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 461 customer ratings since 2018-05-21 (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.

311 Customer Reviews for SSE

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Called up on the 14th to take advantage of the free broadband offer. Was told someone will call me back later to give me the offer and take it further. No calls a week later. Phoned them up and found out there was no record of my call and will not honour the deal. Avoid...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton keynes 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  
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  
I have spent 3 months waiting for SSE to start the service. First appointment with openreach was cancelled by openreach and sse failed to tell me. They booked it on another day which I was not aware of so open reach attended when no one was there and it was a missed appointment. Sse apologised for the mistake and booked another appointment 6 weeks later. I confirmed 3 times over the phone including this morning since it was an am appointment, and was told the appointment was confirmed. Nobody turned up. I called they said they didn't understand and would call me back. They called back and said no appointment had been booked for today!! I raised a formal complaint They are trying to book another appointment now, but can not confirm a date, unbelievable. I'm wondering how there's so much confusion on the broadband side, perhaps I should look elsewhere and let them stick with energy, the signs are very bad.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London 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  
I switched from BT to SSE. What a mistake. SSE is so so slow it is like using a dial up connection. Hopeless.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Weymouth 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  
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  
You may as well take your £21.00 a month and give it to a tramp on the street then waste your money on this.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Perth SSE  
Shocking - total waste of money. Ultra Fast which can't even load an IPlayer stream when nothing else is connected to the router. Shocking throttling from their provider (daisy). SSE customer service is useless. Do not be sucked in by the cheap price, stay with BT!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Barnsley SSE  
I was with sse fibre broadband for a couple of weeks when the problems began, I had 2 main problems 1: complete loss of broadband, 2:Speed dropping to less than 512kbps,this happened many times over a 6 month period, when I complained they kept going through the same rigmarole, I told them many times that I had done the test required by them, each time, and knew what to do, as I am a qualified computer engineer. They wouldn't send a engineer out,and the problem remained. Even after contacting the ombudsman and providing evidence of the problems, nothing was done. Oddly enough ,6 months after the initial complaint, when I told Sse that I had complained to the ombudsman the speed improved, I got a regular speed of 38.6 mbps until september,when the ombudsman failed me and I pulled out of the contract. I was informed by a close friend, who us an ex-fibre broadband engineer that it is BT openreach's fault as they are known to reduce speeds purposely, to encourage you to either upgrade or to move over to B.T. Its a huge con and nobody does anything about it because B.T are in control.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
fulwood preston SSE  
Avoid at all costs. If there was a zero rating I would definitely choose that for the Speed and reliability options above.

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

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

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

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

I called to let them know I would be going with another supplier and they tried to pull the old "termination fee" being in the "terms and conditions of the contract" to which I politely reminded the call handler, through a muffled laugh, that it was indeed them who were in breach of contract and that they are more than welcome to pursue me under breach of contract if they foolishly believed they would indeed win.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Glasgow SSE  
They seem to limit upload/download speed to less than 50% the regular speed almost every day.
I'm a freelance graphic designer and this entire outfit has caused me to be even slower than the 35mbit fibre I had with sky, much less the 78mbit speed I can get for about an hour a day before it throttles me back.

I read online that the services are actually provided by Daisy Wholesale.
I've today written a complaint to SSE and delivered via recorded postage. At the same time I'm bringing the matter to the attention of the Ombudsman and Ofcom.
I suggest eveyone else experiencing underhanded throttling also do the same. It takes 10 minutes of your time and right now it's critical that no new customers are onboarded with SSE Unlimited Ultrafast Fibre without knowing the material facts which will effect their daily use of the service. I thought we were past this kind of rubbish but now we're all locked in to an 18 month contract with them.

I don't torrent, download significant amounts of data, but it seems that services such as teamviewer are seen as p2p and as such it's impossible to use for even 30 minutes logging in to my desktop machine upstairs to fetch files before these SOB's throttle the connection.

