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 448 customer ratings since 2018-07-23 (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.

321 Customer Reviews for SSE

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So I joined SSE 15 months ago on a 24 month half price fibre deal with 80mbps fibre. I had a bad few months with very slow download speeds of 0.2mbps after 4 each day till midnight.

I labor d with it for a year until I found out I could get off the contract after 12 months for 30 quid. I paid the money because daisy heavily speed limits certain traffic at peak times rendering the internet unusuable. Facebook videos don't work. Direct downloads e.g pz4 updates don't work. Anything other than web sites and Amazon prime works. I'm leaving tomorrow thankfully. Good riddance.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Cheltenham SSE  
Having got fed up with BT's never ending stealth price rises, I looked for alternatives.
For £12 per month line rental with free, unlimited broadband this seems too good to be true.
It's actually much better than I expected.
I know they do traffic management, but I haven't been aware of it happening here yet.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
east yorks SSE  
Had lots of problems, so they sent an engineer still had problems, they refused to send out a router as they sent one to start with. The router i first got was probably ok it was the phone socket that needed to be replaced. they sent me out a faulty replacement router. Spoke to a very unhelpful manager who refused to send me another router even after i promised to send it or the other one back. She said no as it would cost money to send it out. A whole £4.99 utter joke. many emails and calls, just to be fobbed off.its disgusting how they treat people just because they dont bother to test the routers that are old tec, never again will i have anything from them.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
ABERDEEN 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  
Very happy with SSE broadband, pay for the highest rate broadband, always have a connection, no nasty surprises on bill, and a lot cheaper than our previous supplier BT who price hiked mid contract. Very straight forward and they don't ever phone trying to up sell like talktalk used to.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Stratford-upon-Avon 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  
Switched from BT after nearly 2 years of decreasing speeds and constant loss of service. BT constantly told me there was no problem and that it must be something wrong at my end. I decided to switch to SSE as they were cheaper and was not really expecting an improved service. However, my average speed has now doubled and the connection is constant (it used to drop about 10 times a day with BT). I had one bad day, with dropped connections, a couple of weeks after it was first installed and called SSE - they actually sorted the problem immediately and called me several times over the following days to check that everything was working ok. No problems since. That rare thing - a better than expected service.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex SSE  
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'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  
I just switched last week so early days, but after using talk talk and BT, it a breath of fresh air. The switch over did not go quite to plan due to BT but when I rang the customer support no menu's, no holding, just right through to a UK centre who are brilliant. I checked my speed last week before I switched and it was about 7.00 mb in the morning.(I used 3 checkers to get an average) As soon as I had my line connected I re checked the speed and was getting 18-20 mb. How does that work as its the same line. Anyway, as I said early days but its worth it just for the customer support!
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Devon SSE  
Awful experience, made online application to switch from BT, received confirmation emails and allowed me set up online account. nothing happened for 2 weeks, contacted customer services and they don't have a record of my online application even though I have received 3 emails from them to confirm my application. customer services promised to contact me back after checking with their sales department over a week not heard from them, called to their complaints department same answer and advised to either stay with BT or start process again which will take 4 weeks. when questioned about emails I was asked to forward emails and waiting for the reply now but I have absolutely no confidence in them and I know that nothing can be done with my complaint.
They wasted my time and meanwhile my BT contract finished so they started charging me full price and every time I called to speak to them its more than 20 minutes waiting time to speak to some one and by the time you finish your call its 40 minutes.
based on my experience I wouldn't recommend.
Bedford SSE  
What people have got to understand is there are freephone numbers that will get you to be able to talk to nice friendly people, hence the good reviews, but if something actually needs doing you have no chance because of an abysmal customer service infrastructure, hence the bad reviews.

And that explains why most of the reviews are split into these two contradictory camps.

I'm trying to switch as an old current customer to the new offer service, which surprisingly is allowed! But try finding the full and relevant terms and conditions on their website. It's about time ofcom got proactive on such things
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
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  
Been with she now a month my sped most of the time is around 4-7mb download upload only 1mb nothing has been done to sort it

