SSE 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 SSE.

Recent Customer Ratings for SSE

  • Satisfaction
    2.9 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.5 stars
  • Reliability
    2.7 stars

Based on 467 customer ratings since 2019-10-27 (Show all time ratings)

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411 Customer Reviews for SSE

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I took up SSE between 2016 and 2017, moving from sky. They have a particularly good offer at the time for FTTC which was very impressive. The service however was a bit of a disappointment though, I did try and leave the contract initially, but the penalties were far too great.

The first thing you have to know about SSE is that none of the network is owned by it. For all suppliers on BT lines this is the same as Openreach owns the physical network however other supplier out of the exchange traffic is sent over its own network. In the case of SSE it goes out via Daisy networks which is reselling to SSE. In a nutshell, Daisy are an appalling company, they sell cheap but restrict traffic a lot, they block ports, VPN's and they also do not have a large amount of backend capacity. Over the years it has been the only supplier where I have routinely got download speeds less than the sync speed of the line.

Moving onto support, it was nothing to write home about, in my mind I had made the mistake of going for a cheap service therefore it was my fault, this is all I could expect. Slow call response times and often first line call handlers who cant really appreciate the nature of the issue.

I left as soon as my contract was up, something I do nowadays is check if the ISP is just as reseller of daisy and then avoid if they are.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
United kingdom SSE  
Just perfect! Promised frustration free broadband, got frustration free broadband. They send an engineer from Openreach to my house to fix the line on my first day of contract, before I even mentioned to them that it's not working - something TalkTalk has not been able to do despite WEEKS of constant complaining! Honestly, save yourself the pain of a slightly cheaper provider without any service, totally not worth it. Choose SSE.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Sheffield SSE  
Extremely poor customer service - passed from pillar to post with excuse after excuse. Slow and unreliable internet with no support. Would not recommend.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bucks SSE  
The home moving service is absolutely rubbish. Notified them 1 month before the move, but 3 weeks AFTER I move to the new home, I still don't have access to the Internet. Had to call them dozens of times, and the only answer is they don't actually work on the linework, it's all Openreach's fault and it has been delayed.

