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 449 customer ratings since 2018-07-22 (Show all time ratings)

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321 Customer Reviews for SSE

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
Customer service,

SSE don’t really host as an ISP they use Daisy Group at their backbone, now if Daisy customer service was picking up your call when you rang up you would be fine,

SSE customer service is a middleman so that is why they are not as clued up as you would hope for, responses are slow as they have to log a call with Daisy with a response time of 48 hours, could be shorter but would cost SSE so they would pass it on to you :-)

I had an issue a few weeks ago I rand a friend who works for Daisy and within 15 Mins was online again, now I know I’m lucky to have a contact but that's also the proof of the middle man.

Broadband speed

BB Speed is variable for Fibre / copper and fluxes between 48Mbps and 65Mbps FTTC 22 Meters from the Cab

Personal Note,

Great for the price you pay think my bill is £21 a month Inc line rental
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Worksop, Nottinghamshire SSE  
It took eight weeks for them to install BB, after many phone calls & promised dates I had about given up then hey presto my BB connected but they forgot to tell me!! They offered a little compensation but the the size of my mobile phone bill it doesn't do justice, my opinion don't bother, cheaper is not always the best
Littleborough SSE  
Trying to set up a phone connection with SSE took the completion of two online forms ( which say they will get in touch within 48hrs - nothing back from them after 3 weeks), and 3 telephone calls lasting 37min, 48min and 58 mins, as I was having to call from an international line this was not good - I was told they couldn't call me back on an international number so had to wait. Once you got hold of an individual they were polite but the wait is totally unacceptable.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
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’ve been with SSE 38mb Fibre for almost a year. I was on an older plan with a contract which was more expensive but they changed me to a cheaper plan with no long term contract delivering exactly the same service, Broadband has been excellent, no outages that I can recall and very consistent up and down speed near to 38/10mb, router is fine and does the job. CS have been good when I’ve called. All in all it’s good value.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Merseyside SSE  
Wish i never took this broadband out, never will i go anywhere other than Plusnet or BT. We cant load movies on SKY Q unless early in the morning. Kids cant download on BBC iplayer. Now in addition to the slow speed it keeps dropping out so much we are using our mobile allowance to go online. 20-30 min wait on phone everytime for help. Final straw is when i reset my login password for my SSE account it takes 45min to receive it in my hotmail account only for the link to say unfortunaly it must be used within 30 min. Now paying £170 to escape the contract and go back to Plusnet! SSE NEVER AGAIN!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Inverness SSE  
I suppose you get what you pay for but for once, customer service is exemplary.

The rest is at best mediocre and reliability is rubbish at times but speed is fine, if it was reliable
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Cheshire SSE  
SSE Ultra Slow! broadband

This is going to be short and sweet as I have already wasted half my life on the phone to SSE Fibre broadband (Daisy Group) trying to sort my very very slow connection out.

1) They customer service when you and if you actually get through is 0
2) They Promise to call you back for which I have had 8 no call backs
3) Half the Broadband staff know nothing at the very best about their service!
4) Despite over 32 emails proving to then that the Traffic shape terribly they deny it.
5) I pay for a 20mb up 80mb down service for which mostly downloads at 10mb to 15mb !!!

Sum it all up JOKE COMPANY and SERVICE just google and see how many thousands of people have the same problems.

Next time you put your name to a service I would suggest you check out your provider first! (Daisy Group) FAIL

By By SEE time to get my life back!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds SSE  
For broadband do not waste your time with this company. There is a reason they offer cheap broadband and it is definitely not quality. Terribly slow connection unless between 11am and 3pm. Customer service teams always state they will look in to things and get in contact but never do then you play cat and mouse resolving issues. Should've kept Sky.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aberdeen SSE  
I am coming to the end of my first contract with SSE Broadband and feel it would be fair of me to review their service. The changeover around April 2015 (from BT) went relatively smoothly with the phone going over first and about two weeks later the broadband went across. There was a day's hiccup following this (I believe an exchange fault)but since then the service has been excellent and I have had no cause to complain. I am hoping to negotiate a good deal with SSE (after looking at alternatives on-line I am in doubt as to where I would go)
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Saltfleetby, Louth SSE  
UK based call centres are the sole reason I stuck with SSE.

