Broadband deals are a big investment, well worth doing some research to find the best option - you are going to be using it a lot after all! And that's where we come in, rounding up the best internet plans in the UK right here.
Whether you're simply after something cheap and easy, some lightning fast fibre speeds or, you want to go all out with broadband, TV and extra add-ons, there is something for everyone.
Broadband deals tends to fall into one of a few categories - ADSL (slower and more affordable), fibre broadband deals (faster and usually slightly more expensive) and finally, broadband and TV deals, offering a bundle of internet and TV if you've got more money to spend.
Already know what kind of broadband plan you want? Simply use the price comparison chart above to compare the best and cheapest options from big names like TalkTalk, Virgin, BT and Sky.
Not sure what you need with your internet or want to learn more? Read on to find out more about choosing fibre speeds, what the best broadband deals are and plenty more.
Broadband deals: The best of September 2021
The best fibre broadband deals this month:
Vodafone Superfast 1: 24 months | Avg speeds 35Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £19.50 a month + £100 voucher
Vodafone has one of the best overall value broadband deals right now costing just £19.50 a month. That's the cheapest fibre plan out there right now, getting you speeds averaging 35Mb. For that price, you'll get not only those impressive speeds but also an £100 voucher to spend at Amazon, M&S or Tesco.
TalkTalk Fibre 65: 18 months | Avg speeds 67Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £22 a month + £80 voucher
TalkTalk's Fibre 65 deal will be a fantastic alternative to the Vodafone offer above if you know you'll need faster speeds. It only costs £22 a month but for that price you'll get speeds averaging 67Mb. On top of that, you'll also get an £80 voucher that you can spend at Amazon, Tesco, M&S or as a Mastercard.
BT Fibre 2: 24 months | 67Mb average speed |
£32.99 £29.99 per month | FREE activation + £100 Mastercard
BT's Fibre 2 plan is its best package right now. It only costs £29.99 a month - down from £32.99 - and for that price, you'll get speeds averaging 67Mb. Considering BT can normally be pretty pricey, this is a great discount to get your hands on. Plus, BT will also throw in an £100 Mastercard on top.
The best cheap broadband deals this month:
Shell Fast Broadband: 18 months | Avg speeds 11Mb | Line rental incl. | FREE activation | £16.99 a month
Shell currently has the cheapest price in the UK for internet. If you don't mind limiting yourself to speeds averaging 11Mb, the £16.99 a month price tag will be unbeatable and the perfect option for someone living on their own or if you know you won't need very fast speeds.
Plusnet Unlimited Broadband: 12 months | 10Mb avg speed | FREE upfront | £18.99 per month + £75 Mastercard
Behind the Shell deal above, this Plusnet Unlimited Broadband deal will only cost you £18.99 a month. For that price, you'll get 10Mb speeds. While that is more expensive than the above option, Plusnet also includes a £75 Mastercard with the package - a feature Shell doesn't have.
Now Brilliant Broadband: 12 months | Avg speeds 11Mb | Anytime calls | £5 activation | £18pm
Now's Brilliant Broadband plan is a great alternative to the Plusnet plan above. It only costs £18 a month but gets you speeds averaging 11Mb. That makes it both slightly faster and cheaper than Plusnet. However, you don't get the massive Mastercard incentive that Plusnet has.
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The best broadband and TV deals:
Virgin Big Bundle: 18 months | 108Mb average speed | Weekend calls | 112+ channels | £35 activation |
£33 £29.99 a month
Virgin's Big Bundle is going to be one of the best broadband and TV deals for those on a budget. After a recent price cut, it will only cost you £29.99 a month. That price gets you speeds averaging 108Mb and over 112 channels. It also comes with the ability to pause and rewind live TV.
BT Sport + Fibre 2: 24 months | Avg. speed 63Mb | Weekend calls | FREE upfront | £44.99 per month + £90 reward card
If you're looking to get full coverage of the biggest sporting events, this broadband and TV package from BT will be the perfect option. It only costs £44.99 a month while rewarding you with speeds averaging 63Mb. For that price you'll get all four BT Sport channels, Boxnation, AMC, Freeview and, BT will even throw in a £90 Mastercard on top.
