John Lewis 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 John Lewis Broadband.

Recent Customer Ratings for John Lewis

  • Satisfaction
    2.4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2.8 stars
  • Speed
    2.2 stars
  • Reliability
    2.4 stars

Based on 149 customer ratings since 2021-01-26 (Show all time ratings)

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 ratings placed, whichever is largest.

776 Customer Reviews over 20 pages

  • Reviewer
    Location
    Market Harborough
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We changed from Sky to John Lewis and we have regretted it since, broadband speed very poor and huge variations in download speeds
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Leighton Buzzard
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Failed to take first direct debit cut off service within an hour of email stating there was a problem. I rang reconfirmed direct debit details. I was told everything ok. Direct debit still not taken. I then get email threatening debt collectors & phone cut off at same time. Forced to make card payment for their incompetence. I thought BT was bad! John Lewis this is damaging your brand.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sutton, Greater London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I made the monumental mistake of not reading enough reviews of John Lewis broadband before signing up. Switched over in May 2017, nothing but problems ever since. Had excuse after excuse, been told I've got the router too close to other items, even though wired broadband is also a problem. Now another week of phone calls and waiting for updates with nothing. John Lewis batting it to Open Reach and vice versa. Intermittent drops which can be as close together as a few minutes on/off. No particular pattern, only know about wired devices as we have linked to our 'smart' digibox. Such a shame because when it's working it is a good speed. I never usually do any reviewing online, so the fact I'm going out of my way to post on as many forums as I can find should tell you something. AVOID. I'm considering further action and looking to evidence voided contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Darlington
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    Comments
    Didn't even get the internet in and we had so many problems with them by cancelling the order waited for it for 2weeks and the router didn't come on the date it was meant to do contacted they told us that it's on its way rang again and the order wasn't even placed we paid the fees to get it set us as well and all they could say was they have to place the order again and wait another two weeks waste of time wouldn't go for these providers they are nothing but time wasters
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Oswestry
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Wish I'd read these reviews before I'd ordered from JL 3 weeks ago - had my money, phone is on but no internet, worse still they cancelled with my previous supplier. Phoned them over the weekend and the customer sales guy was useless and arrogant. My son is getting married next weekend and there is so much I need to do on line. Am going to try and cancel the whole order as they have not fulfilled their end of the contract.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Warwickshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    12 months into my contract and my broadband has been down more than it has been up. Two routers have broken, support from John Lewis (i.e. Plusnet) is non-existent with queries not responded to....really I have never experienced such poor service in my life. Avoid like the plague. My advice to John Lewis...Plusnet is ruining your reputation - find a new supplier urgently.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Torpoint
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      4 stars
    Comments
    Been with John Lewis Broadband for 18 months after enduring years of problems and dropped connections with BT. John Lewis Broadband has been completely reliable with speeds always close to the promised estimate. Only a few minor niggles with the free antivirus program. Customer service generally very good. Simple pricing structure is a plus.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Surrey
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    Previous bad reviews are exactly the same as we have suffered. We changed to John Lewis on 30 May. As I write on 30 June we have not even been connected! We have rung daily and numerous staff we have spoken to have lied, lied and lied with any BS they can think of. We wrote to the CEO of John Lewis Broadband signed for post 3 weeks ago and he has not responded. Clearly a "couldn't give a toss attitude from the top down! We have cancelled our DD. Bet it doesn't take them 3 weeks to realise that! Intend taking this to Watchdog and hope everyone else with complaints does the same. We all need to report these sanctimonious so called customer service people who are sneering at us and blame Openreach. John Lewis Partnership claim they have nothing to do with John Lewis Broadband!?Really! As most gave said they've gone with John Lewis Broadband because of the good John Lewis name! We have all been fooled!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Sp11 8JB
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Half the speed I had with BT which was just over 1.1 mbps. At 0.6mbps we cannot stream a BBC news clip. Well done John Lewis/Plus Net which is owned by BT!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Lincoln
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      4 stars
    • Customer Service
      4 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    I changed from Plusnet to John Lewis, so it's effectively the same internet provider. I had doubts because of the bad reviews, but most of the issues I've had have been minor and temporary.

