SSE 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 SSE.

Recent Customer Ratings for SSE

  • Satisfaction
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.5 stars
  • Speed
    2.8 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars

Based on 453 customer ratings since 2018-06-20 (Show all time ratings)

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319 Customer Reviews for SSE

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
They dont install at weekend and told me to have a day oFf work if I wanted there services installed.

After waiting 8 weeks for installation the broadband DOESNT work NOW I finally have it Installed.

I have contacted them 5 times on each occasion I was told the person dealing with the issues will ring me.
She rang twice on 2 separate days I missed the calls.... Yet I was informed by SSE the lady would ring me back 3 times a day untill she gets hold off me. They haven't done this!!

Nearly a week later and no issue been sorted no contact from sse and still no broadband I rang the 6th TIME to be told I can't just cancel with them i have to cancel it through the lady dealing with the case.WHO I CAN'T GET HOLD OFF!!!!

AWFULL SERVICE MY PHONE BILL IS HIGHER then the broadband cost DUE TO BEING ON HOLD TO THEM FOR ATLEAST 35MINITS EACH TIME I TRY TO CONTACT THEM.

Worst customer service I have ever had wouldn't recommend them to anyone
DON'T USE SEE!!!
Croydon Mitcham road SSE  
The best WiFi I’ve had. And I’ve had most company’s over the years. I’ve literally never had an issue. The call staff, any time I’ve called are the most kindest and politest people, every time. Cheap too.
4 friends of mine have now switched to SSE, after my recommendation. I always recommend SSE WiFi.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Nottingham SSE  
Documentation/info provided before sign up is misleading and in part contradictory. Customer service rubbish. Waited 30 mins without being connected to advisor and all I heard was "thank you for your patience" until my patience ran out. This is on an 0345 number which I only get 60 mins free per call. If they ever answer, I would probably have to end the call or risk being charged. And this is before even signing up.
London SSE  
Internet worked "well" for 2 weeks or so, reliable but quite poor. Then all of a sudden nope. Absolutely no internet access for 3 days so far (doesn't seem like it is going to stop). Customer service seems to think we are uploading huge quantities of data, we aren't. Would never recommend this for anyone.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
SSE  
Switched from TalkTalk to SSE but they couldn't make a connection. After 3 weeks of no broadband I cancelled and was hit with £149.00 charge because they could not provide the service
They are thieves - avoid at all cost.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bridge of Earn SSE  
Ok so in general I would probably recommend, I’ve got Fibre up to 35mbps and although it is fast the only problem is it’s not very reliable if you demand a lot from your broadband. I will average speeds of about 26mbps but it can regularly drop to about 19mbps but often as low as 9mbps; this would be fine if I didn’t require decent speeds all the time but a lot of reboots are needed to keep speeds up. All in all if you only use your broadband casually to watch Netflix etc I’d say it’s great but if you need it for more demanding things I’d probably steer clear.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Shoreham-by-Sea SSE  
Have been with them for 6 months having been enticed by the price. My max speed to date has been 3Mbps. Had BT before with a top speed of 18Mbps. Very frustrating. In addition, the billing of calls makes my bill overall about the same. Have raised this with them twice using their online complaints form. Still yet to receive a reply. Onto the Ombudsman next. In short, only use SSE if you are desperate to save money but be warned that you get what you pay for.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hook SSE  
I switched from BT fibre to SSE because I was looking for a deal. SSE have a product which claims to allow you up to 17mbs for £26 a month. This would have worked out cheaper than my BT package. However,what you don't realise is that the claim to give you up to 17mbs only works if your own copper ADSL line can carry that speed. In my area, the copper line can only take up to 3mbs. In addition, the call charges are higher with SSE. So, my bills are fractionally lower but my speed has disappeared. I am now locked into an 18 month contract. Apparently I should have read the technical details of the package when I signed up online. I have raised this with SSE. No joy there. Basically all my own fault for not having a degree in telephone engineering. I won't be renewing with SSE of course. It's a scam offering a headline 'deal' and hiding the details. Unfair on the consumer for whom it is hard enough nowadays to navigate the minefield of financial and service products.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hook SSE  
Avoid its criminally slow at peak times. Switched to the SSE Ultra fast fibre so I could stream HD and 4k movies and I can get 65mb/s in the middle of a weekday but at any 'peak' time I'm getting 4-10mb/s. My previous standard broadband gave a constant 17mb/s which was more usable. AVOID.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London SSE  
Been with them a year, broadband keeps on failing, had engineer out, external problem, should hear in 48 hours, a week ago, 24 minutes on the phone - not to get through, your choice!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
chester SSE  
Had to take advantage of the free SSE super fast broadband. Switched from BT Infinity.
Router arrived about 10 days before connection day.
Connection day today and followed simple set up guide.
Router connected fine to all devices in the house.
I have a problem with Sky Q On Demand services but I had the very same problem with BT so the problem probably lies with the Sky Q set up.
Download speeds averaging around 24
Upload speeds averaging around 11

The above are about 30% better than what I had previously been getting with BT.