We're livid. They have picked the wrong person to target with fraudulent advertising of services.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Brighton SSE  
Switched to them phone and broadband at the beginning of August. Then they disconnected my broadband and now I'm in 5th week of trying to get it re-connected. Nightmare company to deal with, constantly fobbed off by support and still don't know when I will have broadband back. The few pounds you may save with them is really not worth it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester SSE  
Had problems with my phone from the start and broadband, they transferred all my calls to my mobile saying it wouldn't cost me or callers a penny, but I got a massive bill and so did someone else, my phone was never fixed and I called them to ask about this bill, they said I was refusing to pay my bill, I said I wasn't, but the woman said that I was refusing to pay it and as we spoke on the phone I noticed my Internet had gone off, so I told her and she said she had switched it off, then after the call I needed to call social services regarding my Lifeline pendant but my phone has been switched off, I have had letters sent to me saying that I am using my phone quite a bit more than usual, how can I be when its not on? Also one letter is dated 4th October 2018 and one 9th October 2018 saying I'm using my phone a lot, I'll let the scientists in America know not to continue their study in Time Travel because SSE have beaten them to it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Birmingham SSE  
If you want a company that charge you for months after you cancel, don't refund you and then charge you an 'exit fee', this company is the best for you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
UK SSE  
17Mb Con - YOU WILL NEVER GET 17Mb or anywhere near it. SSE say 3.4 - 7 Mbs = 17Mb contract. With only 0.5Mb upload on top leads to an abismal service. PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THIS CON AND DO NOT USE SSE. SSE ARE DELIBERATELY ABUSING YOU
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Littlehampton 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  
Worst Internet provider, ever. Problems after problems, engineer after engineer, router after router, still never managed to fix the problem, in the end I left because it took too much time and money too get this issue fixed, I had to wait 30 minutes for a phone line everytime I rang, and to wait and explain to all theses different people each time I phoned, really did me no favours thinking I'd be better off with sse with no month contract, but I was kidding myself. Worst Internet provider ever. Waste of time.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bodmin SSE  
Was fine for first 2 months than they show you down and ask you to pay more for fibre broadband.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Milton Keynes SSE  
6 weeks after signing up for SSEs phone and broadband deal I cannot comment on speed or reliability because it's still not working. Ours was treated as new install and that was good because the internal cables where probably 1960s GPO. Eventually we received an install date I had to travel 350 miles home from Scotland to make sure I was there for the engineer because they threatened 108 pounds bill if no one was in. I sat in for 5 hours and no one came. Eventually called them to be told it had been switched on exchange, flipping heck had they told us I needn't have travelled, it had probably been switched on days before when my partner received an unsolicited call from Indian call centre. They must have known a number to call but sse didn't tell us. The phone couldn't phone out but eventually I'd to call to ask for new number. Made complaint got long letter back dealing my complaint but nothing else. Broadband router received 7 or 8 days later remember they promise 5 but instructions said don't install till you get code on separate letter. It never came. Eventually called them to be told it didn't need one. Hours on phone to them explanation after explanation and still no broadband. My advice folks look elsewhere for experienced provider .
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Clay Cross 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  
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  
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  
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  
Just moved to their ultra fast fibre broadband two weeks ago. It's ultra bad. Worse than standard copper ADSL we moved from and incapable of even delivering Netflix to a single device in the home reliably. The line is capable of receiving speeds of 79mbps according to our open reach installer. We're about 25m from the fibre cabinet on a proper copper line, but we're getting about 5mbps. Ultra fast? Ultra lying thieves.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Blackpool SSE  
Done line test with sse to yeast for fibre max results came back saying expected speed of 60 mbps ok not full 76 mbps but good enough how ever after making purchase and setting up and wait more than then 10 days for line to be stable as instructed max speed not passing 42mbps which is no where near 60mbps called to explain problem and to be greater by a extremely rude and arrogant customer service operator who as a answer for everything do yourself a favour and stay well clear of this company full of BS hope at later date I can claim all costs back due to mislead information ie false advertisement
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Carlisle 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  
APPALLING. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

