Zen 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 Zen.

Recent Customer Ratings for Zen

  • Satisfaction
    4.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    4.3 stars
  • Speed
    3.8 stars
  • Reliability
    4.1 stars

Based on 322 customer ratings since 2020-05-16 (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.

142 Customer Reviews over 4 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridge
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible - originally they were great but now I think they must have been taken over because they are now just as appalling as all the rest. Customer service is the usual press this for that and then you are transferred to countless people where you have to repeat your name address multiple times.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Southampton
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    A truly terrible experience so far migrating from Sky. My Sky broadband was cut off last Thursday without any warning. Zen was meant to connect me last Monday. They didn't 'because of the recent bad weather.' They told me I'd be connected today. I haven't been. I need an internet connection as I work remotely. This is seriously poor service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I chose Zen because so many reviews had been complimentary about their reliability and customer service, both far more important to me than the speed of the broadband itself. I live in a basement flat without 3G/4G and urgently need internet access for work reasons.

    I ordered a broadband package from them 3 weeks ago, and was advised that my broadband would be active in 2-3 weeks, a long time but having never been with Zen before I felt it fair to give them a chance. It has actually taken them that long to tell me that it won't be active for another 2-3 weeks. If they had warned me at the time of my order I doubtless could have gone elsewhere and would already have broadband by now. Despite £139(!) in activation fees, almost six weeks to actually activate a broadband service is ludicrous (especially as I am only living in London for six months, 25% of which will have elapsed by the time Zen actually get around to fulfilling my broadband order!).

    Zen have acknowledged my complaint but neither brought forward the activation date nor offered me any kind of reduction.

    Whatever experiences others might have had of Zen, mine has been horrendous. I absolutely do not recommend Zen to anyone. I can't speak to how fast the actual broadband is, but even if it's lightning fast it won't alter my opinion of Zen one bit.

    Having been with BT, Virgin and others over the years I remain astonished that it is so difficult to find an honest, dependable broadband provider in the UK. As always, it's all about getting you to sign up by dangling empty promises in front of you.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Scarborough
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    THE best telecoms company I have ever used! Customer service is excellent ... you get through to somebody straight away; a person that you can understand and who gives you their full name, not a made up one they can hide behind when things go wrong! If BT, SKY, Plusnet etc cared at all about their customers they would do copy what ZEN do.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ruislip
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    My internet service provided by Zen has been unsatisfactory for over a year. Very slow during the week and unusable for long periods at the weekend when traffic is presumably high for domestic users. At the same time I have been able to use the BT internet service (copper wires) provided by my wife's company using a router which is positioned in our house just a couple of feet from the Zen router. Last year I spent about 7 hours on the phone to Zen tech support when their service (but not the BT service) stopped working completely. One day this problem mysteriously disappeared and they never bothered to explain to me what the problem was but I am sure it was at their end as the problem eventually got resolved without me trying anything new. As a last attempt to solve the ongoing slow internet problem I bought a new top of the range Zyxel router and upgraded to their fibre service. This has made no difference, the service in the week is no where near the speed I have been quoted (it is normally around 5.5mbps) and it has again become unusable at the weekend I am having to use my wife's BT service to make this entry. I only use the internet for email and visiting web sites and occasional downloads of documents but the service is not fast enough even to support this. Finally, after over a year of problems, Zen offered to carry out some diagnostic tests on the BT line they use and were quick to point point out that I may have to pay for this in some circumstances. Some way to treat a customer of 10 years standing who has received a lousy service from ZEN, including unsatisfactory internet for over a year. My impression is that this company is going downhill and although they do employ polite technical assistants to help customers, they lack the drive and motivation and perhaps expertise to sort out problems experienced by customers.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Kent
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I've been with Zen for quite a while and have experience both traditional broadband and FTTC including an upgrade. I've never had a problem with their service and on the odd occasion when the "internet" has gone down they have always helped me to locate the problem, which is invariably at my end. Would not hesitate to recommend them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Pevensey
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I moved to Zen from Talk Talk two weeks ago & am very satisfied. I moved with an existing fault which Talk Talk had failed to fix & Zen immediately got it sorted (it was a line fault & Talk Talk do everything possible to avoid involving Openreach, whereas Zen had Openreach onto it immediately). Zen's customer service is very impressive with technical problems being dealt with by people who listen & make an informed judgement on how to proceed. Migration was simple - just switched the new router on & within a couple of minutes I was up & running. Nothing bad to say about Zen at all.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Signed up for Broadband on the 16th Dec. 2015 The service was never activated, waited until 6th Jan 2016 and then closed my account.
    Stay well clear of this company.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Unbelievably bad customer service. Multiple appointments for technicians to arrive resulting in no shows after 5 hours of waiting. After final "completion" still no working internet (more than a month later and two months after they very efficiently charged me 180 GBP in advance). A horrible experience. STAY AWAY.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Chesterfield
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I have now been with Zen for many years, since moving from the hell that was Tiscali.

