Home Broadband Survey 2020

Choosing a new broadband provider is not always easy. Even after digging through the small print, deciphering jargon and balancing the cost of all those great deals you might be left wondering if you made the right decision.

The Broadband Genie Broadband Awards can help you make the best choice and find a service that ticks all the boxes. Our Home Broadband Survey gathers the opinions of thousands of UK broadband users, so as well as judging price and features you can find an ISP which offers a service that's right for you.

Broadband Awards

For our 2020 home broadband survey, we queried thousands of people from around the country about their experiences with home broadband providers. We asked respondents to rate their provider for customer service, value for money, and speed. They were also asked whether they would recommend their provider and how much they trusted their ISP. The results were combined to give an overall rating for each category.

For the speed awards, we partnered with BroadbandUK and used the results of 91,000 tests carried out in 2019. Speed test results were categorised into standard broadband (up to 24Mbps download and 1Mbps upload), superfast broadband (up to 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload), and ultrafast broadband (more than 80Mbps download and 20Mbps upload).

Fastest Ultrafast Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Hyperoptic

Fastest Ultrafast Broadband Provider (Downloading) 2020 Hyperoptic logo

Fastest Ultrafast Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Hyperoptic

Fibre optic provider Hyperoptic took the lead in the ultrafast category with a rapid 211Mbps average download speed. Hyperoptic is an FTTP provider and can deliver speeds up to 1Gbps, significantly outpacing most other ISPs.

However, coverage for FTTP is currently very limited, so many people will not be able to get Hyperoptic or most of the other providers in the ultrafast category. Runner-up Virgin Media is the best option for most people looking for ultrafast broadband due to its extensive coverage.

Hyperoptic
211.0 Mb/s
Vodafone
168.4 Mb/s
Virgin Media
156.1 Mb/s
Gigaclear
142.5 Mb/s
TalkTalk
140.3 Mb/s
Zen Internet
138.1 Mb/s
BT
102.7 Mb/s
Sky
96.1 Mb/s
EE
76.5 Mb/s

Fastest Ultrafast Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Hyperoptic

BBG Fastest Provider (Uploading) 2020 Hyperoptic logo

Fastest Ultrafast Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Hyperoptic

Hyperoptic also came top of the charts for uploading. Most Hyperoptic packages are symmetrical - which means that download and upload speeds are the same - and as such Hyperoptic can offer an extremely quick 1Gbps maximum upload rate.

If you cannot get FTTP broadband, then Virgin Media provides the best upload speed to the most premises, though it is not symmetrical and its upstream rate is far slower than the download speed.

Hyperoptic
165.6 Mb/s
Gigaclear
139.5 Mb/s
Vodafone
136.1 Mb/s
Zen Internet
105.1 Mb/s
TalkTalk
95.7 Mb/s
BT
37.9 Mb/s
EE
31.4 Mb/s
Sky
27.6 Mb/s
Virgin Media
22.7 Mb/s

Fastest Superfast Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Zen Internet

Fastest Superfast Broadband Provider (Downloading) 2020 Zen Internet logo

Fastest Superfast Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Zen Internet

Zen Internet takes the crown for fastest download speed in the superfast category, with an impressive average download rate of 38.5Mbps. This well-regarded provider has an excellent reputation; in last year's survey, it won the Most Recommended award and was second overall with great results in all areas.

Zen Internet
38.5 Mb/s
BT
34.7 Mb/s
Virgin Media
34.2 Mb/s
Hyperoptic
33.6 Mb/s
Sky
33.4 Mb/s
Plusnet
30.6 Mb/s
TalkTalk
30.2 Mb/s
EE
30.2 Mb/s
Post Office
28.8 Mb/s
Origin
26.9 Mb/s
Vodafone
26.0 Mb/s
Gigaclear
15.3 Mb/s

Fastest Superfast Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Sky Broadband

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Fastest Superfast Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Sky Broadband

Sky Broadband had the best upload speed among superfast broadband providers, achieving an average 11.9Mbps. Superfast download winner Zen was a close second with 11.5Mbps.

Sky
11.9 Mb/s
Zen Internet
11.5 Mb/s
Gigaclear
11.2 Mb/s
BT
10.9 Mb/s
TalkTalk
10.0 Mb/s
Plusnet
9.9 Mb/s
EE
9.7 Mb/s
Vodafone
9.1 Mb/s
Post Office
8.8 Mb/s
Origin
8.4 Mb/s
Virgin Media
7.7 Mb/s
Hyperoptic
5.6 Mb/s
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Fastest Standard Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Zen Internet

Fastest Standard Broadband Provider (Downloading) 2020 Zen Internet logo

Fastest Standard Broadband Provider (Downloading)

Winner: Zen Internet

Zen Internet proves to be a reliable option for both fibre optic and ADSL home broadband, as it also had the best download speeds in the standard broadband category with an average of 8.3Mbps.

Zen Internet
8.3 Mb/s
Sky
7.7 Mb/s
EE
7.4 Mb/s
Plusnet
7.1 Mb/s
BT
6.7 Mb/s
Post Office
6.6 Mb/s
TalkTalk
6.6 Mb/s
Origin
3.9 Mb/s

Fastest Standard Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Post Office broadband

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Fastest Standard Broadband Provider (Uploading)

Winner: Post Office broadband

Post Office broadband had the fastest upload speed for standard broadband at 0.55Mbps. But there's not much difference in the upload results in this speed tier; they're all relatively slow by today's standards. If you need a quick upload rate, then an upgrade to fibre is a must.

Post Office
0.55 Mb/s
Zen Internet
0.53 Mb/s
Plusnet
0.53 Mb/s
Sky
0.52 Mb/s
EE
0.52 Mb/s
TalkTalk
0.50 Mb/s
BT
0.47 Mb/s
Origin
0.39 Mb/s
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