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
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    2.8 stars
  • Reliability
    2.9 stars

Based on 424 customer ratings since 2018-10-15 (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.

335 Customer Reviews for SSE

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Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
I'll be honest, it was a leap of blind faith switching to SSE given the hate seen online but I'm very glad I did.

D/L ~50MBps pretty constant 24/7, certainly no buffering horror stories that I've seen elsewhere, U/L ~13MBps, decent.

£30 a month cheaper than my Virgin service with comparable upload speed, no frills, no unnecessary bells or whistles (don't think I even got an email but that's not a problem), just a good solid consistent internet service.

All set up within a few weeks (inc. engineer visit) of ordering, customer helpline answered promptly and always helpful when needed, really had 0 issues.

Props to SSE, recommended.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
peterborough SSE  
The worst customer service.

Even after getting the confirmation of closing my sse account, the sse company carry on taking money and stole money from my bank account which left me in big trouble.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Peterborough 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  
Agree with everyone else. Signed up two months ago. Something "went wrong" with first order, so had to chase and they started the process all over again.

Apart from a welcome pack, no further communication from them. I chased them and a few days later got a text message confirming installation date for today. Took the day off work and no engineer turned up. Managed to get through on their webchat and was told the engineer was booked and to keep waiting until 6pm. No one came.

If you try and call them they are constantly busy and I've queued for almost an hour a time before giving up.

Totally hopeless. Don't bother with them at all.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Plymouth SSE  
I have had sse fibre broadband for 2 years and regularly get speeds of 37 mbs and have never had to contact them with a problem. Top notch product.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
plymouth SSE  
Just signed up for basic internet and phone. Customer services have been really helpful. Yazmin very patient while i set up router and solved issue with mobile phone connection quickly. Havent used a lot yet and just surf. Dont download much or stream. I will review speeds in a few days. So far so good.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
Pontypridd SSE  
Avoid Sse at all costs for broadband. They cancelled my bt and gave me a live date. Put me online for two days then it went down. Phoned them to ask what was wrong. They said they put me on a temporary connection because my house wasn't routed for broadband. They promised to phone me back to give me a new live date. No phone call. Phoned them about 20 times and keep getting told lies. Still no broadband. I got a huge bill from Vodafone due to data usage so they offered me £20 which doesn't come close to the Vodafone bill. They say it will come on this Tuesday. Not holding my breath. Terrible.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Portree SSE  
If you want customer service go elsewhere. They keep you on the phone for at least 30 minutes and then just connect to a non-existent advisor. You can hear voices in the background but it's a complete waste of time expecting anyone to talk to you. Worst company for customer service I have dealt with and their website is as useless as their advisors, if you have the patience, because that site is slower than 99% of the ones I visit. Cheap is not cheap when you get rubbish.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Radstock SSE  
Total toilet. Called and spoke to an older gentleman who to be frank had no clue (he was a dinosaur) and put me on wait numerous times and when he returned had no real answer. Customer service awful. Speeds are poor. Billing is confusing. Whatever your issue don't call them - you won't get anywhere fast.

Do not recommend.
Reading SSE  
Terrible broadband, slow, unreliable. Disconnecting every 5 min. While I'm writing this I have to use my mobile data because wifi is not working. I cant believe that such bad broadband still exists in 21st century. I'll be forced to switch to another network ASAP.
Not to mention that they sent engineer to the old address when I was moving so I was waiting for internet for 1 month. Overall really terrible.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Reading SSE  
Bunch of idiots. BB went down so spoke to customer service who done nothing to help other than tell to restart router and call back. I help for 25 minutes and gave up. Called again a few days later and said they'd be back in contact with me. Still heard nothing and that was a week ago. The woman I spoke to didn't even sound like she knew what fibre is. Just avoid and save your time. Bob the builder will be able to fix it quicker
Reading 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  
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  
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  
1st day broadband, had to call sse yesterday waited 25 mins to talk to someone. Had to call again today waited 25 minutes to be told i would have to wait in a q to talk to an engineer, after complaining i was told the engineer would call me back. Sure enough within an hour i got called back,I answered phone a robot voice told me what a valued customer I was then put me on the end of a q, waited a little while and gave up. I have just left post office, after 18 month cost went from £18 to £27.50 so changed but post office answered my calls within minutes i would recommend to anybody. Sse absolutely useless.
Rothesay 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  
Switched from PlusNet to SSE late last year as I wanted to move from my old 15GB usage plan to unlimited so I could use my new Samsung smart TV and watch movies without going over limit. SSE and PlusNet both supplied via BT as no LLU on my exchange (northchapel). Speed and reliability just the same as PlusNet but SSE cheaper as special offer was available. Only problem is customer service only available working hours Monday - Sat so if you have a problem you may have to wait or use mobile broadband as I did. Same Technicolor modem as PlusNet uses.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Rural Petworth SSE  
Poor fibre speed, regardless of package. Constant throttling and poor service leads to simple tasks like Netflix not even working. Ombudsman rules that seeing as they don't actually specify a minimum speed they haven't done anything wrong. All of this can only be found out after your cooling off period expires and they then set up the service. Cancellation charges cost more than the year's subscription. Be warned.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Salford 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  
Was ok to start with then i recieved a new router after some problems. The customer service is terrible even the managers dont understand anything about routers. The manager i last spoke with didnt even answer my straight forward questions.

