Best comparison websites

Best Price Comparison Websites in the UK

Helen Jones
Author: Helen Jones
Helen Jones is the senior news editor for the UK based financial comparison website, PocketRate.com.

With so many providers in the UK offering different financial products and utility packages, it's a great idea to compare prices to find the best deal possible. One idea is to use a price comparison website.

What is a price comparison site?

Price comparison sites, sometimes called aggregators, gather together the prices or rates from a number of providers for various products or services. This information is often presented to the visitor in a table so that you can see at a glance the difference being offered across the market.

The best price comparison websites

The best comparison sites are those that include multiple providers so that you get good market coverage for the product or service you want to compare. The best sites have functionality that enable you to filter results, sort the information and narrow down the selection in order to find the cheapest deal for your requirements.

The main advantage of price comparison sites is that they eliminate the need to visit every provider’s website to get the price. A good comparison website will also include the highlighted features of the product for each provider so that you can see the benefits being offered,

PocketRate

PocketRate primarily focus on comparing rates across a number of different personal finance products and household utilities. They offer easy to use filter options that help you narrow down your selection.

Their broadband comparison is particularly good with wide market coverage of all the top providers together with the latest offers detailed on each table entry. The filter options enable you to fine tune your selection and then sort the list in any way you choose.

The savings accounts comparison operates in a similar way with useful filter and sort options to help you find a great interest rate across a number of fixed and variable products.

Finally, the Breakdown Cover comparison is somewhat unique in that it displays a matrix of the top providers, the cover levels and the cost for each breakdown package. It enables you to see in an instant the cheapest available cover for your requirements.

Comparisons offered by PocketRate include:

  • Savings Accounts
  • Children’s Savings Accounts
  • Cash ISA Accounts
  • Help to Buy Accounts
  • Credit Cards
  • Personal Loans
  • Broadband & TV
  • Energy
  • Breakdown Cover
  • Credit Reports

uSwitch

uSwitch were primarily an energy comparison provider and this is still the main offering on their website. They do this very well with a number of different gas and electricity providers available for comparison.

However, the uSwitch site now offers a number of other personal finance and telecommunication product comparisons. Like PocketRate, they are well presented with a number of filter and sort options together with a vast array of top UK providers.

The uSwitch website also offer a multitude of useful, free guides and information for all the product comparisons they offer.

Comparisons offered by uSwitch include:

  • Energy
  • Boiler Cover
  • Broadband & TV
  • Mobile Phones
  • Credit Cards
  • Mortgages
  • Current Accounts
  • Personal Loans
  • Credit Reports
  • Insurance

MoneySuperMarket

The MoneySuperMarket website was one of the first in the UK to offer an online price comparison experience.

The main focus is on insurance with a host of different product comparisons including car insurance, home insurance, life insurance and many other forms of insurance cover.

They also have a detailed personal finance comparison offering which displays information in the same way as PocketRate and uSwitch. However, for some products such as credit cards or loans for example, they ask a number of questions before displaying the comparison table. They call it an ‘Eligibility Checker’. These questions are a sort of roadmap to finally present more suitable products based on your personal circumstances.

Comparisons offered by MoneySuperMarket include:

  • Insurance
  • Credit Cards
  • Personal Loans
  • ISA’s
  • Mortgages
  • Savings
  • Energy
  • Broadband
  • Mobile Phones
  • Travel

Compare The Market

The main product focus of the Compare The Market website is insurance with car insurance comparison being the primary offering.

They also offer a number of other motor insurance comparisons including bike insurance and van insurance. The quotation process for all these products is very similar with the ability to enter your registration plate to give you an accurate quote based on the correct make and model of your vehicle.

In addition, the website offers a broadband comparison which works in a very similar way to PocketRate.com. The finance products comparison is also very good with the option of an eligibility checker if you desire.

Comparisons offered by Compare The Market include:

  • Insurance
  • Broadband & TV
  • Energy
  • Mortgages
  • Credit Cards
  • Loans
  • Savings
  • Cash ISAs
  • Travel

Confused.com

The Confused website is heavily focused on car insurance and other motor insurance products. Similarly to Compare The Market, you can enter your car registration plate and get an accurate premium for your vehicle.

The other main area they focus on is car finance. In addition to getting a finance quote the website also offer a large amount of guides aimed at helping you understand all aspects of car financing.

Confused.com do offer other product comparisons including broadband, energy and some finance products but these not a main focus on the website and not really promoted.

Comparisons offered by Confused.com include:

  • Motor Insurance
  • Car Finance
  • Broadband
  • Energy
  • Personal Loans
  • Credit Cards
  • Travel