Due to the COVID situation, I have to work from home full time and can only mobile data for that! Not mentioning any other activities need broadband like TV/gaming etc.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
london SSE  
Every night my speed gos down now tonight no internet at all this is 4th time in last 2 months think I need a new supplier
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Inverness SSE  
Worst IPS I've had the misfortune to use. Usually an IPS will have good internet, but bad customer service, or good customer service, but slow internet or faulty equipment. SSE is bad on all fronts. The worst customer service. It was so bad that even their automated password recovery email didn't work. I emailed them 6 times to try and get into my account, and they didn't reply once. I was locked out of my account for 6 months. Long waiting times on the phone just to get hung up on by rude agents or faulty connections. Worst of all was the broadband. It was so inconsistent, I'd have drops outs at least once an hour, forcing me to reset the router. I spend hours, checking all the device drivers, forwarding ports, and troubleshooting wireless receivers because I was in complete disbelief that any broadband connection could be so awful. The moment I switched to BT every single problem I'd had with my internet, even the ones I hadn't suspected were related to SSE went away. Every. Single. One. Do NOT use this company, no matter how much they try to sucker you in with savings. My phone gave me a better internet service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  
I signed up with SSE 5 months ago in a new area. The first 3 months were great - good speeds, no issues. Then in August my broadband went down for 2 weeks. It took 3 calls, waiting for about an hour each time, before the fault was resolved. Now this month it has gone down again for almost 2 weeks so far, still not resolved and no 'updates' they promise you when you call. I'm just totally fed up. It's so stressful and time consuming dealing with this...
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Spalding SSE  
Oddly after multiple attempts at calling and waiting, I got through to a perfect Customer Service rep
She explained my Billing
SSE being a big company has poor Front end IT and user interface (especially Utility firms)and leaves many confused about billing - the Online experience for SSE, once into ones account is very poor. Big companies suffer from this because of very poor and dogmatic myopic hiring protocol and not thinking outside of the box, thats why I stay small and nimble.
So SSE is not specifically different but could improve significantly.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Essex SSE  
I am approaching the end of a two year contract. When I signed with SSE I was regularily achieving speeds of 74mb as I am very close to the cabinet. At the time SSE used Daisy to provide the internet to its customers and there was no issue and good overall speeds. However a good way through the contract SSE moved providers to vodafone and there was an instant reduction of speed down to around 22mb. I have a "fing box" connected to the router that does periodic automatic speed checks and records the speeds and the provider connected to, it showed a speed drop overnight that has never recovered. This was pre-covid and during the peak of that the speeds understandably, perhaps, dropped even further but reached the point where watching you tube required to reduce the quality to 360p if you were to watch videos at all. The speeds have recovered back to the 22mb or thereabouts but has never reached even close to the speeds that Daisy provided under the guise of SSE at the start. Definately time for me to move on
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Shetland SSE  
Broadband is ok they are a reseller of Vodafone broadband. So if your a Vodafone customer go direct for broadband as you will get a better discount.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Essex SSE  
Absolutely conned by this company. Their broadband was probably the best I have ever had, but towards the end of my 12 month contract I got a letter to say that my contract would auto renew to the most expensive of 3 package options unless I phoned and asked for a different package. I phoned up with the intention of asking for the cheapest package (I don't use the internet a huge deal) but the number quoted multiple times was an invalid number. I made a complaint on their website and about a week later some fly by night bloke phoned me to apologise and chuckled to himself about how rubbish his own marketing team is. He said "I think based on your usage you should be on the cheapest package" and I agreed. I thought the problem was sorted, but a month or so later I looked at my bank statement and had been charged for the most expensive package they do, he hadn't changed a thing. I raised a complaint 2 weeks ago about this. Not heard anything. Considering whether I can recoup the money via the small claims court or some such avenue.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Sussex SSE  
DO NOT GET SSE
Worst wifi ever goes off at least 5 hours a day cant get hold of them if It does go off still send me Bill's after no internet for 2 weeks
DO NOT GET YOU WILL PAY MONEY FOR THE WORST SERVICE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE DISGRACEFUL
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Manchester SSE  
Upgraded to fibre19 from adsl only received for 48 hours can't get answer from customer service phone line after several 1 hour calls from my mobile sent complaint emails got no answer so can't report the fault 6 days later still no signal and no answer from sse I have walking difficulties and rely on the Internet I am at my wits end they have not held up there side of the contract
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Stranraer SSE  
I wanted to cancel my "no-fixed term" contract and was told I could get a discount. What I got instead is a new 18 month contract, but was only told I am getting a discount! Now I'm having to pay cancellation fees due to not being aware of the new contract.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Aberdeen SSE  
Worst service I have ever had the do not answer emails
Have had problems since 2018 broadband connections
Cutting off all the time very poor customer service
For disabled OAP
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Crieff SSE  
Absolute rubbish! Rubbish service. Pricey... never, ever again!!! Extra charged. DON"T EVEN THINK TO SWITCH TO SSE... you will REGRET! 100%
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bristol SSE  
We've been with SSE for a couple of years and their broadband has been a little patchy with the router dropping out every now and then. However last Wednesday night it dropped out and has not been back since, apart from a brief period over the weekend. We phoned last Thursday to be told it would be referred to their technical desk, and they could give no timescale to be resolved. Phoned again this morning and I was told the same, and the reason they could not give a timescale is because they are just getting set up for people to work from home! Nearly four months since everybody else did so. Service from them is non-existent with no emails or calls replied to. Avoid at all costs!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Partridge Green SSE  
My internet stopped working I called them, it took one hour for somebody to answer the technical team could not do anything, two days later the internet started working. Four days later it kep cutting out again whilst I was in the middle of a zoom meeting for work. This keeps happening every day. Friday 10 July 20 it went off again and not come back on again. It has cost me money on my phone to pay for more data. SSE you need to sort this mess out!!! I will have another stressful day Trying to contact you to sort yet again the same problem !!! Wake up !! You will have no customers left
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Knutsford Wa16 SSE  
I am at a loss how bad the customer service at SSE is. The lack of communication on the process of moving home is non exsistent. When you do receive an email its most likley got the wrong information and irrelevant to the process. Whats really frustating is waiting approx 20 mins each time to get though to advisors who cant really tell em anything to then say they will call me back and never do. I have raised a complaint bt have received no official response in how they are going to deal with the situation. They may be cheap, but its for a reason.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wales SSE  
My first time with SSE was brought to and abrupt parting of the ways by a house move. Overall at the time I was pretty happy with them. The accounts system was one of the best I had come across, never as mistake, an overcharge, nothing. Support at that time was pretty brilliant if you could not get through the automated system asked if you wanted a call back and gave you an approximate lead time, and it worked, brilliant! The only downside I recall was the fair usage policy, which quite simply was not fair and caused a lot of frustration at times and up to the time of writing is still sadly in place. I tried to transfer my account to the new address but was informed they could not supply to that address at that time.

