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
    2.8 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 471 customer ratings since 2019-09-23 (Show all time ratings)

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404 Customer Reviews for SSE

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DO NOT USE SSE!!!!! after installing router we have had a few days of poor quality internet, then nothing. its been over a week with no internet, no customer service, you wait hours to speak to someone and then the line goes dead. no answer over and over again. Repeat DO NOT USE SSE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cornwall SSE  
Am 'live' today. Or would be if the router arrived which it wont for at least 3 days so I don't have internet access. Thanks for nothing sse and once I'm set up I'll be cancelling.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
County Durham SSE  
We were due to be connected on 30th November and now 13 days later we still have no broadband. Shocking customer service. Will be switching as soon as possible.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
County Durham SSE  
Worst broadband I've ever used. 0.5 Mb/s download, what is that about? I'm supposed to be getting 80Mb/s.

Speedtest.net says 60Mb/s, Microsoft.com download achieves 20kB/s. Traffic Shaping ultimate fail.

No thanks.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Crewe SSE  
Worst service I have ever had the do not answer emails
Have had problems since 2018 broadband connections
Cutting off all the time very poor customer service
For disabled OAP
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Crieff SSE  
Exasperated . Accept Covid has caused service issues but SSE online information is poor, the accounts page is lacking clarity and there is no way to check what your current Broadband deal is and when it expires and if SSE have carried out a renewal.
Their packages have names but these are not named on the SSE Deals page . My latest Bill does not explain if my new deal has been activated.
They have not responded to my emails.
Very disappointed, they do not give enough info online for me to resolve my problem.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
croydon SSE  
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  
My first time with SSE was brought to and abrupt parting of the ways by a house move. Overall at the time I was pretty happy with them. The accounts system was one of the best I had come across, never as mistake, an overcharge, nothing. Support at that time was pretty brilliant if you could not get through the automated system asked if you wanted a call back and gave you an approximate lead time, and it worked, brilliant! The only downside I recall was the fair usage policy, which quite simply was not fair and caused a lot of frustration at times and up to the time of writing is still sadly in place. I tried to transfer my account to the new address but was informed they could not supply to that address at that time.

I tried 2 other broadband suppliers, neither one up to much. I won’t name them here.

(But they were Sky and Plusnet)

Later SSE became available. So this is my second time with them and my 18 month agreement has come to an end. I have sadly made the decision to move on. The systems and accounts department are still solid. As far as support goes the automated call back system is no longer there and your stuck with the endless wait times, though the staff have always been helpful. I have been on a supposed 35mb fibre connection which for the most part seems to operate between 8mb and 20 mb and the test were run in the main via ethernet cable. I understand that they are thinking about moving over from unlimited broadband to truly unlimited. I f anyone from SSE happens to read this I would like you to know how much you have got right and to thank you for it. What a shame!
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Cumbria SSE  
I’ve been with SSE since April 2018 when I relocated from Yorkshire. I cannot fault the service I’ve received.
I constantly achieve the average speeds advertised and am on a rolling monthly contract so if I wanted to (which I don’t) I could cancel with no termination fee.
There have been occasional outages, but these were rare and beyond SSE’s control as large geographical areas were affected at the time.
I’ve always got through to customer services without too long a wait and have found them to be very courteous and helpful, on the rare occasions that I’ve had contact them.
I live in a smallish village in Cumbria so I’m not sure if this is why I get such good service, compared to bigger conurbations where demand for internet services may be higher.
WiFi coverage is good with just 2 blind spots in a 4 bedroomed detached house.
Value for money has always been good.
I did however change the DNS settings on my smartblu-ray player as I began to have problems streaming when using SSE’s DNS address, I expect they were traffic managing, however my service has recently been upgraded to truly unlimited with no traffic management.
I’ve done regular comparisons with other providers but haven’t changed because the costs savings would be minimal and why risk going with another provider when I’ve received such a good service?!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Cumbria SSE  
Absolutely shocking. Was fine when 1st went in but a month later the blaming covid for slow speed. We pay for upto 70mbwe were averaging 34 mg and that was fine. Suddenly were on around 4mg bearing in mind we have 2 kids and out TVs are all internet service providers and rely on good speed. Have contacted sse and not a thing been done or said. Got to an escalation point yesterday and we have escalated it but they just dont give any cares at all. We will be leaving sse and not paying to do so as there not proving a service we pay for. Dont bother people its shocking
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
DAVENTRY SSE  
Utter rubbish.

