Looking to change broadband service to find the best internet provider or simply want to know how your broadband compares to others? You're in the right place to find out, as we bring you the best broadband deals available in the UK right now and help you decide which is best for you.
Check broadband coverage in your area
Before we start, it's important to check that the broadband provider you're interested in can cover your area. You might be surprised to find that a provider that a friend who lives just a few miles away is with might not be able to provide broadband for your home.
You can find out using our tool below - simply type in your postcode and the tool will show you the best deals in your area. After you've searched, you can click on 'filter your results' to narrow down your results.
With the Rural Development Programme for England investing £30 million in rural broadband development, things are looking up for those previously underserved when it comes to Internet speeds
New broadband speed claims guidance
As of 23 May, the ASA has issued new broadband speed claims guidance that will give you a much more accurate representation of the speed you can expect from the broadband package you choose.
The change follows research into consumers' understanding of broadband speed claims, which found that consumers are being misled by advertising from internet service providers (ISPs).
Now, ISPs need to advertise the median download speed measured at peak-time or over 24 hours, or a range of download speeds available to the 20th to 80th percentile of users measured at peak time or over 24 hours.
You can find out more about the new guidance on the ASA website.
What's the fastest broadband?
Average download speed: 108Mbps
Virgin's fibre-optic broadband is very fast and reliable, available. 50Mpbs is enough for most single users or couples (also available from Virgin at £27 per month), but if you share your home with a bigger family who tend to use the internet at once, you might want to consider opting for 100Mbps.
Virgin is currently offering the 100Mbps plan for £32 per month for 12 months. This used to involve a £20 activation fee, but set-up is now free.
It's not the cheapest option, but the internet speed is faster than most options offered by rival providers and the average download speeds are even faster than advertised at 108Mbps. It has won plenty of broadband awards for overall satisfaction, reliability and speed, so is highly recommended.
Average download speed: 300Mbps
New from EE is its Fibre Max 1 and Fibre Max 2 plans. The former offers an average download speed of 145Mbps for £42 per month, while the faster option offers an average speed of 300Mbps for £50 per month. Set-up costs £50.
Average download speed: 362Mbps
Even faster is the 350Mbps option, which costs £42 per month with line rental included. The £20 activation fee no longer applies, so there are no extra costs involved here.
Keep in mind that after 12 months this deal rises to £57 per month, though.
Plus, if you're looking for a broadband bundle that includes TV there are some more offers available on Virgin's website here.
What's the cheapest broadband?
If you're not so worried about your internet's speed but are more concerned about its price, you might be interested in some of these other broadband deals.
This cheap broadband option comes from TalkTalk, which is £17 per month, including line rental for 12 months.
This is a good price on 35Mbps unlimited Fibre broadband from Vodafone. It has an unlimited speed guarantee of 25Mbps, but averages at 35Mbps. It's for 18 months, with a £9.99 upfront fee which includes line rental. If you're already a Vodafone customer, you can get this for an even better price of £24 per month.
If you switch to Vodafone's Home Fibre Broadband service you can also get one of four tech gifts worth up to £199. Choose from a Fitbit Charge 2, Sonos PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker, GoPro Hero Action Camera or an Amazon Echo (2nd generation). See terms and condition of this offer here.
Another good price, this time on faster 63Mbps unlimited Fibre broadband from Vodafone, with a speed guarantee of 55Mbps. It's for 18 months, with a £9.99 upfront fee which includes line rental. Existing customers can get this offer for £29, which is good deal.
What's the best broadband for sport?
If you're interested in sport, you might like in BT's broadband packages. You can upgrade any of these to include the BT Sport Pack (starts from £4/month).
BT's new superfast fibre essential unlimited package is the company's lowest ever unlimited fibre price, and it currently comes with a £50 BT reward card. It includes BT line rental, but you'll have to pay £29.99 to cover and postage and packaging.
If you want faster internet, there's also BT's Superfast Fibre Unlimited broadband package. The 50Mbps package comes with the new BT Smart Hub router and is £35.99 per month including line rental. There is a £9.99 activation/postage and packaging fee.
There's also a 67Mbps option called the Superfast Fibre 2. This option also includes line rental and does not have an activation fee either, but there is the £9.99 postage and packaging fee.
BT also offers some TV and broadband bundles, which you can view here.
What's the best broadband?
Broadband Genie has recently announced the results of its Home Broadband Survey 2018, which takes into account the views of nearly 5,000 UK broadband users as well as a panel of experts.
Plusnet was crowned best broadband provider 2018, followed by Virgin Media in second and EE in third. Read on to see which ISPs were victorious in other parts of the survey, and see where your broadband provider ranks.
Best Broadband Provider 2018
Best Customer Care 2018
Most Reliable Broadband Provider 2018
Best Value Provider 2018
Most Recommended Provider 2018
Most Trustworthy Provider 2018
Fastest Provider - Downloading 2018
Fastest Provider - Uploading 2018
Customer Speed Satisfaction 2018
Broadband Genie's Home Broadband Survey from 2017 also crowned winners in the following categories:
Best Budget Provider 2017
Best Bundled Provider 2017
Most Innovative Provider 2017
Best Streaming TV Service 2017
Best Catch-up Service 2017
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