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 444 customer ratings since 2018-07-24 (Show all time ratings)

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321 Customer Reviews for SSE

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Very unreliable, ok at times , but so very bad at others. Andn if you want to do something online you really dont want to wait until its ok to do it. Also slow and a lot of buffering. NO from me, wont recomend and wont renew, will leave for a more reliable service asap
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
DUMFRIES 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  
Well. I have to say what a totally useless internet service! Appalling fibre optic speeds, constantly streaming.

Its cheap for a reason! Customer service is hopeless, i have contacted customer services on numerous occasions and they advise me the service is running as it should.
Well they clearly don't know how to test it or repair it. i was told its an issue with my line, only last year his was all replaced by BT, so I know its not that causing the issues.
Don't sign up for this totally hopeless internet service.

Stick with who you know that provide a usable service.

Totally useless provider that clearly are not up to the game.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
East Sussex SSE  
Having got fed up with BT's never ending stealth price rises, I looked for alternatives.
For £12 per month line rental with free, unlimited broadband this seems too good to be true.
It's actually much better than I expected.
I know they do traffic management, but I haven't been aware of it happening here yet.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
east yorks SSE  
Since day one of switch over from plusnet my speed is in the 5-15MPS when before I was getting 50-70Mps I have given up ringing and waiting for this to get sorted one common excuse is it takes a few days to settle which is utter nonsense I have emailed them requesting disconnection and will go back to plusnet or BT. Don't use this company.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
eastleigh SSE  
SSE is cheap, has a 1 month contract and the customer service is OK inasmuch as they answer the phone fairly quickly and speak English. However, I have had recurring technical problems, the computer disconnecting from the server even though the signal is strong, dropouts when it is connected, and most of the time a broadband speed of around 0.5Mb - rather less than the "up to 17Mb" promised. SSE customer services seem to be just guessing at the cause, replacing a cable or a filter, blaming it on the line etc. all to no avail. Out of sheer frustration I am now on the verge of moving to another supplier.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  
I have been an SSE customer for over a year now. The broadband package has been reliable, the speed as promised. I am most impressed with their customer service. Every time I contacted them whether to ask a question regarding my account or to switch tariff- I could not fault their professionalism nor the speed with which they resolve anything. I contacted them today after receiving a letter informing me that the package price will increase next month as my 1 year contract is due to be renewed.I asked to switch to another deal-lower than what I pay now and with the same benefits, which was immediately processed, no questions asked, no trying to sell any other products I might not want or wish to listen to an extensive sale 'pitch'. Simple and forward, 2 minutes phone call with a very friendly and professional call handler. I highly recommend this provider. Thank you
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Edinburgh SSE  
Wow...the worst experience i have ever had dealing with a company. We have been left without internet for about a month.
The Customer service team would say one thing one day and another thing another day. One day they would give us one date and another day another for us to go live.
It became so ridiculous with so much communication and always been told something and that not really being the case, that I eventually had to cancel it to get out of it.
Customer Service people seem to be helping and seem sincere, but it appears to me, they themselves have no idea often about stuff and just come out with something just for the sake of providing an answer.
what a waste of our time!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  
Broadband Appoling
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  
Bloody annoyed switched from talk talk to sse thinking it would be better and no its all gone off line and broadband and tried calling and it seems when you select option for problems they make you wait for ever so not managed to talk to anyone still so sat here no Internet and can't find out why jokes
Emsworth SSE  
Changed from Smalltalk as their prices kept going up and broadband very slow, been very happy with SSE GREAT FIBRE BROADBAND SPEED ,Very very happy
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
ENFIELD 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  
Connected to wrong exchange for two weeks until I suggested it was a second exchange in the same town! Very poor speeds continue. Tried to put up prices until I advised it was a fixed 3 year term. Therefore not the best.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Essex SSE  
0.02mb/s to 3mbs depending on time of day. regularly drops out. customer services very polite and friendly, UK based and answer within seconds, but yet to resolve issue.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Essex SSE  
Switched from BT after nearly 2 years of decreasing speeds and constant loss of service. BT constantly told me there was no problem and that it must be something wrong at my end. I decided to switch to SSE as they were cheaper and was not really expecting an improved service. However, my average speed has now doubled and the connection is constant (it used to drop about 10 times a day with BT). I had one bad day, with dropped connections, a couple of weeks after it was first installed and called SSE - they actually sorted the problem immediately and called me several times over the following days to check that everything was working ok. No problems since. That rare thing - a better than expected service.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex 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  
Customer service has been awful - broadband delayed by six weeks. They didn't contact us to arrange fitting of the new fibre modem, failed to correctly book a fitting date. On the plus side now installed we are getting 36mb on fibre.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex SSE  
I have switched from Sky and service is good, speed is constant 70mb+ downlink and 20mb+ uplink competitive price. 3 months passed no issue so far.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Eton Wick SSE  
Do not bother with this shower. Signed up to move from BT due to issues with BT. Lord knows why I bothered as BT are far superior based to this shower. SSE told BT my move was scheduled for the 20th March which BT actioned. However Shambolic Service Extrodinaire managed not to tell BT that there were problems - result = no broadband for me. Have wasted at least two hours of my valuable lifespan trying to resolve the issue. SSE not really interested and still cannot give me a date as to when the transfer will be completed. Looking at going cap in hand to BT to go back to them. Suppose the old adage is you get what you pay for, and with SSE you get poor service where they blame the other party until its proven its SSE's fault. Ofcom here I come. They offered £30 to buy a mobile dongle, great if you live in an area where mobile signal is ok - guess what, I do not. When I told them that no other offer made.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Flintshire SSE  
I was with sse fibre broadband for a couple of weeks when the problems began, I had 2 main problems 1: complete loss of broadband, 2:Speed dropping to less than 512kbps,this happened many times over a 6 month period, when I complained they kept going through the same rigmarole, I told them many times that I had done the test required by them, each time, and knew what to do, as I am a qualified computer engineer. They wouldn't send a engineer out,and the problem remained. Even after contacting the ombudsman and providing evidence of the problems, nothing was done. Oddly enough ,6 months after the initial complaint, when I told Sse that I had complained to the ombudsman the speed improved, I got a regular speed of 38.6 mbps until september,when the ombudsman failed me and I pulled out of the contract. I was informed by a close friend, who us an ex-fibre broadband engineer that it is BT openreach's fault as they are known to reduce speeds purposely, to encourage you to either upgrade or to move over to B.T. Its a huge con and nobody does anything about it because B.T are in control.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
fulwood preston SSE  
Avoid at all costs. If there was a zero rating I would definitely choose that for the Speed and reliability options above.