All they say is reboot your router. Which i have done countless number of times.

Off to pastures new. I will never use SSE ever again. All they care about is that your paying your bill. Yet they witheld money from the Scottish manufacturing company. Disgusting.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland SSE  
This is an ISP company yet you can only communicate with them by phone and most often when they call you at THEIR convenience. Also, don't move house, otherwise you will have to renew at their latest prices and be tied in for another 18 months, or pay extortionate exit fees. It will also take over a week to speak to the department that can initiate the move, the timescale of which is 24 days. This is after someone has called you to ask if you want to move despite having emailed them to say you are moving and want to take it with you and then passing this nugget of information on to the Sales Team who will call you to start the 24 day transfer. This is to stay with the same company! Absolutely ridiculous.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Scotland SSE  
Placed order for phone and broadband expecting to be up and running within the stated 23 days .. but nothing .. phoned them after 5 weeks to be told the engineers were working on it .. after 6 weeks still nothing so phoned them again to be told there was a line problem that they had contacted BT about and unfortunately they could not transfer me over, I later checked with BT & line was good and unbelievably they never even contacted BT to ask about transfering my line .. best to avoid and got with a reptutable ISP provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Scotland SSE  
It really astounds me how in this day people still blame their slow speeds on the supplier.

The speeds are a product of where your house is located! If you live in the middle of nowhere, don't moan about the service.

Regardless of what company you are supplied by, all use a BT Openreach line.

People also moaning about not getting the speed you are promised! Again, you are told you get up too 17, 38 or 76Mbps, Not once will you be told you are guaranteed it. Again this is due to BT.

SSE have the best customer service I have ever experienced! Everyone is amazing and always have your best interests at heart!

People need to stop blaming their choice too live in a house that will never get fast speeds on actual suppliers, blame Openreach.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Scotland SSE  
RIDICULOUS THROTTLING ON FIBRE

Paying for 80Mbps, getting 8Mbps. Regret switching from BT. This is a scam.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Scotland 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  
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  
Only recently joined them. So far, so good. Kept my number and transferred from TalkTalk.
I am paying for 35MB speed and after 4 days the speed is 33MB (highest it has ever been with any provider). 10 days on and it is still stable.
Customer service is easy to get through and always speak to someone in the UK.
I hope the service stays the way it is, I have had far too many poor experience from other providers in the past so still a bit apprehensive.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Sheffield SSE  
Switched from Plus.Net due to price - MASSIVE REGRET.

Download speed and Web latency is just fine. Gaming Latency however is DOUBLE to TRIPLE! P2P capped at 50K/s.