Now Brilliant Broadband + Entertainment Pass: 12 months | Avg. speed 11Mb | Anytime calls | £5 upfront | £23.99 per month
Now's Brilliant Broadband + Entertainment Pass is an excellent option for those after broadband and TV deals on a budget. It will only cost you £23.99 a month but offers up speeds averaging 11Mb and a Now Entertainment Pass. That means a huge array of TV shows and box sets for you to binge for a low cost.
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What is the best broadband deal today?
What is the absolute best broadband deal right now?
Vodafone is currently offering the best broadband deal on the market. Go for the brand's Superfast 2 plan and you'll pay just £24 a month for speeds averaging 63Mb. On top of that, Vodafone will chuck in an £75 Amazon voucher!
However, Vodafone isn't going to be for everyone and some would prefer a better known name in internet. For everyone else, BT's Fibre 2 plan is the standout offer right now.
Not only does it supply you with speeds averaging 67Mb but it also throws in a £110 Mastercard to help offset the costs. For this package you're paying just £32.99 a month.
What is the cheapest broadband deal in the UK?
Currently, the cheapest broadband price goes to Plusnet. It can secure you £18.50 a month bills for speeds averaging 10Mb. On top of that, Plusnet is throwing in £50 Mastercards, effectively bringing your costs down to £14.33 a month.
Which provider has the best broadband deals?
There is a lot of providers offering a wide range of broadband deals, making it difficult to know which plan is best for you. Some offer cheap bills, other fast speeds but each ISP has a unique aspect that makes it worth your time.
- Virgin broadband: best for super-fast speeds
- Sky broadband: best quad-play provider
- BT broadband: best all-round internet provider
- Vodafone: affordable pricing for fibre internet
- Plusnet: frequently the cheapest provider for both fibre and ADSL
- TalkTalk: affordable internet across all categories
- Now Broadband: cheapest for broadband and TV
Can I order these broadband deals over the phone?
We understand that buying broadband is a big purchase that you're going to be committed to for at least a year. If you feel more comfortable ordering over the phone, we can offer a call centre service - but only for a selected few providers:
- BT broadband: 0800-783-5462
- TalkTalk broadband: 0808-783-5462
- EE broadband: 0800-079-0075
- Plusnet broadband: 0808-168-5438
- Sky broadband: 0800-759-1470
What speeds can I get with broadband deals?
What broadband speed do I need?
Super fast fibre broadband deals may sound appetising, but they may not be necessary for your home - especially if you want to cut costs. It could be worth considering slower, cheaper ADSL internet instead.
Broadband speeds are represented in megabits per second, or Mb. Crudely speaking, the more Mbs, the faster the broadband speed. But remember that the advertised speed is the 'average' (more on which below) and doesn't necessarily represent the actual speed you'll end up getting. That varies depending where you live.
0-12Mb This entry-level broadband speed is transmitted via an ADSL connection to your nearest BT exchange. The equivalent to just over 1MB per second, It should be fast enough for small households where only one or two people are using the internet at once. Be aware that if you stream TV, you may experience the odd interruption.
25-50Mb Where Virgin led the way, the rest followed. Now every big provider offers rapid fibre broadband. This is the sweet spot between fast speeds and good value and just the ticket for a family household where four or five members are all streaming, downloading and surfing at once.
50-100Mb If you stream 4K TV or have loads of people trying to use your broadband connection at once, then it may be worth shelling out for the extra speed. It may cost you more, but you're pretty much guaranteed lag-free use - plus, the providers often sweeten the deal with added extras and rewards. 100Mb+ Now we're getting really fast. But we'll be honest, at this point you're only really getting value out of this if you're needing to enhance your upgrade speeds or living in a house with loads of devices connected.
What is 'average' speed for broadband?
