Looking to change broadband provider or simply want to know how your broadband compares to others? You're in the right place to find out, as we bring you the best broadband deals available in the UK right now and help you decide which broadband deal is best for you to help you get the cheapest broadband possible.

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NOTE: It's important to check that the broadband provider you're interested in can cover your area. You might be surprised to find that a provider that a friend who lives just a few miles away is with might not be able to provide broadband for your home. Most providers offer a tool on their website that'll help you check.

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Best broadband deals UK: Fastest broadband deals

Virgin: 50Mbps | unlimited | £18 per month | No line rental

Virgin's fibre optic broadband is very fast and reliable, available for £18 per month for 12 months. This deal doesn't include line rental, as Virgin has now added the option of opting out of a Virgin Phone line. There's also a £14.99 activation fee to watch out for.

If you want a Virgin Phone line, this package is £32 per month.

It's by no means the cheapest option, but the 50Mbps internet speed is faster than most options offered by rival providers. It has won plenty of broadband awards for overall satisfaction, reliability and speed, so is highly recommended.

Find out more on the Virgin website.

Virgin: 100Mbps | unlimited | £23 per month | No line rental

50Mbps is brilliant for most single users or couples, but if you share your home with a bigger family who tend to use the internet at once, you might want to consider opting for 100Mbps or even 200Mbps. Virgin offers the former for £23 per month with no line rental, or £37 per month with. There's the same £14.99 activation fee.

Find out more on the Virgin website.

Virgin: 200Mbps | unlimited | £31 per month | No line rental

If there's an online gamer or four in your household, upgrading to 200Mbps is going to give you brilliantly fast internet with absolutely no lag. It'll cost you £31 per month with no line rental, or £45 per month with.  The £14.99 activation fee applies here too.

Find out more on the Virgin website.

Plus, if you're looking for a broadband bundle that includes TV there are some more offers to incorporate TV available on Virgin's website here.

Best broadband deals UK: Cheapest broadband deals

If you're not so worried about your internet's speed but are more concerned about its price, you might be interested in some of these other broadband deals.

Sky: 17Mbps | unlimited | £22.40 per month including line rental

Sky offers great deals for new and existing customers, normally in partnership with an upcoming movie. At the moment, if you join with Sky TV, you can get Sky Broadband Unlimited for £22.40 per month for 12 months, and that includes line rental. That's for 17Mbps download speeds, so much slower than even Virgin's basic package, but that is reflected by its price tag. It'll also be £9.95 for the router delivery.

Find out more on Sky's website.

Sky: 38Mbps | 25GB monthly usage allowance | £27.40 per month including line rental

If you're looking for faster internet , Sky offers its Fibre service with 38Mbps speeds for £27.40 (note that it's still slower than Virgin's 50Mbps base speed), but that's capped to 25GB, which might not be enough for some users including movie streamers and gamers. It'll cost you £48.95 to get this set up, too.

Find out more on Sky's website.

Sky: 38Mbps | unlimited | £37.40 per month including line rental

For unlimited Fibre broadband from Sky, it's £37.40 per month with line rental included. There's a £48.95 set-up fee, too.

Find out more on Sky's website.

Sky: 76Mbps | unlimited | £42.40 including line rental

The final option is the fastest 76Mbps option with unlimited usage, for £42.40 per month including line rental with that £48.95 set-up fee in addition.

Find out more on Sky's website.

Plusnet: 38Mbps | unlimited | £27.50 per month including line rental

Plusnet has some good offers right now, including this 38Mbps offer which'll get you 18 months of broadband and line rental for £27.50 per month. There's a one-off £6.99 P&P cost to add to that too.

Find out more on Plusnet's website

Plusnet: 17Mbps | unlimited | £22.50 per month including line rental

You can also get 17Mbps for for £22.50 per month for 18 months.

Find out more on Plusnet's website

Plusnet may not provide the fastest broadband available, but it has some outstanding qualities that helped it win Broadband Genie awards for Best Value Provider 2016 and Most Recommended Provider 2016.

