SSE 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
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars

Based on 506 customer ratings since 2018-03-22 (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.

300 Customer Reviews for SSE

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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  
I applied online for their ultra fast fibre broadband mainly due to the cheap deal they had for £21. AVOID them at all costs!
On application I received an email confirming my order and I was aware it could take upto 21 days to change over. After 21 days I received nothing so rang customer services who were useless and told me that my online application hadn't gone through. I asked if they could fast track me another one and hey said no, you'll have to wait another 3 weeks. Appalling company, constantly on hold with customer services and reps appear to have no idea what they are doing. Don't bother with their online chat function either they haven't got a clue and apparently have 'limited access' to systems. I had problems with this lot with electricity many years ago but gave them the benefit of the doubt - AVOID AVOID AVOID!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cheshire SSE  
Waited in all day for the BT engineer, only to be told that they often don't need to call at your home, but also don't tell you when they're finished at the exchange/ junction box.

I was told I was getting the full 80Mbps, got 55Mbps until I upgraded the master socket myself (which the engineer was supposed to do). I still only get 65Mbps.

This is not a truly unlimited service either, they have pretty brutal traffic shaping. My P2P traffic in is down to about 0.3% of full speed, even in the middle of the night.

I wouldn't have signed up knowing what I do know, and will terminate the contract after the 18 months is up
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Liverpool SSE  
STAY AWAY.
After looking into SSE to replace BT for my phone and broadband - their deal for £21 seemed appealing. Spoke to their agent as I was not keen on paying the conection charge I as informed that as a current BT customer I would not be charged. So I went ahead with the the online application. Two days later I receive the paper work which I read through. I notice the connection charge. So I call them... 40 mins on hold I get to an agent. I enquire about the connection charge... They tell me to hold on. They come back and ask me when I applied for the service. I would have expected they know as they have sent me the paperwork!!! They then inform me that the charge was introduced a few days ago before I applied for the service. Connector charge is £60.

Cheap deal but found them to be dishonest
St. Neots SSE  
When being a new customer looking to take my business to SSE ... you'd have thought someone would have been interested in making contact with me ... but no. Decided that if they cannot be bothered with new business then they certainly wont be bothered once your captured. Shame on you
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Midlands SSE  
TOP CLASS service just became a customer today everything went as according to plan and the fibre speeds exceed Virgin Media in this area !!!, keep the good work up folks.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Melton Mowbray SSE  
Absolutely appaling customer service. I had broadband for literally 2 days before they accidentally cut me off. Ive now lost my slot on the exchange so I am left with the lowest speed I've had until another slot becomes available. The only good thing is they let me cancel my contract with no penalty after agreeing their customer service had been appaling. AVOID
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scunthorpe 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  
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  
Am actually not sure what the fibre speed would be but I almost signed up to the SSE £21 deal today but had one more go at getting a good deal with my current provider TalkTalk and they are giving me free fibre broadband for 12 months so will only be paying £17.70 per month for better more reliable download speeds by the looks of the reviews on here and am so glad I read the reviews so I would say check with your current provider first and you may get a better deal and a more reliable service - I am one happy customer now and TalkTalk will be switching me to my free fibre broadband in 9 days with no fees or extra charges
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
London SSE  
Great service and speed.Very satisfied.Broadband speed better that Virgin and half price.Recommended!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Wirral SSE  
only joined just under a month ago, I emailed them through there online form to complain about my speeds on the 28th of june 14 days after i was connected. I was estimated 55mbps download and this drops to under 7mbps in the evenings, as of today the 6th of July still no response and just tried to contact them by phone again and was on hold for over 15mins without speaking to anyone . I give up .stay well away from this broadband supplier and don't be tempted by the cheap prices , I admit I was but just not worth the hassle .
Newhaven east Sussex 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  
I have to write this for a friend who still currently has no internet.

SSE are a terrible company and shouldn't even be considered. You may as well go for a more expensive company over this or a company which provides less Mbps.

My friend recently moved last week and had to pay £200 just for this company to transfer over the broadband signal. They were promised that by the 4th this month they would have /both/ their broadband and internet. However, surprisingly, the 4th comes along and by the end of the night only the phone works. They phone up and got informed there is a 40 minute queue and that SSE will phone them up later. Later comes and there's no phone call. My friend continually phones them and she gets informed that she will have to wait until midnight to see if the internet connects. Midnight arrives and there is still no internet. They phone up the next day and get informed that oh, actually, your internet should be up today, not tomorrow, but we didn't tell you about this, nor did we give you any documents informing of the change. Nonetheless, my friend waits the day out. Nothing happens.