    I don't know why they ask you to choose a changeover date, because that passed with no explanation of why there was a delay, just an apology for the delay. Then I got emails and texts out of the blue to say my service had switched.

    So far, 2-3 weeks in, I'm fully switched and consistently connected and my speed is slightly faster than I had before with Plusnet.

    The issues I had were with billing, the switch date and contradictory emails. I was billed for the first month despite having already paid for it upfront, and they took the payment out of my bank (to be refunded later) rather than cancelling the bill. JL really need to sort that out as it seems to be a known issue. I was also sent emails/texts saying both that my home phone had successfully switched and that my home phone was due to switch in 2 weeks. I already mentioned the switch date delay.

    I am pleased that my service is better than the reviews give a picture of -- though the service could vary for others depending on lots of factors.

    As it is now, I'm happy with it. The speed is faster than what they actually offered me, the customer service (online) has been ok, it's been reliable so far. And it's cheaper than Plusnet but with more features (free caller display and evening and weekend calls included). As long as it carries on like this, I'll be pleased with my choice of provider.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Cambridgeshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    PlusNet in disguise! Absolutely dreadful service after 3 phone calls and 2 weeks of promised broadband was given another 6 days notice - was advised it was staff not placing the order and there's nothing that can be done - Unparallell incompetency - avoid like the plague!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Northampton
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Complete rubbish. It's like being on Dial up again! Will not be renewing
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South West
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Called John Lewis to sign up for £20 a month broadband deal a couple of weeks ago. Heard nothing. Called back and they have no record of my call whatsoever, even when I give them the user name they insisted I set up. Thought I'd give them the benefit of the doubt, but when I try to sign up again the deal is no longer available and the monthly payments have gone up. Guess I'll stick with B.T., they may be expensive but at least the customer service has been good.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Swansea
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Ordered Superfast Fibre Broadband from John Lewis Broadband .I never received the router etc checked with them to ensure they were still able to provide the Service,they assured me they could and were waiting confirmation from their suppliers (Openreach Arghhhh!).I assumed they had extended the swap over date but no 1st June no phone or Broadband.My previous supplier stated they had failed to comply with the process .They failed to apply for a new phone line or arrange for the Fibre Broadband.I now have no phone line or internet access .John Lewis need to distance themselves from Plusnet who run this for them as it will damage the brand.Awful service does not describe them.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Moray
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    This has to be the worst company I have been with since TalkTalk. I have had no internet, e-mail or anything for nearly 2 weeks yet they say everything looks normal on their system. I cant cancel as I am 3 months into the contract. There must be some law that protects us customers who are getting fleeced and cannot get out of a contract that THEY are not fulfilling? A disgrace and I was suckered into it by the John Lewis brand. DO NOT TOUCH WITH AN EXTENDED BARGE_POLE!!!!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    South
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    A neighbour who likes the "john Lewis" brand asked
    me to help them transfer from Plusnet to John-Lewis. Of-course, these are the same networks, and in fact the only difference appears to be the fronting web page(s). After 1 month on the "all calls included" package a bot at 2am one morning (or some backend piece of junk automation) switched them OFF this package; the neighbour - not a
    regular user of the Internet - didn't realise, until they were cut off one weekend. On ringing CS they were informed that 2 months of call
    credit has been exceeded (2 x £50 +VAT) and that this would have to be paid for the line to be re-enabled. Things went downhill from there until I wrote a LETTER explaining what had happened and got a reply saying that "a system had not correctly migrated the person's account from PN to
    JN"; lots of apologies (no compensation); I guess not many people move from PN to JL.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    scotland
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    john lewis have cheaped out with the lowest quality router on the market.. i can only get wifi in the room im in,, to add to that i cant use the router to connect to another access point because jown lewis have locked down the router hobbling its features, avoid john lewis and plusnet
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Scotland
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    As a longtime customer of all things "John Lewis"I thought JL Broadband would be a good bet. But customer service is DREADFUL! They failed to get my service up and running on the first two attempts, having to start the order all over again each time. Both times I was offered a free month on my contract. When the service finally got up and running, JL Broadband denied that any compensation for the delays and for the hours I spent on the phone was ever offered to me. But as a "gesture of goodwill" I was offered £7 off my next bill. Now I'm locked into the contract and can't vote with my feet until it ends. AVOID this company if you care about customer service.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    stoke on trent
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      2 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    Have lost phone line 3 times since January 1st this year and last time also had intermittent broadband.Not had any compensation. However e-mail service is very slow or gives error messages most of the time and have completely lost this twice in last 5 6 months for days at a time -have spoken to Technical support some time ago and was switched to newer server but this not much better. I e-mailed their helpline on monday re this-supposed to get a reply within 24 hours -still waiting. have e-mailed twice since monday -a deathly silence from them. Plusnet are bringing the good name of John Lewis into disrepute. Have now asked for compensation and a new router!Technical support can be very good but a bit of a curates egg .
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bristol
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      3 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Email: about to abandon long-cherished @waitrose for following reasons:-
    Have to say there is a sickening sense of recognition, reading the reviews: email today, as Sunday: 'Service Unavailable'.
    Leading up to this, loading email increasingly sensitive (if I move onto other window, it 'times out' out of pique!). Deleting one item at a time is incredibly time-consuming; worse, is accessing older pages - which I have painstakingly cleaned of any mails over 50kb - times out, dawdles, has to be refreshed.
    The whole system is plainly overstretched and breaking.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Barnstaple
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    John Lewis is great at what they do. If you call them you get a real person speaking english, they are helpful. The problem is the service is via plusnet using BT. If your speed is slow then it would be no better with another supplier. what you get is cheaper service and great customer service. If BT sorted out the issues with the cables then most of these reviews would be better.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Nailsworth
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Excellent - no problems.
    Best thing I ever switching from BT!
  • Reviewer
    Location
    somerset
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely appalling. Email almost unusable
  • Reviewer
    Location
    North East
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    Comments
    Ordered the service, then needed to contact to ask questions. Support atrocious (we don't think email is reliable so we use issues log).
    Cancelled the service (with their 'log') on 26th April, still being bothered into May. Complained 4 May, received even more sms's, emails and finally a message saying they have sent the router on 9th May.