I have been having issues with this service since signing up some 6 months ago.

Firstly, the package which I signed up for was only partially taken over which meant even though I had ordered Telephone, Calls and Broadband in a package they only ported over the telephone line and not the broadband too. This meant that I was being billed from them for the full package and from my previous supplier for the broadband too.

Having since rectified this and since the broadband has been provided by SSE I have had barely any service with intermittent complete drop outs if it works at all.

I went through all their tests and still there were issues I asked for a new router and they never sent one. I also called back and they said that they had closed the complaint as they called me and no one answered - how about leaving a message???

I called to let them know I would be going with another supplier and they tried to pull the old "termination fee" being in the "terms and conditions of the contract" to which I politely reminded the call handler, through a muffled laugh, that it was indeed them who were in breach of contract and that they are more than welcome to pursue me under breach of contract if they foolishly believed they would indeed win.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow SSE  
OMG...how disappointed am I!! From time hanging on phone to speak to customer services to not receiving a start date and they gad arranged an engineer without me knowing appointment! Super fast fibre my backside! I had at least 10mbps with bt normal broadband now I have just under 3mbps with sse superfast fibre! I am one extremely unhappy customer! I'm thinking if cancelling contract as they do not deliver what they advertise gggrrrr and thinking if reporting to trading standards for false advertising
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow 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  
Really happy and satisfied with my broadband and homephone services from sse that o recently changed over to from plusnet bonus is getting my home phone and broadband for only £18.99 for 18 months as a new customer so happy days no problem with my broadband at all with sse unlike plusnet which i had a terrible broadband service from highly recomend sse broadband and home phone services
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Gorton Manchester SSE  
It just didn't deliver as promised, though they tried to resolve it I just couldn't carry on with the slowness of the broadband. That may be down to the Bt line in or down to sse, I don't know. I have a better connection using the tether on my mobile data bundle..
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Gosport SSE  
After repeatedly phoning you to say I cancelled my order, you have sent me the box, so had to send that back. My phone was cut off on the 5th as you were late in letting BT know. Today I received a letter saying you have set up my direct debit. Which I have cancelled.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Grantown-on-Spey SSE  
Poor service, average reliability, terrible speeds and regular drop outs. Got this for the price, but won't be with SSE once the contract period ends. For those who want to know, I was told speeds of 13mbps would be the norm, (after testing). On first install I was indeed getting 13-15mbps. Now, just a few months later, highest I get is 2-5mbps, and I frequently find it's dropped below 1mbps. I know the line is fine, so it's SSE throttling it. We use it for catch up TV and normal web browsing.
V. Poor.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
GU9 SSE  
I cannot comment on the broadband as SSE have failed to provide a service although it was supposed to be up and running on FebruarY 15TH. Our previous provider therefore shut down broadband and telephone on 14th. As a result we had no landline for 16 hours and have now been told our broadband will become available on Wednesday 27th.. I could go on about the number of calls I have had to make and the reasons I have been given for the poor service but the lack of service has impacted on work,communication and has been costly in terms of phone calls and searching for wifi devices and has caused quite a lot of stress. I find customer service polite and helpful but in the end SSE failed to provide the service we signed up to. This has not happened before with previous suppliers and therefore is very disappointing and not good enough.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Gullane SSE  
SSE - the worst experience I ever had. I was attracted to the low monthly cost, about 20 quid. However, the consistent signal drop for 30 sec to 1 minute renders Netflix and Amazon useless. I experience that loss of signal when banking on-line!