Now it hits today, the 6th and still no internet. They phone up, asking why the deadline hasn't been delivered and guess what SSE say? They inform my friend that actually, they aren't customers anymore because of the moving, that actually they are sending a new Router over because apparently their current router isn't good enough and that the router will most likely take another week to arrive.

My friend lives in Wales and only moved over a mile or two away from their current address so it's not as if the signal was going to struggle.

My friend is now £200 short.

I hope no one else bothers with SSE due to how appalling they've treated my friends family. You may as well dish out an extra £5 a month to get a broadband provider that actually helps you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Wales SSE  
broadband speed very erratic some times very very slow and didn't have problem with previous supplier plusnet on speed not what promised. be careful when signing as i was miss lead on the 14 days cancellation policy.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
romford SSE  
Poor service from start to finish waited 6 weeks being told my provider was holding up the change over. In reality sse could not get their act together. Went to complaints team who could only advise that they could take my phone over but the the broadband would take another 20+ days. Customer service not good. Can't comment on broadband as the company is incapable of providing this service. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leatherhead 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  
New customer hope to change to S S E on phone over 5 minutes waiting gave up no one answered
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Maldon SSE  
We wanted to get Broadband with SSE so when we called they said that some one would call us back that evening or the next day That never happened I think there customer service is very poor for trying to help get new customers. I did read that SSE customer serive was bad that is very true we won't be going with them
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Berkshire SSE  
Terrible customer services. Imagine being on hold for 38 minutes listening to cap crooners.. no wonder people hang up and come here to write reviews.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Wirral SSE  
Very very bad service we called to join and after a long wait we was told someone would call us the next day that never happened not good customer service if SSE want new customers as we have decided not to go wth them now
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Berkshire SSE  
found this ultrafast service on google,at £21 total month3amly cost i thought its too good to be true! bt service terminated at 3am (38meg service supposedly,got much less),i plugged in new router and was running in 10 minutes,blistering speed 75.6dl/19.8ul, get it while its still available !
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
notts SSE  
Ultra Fast fibre really bad. BTW downloads can be below 40Mbps. Worst is 100Mb test file dowloads Think Broadband: Download rate can be anything from 120kb/s to 4Mb/s. Their test file downloads can be 10 minutes to 20 seconds. I am right on the BT fibre cabinet, it is their Daisy ISP that seems to be putting in the throttle or bottleneck for what should be an Ultra Fast Fibre service. Try the test file download yourself and at different times.
Southampton SSE  
Well these guys are rude and can't behave and are obviously trying to get a one-up on customers. They have a "cooling-off" period where they expect you to chase them to install. Well I don't know where they got the idea they were so great but they aren't.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london SSE  
The speed is totally crap. Was suppose to get up to 79Mbps, but I'm actually getting 80, maybe 85Kbps download speed! Will have a word with SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Newport SSE  
Moved from Sky to SSE, what a great decision and great deal.
Everything happened as planned and at the arranged times, I have absolutely no reservations in recommending this service and thank SSE for a hassle free changeover and look forward to being a customer for many years to come
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Bicester SSE  
Changeover handled very efficiently SSE arranged it for 20 June and it was delivered and installed by Open Reach on that day. Very impressed with the service and am certainly recommending SSE broadband to my friends. Has reduced my broadband/phone bills by two thirds.
Very happy customer. Thank you SSE
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Blairmore, Dunoon SSE  
Absolutely atrocious. To cut a long story short a month has passed and they are still unable to even process the application. Have spent what seems like days on the phone and eventually because they had no idea what to do. I have told them to forget it. Supposedly they will be compensating me with £50. Don't go anywhere near SSE for broadband. Hopeless.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Chorley SSE  
Absolutely abysmal service. Stay clear. Due to change over from BT last Tuesday, phone and broadband. Phone was changed over. They failed to tell me an engineer was coming to change socket for broadband. Did not know this until got home and found note through door from engineer. Tried phoning SSE that night, after an hour someone answered who said they were only taking messages and would get someone to call me the next night. Guess what no-one called back. Next night after an hour got through to someone who aid they would be in touch to re-arrange engineer visit. On Saturday someone called to say they would contact me by phone either later on Saturday or Monday to let me know when engineer would be coming. Guess what-no call yet. I spent over 30minutes on the phone tonight but did not get through to anyone. I did get a letter today saying they want to resolve my complaint to my satisfaction and will be in touch in due course. Easily soled-Answer the phone-Call back when you say you will-Arrange engineer visit. Surely not difficult. Hint to anyone thinking of changing anything-find the customer service number and call it and see how long you have to wait. If it is a long time they must have loads of complaints. Final bit of advice-AVOID SSE. Only 18 months to go before I can change provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Runcorn SSE  