    I have only ever had to call Customer support once with an issue and that turned out to be a faulty Router at my end........no Indian call centres with Zen, super reliability and speeds.

    I even got an email from Zen before Christmas, to inform me that there was a cheaper plan than the one I was on, I duly clicked the link and was on the cheaper plan within 24 hours (not many companies do that)

    Glad I moved to Zen, not the cheapest but THE BEST.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Glasgow
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Great service. Extremely easy setup. Faster downloads speeds(double that of BT) and based in the UK. Happy customer.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Comments
    Attempted to migrate my broadband to Zen to get a static IP address. I must say they are one of the most inept companies it has been my misfortune to deal with. Cancelled the migration which they confirmed, but they still took the service from BT. After 3 weeks of chaos finally back with BT who come out of this looking like the good guys which takes some doing on Zen's part. Will never deal with Zen again on any level, useless and incompetent.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Windsor
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I had zen broadband service for nearly 3 weeks into a 12 month contract. Then Monday the 2nd of November came and no internet. For some very bizarre reason our phone line had been cut off from the exchange through no fault of our own at all. So I phoned zen and what seemed to happen from 4 or 5 lengthy phone calls is that my phone line had been cut off so they cancelled my contract- stone dead! So after 3 weeks of use I had no option but to pay zen £357 to end my contract. YES YOU HEARD THAT RIGHT. Cannot believe that I bought this on recommendation from which! Magazine . Daylight thieving robbing lot I will be in contact with which to find out what I can do!! Iv now read more into your reviews and am now realising that you tell other CUSTOMERS that there telephone line has "ceased" also BUYER BEWARE
  • Reviewer
    Location
    STIRLING
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I've been with ZEN for almost a year and am very pleased with their service, in all departments.I switched to fibre nine months ago, the transition was made very easy by their knowledgeable technical staff (UK based). Zen are my sixth ISP, over 15 years, and I really cannot see me ever needing to change again. Fast and very reliable with great support, if you ever need it.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Beds
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Have been with Zen for 10 years+.
    Can't fault them. Excellent customer service, excellent reliability, excellent speeds.

    Also will quite happily cater for the more technical-minded customers who want to be able to adjust things like target SNR margins etc. No hassle, straight through to tech support who had it changed within minutes.

    Keep up the good work.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lancashire
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Have been waiting over 3 weeks to get my Broadband installed and have been messed around by the team at Zen. They tell me BT was the hold up and then someone else in the building gets it installed in 1 week. Then Zen say they can do it re book another appointment and guess what they still can't do it and blame it another problem. Have to say the worse comms company I have work with. If you thought BT were bad, just check these guys out.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Co Durham
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I have been with ZEN a number of years now. I cannot fault them for their service or speed. Before I was with them I was frustrated at broadband dropping out etc etc. Zen customer service are great nothing is too much trouble for them.If I have a problem then it is sorted out quickly staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
    Its not the cheapest but I need the reliability of the net for our business.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    oldham
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    over the years i have had all sorts of different broadband packages, Zen is by far the best, the customer service is second to none and the speeds are exactly what they told me they would be, personally i am very happy with the full service that i am getting from Zen.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Anglia
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Nothing negative. Every thing good. Have been with ZEN since 2005 with no problems until last week. This problem was identified as being a BT problem. Zen could not have been more help and resolved the problem with BT very quickly. Cannot praise Technical Support enough, excellent and friendly service throughout. How many other companies can one say this about these days? Many thanks Zen!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Abbey Wood
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Great service, great technical support and break neck speeds up and down. You couldn't ask for more (well you could) and offices in UK (including techies). Keep it up Zen
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hereford
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    I have never attained anywhere near 2Mb since I started. 750 Kb is the average. Once I got 1.2 Mb for a short period, but it sometimes drops to 120 Kb which is not practical - worse than dial up.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    hailsham
    Reviewing
    Zen
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    excellent all round serice

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