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Cable.co.uk takes reviewing broadband seriously. Splitting each broadband review by speed, usage, call plan, extras, value for money, equipment and installation, we employ impartiality and a thorough research ethic to destroy the jargon and demystify the small print.

Cable.co.uk is currently the only website in the world producing in-depth reviews of UK broadband products. We define ourselves by them – their quality, fairness, thoroughness — and have no qualms in telling you who's not offering you the broadband deal you deserve.

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Gigaclear Home 200 unlimited broadband review

4

£49

Gigaclear Home 200 unlimited broadband review
2
Virgin Media 100Mb broadband

4

£5

Virgin Media 100Mb broadband
3
Virgin Media 200Mb broadband

4

£20

Virgin Media 200Mb broadband
4
Unlimited BT Infinity 2

3.8

£20

Unlimited BT Infinity 2
5
Gigaclear Home 50 unlimited broadband review

3.8

£37

Gigaclear Home 50 unlimited broadband review
6
Gigaclear Home 100 unlimited broadband

3.8

£42

Gigaclear Home 100 unlimited broadband
7
Gigaclear Home 1000 unlimited broadband

3.8

£69

Gigaclear Home 1000 unlimited broadband
8
Sky Broadband Unlimited

3.8

£5

Sky Broadband Unlimited
9
Virgin Media 50Mb broadband

3.8

£7.75

Virgin Media 50Mb broadband
10
EE 76Mb broadband

3.6

£13

EE 76Mb broadband
11
Hyperoptic 1 Gig Hyper-sonic broadband

3.6

£50

Hyperoptic 1 Gig Hyper-sonic broadband
12
Sky Fibre Unlimited broadband

3.6

£7.50

Sky Fibre Unlimited broadband
13
Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro broadband

3.6

£30

Sky Fibre Unlimited Pro broadband
14
Tesco Unlimited Broadband

3.6

£2

Tesco Unlimited Broadband
15
BT Unlimited Broadband

3.4

£8

BT Unlimited Broadband
16
Unlimited BT Infinity 1

3.4

£16

Unlimited BT Infinity 1
17
EE Unlimited broadband

3.4

£2.50

EE Unlimited broadband
18
Sky Fibre

3.4

£10

Sky Fibre
19
Virgin Media student broadband

3.4

£15.50

Virgin Media student broadband
20
BT Infinity Extra

3.2

£8

BT Infinity Extra
21
BT Student Broadband

3.2

£14

BT Student Broadband
22
EE Fibre Broadband Unlimited 38Mb

3.2

£8

EE Fibre Broadband Unlimited 38Mb
23
Primus Saver 20GB broadband

3.2

£1.20

Primus Saver 20GB broadband
24
Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband

3.2

£12.50

Plusnet Unlimited Fibre Extra Broadband
25
Plusnet Unlimited fibre broadband

3.2

£19.99

Plusnet Unlimited fibre broadband
26
BT Broadband

3

£6

BT Broadband
27
Hyperoptic 20Mb Hyper-lite broadband

3

£22.50

Hyperoptic 20Mb Hyper-lite broadband
28
Primus Saver 76Mb unlimited fibre broadband

3

£10

Primus Saver 76Mb unlimited fibre broadband
29
SSE Everyday broadband

3

£5

SSE Everyday broadband
30
TalkTalk Fibre 38Mb

3

£6.75

TalkTalk Fibre 38Mb
31
Unlimited Fuel Broadband

2.8

£2

Unlimited Fuel Broadband
32
John Lewis standard broadband

2.8

£11

John Lewis standard broadband
33
Plusnet Unlimited broadband

2.8

£3.49

Plusnet Unlimited broadband
34
Primus Saver Unlimited fibre broadband 38Mb

2.8

£8

Primus Saver Unlimited fibre broadband 38Mb
35
Sky Broadband Lite

2.8

0

Sky Broadband Lite
36
Tooway M satellite broadband

2.8

£29.99

Tooway M satellite broadband
37
John Lewis Broadband Unlimited

2.6

£18

John Lewis Broadband Unlimited
38
SSE Superfast fibre

2.6

£15

SSE Superfast fibre
39
SSE Ultrafast fibre

2.6

£17.50

SSE Ultrafast fibre
40
TalkTalk SimplyBroadband

2.6

£1.75

TalkTalk SimplyBroadband
41
Direct Save Telecom Unlimited broadband

2.5

£1.95

Direct Save Telecom Unlimited broadband
42
SSE Simple broadband

2.5

£5

SSE Simple broadband
43
Direct Save Telecom Unlimited fibre broadband

2.4

£19.95

Direct Save Telecom Unlimited fibre broadband
44
Plusnet Essentials Broadband

2.4

£5.99

Plusnet Essentials Broadband
45
Post Office HomePhone and Broadband Premium

2.4

£10

Post Office HomePhone and Broadband Premium
46
TalkTalk Superpowered Fibre Large

2.4

£16.75

TalkTalk Superpowered Fibre Large

Who is Cable.co.uk?

Cable.co.uk is a team of consumer telecoms experts committed to helping you make the right choice. Whether that means finding the cheapest, fastest or most reliable broadband, we’ve got you covered. Our comparison tools are approved by Ofcom – the independent UK telecoms regulator. That means we have your interests at heart, not ours, and certainly not those of UK telecoms providers.

Each broadband review is honest, because we hold ourselves to unusually high standards of impartiality and fairness. If we think something is good, we’ll tell you, if we think it's just not good enough, we'll say exactly that, and every shade in between.

How we write reviews

We approach our reviews as consumers, killing jargon dead and focusing on what the package means to you. Not sure what you can do with a 38Mbps fibre optic connection? We’ll tell you. Don’t know the difference between dual and single-band wi-fi? We’ll tell you. Clarity is as important to us as it is to you.

We score each section on how well we feel it performs compared to all the other products on the UK market, with a combination of these scores making up the overall rating. When we score a package, we take our time to ensure it ranks accurately against its competitors.

How we measure speed

Speed is a major factor when you’re choosing a broadband package. No exact speed is guaranteed – there will always be a disparity between what a provider offers and what a provider delivers. That’s why we describe the speed as ‘up to’, as this figure is usually the maximum speed available, and is only available to a small percentage of customers.

To help you understand what you’ll be able to do with a product, each broadband review includes a speed-o-meter graphic. This displays the advertised and actual speeds you can expect from the package, and what you can and can't do with that many megabits.

What our broadband speed-o-meter means

White needle

This measures what you can do with the advertised ‘up to’ speed of the package in question.

Black needle

This measures what you can do with the average speed of the package. This speed is measured by Ofcom.

Stream UHD TV & movies

Only achievable for the faster fibre optic speeds.

Stream HD TV & movies

Might prove difficult for ADSL broadband and just on the cusp for low level fibre optic.

Stream SD TV & movies

Should be achievable with a good connection from a standard ADSL broadband package.

Video calls

Still a low level activity that should be achievable from the majority of broadband.

Stream radio or music

Low-level internet usage. Even very slow internet connections should let you do this.

E-mail, internet, social media

Almost the bare minimum for broadband, every package should at least achieve this.

Black needle

This measures what you can do with the average speed of the package. This speed is measured by Ofcom.

Video calls

Still a low level activity that should be achievable from the majority of broadband.

Stream radio or music

Low-level internet usage. Even very slow internet connections should let you do this.

E-mail, internet, social media

Almost the bare minimum for broadband, every package should at least achieve this.

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