Steve
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Ludlow 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  
I was paying £52.49/month with BT for Anytime Calls and basic ADSL Broadband (5Mbps). Seamless change to SSE and I now pay £31/month for Anytime Calls and fibre Broadband (getting 31Mbps). No set-up charge, prices guaranteed for 3 years and no contract period - brilliant! Saving at least £773 over the 3 years. Plus very helpful call centre staff.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Northampton SSE  
Router arrived well ahead of switchover and after the pre-warned 10 minute wait to get it to activate, all was well. Internet speed currently the same as the old BT Infinity router, being out in the sticks I didn't expect anything amazing. Few issues setting up wired network devices, but after changing things about with IP addresses it all settled and the speed is comparable to the much more expensive BT Infinity 1
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
West Scotland SSE  
Broadband worked well till it failed on sunday am. Found there was no support after 1400 Sat. Spoke to the 1 person on support for phones who thought the broadband line was OK but she didnt have any broadband training. Documentation with the router is non existant. So no advice what to do if you can resolve problems with a power off/on. No info on how to log onto the router admin from a laptop. Found that out by guesswork. Once on I could see a PPP error. But again no info on what user/password I should have set here. No info on whether I should reboot to factory settings from the laptop or the reset 'hole' on back of router. So no broadband for 24 hrs due to lack of support or any support info. Not every customer could have tried fixing these problems, but I could have, if there had been some support paperwork with the router. Seriously considering asking to go back to my old slow& more expensive PhoneCoop provider. They were good & reliable.
Not of this helped by SSE failure to realise the original go live request had failed & thus my cutover was 2 weeks later than required. Plus SSE sent out router only 1 working day before cutover & then set out another on the afternoon after I went live. Overall a shambles of a company for broadband & I wont be recommending it to anybody. Shame as the phone service has been good.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dorset SSE  
Switched from BT but was worried due to the ever age to poor reviews on here.
The service and switchover was flawless and I am now receiving 70meg download speed from an advertised 72 meg.
Don't believe the rubbish on here and to top it all off its £21 a month for my line rental, unlimited 72 meg broadband and calls.

Say goodbye to the so called big names they are ripping you off to use the same lines.

Note: I have not noticed or felt any traffic throttling during usage so unsure how it works as I have seen a lot of comments regarding this.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Holyhead SSE  
The broadband speed is fine but it keeps dropping out of signal all the time. I was previously with sky and BT and never had this problem. End of the day you get what you pay for i suppose. At least its free for 18mth!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
bedlington 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  
After reading reviews, I thought I'd change from BT to SSE. But I've been on the phone now for 29 minutes, and still not answered. A woman keeps thanking me for my patience and tells me my call will be answered as soon as possible. I think I'll stick with BT.
normanton SSE  
Hi me and my husband have been waiting since May this year for our internet to be installed and he had the day off today as they said today would be the day and still no instillation I am calling sky right now and in the hope my husband will cancel this useless policy I am fuming don't bother getting this Internet as they are the worst I've ever dealing with.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Landrake Cornwall SSE  
Very unreliable, ok at times , but so very bad at others. Andn if you want to do something online you really dont want to wait until its ok to do it. Also slow and a lot of buffering. NO from me, wont recomend and wont renew, will leave for a more reliable service asap
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
DUMFRIES SSE  
Really good broadband service, been with SSE for 6 months now and not had any problems at all, instant connection, no drop off at any time of the day, and excellent customer service.
What more could you ask for?
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Southampton 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  
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  
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  
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 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  
Changed over from BT Broadband today - a couple of hiccups in getting the service going but then got sorted late afternoon. So far, so good - unlimited data, super fast broadband and half the price I was previously paying. My BT service has always been good but I was paying over £50 a month for the service which I can't afford to do now.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Nottingham SSE  
I was already to transfer to sse from sky.I had the welcome pacage come but no date for switch over.I was due to have my sky cancel within days.I rang bearing in mind I placed the order some 3 weeks ago.they could not give me a date for the broadband.so it would mean I could be without phone and broadband for weeks.I went back to sky after looking on these reviews.not very encouraging and done a deal for fibre optic for not much more.the good thing is no it eruption. Sometimes better the devil you know.in this day and age it should be straight forward.
Just do your homework customer support is a waste of your time 40mins to speak to someone who cannot help.I don't need the hassle.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
Worcester SSE  
Switched from BT - to "SSE Superfast". My A**e. It is turtle slow, keeps cutting out and has low download speeds - less than 11. Trying now to get out of this deal as no good paying for something that has been falsely advertised in my opinion.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SSE  
Ive been with SSE fibre 76 for a year now and its my 5th provider at this address and the best constant speed no problems apart there is traffic management .
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London SSE  
My 18 month contract with SSE ultrafast fibre came to an end but the price increased to a staggering £48 i did consider switching but its to much hassle instead opted for the new monthly service same broadband but line rental only as i hardly use the landline , i still think this is an ok deal as ive always had a good speed with SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
London SSE  
Bloody annoyed switched from talk talk to sse thinking it would be better and no its all gone off line and broadband and tried calling and it seems when you select option for problems they make you wait for ever so not managed to talk to anyone still so sat here no Internet and can't find out why jokes
Emsworth SSE  
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  
no stars as did all reading up about them, spoke to them on the phone to ask a few questions, then phoned next day only to find that they would only supply the service if you had a phone line already, I had established that this was not required, then they moved the goalposts, although the offer was not supposed to end till 16/9, I wasted hours on this for nothing.
Hampshire 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  
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  

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