The Black Friday sales season is here! The best deals are often not on Amazon. The prices shown below are the best available now, though you may need to buy quickly as some deals will sell out.
Looking to save some pennies on your internet and switch to another deal? You're in the right place, as we bring you the best broadband deals available in the UK to help you decide which is the best package for you.
If you're primarily after speed, check out our article on the fastest broadband provider in the UK, and if you're after TV and broadband bundle deals, we have a dedicated article for that too. We also have a piece on the best broadband for streaming.
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 the broadband provider a friend uses who only lives a few miles away might not be available for your home.
Whether you're looking for the best broadband deals in London or elsewhere 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.
New broadband speed claims guidance
In May 2018, the ASA issued new broadband speed claims guidance that gives a more accurate representation of the speed you can expect from the broadband package you choose.
The change followed 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.
What's the fastest broadband?
Average download speed: 108Mbps
Virgin's fibre-optic broadband package is very fast and reliable. 50Mpbs is enough for most single users or couples, but if you share your home with a bigger family who tends to use the internet at once, you might want to consider opting for 100Mbps.
The 100Mbps plan is £33 per month for the first 12 months and then £49 thereafter, with a £35 set up fee. Be sure to choose the broadband & phone package to get this cheaper price, as choosing broadband only, without the phone line, is actually more expensive.
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: 362Mbps
For the ultimate speed, there's the 350Mbps option from Virgin. This costs £43 per month with line rental included, and then £59 thereafter with a £35 activation fee. Again, be sure to choose M350 from the broadband & phone deals.
Plus, if you're looking for a broadband bundle that includes TV, there are some more offers available on Virgin's website here.
Though not quite as speedy as Virgin, Sky's limited time offer is a good price for the speed that you get. With unlimited fibre and Sky Pay As You Talk, this contract is on an 18 month deal with a £19.95 set-up cost.
In addition, Sky is also offering a 'speed guarantee', which means that if a customer's broadband speed doesn't match the minimum speed quoted at purchase, they'll get a months subscription back.
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 cheap broadband deals.
This is the cheapest deal we've seen for unlimited broadband. It includes line rental, and there's no upfront cost. It's a 12 month deal, after which it'll cost £30 per month.
Similarly, NOW Broadband has unlimited broadband with anytime calls for £18 per month, and is currently charging nothing for the setup fee, a reduction of £15.
TalkTalk's deal gets you 11Mbps speed at £19.95 per month, including line rental for 18 months.
EE has some big savings for broadband, offering free set up for customers until 9 December and extra data for existing EE mobile customers on an 18 month contract.
This is a good price on 35Mbps unlimited Fibre broadband from Vodafone. There's a guarantee that means you can get money back if you don't receive a minimum of 25Mbps, and existing Vodafone customers get two pounds off per month. It's an 18 month contract, with nothing upfront and includes line rental.
How can I upgrade my current package?
If you're looking to stick with your current provider, then here are some great offers available exclusively for existing customers.
Existing BT Plus customers can benefit from £5 off 5G plans – each offering double data. They can choose from a 12GB, 30GB, 60GB or 200GB 5G handset plan, starting from just £45 per month. They will also be able to select a 5G smartphone from leading manufacturers, including Samsung, OnePlus and Huawei.
What's the best broadband?
uSwitch has announced its broadband award winners for 2019, as outlined below:
Broadband Provider of the Year: Vodafone
Best Triple Play Provider: NowTV
Fastest Broadband: Virgin Media
TV Provider of the Year: NowTV
Best Value Broadband Provider: Vodafone
Best Provider Customer Service: Plusnet
Most Popular Broadband Provider: TalkTalk
Quad-play Provider of the Year: Sky
When is Black Friday 2020 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 27 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 30 November. Traditionally the biggest sales event of the year, it may yet throw up some even greater tech deals - but with so much uncertainty around finance and retail, and no guarantees regarding what discounts we will see, we advise you not to wait: if you see a deal you like, on a product you need, and you can afford the outlay, buy it today.