7 min Read
18 Sep 2019

Written by Andy

Switchd Review – Is it the best energy auto-switch service in the UK?

Switchd - Is it the best auto-switch comparison siteWho is Switched?

Switchd is an energy comparison service that will automatically switch your tariff to a new energy supplier when it is able to make a saving. The service will check over 26,000 tariffs every day to ensure you are on the best deal.

How does Switchd work?

Switchd offer four plans, one of which is free and three that require a monthly fee. The free service provided by Switchd will search all available tariffs from a selection of suppliers. Crucially, with the free service, Switchd will only display tariffs from suppliers that are willing to pay Switchd a commission fee. This is the same model that is operated by most (if not all) other free auto-switching services. In addition to their free service, Switchd offer three subscription plans that will give you full access to every supplier, including those that do not pay a commission fee. We explain what you will get with each plan below and who each plan may be best for.

Switchd Free Plan - Good for those who want a good deal and who don't wish to pay a monthly fee

  • Automatic switching
  • Contact via chat and email
  • Save approx £300
  • No monthly fee

Switchd Lite Plan - Good for those who wish to guarantee the best deal and who are happy to pay a small fee

  • Automatic switching
  • Contact via chat and email
  • Compare all available suppliers
  • Save £400+
  • Monthly fee of £1.99

Switchd Standard Plan - Good for those who wish to guarantee the best deal, are happy to pay a small fee and who prefer to chat on the phone

  • Automatic switching
  • Contact via chat and email
  • Contact via phone
  • Compare all available suppliers
  • Save £400+
  • Monthly fee of £3.49

Switchd Premium Plan - Good for those who wish to guarantee the best deal, are happy to pay a small fee and who prefer a dedicated contact

  • Automatic switching
  • Contact via chat and email
  • Contact via phone
  • Compare all available suppliers
  • Save £400+
  • Monthly fee of £4.99

Summary of the four Switchd plans and features

Free Lite Standard Premium
Automatic supplier switching
Compare all available suppliers
Contact via chat & email
Contact via phone
Contact via Whatsapp
Dedicated support agent
Savings £300+ £400+ £400+ £400+
Monthly Fee Free £1.99 £3.49 £4.99

All plans are free until you've saved £50

How does Switchd manage the auto-switch process?

Once you have signed up, Switchd will search around 26,000 available tariffs on a daily basis and will email you whenever it finds a suitable tariff to switch you to. Any savings will take exit fees into consideration and so should be an accurate reflection of the total actual saving you could make by switching.

Can you opt out of a switch?

Yes, you have 14 days and can contact Switchd by email to say that you do not wish to be Switchd, meaning you retain full control.

How often will Switchd auto-switch your energy tariff?

By default, after a switch, you won’t be switched again for six months. You can however amend your preferences once you are logged in, with options to change how often you switch as well as the minimum amount of savings needed in order to trigger a switch.

Do Switchd offer green tariffs?

Yes, you are given the opportunity to select green suppliers during the registration process and this can be turned on or off in your preferences once signed up.

Switchd v Look After My Bills

Look After My Bills works in much the same way as the free plan provided by Switchd. Both services will compare the best deals from a reduced panel of suppliers (those that will pay a commission fee). Look After My Bills will only search for a deal when your current deal is about to end, however Switchd will search every day and take any exit fees into consideration. Switchd also offer a paid-for service which gives access to the full list of suppliers, meaning you may save more over time (so long as you are happy to pay a fee). For a complete comparison of the best auto-switch comparison sites, check out our article Compare the best energy auto-switching services in the UK.

How to sign up with Switchd

You will need to visit Switchd and enter your postcode and email address. You'll then be asked whether you wish to switch your electricity or your gas and electricity. Finally, you'll need to enter some details about your current energy tariff as well as how much you spend on energy. If you are unsure, Switchd can estimate this for you. You'll then be provided with an estimate on how much Switchd can save you. If you like the look of the deal, you will need to enter a few further personal details to complete the registration process. Switchd will handle everything from here and complete your switch (and keep switching you based on your preferences).

Summary

Switchd offers a range of options for those that are serious about making energy savings and without the need to get heavily involved. The free service offers a quick, hassle-free solution that should provide most people with a healthy saving each month, although the service is very similar to others on the market, check out our article Compare the best energy auto-switching services in the UK.

The paid-for plans offered by Switchd provide an opportunity to make further savings (for a small monthly fee). Flipper offer a similar service although they charge an annual fee of £30 and they will check for savings every two weeks. Unless you specifically require a dedicated telephone contact, the £1.99 service will serve you perfectly well and will ensure you get the best deal on the whole of the market and at the lowest monthly cost.

 

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