    HOW USELESS? VERY USELESS
  • Reviewer
    Location
    BALA
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    CONSISTENTLY GETTING SLOWER AND SLOWER, FOR EVER LOSING CONNECTION, REALLY HAS TO BE THE SLOWEST I HAVE HAD SINCE DIAL UP. REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS PROVIDER, BE GLAD WHEN THE CONTRACT IS UP,
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reading
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      4 stars
    • Reliability
      3 stars
    Comments
    John Lewis might have made a terrible mistake
    using a Third party to use their name - TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE - NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE
    LOOK ELSEWHERE
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ely, Cambs
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      3 stars
    • Reliability
      2 stars
    Comments
    Slow connection at times. No built-in parental control! Been charged separate for what was part of the package. Ridiculous ‘house move’ fee. Line cut-off despite confirmed extension of the service. DO NOT RECOMMEND under any circumstances
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Stirlingshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Absolutely dire service from John lewis. I've been getting speeds of 0.3 for 3 weeks now with no resolution of the fault. Customer service team are pleasant to deal with but so far have totally failed to fix the fault. They seem to put the query on hold every few days which adds further delays.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Ipswich
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      3 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    We've had John Lewis broadband for a week now and it's been off more than it's on. We've had one good day's connection so far. We switched from BT because it was woeful and we could never understand their Indian call centres but overall, it's looking pretty good compared with John Lewis. They should have stuck to homewares.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    cheadle cheshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Terrible, a con, pLUS NET under the jOHN lEWIS Brand, Devaluing the brand, avoid avoid avoid.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Manchester
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Horrific. I was taken in by the John Lewis brand reputation. Stupid of me. Incredibly slow. No help. A daily phone call about speeds. Just awful.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    bridlington
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Dreadful, would not work until engineer came out. Kept saying nothing wrong promised to refund for period I could not use still haven't. Would not let me cancel even though they still had no provided broadband because I was out of the 14days. Internet does not work most of the time when it does so slow I cannot watch videos or listen to music. Support non existent, can't wait to be out of contract and then I'm off.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Hampshire
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Their awful broadband service must be damaging their reputation. have been with them for 3 months. speeds slower than advertised. Internet connection lost frequently. Technical support dreadful - deny problem - and are unable to sort out. Planning on cancelling soon
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Bucks
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Comments
    dreadful service. Internet connection repeatedly lost. Support useless. Cancelled service
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Richmond
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Unbelievably awful. We were due to move house TODAY and now have to stay put for another month, costing us thousands, because this dreadful company cannot have our broadband set up in our new home, despite having PROMISED to do so. My daughter has important exams and needs the internet during revision. We will now be moving house right in the middle of her exams. Their 'customer service' is just a load of platitudes. Why is an otherwise reputable brand destroying itself like this? Won't be buying from John Lewis, Waitrose etc. from now on. Avoid avoid avoid.....
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Murphy
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Thought I would share my positive experience. I know people who give reviews are more likely to have had a negative experience, with any company.