Still no broadband after a week. Never answer the phone and when they do you get smirked at, can only think this is a regular occurrence. Absolutely terrible company. Definitely AVOID!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Maldon 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  
Moved from BT Infinity to SSE BB and Phone package at half the cost. Everything has gone great from the outset. Connected today and very easy to set up. Lot quicker than BT Early days but very happy so far.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Lancashire SSE  
The transfer from BT was not bad, only thing to fault, was the engineer did not turn up, rang up customer service who advised everything had been done and the engineer did not have to attend the property. Setting up was easy and compare to BT who I was paying £50 for the same service, this is a lot better deal, same service but cheaper price. If you do have BT, I would recommend to change to SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Bradford SSE  
This is not an actual review of SSE, rather a review of why I am not with them. After being with TalkTalk almost from their inception I decided it was time to upgrade to fibre. As the T-T offering seemed quite expensive to upgrade I went online with a well know switching site and it appeared that SSE were offering an excellent deal for £21 a month unlimited calls, fibre B-Band etc. I duly put all of the info into their site and was told that I had to call them 'for a few remaining details' After 4 successive calls, being on hold for around 15-20 mins each time I gave up and called TT to discuss cancellation. Although not matching the SSE deal they have upgraded me to fibre for free, with no additional installation or delivery costs for a year and without all the hassle of switching, changing email etc. SSE would almost certainly have got my business initially if they had answered the phone (which TT did within 30 seconds) but clearly their customer service is either too over stretched or they just don't care. I can accept peak demand issues but the calls were over a few days with a min of 10 mins on hold each time before I gave up. Finally I cannot recommend highly enough the T-T representative in the Lancashire call centre who sorted it. HE was professional and interested, taking the time to offer me a good package for no additional cost without being pushy
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
basingstoke SSE  
I joined SSE on the 10/06/2016 taking advantage of their home phone/broadband deal.
Was surprised to have a BT engineer turn up to connect the line. If I had known this I probably would have gone elsewhere, because I don't want anything to do with BT, but anyway, the broadband switch has been swapped over smoothly and seems fine, even though its been only five days. The problem is I have no landline, incoming or outgoing.
I tried going through the email side, but that was a big waste of time, so I finally got to talk to a person at customer services today.
The girl was polite, knowledgeable, and knew exactly what my problem was, which has me highly suspicious, because I had the distinct impression she was reciting from a script.
Reading these reviews there is a common trend of one or the other not working, and I am worried that this is gonna take a while to fix.
I think this provider is playing both ends against the middle, where the customer is concerned, and are beholden to BT for their continued monopoly on landlines,but it doesn't stop SSE collecting valuable subscriptions.
Seriously considering cancelling within the cancellation period before this drags on.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
warwickshire SSE  
Wish we hadn't bothered moving to SSE. Due to have ultra fibre bb installed and working on 1st june. Open Reach engineer arrived (late) and said he couldn't do it. To add insult to injury he lied to SSE saying we weren't in when he called (we can prove we were). Endless calls to SSE to tell them to just put us onto ADSL as we have businesses relying on internet access. Said that they would fast track it soit would be 2 days to be switched on, then have just been told it willbe 10 days. What a shambles of customer service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes SSE  
At first they were brilliant. But as the months went on the line speed getting to the router started dropping. then the dropouts started. Thinking it was the router, I bought a Netgear DSL6400. It instantly gave me a 2 meg line boost to router (that has not dropped by 1.5meg). Even with new router I am still getting dropouts very often. done a BT Wholesale speed test this evening. it states I am getting 30 meg download. When I download though it is mazing out at 0.8 meg. Will be contacting Swalec when their complaints line is open to call. Disgusting service!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Rhondda Cynon Taf SSE  
After waiting 8 weeks to get installed, I was happy at first with the speed I was getting, which matched the speed I was paying for.
But now my speeds are abysmal, it seems that after using about 2gb in a day they slow your download speed down to about 20 - 100kb per second, which then seems to be the norm for the rest of the month.
Also the wifi completely drops out for about 10 seconds at least twice an hour every hour! Causing my downloads to fail, they even charged me a different amount every month for 5 months, were every bill was higher than it should have been.
It's cheap and discounted for a reason! Stay clear!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Oldham SSE  
Moved from talktalk and very happy i did.great price,customer service best I've ever dealt with and had no problems with internet connection or speed.handles streaming,downloading,online gaming with no buffering or lag
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
inverkeithing,fife SSE  
Moved from talktalk and very happy i did.great price,customer service best I've ever dealt with and had no problems with internet connection or speed.handles streaming,downloading,online gaming with no buffering or lag
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
inverkeithing,fife SSE  

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