The best broadband deals for September 2019: find a cheap home internet deal

Here are the best broadband deals this September, because paying for home internet is a necessary evil. We'll make sure you never pay over the odds

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On the hunt for the best broadband deal? Whether you're fed up of your current provider and want to change or you've recently moved home, we're here to help numb the pain of internet bills a little by directing you to the best home broadband deals available in your area right now.

There's nothing that will make seeing internet payments on your bank statements any less painful; but it's a necessary evil of the 21st century. With an ever increasing reliance on the internet at home, basic tasks such as watching TV, keeping up with your finances and staying in touch with loved ones require broadband.

Your first stop on this page is our comparison chart, where you'll be able to see the cheapest internet prices around – whether you're after super-fast fibre-optic broadband, an all-singing, all-dancing broadband and TV package, or just want to pay as little as possible for your connection.

If you keep scrolling, you'll find all you need to know and consider before browsing the deals. Then, you'll be faced with the best current deals on broadband only, fibre broadband and then broadband and TV – use the interactive filters to pinpoint your ideal internet plan.

Fibre broadband know how

You've probably heard of fibre broadband, but maybe aren't sure what it is. This is where we come in: fibre broadband allows you to be connected via fibre-optic cable instead of the standard copper telephone lines used by an ADSL connection. Meaning faster, more reliable internet speeds. 

As for the term Mb, it stands for megabits, as internet speed is generally measured and marketed in Mb.

But of course, it comes at a greater cost, and it's only worth paying the additional money if you really need it. Below is more information about which to choose.

ADSL (17Mb): The speed of standard ADSL is set at up to 17Mb, which means a maximum download speed of around 2.1MB per second. Ideal if there's only a couple of you in the household and your internet activity is confined to a bit of web surfing and streaming HD video. Not so ideal if a lot of people try to use it at once though. 

Fibre (38Mb): At more than double the Mb of ADSL, you can already get the idea why fibre optic is worth getting if you want to ramp up your home internet speed. Now available to more than 90 per cent of UK homes, if you want fast downloads, 4K streaming and/or if there are several faces in your house all wanting to use the internet at once without interruption, this is the one. 

Faster fibre (50Mb+): You'll pay a premium for the fastest broadband speeds out there, but it's worth the spend if rapid, lag-free internet is a must in your home. You're looking at downloads in excess of 6MB per second, which equates to seamless 4K video streaming. Heavy broadband users can rejoice, as films and albums will download in no time. 

Fibre broadband: what to consider

For the most part, you don't get much of a choice as to what contract length you'll be signing up for. If you've got your deal and internet provider decided, then you're stuck with whatever length the company chooses.

That will usually be 12 or 18 months. One year used to be the standard, but an increasing number of ISPs are now tying customers into 18 month broadband deals. You can use the filter in our comparison chart if you're dead set on a shorter term. When your contract comes to an end however, be prepared for your monthly tariff to be hiked skywards as most of the prices you'll see are reduced introductory offers. On that basis, 18 month offers can sometimes be advantageous.

For complete commitment-phobes, a few providers offer rolling 30 day internet plans. Handy if you're renting or know that you'll be moving house within the year. But you will usually be penalised with higher upfront activation costs.

The cheapest broadband only deals in the UK for August

Perfect for small households that aren't as reliant on broadband, don't pay for a whopping internet speed if you don't need it. Still using a landline? Well, line rental is included in the price of your internet (some Virgin Media broadband-only plans being the exception). Meaning you'll automatically be able to make and receive calls from your tethered home phone. Just be sure to check how much they cost. Have a browse below of the cheapest deals right now.

Onestream Flow unlimited broadband | 12 months | Avg speed: 11Mb | Price per month: £13.99 per month | Upfront: £9.99 
This offer from Onestream is for WiFi at just £13.99 per month and is the cheapest broadband deal around. It includes top download speeds of 17mbps, as well as no usage caps and a FREE Onestream router. There's a delivery charge of £9.99 which should be noted, and for those who need a new line installed, there'll be an extra charge of £59.99. Total cost for 12 months: £177.87 (without new line charge).View Deal

Post Office unlimited broadband | 12 months | Avg speed: 11Mbps | Price per month: £17 £15.90
One of the cheapest broadband prices right now, the Post Office is currently offering not just unlimited broadband for this cheap monthly price, but line rental and free weekend calls are also included AND it's free upfront. If you're asking us, this is a cracking broadband deal. There's also no upfront or delivery fees. Total cost for 12 months: £190.80.View Deal

Pop Telecom unlimited broadband | 12 months | Avg speeds: 11Mbps | Price per month: £27.99 £15.99 | Upfront: £9.99
Saving you £12 per month, that's £144 over one year, this unlimited broadband package comes with free installation and a free WiFi router. Ideal for those who want a bargain 12-month long broadband contract, or if you live in a couple or small family and aren't heavily reliant on the internet. Total cost for 12 months: £191.88.View Deal

