Now that we're all spending more time indoors, you might be looking to save a few pounds on your internet or switch to another provider. If that's you, you're in the right place, as we bring you the best broadband deals available in the UK to help you decide which package is the best.
Best Broadband deals of February 2021
1. TalkTalk TV & Broadband with 1 Year of Amazon Prime
Now: From £25.50 per month (£79 off Amazon Prime)
TalkTalk just launched an incredible offer that includes a year of Amazon Prime for free. It's not just Prime Video, but a full Prime subscription that includes free next-day deliveries, Amazon Music, exclusive discounts, and a number of other perks. See our full guide to Amazon Prime.
2. Vodafone 63Mbps - Best overall
Now: £22.95 per month
Vodafone's Superfast 2 broadband package, which promises speeds up to 63Mbps is now the same price as its 35Mbps package, at £22.95 per month.
New customers don't have to pay any upfront costs either. Vodafone's speed is nearly as fast as Plusnet's but £2 cheaper, offering excellent value for money.
Existing customers can get the same deal for even less, at £20.95 per month.
Vodafone is also bundling Apple 4K TV with its broadband deals, though it will cost you £8 more.
3. Plusnet 66Mbps - Best value for money
Now: £24.99 per month (£10 off activation fee)
Plusnet's competitive offer packs 66Mbps speeds for around £25 per month with no activation fees. The contract lasts 12 months and includes line rental. It's great value for money, offering sufficient speeds for a 3-4 member household of busy internet users while remaining affordable.
4. Hyperoptic 150Mbps - Fastest affordable provider
Was: £35 per month
Now: £29 per month (£6 per month)
Hyperoptic is one of the fastest internet providers in the country. Its 150Mbps plan costs £29 per month right now, though you can also get a 1Gbps for £40 per month (average speed of 900Mbps), reduced from £60 per month. Keep in mind, it's not available everywhere. Check if your area qualifies for Hyperoptic.
5. Virgin M100 Broadband - 108Mbps - Best value for speed
From: Virgin Media
Now: £27.99 per month, £35 upfront
Virgin's fibre-optic broadband package is very fast and reliable. 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 £27.99 per month for the first 18 months and then £49 thereafter, with a £35 set up fee. The offer includes home phone, but if you want broadband on its own the price jumps up to £50 per month.
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.
6. Virgin M500 - 516Mbps - Fastest provider with UK-wide coverage
From: Virgin Media
Now: £45.99 per month, £35 upfront
For the fastest speeds from Virgin, without upgrading to a silly 1Gbps (which is only available in certain locations) there's also the 500Mbps broadband and phone option. We would only recommend it if your household has over five or more people with high broadband demands such as gaming or 4K streaming from multiple devices.
If you're looking for a broadband bundle that includes TV, there are some more offers available from Virgin here which now includes a £100 bill credit.
7. Sky 59Mbps - Best TV & Broadband
Was: £48 per month
Now: £39 per month (£9 off)
Sky's Broadband and TV offer now has £9 off the total cost. The bundle includes 59Mbps fast broadband along with the Sky Signature package. At £39 it's costlier than Virgin's faster M100 broadband and phone bundle, so we'd recommend it if you're also in the market for a TV package.
8. Now TV 11Mbps - Cheapest broadband
From: Now TV
Now: £18 per month with £5 delivery
Npw TV's broadband price is the cheapest around – though that also means a much smaller speed of 11Mbps. You can opt for 36Mbps instead for £23 per month instead. We'd recommend Now TV if you're a single person household without heavy broadband demands.
Where to get broadband deals?
Below we've listed the major broadband providers and sellers in the UK.
It can be difficult to know where to start when comparing deals. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you go through each provider:
- What are the activation fees? Can I get the same speed and monthly cost but at a lower activation rate elsewhere?
- Are the rates for broadband alone, or do they also bundle phone and TV? Can I save money by bundling other services?
- Can I get a reduced monthly rate if I'm already a mobile customer for the service?
- Can I upgrade and keep my existing provider? You may be eligible for exclusive deals and reduced pricing via your existing broadband provider.
- Do I need to upgrade my speed? Can I optimize my existing network? We have a full guide on how to make your home network faster
Check broadband coverage in your area
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 superfast broadband provider a friend uses who only lives a few miles away might not be available for your home.
And while a broadband provider may advertise speeds of 500Mbps and above, it may very well be speeds in your area is limited to 60Mbps. In most cases, you can go directly to the broadband provider websites and use their coverage checkers.
If you don't fancy checking each site individually, you can consult Ofcom's Broadband Coverage checker. While the tool won't directly show you which providers operate in your area, it does show you the fastest speeds you could sign up for.
Alternatively, Broadband Genie is another service that lets you see which ISPs operate in your area based on your postcode.
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?
Hyperoptic is the fastest broadband provider in the country with top speeds at a ridiculous 1GBps – more than a household may ever need. The ISP offers plans on a 12-month or a rolling monthly basis. Prices start at £22 for 50Mbps speeds. Hyperoptic serves some areas in the UK more than others. You can see whether it's available in your area using its online coverage checker, or see all Hyperoptic plans.
Community Fibre is another option if you want max speeds of 3GBps, which is just a silly amount. Yes, it's three times faster than Hyperoptic at its best, but it only operates in London.
Vodafone offers top speeds up to 900Mbps and has a broad range of coverage in the UK. Its plans start at £22.95 per month for 35Mbps.
Check out our full article on the fastest broadband provider in the UK.
What's the best broadband?
uSwitch announced its broadband award winners for 2021, as outlined below:
- Broadband Provider of the Year: Plusnet (2020 winner: Now Broadband)
- Best Triple Play Provider: BT (2020 winner: Sky Broadband)
- Fastest Broadband: Virgin Media (also won in 2020)
- TV Provider of the Year: BT (2020 winner: Now Broadband)
- Best Value Broadband Provider: Plusnet (2020 winner: Now Broadband)
- Best Provider Customer Service: Plusnet (also won in 2020)
- Most Popular Broadband Provider: Plusnet (2020 winner: TalkTalk)
Keep in mind this excludes smaller operators like Community Fibre and Hyperoptic which offer greater speeds. It also excludes rural broadband providers like Gigaclear.
When is Black Friday 2021 - should you wait for a better deal?
Black Friday will take place on Friday 26 November, immediately followed by Cyber Monday on 29 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.