I tried 2 other broadband suppliers, neither one up to much. I won’t name them here.

(But they were Sky and Plusnet)

Later SSE became available. So this is my second time with them and my 18 month agreement has come to an end. I have sadly made the decision to move on. The systems and accounts department are still solid. As far as support goes the automated call back system is no longer there and your stuck with the endless wait times, though the staff have always been helpful. I have been on a supposed 35mb fibre connection which for the most part seems to operate between 8mb and 20 mb and the test were run in the main via ethernet cable. I understand that they are thinking about moving over from unlimited broadband to truly unlimited. I f anyone from SSE happens to read this I would like you to know how much you have got right and to thank you for it. What a shame!
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Cumbria SSE  
SSE seem to think that Covid is a good excuse for no internet or very slow internet. Tried to phone may times no result tried customer service same result. I would advise you not buy if you do you will disappionted. It would be worth paying 120 pounds to leave
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Worcester SSE  
Exasperated . Accept Covid has caused service issues but SSE online information is poor, the accounts page is lacking clarity and there is no way to check what your current Broadband deal is and when it expires and if SSE have carried out a renewal.
Their packages have names but these are not named on the SSE Deals page . My latest Bill does not explain if my new deal has been activated.
They have not responded to my emails.
Very disappointed, they do not give enough info online for me to resolve my problem.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
croydon SSE  
Absolutely shocking. Was fine when 1st went in but a month later the blaming covid for slow speed. We pay for upto 70mbwe were averaging 34 mg and that was fine. Suddenly were on around 4mg bearing in mind we have 2 kids and out TVs are all internet service providers and rely on good speed. Have contacted sse and not a thing been done or said. Got to an escalation point yesterday and we have escalated it but they just dont give any cares at all. We will be leaving sse and not paying to do so as there not proving a service we pay for. Dont bother people its shocking
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
DAVENTRY SSE  
The service has been fine. But a fallen tree has severed my line. Openreach cant repair it until SSE contact them. I have been trying to get through to them for 2 days and have so far spent 4 hours waiting with no answer and no response to emails or anything. They are a disgrace.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Gloucestershire SSE  
DO NOT USE SSE!!!!! after installing router we have had a few days of poor quality internet, then nothing. its been over a week with no internet, no customer service, you wait hours to speak to someone and then the line goes dead. no answer over and over again. Repeat DO NOT USE SSE
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Cornwall SSE  
I have been waiting to speak to engineer about my mobile Broad band I have been waiting for 1 hour to day to get through and one Hour yesterday.It is just disgusting I have No Internet on my Mobile Phone without which I cannot access My Train Card App.
65 Orchard House, Orchard Lane,Alton Hampshire SSE  
Cheap and nasty .you get what you pay for. We were with BT for 14 years with minimal issues. We switched over to SSE for price reasons and sure enough we have a never ending problems. It takes on average 40 minutes to reply any customer service phone lines. I would avoid this like the plague if you’re looking for a broadband provider
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Dundee SSE  
Our fibre broadband stopped working, so once I got through to an operator (20 minutes wait at peak time) she was very helpful, patient and being an English call centre, there was no issue with understanding each other. She talked me through making several address changes in my routers settings which took a while, but she waited until I had tested the fix and all is well again.
I've had 3 occasions now to contact sse broadband with issues over 3 years, and all 3 times their level of service is excellent. I left BT because I found their customer service non exsistant and they caused me a lot of stress, sse customer service is a credit to them and is why I'm writing this review.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Stalbridge Dorset SSE  
We've had SSE fibre ultimate for around 4 years now. Compared to the virgin product we were on previously, it is flawless.