There is a lot of network throttling during peak times, and of course peak times are essentially any time OTHER THAN 9-5, when everyone is at work - meaning you are ALWAYS throttled during any normal time of day - think abysmal streaming speeds, piss poor download speeds and shocking connection stability - online gaming is just a nightmare.

The 'Technicolour' router is the biggest pile of garbage on the market, whoever in SSE thought this was a good product to give to customers must have been swung full force at a wall as a baby. The connection strength is non-existent, I have zero/one bar (effectively no usable connection) in my bedroom, which is no more than 4m from the router, through two walls (only one structural). The router will also randomly drop out for absolutely no reason.

I only chose SSE as they were the only provider to offer a 1-month rolling, and since I get my electricity with SSE I got a decent discount. If you are not limited by needing a 1-month rolling period, DO NOT GET SSE - you will experience nothing but misery when dealing with anything internet related. If you absolutely must use SSE (for whatever ungodly reason), invest in an aftermarket router, probably something by Netgear - and use the Technicolour P.O.S as a modem only.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Derby SSE  
Really impressed! Having experienced switch overs before I expected the usual chasing and days without any internet but I had nothing of the sort! It was really straight forward, I just filled out a form online and was told that they would be touch within so many days. I received a letter in time with all the T+Cs and to let me what to expect and when. Without me doing anything else, my old supplier contacted me to say that SSE had been in touch and they knew I was leaving. I was told when an engineer would come (I was given a 4hr window to expect them). The engineer arrived as expected and I had, at most, 1 hour without internet! There's been no problems so far!! I have never known any switch to go this smoothly! And at such a great price too, way below everyone else. I had to call customer services to ask 1 question, I had to wait to speak to someone for 40mins (hence 4 stars) but when I got through to someone they went above and beyond to help. I really can't speak highly enough of this company.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Devon SSE  
From day one speeds were terrible also the system keeps stalling and freezing .After numerous calls to SSE still no better and life is too short to keep running tests for them, talking to a telephone engineer who was working locally he tells me it is possibly the modem and even one SSE operator told me their modems are not the best.But no offer of a replacement modem in fact I have told them that even if offered ( which I have not been ) I do not want one,I will run the contract and good bye to SSE NEVER AGAIN.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Devon SSE  
I just switched last week so early days, but after using talk talk and BT, it a breath of fresh air. The switch over did not go quite to plan due to BT but when I rang the customer support no menu's, no holding, just right through to a UK centre who are brilliant. I checked my speed last week before I switched and it was about 7.00 mb in the morning.(I used 3 checkers to get an average) As soon as I had my line connected I re checked the speed and was getting 18-20 mb. How does that work as its the same line. Anyway, as I said early days but its worth it just for the customer support!
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Devon SSE  
Was satisfied at first but had to contact SSE about dropping diwnload speeds. Seemed to respond for a few months until everything crashed. Now have no landline connection and download speeds of less than 1Mbps. SSE are not responding.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Devon SSE  
Just changed to them on the 6th July, first test was 49 download speed and great upload speed, OMG what went wrong in 24 hrs!!!??? Carried out speed test on 7th, download 9 but upload still ok. I was getting 19-20 download with Plusnet on ordinary broadband!!! Ultrafast Fibre, no way!! Sent email for explanation, no reply yet.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
DINGWALL, HIGHLAND SSE  
I have a busy household who consume bandwidth like there is no tomorrow. We were with Virgin until last year, but were having problems with the twin boys' xbox gaming, as they were getting kicked off servers in the evenings. Virgin told us there was a faulty bit of kit attached to the same node of us, but they had NO WAY TO LOCATE IT. As soon as we could leave, We did. SSE were doing the fibre intro deals so I snapped up the 78Mb/s package.