Shell Energy Fast Broadband | 18 months | Avg speed: 10Mbps | Price per month: £19.99 £16.99
The cheapest 18 month broadband deal around at just £16.99 per month right now, this package has line rental included too. While there's no added frills, you can't expect any for the cheap price but it's ideal for those who don't surf the web all day every day. Also, there's no upfront fees. Winning! Total cost for 18 months: £305.82.View Deal

Hyperoptic fibre broadband | 12 months | Avg speed: 30Mbps | Price per month: £19| Delivery: free
A good fibre broadband deal for a very reasonable price, this deal includes free evening and weekend calls, unlimited usage and the average speed for the broadband is 30Mbps. Total price for 12 months: £228.View Deal

Talk Talk broadband | 18 months | Avg speed: 11Mbps | Price per month: £19.95
This Talk Talk offer is ideal for households that have only a few devices connected to the WiFi at one time and aren't hugely reliant on them. You'll get a free Super Router which is usually £79.99, and your first month is on a flexible contract, so if you don't like it, you can change. Total cost for 18 months: £359.10. View Deal

The top fibre broadband deals in the UK for August

For larger families who are reliant on the internet, fibre broadband is for you. It's worth paying that little extra per month in case you have guests so you can cater to everyone who steps foot in your house. Here's our top pick of the best, ranging from fibre to faster fibre. 

Note: subject to availability at your postcode

Vodafone Superfast 1 | 18 months | Avg speed: 35Mbps| Price per month: £21 | Upfront: £9.99
For the low price of £21, you can score a cracking broadband deal with Vodafone this month. With a decent 35Mb average speed as well as nothing to pay up front, it's even better the fact it comes with a landline phone included. Also, if you purchase this package from now until 13th August, you'll get a FREE Amazon Echo Plus. Total cost for 18 months: £252.View Deal

Shell Energy SuperFast Fibre Broadband | 18 months | Avg speeds: 35Mbps | Price per month: £23.99
A cheap price for what you get, especially considering the free Google Home Mini that you'll get gifted too, this Shell Broadband deal includes line rental also. There's also no upfront fees to worry about, too. Total price for 18 months: £431.82.View Deal

BT Superfast Fibre | 18 months | Avg speed: 50Mb | Price per month: £35.99 £31.99 | Upfront: £9.99
Enjoy superfast fibre broadband that's perfect if you frequently enjoy streaming and catch-up TV, as well as 200Gb of cloud storage and the option for half price BT Sport. Oh, and it also includes weekend calls and a £90 pre-paid mastercard. Total price for 18 months: £575.82.View Deal

Virgin Media M100 | 12 months | Avg speed 108Mbps | Price per month: £33 | Upfront: £35
At just £33 a month, Virgin's most affordable super fast fibre optic broadband deal just got even better. With weekend calls included, it's a cracking deal. There's an average internet speed of 108Mbps, ideal for fast internet surfers. However, it's worth using the postcode checker below to see if you can get it though, as only 60 per cent of the UK qualify for Virgin. Also, there's a one-off cost of £35. Total cost for 12 months: £421.View Deal

The top broadband and TV deals in the UK for August

In a bid to get as much business from you as possible, most major internet providers now offer broadband and TV packages - a one stop entertainment shop. They range from basic TV packages offering a scant selection that you'd normally expect from Freeview (although there may be a set top box allowing you to record and rewind thrown in, too), to comprehensive 300+ channel plans that include BT Sport, Sky Cinema and pretty much every other premium station you can think of. Here's our pick of the best ones right now.

NOW Fab Fibre + Entertainment Pass | 12 months | Avg speed: 36Mbps | Price per month: £29.99
Yes, NOW have started doing internet! One of the cheapest broadband providers out there at £25 per month, and right now they're giving the option to add an entertainment TV package for £4.99 each month. Included is the best of Sky programmes as well as over 300 box sets. Currently, there's no upfront cost if you opt into a 12 month contract, or £50 if you don't want to. Total cost for 12 months £359.88.View Deal

Sky Broadband + Sky Entertainment TV | 18 months | Avg speed: 63Mb | Price per month: £44.50 | Upfront: £39.95
For just under £45 a month, this Sky package includes unlimited broadband, over 300 live channels and catch up on over 60 other channels. There's also line rental included, but it's worth nothing that there's quite a large start-up fee of £39.95. Total cost for 18 months: £860.95.View Deal

Bigger bundle + Movies bundle | 12 months | Avg speed: 108Mbps | Price per month: £62 | Upfront: £35
Enjoy over 250 different channels, fast broadband speeds and line rental for only £62 per month thanks to Virgin. From Sky Cinema HD to lots of box set picks, this package is ideal for those who love their movie nights. You can also talk on the phone all day every weekend, for free. And of course, this package comes with a FREE 43in TV. Total cost for 12 months: £744.View Deal