Overall - so far, so good.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Essex SSE  
So far a brilliant find and excellent surprise. I was with Virgin, paying for 200Mbps I didn't actually need. Problem was I didn't have a physical phone line at all so moving to another ISP was rather costly. Comes SSE, they said setup fee was £30. I explained I didn't have a line and they said they would send an Open Reach engineer. At not extra cost. BT usually charge about £140 for that, and SSE do it for nothing, with a 1 month rolling contract. Seriously? I thought it was too good to be true. Well, the engineer came the day I was told he would, set up the whole thing within 3 hours, then I plugged the router and within 5 minutes all lights were green and everything was working. I signed up for the Unlimited Fibre (38Mbps down, up to 10Mbps up). I've been doing speed tests regularly to see how it behaves and I'm consistently getting between 36 and 38Mbps down, and 9 to 10Mbps up.
So, I'm saving a fortune, I'm not tied to a 12 or 18 month contract, everything went super smoothly, the router is decent and service is as promised. Well impressed!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London SSE  
This is an ISP company yet you can only communicate with them by phone and most often when they call you at THEIR convenience. Also, don't move house, otherwise you will have to renew at their latest prices and be tied in for another 18 months, or pay extortionate exit fees. It will also take over a week to speak to the department that can initiate the move, the timescale of which is 24 days. This is after someone has called you to ask if you want to move despite having emailed them to say you are moving and want to take it with you and then passing this nugget of information on to the Sales Team who will call you to start the 24 day transfer. This is to stay with the same company! Absolutely ridiculous.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Scotland SSE  
There's a lot of bad postings about SSE Broadband so I will add my 10 pence so far with a caveat that performance may vary for others.

SSE are a new broadband entrant using Daisy wholesale to provide their service. I'm not that confident they are the best when it comes round to knowing the technicalities and issues with providing a reliable service. I signed up for their Superfast fibre broadband service with maximum expected speed limited by my short copper line to the fibre box of 70-74 Mb/S. I was happy with that promise if it could be met 'most of the time' even though by Ofcom definition, it is probably Ultrafast, but that is my max line speed.

I've been struggling with low download speeds for a while at half the expected speed on tests and actual file downloads miserably slow and worse than ADSL! If you complain, SSE want you to do BT Wholesale speed tests. That seemed reasonable but in my case I was getting really strange results. I also used the ThinkBroadband tests which I think are representative.

It's a pretty techi subject but my first tests were done on a high end WIN7-64 PC. I repeated the same download tests on an old XP box and got much better figures. The problem of slow download speeds can be settings in your PC not the ISP and from what I've read is more likely with WIN7 and older.

Now I've fixed both PC's my SSE download speeds on both are 72-74Mb/s and a 50 Mb file is downloading at 4Mb/S. SSE did not change anything!

Before you complain or post your anger, I'd suggest borrowing a newish PC or laptop if you are running an older Windows PC. Of course you should also connect your test pc directly to their router and reboot both before testing. You should also disable your AV, firewall and other stuff that might slow the test down.
Hampshire SSE  
Very poor speeds with this supplier. Download speed is 0.19 and Upload speed is 0.25. I did a BT speedcheck the guaranteed Min Download speed is 3.0 Mbps
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lower Cambourne SSE  
SSE have cut us off our talk talk broadband have not provided a new router so we cant connect to broadband, and have been disconnect for a week now. After holding the line for 40 min i was promised a router for next day delivery which never arrived, called again and was told it has defiantly been sent out this time and we still don't have a router so cant connect to the internet. please avoid this company if you cant afford to be without internet for long period of time. Most annoyingly they lie.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
newcastle upon tyne SSE  
The fundamental problem with SSE is that their routers cannot provide the speeds they quote without freezing.

The moment your internet speed (i.e. data/time) reaches a certain point, the router will freeze and you will need to restart your device's connection.

This means that for most video streaming services, the video will pause and you will need to restart your internet connection, refresh the video page, and then skip to where you left off.

Likewise, if you are downloading a file via a browser, it will most likely disconnect (thus cancelling the download) within 20 seconds.

