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Virgin Media broadband review

We've surveyed thousands of broadband users and can tell you everything you need to know about Virgin Media broadband – including whether to sign up for one of its deals
Yvette Fletcher

Virgin Media is the second-biggest broadband provider in the UK, but that doesn't necessarily make it the best. Its extensive fibre network plus TV, phone and mobile services mean it can challenge BT. But in the past its quest to be the best broadband provider was thwarted by poor scores for customer service. Has this changed in our latest survey?

Read our review or use Which? Switch Broadband to find the best Virgin Media broadband deal for you.

Virgin Media broadband review

Below you’ll find a range of information about Virgin Media broadband. Which? Members can also read our full review, including:

  • A full breakdown of how its customers rated it for key factors, such as the technical support it provides
  • Quotes from real Virgin Media broadband customers on their experiences
  • Compare all of Virgin Media's broadband deals.
  • Access to our Virgin Media broadband satisfaction survey results.
SpeedReliabilityEase of set upValue for moneyEase of contactingCustomer serviceTechnical supportCustomer score (%)

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What makes a Which? Recommended Provider?

Which? Recommended Providers are the cream of the crop, and the accolade is only given to broadband companies that achieve a customer score of 70% or above.

That's not all. We know that price is important, so companies can only be Recommended Providers if they charge a reasonable price for their services. If they charge too much they're not eligible, whatever score they receive in the survey.

Broadband Which? Recommended Providers - discover which providers impressed most in our latest survey.

What is the latest Virgin Media broadband router?

Virgin Media now provides most customers with its Hub 3 router with 'Intelligent WiFi'. This is a cloud-based system which is meant to work in the background to assess wireless speeds and adjust to performance issues. Is it up to the job? Find out more in our Virgin Media Hub 3 Intelligent WiFi review.

Customers who opt for Virgin Media's new Gig1 deal will receive one of its new Hub 4 or Hub 5 routers.

Virgin Media broadband deals

Virgin Media uses its own cable network, rather than the Openreach network used by most of the other major providers. While it's becoming more common to find broadband deals that don't include a phone line, Virgin Media was one of the first big providers to offer this. However, with Virgin you have the option of combining broadband with a wide range of phone bundles, and these usually offer better value than standalone broadband packages. You can further customise your deal by adding a TV component.

The company doesn't sell standard-speed deals. It supplies only high-speed broadband starting from an average speed of 54Mbps through its fibre-optic cable network. Unsurprisingly, it's more expensive than most other providers, although Virgin Media regularly offers special introductory deals.

Contracts last for 18 months as standard, although unusually you can opt for a flexible 30-day rolling contract instead (but you'll need to pay a bit more).

If you want a bundle that includes a pay-TV service, read our Virgin Media TV and broadband provider review.

Virgin Media broadband speeds

Virgin offers only superfast and ultrafast broadband. It has five different widely available speed options, with average speeds of 54Mbps, 108Mbps, 213Mbps, 362Mbps, and 516Mbps.Customers in certain areas can subscribe to its fastest deal, Gig1, which has an average speed of 1Gbps (1,000Mbps). However, Virgin Media is continuing to roll out the deal, so it is gradually becoming more widely available.

Virgin Media’s deals are much faster than the standard home-broadband speeds you can get from most providers that use the Openreach network. The flipside of using its own network is that Virgin Media has less coverage than other providers. It's currently available to just over half of the UK's homes.

To compare prices and see more details on each package, take a look at our Virgin Media broadband package reviews.

Need to get in touch with Virgin Media?

Bookmark our Virgin Media broadband customer contact page, which contains helpful links to service status updates, customer service phone numbers and social media accounts.