Looking to change broadband service this month 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 as sales season approaches 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 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.
Virgin currently offers the 100Mbps plan for £33 per month for the first 12 months with a £35 activation fee. Be sure to choose Vivid 100 & phone to get this cheaper price, as choosing broadband without the phone line is actually more expensive. At time of writing, you'll also get £75 bill credit.
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, which costs £43 per month with line rental included. There is a £35 activation fee however. Again, be sure to choose Vivid 350 & phone. At time of writing you'll get £125 bill credit when you join Virgin on this plan.
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 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, with a £15 setup fee.
TalkTalk's deal gets you 11Mbps speed at £19.95 per month, including line rental for 12 months.
This is a good price on 63Mbps unlimited Fibre broadband from Vodafone (it currently seems to be priced the same as the 35Mbps so make sure you opt for the faster one!). It averages at 63Mbps, but there's a guarantee that means you can get money off until speed issues are fixed should you face any.
It's for 18 months, with nothing upfront and includes line rental. If you're already a Vodafone customer, you can get this for an even better price of £20 per month.
What's the best broadband for sport?
If you're interested in keeping up with sports, you might prefer BT broadband packages. You can either choose a broadband package which automatically includes BT Sport or opt to add it onto a plan at half price.
This package is part of BT's broadband plans that include BT Sport. The cheapest package starts at £39.99 per month for 36Mbps, with a £69.99 upfront cost. With that you'll get a recordable TV box and BT Smart Hub, too.
For more speed and some added perks, the next package up includes 80 additional channels and a BT Smart Hub. It's £59.99 with a £29.99 upfront cost. See all other plans here.
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 Privoder Customer Service: Plusnet
Most Popular Broadband Provider: TalkTalk
Quad-play Provider of the Year: Sky