TalkTalk: 17Mbps | unlimited | £22.95 per month including line rental

Another cheap broadband option comes from TalkTalk, which is £22.95 per month including line rental for 18 months.

Find out more on TalkTalk's website.

TalkTalk: 38Mbps | unlimited | £27 per month including line rental

If you need a bit more speed, go for the 38Mbps option, which is £27 per month including line rental plus a £25 set-up fee.

Find out more on TalkTalk's website.

EE: 17Mbps | unlimited | £19.50 per month including line rental

Also offering a cheap broadband deal is EE, which currently has a deal that gets you unlimited broadband for £19.50 per month including line rental, plus £7 router delivery.

Find out more on EE's website.

EE: 38Mbps | unlimited | £28.50 per month including line rental

The faster option is £28.50 per month for 18 months with a £32 set-up fee.

Find out more on EE's website.

Best broadband deals UK: Best broadband for sport

If you're interested in sport, you might like in BT's broadband packages, which include BT's Sport Pack.

BT: 17Mbps | unlimited | £29.99 per month including line rental

We'd strongly recommend opting for an unlimited plan if you can afford it, so one of the cheapest unlimited options that includes the BT Sport Pack is the 17Mbps deal for £29.99 per month including line rental with a one-off payment of £9.99 upfront.

Find out more on BT's website.

BT: 52Mbps | unlimited | £39.99 per month including line rental

If you want faster internet, there are also BT's Infinity fibre broadband packages available. The 52Mbps unlimited package with BT Sport Pack and the new BT Smart Hub router is £39.99 per month including line rental with an upfront cost of £59.99.

Find out more on BT's website.

BT: 76Mbps | unlimited | £49.99 per month including line rental.

Finally, there's a 76Mbps unlimited option with BT Sport Pack and the new Smart Hub for £49.99 per month including line rental and £9.99 upfront.

Find out more on BT's website.

BT also offers some TV and broadband bundles starting at £25 per month, which you can view here.

Best & worst places to live for broadband in 2016 UK

Cable.co.uk has published the results of its own year-long speed tests survey in which it notes the five best and worst places to live in the UK for broadband access.

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Best broadband ISP 2016 UK

Broadband Genie has recently announced the results of its Home Broadband Survey 2016, which takes into account the views of more than 6,000 UK broadband users as well as a panel of experts, including our very own Editorial Director Matt Egan.

Virgin Media was crowned best broadband provider 2016, followed by Plusnet in second and Sky in third. Read on to see which ISPs were victorious in other parts of the survey, and see where your broadband provider ranks.

Best Broadband Provider 2016

1. Virgin Media
2. Plusnet
3. Sky
4. EE
5. BT
6. TalkTalk

Best Customer Care 2016

1. Sky
2. Virgin Media
3. Plusnet
4. EE
5. BT
6. TalkTalk

Most Reliable Broadband Provider 2016

1. Virgin Media
2. Plusnet
3. Sky
4. BT
5. EE
6. TalkTalk

Best Technical Support 2016

1. Sky
2. Virgin Media
3. Plusnet
4. BT
5. EE
6. TalkTalk

Best Value Provider 2016

1. Plusnet
2. EE
3. Sky
4. Virgin Media
5. TalkTalk
6. BT

Most Recommended Provider 2016

1. Plusnet
2. Virgin Media
3. Sky
4. EE
5. BT
6. TalkTalk

Best Home Wi-Fi Router 2016

1. BT
2. Virgin Media
3. Sky
4. EE
5. TalkTalk
6. Plusnet

Fastest Provider 2016

1. Virgin Media
2. BT
3. Zen
4. Plusnet
5. Eclipse
6. TalkTalk

Customer Speed Satisfaction 2016

1. Virgin Media
2. Sky
3. Plusnet
4. BT
5. EE
6. TalkTalk

Best Budget Provider 2016

1. Fuel

Best Bundled Provider 2016

1. Sky

Most Innovative Provider 2016

1. Relish

Best Streaming TV Service 2016

1. Netflix

Best Catch-up Service 2016

1. BBC iPlayer

Read on to see the results of our own in-depth home broadband testing with Broadband Genie in 2014.