In 4 years we've experienced 2 drop outs that lastest all of 5 minutes each. We have never experienced any throttling or peak usage and during lockdown with heavy working from home (I work in IT and spend 10 hours a day working remotely and on video calls). When we were with virgin the service here was terrible, packets constantly being dropped and peak time usage really effecting video streaming and general browsing

A lot of reviews on here are from customers who probably do not have a decent BT line to their property or have localised issues with the BT network. No matter was provider you were with, you would have experienced the same issues.

Overall, SSE is cheap, reliable and quick.

(I'm also an ex SSE employee who hates this company with a passion)
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Portsmouth SSE  
Broadband keeps dropping, calling call centre, THEY ACTUALLY CLOSE EARLY EVENING!!!! Can never get throught to them.
I tried live webchat....HA!!!! I was number 1 in the queue for over an hour.
My speeds were eventually down to 3...yes 3mps.
Awful.
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Wolverhampton SSE  
Excellent customer service: Called the faults tea
And an advisor answered within 2 minutes. The lady established Remotely that the fault was external and arranged with openreach to have the fault fixed within 48 hours. In fact the connection was up and running within 6 hours. Thank You SSE!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Almondsbury SSE  
Customer service is terrible. 2 months after moving out and terminating the contract they are still sending bills.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Wilmslow SSE  
So we went through Uswitch as recommended by a friend and up popped SSE with the best deal, contacted them also and decided to take out the “Unlimited Fibre” package which is speeds up to 38Mbps. At the start it was ok speed but not great ranging between 14Mbps - 18Mbps and as the months went on it then began to decline at a steady pace we are currently 10 months into our 18 month contract and we average between 1Mbps - 2Mbps with an average upload of 0.5Mbps. Broadband is absolutely atrocious, the worst we have ever had. We where told to expect some issues with speed and connectivity from time to time but this is a joke, told that if we wanted to cancel we would have to pay a colossal sum of money to make up for the months remaining that SSE will lose out on. We currently pay £23 a month but this “Unlimited Fibre” is normally a £47 per month package.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Freuchie, Fife SSE  
Been waiting since 24th April for connection still waiting (6 may) !!!
Phoned customer service they put you on hold then either cut you off or put you on answer machine ,,,, disgusting service please avoid !!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
South Shields SSE  
Customer service is terrible. Connection would often cut out for short periods, no problems 2 weeks out since switching to a competitor. Still sending me letters and bills after switching.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Fortrose SSE  
Most trouble free broadband switch ever.Router arrived 2 weeks before date.Previous provider switched off on the dot.Plugged new SSE router in first thing in morning,and away it went.credit where it's due.thankyou.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Manchester SSE  
Word of Advice - AVOID THIS COMPANY!
Never had a reliable connection and speed were less than contractually obligated speed.
Complained several times, no resolution.
I am taking them to the Regulator as they say I owe monies out of contract which they breached.
Good luck with that SSE, you wont get a penny out of me!
DO NOT USE!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Bridgend, South Wales SSE  
Was good to start with but been gradually getting slower and more frequent disconnections and now the superfast fibre is just a distant memory. Can`t get through to customer services. Waste of money. Better off sticking to BT.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Perth SSE  
THE WORST BROADBAND PROVIDER!!!
THE WORST! LOW PRICES FOR LACK OF SERVICE!

They said I owe them £120 because I’m leaving

I had NO BROADBAND CONNECTION SINCE THE START!

SENT ME MISLEADING LETTERS SAYING IM SPENDING TOO MUCH ON PHONE CALLS

I HAVE NEVER TOUCHED THE PHONE

After 40 minutes of waiting I have spoken to Katie on the phone yesterday and cancelled my DIRECT DEBIT WITH THEM WITH THE BANK AFTERWARDS and was told by the banker himself that this happens a lot, especially coming from SSE!

I WAS TOLD I WASNT IMPORTANT BECAUSE I’M NOT VULNERABLE but me and my family ARE!

They told me that I WILL HAVE TO STAY WITH THEM FOR THE NEXT 60 days to clear the charges.

There was no questions asked about my state and my lack of vulnerability was assumed.

DONT JOIN THEM!
They don’t care about customers!
They only care about money!
THEY LIE!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SSE  
Avoid them at all costs, below average broadband with no customer support.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Edinburgh SSE  

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