I went with SSE for their high speed in my area (~90), and their one month contract. They do provide the speed they advertise, and I've had no issue cancelling my contract.

However, I would never ever recommend SSE to anyone till the company gets off its backside and fixes its hardware issue. I would rather pay more for a slower speed than deal with this frustration again.

Stay far away.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SSE  
I joined Sse as I was unhappy with the poor Internet connection I was getting whilst with my previous supplier BT. I couldn't get BT to solve my connection even though they took £129 off me for a call out. SSE were totally different - from the point I wrote them an email on their complaints forms I was assigned a dedicated sse complaints operative, who responded promptly to me with constructive steps to take to solve my connection. Within 3 weeks an Openreach engineer was outside our house fixing our line, which we didn't pay any money for this time. We've now got a reliable line at the correct speed. Can only say good things about Sse broadband (and nothing good to say about BT).
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Stalbridge SSE  
Have been with SSE less than a month, So far had a whole week with no internet at all, SSE then had an engineer sent over, who fixed it straight away. However broadband speed between about 17:00 until about 22:00 makes it almost unuseable. We have 2 phones and 2 computers connected to it in the house, but even if we switch wireless off on everything but one device, it is still so slow that you can rarely watch a video without constant bufferring. Not what I expected from 'ultra fast fibre broadband'
The customer service I have received from them, has been brilliant thus far, certainly can't fault that in anyway.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cornwall SSE  
Since we moved to SSE Phone and Broadband we have had nothing but problems, all reported and one fix at their end as Openreach confirmed there was no problem at our house. Upgraded to Fibre, and now can't use the internet at all unless you want to visit only the homepage of a website. Now trying to move away from them due to poor service (only been with SSE for 3 weeks) and they are charging me 12 months termination charges even though there has been problems on the line that they can not fix. Senior Management Team did nothing to help other than send a letter saying the complaint in now in Deadlock.

Don't Bother, complete waste of money and time.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Amble SSE  
Very good service, no throttling or anything either. maybe am just lucky?

