Now that we're all spending more time indoors, broadband demands at home have undoubtedly shot through the roof. As online lifestyle demands combine multi-device streaming, smart home tech, gaming, social media and video calls, we need internet speeds that can keep up.
Here, we look at the fastest broadband providers in the UK along with their fastest plans.
Fastest broadband provider - Hyperoptic
According to choose.co.uk Virgin Media ranks as the top fastest broadband provider in the UK due to its newest Gig1 fibre broadband. This means it even stands as the fastest over Hyperoptic.
Type in your postcode in Virgin's coverage checker to see which of its services your area qualifies for.
You can also use our tool below to see which broadband offers your area would qualify for:
Broadband Genie surveys thousands of UK broadband users to identify which service excels in reliability, value for money, customer service and, of course, speed.
Fastest broadband packages in the UK
Below, we've rounded up the fastest broadband packages from the top four ultrafast broadband providers in the UK in no particular order.
1. Hyperoptic | Top Speed: 1GBps, £60 per month now £35 per month
Hyperoptic sits at the top of the list with their highest speed at a whopping 1GBps, which translates to 900Mbps on average. We can't think of why anyone would need such head-spinning speeds, but hey, you can have it for £60 per month, though currently reduced to £35 per month. The term lasts for 24 months. If you only want a 12 month contract, then the price goes up to £40 per month.
You will need a wired connection to reach the 900Mbps speeds though, according to the provider.
Hyperoptic's other plans offer incredible speeds too. It's Ultrafast option offers average speeds of 500Mbps, which is the fastest speed available to Virgin. See all Hyperoptic plans.
2. Community Fibre | Top Speed: 3GBps, £89 per month
Community Fibre offers a whopping 3GBps (!!!), which will be much more than you might ever need. This speed is technically three times faster than Hyperoptics' but it's only available in London.
3. Vodafone | Top Speed: 910Mbps, £60 per month
If you want to pick up fibre broadband from the third fastest network in the UK, Vodafone promises a blistering average speeds of 910Mbps under its Gigafast plans. Like Hyperoptic you'll need a wired connection to get to 910Mpbs. It'll cost you £60 per month, but there aren't any upfront costs.
It's second fastest plan, offers average upload and download speeds of 500Mbps which should be more than enough for most households. This plan costs costs £35 per month for 24 months, with no upfront costs. Check out all Vodafone's Gigafast options.
You can also check out Vodafone's latest Work and Play package, which offers two broadband lines for anyone wanting a line dedicated to working from home.
4. Virgin | Top Speed: Gig1 Fibre Broadband for £62 per month
It's worth checking out Virgin's offers if Hyperoptic or Vodafone isn't available in your area. Most especially as Virgin now ranks as the fastest broadband in the country, although you should see if your area qualifies. It costs £62 per month, with an additional £35 set up fee.
Beyond the top four listed above, these following networks were other top performing broadband providers in the UK:
Which broadband speed is right for me?
Remember, you may not actually need the fastest of speeds to effectively use the internet in your household. Your optimal speed should take into consideration the number of people online and how much is being used on daily.
Also see our dedicated guide that breaks down all the babble around broadband so you can choose the plan that's right for you.
Light to moderate usage: You're in a household of two people at most and casually browse the web, or check email. Streaming is usually from a single device. In this case, look for speeds in the 11Mbps range or above.
Moderate to high usage: You're in a shared household of 5 or more people and are fairly heavy users, with some streaming in 4K or streaming from smart TVs in different rooms. You might also browse and stream from your phones, tablets and laptops often. In this case, you will likely need a speed up to 60Mbps or more.
High usage: You're in a big household and its a connected one – think smart speakers, thermostats, lighting, alarm systems, the full works. Most of you stream films in 4K, game heavily, download films (legally, we hope), and livestream. You might also be running an at-home business that requires frequent video calls and uploading large files to the cloud. Such usage typically needs upwards of 200Mbps.
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