Atrocious. Cant wait to get out back to Plus.Net - all if forgiven.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Sheffield SSE  
Switch for broadband & voice went well. Everything works well EXCEPT broadband speed is poor. Don't expect to watch iPlayer in HD much of the time. I used to get 9-10Mb/s, now get about 3Mb/s but still get 9-10Mb/s only at quiet times. I guess you get what you pay for. Unable to contact broadband support as they are too busy. Promised a callback which hasn't happened.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Sheffield SSE  
I do not think it is possible to put into words just how strongly I am urging the reader of this review to not sign up to a broadband contract with SSE. Find a different provider! My connection was due to go live 3 weeks ago now, and I still have no internet. I have spent hours over the last few weeks on the phone to the helpline, and most of that has been on hold. Be ready to be on hold for about 30 minutes before you get through to anyone. Then you will have to explain the problem again from scratch. Then you will be told to carry out some new check on the connection, probably one that you have already been asked to carry out several times before. Sometimes they will actually be proactive and phone you, but the person will have information about a week out of date and will be mystified at the fact that the thing they have called you about has now already been checked. The latest update is that they want to schedule their second engineer visit. Why this is required when the first engineer told me that they had tested everything at my end and found no problems, no one so far has been able to adequately explain. They want me to take another day off work. Should I change provider? There is apparently a chance there is a network problem which would go with me to a new provider, but I was still tempted to do so for the chance I got a more competent help service.

Fortunately I have now discovered that I can get fibre broadband installed in the property, so I will be doing that. I pity anyone in this position who does not have that option.

To sum up, sign up to a broadband contract with SSE at your own risk!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield SSE  
Ordered broadband June 7th. Phone didn't get turned on til June 30th!! Only received router July 24th but...it doesn't work at all. Worse service ever!! Totally ridiculous for an ISP!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Sheffield SSE  
Signed up June 7th... Still no broadband. Stay away from this company....they are not worth the aggravation!!
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Sheffield SSE  
Swapped to SSE from Talk Talk. Download speed increased from 13Mbps to 17Mbps. Speed can reduce a little in the evening. British call centre. Overall very good value for money.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Sheffireld SSE  
Ordered broadband on 24th jan now 22nd of Feb still nothing after loads of phone calls to no avail.
Was told to wait until next week
Avoid by all cost
They run threw bt’s network anyway so cut out the middle man
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Shifnal SSE  
Ok so in general I would probably recommend, I’ve got Fibre up to 35mbps and although it is fast the only problem is it’s not very reliable if you demand a lot from your broadband. I will average speeds of about 26mbps but it can regularly drop to about 19mbps but often as low as 9mbps; this would be fine if I didn’t require decent speeds all the time but a lot of reboots are needed to keep speeds up. All in all if you only use your broadband casually to watch Netflix etc I’d say it’s great but if you need it for more demanding things I’d probably steer clear.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Shoreham-by-Sea SSE  
Broadband is quick, but they seem to charge you for everything that is free with other providers. IE CALLER DISPLAY £2.36 PER MONTH, 1571 £1.06 PER MONTH.PLUS OTHER THINGS, So really their FREE BROADBAND IS NOT FREE, BECAUSE THEY GET IT OFF YOU IN OTHER WAYS (ROBBIN HOOD COMES TO MIND)
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Shropshire SSE  
Switch went smoothly, speeds much the same as my previous 2 suppliers (TalkTalk and BT), so far impressive results at half the price. Supplied modem was pretty bad - especially wifi. Switched to my own Negear D6400 VDSL2 Modem Router with big improvements in line speed and WiFi performance.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
SKELMERSDALE SSE  
A bit nervous about taking up the offer from SSE for Broadband and phone with weekend calls as was with BT and everything had always worked.

Transfer of phone went ahead smoothly and on time, Broadband delayed about a week - SSE said it was because of demand for their product which I can believe.

Since Broadband has transferred I am receiving exactly the same speed as I was getting with BT. The line is stable and I haven't noticed any scaling back of speed at busy times. We watch Netflix alot and the picture quality has been the same and there are no buffering issues.

Now really pleased that I transferred and am saving lots of money compared to BT, also used Quidco and am hopefully getting £50 cashback. Bargain.

Go for it.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Skipton SSE  
Connected September (phone) and last week (adsl) one tech phone call for router english voice straight answer no waiting!!! Speed as good as BT and better than plusnet. Very impressed.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Somerset SSE  
Couldn’t ask for better customer service. There were problems, which were down to the wholesalers, Daisy, and I had to wait 2 weeks past my connection date, but this would have happened with whoever I went with. The difference was whenever I called SSE they were lovely. They gave me £5 off the first month for the inconvenience and I didn’t pay a penny till it was sorted. The connection is great, once the 2 week testing period was over and although I chose the standard broadband, not fibre, it has been perfect, even when watching YouTube and BBC iPlayer in a town house, the coverage is brilliant. I highly recommend them.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Somerset SSE  

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