also managed to get a free static IP
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Merseyside SSE  
After waiting over 6 weeks for the Fibre broadband transfer from EE to be connected, i told them i would be on holiday on the 21st of July they said no problem your connection will still go live as i told them that i had fibre connected before with EE. when i got back i had an answerphone message from a BT engineer saying that we weren't in. Regardless to that i plugged everything in to find fibre speeds of 34mb. Happy customer to that point then on Wednesday the 5th of August i lose my DSL light, ring them the next day to find out that i didn't have a BT engineer call and they automatically disconnected me. Asking for a manager I got a guy called Gary, who promised me that they could fast track it and get it reconnected the following week. I rang Friday to find out that this would then take two weeks, ok i said i need some kind of internet they promised me a dongle to be sent down by Tuesday. Tuesday came and no dongle arrived. Waited another 20 mins on hold for a different manager to promise it me the next day. the day before the connection i rang to make sure if somebody needed to be in the house for the BT engineer, i got told no its fine as its been working before. connection day happens and now i am connected by i am told that BT have to sign it off within 10 days otherwise i will be disconnected again! Ring Gary up again saying that i will cancel, get a promise that it will be sorted with there provider, I asked if this was BT and i got told no they use another provider? So they are piggy backing on another providers internet servers and then they have got to sort out internet. The place is a shambles nobody talks to you if you want to find something out you have to wait for 20 minutes and then get promised things that doesn't happen! I have never needed a BT engineer to plug in Fibre before and when i have had problems in the past other companies have sorted this directly with BT. It's a funny story as i have been connected twice and it working just in 10 days i know i am going to lose it for 10 days.
  • Speed
    5 stars
Swansea SSE  
Done line test with sse to yeast for fibre max results came back saying expected speed of 60 mbps ok not full 76 mbps but good enough how ever after making purchase and setting up and wait more than then 10 days for line to be stable as instructed max speed not passing 42mbps which is no where near 60mbps called to explain problem and to be greater by a extremely rude and arrogant customer service operator who as a answer for everything do yourself a favour and stay well clear of this company full of BS hope at later date I can claim all costs back due to mislead information ie false advertisement
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Carlisle SSE  
I read an Ofcom review of SSE broadband - they have one of the worst drop-out rates on their ADSL service, presumably to drive people to upgrade to the more expensive (nearly) fibre service. I contacted SSE about the number of service drop-outs I am experiencing (2 or more every day) and they said it was because I was using my own router - replacing with SSE's router has not improved the situation. I cannot wait for the contract to end to I can get out and use Plusnet which I use at another location and is much more reliable - even though this location is out in the sticks and the infrastructure is mostly on poles and is old and noisy. I couldn't recommend anyone using SSE for broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wirral SSE  
Ordered broadband on 24th jan now 22nd of Feb still nothing after loads of phone calls to no avail.
Was told to wait until next week
Avoid by all cost
They run threw bt’s network anyway so cut out the middle man
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shifnal SSE  
I've been with SSE broadband for over 12 months and have been delighted. Never had a problem and over 30Mbps on their fibre system. Recently moved house and was particularly impressed. The changeover day between properties was agreed and come the day, I moved the router to the new property, turned on and there it was! No engineer required and well impressed. Would highly recommend
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Newbury SSE  
Today is the first day of my broadband with SSE. Am I impressed? Definitely not! Did they tell me that they did not supply an email service? No. Did they tell me that they don't answer their customer services line within a reasonable time? No. Here I am on day one, waiting for customer services to answer the phone. It is now 7.10 p.m. and I have been waiting since 6.10 p.m. and listening to music and a prerecorded voice saying 'Thank you for your patience, your call will be answered as s soon as possible.' BEWARE!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Gloucester SSE  
Went for the fibre (to the cabinet) option with adsl delivery to the house. Openreach engineer turned up as booked, albeit an hour late. But certainly knew what he was doing and had me up and running an hour later. Had it a week. Impressed with speed - 36 MB download, 10MB upload as measured with speedtest.net. Seems very reliable. Very happy right now.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Newbury SSE  
Swapped to SSE from Talk Talk. Download speed increased from 13Mbps to 17Mbps. Speed can reduce a little in the evening. British call centre. Overall very good value for money.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Sheffireld SSE  
Day 1 - connected phone 1st thing - broadband connected by 6pm. Router setup easy:- admin and admin for access to router
all wifi working no problems speed 34Mbps so far - paid for 68 but this is fine for me. Much better than EE which was 0-3 in a constant cycle. So far, so good.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Epsom SSE  
Oh my god I can not wait to get out of the contract with SSE Broadband and phone, its the Broadband ever since I joined from day one until my 18 months is finishing soon, I have lost internet from day 1, oh and I was told its my pc, over and over again, but no it wasn't, also I think the people who you think can help you they do not have enough technology to help, totally useless, anyone
thinking of joining SSE Broadband and phone DONT
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lincolnshire SSE  
NEVER GO WITH SSE BROADBAND If I could put zero then I would have done, been on SSE broadband for 18 months, wish I never joined. From the first month onwards I have had nothing but problems, broadband is so slow, all I get is no connection, I phoned up they said its my pc, luckily I know about computers, so then line was not working etc etc, really have had enough of SSE broadband and no advisors seem to know how to solve the problems, am paying up early just to get away from SSE, never experienced such a bad service, am going back to SKY
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lincolnshire SSE  
Good customer service and broadband speed great .
Would recommend.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Newlyn SSE  
abysmal broadband strength - & this is in Central London, not some rural out of the way location.
Insufficient strength to access email or google on several occasions over the weekend, let alone watch Iplayer, which were all possible with previous provider
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
central london SSE  
Very poor ADSL service, customer services is non-existent unless you wish to stay on the phone for close to 30 minutes listening to Nat King Cole before you get to a real person. Constant dropouts, high latency issues whilst playing PC games (WoW etc) extreme lag & rubber banding. Overall very displeased with service. In other words AVOID THIS ISP LIKE THE PLAGUE...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Harrogate SSE  
To say the service is P**s poor is an understatement, ever since getting the service I have had nothing but issues with it, I have to reset the router every second day, YouTube is useless at times as is iPlayer,Netflix and Now TV due to buffering.

AVOID AT ALL COSTS ITS JUST NOT WORTH THE HASSLES
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Harrogate SSE  
The only problem I had was with openreach getting my line connected. my activation date went by and still no service. my account was upscaled to a manager who rang me everyday with updates from openreach. my line was finally connected 6 days late. not sse fault at all. at the end of it a £50 credit was put on my account and my broadband is stable at 68mps. Customer service is good
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Dunfermline SSE  
Ordered broadband June 7th. Phone didn't get turned on til June 30th!! Only received router July 24th but...it doesn't work at all. Worse service ever!! Totally ridiculous for an ISP!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield SSE  
Signed up June 7th... Still no broadband. Stay away from this company....they are not worth the aggravation!!
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Sheffield SSE  
Nearly switched from Sky until Sky advised to look at Fibre Broadband connection charge which can be from £30 to £60 approx. It's in the small print. Naughty as I thought SSE was above that.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Wirral SSE  

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