making the decision.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Lichfield 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  
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
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
LONDON 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  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Cambridgeshire John Lewis Broadband  
Complete rubbish. It's like being on Dial up again! Will not be renewing
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Northampton John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Limehouse John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
burnham market norfolk John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Liverpool John Lewis Broadband  
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
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Argyll John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
McNeill John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland John Lewis Broadband  
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.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wales John Lewis Broadband  
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 ;
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
U.K John Lewis Broadband  
I was with Waitrose.com for 10+ years and apart from little glitches had no trouble at all. From the time John Lewis started the amalgamation of Waitrose and Green Bee to JL, things started to slide. At the change-over (totally unannounced, to me, anyway) I found myself with a screen that looked like old 1980s computers, with no way at all of marking several emails at once in order to delete (can only mark minimum of one page at a time!). Also, 400 plus emails that I had kept disappeared overnight and JL infer that this was me, and they have no "cloud" facilities for deleted emails which is probably true; deleted emails disappeared from their box for hours at a time and suddenly reappeared, I am still in e-correspondence with JL but I am not at all happy considering my happy years with Waitrose.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Dorset John Lewis Broadband  
I have had 3 breakdowns in broadband and telephone in
December. Impossible to even get through to JL - I tried at different times throughout 3 days and the recording said a 30 minute response time. With poor mobile reception there was no chance of getting through. I had to resort to snail mail to ask them to register the fact that I had no broadband or telephone. I got a letter back saying they would respond within 7 - 10 days!!
I changed to John Lewis as I have a JL credit card and
have always had excellent service when dealing with them. I shall have to change to someone else.
I cannot believe that John Lewis themselves are doing nothing to rectify this enormous problem. They are ruining their good reputation.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
St. Briavels, Gloucestershire John Lewis Broadband  
I asked to change in early October having read a glowing report in Which magazine. I wish I hadn`t. They took my deposit and set up a direct debit with a promise of having it all done in "10 to 14 days" quote. Nothing happened so I called and they seemed unable or unwilling to help. After a couple of calls and being unable to speak to someone senior I asked to cancel the deal and return my money. Then they tried to collect my direct debit which I thankfully had stopped. They wrote asking why they hadn`t been paid!! I wrote to the MD Andy Street which was replied by the Executive Complaints team. They said someone would contact...noone did. I have taken advice from Which Legal services and have sent them a letter accordingly to ask that my monies be returned. It hasn`t and they don`t even have the courtesy to acknowledge my mail. They have taken on the wrong guy and I will sue them and shame them mark my word. I will ensure all and sundry know how they operate and are nothing short of thieves. John Lewis I held in high esteem prior to this . They are now at the top of the list for bad service. MY ADVICE IS DON`T GO NEAR JOHN LEWIS BROADBAND. Read these reviews and BEWARE.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Inverness John Lewis Broadband  
Do not touch them with a barge pole. They are awful . They have taken my money and given me nothing for it and after many phone calls and emails to their MD i have nothing. They even tried to collect my next direct debit which fortunatly I had cancelled. They haven`t heard the last of me
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Inverness John Lewis Broadband  

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