SSE have consistently lied about issues with my broadband switch. Delayed my switch over to them with no communication. Refused to provide an interim solution to their own fault - so I was left without internet for 12 days after they had told me i would be receiving it. Only found out about the problems through calling up as they had not even bothered to let me know.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SSE  
I have been a customer of see for close to 48 hours now and have no internet or phone for the first time in ten years! Upon contacting them about this issue I was told that it wasn't their fault it was another company called Daisy something I can't remember but it turns out that they use a third party that everything goes through that they have no control over and can only email them and wait for a reply so 9am tomorrow morning I'm calling my old supplier to get put back on ...extremely poor service for this day and age !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Newcastle upon tyne 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  
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  
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  
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  
Since we moved to SSE Phone and Broadband we have had nothing but problems, all reported and one fix at their end as Openreach confirmed there was no problem at our house. Upgraded to Fibre, and now can't use the internet at all unless you want to visit only the homepage of a website. Now trying to move away from them due to poor service (only been with SSE for 3 weeks) and they are charging me 12 months termination charges even though there has been problems on the line that they can not fix. Senior Management Team did nothing to help other than send a letter saying the complaint in now in Deadlock.

Don't Bother, complete waste of money and time.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Amble SSE  
I had moved and booked a broadband connection £21.00 per 76meg ultra-fast with SSE and I was told that I need to wait 14 days cooling of period. Now hence I have just signed up and have no equipment of SSE within my property,(can see how that one works)after the cooling period had passed and had no confirmation on the go live date.
After lots of phone calls to SSE and told so many stories.

First story" we would have to wait again for the order to process and we will receive confirmation within 7 days."

Second Story" After contacting SSE after we had no contact with SSE, we was told that its in hand and we will get a call from customer services."

Three Story" We had to chase Up SSE and was told that we will have to apply again, the worst thing was we was sent a contact from SSE to hear the deal we had is not available and we need a new tariff. We asked why is it SSE trying to change the contract,due to SSE have stopped the Tariff we was sold."

Four Story"We was told that it will up and running within 7 days and will receive the equipment."

Five Story" The Kit had arrived and was plugged in tested and no internet."

December came and gone and still had no Internet.
So we had promises made and nothing was going to plan.
I find the company are lacking communications skills and rather miss leading.
The company seems to be run by Muppets and I have contacted on numerous concussions and to be lied too.
The left hand don't know what the right hand is doing.
I would not Trust this company due to the misconceptions.
A company of such a size and the CEO DON'T care what is going on within the company.
CEO don't care as long as he gets paid for such a sub standard service.
Great Britain is not great any more with companies like this and Muppets in control.
Do Not Use Company It will cost you and turn you grey.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Northamptonshire 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  
Have been with them for 6 months having been enticed by the price. My max speed to date has been 3Mbps. Had BT before with a top speed of 18Mbps. Very frustrating. In addition, the billing of calls makes my bill overall about the same. Have raised this with them twice using their online complaints form. Still yet to receive a reply. Onto the Ombudsman next. In short, only use SSE if you are desperate to save money but be warned that you get what you pay for.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Hook 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  
Well where to start, made the mistake of seeing SSE broadband the offer, been with them for years with GAS/POWER, give them a try at least I could understand them, anyway during the day great 12m all day long evenings 1-3m phoned and phoned NOT broadband problem must be a line fault, NO it works well all day cant be a line fault , sorry go to fibre that will sort out your problems but cost more, went to fibre 36m all day 1-3m evenings ,,, well you can see where this is going as of today cancelled SSE BROADBAND OR LACK OF IT, GAS and POWER... PLEASE PLEASE DONT GET SUCKERED IN
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
west sussex SSE  

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