I spoke to them, they gave me a pep talk about "you live in a congested area " and nothing else happened. Well guess what SSE? The traffic will only continue to grow. I feel like they are still in the nineties.
Imagine watching GOT and the fly of the dragons are frozen ... Relaunch Netflux ... Go back to "Resume" ... :))) pretty cool eh?
My advice to everyone reading this: avoid SSE broadband like a plague.
Horrible.
They are either a bunch of incompetents or a bunch of cheap corporate mongers practicing "traffic management". Pay up a tenner more for anyone out there and have proper internet, proper service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hackbridge SSE  
Having been with SSE for 3 years, I was disappointed to note that my monthly charge had increased without any notification when the contract had lapsed after 2 years. On contacting the Customer Service Team via email with my complaint, it was dealt with in a very professional manner & within 4 working days. They promptly transferred me to a better deal & gave me a small financial credit for my troubles. I am happy to say, this was a very easy complaint to sort & dealt with very efficiently. I continue to be an SSE Broadband & Phone customer.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Halifax SSE  
The WORST broadband experience ever. I had a persistent fault on my connection that SSE were completely incapable of dealing with. Customer services were CLUELESS, wait times were anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to speak to anyone. They NEVER called back when they said they would. Completely INCOMPETENT! Don't do it. If you do and you have a problem then good luck.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hampshire SSE  
no stars as did all reading up about them, spoke to them on the phone to ask a few questions, then phoned next day only to find that they would only supply the service if you had a phone line already, I had established that this was not required, then they moved the goalposts, although the offer was not supposed to end till 16/9, I wasted hours on this for nothing.
Hampshire 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 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  
Moved to SSE recently from BT, who kept adding things to my account I didn't ask for (i.e. BT Sport). I have never switched before, however, and was a little apprehensive about doing it.

I have gone from paying £200 a quarter to £87 for the same level of service (17mb unlimited broadband and anytime calls). SSE have also given me this for £5 a month for the first 6 months (including line rental!).

The speeds are also faster, as I have a new router, I suppose.

Thus, I am very impressed. Their energy prices are totally extortionate, but broadband is fantastic. Thanks, SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SSE  
We just switched to SSE and this has been the worst decision ever, they say up to 7.5mbps but were actually receiving at the most i've tested 2mbps.
Its shocking and now we are stuck in a contract with a terrible supplier.
Thats what you get for a cheaper price. Avoid at all costs
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hellifield, Skipton SSE  
I switched from BT infinity to SSE £21 - 18 month offer. It just worked, no problems so far.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Henfield west sussex SSE  
After some difficulty with enabling the connection , SSE are as good as another provider, the customer service I found good.
The initial difficulties seem to stem from the Open Reaches way of doing the connection, in a word POOR. SSE customer services were good and provide compensation for the finical costs incurred by the delay.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Henley on Thames SSE  
I moved to SSE for price reasons and, on the basis that BT and Plusnet had previously provided good service, thought what could possibly go wrong? Well actually it goes wrong alot. Nearly everynight in fact between 6-11pm. It normally drops to 0.01mbps (that's not a typo!) which effectively means there is zero internet - its not even fast enough to complete the BT wholesale speed test. I've had multiple visits to investigate 'line faults' (as if line faults would happen only in peak times). Eventually they said they couldn't help with me. So I took them to the ombudsman who said hard luck on the basis that SSE state that they traffic manage. So if you have no requirement to use the internet in the evening then I highly recommend them. For everyone else, PLEASE STEER WELL CLEAR!!
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Hertfordshire SSE  

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