Since May 2018, the Advertising Standards Authority changed the requirements for how internet providers promote the speed of their service. Instead of 'up to' speeds, they must now give an 'average'.
For these purposes, average means the speed in Mb received by over 50% of their users between the peak usage hours of 8pm and 10pm in the UK. You're not guaranteed that speed though, so double check with the provider exactly what their minimum speed provisions are.
Is fibre broadband available in my area?
There's one very easy way to find out...scroll to the top of this page and input your postcode. We'll tell you straight away whether you can get fast fibre broadband - alternatively head over to our best fibre deals guide for all your options and some handy buying advice.
Roughly speaking, 90% of UK homes now have the option of connecting to fibre broadband. But if you have your heart on Virgin Media fibre optic broadband deals, it's more like around 60%.
Broadband contracts and pricing:
What contract length should I go for?
Most broadband providers lock you in for at least 12 months, with one year plans being by far the most common. That said, perhaps taking their cue from mobile phone contracts, we are now seeing some providers experimenting with longer plans, with 18 month contracts rearing their heads and becoming increasingly popular and brands like Vodafone and BT stretching to 24 months.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, some providers now offer short term rolling contracts. Virgin Media, for example, have 30 day plans for commitment-phobes. The downside is you'll be expected to play a larger setup fee.
When your contract comes to an end, be prepared for your monthly tariff to be hiked - especially if you were lucky enough to get a great introductory offer at the outset.
Will I have to pay anything upfront for broadband?
Possibly. Sometimes known as 'setup', 'upfront' or 'activation' fees, most of the major broadband providers ask for at least some payment when you kick off your contract, even if it's just to cover the cost of delivering your new router. The amount usually depends on what level of package you go for, but it will likely be somewhere between £10 and £60.
But plenty of providers now bucks the old trend and have scrapped their activation fee completely (TalkTalk for example), while others run frequent promotions where they temporarily scrap their upfront cost.
There may be other added extras, too, however. If you take a broadband and TV package, you might be charged for the TV set-top box - that could be totally worth it if you don't already have a device to pause and record live TV.
Do I have to pay more to have a phone line?
If you still use a home landline to make and receive calls, you're in luck - many broadband plans don't just feature a landline, but they actually include it in your monthly price.
You will have to start paying more though when you have a personalised call plan. You'll see your standard monthly bill begin to escalate when you start adding unlimited evening, daytime or international calls to the mix.
Broadband deals FAQ
Is Wi-Fi and broadband the same thing?
Yes and no. For the majority of broadband deals now available, you will be getting both Wi-Fi and broadband.
Wi-Fi is what enables you to connect your laptop and phone...you guessed it, through wireless connections. This is achieved thanks to the routers that come with your broadband package.
Broadband however is the actual Ethernet, meaning having to connect your device via an Ethernet cable.
Can I cancel my internet plan early?
Cancelling your internet plan early is possible but usually it will cost you a decent amount to do so. Most ISPs carry early-cancellation fees with some asking you to pay per month that you have left, some a percentage or some a flat fee.
While you can cancel early, if you are able to ride it out, this will be the better option, saving you a large amount of money.
My contract has ended, should I change plans?
Yes...always yes! When broadband deals come to an end you end up rolling on but the costs sky-rocket up. This could leave you paying double or even more for the same plan.
When your internet package is coming to an end, take a look at what is available and see if you could get better speeds, prices or freebies somewhere else.
4G and 5G home broadband: what are they?
In recent years, many alternatives have been proposed to broadband, offering more flexible solutions, cheaper plans and other options.
Of all of those alternatives, 4G home broadband has been the most popular and effective. This works by placing a SIM card inside a router, amplifying its connection out to a room/house.
This offers a few key benefits that normal broadband deals can't quite achieve. Most obviously, it doesn't need a set-up process, it can be taken anywhere there is electricity for it to be powered and it offers much more flexible contracts.
Yes, it isn't as powerful as regular broadband but if you can't get fibre where you live, are in need of a temporary solution or any other factor or any other factor that applies, this could be the perfect way to go.