Switchcraft review: Auto-switching energy service

Switchcraft is a free automated energy-switching service, but can it save you as much as its competitors?

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Most UK households are needlessly wasting money by sticking with an uncompetitive energy deal. With Switchcraft, you can avoid this fate.

The company will automatically switch you to a better deal without you having to lift a finger. Its customers save an average of £219 per year.

As good as this sounds, there are other energy auto-switching companies who operate differently and tend to save their customers even more money.

Switchcraft

Switchcraft

Sign up once. Cut your energy bills, year after year.

  • To beat energy price rises, you need to switch regularly.
  • We make life simpler from the start.
  • We only switch you if you’re happy.
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How does Switchcraft work?

Signing up to Switchcraft is simple. It shouldn’t take longer than five minutes.

Navigate to the Switchcraft home page and click “get started”. You’ll be asked your address and details of your current energy tariff.

Enter your email address and Switchcraft will show you the best deals available from its list of 50+ providers. If you like the look of the savings, enter a few personal details to complete your registration and begin the switching process.

Once that deal comes to an end, the company will automatically switch you to its best available deal again.

How does Switchcraft differ from its competitors?

  • Switchcraft is free for users, because its energy providers pay it commission after a switch. This may mean you’re not switched to the best deal on the market, because it has only teamed with 50 providers. Fee-charging auto-switching companies tend to have a larger choice of energy providers on their books and are less likely to prioritise commission-paying companies.
  • It only switches you as your current deal is ending. Other companies will switch you mid-contract, provided the savings outweigh the exit fees. That’s why they tend to save their customers more money per year on average.
  • You have more options to customise your Switchcraft service. For example, you can ask its algorithm to only consider: green tariffs, fixed-price tariffs, large suppliers, tariffs without exit fees or plans with paper billing.
  • Switchcraft is one of the only energy-switching services to support households with pre-payment meters.

What are the alternatives?

  • Flipper searches the whole market every two weeks and will switch you whenever it can save you £50 after exit fees. Annual membership is £30, but this is only charged after your first switch.
  • Labrador is a free service that constantly looks for better deals from 45 providers. It will only switch you when it can save you £80 after exit fees. The company gives customers a device that ensures their smart meter keeps working after a switch.
  • Look After My Bills is a free service but will only automatically switch you when your current deal is coming to an end. You’ll receive £20 for every friend your refer.
  • Switchd has a free and a paid service. With the free service, it only compares suppliers that pay a commission. With the paid service, starting at £1.99 a month, it’ll search the whole market. By default, it searches for a new deal every six months. All tariffs are free until it saves you at least £50.
  • WeFlip is a free service that will check its list of energy providers every day to see if it can save you at least £50 after exit fees. It’ll switch you automatically every time it can save you this amount, provided you haven’t switched in the previous three months.

How can I contact Switchcraft?

Anyone can contact Switchcraft by emailing hello@switchcraft.co.uk or calling 0330 0589 335 on weekdays between 09.00 and 17.00.

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