It all started out quite well. Speeds seemed fast (I didnt obsess over it and benchmark it every day or anything) but over time the service has got slower and slower and slower. I'm writing this now at 9.08pm and I'm getting 0.59Mb/s on the download cycle, 0.11Mb/s on the upload cycle. We restart the BT fibre box and the shocking Technocolor router (the worst router in the world - official) a couple of times a week. Its still rubbish. Calling SSE broadband is a waste of time. Not once have I spoken with anyone who has any technical skills (I work in IT/networking and know what I'm talking about). The helplines seem to be staffed by young girls trained for sales. Think I'll give them a call tomorrow and tell them I'm cancelling my direct debit in protest at the rubbish broadband speeds I'm getting, see where that goes.

Oh, and dont bother calling them late at night or on a weekend. There is no one there.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Doncaster SSE  
Broadband worked well till it failed on sunday am. Found there was no support after 1400 Sat. Spoke to the 1 person on support for phones who thought the broadband line was OK but she didnt have any broadband training. Documentation with the router is non existant. So no advice what to do if you can resolve problems with a power off/on. No info on how to log onto the router admin from a laptop. Found that out by guesswork. Once on I could see a PPP error. But again no info on what user/password I should have set here. No info on whether I should reboot to factory settings from the laptop or the reset 'hole' on back of router. So no broadband for 24 hrs due to lack of support or any support info. Not every customer could have tried fixing these problems, but I could have, if there had been some support paperwork with the router. Seriously considering asking to go back to my old slow& more expensive PhoneCoop provider. They were good & reliable.
Not of this helped by SSE failure to realise the original go live request had failed & thus my cutover was 2 weeks later than required. Plus SSE sent out router only 1 working day before cutover & then set out another on the afternoon after I went live. Overall a shambles of a company for broadband & I wont be recommending it to anybody. Shame as the phone service has been good.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dorset SSE  
Ok. So i signed up with SSE about 3 years ago (on 18month plan) when the area first became fibre enabled and my existing supplier didnt provide a fibre service. They had a crazy deal on where it was free for the first 6 months.

Ridiculously - they didnt request the fibre connection from BT until the day they took over my line - basically leaving me without internet for a month while I awaited connecting.

However, since then I have had good reliable service. Speed is constantly above 30mb. There was a month where the speeds really dropped off to the extent even a youtube video would buffer and I was barely getting 1mb when I tested - however I emailed and they did some tests and resolved the issue pretty swiftly to be fair.

Since then - aside from (literally a couple of times) where I have just needed to reset the router, I have had no problems at all with the service.

We are moving house in about a month though now so have found myself here looking to see what deals there are and have realised that having been out of contract for a while we are probably overpaying. I suppose given my last experience switching to them has made me nervous about changing again for fear of being left internetless for a month.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Dorset SSE  
We had limited choice of broadband provider as we're renting temporarily and didn't want to be tied into a yearly contract. SSE offer a monthly contract so despite a lot of bad reviews we went ahead and we were impressed right from the start. Customer service has a call back service so we don't have to hold on forever (and they really do call back!) and the advisers are friendly and helpful. We were connected earlier than expected which was great and we've been using it for over a month now with no problems. When we move to our permanent home, we're considering SSE for a longer term contract. Highly recommended!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Drumnadrochit SSE  
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  
Cheap and nasty .you get what you pay for. We were with BT for 14 years with minimal issues. We switched over to SSE for price reasons and sure enough we have a never ending problems. It takes on average 40 minutes to reply any customer service phone lines. I would avoid this like the plague if you’re looking for a broadband provider
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dundee 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  
Avoid them at all costs, below average broadband with no customer support.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • 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  
Oddly after multiple attempts at calling and waiting, I got through to a perfect Customer Service rep
She explained my Billing
SSE being a big company has poor Front end IT and user interface (especially Utility firms)and leaves many confused about billing - the Online experience for SSE, once into ones account is very poor. Big companies suffer from this because of very poor and dogmatic myopic hiring protocol and not thinking outside of the box, thats why I stay small and nimble.
So SSE is not specifically different but could improve significantly.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Essex 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  
SSE try to be helpful but speed is dreadful. Was better off with Plusnet but they put their price up too much which made me change.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
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  

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