Good internet speeds, terrible reliability. Constant drop outs for 1-2 minutes pretty much 2-3 times a day. Don't buy their lies either, this issue is with their broadband servers (or more specifically, the ones they hire/piggyback).
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Midlands SSE  
Typically
75Mb/s up
15Mb/s down
No problem for over a year.
(Sold router for £50 as soon as it arrived)
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
SE Leicestershire SSE  
My internet connection would regularly drop out 5-10 times a week. Usually for 1-10 minute periods. While SSE customer service was excellent, the issue clearly lies in-house as BT never found a fault with the line. Perhaps another good example of an initially excellent provider (PlusNet) getting too bloated and not upgrading their service to cope with it.

Incidentally, switched to a competitor and haven't had a single disconnect in over a month.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham SSE  
I switched to SSE primarily for the excellent deal and fast speeds. Initially was good but then intermittent. SSE were excellent - problem ended up being an open reach issue but all in all had 4 engineers out. SSE regularly updated me and if the person dealing with my case was on days off she handed it to a colleague. In a previous property I have had broadband through plusnet ( who made me cry) and sky and there is no doubt that the customer service at SSE is second to non. I now have an excellent phone and broadband connection and have nothing but praise for SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Carlisle SSE  
Total pants was installed on 23rd may took 5 mins great 27th of april goes off called up get pushed from one person to another lies saying was cancelled left no service awaiting a re install Dont go with total bunch of idiots worst provider there is stay clear off
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Westcliff essex SSE  
Broadband Appoling
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  
I joined SSE at the New Year. I have been with SSE for Gas & Electric for about 8 years and assumed it would be good to change from my previous provider; TalkTalk.

I was given no start date for the broadband and then found it was apparently the same day as the phone had started.

The first router would not connect to the internet. The router from SSE is so big it does not even fit on the shelf where the last router (a third of the size) had sat.

The second router arrived a few days later and connected straight away.

However, after about 9pm onwards the speed drops to between 1.0 mbps and 6.0 mbps. The signal either shows as 'very low' or 'no signal'.

A couple of times I have not been able to connect to the internet for over 30 minutes.

When I explained these issues to SSE they started saying there would be an engineer charge and if i cancelled my service charges would be incurred.

I should have thought twice when two of the sales staff, when I asked what the minimum access line speed was (as opposed to the estimated access line speed) they could not tell me.

SSE have been ringing every other day to discuss the issue but their suggestions that the router should be permanently left on and having to use a pin to do a hard re-set every time there is a problem leave me without any confidence that they are actually looking at what is causing the drops in line speed.

If this carries on then I will consider leaving SSE altogether along with my utilities as SSE are one of the 'big 6' energy firms who, according to the press, have apparently failed to pass on energy savings to the customer as well ...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Barry SSE  
Totally mis-sold on speed. They dont care. You cant cancel as they wait 14 days to even set it up. Cancellation costs more that the product. Can't even watch Netflix!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester SSE  
Awful customer service. Spent a year of service being completely ignored. The website features don't work and then you can't get in touch with them to follow up on the broken things. Came to renewal and their renewal service and phone service didn't work. So they lost my business. Still waiting on overdue bills from them and for my money back. I really wanted to like SSE but was majorly disappointed.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Sussex 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  
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  
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  
switched to sse 1 month ago still being charged by BT, received no live date or any info other than initial confirmation given the run around by customer services. then told had to reorder (after 2 weeks & did not explained why). been over a week since last call and still nothing. the whole reason for switching in the 1st place was to avoid the doubling of my BT bill since end of my contract.
SSE  
The customer service team were all lovely and tried very hard to sort out initial problems when we swapped to them
They were patient ,kind and always rang back at promised time .very pleased ,super company!thankyou Sse
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
south staffs SSE  
Have been with sse for 12 months now, as part of an 18 month contract. No problems at all. fast speeds unlimited phone calls and line rental included for £21.50 I do not want this contract to end
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Chester 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  
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  
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  
SSE for just over 6 months now -
6 openreach engineers visits of which some were brilliant while the others I can only describe as ignorant and negligent.
Using the Wi-Fi on the tecchnicolour router showed absolutely useless wi-fi range and did not find a guest network which was fixed by replacing with an Asus router.
The broadband speed was silly slow each evening at the start so I accepted a different connection - This provided a dynamic IP Address which enabled much better speeds by rebooting to get different links which turned out to be in different parts of the country. This left an inconsistent service which is not ideal.
Next was switched back to a fixed IP and a static route which was not supplied thro' BT exchange equipment causing further issues local to me <> They were then thanked for their efforts and in response to this they make an instant free termination of the contract.
Then was explained that SSE had not expected such a high take-up of the broadband so they had and were in process of extending the capacity which they bought/used and that they would switch the local equipment route back to BT and would appreciate my feedback once this had been completed.