    Have used various internet providers in moving around as a student, when I began work etc, mostly Virgin. I live alone, don't have high needs for gaming etc but do watch films on Netflix etc.

    John Lewis has been a breath of fresh air. The box came, I phoned to activate it, my call was answered promptly, the call handler was easy to communicate with me, plugged it in- whole thing done in 10 minutes. Have had for around 10 months now, wholly reliable, hasn't let me down once.

    Fabulous service, reasonably priced and I have recommended to friends.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Reading
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Like so many others I am shocked that a quality brand like John Lewis still put their name to this incredibly poor level of service. The speed is very poor, the accessibility of email is very poor. Overall conclusion, absolutely avoid John Lewis broadband. Again, like others, I am amazed that JL management seem to be unaware of these problems. I would email them, but as you know, it's really difficult to get an email connection.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    London
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      2 stars
    • Customer Service
      2 stars
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    I was with Greenbee (John Lewis) email provider since it started. Suddenly last November emails began to be very slow, and now I can't access them from late afternoon until late evening. When I ask JL what is happening, they say they have 'technical issues which we are working to resolve'. I rely on emails for communication with doctors etc. and am very disabled. I am stuck, because I just don't have capability of changing. Thanks a bunch, John Lewis.
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Derby
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      5 stars
    • Customer Service
      5 stars
    • Speed
      5 stars
    • Reliability
      5 stars
    Comments
    Having read the reviews i was concerned movind to JL/Plus net, however, my change from BT to JL, was without any problems, emails + TXT were sent on the day of changeover confirming it all. i received a mail at 3am for the phone line , and without internet for aprox 2 hours during the change. its was a shame that BT would not move on the extortionate price i was paying and now have the same speed with unlimited download, the same upload (78/20) and a fixed ip that BT cound not offer. great stuff JL keep it up *****
  • Reviewer
    Location
    Essex
    Reviewing
    John Lewis Broadband
    Date
    Ratings
    • Satisfaction
      1 star
    • Customer Service
      1 star
    • Speed
      1 star
    • Reliability
      1 star
    Comments
    Dont bother useless, gave up after 3weeks with no connection and cancelled before i went mad.

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