AFTER 6 weeks
End result - Not using their router and achieving 55>60 download and 14>15 upload.

Pro's <> Very good price
Con's <> Can be over 3 hours to get thro' on the phone and Calls back are not always made.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norfolk UK SSE  
After researching SSE as a provider by asking 6 specific questions 3 months use has shown that 3 of 4 essential answers were wrong. - Use own router > Yes (but NOT if you report any faults when support is then refused).
Is traffic management expected to have any visible effects? Unlikely! (Virtually unusable every evening speed down >3 and up >2.
Was sold 76mbps down BUT local line and exchange will not support more than 40 down - not a price issue as broadband is free but I would expect accurate information after providing tel. no & postcode.
SSE added extras which were not requested and increased bill until these were cancelled.
The simple summary is - Cheap YES - not usable during peak loads - that's every evening here.
Totally incorrect information as to reason for Openreach engineer visits.
9 different customer service contacts in less than 2 months which required repeated explanation of action so far and detail of fault(s) reported.
Supplied router, if it arrives, has rubbish Wifi and no guest network which can be disastrous if you have children or visitors.
SSE should stick to power supply!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Norfolk UK SSE  
I have been with SSE Broadband for 18 months now and for the price I pay it is brilliant. The speed is easily as fast as what I was getting with TalkTalk without all the hassle. I would highly recommend SSE but they don't have the fabulous offer I got 18 mths ago. I am dreading the time when my contract finishes, as there is nothing out there like what I am getting. I have only had to contact SSE twice in the time I have been with them and the issue was dealt with very quickly and the customer care was excellent.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Rochester 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  
I recently switched to SSE 38Mbps fibre. Off-peak speed is fine (34-36Mbps down / 9-10Mbps up). However speed during the evening is a pathetic 2 Mbps down. With my previous provider, I got 38Mbps all day long on the same line. Something is very wrong/congested with SSE's upstream provision from Daisy. I have filed a complaint. If they can't sort this out, I will be asking to break my contract and will go elsewhere.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Chester SSE  
Don't bother. Signed up for the deal in mid October and still wasn't connected 5 weeks later! Customer service takes an age to get through to, very pleasant when you finally succeed, but couldn't give a time scale when problems would be rectified by. I'll be leaving as soon as possible.
Lincs SSE  
do not bye this it will put an end to gaming and netflix 6kbps is the ussal speed
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
place 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  
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 am very pleased that I didn’t read the reviews before I signed up, I was with plusnet prior to changing to sse, the service was crap and was ages getting a decent signal.
Since joining sse which is about 6 months been extremely satisfied. I had to call help line today as could log in to access antivirus, The lady I spoke to was very helpful (uk call centre ) and nothing to much trouble. Well done SSE
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
North lincs SSE  
If i could give no stars I really would. As per other reviews waited in for engineer that did not show. No Upgraded socket. Getting 3mbps!!! Router will not work on Ethernet cable. Over an hour on hold to speak with someone, twice!!!!! AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL Do not touch with Barge Pole!!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Anderson 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  

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